I’ve hit a lot of awesome milestones in my business, but being able to write this blog post is by far my proudest accomplishment. At the beginning of every year I set goals for the year. For 2015 I only set ONE goal: to receive a positive review from each of my wedding couples. I didn’t even know how many couples that would entail at the time, but I knew my goal was to serve each of them to the best of my ability, to love them, to ease their stresses, and to provide them with images that they will cherish forever. I ended up shooting 25 weddings in 2015 and getting to know and love 50 amazing people. I really couldn’t have dreamed of a better year. I’m grateful that God introduces me to such incredible clients who become my dear friends. And I’m grateful that my clients trust me with one of the most precious days of their lives.
I’m thrilled that each of my 2015 couples enjoyed their experience with my services and loved their wedding photos. Below are their reviews in order.
Brittany + Brian
My husband and I have used Claire multiple times throughout the years we’ve known her. Once for couple/graduation photos in college, once for engagement photos, as well as a Spotlight Session with my mom. The most recent included our wedding, which was our favorite event with her so far. Her professionalism is top notch – and she really knows how to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera instead of awkward like I’ve felt in front of others. She’s extremely easy to work with and very flexible with scheduling to make it be what works best for you. She is prompt with communication and is very personable on phone and in person. She helps eliminate stress on the wedding day – and I knew the moment I booked her for the wedding that everything photography-wise would be absolutely perfect. She also brings out a 2nd shooter to make sure that every possible viewpoint that you could want is covered – and for peace of mind that a special moment will not be missed. I strongly recommend Claire Diana Photography and would give her 1,000 stars if I could. If you are getting married – book her! You won’t regret it! Not only is she an awesome person and photographer – she’s now someone we would consider a friend.
Kim + Stephan
Booking Claire as our photographer was without a doubt the best decision we made while choosing vendors for our wedding. We’re lucky enough to live in Athens, so we were able to meet with her in person at her studio in Watkinsville several times before the wedding. Claire’s level of professionalism is unparalleled- she is so knowledgeable and prepared in everything she does that we knew we had to book her after our first meeting. I think we were both a little nervous about a formal photo session going into our engagement pictures, but Claire made the whole experience comfortable and easy. Leading up to the wedding, she was a huge help mapping out our timeline of the day. Even when things didn’t go exactly according to plan, Claire’s team was flexible and professional so they were able to keep things running smoothly. Claire is incredibly organized and did a wonderful job taking beautiful pictures efficiently, so we were able to enjoy the day with our family and friends. Her attention to detail, creativity, and passion make her an incredible wedding photographer. We were so lucky to work with her, and I can’t wait to show off our beautiful wedding album to everyone!
Chelsea + James
I’ve never met another photographer who loves their job as much as Claire does. Or makes it look so easy. Where some photographers are disorganized, Claire will discuss a shot list with you weeks before your ceremony. I’ve seen photographers at others’ weddings who seem determined to control every aspect of the day. Claire floated quietly through our wedding and reception, documenting the day beautifully without changing or forcing anything. Most importantly, I think, Claire is a truly kind and genuine person. Her cheerful presence on our wedding day was a joy. I would recommend her work — or hire her again, for any occasion — in a heartbeat. Don’t think twice.
Amber + Nick
There’s no doubt about it – planning a wedding is stressful. From trying to pick the perfect day, perfect dress, perfect decor…it can certainly get to you. In this stressful time, you can make some bad decisions, including rushing to book photographer, and typically you wish you could take it back. That couldn’t be further from the truth when it came to Claire Diana Photography. Choosing her was the BEST decision we made. Claire’s professionalism is second to none – and let’s be honest, every single one of her shots are an art piece. She puts thought into each shot to ensure that you are at your best angle, that the lighting is right, all while ensuring to capture those moments that you just can’t pose for. While she’s taking the photos, she makes a comfortable environment for the couple, keeping it light and keeping it stress free. Her finished product…WOW. She got our pictures back to us within a few weeks and you would have thought she spent over a year on the adjustments. She is an expert at taking a great shot and tweaking it to make it an amazing one. To anyone that is hesitating at hiring Claire Diana Photography – don’t. This will be the BEST decision you make for your wedding. — Nick
Gina + Edward
When we started the budgeting process for the wedding, we were thinking to ourselves that this was such an incredible sum for one day! We wanted to do something to give back as other people could benefit from it more. We thought about the whole courthouse marriage and donating the money we would’ve used for the wedding, but we both wanted to celebrate with family and friends, so we tried to look for vendors who give back. My wife, Gina, and I found Claire Diana Photography through Love Gives Way. From meeting at a local coffee shop in Athens getting to know Claire all the way up to the reveal of our wedding day pictures, Claire has been phenomenal. We could not be happier for our relationship with Claire and for the professional work she did shooting our wedding. She captured so many great images and views from the wedding that we could not have seen or imagined. Claire also had an awesome team with her to help her with the pictures the day of wedding. She had multiple views/angles so that as the couple getting married, we wouldn’t miss out on all the fun. Claire also shot our engagement shoot and the whole day was amazing. She was very sweet, personal, and easy to work with. Claire made Gina and I feel very comfortable taking pictures while being serious and/or having a great time laughing and smiling. We cannot say enough good things about Claire. We would and have recommended Claire to a lot of our friends. If you are looking for just a photographer, you can look somewhere else but if you are looking for a talented photographer passionate about their work and a life long friend, Claire Diana Photography is the one to use. We are in love with our wedding and engagement pictures! We thank you and love you so much Claire!!!
