About Claire Jonas
I received my first camera for my seventh birthday – a decision my parents may have lived to regret since I drove both them and my friends and family mad snapping endless photos and getting up close and personal with them as much as they could tolerate.
I quickly learned that the more candid, informal photography was the best way to capture people’s personalities and emotions. The results were more realistic and natural, documenting those spontaneous, beautiful moments that are missing in posed photographs. My family and friends seemed to love the results, because pretty soon I was the “unofficial” photographer of all our family celebrations and events - and I was hooked.
I’ve been a professional photographer all my working life. Graduating in 2000 with a BA in Media and Communications specialising in photography I’ve been fortunate to be able to channel my creativity in the media industry. Some career highlights include working for vogue.co.uk and helping to launch the UK edition of Glamour magazine. I was part of the team that won Free Newspaper of the Year for The London Jewish News. I’ve had my work published on vogue.co.uk, cntraveller.com and glamourmagazine.co.uk. I’ve collaborated on trend reports and red-carpet events from major media outlets at Getty Images. I worked with Robert Shack, an award-winning photographer and was Assistant Photographer at Zara Phillips and Mark Tindall's wedding.
I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career and each role has enabled me to develop and enhance my skills. Now I’m completely freelance which means I get to meet people from all walks of life and help document their most important moments. It’s a rare privilege and one I’m immensely humbled by.
Every photographer has their inspirations: mine includes Mario Testino, David Bailey, Nick Knight and Jeanloup Seiff.
I believe in keeping things simple and organic. I try to use only natural light as I want my subjects to be as comfortable as possible - it has to be fun and a little bit different - but most of all it has to be about capturing the mood and the moment.
I’m not one of those photographers who turns up, takes a standard set of tried and tested posed shots, then sends you a big bill along with a file of jpegs. Regardless of the project – from a big family wedding to shooting products in a studio – and well before I’ve even set up my camera, I spend time with my clients working through the details of what end results they are looking for and how I can achieve it for them.
You are unique, and your photos should be too. That’s what I do, so please tell me how I can help you capture memories to keep forever.
“What a woman! Instantly clicked over the phone and she was a complete joy to have on our wedding day. Friendly, fun and super professional. Our photos are incredible and she captured all the "casual" moments superbly. Most of our guests didn't know they were being snapped. Absolutely outstanding - THANK YOU CLAIRE!”