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. Creating emotive imagery has been my passion for as long as I can remember. From playing with chemicals in the darkroom during my Fine Art degree, to presenting my Masters thesis on Embodied Photography at International Philosophy conferences.

There is something raw and visceral about telling the story of a wedding day. I like showing real life – no posing, no pretence. I seek out the moments that are natural, warm, emotional and electric – the littlest things that make up the bigger picture of you. I have been named in the Top Ten Photographers in Wales in 2015 by Junebug, I won the Wedisson Collection 14 Award in 2016 and a Master of Wedding Photography Uk Award in both 2017 and 2018. I have been featured in many blogs including Love My Dress and Rock and Roll Bride and in 2018 my work was published in The Times.

Top Ten Photographers in Wales

– June Bug

Based in the beautiful Wye Valley, where I live with my children Blue and Sol, I am lucky to travel all over the UK and beyond for my work. When not taking photographs, I can be found running trails or putting the world to rights over a decent gin. I live by the philosophy, ‘if life gives you lemons, gym and tonic’.

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

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philosophy – the way I shoot weddings

Sensitive, reflexive and thoughtful.

Dramatic, edgy and touching.

To flex and yield at a moments notice.

intuitive

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.

natural

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.

chilled

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.

present

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

this is your story

  • 10 hours of photography
  • Pre-wedding consultation
  • Digital gallery / download
  • Printing rights
  • From 700 high-resolution photographs
  • Edited in my signature style

this is your choice

  • Harmony Session
  • Albums
  • Parent books
  • Additional shooters

Your wedding is more than a just package and that’s why I have one simple price for photographing your day. If you want to add elements such as a Harmony Session this is easy to do, or you can think about an album after the day as something to look forward to.

Low season and mid-week reductions are sometimes available, subject to availability.

destination unknown

Are you eloping? Whether you are having an intimate or massive wedding overseas, you can take me with you. I shoot anywhere in the world. The cost of travel and accommodation is simply added to your invoice.

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

booking enquiry

Each enquiry will receive the 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

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FAQ

How much do you cost?

Peak season prices in 2019/2020 are from £1995. Low season and mid-week offers are available.

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.

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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