Clare Adams: light-chasing ninja photographer
As a South Wales & South West Wedding Photographer, I am based in Chepstow and travel to Abergavenny, Bath, Swansea, Forest-of-Dean, Monmouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Taunton, Somerset, London 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.
philosophy – the way I shoot weddings
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.
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
other splendid things
Get in touch to receive my comprehensive pricing guide and wedding brochure or ask your wedding planner for more details.
Each enquiry will receive the comprehensive wedding pricing brochure. Please note I am fully booked until October 2017.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
discover what previous clients are saying
Clare is absolutely incredible. From our first meeting I just knew she was the photographer for us. She captured our wedding day beautifully. A photographer with an eye for detail. She knew exactly what she was doing. Very natural and an easy go attitude. We felt completely comfortable around her. She blended into the background, we didn't realise she was even there. Those are the photos I love the most � the end results were just unbelievable. I cry everytime I look at them. She really did capture the most intimate and emotional moments. I would highly recommend Clare to anyone who is getting married. Honestly I say the best in the business.
Before our wedding I asked Clare if she knew of anyone who could do a boudoir photoshot with me as a gift for my husband to be. Clare jumped at the idea and we came up with a plan and lots of ideas. Being a woman and quite self conscious I was very nervous to begin with. But Clare really put me at easy and we were soon laughing and joking. I felt completely comfortable with her and the album really shows this. My now husband loves it and I think it is such a beautiful piece of art. Which I could never imagine I could feel like this about myself.
Truely an amazing lady and fantastic photographer. I absolutely love you work Clare �
Clare photographed our wedding day and despite the constant rain she inspired and encouraged us to have photographs taken outside which were beautiful. Clare is calm and professional and made us feel relaxed when taking photos during the day. The photos we have received are beautiful and better than we could have expected. Clare not only got the traditional group photos but also captured natural pictures of all our guests enjoying the day. Thanks again Clare! X
Clare Adams is an extremely talented photographer. The photos we received were absolutely amazing and this is all down to her creativity and artistic touch. Clare will capture parts of your special day that either you missed or forgot and when you see these photos, they tell a thousand words! The blog, is an added personal touch which is lovely to read over and over again. Finally, if you want a photographer who can blend in with your guests- 'ninja style' then Clare is the one for you!
Clare was amazing, our wedding photos were absolutely stunning. We particularly liked all the 'off guard' non-staged photos that were so natural. We would highly recommend Clare 🙂 x x
Clare photographed our wedding and we received our pictures last night..and WOW!!!! The most amazing photographer not only very professional in the way she works with her quirky tricks she uses and we went down to crickhowell for some pictures,
Also we had the best laugh with her too!!!! Thank you so much loveseen photography we will treasure our pictures forever and always smile looking back on our wonderful day ❤️❤️❤️�
OMG! The woman is amazing at what she does, the photos are way better than I had imagined they would be! She made us laugh the entire day (which explains some of the pretty epic photos), made us feel utterly relaxed and captured moments which have touched my heart. Clare is just plain and simply awesome.
I am so so pleased with my gorgeous wedding pictures. They are so amazing and Clare was so brilliant with us on the day! Lovely ideas & beautiful photos. Thank you so much ❤️ now I've got to try and choose them! ��
This lady is amazing in every way!!!! Totally friendly & lovely at all times ... Right from our family shoot, to the big day, up until we received our prints & usb! And am 100% sure she'll continue being amazing when we choose our album prints etc!! We chose to do a family shoot with Clare before our wedding day so me & Josh could get used to being photographed together & also because our daughter of 2 years could get used to Clare and wouldn't be bothered by strangers with cameras on our big day! It was worth every penny as it really helped me & Josh get used to each other when being photographed & also get used to how Clare worked... Though there wasn't much to get used to! We just felt like we'd had a walk on the beach as a family as we were at such ease!! And to top it off the pics turned out beautiful!
