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September Newsletter – curry, crime & cats

All change

As autumn rolls around again, I am back to full time availability and looking forward to getting stuck into some new challenges.  I love this time of year, especially seeing the leaves change and also knowing I’ll be able to snuggle back into my woolly jumpers soon.  In case it’s chilly already I thought these shots from a Weight Watchers shoot with Aktar Islam might warm you up. Gorgeous, healthy, colourful comfort food from his restaurant ‘Fiesta del Asado’ in Edgbaston. (more…)

Lions, Handbags and Glamour Models

 

I generally feel infallible behind the camera! But when Simba the lion roared his deafening roar, shook his majestic mane and then covered me with raw horse meat saliva, I began to feel the reality of the situation!  Diane, who started work as the receptionist for Yorkshire Wildlife Park, now works as a lion keeper and is featured in Fabulous magazines ‘It happened to me’.
Single? – why not book yourself a mini break at Butlins and hope to meet the love of your life.  It worked for Freda and Dennis who are still happy together after 61 years.  Ahhh..  A lovely shoot for S Magazine.
I photographed Emily and her naturally gorgeous baby girl Maddie for Femail.  Emily has controversially announced that she is saving money in case Maddie wants to have cosmetic surgery and follow her into a glamour modelling ‘career’.

Well – who needs a uni fund anyway?!

A fun shoot now with Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye for S Magazine’s ‘Me and my handbag’ feature.  What an excuse to be nosy!  See the full article here.
Hayley Taylor (The Fairy Job Mother) stars in Woman magazine’s weight loss feature.  Hayley was a pleasure to photograph and brought along lots of great outfits to show off her new figure.
Jenny and husband Stephen very sadly lost their middle child Lucas to Spinal Muscular Atrophy at only four months old.  SMA is the leading genetic cause of death in young children and Jenny and Stephen are keen to raise awareness of the condition. Read their story in S Magazine by clicking here.
Lastly, at this BBC shoot Tony Livesy couldn’t bear to be left out of the 5 live bump club pics so joined in sporting his own football baby – bless.

Just to remind you all that I am currently available Wednesdays through to Sundays until September when my availability goes back to normal and I would love to hear from you.

Claire

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May Newsletter

 

I’ve been surprisingly busy after my return from maternity leave and it’s been nice to be working again.  It’s reminded me how lucky I am to be doing a job I love, to be visiting amazing and diverse places and meeting really interesting people.

This newsletter takes us back to last April when I had the pleasure to photograph Michelle Hardwick who plays Vanessa in Emmerdale.  Then off to BBC Media City to photograph Becky Meehan on the set of North West Tonight.  It was a real treat to go behind the scenes at the new studios and Becky was very easy to photograph.

Fabulous magazine commissioned me to photograph Lianna for their ‘It happened to me’ feature.  This amazing lady not only owns her own funeral company but also offers grief counselling, cosmetology services and can also conduct the service.
This shoot for Prima very nearly didn’t happen as poor Carmen, on the right, slipped on the ice and broke her foot the day before!  Unable to make it up the stairs to the studio and even unable to stand much at all, daughter Sophie allowed me to turn her kitchen upside down and into a pink studio.  They were proper troopers to carry on!
I received a very warm welcome at BBC Radio Merseyside to renew their presenter portraits and they have got some fantastic characters, Billy Butler, Billy Maher and Frankie Connor being only three of them.  A very enjoyable day.
POP (Partners of Prisoners) is an organisation that helps to provide invaluable support for offenders partners in order to keep families together.  I photographed Debbie who works at POP for Woman magazine to coincide with the new TV series of Prisoners Wives.
Another ‘It happened to me’ shoot for Fabulous magazine featuring Karen Woods who has written over 30 novels.  Her success is made even more amazing because Karen only learnt to read at age 39!

A lovely morning photographing Chelsea Halfpenny from Emmerdale who brought along her eclectic wardrobe for us to route through for this S magazine closet shoot in Leeds.
That’s all for now, the next newsletter will be along in July, have fun in the sunshine.

