Enlightener Interview Series — Catherine Hall

How do you approach lighting in your photography?
Lighitng is one of the most important elements in my work and my attention to creating ideal light distinguishes me from my competition.  The digital era has made everything so much easier I feel that many new photographers are a bit “lazy” and don’t take the time to intentionally craft their images with the most ideal, flattering light.
Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

What got you into photography?
Took a high school photography class as an easy elective and never looked back.
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How long have you done professional photography?
I have been a full time professional for 16 years.Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

How do you approach your subjects to get that perfect look?
I start connecting with the client before the session with shoot preparation guidance and suggestions. I educate the client on the importance of good hair and makeup, shooting during the most ideal time of the day, etc. I am very active in crafting a successful shoot scenario before the shoot day.

On the session date, I take my time to craft flattering lightning, posting, etc. I don’t rush and perfect every detail possible in camera.  I have also already built a relationship with the client with trust being the most important element. Therefore, they have faith in me and unquestionably follow my direction.Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

What is your favorite lens? Aperture?
85mm 1.2 shooting at around 1.8 or 2.2Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

To you, what makes a great photograph?
Depth. Depth in lighting. Depth in emotion. Depth in connection.Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

What defines your photographic style?
Relaxed yet Refined. Modern yet Timeless. An emphasis on beauty and bringing out the best in my subjects.Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

If there was one piece of advice to new photographers, what would you tell them?
If this is your true passion – don’t give up. It can be very difficult in the beginning and after many years of struggling to find my niche I almost gave up.  In fact, my big break that lead to continued success happen a few weeks before I really considered changing course.

Patience is required as it may take a long time before you find your  style and what makes you unique and special (therefore, marketable) as a photographer. I tried all types of photography: landscape, architecture, fine art, etc before I finally found my true calling in weddings and portraiture.

What is your favorite or “go to” SUNBOUNCE gear and why?
Sun-Bouncer Pro Reflector Kit with Zebra/White Screen (4 x 6’). This large source crafted with highest quality materials yields the most dreamy, flattering light for portraits. My favorite is backlighting my subjects using this set up.Catherine Hall Sunbounce Photo

If there was one thing you could change in photography what would that be?
I honestly can’t think of anything. I love it now even more than the first day I picked up a camera.  If anything, maybe not so much time behind a computer doing post!


Rolando Gomez is a professional photographer and author of five photography books that has traveled to 45 countries for assignments. The former soldier and U.S. Army combat photographer has taught hundreds of photography workshops for two decades. A 2016, 2017 and 2018 Top Writer for Quora, his partial credits include Newsweek, Parade, Playboy, Rangefinder, Maxim, Rangefinder, New York Times, Stars & Stripes, and various other publications.
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