Clare Adams: light-chasing ninja photographer

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As a South Wales & South West Wedding Photographer, I am based in Chepstow and travel to Abergavenny, Bath, Swansea, Forest-of-DeanMonmouthBristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Taunton, SomersetLondon and beyond. I have been working as a full-time wedding photographer for over six years, winning several SWPP wedding photojournalism awards and most recently I was winner of the International Wedisson Wedding Photography collection 14 awards.

Over 15 years ago my photography journey began in the darkroom playing with light and chemicals during degree studies. I was awarded a First Class degree and exhibited all over London and Cardiff , NY and Paris.  I later dabbled in Philosophy at Oxford where my ideas about art and the nature of being developed.  In 2012 I won a scholarship to study photography at Masters level and was subsequently awarded a Distinction. I have since presented my thesis on Embodied Photography at international philosophy conferences.

LoveSeen to me is the perfect conclusion to my love of photography and people. In 2009 I made the decision to work for myself. My life revolves around photography – shooting happy people who are in love. 

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– June Bug

I live in Chepstow, South Wales with my husband David, our daughter Blue. When I am not taking photographs I am lifting weights at the gym or putting the world to rights over a Tanqueray. My life motto is, “If life gives you lemons: gym and tonic”!

That’s enough trumpet blowing and theory. Read more about the way I shoot.

South Wales & South West Wedding Photographer

THINKING WITH A CAMERA

philosophy – the way I shoot weddings

Sensitive, reflexive and thoughtful.

Dramatic, edgy and touching.

To flex and yield at a moments notice.

flex and yield

I hesitate to label myself as a photographer as I am constantly evolving. In fact rather than my style being documentary, alternative, reportage or fine art, in one day I can be any or all of the above. The consistency comes through how I show your story and my ability to flex and yield according to the moments on the day.

My ninja skills mean that I can fade into the crowd and catch those intimate, funny and one-off moments as they happen. I can also bring humour, sensitivity and direction when needed to bring out even the shyest of souls.

MEANING > POSING

I take photographs when people are at their most natural. I think if people are forced into poses or staged with hands neatly arranged and everyone looking at the camera it just looks awkward and cheesy. The less posed and staged photographs there are the more time there will be for emotional readings, crazy dancing, human pyramids, bad jokes, good vibes and plenty of hugs.

HAPPY PEOPLE

Weddings should not be photoshoots. For this reason I encourage a handful of group shots including one large shot of everyone at the wedding (and of course lots of confetti). The best group shots are informal, intimate and full of fun.

AND BREATHE …

At some point in the day I suggest you have take a walk together. It is here I will capture the two of you alone – a chance to take it all in, catch your breath and to feel the most in love you have ever felt. You will be totally present in the moment. You won’t remember me, just each other. You will feel powerful, sexy and romantic and it will show. I recommend a Harmony Session so you know just what this is like.

So you’ve read all about me  and how I work. Check out some featured weddings in my journal to get a feel for my style.

the day – your wedding photography

from dawn until dusk

  • 10 hours from morning preparation until after the first dance
  • Consultation with cocktails or coffee
  • High – resolution photographs in a beautiful presentation box
  • 500-800 photographs fully edited and professionally retouched
  • Online gallery with easy-to-buy print options for friends and family
  • Full printing rights
  • 50 4×6 complimentary prints

Travel in included within a 60 mile radius. I will travel to any venue in South Wales and England, including Cardiff, Bristol, London and abroad.

other splendid things

  • SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER
  • BEPOKE ITALIAN ALBUMS AND ALBUM DESIGN SERVICE 
  • HARMONY SESSION 
  • WORLD-WIDE TRAVEL POA
  • AFTER-THE-DAY DRESS SHOOT 

Get in touch to receive my comprehensive pricing guide and wedding brochure or ask your wedding planner for more details.

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booking enquiry

Each enquiry will receive the comprehensive wedding pricing brochure.

booking procedure

  1. Check I am available
  2. We will meet for coffee (or cocktails) or if you are faraway or abroad we can have a chat via Skype or Facetime.*
  3. Pay a 20% booking fee to secure date.
  4. Read and sign an online contract
  5. Yay you have booked!

You may wish to book a Harmony Session before the big day or keep in touch by following my recent shoots on Facebook or Twitter. You can also ‘friend me’ on Facebook to chat photography, weddings or tut at my frequent gym references.

Not keen on form filling? Email me at: clare@loveseen.co.uk

FAQ

How much do you cost?

A weekend wedding in August is priced differently to a mid-week wedding in October. Prices range from 1295 – 1895 depending on dates. Please get in touch to receive the comprehensive wedding pricing brochure.

Do we have to meet?

It’s always good to have a chat but I understand sometimes people don’t have the time. If you like what you see you can go ahead and book! We can catch up nearer the day.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes – there are lots of ways to pay including credit card, debit card, bank transfer and instalments.

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The Harmony Session

How much is it?

The Harmony Session is priced on an individual basis, please contact me to find out more.

How long does it take?

Approx 1-2 hours or sometimes longer if we go to more than one location, or if we get carried away.

What does it entail?

Some call it an engagement shoot or  a pre-shoot .. I call it a Harmony Session. It is all about getting to know each-other, a couple of bad jokes and plenty of good vibes. I will provide gentle coaching and encouragement to create the right atmosphere. The aim will be to achieve the levels of emotions that show you at your most natural and therefore most beautiful. Couples come away laughing and say they feel exhilarated, peaceful, loved-up and totally at ease with me and my camera. You can bring what you like to the session whether that’s props, your poodle or just your perfect selves.

What do I get?

Approx 40 – 100 fully-edited photographs that you can download from your online gallery. You can also order invitations, prints and canvases directly from the gallery.

Optional extras

Signing Frame

I offer a “signing frame” which is a print of your choice from your collection, in a frame with a large mount that can be used for people to sign at your wedding (often used instead of a guest book).

[…] so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

— Sonnet XVII Pablo Neruda

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