Claire
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Back behind the camera

 

Hello, I’m back!  I’ve really enjoyed my time with my gorgeous baby girl Grace (there is a pic at the bottom of the newsletter – I couldn’t resist!) and I’m now looking forward to getting back behind the camera all refreshed and inspired.  I’ll be available for shoots Wednesdays through to Sunday and I’m also available to talk to on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I’m very excited to launch my new website, please go and have a look.  We have been working on it for over a year and I hope you agree that it’s a big improvement on my old site.  I really hope you like it.  Thank you so much for those who contributed such kind words for my testimonials.


I’ve also got a new logo to freshen things up (courtesy of Kim Hackett) and lots of brand new kit.  My fancy new camera and lens will be ensuring every pixel is perfect!

Jumping way back to last January now and I had the pleasure of photographing Helen Flanagan and her mum Julia for a mothers day special for S Magazine.  I can’t believe Mothers day is nearly upon us again!

A shoot now for BBC Radio Lincolnshire to illustrate their play ‘Dambusters 70: After me, the flood’.  Having a Lancaster bomber for a prop is definitely my idea of fun!  ‘Left a bit, right a bit….what power!”
Some colourful head shots now for ‘Prospect‘ – a Management consultancy based in Manchester.   A great company to work for.
Natalie, photographed for Femail, gave birth to baby Zanthia at home with the help of her midwife and husband.  However she also invited her 5 children to watch, plus her neighbours, plus a TV crew filming ‘Nursing the Nation’!  She wants to reassure prospective mums-to-be that home births are nothing to be scared of.  I must have subconsciously decided to be one of Natalie’s followers as when Grace was (rather surprisingly!) born at home, I managed to squeeze a husband, 2 grandparents, 3 ambulance men and a midwife into our small bathroom.  I drew the line at a film crew though.
Howard, founder of ‘Rayburn Trading’ balanced magnificently on eight palettes so that I could get just the right angle for a corporate shoot for Business Agenda magazine.  It is certainly a challenge trying to make a warehouse full of plastic clad products look interesting.  At least Howard is interesting!
This is a man who certainly knows his buns!  Asda ‘s Bakery Specialist Mark Oliver was a pleasure to photograph and now, after photographing every part of the process, I too am a hot cross bun expert!

For Woman’s Own,I photographed Sarah, who is a reformed alcoholic.  Not only has she turned her own life around she now helps other women conquer their addiction and runs the Harrogate Sanctuary.  A very inspiring lady.
And not forgetting my little angel. She’s what my friend terms ‘an easy beamer!’

Bye for now.

Claire

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Summer Newsletter

 

The last few months have been a busy time for work and I’ve had some really interesting jobs.  For starters I photographed “The Dambusters 70: After me, the Flood” for BBC Lincolnshire.  I can’t wait to show you those pics – the actors were dressed up in original uniforms and we even had a  Lancaster bomber to play with.  I shot several features on dementia to coincide with ‘Dementia Awareness week’.  A cosmotologist! (bet you don’t know what one of those is – I didn’t!).  Two very glamorous Emmerdale actresses and the fabulous Fairy Jobmother.

Jumping back to November, we start with a shoot for S Magazine for their ‘In the Closet’ feature.  Jessica Fox, star of Hollyoaks (Nancy), brought her wonderfully quirky selection of clothes along to our swanky ‘gold themed’ apartment in Liverpool.  Tally Bookbinder (make up artist) did a fab job as usual and we all enjoyed the day.

This fantastic location was a welcome surprise to Tally and myself when we photographed Ilona Burton for Marie Claire.  Ilona, who suffered from anorexia for many years, has gone on to write an inspirational book entitled ‘Anorexia: The Essential Guide’.   Using her own invaluable experience she hopes to help others who are suffering from anorexia and those who are trying to support them to reach a deeper understanding of the illness.

