“I fell in love with seeing women in their power. The raw beauty of birth and the depth of emotion I’m able to capture is just breathtaking.”


Kia Ora, I'm Cat.

I'm a mother to two beautiful babies who loves a good yarn, lots of sunshine on a tropical island and anywhere that serves a good flat white. But probably most importantly, I'm the face behind Catherine Smith Photography.

Ever since I was a child, I was always drawn to anything creative. Having a natural ability to manifest onto paper what was in my mind, you could always find me drawing, it was my release — my calm in my crazy upbringing.

Adulthood saw me shift away from this inner creative, to be caught in the web of working the 9-5 to make ends meet. While I shifted between a few different roles, one thing remained constant: they were all face to face customer service roles.

This time in my life quickly highlighted another strength of mine, my love for connection and people, and thus my ability to quickly build quality relationships with complete strangers.

While I loved the connections I was able to make in these previous roles, I craved to connect back to my inner creative; so while on maternity leave with my firstborn, I picked up a camera and basically haven’t put it down since.

My new role as a mother influenced the type of photography I wanted to explore, and as soon as I photographed my first birth, I knew this was for me. I fell in love with seeing women in their power. The raw beauty of birth and the depth of emotion I’m able to capture is just breathtaking.

I love being able to tell all stories of motherhood though. Documenting the precious months of pregnancy to the delicate little toes of your new baby, right through to the days where the kids dance around your feet.

I truly feel so privileged each time a new family chooses to work with me and look forward to connecting with you.

Cat x