Hello, I’m Claire, wife to my loving husband, mum to our four beautiful boys and doggy mum to Molly and Bruce. I’ve always had a passion for photography since childhood and in 2017 I made the decision to follow my dreams, take the next step in my journey and begin my photography business.
I grew up in Kent living on a farm and spent a lot of my childhood running through the fields, climbing trees, building dens and helping the farmer throughout the summer with the lambing season. My childhood was built from long lazy summer days and cosy nights in front of the fire. Childhood days with my parents would consist of walking the dogs, roast dinners, feeding the chickens and living simply.
From this I developed a strong connection to nature and a natural pull to being outside, feeling the wind in my hair, walking freely, listening to the birds and taking notice of the beauty around me.
I am a big believer that nature can have an amazing positive effect on our health and wellbeing and I love to spend time as a family outside connecting with each other and the environment.
I believe that a simple, carefree and wild childhood is a happy childhood.
Why family photography?
Over the years my camera has never been far from my side and I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to document our boys growing up.
Family photos are so important. They are part of our family history and I find that our children love to look at family photos and talk of the memories, holidays and family adventures and experiences we’ve had together.
I love to display family photos in the home as I believe that this has a fantastic positive effect on children’s wellbeing and reinforces the family bond and attachment. From a young age children are able to recognise their face and family members within photos and by displaying photos around the home you are not only creating a beautiful homely safe space for the family but you are reinforcing the love, connection and bond for your child too.
I love to encourage and inspire families to update their photos regularly and display their family photos within the home.
My passion for photography began as a child. I used to capture photos of my dogs and the other farm animals on the farm where I lived. I recall many trips to boots pharmacy where I would wait eagerly to collect the photos I had sent off to be developed. So many times they returned and the photos had not printed or developed correctly. I was always so disappointed.
As a teen, I was always the friend with the camera capturing photos of friends on school trips, animals and adventures. so, when I discovered I could do a photography a level I was over the moon. I studied film photography alongside psychology, history and biology and I absolutely loved the whole process of film photography and developing my own images in the dark room.
however when the time came to go to university I chose to follow my other passion, psychology. I have always been fascinated by child development, individual differences and child health and I planned to train as an Educational psychologist. I remember sharing these plans with my photography teacher after I’d just received the A Level Exam prize for my a level photography work and she was shocked that i didn’t want to continue with my photography at degree level. at the time I didn’t even consider that photography could be an option as a career. I now know differently.
My photography journey may have taken a de-tour but i am thankful for the experience and I now work combining my passion for documenting everyday moments with my camera, capturing childhood, individual personalities, relationships and inspiring families to savour the moment and embrace their unique family story and display their photos within their home.
My other passions
When I’m not being mum or working I love to spend time with my husband. We love to go to the cinema, bowling or enjoy a very competitive game of air hockey and we enjoy family walks with the boys and the dogs molly and bruce.
I also enjoy going to the gym, pilates and swimming and I love to get out for a walk with my camera and meeting up with my friends for a coffee and a catch up.
As a family we love to explore new places, go camping and visit the beach whenever possible (Cornwall is our favourite). At home we love to explore our local fields and snuggle on the sofa in front of the fire on cold days. Oh and I also love to sing and dance at home with the boys and my husband. Being silly and having fun is all part of making memories.