Oh my goodness - amazing! We just finished looking through them now! Wow! 😍 we are completely blown away - you did such an amazing job capturing his birth. Especially considering how small and cramped our flat is - and multiple midwives, pets etc. 😂 we love all of them so much. Both started crying happy tears at one point. Thank you a million times over, Claire. We can’t wait to share these with our friends and family - and baby when he’s old though to care! 😜 xxx
Claire is amazing. If you’re thinking of capturing your birth, I can’t recommend her highly enough! Not only is she a talented photographer, she’s also a really lovely person.
- Anna D
I was lucky enough to win a maternity photo shoot with Claire at a raffle for St Peters Maternity Unit in Maldon. Claire was so kind to donate the shoot as a prize and I couldn’t believe it when I won it! I was very nervous before the shoot, but Claire is amazing and made me, my husband and daughter feel so at ease we both relaxed and really enjoyed it. I relaxed so much that I let claire take photos I never thought I would! And I am so glad I did, I got the photos back super fast and I cried as soon as I saw them. She had captured me and my family in such a beautiful way. I love every photo and am so so glad I won this shoot. I can cannot recommend Claire highly enough. She is a superstar! Thanks again Claire for making me feel so at ease and for donating such a generous gift to such a wonderful cause.
Claire was our birth photographer and she was absolutely amazing. Not only did she capture the rawness of labour at our home but she also supported my husband and I and gave words of encouragement exactly when they were needed the most. Claire is such a lovely person alongside being a great photographer. She is discreet and I didn't even notice she was in the room during my labour. The photos blew us away and forever captured the magical memories of an unforgettable day.
I knew early on in my pregnancy that I wanted my birth photographed. The opportunity to look back on the experience once my partner and I had settled into parenthood was a big draw, also having a chronology of what happened when, as I anticipated not being able to remember too much afterwards about the birth. The hunt began to find someone who I felt comfortable being present at such a personal and private moment and could also deliver the shots I had in mind. I was extremely lucky to find Claire who happened to live between my home and the hospital. I liked the photographs featured on her website and how the style of each was clearly tailored to each birth and what the birthing women wanted from her photographs. My partner and I first met with Claire about six months into my pregnancy. She visited us at home and I immediately warmed to her, she is friendly and sincere. Claire speaks about birth and birth photography with the experience and understanding of a mum and a photographer. Her passion for birth photography was obvious from the moment we began talking, it quickly felt like speaking to a knowledgable friend. I had thought a lot before we met about what kind of photographs I hoped would be captured, and we spoke in depth about that. Claire was able to raise points that hadn’t occurred to me - when she would join us at the hospital, if I was happy for her to speak whilst I was labouring, when she would begin using a flash to capture images, etc. Discussing these details meant that I felt prepared and completely comfortable about what would happen on the day in respect of the photographs. Claire, my partner and I set up a WhatsApp group to allow us to easily communicate in the lead up to the birth. I attended a family member’s wedding in Cheshire at eight and a half months pregnant. To my astonishment, Claire was happy to discuss the possibility of traveling the four hours or so to me in the hope of capturing the birth if I went in to labour whilst away. This is an indication of Claire’s dedication - if she can capture your birth, she will, very little will stand in her way! I updated Claire via WhatsApp when my surges began and her and my partner continued to communicate over the next 20 hours before I went to the birthing centre. Claire joined us shortly after I’d been admitted and had got into the birthing pool. Claire was as quiet as a mouse, respecting the hypnobirthing techniques I had learnt before the birth. My daughter was born very suddenly and unbelievably Claire managed to photograph the key moment that she was born, even the midwife didn’t realise the baby was out! In the hours after the birth, Claire acted as a photographer but also as a friend. She was professional, respectful, helpful and reassuring. Claire sent us some initial shots in the first day or so to use to announce the birth as agreed and the remaining photographs were delivered within the week. I cried when I viewed them, they are stunning. I regularly show people who are interested (often curious!) to demonstrate how wonderful birth photography is. I have a beautiful record of my daughter’s first hours on this Earth and I can’t wait to show her when she’s older. Claire visited me in the weeks after the birth and I really feel I have gained a friend for life. If my partner and I choose to have another child in the future, there will be no question that Claire will be present.
lianne_marie06BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER I was lucky enough to have the lovely Claire from @clairesayebirth as my birth photographer. Having a photographer present during a birth is something I had never considered before, but after giving birth 3 times and not really remembering any of it or how I felt in that moment, I decided to go for it. I was apprehensive as it is a very vulnerable time, but Claire was so lovely and put me at ease straight away. None of these pictures are posed and are all natural. Having these pictures of the day Jenson was born is something I am very grateful for. A HUGE Thank You to Claire ❤️ Full blog post on my site, link in bio! #birth #newborn #birthphotography#birthday #jenson #babyboy#specialmoment #pause #love#emotional #bcaug18 #augustbaby#ukbirthphotographer
Claire is so lovely, I would recommend her to anyone looking to have a birth photographer. the photos we have from our sons birth are truly wonderful. claire has captured so many special moments throughout the labour and birth, yet you hardly notice she is there with a camera! if you are thinking about having a birth photographer then I would say yes, you won't regret it!
So glad we had Claire document the birth of our daughter. From the first initial consultation I felt completely at ease. My concerns about how I would feel having a photographer in the room with me disappeared. Claire was transparent about what images I was happy with her capturing and those I was not. Once the day arrived I honestly did not know she was in the room! She was very professional and captured moments during my labour that I did not remember at all. The photos received were really tasteful and beautifully shot. Thank you Claire, would highly recommend!
Claire recently photographed my birth at home. I honestly couldn't recommend her more. The photos are incredible, she has captured so many different emotions in all of the photos. I completely forgot she was there whilst I was in labour and giving birth. She is so professional but at the same time warm and made me feel so comfortable. So in love with the photos which I will cherish forever! ❤❤❤
Thank you so much Claire! I can't say it enough!
Wow what can I say? 🤗 Claire took the photographs at the birth of my grand daughter and how lucky we were to have her there. None of us had met her in person but we needn't have worried as she is an extremely friendly, passionate, warm, sensitive, understanding and unobtrusive beautiful soul. Throughout the birth she remained quietly in the background (almost invisible) and yet so calm and supportive. If anyone is thinking of capturing those precious moments that are so often missed or forgotten, particularly for the birthing mothers who are in the thick of it, then please do not hesitate in hiring Claire. I promise you will not regret it! I've already had a sneak preview of the photos taken and oh my goodness they have captured precious memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you so much Claire. You really are something special 💕💕