Monthly Archives: May 2012

Cheryl’s new project and a final farewell

As Kat mentioned in her last post, I have been busy the last couple of weeks getting to know the latest addition to our family, our sweet baby girl, Emi. With my new daughter, I’m happy to report that Kat and I have now doubled our chances of one day becoming in-laws!   Is it too soon to see if Kai will take an interest in Emi??

I don’t think I could have said it any better than Kat did in her post.  Leaving Katch has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make. We started Katch out of a desire to do something creative with a best friend and as a way to stay connected despite living in different provinces. Things were simpler back then– neither of us had kids and we didn’t even have a website, let alone a blog or Facebook page.   As a side note– I still crack up when I think back to a conversation where Kat was trying to explain to me what the heck a blog even was and why we should have one (Kat is the one who is technologically and web savvy)!!!   Me: “So…it’s like a journal and people will actually want to read it???”   It’s a wonder she didn’t dump me as her business partner right then and there!

Katch has been a labour of love and an important creative outlet for me throughout the years. Working alongside Kat has been inspirational to me both professionally and personally– she has been the driving force behind the business and our success to date AND has managed to  do this all while being a kick-ass mom, wife and friend!   With Kat’s immense talent, dedication and drive, I have no doubt that Katch will continue to grow and flourish.  I’m super excited to see what’s to come in the future!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful clients who I’ve been so lucky to work with.   Thank you for letting me into your lives and allowing me to take part in one of your milestone events, whether it be your wedding day or the celebration of your engagement, new baby or family. It has been so amazing to see your joy and love through my camera lens and to capture these moments for you in photographs.

Always still around in spirit,

May 29, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Davina We were so lucky to have you and kat shoot us for our engagement/wedding. Congratulations on the newest sweet addition to the family, best wishes for all future endeavors, and i wish you and kat good luck with being in-laws in the future haha. Thanks again for all the wonderful pictures you took of us. You two will always be my dream team!

May 30, 2012 - 6:23 am

Miranda Cheryl…I wish you and your family all the happiness and love in the world. Enjoy your latest addition and get all the snuggles in that you can – Emi is perfect!! It was great meeting you and we are so glad you were there to capture our day (can you believe it’s been almost 2 years!). Like Davina said above, you two (along with the rest of the Gill sisters) will always be my dream team!! Wishing you and Kat all the best <3

May 31, 2012 - 4:57 am

Cherie The love & respect between both you & Kat. I got teary-eyed reading this. I am soo thankful to both you & Kat for bringing the world Katch to capture life’s most rewarding & treasured moments. I wish you all the best Cheryl & congrats on your new edition! Beautiful!

June 25, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Sharon So bitter sweet!!! All the best Cheryl with raising your little family. And yes, I have no doubt in my mind that super Kat will take Katch to infinity and beyond!XOXO

the end of an era; bright new beginnings

This is a very bittersweet blog post for me to write.  In fact, I’ve been putting it off for weeks now, trying to find the words that would sum everything up just right.  I give up though and have decided to just shoot from the heart.

It’s with lots of sadness that I officially announce Cheryl’s departure from Katch Studios in 2013.  It’s been an AMAZING ride full of learning, laughter and love, but Cheryl has decided to bow out of the professional photography world so that she can focus more on her demanding full-time career in law, and on her growing family (in fact, she just welcomed her second baby yesterday!)   She’s already been quietly transitioning out of our company over the past year, taking on less bookings, and she’ll be shooting her last wedding with me in September of this year.  It’s been a really difficult decision for her to make, but one that we both feel will be better for her in the long run.  We’re obviously going to continue to be the BEST of friends (going strong since we first met in grade 9!) and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for the both of us.

