Following a passion for truth in storytelling, Hilary graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and then from Sheridan College with a post-graduate diploma in Journalism.
After graduation, Hilary took a full-time position with the sales team at Labatt Breweries of Canada. She fell in love with corporate sales, enjoying the relationships she formed with her clients. She was quickly recognized for her outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and was elevated to the position of Territorial Manager for the Kitchener-Waterloo area. She excelled in this role, winning Top Sales Representative in Ontario for 2007. After eight fulfilling years, she decided to leave the corporate world in order to nurture, guide and cherish her two young daughters.
Though she treasured the time with her children, it took only four weeks for Hilary to realize how much she missed the daily interaction with clients and colleagues. After some deliberation, and acknowledging her aptitude with people and with a camera, she launched a family portrait photography business. In December 2008, One for the Wall Photography was created.
Photography became Hilary’s new storytelling tool, allowing her to weave tales of individuality and relationships through artful imagery. With her keen business skills and passion for outstanding client service, One for the Wall quickly flourished into a successful full-time enterprise and continues to become stronger with each passing season. In the last six years, Hilary has been privileged to photograph over 1,000 families.
She is an award-winning and highly-regarded family photographer while also developing an impressive commercial portfolio that includes a diverse collection of work for corporations, actors and singers.
Commissioned commercial work includes:
- Nation-wide Nikon television campaign
- Walmart Canada Pharmacy Centres
- Steeped Tea Product Catalogue 2011 and 2012, 2013
- Manulife Financial Corporate Photography – ongoing
- Tiny Prints
- Rogers Communications
- Semex Canada
- Watch Magazine
To see Hilary’s Commercial portfolio, visit: www.hilarygauld.com
Awards and Recognition:
- WOW Award Nominee (Women of Waterloo) Mentor Category, 2015
- KW Region Arts Award Nominee, 2015
- WOW Award Nominee (Women of Waterloo), 2014
- 2013 Photographer of the Year, National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), May 2014
- KW Region Arts Award Nominee, 2014
- National Association of Professional Child Photographers “International Image Competition” winner (4 first place, 2 second place, 2 third place and 8 Merits).
- Best Photographer/Best Photography Studio The Records Annual Readers Choice Awards – 2012, 2013, 2014
A few clients of note:
- KW Glee, Canada’s Leading Youth Pop Choir (Official Photographer)
- Natalie MacNeil, Editor-in-Chief, She Takes On The World
- Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch – 2014 Olympic Silver Medallists – Team Figure Skating
- AJ Bridel and Cassandra Hodgins – Contestants, CBC’s “Over the Rainbow”, 2012.
- Jamie Shultz – Mary Poppins at Dunfield Theatre, 2013 season.
- Conor Bergauer – 10-year old Tommy at Stratford Festival, 2013 season.
- David Johnson – Governor General of Canada, for NOW Magazine.
- Canadian Country Music Awards 2011 – Gift Lounge Photographer in partnership with Angela Smith Photography and Fronte and Sentre Communications.
- You – her favourite luminary of all
In May 2014, Hilary was awarded Photographer of the Year by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), earning one of her winning images a place on a Times Square billboard in New York City.
Three times she has won Best Photographer and twice Best Photography Studio in the Waterloo Region Record’s annual “Reader’s Choice Awards”. She has received international acclaim for her colourful and emotion-filled work, including two first place wins, two second-place and two third-place finishes and ten recognitions of merit in the National Association of Professional Child Photographers International Image Competition. She is a member of the Creative Team for the I Heart Faces Photography Community where she serves as a guest judge for their photo challenges and has been a featured artist on many photography-related blogs.
As a result of this positive exposure and a series of successful courses at the I Heart Faces Conference this past year, Hilary has become a respected entrepreneurial educator. She has seized this opportunity to share her passion for enterprise, offering individualized Business Mentoring to photographers throughout Canada and the US. She is also a spotlighted member of Shoot 2015.
In support of the growth of local photography knowledge, she has hosted internationally-renowned photographers Deb Schwedhelm, Sam Hurd, Shannon Sewell and Michelle Anderson of Pinkletoes Photography.
Hilary chairs a local women’s business networking group that helps support, encourage and educate women in business. She volunteers for the local Speakers Bureau, giving talks to primary and high school students about photography and entrepreneurship. Most recently, Hilary has taken a position at Conestoga College teaching the course “Business of Photography” to students enrolled in the Photography Certificate Program.
A proud supporter of the arts, Hilary volunteers her time to KW Glee, making the amazing young singers feel like the rock stars they are, with creative headshots, concert stills and backstage action shots. Hilary is also the official photographer of the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, Ontario. She photographs each show for archival purposes and to provide images for promotional and media distribution.
This past year, Hilary launched a program called “Through Your Eyes…Photography Courses for Kids”, sponsored by Nikon Canada, who provided cameras for the children to use during the course. She is committed to giving children a positive first experience in the world of photography and to inspiring and valuing their unique eye for the world around them.
To top it off, she devotes hours of her time to a non-profit organization called Another Door Opens, which she launched in 2012 to capture new memories for families living with the loss of a young spouse, mother, father or child. Hilary also volunteers her photography talents to the Hummingbird Center for Hope and the Kitchener-Waterloo Skate Club.
Hilary loves living in the dynamic community of Waterloo Region and is proud to share her passion for entrepreneurism, volunteerism and community involvement with her two beautiful girls, while being wonderfully supported by her husband of fourteen years.