Kristiana + Britain
For those who recently got married or are planning to tie the knot anytime soon, the wedding photographer means everything! The wedding day is such a special day, and I wanted to make sure that I would be able to cherish those memories for years to come through beautiful photos captured on my wedding day. Not only did Claire blow us away with absolutely gorgeous engagement shots, but she also captured our wedding day in a beautiful, emotional, and amazing way! During our Reveal (seeing photos for the first time in Claire’s studio) everyone in the room was so touched by being able to relive the wedding through photos. The pictures were more amazing than I could have ever hoped for!! Every photo was carefully and artfully taken, and all my friends and family were so impressed with Claire’s work! I recommend Claire to all my friends! Claire is a pleasure to work with; she is organized, makes sure all the questions are answered, and takes the most amazing photos!
Shannon + Robbie
I cannot express how thankful and grateful I’am to have had Claire as our engagement and wedding photographer! <3 Claire is a true artist and it shows in her work! I felt totally comfortable with her and was soooooooo excited when I saw our photo’s! Claire will do whatever it takes to get the shot and capture all the special moments for your big day! She also gives you the rights to your photo’s which I think is very important and is very reasonable pricing, so you don’t feel like your being robbed for wedding photo’s! LOL Feel free to find me on Facebook under Shannon Adams-Burrell and view our wedding photo’s! There absolutely amazing !!! Thank you Claire!!!! <3 Much Love! Shannon Adams-Burrell
Sarah + Nate
My husband and I just got married this past May. Not only did Claire do our engagement session but she also shot our entire wedding. I honestly don’t think we could have had a better photographer! Claire is so detailed oriented and extremely artistic which leads to absolutely stunning shots. Nate and I truly couldn’t be happier with the images that Claire captured on our big day! We are so thankful for these pictures because they will last us a lifetime. If you’re looking for someone to do your engagement pictures and wedding pictures, Claire is the girl for you! Not only is she great with her camera, but she is equally great with her clients. She made us feel so comfortable the entire time, and we truly had a blast taking the pictures! I can promise that you WON’T be disappointed if you use Claire Diana Photography!
Stephanie + James
Claire did both our engagement and wedding photos. She was wonderful to work with on both occasions and helped us capture our special day. Her work is absolutely stunning.
Kyla + Joel
When we discussed what aspects of our wedding day were most important to us, photography one of the items at the top of the list. Claire was our first and only choice because we knew should would perfectly capture our wedding day. Her dedication and passion are contagious and clearly evident in her work. To say that she is a joy to work with is an understatement. We are so thankful that we took her suggestion to do a first look on our wedding day. We not only came out of it with some of our favorite pictures, but we were able to get so many wonderful pictures that we simply would not have if we had waited to do picture until after the ceremony. While we know that each person’s ceremony and day is different, we would strongly encourage other couples to consider doing a first look. It was amazing experience for us and it gave Claire the time she needed to do what she does best! — Joel
Becca + Alex
Where do I begin? Claire is amazing in every way possible. She did the most wonderful job capturing our special day. She was everywhere and captured all the little sweet moments at all the right times. She’s very down to earth and is just a great person to work with. When we went to Claire’s gorgeous photography studio for our photo reveal, my husband and I were just amazed and blown away by the quality of images and the moments Claire so perfectly captured for us. Every picture is amazing, showcasing the love we felt for each other on the day of our wedding. Our experience with Claire was exceptional and I would recommend her to anyone who wants a professional and talented photographer to capture their memories on their special day.
Haley + Micah
Who knew that traveling to South Africa would bring me a lifetime friend. From pictures in Cape Town to senior pictures, from our engagement session to our wedding day, Claire you have never failed to exceed our expectations. You are fun to work with, you’re honest and you love what you do. My favorite quality about you and your photography is how you care for your clients. You genuinely care about the people you work with and that does not go unnoticed. Thank you for always being there when my family needs a photographer, for providing a remarkable experience and for always doing an incredible job. We will cherish our photos forever! To anyone searching for a photographer, we highly recommend Claire. She will go over and beyond to create the images you’ve always dreamed of.
