Catherine J. Gross Photography

Posted: May 16, 2018

Catherine Gross is a lover of light. She uses it to help dictate her style.

How did you get started in photography?
I have always had a love for photography since I was a young child. My parents had a great appreciation for all things beautiful, and made sure to out the small intricate details of the world. I believe this sparked my eye for photography. In 2010 I backpacked through Europe and Africa and fell in love with the culture and architecture which only further enhanced my love for photography. in 2012 I was asked to photograph an upcoming wedding, and I began doing an apprenticeship with a local photographer who taught me the details and mechanics of lighting and equipment for weddings. It was at this time I developed my own style and discovered a new love for wedding photography.
What do you love about wedding photography?
Weddings are filled with raw emotions, laughter, tears, and faces of joy and love. These emotions are what make me love weddings. Seeing the groom as he sees his bride for the first time, or the parents watching their son or daughter walk down the aisle to begin their new life together, and seeing their tears of joy. The father/daughter dance is probably the most emotional for me as a wedding photographer, as I’m very close to my own father. These are the moments that make me love weddings. 
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Shooting a wedding is filled with fun and excitement, however, it is a busy day and no matter how many timelines you go over the most challenging part is keeping everyone on time.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My style is very candid—I believe in documenting the moment and of the day in all its beauty as it is. 
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love to read and take landscape pictures since I live in the beautiful state of Maine.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
The best way to help me on your wedding day is to just be yourself. The best pictures are the ones where you relax and enjoy your day. When you and your significant other are relaxed and be you the pictures will reflect that. 
How has your photography style changed over the years?
Over the years I have developed a keen sense for angles and light. Light directs my style for the day. I love a lot of light or hardly any—there really isn't any in between in my style.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Typically the things that inspire me are natural moments that you see and often wish you had a camera to capture the naturalness of the scene. I am also a sucker for raw emotions, surprises, things that make people cry, or experience extreme emotions. However, light also can influences me to pick up my camera. This can happen to me anywhere. Light usually creates different feelings for me depending on the scene, and I love to capture the essence of true beauty to share with the world.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I will still be shooting weddings and continuing to  improve and sharpening my photography style, and building long-lasting relationships with all my clients as they begin their own family.