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/

I love it that I've been working with some lovely brides this season - and that I've got to work with @afinemedley a bunch! A big, romantic, locally sourced bunch. And how about those hand dyed silk ribbons eh? 🤤 . . . #visualsoflife #instadaily #slowliving #justgoshoot #hamont #lblcollective #hamontphotographer #loveandwildhearts #moodygram #postthepeople #chooselovely #moodcollectors #kinfolkstyle #bouquet #darlingmovement
Another gorgeous mini-wedding at Gage Park this weekend! That's two Gage weddings two weekends in a row and I'm loving the trend❤️
Dear Hamilton, In just over 12 hours you have given so much - early morning dips of the canoe paddle, seas of swans and glorious landscapes. Then you fed us good food we could believe in. After that I went to a job I'd created for myself which this city made viable and successful. Hours later live opera singing floats through my studio window and draws me into an Art Crawl where friends' dreams are being worked out on sidewalks and narrow galleries, faces are put to names and it just feels like a family reunion for family I haven't all met yet. That's it. I'm done gushing about #hamont❤️ . . . . #adventure #swan #swanlake #hamontlove #hamontphotographer #lblcollective #citylife #citywalk #downtown #explore #exploretocreate #livefolk #lifestyle #livesimply #nikon #naturallight #philchesterpresets #ontario #lakeontario #yourstodiscover #canoeing #artcrawl #artcrawlhamont #hamontfood #entrepreneur
I will share a little posing trick to keep your clients smiling genuinely and close together: have them think of a vegetable and then whisper it to their partner in their sexiest voice. Simple but effective...especially when the vegetable is "asparagus" and there ain't nothing sexy about THAT veggie. . . . . #asparaguspee #aisleperfect #adventure #beyourself #explore #engaged #engagement #exploretocreate #goldenhour #hamont #hamontlove #hamontphotographer #hamontweddingphotography #love #laugh #livefolk #lifestyle #livesimply #lblcollective #momentsovermountains #nikon #naturallight #portrait #portraitcollective #soloverly #toronto #cherrybeach
I've been avoiding this for days...but @dorothymay_ nominated me to do the #onefromthecuttingroomfloor. So here we are....... I was raised in Campbellville on a horse farm, was homeschooled from grades 1-8, spent a lot of time solo in the woods until we moved to Port Perry - on Lake Scugog. After high school I moved to Hamilton with a friend and then I left for midwifery school in the USA and Philippines. Midwifery wasn't for me - so after I graduated I transitioned into photographer and over a couple years it became a career! I've been married to my ex-neighbour, Kenny J, for 8 years and together we run a small homestead outside Hamilton, @honesthomesteading, where we raise a lot of animals. This feels boring..... how about this: I am really into quantum physics. And after work and chores I work on a comic strip ;) Hopefully I'll be able to share it soon. Some people call me a hipster...this is not so - on many levels. If anything I'm a #Clairester. I'm also a 4w3 on the enneagram - like a solid, solid 4. And 4s are the WORST. 📸by the talented @dorothymay_
I don't do many exclusively film sessions - like two a year - but when I do they stick with me unlike most of my other sessions. With film each image is precious and that's something you just don't get with digital. It makes the whole process more sacred ... So who wants to shoot a session in 100% film? . . . . #family #familygoals #familyphotography #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #staybrokeshootfilm #lblcollective #thebloomforum #sacred #precious #hamont #hamontphotographer #inspiration #love #lifestyle #livefolk #livesimply #nikon #naturallight #kodak #portrait #portraitcollective #analogphotography #analog
I'm on holidays celebrating the glorious colonial heritage of our immigrant forefathers :) I'll be back when I'm back. Have a great long weekend! . . . . #holidays #longweekend #canadaday #canada150 #hamont #adventure #beyourself #explore #exploretocreate #hamontlove #inspiration #lifestyle #livefolk #livesimply #moo #nikon #naturallight #lblcollective #restandrelaxation #smellyoulater
I like to tell myself I'm giving kids a special memory with their families during their family shoot...But really I'm just letting them do anything so they don't cry. #parentinggoals This was with super @thismustbeseema, the winner from the big giveaway a couple months ago❤️ . . . #livefolk #liveauthentic #portrait #makeportraits #lookslikefilm #visualcoop #livesimply #livethelittlethings #lovethesmallthings #philchesterpresets #thatsdarling #goldenhour #documentyourday #exploretheworld #simpleliving #visualsoflife #instadaily #slowliving #justgoshoot #hamont #hamontphotographer #portraitcollective #lblcollective #thebloomforum #jumpingonthebed #family #familyphotography #familygoals
#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.