Clare Barker Wells Photography

This may seem like old news, to those of you who follow me on instagram, or facebook, but now seemed like as good a time as any to say that Clare Barker Wells Photography is now officially open for business!

It feels pretty huge saying that, especially as only two years ago I’d never picked up a DSLR. I’d loved photography, I’d enjoyed playing around and attempting to take ‘arty’ shots with my point and shoot, but I’d never got any further than that. But then, as seems to be quite the cliche, girls meets boy, girl and boy get married, girl has baby, girl picks up camera, girl gets completely hooked and can’t imagine not ever seeing Every. Single. Thing. as if through a lens. I walk around now seeing little vignettes, constantly spotting a beautiful composition, or interesting light, and I’m pretty sure that’s never going to stop. I hope it doesn’t.

Photography has unleashed in me a creative spark that I didn’t even know I had. Well, actually, I think I always knew I had the creativity, I just didn’t know how to tangibly make the beautiful things that I could see in my mind, which was pretty frustrating. As someone who once got a D in Art, with the words ‘Clare finds the application of paint to paper in an artistic way, almost impossible.’ on her report (I KID YOU NOT), I cannot tell you what a relief it is, to finally find that creative outlet. It’s like, now, I have a way of expressing myself, and of really making something beautiful. I see beauty everywhere, always have done and now I can share it, and that makes me truly truly happy.

Happier than I’ve been in a long time actually. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I found the transition into motherhood hard. I found suddenly ONLY (hah!) being a mother, pretty hard to get my head around. And then I found it hard to get my head around going back to work full time. The thing is, despite not wanting to go back to work, I did still feel like I needed to do something that felt like me again, and something that gave me a purpose. And it’s amazing what it’s already done for my self-confidence, feeling like I’m contributing to the world at large again, as well as having something that I feel I’m relatively good at. I’m still not sure how all of this will work out, and how I’ll combine working and mothering so that I don’t feel like I’m not giving 100% to either role, but I have some good support, and it’ll work out one way or another.

So there you have it…now is the time for me to get my name out there. I’ll be shooting families, weddings, maternity, and newborn shoots, so if any of you have any friends in Kuala Lumpur (ah heck, South East Asia would do),  who’d like to be photographed, please do send them my way. And I will also be back in the UK at least six weeks throughout next year ( BREAKING NEWS! Flights now booked so I’ll be in the UK for three weeks at the end of Jan/beginning of Feb 2014), so if any of you have a huge desire to have me photograph you, get in touch and we’ll see if we can work something out. Also, if you’d like to follow me on Facebook, that would make me very happy indeed. I will attempt not to bombard you with Emmi pictures (I only say I’ll attempt, no promising), and the more people who book me, the less I’ll have to post pictures of Emmi…so send people my way please. Win-win for everyone.

PS the beautiful lady above is Ana Maria – she designed my logo for me, and has a very VERY cool blog – you should check it out.

PPS. My beautiful site is based on a template that I bought from Cinnamon Girl Studio, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They helped me make a few changes to the template to make it exactly as I wanted, and even at one point, phoned me on a Saturday afternoon to walk me through something. If you are setting up a blog, I wholly recommend that you check out their templates here.

Categories: Behind the Scenes at AOW, Jobs For The Girls, Money and Career, Written By Clare
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26 Comments

  1. Posted November 6, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    These are absolutely stunning Clare!! Congratulations on your new venture, wishing you all of the luck in the world with it xx

    • Clare
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks Emma – exciting times! Cx

  2. Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Clare – and well done you for taking the leap. You might have seen I’ve done the same and putting yourself out there is terrifying! Your images are absolutely stunning – off to find you on Facebook!

    • Clare
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Yay – thanks Vivienne – and always great to have other photographers to chat with!

  3. AJS
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Good for you on setting yourself up in business, you’re obviously a natural with a camera as these photos are great. This is good timing actually – I was just talking to hubbie last night about doing a maternity shoot before the baby comes along end of April. Beginning of Feb would put me at about 28/29 weeks which is a bit earlier than I’d have intended to get some shots done but I’d be more than happy to have them done early to show some AOW support!! I’ll drop you an email via your lovely website x

    • Clare
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      I am so insanely excited at the prospect of shooting an AOWer….this has made my week. Look forward to hearing from you so we can get something booked up! Xx

  4. Katie
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Well done Clare. Your photos are truly stunning. Good luck in your new business venture. xx

    • Clare
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Thank you Katie! Xx

  5. Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Can I hire you to just follow me around with your camera for a couple of days please?

    • Clare
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Amy I would love nothing more. Seriously.

    • Becca
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Me. I want to be there too. We can all go to Ikea. Again.

      • Clare
        Posted November 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        This sounds like an awesome shoot. I’m in.

  6. Fee
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! Wishing you so much luck.

    Our new tiny addition is due on Valentine’s Day but will almost definitely arrive a few weeks earlier – do you have a price list you could send me?

    • Clare
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Fee – drop me an email with whereabouts you are in the UK (sorry, I forget!), and I will let you know what I can do for you price wise. I literally cannot imagine a shoot I would be more honoured to do! Xx

    • Becca
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      My friend’s baby was born on Valentines day. Now her “signature motif” is a heart.

      Have always wanted a baby born on Valentines Day or Easter…you know…so its signature food could be chocolate.

  7. Yanthé
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Clare this is absolutely brilliant! I follow you on Instagram and am always totally blown away by your photographs; they’re beautiful. I can’t imagine this venture will be anything other than a huge success, but wish you All The Luck with it anyway. Now if only I had a reason for a photo-shoot next Jan/Feb!

  8. Posted November 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I agree with the above – your photography is absolutely beautiful, you are a natural! I love the facial expressions of the couple whose little girl seems to be using them as a climbing frame.

  9. Cecily
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Wow – stunning photos, you have so much talent for this. Good luck with it – I have family in KL – will have to tell them to look you up!

  10. Posted November 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    So excited for you – well done for having the guts to dip your toe and then dive in! Your photos are always beautiful, I have no doubt this will all be a huge success! xx

  11. Posted November 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    This makes me really happy, Clare. Well done! x

  12. Casey
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    As a recipient of your beautiful artistry behind the lens, and your friendship, It is beyond fun to watch you jump into this with your heart. It is evident it is not just work, or even just fun, but a love and something that brings you joy… you are giving your clients/friends such a gift that will last a lifetime. I thank you for that and your friendship. (And that family in the picture does seem pretty fun!) Many more memories to come. Bravo to you Clare!

  13. Posted November 7, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Clare, you know how awesome I think you and this new adventure are. It takes such guts to take the leap and be open about your passion – and your talent is just so, so obvious to all of us.

    Can’t wait to see you and your mustard strap in the new year, no new arrivals are planned over here but I’m feeling some kind of GMB location shoot?!? Lots of love xxx

  14. Sarah
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Your photos are amazing Clare! A huge congratulations and good luck on your new venture. I can’t believe you only took this up a couple of years ago, you clearly have a natural talent. Now trying to come up with a reason for a shoot Jan/Feb. You could have a very busy 3 weeks if we all do the same! Off to follow you on Facebook too x

  15. Posted November 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    All the pictures in this post are simply stunning but my heart just bursts at the little girl sitting in the sand! Good luck in your new venture Clare, I’ve got nothing but confidence in you :) x

  16. Martha
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning photos Clare (as always)! Just hoping that you schedule another visit tot he UK for April/May so that you can take my maternity shots too :) I think in Jan/Feb I’ll just be looking a bit podgy…

  17. Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations that is brilliant for you! And your photos are beautiful, love that last one.

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