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Thanks for stopping by to see what I get up to most of the time!
I am a California-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, specializing in visual storytelling with beautiful contemporary and fine-art images. This site also showcases a wide range of my other types of work as well.
Hopefully my blog will give you a sense of who I am as you follow my professional and personal life. I love hearing from people...clients, photographers...anybody. So don't be shy, let me know you were here!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Ryan Demont

Singer/songwriter Ryan Demont plays another show at Room 5 this Saturday 18th April.
I had the pleasure of shooting the images for his next cd......hopefully I managed to get the "image" of his latest music just right....a blend of smooth/sensitive pop and a hint of country.
You can hear some of his music right here.....Ryan's MySpace

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Icing on the Cake....

Isn't this little guy just beautiful!?
As I was making the slideshow I was almost crying myself! And he's not even mine! This is what his mom had this to say ( I feel so humbled )...

"So it's like all your clients say....thank you thank you thank you, i love it, i love it, i love it!!!!!! Olivier and I are speechless. You even made my big guy husband misty in the eyes. I honestly think he was holding back a few tears. This is even more amazing than I could have hoped for. You are so incredibly talented Claire. I want the whole world to know it!! The whole show is perfect, even the song. Perfect! Who sings it? How did you find it? It is so my taste!
I can't wait to sing your praises even more! Thanks again for all your hard work and your incredible talent! "

Sarah R

To see the tear-jerker ; ) click here...The Rousselle Family

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Engagement Shoots....and why they make sense!

Some of you might know that my signature Engagement sessions are like Fashion/Lifestyle shoots, tailor-made for my clients.
When Theresa and Wyeth told me that they would be getting married on a yacht, images of Nautica and J.Crew ads came to mind when I envisioned their engagement shoot.
I am very lucky that I get to live right by the ocean.....luckier still that a very good friend of mine has a beautiful sailboat docked in the marina......what a prop!
Theresa and Wyeth were such good sports when I explained the nautical theme.....Theresa joined me for a wardrobe/styling consultation ( she even put on a bikini! )......and even Wyeth got into it after the couple of tequila shots I gave him before we started shooting.
This is why engagement sessions are so important. You see, Wyeth hated the thought of having his photograph taken. But after the engagement shoot ( and the tequila...) he really loosened up, realised that it wasn't so bad after all and even started to have fun.
They are a great way of helping to put the bride and groom at ease before their big day....to build a rapport with my clients so that they have complete and utter trust in my vision and ability.
I think Wyeth might have even started to ham it up for the camera on his wedding day!
Here is their Engagement Slideshow and their Wedding at Fantasea Yachts.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Calamigos Ranch

One of the things I love about Los Angeles is that in a matter of minutes you can be a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Driving up to Calamigos Ranch in Malibu is wonderful.....with nature all around and the feeling of stepping back ever so slightly in time, when life was a little more simple.
I've shot a few weddings at this ranch but they have all been in different locations....so I feel newly inspired each time I am there.
Mark and Tricia's wedding had that old rustic charm to it......a log cabin, hay bales, old chandeliers and picket fences....great photo backdrops!
This time I even took my own damask backdrop....and did we have some fun with that! Take a look at the slideshow if you want to see how creative people became.....