A very happy shoot now, for Reveal Magazine, with Sonya and her partner Wayne.  Sonya was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and underwent treatment until 2010.  Thinking she would be unable to conceive, Sonya was thrilled to find out she is expecting her first baby.

Lock up your husbands!  A shoot for Femail now about ‘Stolen Husbands’.  Nicola talked about how she had an affair with an older married man with whom she went on to marry.  She also talks about the guilt she still feels towards his ex wife and their children.

I had a peak into Fred Done’s world when I photographed him for RBS’s Business Agenda magazine.  Fred owns ‘BetFred’ which is the worlds largest owner-operated bookmakers.

He was a pleasure to photograph and made sure I got the full tour too!  So many people being paid to watch sport!

Another ‘In the closet’ shoot now with Alex Fletcher from Hollyoaks.  Alex, who brought lots of lovely glamorous outfits for us to choose from,  was very easy to work with.  We were all wow-ed when we walked into the  amazing and bazaar Vault apartment (you’ve got to have a look at this youtube video).  A very different place to stay if you happen to be visiting Liverpool with 30 friends!  I can only imagine what goes on there!!

’10 things I love about Cancer’ for Femail.  I was intrigued to meet Laura Price who is undergoing treatment for breast Cancer.  She has an amazingly brave, positive, inspiring and very witty approach to dealing with her situation.  Check out Laura’s blog here.  After working as a financial journalist around the world and then using her languages degree working for Facebook she says Cancer has given her the opportunity to follow her dreams and is about to start an MA in Magazine Journalism.  I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from Laura in the future.

Ah – now this was a fun shoot.  My job was to follow Liz Jones around whilst she was pruned, plucked and pampered at the newly opened Harvey Nichols, Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool.  Nails, eyelashes, non surgical face lift, wax, spray tan (yes I followed Liz in there too!), hair and make up!   I felt very un-glamorous in comparison, however one of the hair stylists did take pity on me and gave me a free ultra stylish blow dry, which looked great until I stepped outside!
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Speak to you soon and enjoy the Summer.  Claire xxx

 

 

Easter

 

Hello to all my lovely clients.  I hope you managed to enjoy the Easter break despite the arctic weather conditions.  It’s been so snowy here in Yorkshire that my little boy kept asking when Santa was coming.

Back in September I enjoyed meeting and photographing Gaynor Faye for S Magazine’s ‘In the Closet with’ feature.  Gaynor was really good fun to work with and even volunteered to do acrobatics!

I was very interested to photograph Julie Bailey for Femail.  After Julie’s mother (Bella) died at Stafford Hospital in appalling circumstances, she began to head a campaign group called ‘Cure the NHS’ which aims to make the NHS a safer and more caring environment.  The campaign, which she runs from her cafe, has taken over 5 years of her life yet she remains strong and determined – an amazing woman.

On a lighter note, I photographed Karen for Woman’s Own.  Karen is a self confessed serial mistress!  You’ve got to admire her – it takes guts to admit it!
She was actually lovely and we had a very relaxed shoot.

‘Facebook turned me into a stalker’!  With that title – I was intrigued to meet and photograph Nicola Alexander for Woman magazine.  Nicola has written her first novel entitled ‘Past present future’ a Facebook based thriller. 

A fun, quick shoot now for BBC Radio Leeds to promote ‘Clare Teal’s Big Band’.  Old news now I’m afraid, but at the time, Clare held auditions and found 18 musicians with a variety of ages, backgrounds and experience to perform in a Children in Need concert at Leeds Town Hall back in November. The atmosphere at rehearsals was contagious – great music and so much enthusiasm.

It may look like a lovely day here – but believe me – it was freezing!  However my brave and cold model Jemma didn’t let it show.  This shoot was for More magazine and Jemma was part of a feature entitled ‘My New life starts here’.  Jemma skipped uni, went straight into the workforce and started earning money as a newly qualified accountant.

I didn’t have to go far to photograph Huddersfield’s Kate Hardcastle for Woman magazine.  Kate overcame bullying to achieve success.  It’s difficult to sum up what Kate does, as she does so much!  Click here for a glimpse.

