Claire Wood is a professional photographer with over twelve years experience specialising in photographing people. Based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Claire works on location, across the North of England and has strong ties to Manchester, Leeds and London.
Claire works closely with picture editors of national magazines to shoot celebrity fashion features and portraits, features and real life stories. Working on location, with portable professional lighting and professional make up artists she endeavours to creatively fulfill the brief by seeking out the best locations, relaxing her sitters and bringing fun and enjoyment to every shoot.
When commissioned by design and advertising agencies or when working directly with organisations, Claire takes great care to understand her clients needs so that she can carefully plan to achieve the best results and capture the right ‘feel’. She has undertaken numerous commissions for educational establishments, museums and galleries, stately homes and the television industry. Bringing creativity, enthusiasm, experience and technical knowledge Claire works hard to turn clients ideas into an inspiring visual reality.
Claire is frequently commissioned to shoot the heads of multi national businesses for editorial clients and understands the need to work within time constraints. Forward planning of ideas and locations is key, alongside the ability to quickly react to new circumstances. Claire also works directly, or through design agencies, for small and large businesses, creating imagery for website rebranding, corporate reports, brochures, headshots and newsletters.
I really enjoy my job and I work hard to create the images that work for my clients. I will listen carefully to your requirements and continue to listen to you throughout the phootoshoot. I try my best to put everyone I photograph at ease and to get the best out of every situation. I’m easy to get along with and have lots of experience. But really you should only ever commisison a photographer if you like their work.
Editorial Photography: People based photography for magazine articles.
Education: Photography for school and university prospectuses, websites and promotional material.
Corporate: Portraits, head shots and group shots for companies on location.
Commercial: People based photography for marketing campaigns and websites, through design agencies or direct.
Although I am based in Huddersfield, I am able to work wherever you need me to be and wherever your business is based. My inspiration come from challenges presented by clients and working in new situations that I haven’t dealt with before, so whatever your project is, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I have completed commercial photography work in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Salford, London, York, Huddersfield, Halifax, Barnsley, Hull, Cheshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Staffordshire, Warrington, Wirral and countless other places around Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.
Once we have talked though your ideas and requirements I will send you a quote. Once agreed we can then arrange a suitable date.
After the photoshoot I will edit the images down to the ones I feel ‘work’ and meet your brief. You can then pick a number of images for me to look at again and retouch in order to get the very best out of them.
If, for any reason, you need to postpone your commercial photography session, please let me know as soon as possible. In this case I will work with you to agree an alternative date that works better for you.
However if you have to cancel the photoshoot on the day you may incur 100% of the agreed fee and if you cancel the day before you may incur 50% of the agreed fee.
You’ll appreciate that as a commercial photographer, the reputation of my work begins and ends with the images I take. That’s why myself and every other professional photography in the country retains the intellectual property rights to their work to protect it.
This is why I own the copyright to all of the work I produce. When you book a commercial photography shoot with me, we will agree an arrangement for the extent that you will be able to reproduce the work I complete for you.
Yes, I work with a wide range of advertising agencies who need a professional photographer to work on a particular brief or project. If you are looking for an experienced photographer to work with your agency please contact me to discuss your needs.
Yes I occasionally photograph celebrities for magazine articles. I enjoy these shoots as we can push the portraits further and they often have a strong fashion feel.
I have set rates covering a full day, a half day. I also have a minumum two hour rate. However we will need to discuss your requirements and locations in full before I can quote accurately.
It depends. Sometimes I’m booked up for a few weeks in advance but at othertimes I can have good last minute availabiltity.
If the worst happens and I am too ill or injured to conduct a commercial photography shoot and I am therefore unable to provide the services we have agreed, I will do my best to arrange for another photographer to cover the shoot (at your agreement) or we can arrange an alternative date. . If I am unable to do so, I will refund all payments I have received and cancel the shoot.
To get a good idea of the type of portraits I shoot please have a browse through my website.
Most people aren't used to being in front of the camera and therefore feel awkward. This is completely normal and unless my clients are professional models or actors, I don't expect them to feel natural in front of a camera. It's my job to make you feel as comfortable as possible! I will make sure your hair, make up and clothing are as they should be and I will give you lots of direction.
I would describe my photographic style as warm, friendly and colourful.
It’s just a gut instinct that I have when everything comes together perfectly – it's one of those things you feel, and you know you have the right shot.
For me, portraiture is all about making a connection with the subject of the photo, building up a rapport with them, which the viewer also feels when they see the photos. I see portrait photography as a collaboration and I try to make it fun, which is also what comes across in the photographs.
I only met the late James Dunn twice back in 2017 but he made a big impression on me. The James I met was a strong, brave, kind and enthusiastic young man with a great sense of humour and a loving family. He didn’t have an easy life because he suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). A fellow photographer, he used his skills and his personality to raise money and awareness to help the charity Debra fund medical research. He very sadly passed away in April this year aged 24.
Here is a link to James’ instagram and website where you can see his wonderful images. And a link to a film about James made by Tommy Reynolds and videographer Michael. James was helped to be able to take photographs again by the BBC Big Life Fix designer Jude Pullen.
In Summer 2017 I started doing the photography for Alderly Edge School for Girls over in Cheshire. The school has a nursery and a sixth form so I had a wide range of ages to go on. The girls were absolutely brilliant to photograph – so polite, keen and helpful – it’s a wonderful school. I really enjoy working with Debbie and Philly. They were there offering support and guidance throughout the day but giving me creative freedom to get on with it. Here are but a few of the images from a three day shoot. There were too many to choose from so I’ve updated my education gallery with my other favourites – see here.
Down to the allotment to photograph husband and wife Tim and Sam for a feature in Connect magazine. We were blessed with a beautiful evening and a compliant friendly hen. Tim is a photographer himself and it always makes me nervous photographing other photographers, however they were both so nice that soon it didn’t matter. Oh and Tim has a studio for hire in Sheffield – free advert for you there Tim. Here’s how the images were used.
This was a lovely job with the BBC for Radio Sheffield. We photographed presenter Kat Cowan to publicise her radio show which she broadcasts from home while cooking. What a brilliant way to work from home! It was a lovely relaxed morning and we even got to eat the props (which were delicious).
Head shots now for Spire Barristers in Leeds with the Shopper Agency for their new website. Spire wanted to come across as friendly and approachable with clean and consistent head shots.
I had to brave the heights of Leeds Becket University roof to get this shot of BBC presenter Keeley Donovan for her new role as presenter of Inside Out – Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Of course it had to be a really windy day and with Keeley’s long hair it was a constant battle. With lots of patience on Keeley’s side we got there in the end. I had wobbly legs after the heights though…
Working with content agency SMRS Manchester I had a few days wandering around the National Audit Offices in London taking reportage style images of people at work. The aim was to make it look like a fun place to work – which of course it is! I also took portraits on a white background for the agency to use as case studies. Film company Thunder and Lightning, who I love working with, covered all the videography. You can see how some of the images have been used here on the NAO recruitment website.
So that was my October newsletter that actually should have been out in July. I’ve fortunately been so busy with work that the newsletter, unfortunatley, had to be put on the back burner, but I promise to improve and hopefully there will be another one out really soon and I’ll be able to catch up and get more up to date. I’ve just bought a brand new set of lights, which should make jobs more streamlined and mobile and I can’t wait to try them out on my shoot next week.
Claire Wood Photography :: fabulous editorial, corporate, commercial and education photography services. Based in Huddersfield and serving the Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire areas of the UK.