Adenike + Abiola
Claire, we absolutely love and appreciate your work. You went over and above to capture each and every beautiful moment of our wedding day. Our family and friends continue to rave about how wonderful the pictures are. You made such a stressful and busy day look so romantic and elegant! You literally helped us to just stop and enjoy the experience of our wedding day! Someone once told me that if nothing else, make sure to have a fantastic photographer to capture all the memories of your wedding. We are so grateful we chose you as our photographer, we have our wonderful memories not only for ourselves but for our children one day. Thank you Claire, may God continue to bless your work, it is truly art! Lots of love, Adenike and Abiola!
Lisa & Troy
We hired Claire Diana for our wedding celebration. We had been married in NYC several months before and wanted to throw a party to share our happiness with our friends and family. Claire Diana was so easy to work with from the start, from returning our emails quickly, to making sure she got the exact shots we were looking for. Not only did she get “our” shots, she was able to capture our casual style, which was so important to us. She was everything we wanted and more. Highly recommend.
Hillary + Brent
I can’t put into words how wonderful Claire is, not only in her photographs but as a person she is amazing. I remember in our engagement session back in October 2014, she made that whole experience fun and enjoyable. I’m pretty sure at one point I was smiling too much during the session. The pictures came out beautifully and that is all because of Claire. Our wedding was on August 8, 2015 on that day I thought I would be a nervous wreck but I wasn’t. Claire was so nice in trying to get all the pictures that I needed to be in because it was so hot and my dress was so big. She made sure that I had water and that my makeup wasn’t running off my face. She truly made that day such a breeze. I can’t wait to see how that pictures turn out, but I know they will be amazing because I had an amazing photographer. I will only go to Claire for my future photos from now on.
Olivia + Corey
Claire is an AMAZING photographer. But more than that, she is a storyteller. Claire took so much care to capture our day in exactly the way we envisioned because she took the time to get to know us! I never imagined that we would find such a sweet and caring person to marvel at every little detail that we added to our wedding. In the months since our wedding, I am still hearing over and over from friends and family not only how beautiful are the photographs, the moments that Claire captured, but also how kind and how engaging Claire was. I have never once felt like a customer or a subject with Claire – instead, we have gained a wonderful new friend who holds more than a little magic in the way she smiles, in her kind words and understanding nature, in the eyes that see not a photo, but a moment, and in the index finger that captures it all with the soft click of a shutter. Thanks for everything, Claire. Hope to have you capture many important moments to come!
Jenna + Evan
I cannot recommend Claire Diana highly enough!! She has been one of the BEST decisions I’ve made while planning a wedding and we will forever be grateful for all she has done for us. Claire is so easy and fun to work with and cares deeply about her clients. From the day we hired her, Claire has taken time to get to know us personally so that she could give us photos that truly represented us and our relationship. Claire was willing to reschedule our engagement shoot twice because she wanted good weather and pretty skies for our photos and we had so much fun playing on the farm with her. Claire is so good about making you feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera. Claire’s process is easy and convenient and we never once felt like we were in the dark about what to do next or what we needed to do. She communicates well and often throughout the wedding planning and makes sure she knows every detail so that she’s ready to capture it fully. On the wedding day, Claire arrived early and captured everything without being overly intrusive or bossy. She is flexible and adapts well to whatever circumstances arise, all the while keeping you calm and confident. I’ve been in so many weddings where photographers have added to the stress and frustration of the day, and Claire was the complete opposite. She knows her job and she adapts quickly to whatever situation arises and never skips a beat, all the while assuring you and keeping your spirits up! Claire reduced the stress of the wedding day and made it a joy by helping us plan a timeline that would ensure plenty of time for fun photos. Her images were BEAUTIFUL and captured every moment of the day perfectly. From every little detail, to priceless candid moments, to stunning portraits, we couldn’t ask for more from our photos. Thank you Claire!!!! Love, Jenna and Evan Simmons
Tiffany + Justley
If you’re looking for a Wedding photographer, you will not be disappointed when it comes to Claire Diana. We received more pictures than we imagined we would and they were delivered to us way before they were suppose to be done, which was such a sweet and amazing surprise. The weather for our Wedding was not what we had hoped for. We made the decision to have our ceremony moved inside the day of our rehearsal and I was okay with that. I was more concerned on how all of our pictures would turn out. 9 Oaks Farm was our venue, the barn is absolutely beautiful, but the lights are dim inside. Outdoors it has so many wonderful places for photos, it was everything I had imagined in a venue. Because we decided to do a ‘first look’, which was also recommended by Claire Diana and was one of the best decisions we made, the weather had held off long enough for us to capture some of those beautiful photos! Also, our pictures inside the barn turned out so beautiful, all thanks to Claire Diana’s lighting. What’s great about Claire Diana is the passion she has for photography. Hearing her enthusiasm when a beautiful photo was captured brought so much excitement to me. Justley and I, along with our Moms, went to Claire Diana’s studio to have our photo reveal. Claire Diana made it so special and gave us an extra surprise that was not expected, but very much appreciated and adored. We have received nothing but amazing comments regarding our photos and we are forever grateful that we get to cherish them forever. I am so thankful we made the decision to have Claire Diana capture out special day.