Ah – this was a fun shoot for Femail entitled ‘Secret Spenders’
Not so secret now though!

Another ‘In the closet with’ shoot for S Magazine to end on, this time with Emmerdale’s Isabel Hodgins. A real pleasure to photograph.

Bye for now, hope you enjoyed the newsletter.  The next one will be in June.
Take care.
Claire x

 

February Newsletter

 

Did you miss me?  I’ve decided to go bi-monthly so that I can always send you jam packed newsletters.  The start of the year got off to a flying start for me, with a very busy January.  Shoots ranged from hot cross buns to Helen Flanagan and from 99p babies to 31st weight loss.  February seems to have fallen asleep under the snow, but such is life… lets travel back to last summer:

Last August I photographed a lovely woman called Victoria for Fabulous magazine.  Victoria, who was abandoned as a newborn baby, was brought up by a loving adoptive family but has always wanted to know the truth about her birth family.  She has made a touching you tube video appealing for information.

I loved shooting the gorgeous Jennie McAlpine, who plays my favourite character in Corrie, for the ‘Fab does’ article in Fabulous magazine.  The brief was to photograph Jennie having tea and cakes with the writer and we also managed to squeeze in a nice portrait at the end (plus we found time to tidy up the props by eating them!).

It’s always fun to shoot at the Media City for the BBC, but it was extra fun to shoot in the Blue Peter studios even if it was only to borrow their lights and camera for props when they went for a lunch break.  We photographed Russell T Davies, screenwriter and producer of (to name but a few) ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Torchwood’ and ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ – a real privilege.

A very poignant shoot now for Woman magazine.  Sheila’s daughter Carly was murdered by her boyfriend in 2006.  Although devastated, Sheila and her husband have found the strength to start the ‘Carly fund’which works to raise awareness of domestic violence in the Wigan area and they have raised thousands for the local victim support service.

Pheobe was a pleasure to photograph for a ‘child genius’ feature for S Magazine.  Pheobe has been singing and dancing since she was a tot and has starred as the young ‘Eponine’ in Les Miserables and more recently as Annie at the West Yorkshire playhouse. A real star with one very pink bedroom!

‘Married but Living apart’   When Sarah mum of three, and Martin dad of three, fell in love, they dated whilst living hours away from each other.  They are due to get married this year but still plan to live apart as combining their families would prove too disruptive to the children’s lives.  I can imagine you can tell straight away, which member of the family gave me trouble!

It was a pleasure to meet twins Rachel and Jordan for a shoot for Femail.  I was very touched to observe the way Jordan gently supports his sister who is undergoing treatment of a rare brain tumor.  A really brave family.

A lovely summer shoot with mum Emma and her daughter Nakita for Fabulous magazine.  Nakita, at 13 years old was brave enough to announce she is gay on Facebook, the feature follows the feeling and emotions surrounding this by both mum and daughter.   Shooting outside seems like a distant memory at the moment!

That’s all for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletter, the next one will be along in April.

C
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December Newsletter

 

I’d like to wish you all fabulous Christmas and I hope you all get the chance to have a nice rest and put your feet up over the festive break.  I’m having a quiet month so I’m finally on top of all my paperwork and I’ve even had time to move the office furniture around and do a bit of dusting… (bored now, please phone!).  Last June was a different story so I have plenty to tell you about.  We start with a delightful shoot for Cosmo with Danielle and Matthew who fell in love over the Internet even though they lived on opposite sides of the Atlantic….bless!

It was a pleasure to meet and photograph Louisa and her daughter Jolie for Woman magazine.  Louisa is living with Multiple Sclerosis but maintains a very positive approach to life preferring to focus on what she can do, rather than what she cannot.

I was invited to the in-store bakery to photograph Mark at work for the ‘who grows it’ page of Asda magazine.  Not the usual outdoor rural location this page is used to, however with a little re-arranging we managed to make quite a large scale bakery look warm and cosy.

