I'm mary claire

A momma, wife and photographer for true romantics.

I live in the beautiful Arizona desert with my husband & spirited children, Brady & Vivian. My family means the world to me. I hang out with my parents on the weekends, my siblings are my best friends, and I’m never happier than when surrounded with family. This deep family bond guides my love of storytelling and infuses my work with

intimacy and genuine emotion. Capturing your marriage, the beginning of your new family, fills my soul and I approach your wedding day with the intent to create imagery that you and your children can look back on and cherish for generations. Your love story is once in a lifetime and deserves to be thoughtfully and artfully captured.

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""Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized"".

-Thomas Hardy

my mission

Several months ago my grandmother sent a series of emails over a two week span with photographs and snippets from memories she wrote down about my grandfather. He died when I was 4 years old and as these images and stories flooded my inbox I found myself checking every hour for the next update. In those pictures and words I found myself inspired and moved by this man I never got to know but who I am forever connected to. I’ve always been a word person, a reader, but I realized that the images my grandmother sent along with each paragraph brought the memories to life and grounded them in reality in a way that words alone could not do. And this, this is my mission. To create imagery that connects you to each other, to your families and to the generations of family to come because you chose to join your lives together. I intentionally capture and create timeless imagery filled with emotion and love, the heart of your relationship. 

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Motherhood has taught me how quickly time passes and how important it is to preserve memories for my children. When I bought my first film camera, I started taking self portraits to experiment with film. Over the last 7 years, I document my life and family through these images. It allows me to be the photographer and the subject and I love looking through and reminiscing on many phases of life.

Like me, you want to preserve fleeting moments.

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I studied abroad in Paris, France.

I went on a study abroad to Paris in college and it forever changed me. I owe my career to this experience that opened my eyes to travel and culture and art. I am blessed to travel around the country and world to capture heartfelt and stunning celebrations and I am forever grateful for each experience.

I'm a serious foodie

A love of food runs deep in my veins. I don’t go to a restaurant without a Yelp deep dive and food comprises at least 50% of family conversations. I love both trying new restaurants and making food at home. I truly believe nothing brings people together like an al fresco homemade dinner and I imagine years of these experiences with my little family and someday their families too.

I love a good book

From a young age, stories enchanted and engulfed me. I spent hours on end reading books of every genre, always yearning for more when a story ended. This love of reading is central to my role as a story teller now. I love to weave your story together with images and I find myself caught up in the emotion of every beautiful moment.

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