About me

Want to know if we’ll click? Let me introduce myself…

Hi, I’m Clare. I’m a professional photographer of more than 10 years and I’m the Yorkshire lass behind the lens at Graceful Crane Creative.

It’s my mission to help small businesses showcase their brands with vibrant, authentic and eye-catching imagery.

I’m a small business owner myself, so I know only too well how scary it can be to show your face and show up for your business.

But I also know how important it is. And that’s why I branched out from family and pet photography into brand photography.


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My brand photography journey…

My brand photography journey began back in 2013 when I was asked to shoot some brand portraits for a lovely coaching client. That whet my appetite for it and I did more shoots over the years.

But it wasn’t until 2020 that I decided to look into it seriously. It was then that I realised how few small business owners actually like showing up for their business. My mission is to make showing up for your business painless – and fun!

There’s no awkward or staged posing in sight during my sessions. I keep it natural and real – authenticity is so important in business. Hence I don’t go overboard with editing faces – you’re beautiful exactly the way you are!

I’m originally from the UK but relocated to Germany with my husband in 2019 and haven’t looked back. When I’m not excitedly exploring my new country, you can usually find me travelling and soaking up the culture of other countries, hiking in nature, geeking out over new tech, or chilling with a matcha latte on my Animal Crossing island.

Why Graceful Crane Creative?

What’s in a name? Oh, so much goes into a business name! So why did I choose Graceful Crane Creative?

Graceful – this is feminine and elegant. I want to appeal to predominantly female entrepreneurs and help them shout about their businesses with beautiful, vibrant brand images.

Crane – this beautiful bird represents good fortune and longevity in Japan. And that’s exactly what I want for your business!

Creative – I LOVE being a creative myself and I want to appeal to fellow creative entrepreneurs.

I’m also a bit of a Japanophile and love visiting this amazing country. The food, the people, the culture – I love it all. I also study the art of the Japanese tea ceremony and give relaxing Reiki treatments (I’m also a Reiki Master).

Now that you know a bit more about me, why not reach out to find out if we ‘click’ (see what I did there)? You might be the next amazing entrepreneur I meet on my brand photography journey.

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“I had an amazing brand shoot with Clare.

Not only did she make me feel comfortable, but she made the entire session super fun.

She truly captures the essence of your brand, and makes the sessions fun and memorable.”


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