It was great fun to go behind the scenes with Cosmopolitan magazine, at Manchester’s X Factor to photograph Beth Hart.  Beth is the senior executive producer, what a fabulous job!  Walking into the venue, past the crowds of potential stars I somehow got mistaken for Jedward – how rude!  It must have been the wind making my hair fly skywards? (or my electric blue suit).

My second visit to the Alexander hospital, this time to photograph the Cardio Vascular team for their new website.

Stephen Martin, who is the chief executive of Clugston, was a lovely man to photograph for Business Agenda and was very relaxed and enthusiastic.  Stephen appeared on ‘Undercover Boss’ a few years back so he’s probably used to the limelight!

Lastly a tongue in cheek photo shoot now, for an article on ‘hormonal women’ for Femail.  Martina Mercer, who runs a successful copy-writing business talked about all the crazy things she has done in the past while under the influence of hormones!

That’s all for now – see you in the New Year! xx

November Newsletter

 

Hello, I’m so relieved that all my shoots have been indoors this November, no cold toes, no dripping nose and no frozen fingers (as yet anyway – you’re probably all waiting for December – eek!).  November has been a busy month for me photographing stolen husbands, a gastric band family, Hollyoaks actresses and babies who can read, but last May (on a lovely warm Spring day), I met Kate Lambert and her daughter Lille for an S Magazine shoot.  Lille was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago and Kate went on to write a book aimed at children ‘Can I tell you about Epilepsy?’  

The title of this next shoot for Grazia is quite shocking – ‘I’ve made £20,000 from rinsing men’!.  Holly Henderson, who featured in channel 4′s ‘The Rise of the Rinsers’, uses social media to strike up friendships with men who then shower her with gifts!  Holly was quite jittery as she had been receiving death threats since the programe aired, however she really switched it on for the camera and was a pleasure to work with.

I really enjoyed meeting Caroline and her husband Tony for an S Magazine shoot.  Caroline has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s’s since 2009.  To be honest, I was expecting a difficult shoot but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Caroline entertained me with stories from her high flying career and her current activities with a local choir and rambling group.  Tony is a lovely patient and caring man and they clearly enjoy their lives together (plus there were chocolate biscuits on offer!)

That’s all for now, enjoy your weekend.  Claire xx

October Newsletter

 

Autumn at last and we can all snuggle back into cosy woollies and boots.  I love this time of year and shooting outside with the strong Autumn colours is a joy – that is when I’m not having to pretend it’s Spring already!  We shall be enjoying our last caravanning trip of the year this weekend to Robin Hoods Bay – some say it may snow.  More worrying is the need to keep a very active three year old entertained in a confined space.  I’ve already compiled a detailed three page list of ‘things to do if it rains (snows -eek) ‘ so fingers crossed….

Jumping back to April now, where we start with a shoot for Grazia about ‘Anxiety in Modern Life’.  Ashley told me how losing her high powered job in finance management, triggered crippling anxiety that left her barely able to function.  She managed to turn her life around after using the Linden method and is now very much back in control.

A lovely shoot for Prima magazine, featuring Marie, who used social media to turn her life around.  Marie is a working, single mum who wanted to get out more and meet new friends so joined ‘City Socialising’.  As you can see – it seems to have worked!

I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle and her daughter Hannah, for a feature on autism for Femail.  Michelle has a lovely family and doesn’t want autism to define her daughter.  Autism is traditionally seen as a condition that affects boys, but new findings suggest that girls go undiagnosed because they find it easier to learn social skills that hide the signs of autism.  This can mean undiagnosed girls growing up and having nothing to explain why they feel different.

Lastly, I enjoyed a very interesting day photographing three debates for Candis magazine.  One of which was ‘What does it mean to be British today’?.  The positive suggestions included: our charitableness, ethnic diversity, civil rights, the architecture, the Royal Family, our variety of food, accents and landscapes, popular culture and our sporting success.  We hear a lot about how Britain is going downhill, but here at least are 10 reasons to be proud.

Enjoy your Halloween.

Claire

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