We started Katch Studios back in 2008, having no real plan at all besides wanting to share something cool together.  Neither of us had any professional training in photography, just a little bit of working knowledge, and a ton of passion.  Two years in, I quit my day job as a makeup artist and focussed my attention full time on photography.  I handled about 80% of our business (everything from photo-editing, book-keeping, emailing, blogging etc) while Cheryl did double duty as a full-time lawyer in Vancouver who moonlighted as a wedding photographer part-time.  Seeing how far we’ve come over the last 4 years, looking back on all the beautiful weddings, couples and families we’ve photographed– it’s crazy to think back to those early days when we were just crossing our fingers that enough people would trust and take a chance on us.  I’m so proud of what we’ve built together, and I’m both sad to see Cheryl move on– but also, really excited for what’s to come.

So what does this mean exactly?  Going forward, Katch Studios will be rebranded with just me as the primary photographer and sole owner/operator, and I will shoot weddings with a second shooter.  I will be working with only experienced professional photographers that meet the standards and style that you’ve come to expect of our work.  When you book a wedding for 2013 with Katch Studios, you will get me and  another photographer that I trust.  There should be no worry that the quality of our work will suffer at all, seeing as how I’ve shot a number of weddings in the past with a second shooter that wasn’t Cheryl.  I’ve even shot a couple of weddings on my own, and these weddings ended up being featured in print publications.  As for the boudoir branch of our business, that won’t change at all, since I already currently run that  on my own.

With all of these changes in the air, I’ve decided to also take this as an opportunity for me to refresh in general!  I’m excited to announce that I’m working on 2 new websites (one for weddings/lifestyle and one for boudoir) which will be launching very soon.  I’m thinking that a draw/giveaway will also be in order, so definitely stay tuned for your chance to win!

But for now, I’d just like to take this chance to wish Cheryl only good things for the future.  We’ve been best friends for 17 years.  We’ve seen Katch Studios go from nothing to something we’re both so proud of.  Thank you for all the love you poured into our business, and for always being the most amazing friend and partner.  We may not be working together anymore after this year, but we both know our friendship will carry on as always~  strong and loyal.




And because no blog post is ever complete without a picture, here’s one of Cheryl and I while shooting a wedding and enjoying some fun in their photobooth~


May 8, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Ainsley and Charles Good luck Cheryl ! Charles and I adore the day after photos you took in downtown Vancouver in January 2011. You are very talented and it was a pleasure to work with you. We really treasure the photos and get nothing but praise from the friends we show. We wish you all the best in your career !

May 8, 2012 - 3:25 pm

trinh Congrats to Cheryl and her beautiful new baby girl!!

And also congrats, best of luck and continued best wishes to my amazing sister Kat in continuing to grow Katch Studios into an even more amazing company. When I think back to the day you told me you were going to start your own photography studio I was so proud and excited for your new passion. I can’t believe what you have achieved in such a short amount of time!! Your work is amazing and you are so inspirational! I love you so much, and I know the future for you and Katch will continue to exceed expectations, because your work is SO beautiful!!
xoxo – Trinh

May 8, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Katryna Congrats Cheryl and good luck! Thank you for the beautiful engagement pictures you took for me and my husband Tyler in April 2011. We had so much fun with you and wish you all the best!

May 8, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Kat Thank you SO MUCH friends! Your comments mean so much to us!! Cheryl is currently at home getting acquainted with her new bundle of joy but she appreciates all your super sweet words.

May 8, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Sharon Awww!!! Such a sweet post Kat, and yes, totally bittersweet!! There is no doubt in my mind that Katch studios will continue to be one of the most sought after studio, and I trust that this change will be better for both you and Cheryl in the long run. Congrats Cheryl!! Wishing you both nothing but the best 🙂 *heart*

May 8, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Miranda Bittersweet indeed! I cannot even imagine how hard this was for you both. You both are beyond amazing – I wish you both the best and know that you both will be successful in all that you do. Congrats to Cheryl on her new little baby!

May 14, 2012 - 10:06 am

Kelsey How beautiful! Good for the both of you. And Kat, I’m so excited to see what you have planned!

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