“I’ve worked with Claire on several photo shoots and she has always been fantastic to work with. Claire has done portrait shots of lots of the BBC presenters at stations across the North, she has also taken photos for me at events and outside shoots. She is easy to get along with and always makes the presenters very relaxed so she gets the best shots out of them. And she gives them clear direction so they know exactly what to do. Everyone has always been really pleased with the pictures she delivers. Her images have been used in various publications, print and online. I would definitely recommend Claire as a photographer”.
Karen Williams, Publicist at the BBC
“We’ve used Claire for both fundraising campaigns and at events and have always been impressed with the quality of her work. Claire is easy to work with, friendly, professional and we trust that she will not only complete a brief but also go above and beyond!”
Trudy Boulert, Digital Communications Officer – Debra
“Claire has been working with You Magazine for many years now and she is a delight to work with. Claire understands our audience and our style. She is always a pleasure to deal with!”
Luisa Avietti, Deputy Picture Editor – You Magazine
“I’ve been working with Claire for a few years now and each and every time we get Claire in she does her best to get exactly what we are looking for. Always prompt, professional and a pleasure to work with. Shots are sent over so quickly after the shoot for proofing so gives us the flexibility to use the shots straight away”.
Lynsey Thompson, Events and Campaign Co-ordinator, Datel.
“I always know that whenever I commission Claire the shoot is in safe hands. She gives 100% and I always get top quality images, with lots of variety and different crops and poses. I know I’ll get the pictures I want when Claire shoots for me. And I am never disappointed!”
Jo Lockwood, Picture Editor, Prima.
“First of all I’ve got say the quality of Claire’s work is brilliant. We commission her for every edition of Business Agenda, sometimes 2 or 3 shoots an issue, and she is our first port of call for business portraits. She follows a brief to the tee, and always gets the best out of her subjects whether she has them for an hour or just 10 mins. Her use of light and colour, and her choice of composition are consistently excellent”.
Andrew Cowan, Group Art Director, John Brown Media.
“Claire Wood has been a regular contributor to Fabulous Magazine since its launch. Claire’s work is beautifully composed and she always produces characterful and sympathetic portraits which are ideal for our magazine. I would have no hesitation in commissioning her however difficult and demanding the assignment”.
Alan Gittos, Picture Director, Fabulous Magazine.
“I found Claire’s work via the internet and was really impressed by the quality and consistency of her photography. We therefore commissioned Claire for our school’s new website and she came in and spent a whole day with us and it is thanks to her that our new site looked bright, positive and welcoming. Claire was amazing … she chatted away and made every student feel relaxed and special which in turn encouraged natural smiles. Many shots were set up to allow for a portrait or a landscape crop, her attention to detail re backgrounds and the pupils themselves (whether it was hair, a tie and collar, positioning of a hand etc) was exceptional – every detail was considered to get the best shot. She focused in on the student and used soft focus in the background and at times, allowed for a plain background which would let us use an image as a cut out or a brightly coloured background which made the images look bright and positive.
Claire’s work is exceptional, she is very professional and efficient and I cannot recommend Claire or her work highly enough and I am hoping she will return to work with us again soon”.
Sandra Buckland, Development Officer. Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School
“We regularly used Claire for cover story shoots for EN Magazine. If you want someone to turn up for five minutes, take a few snaps and hope for the best, Claire isn’t your woman. If, on the other hand, you want a photographer who will strain every sinew to wring the best results out of her sitters then you’ve come to the right place. I’ll never forget, for example, the precise instructions she gave to Peter Jones (yes, that Peter Jones) about the exact placement of his eyebrows! It’s the tiny little details that alone may not make much difference but when all are taken together make the difference between a competent picture and an image that has enduring power and quality. Claire doesn’t leave anything to chance when lighting, posing and carrying out a photoshoot. If you hire her you won’t be doing so either”.
Stuart Anderson, Editor of EN magazine until 2012.
“Claire’s great to work with, the kind of photographer you can rely on and trust, always cheery and helpful, goes the extra mile and is willing to push the boundaries to get great shots every time”.
Shaun Scott Baker, Deputy Picture editor, Woman magazine.
“I’ve used Claire twice now and recommended her to other businesses needing to take fantastic portrait photos. She is truly excellent. On our last shoot poor Claire was up against a tight deadline but she still managed to produce a range of brilliant photos!”
Liz Ward – Virtuoso Legal – The Intellectual Property Specialists
“As the owner of a creative design agency, I know how important it is to work with photographers who know what they are doing, but also add that extra something. Claire is one of these and having worked with her on and off over the the past 15 years I have no hesitation in recommending her”.
Paul Grogan, Think Design Manchester
“As Design Manager at Manchester Art Gallery I am responsible for producing strong gallery branded communications. Claire was initially commissioned to provide our brand photography, communicating our values: welcoming, warm, fun and engaging. She continued to work with us over a 6 year period. She has produced exceptional shots for us. A good director, she works well with models (our models are our visitors), is highly professional, delivers great work, on time. Claire works incredibly hard to get the best shots, the end result is beautiful photography. I would not hesitate to recommend her”.
Pauline Minsky, Design Manager, Manchester Art Gallery.
“Glorious Creative have been commissioning Claire since 2004. Projects range from EN magazine, where Claire helped establish the magazines photographic style as well as produce a whole range of interesting cover portraits, to work for the NWDA, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Lees Solicitors and the Manchester Urology Group. She always brings enthusiasm and commitment to every project and has that rare ability to relax her subjects to ensure she captures great images. Glorious would have no hesitation recommending Claire”.
Mark Ross – Design Director of Glorious Creative.
“Claire Wood has been a great contact to have. We often have interview and people pieces that need photographing across the UK, and Claire has been our go-to for northern shoots. She is always a pleasure to work with and produces fantastic quality of photos”.
Kayli Olson, LPM magazine, Burlington Media Group
“Claire is an absolute professional. I have worked with Claire for a number of years on various projects. She delivers on the brief, every time…with fantastic results. Whether you are looking for traditional commercial portraits, or something a little different, I would have no hesitation in recommending Claire”.
Jonathan Cliff, Marketing Manager – HB Projects
“I’ve been commissioning Claire for the last ten years and she is always a pleasure to deal with. She listens to what you want, asks the right questions, and just gets on with it without a fuss. It really is a pleasure to work with her and I always know she is going to send me a really pretty shoot with loads of options to choose from”.
Kelly Preedy, Picture Editor, Marie Claire UK.
“Claire was a consummate professional when taking headshots of various members of the GW Legal team. As this is something we don’t do regularly, there was some trepidation, but Claire put us at ease within moments. The quality of the photos are impeccable and has really added value to our online offering. We can’t fault Claire and her professionalism and will use her again for any future projects”.
Alexander Loveless, Marketing Manager – GW Legal
“We worked with Claire last year to produce a range of new images for our company, a specialist IP law firm. The task at hand was to go to location and capture a range of different shots that not only captured a certain aspect – but were also of a highly professional quality. Claire went above and beyond not only on both of these counts – but also worked incredibly efficiently under tight time constraints as members of our team became available or unavailable. With Claire you’re not only guaranteed to get what you’re after, but a lot more. What’s more she is someone who is incredibly enthusiastic and approachable. We will be certainly be asking Claire to help with our next set of photos and she comes very highly recommended”.
Dr. Martin Douglas Hendry, Virtuoso Legal