On our wedding day she not only made every single member of our wedding party feel at ease when taking pictures but actually made it enjoyable for them too! All whilst maintaining infallible professionalism!! We booked another photographer through Clare because it's a busy day & we didn't want stuff to get missed, we also thought it would be nice to have similar shots from different angles & also just because I love love photos!! Clare picked Simone who was such a laugh & also very professional. I honestly couldn't have asked for more perfect people to be photographing our big day!! It wasn't just us who noticed how great they are! Phoebe recognised Clare from our family shoot & was at total ease with her & her camera on our wedding day....also so many of our guests commented on how amazing the photographers were! At the end of the day the pictures speak for themselves! So many great moments captured! Thank you thank you from a very very happy bride and groom (& flower girl too)!!
Clare photographed our wedding in July and did an amazing job. She caught all of the moments that we wanted to remember and more. We have a huge number of photos to hang on the wall and to give to our friends and families as a memento of the day.
The photos are gorgeous. We have a good balance of images that satisfy our taste for candid shots and the more formal ones that relatives like to hang on their walls. We really love the arty shots that she took. Our families have said that they can't pick favourites from our amazing stash of beautiful photos.
One of my bridesmaids thought Clare was an old friend because she gelled so well with everyone and made them feel at home. Also, lots of people said that they were unaware that she was there most of the time, which is really nice because this has resulted in some lovely natural group shots.
We also had a very rainy Harmony session before the wedding. We would really recommend doing this before your wedding day because it helped us to relax more on the wedding day and we knew what felt comfortable and what ended up producing a lovely image. Despite/because it was rainy, we got some lovely atmospheric shots of this day.
We would unreservedly recommend Clare!
Our photographer was the first thing we booked because we knew after seeing Clare's photos we wanted her and haven't been dissapointed. She makes sure she knows exactly what you want and gives you all the pointers you need. Such a laugh to have with us on the day and the pictures are amazing! Super talented and lovely lady! Thank You. Xx
From the minute clare walked in she lit up the room. Her professionalism along with her banter was amazing! Instantly bonded with everyone. As a bridesmaid at my brothers wedding she captured every special moment. Clare hope your able to do my crazy wedding next year! xxxxx
Clare was absolutely amazing to get along with, professional and friendly. We really appreciated her style, she wasn't pushy and made us feel really relaxed. She went with the flow of the day. The pictures she captured were out of this world and we highly recommend her to everyone. Thank you again Clare xx
Clare is an amazing talent with the lens and it was a pleasure to have you with us on our big day. Over the moon with our pics and can't recommend Clare highly enough
Clare worked tirelessly and really blended in with our wedding really well. Nothing regimented or bossy about how she did her thing as our special day progressed. Knowing the venue (St.Pierre, Chepstow) so well allowed her to use the changes in light conditions to the advantage of the wedding photo album, the results are absolutely spectacular! Book her for your wedding before she gets booked up!
Clare Adams is quite simply the most talented and remarkable photographer around. I looked high and low for photographer that had a distinct way of capturing natural moments and a creative eye for detail and had a talent for getting on with everyone, and Clare seemed to have ticked all the boxes. My new husband & I have always been a little camera shy but Clare made us feel so relaxed & confident on our day & can't thank her enough for being our rock on the big day. I can't describe how happy I am with our photos and can't wait to show them off to the world! Thank Clare Adams for being simply the best! xxxx
The biggest thank you for such outstanding photography at our wedding last month. You were truly brilliant and we couldn't have asked for more. You made us feel so relaxed and at ease throughout the day and we are so happy with how beautiful every single photo is. You managed to capture every element of the day and we will treasure each image for many years to come. A wonderful lady and photography skills to reflect your personality. Thank you for everything, Beth & Chris xxx
We are absolutely blown away by our wedding pictures. They are everything We hoped they would be and more! Clare is such a lovely lady. From the moment I met her I knew I wanted her to photograph our big day! She has answered every random question I have asked and nothing has been too much trouble. On the day she blended in and had a laugh with us. All our guests commented on how lovely, friendly and laid back she was. She has captured everything, things that we didn't even see and we are so over the moon with her work. I would recommend her to everyone! Thank you so much Clare for helping us relive our day again with your wonderful photography ❤️❤️
WOW!!! All I can say is this lovely lady is a camera genius!! She has captured every single moment of my day (and you need it as its like a whirlwind) not only does she create the most amazing pictures but is the loveliest person you could wish for on your day! Thank you sooooooo much, can we do it all over again???
