I studied photography in New York, both formally (at Parsons and The New School) and by working with many talented photographers. Most of what I learned though came from travelling around the world working on various documentary projects, making mistakes, and then figuring out how to do better.
One of the reasons my work stays fresh and interesting for me every time I go out to shoot is that I mix it up; one day it's a wedding, the next a shoot for a non-profit group that works to find housing for low-income families. Or it may be a newborn baby, followed by a portrait session for an author, physician, or CEO. I've photographed for hospitals, children's advocacy groups, environmental groups, travel guides, magazines, on editorial assignments, and have even done some product work. My photographs have appeared in publications as diverse as People Magazine and the Lonely Planet Guides — and of course Style me Pretty and lots of other wedding blogs and magazines.
When I am photographing a wedding, I work in a loose, fluid way. I'm looking for the emotion, humor, and those moments between people that I feel are the heart of wedding photography. I want you to have all those family groups, details, and gorgeous portraits, but I also want to make sure that the visual history I create will remind you of how you felt in the moment. To do that I need to be entirely present, to listen, anticipate, and document your day as it unfolds without imposing myself on the action.
I try to always remember that life is short, precious, and full of possibility — so I'd better pay attention and enjoy every minute. That's the way I approach my life in San Francisco with my marvelous husband and daughter, and the way I photograph weddings as well.
Take a look around our site, and if what we do feels right for your wedding day, we'd love to hear from you.
If you'd like to see some of my other work, you can visit www.clairelewis.com.
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