Claire Dam

Claire Dam @claire.dam

Photographer | Farmer. Non-traditional weddings + Family + Portraits + Commercial. Hamilton, Toronto area. I really like colour.
http://www.clairedamphotography.com/

#tbt to this shoot I did last year with @tessvisser! I wanted to shoot around my new building, practice poses, and I wanted to experiment with a new film camera. I find when I'm the busiest is when I want/need to take on more personal projects - to keep my brain from slipping or getting too repetitive, I suppose! Im looking forward to some upcoming personal projects soon... . . . . . #film #analog #35mm #canonae1 #ektar100 #staybrokeshootfilm #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #analogphotography #thatsdarling #visualcoop #livefolk #lifestyle #livesimply #ontario #yourstodiscover #fashion #canadianfashion #canadianmade #ootd #style #buylocal #hamont #hamontphotographer #hamont #realfolklife #portraitfolk #lblcollective
Who's got an idea for me?! I'm getting all electric thinking about what I could do for some creative shoots this summer! While you think about it, here's a pic of a lovely bouquet from Carly's wedding in the Distillery District! . . . . . . #weddingphotographer #hamontphotographer #hamontwedding #hamontweddingphotographer #bride #soloverly #livethelittlethings #lovethesmallthings #aisleperfect #momentsovermountains #elopement #slowliving #livesimply #liveauthentic #love #hamont #firstsandlasts #loveandwildhearts #portraitcollective #lblcollective #toronto #tdot #torontowedding #distillerydistrict #airbnb #bouquet
Is #tbt still a thing? I hope so because I have a shot of mine I wanna share from ... 2012? It was for this Top Photographer contest I was in (and won, eh hem). @thebreblack was my glorious model, @whiteelephantshop provided the wardrobe (back when they did vintage!), smoke FX was by @thejoshblack and @reetzpics @anna.j.jones @caedjoness @grace_the_person lent a hand with styling and lighting. Man, that was a fun shoot.....thanks team ❤️ . . . . #adventure #explore #exploretocreate #hamont #inspiration #livefolk #liveauthentic #loveandlight #makeportraits #nikon #naturallight #portraitcollective #portrait #lblcollective #styledshoot #womenwhorunwiththewolves #womenwhohunt
We went to @rachellemolly's favourite neighbourhood at golden hour - so this shoot was pretty much perfect.
Now when you're shooting and you get stuck the answer is always: MOVE. Move yourself, move your angle and especially get your subjects to move. It will reignite that creative flame. I claire-en-tee it. Hah! #newcatchphrase
Meg in her jumpsuit and earrings from @whiteelephantshop😍👌 On another note - I should have mentioned this a few weeks ago but I'm booked solid until mid-September folks! So if you're hoping to schedule something soon you're welcome to email me still - because I have some amazing referrals for you!
Ugh...wrote a lovely long caption and it disappeared. Basically #1 - why did I wait so long to post a shot from this amazing surprise wedding at Whitehern? #2 - I've been waiting 7 years for a couple to trust me and shoot in the back of city hall. #3 - Megs outfit 😍😍😍 . . . . #aisleperfect #brideandgroom #citylife #cityhall #citywalk #elope #explore #hamont #hamontlove #hamontphotographer #naturallight #nontraditionalwedding #philchesterpresets #portraitcollective #romper #soloverly #smallwedding #theknot #loveandwildhearts #wedding #lblcollective
I'm challenging myself to a few things lately: 1-chill the F out. Stop trying to micromanage every shoot. There's excitement and inspiration in the not-knowing! 2-Pick the weird location and make it beautiful using my technical and creative skills. 3-Focus heavily on the "in-between" transitional moments - in fact aim to be ready for those moments above all others. Anything unusual you're challenging yourself with lately? . . . . #naturallight #citylife #citywalk #engaged #explore #engagement #exploretocreate #goldenhour #hamont #hamontphotographer #hamontlove #inspiration #love #livefolk #livesimply #makeportraits #nontraditionalwedding #philchesterpresets #soloverly #loveandwildhearts #portraitcollective #lblcollective #firstandlasts #aisleperfect
New favourite thing that I KNEW would be my new favourite thing: couples getting prepped together on their wedding day ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ . . . #hamontphotographer #naturallight #bride #soloverly #livethelittlethings #lovethesmallthings #aisleperfect #nikon #studio #slowliving #livesimply #liveauthentic #love #hamont #firstandlasts #loveandwildhearts #elopement #smallwedding #nontraditionalwedding #mcm #midcenturymodern
Getting your photo taken kinda sucks - it's really uncomfortable and unnatural. But my job is to turn you into a model, almost instantly! A big part of my strategy is to just observe how you and your loved ones move and interact with each other. It can be weird not getting constant instructions / feedback but, in my opinion, the *best* of the BEST images are the in-between and transitional moments when body-language and faces are their most natural; moments when you're just doing you. . . . #livefolk #liveauthentic #portrait #makeportraits #lookslikefilm #visualcoop #livesimply #livethelittlethings #lovethesmallthings #philchesterpresets #soloverly #thatsdarling #goldenhour #documentyourday #exploretheworld #simpleliving #visualsoflife #engaged #instadaily #slowliving #justgoshoot #hamont #hamontphotographer #loveandwildhearts
About 12 years ago I spent a year in the Philippines studying/practicing midwifery through a midwifery-missionary program. We were introduced to tons of new flavours, of course, but my favourite was the calamansi fruit - which I've managed to grow at home in my south-facing window :) Smelling their tart citrus aroma mildly stresses me out and makes me hungry - like I'm on-call during a full-moon and haven't eaten in a while ;)
There was a lot of creaking and squeaking from these baby birds. On another note, this was my first ever newborn twin session! It was a challenge to maintain the simple style I like without slipping into the newborn photography styles I see pretty often. I had to keep reminding myself of what I wanted to create with these two weenies❤️ . . . . #newborn #twins #twinning #twinbabies #babygirl #babyboy #lookslikefilm #blacknwhite_perfection #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitephoto #siblinglove #babyfever #hamont #hamontphotographer #makeportraits #family #livesimply #livefolk #lovewhatido #nikon #naturallight #thebloomforum #livethelittlethings