Dorian + Jason
We picked Claire Diana Photography because of her unique attention to detail and for her golden light settings. While the sun just never wanted to cooperate with us for our engagement or for our wedding, we were so glad to have our memories captured. Our photos will be treasured for years to come, and we are able to relive our special day any time we want with our photo album. We enjoyed working with her!
Emily + Shawn
Claire is an EXCEPTIONAL photographer and person! Claire has such an eye for photography and such a wonderful personality that makes everyone involved energetic and full of laughter. My wife and I hired Claire for both our engagement and wedding photos and we could not have been happier. We have received a TON of compliments on our photos and everyone wants to know who the amazing photographer was. My wife and I cannot sing enough praise of how wonderful Claire’s photography and personality are. She is the photographer you need! — Shawn
Ellie + Daniel
I didn’t know it was possible to love your photographer, but we absolutely love Claire. Claire is much more than a wedding photographer; she is a true artist with a heart of gold. She is more professional than others twice her age and cares more about her clients than any other vendor I’ve met. The wedding planning process can be overwhelming and stressful, but Claire was a breath of fresh air. From day one, Claire was a crucial member of our wedding planning team. She is very knowledgeable about all things wedding and is full of incredible tips and advice. A few weeks before the wedding, Claire sat down with us and walked through every detail of the itinerary– something a DIY bride greatly appreciated! And then there’s the photographs themselves. I don’t know how she does it, but she is able to capture true, raw, real emotion and make it look beautiful. I am able to re-live our wedding day through her pictures– not just the things we did, but everything we felt. I will be forever grateful for these photos and the story she was able to tell. Not only did her pictures completely capture the essence of our wedding day, she made us feel comfortable and loved, all while somehow remaining in the background. We are SO incredibly thankful we chose Claire to capture our special day, and you would be crazy not to do the same. She is by far the best.
Morgan + Jason
Although I am a little biased (I knew Claire before booking her for my wedding), it would be a mistake to look elsewhere for your photographer. It is evident from your first meeting with Claire that she loves what she does and is passionate about capturing beauty in her photographs. She makes everyone feel at ease and makes every shot more fun than the last. She is a true artist and a truly wonderful and friendly person and will be dedicated to you as a client. Book Claire as your photographer!
Lauren + Eric
We met Claire through a friend’s wedding, took a look through her blog, and immediately decided to go with her as our wedding photographer. The highlights of working with Claire are that she is extremely professional, her photography skills are fantastic, and she is a dream to work with. She will go to great lengths to clearly communicate all of her terms and methods she wants to use to capture your wedding. The shots we received were perfect, ranging from detail shots of the most important things we wanted in the wedding, to ornate photos of the ceremony that conveyed intimacy that I thought only existed in movies that had put months of planning into the scene. We really appreciated that she was excited to try new venues and new poses. Also, she was great at wrangling some of the guests who were being, for lack of better words, distracted during the setup before the wedding. I highly recommend Claire for all your wedding photography needs. — Eric
Lindsey + Tyler
I’ve known Claire since high school and throughout the planning process I heard horror stories about using people you know as wedding vendors. However, I never worried about this with Claire. Not only had I watched her photography skills grow throughout the years, but I also had the pleasure of being in a wedding that Claire photographed a couple of years before I got engaged. When my husband and I started planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted Claire to be our photographer. She makes you feel so comfortable and is so passionate about finding new shot ideas and all the little details. The day of our wedding, Claire was so excited about getting different shots and had so many ideas. She was able to direct our crazy wedding party and family when needed and she was also able to blend in and stay out of the way when the time called for it. She was able to get so many different shots that I never would have thought of and our wedding day just wouldn’t have been the same without her. She cares so much about all of her couples and goes out of her way to make them feel special. She is truly one of a kind and I couldn’t recommend her enough to anyone who’s looking for a photographer.
Alice + Patrick
Claire Diana captured our wedding day beyond our wildest dreams! The pictures we have seen so far are breath taking! She was wonderful to work with and had great ideas on shots and time lines for the wedding day!
Also below is a collage of me with each of my amazing 2015 brides & grooms… focus on them in the photos as I am typically a sweaty mess on wedding days. :)