I'm a lot of things: an easy-laugher, a wife and mom, a coffee-drinker, a radio lover, frequent dancer, and entire person in my own right. When I plan sessions, I dream about what I'll shoot, and when I'm editing photos, I forget to eat. I have a cat, a kid, a husband, and too many books checked out from the library. Someone told me once to "take my foot off the gas" and since I still think about it years later, it's given me plenty of fuel for the journey. I grew up in Oklahoma and got to Texas as fast as I could. Now let's go take some pictures.

hi! i'm claire.

i think we're gonna get along juuuust fine.

love on each other as hard as you can


climb the dang tree

rule two

it's not the perfect that we're after--it's the real

rule three

ice cream after a session is always a good idea

rule four
  • poses and prompts that provide clear, intentional direction to bring out natural smiles and laughs

  • a roll-with-the-chaos approach that's seen and photographed everything from kids taking off into a bluebonnet field, random rainstorms, and little ones who need a moment, all the way to finding new locations on the spot and roaming peacocks.

  • ground rules and expectations set up front, so that you feel comfortable and confident in what you're doing in front of the camera (spoiler: my first ground rule is to have nothing in your pockets. My second ground rule is to love on each other as much as you possibly can. My third ground rule is a secret that you'll just have to book with me to find out!)

  • a lot of laughter--I aim to make my sessions just as fun as a day at the park, date night, or lazy Saturday morning might be.

 joyful + vibrant + distinctly human

okay, but what's it like working with you?

you can expect a few things from me...

Connecting with your photographer is huge, right? That's what gets you photos that go on the wall instead of just sort of hanging out in your downloads folder. 

Here's a couple shots of me in action at my first and best job, which is being a human mom. In one photo you can see me at a playground, a place where, if it gave out frequent flyer miles, I would have already achieved diamond status. I enjoy a good hike and a good fire out back after. I wear my Ariats in bluebonnet season because it feels right. I take up a lot of hobbies for about three weeks, and then come back to them in a year or three. My favorite memories are almost always when my people are all together, sharing good conversation and good food.

love that! now tell me more about you

alright alright alright


4. most used emoji

whiskey river. basic? no. classic? yes

3. favorite willie song

kiddie pool + cold beer + embrace the sweat

2. strategy for beating the august heat

shrimp macha taco from veracruz

1. best taco in austin

8. describe your perfect friday night

three fish tacos from cabo bobs. a new episode of RPDR. in bed by 9:15 

waking up eight minutes before my alarm

7. useless superpower, go

a hair tie on my wrist! I'm a photographer's worst nightmare

6. what can't you live without?

three way tie between legally blonde, fantsatic mr. fox, and love, actually

5. favorite movie

inquiring minds want to know

lightning round

I like coffee and emails, drop me a line and let's talk photos.

serving austin, texas (and beyond)

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