Clare has such a talent and was so easy and professional to work with on our wedding day. She captured all of our special moments so perfectly with her attention to detail, natural style and creative ideas (even in the pouring rain!). We would 100% recommend Loveseen Photography to everyone!! Thank you so much Clare! x
What a talented lady! We had the pleasure of Clare's photography skills at our wedding recently. Clare did an amazing job, worked all day long, and captured our day perfectly. Highly recommended x
Clare's photographs are simply stunning. We are absolutely delighted with our photos, they are everything we had hoped for and more. It was a real pleasure to have Clare around on the day. If you are looking for a photographer then don't hesitate, book Clare Adams!! X
What a find...not only is Clare an incredibly talented photographer but her nature means she puts you at ease and makes the whole thing so much fun. Couldn't have picked anyone better to capture our wedding memories. Highly recommend!!
What a wonderful team! Clare, total trouper! Fresh out of hospital and totally on form, Larissa equally on the go through out and not forgetting Mr Loveseen doing all the heavy work!
Great day, totally put everyone at ease, thank you all. Can't wait for pictures!!! Xxx
We love Clare! Our engagement shoot was so much fun and the photos were stunning. Clare also shot our wedding photos 2 weeks ago & she was just amazing on the day & everyone commented on how great she is. We look forward to meeting Clare again one day for a family shoot xxx
All i can say is amazing!!!!
Clare was so accomodating to Mike and I before, during and after out wedding.
She understands the stress on the day of the wedding and how to keep you calm. She also knows how to not be in the way with a camera.
She has given us some amazing natural shots of our wedding.
I recommend clare to anyone who is due to get married 🙂
I second Holly's sentiments completely; her graduation photos are great and our engagement photos are everything I could have hoped for and more, can't wait for the family shoot soon and of course our wedding photos! A pleasure to be around, a talented artist and a professional.
I couldn't recommend Clare more highly - if there were six, seven, eight....stars I would award them. Clare has taken all the worry of 'will my pictures on my big day look okay' away and replaced it with a feeling of ease, confidence, and 110% knowledge that everything will be alright. Clare makes everyone feel special when she is around and fills you with confidence that you are beautiful enabling her to shoot your best and most confident side - producing some gorgeous photos. My photos from Clare are some of my most treasured possessions - from being the wallpaper on my phone, to being wedding invites, canvases around the house - these are pictures that are a joy to look at every day and a reminder of your special time. Clare really embodies being 'the lovely photographer' and is a huge asset to any wedding. So pleased to have her there to capture all the special times - I know that I will use her again and again over the years as I really cant fault her. Thank you Clare, your kindness, consideration, and patience show in your beautiful work; picture after picture of treasured moments - stunning!
We booked Clare for our wedding and simply can't put into words how brilliant she is (although i'll try!). She was professional, friendly, fun and went above and beyond to try and achieve amazing pictures for us.... which we are pleased to say is exactly what we got! It's easy to see that she loves her work and puts so much into it to give a high quality, personal service. I cannot recommend Clare enough and we are so so so pleased we booked with her for our special day - her talent shines through on every photograph taken! Thank you Clare x
Fantastically creative photographer and such a lovely person too very professional but approachable and fun attitude it was lovely to meet you at my nephews wedding x
The photos that Clare took of our wedding are really amazing! It was great having a photographer that we felt so at ease with and Clare's natural style is great for capturing the true emotions of the day. We can't praise her enough and would highly recommend Clare to everyone! Thanks again! x