Creative Q+A: Mary Claire / photographer

Talk about your photography style. My photography style is romantic, bold and compelling. I am very hands on and work with each of my clients to create a thoughtful, artistic vision that suits their individuality. I believe in natural light and using imagery to tell a story.

Describe a typical day. Usually I wake up around 6 or 7, drink a protein shake & answer emails, workout, and edit.  I love to mix in random lunch dates with friends throughout the week; too much time at the computer can be draining.  I love to cook and make my husband dinner every night and we usually watch Netflix together and talk about our days.

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Tell us about some of your achievements and challenges as a photographer + creative. I absolutely love being in a creative field. Planning creative shoots is one of my passions and I always try to push myself outside of the realm of the expected. One of the biggest achievements for a photographer is to be published and I’m thrilled to have one of my shoots featured on Green Wedding Shoes and another in the Utterly Engaged print magazine, which comes out in January.  Admittedly creative fields are not without challenges. Every day I find myself questioning my work, sizing myself up against other photographers, and taking each rejection way too personally. When you are so closely tied to your business in a personal way it feels like you are putting a piece of yourself out there and that is the most terrifying and rewarding experience.

Talk about one of your favorite shoots to date. This is so hard. I put so much time and thought into each shoot that I end up feeling a close, personal connection to each one. One of my favorite shoots ever is the first styled bridal shoot I ever did. It was amazing to reach out to other creatives and have such a positive response and to work with talented, dedicated people. We created a classic yet passionate bridal scene and to this day I think it’s one of the shoots that best represent my style and vision. It can be found here.

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What types of projects do you enjoy the most? My favorite types of projects are creative projects for clients. As much as I love styled shoots, working with real individuals to create their vision is exhilarating. I love working with people who are passionate and creative and want my help to create imagery that represents their brand and/or love story. This can include other people in the wedding industry (photographers, florists, stylists etc.), musicians, boutique owners, fashion bloggers, and brides.

Where do you find your inspiration? I am inspired by stories. From a young age stories enchanted and engulfed me and I would spend hours upon hours reading books of every genre. I am also inspired by people and their individuality. I studied psychology in college and this further inspired my fascination with people and their psyche. Photography is the perfect outlet for exploring, understanding, and representing humanity.

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When it comes to the creative world, where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years? In the next 5-10 years I hope to still find myself as a photographer, I hope to be continuously inspired and enthralled by my projects. Ultimately my dream is to mainly focus on creative and styled shoots but to work with all different types of people to bring their dreams to reality and create imagery that inspires.

Lastly, any life advice? Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and to personalize your business. People want to know YOU, pretty pictures are great but without an emotional connection it means nothing.