Life Through The Lens
Catherine Rhodes writes about becoming a photographer
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2017 and was updated in February of 2022.
Photo of Ann Elizabeth and Noah’s wedding at Heritage Ranch here in Central Missouri courtesy of Catherine Rhodes Photography.
Photography has always been a big part of my life. Growing up, my dad had a camera in his hand every place we visited — and there were quite a few, because our family loved traveling!
I, too, found a passion for photography after getting my own camera at the age of 10.
After rolls and rolls of film with my Canon AE-1, by the age of 16, I knew photography would be my career. So I set out for school at Hallmark Institute of Photography and fell in love with weddings on a little horse farm in the middle of New Hampshire.
I love capturing light and emotion and telling a story with the images I capture. As a wedding photographer, you get invited to take part in so many meaningful moments. I feel honored to capture these once in a lifetime events!
What makes your photography unique?
The connections I make with my couples … Getting to know my couples and what truly means the most to them helps me photograph the day, and capture moments, that will allow the bride and groom to relive their amazing day for years to come.
I try to not only create beautiful images, but heirloom pieces, that your grandchildren will love looking at to see how it all began.
We like to capture images that are classic, romantic and timeless. Weddings are something I feel privileged to photograph.
Who is on your photography team?
At Catherine Rhodes Photography, we also have an amazing Associate Photographer, Trischa. She has been a part of our team for over 10 years and is truly just another branch to our studio!
Why do you love Columbia?
Columbia is such an amazing community of small business owners and wonderful people excited to be involved and collaborate. It’s just small enough to feel cozy and just big enough to always find something to do. Plus, we photograph so many weddings and portraits throughout Missouri that it’s the perfect central location.