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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by! My name is Clare Tam-Im. I'm known as Bear by my closest friends (short for Clare Bear) or Claw. I often respond to "oi" or "camera lady" as well.
I am a Wedding Photographer in Hertfordshire that shoots weddings across the UK. I am happy to travel anywhere for a wedding!
I studied photography at university so I have a BA (Hons) and a Foundation Degree under my belt. Not that I think this is important to be a photographer. But it certainly helped me realise that this is what I wanted to do for sure.
I started my photography business in 2010, half way through my degree. I focussed mainly on weddings since 2013. I have shot over 75 weddings since, and over 160 if you include me being a second shooter for other wedding photographers. That's a whole lot of weddings!
I have been often told by guests at weddings that they always see me with a smile on my face. Being bubbly and friendly certainly helps during weddings. But then how can you not be smiley during a day where everyone celebrates two people's love for each other?
I also have guests asking me if they know me from somewhere. I just have one of those faces. But I also think this helps people feel more relaxed around me as well. Not that I'm scary or anything!
I am in my 30s though I look like I've just come out of school. I was IDed once when buying Tangled on Bluray! It's a Disney film and a PG...
I live in Watford, Hertfordshire with my family. My partner in crime Dan has been by my side for over 10 years now. He's in Hufflepuff though not a major Harry Potter fan (weirdo). We’ve been engaged for over years, with lots of ideas and plans for our wedding, just no wedding date as of yet. It will come, just like winter (I like you a lot if you get that reference).
I am a Mama Bear of two.
There’s my daughter Emmie: very bright, always on her phone, a gamer, obsessed with anime and manga. She is pretty much a smaller version of me! She's a Gryffindor.
And there’s my son Myles. He’s cheeky, funny, knows how to wrap you around his little finger, obsessed with Godzilla, drawing, Lego and takeaway pizz.
Not to be soppy or anything (but I'm going to be anyway) these guys are my world. They support me in everything I do, are proud of me as I am of them and I just couldn't ask for a more awesome bunch of weirdos to call my family.
To get a really good idea about me and my family, check out this blog post about our holiday to Orlando. This pretty much sums up the kind of person I am.
To get a good idea of who I am and what I love, take a look at my full logo. It was designed by the amazing Leah of Golden Apple Designs. I think she really was able to capture me. I just LOVE it.
So firstly there's a camera. I am so stoked to be able to be a wedding photographer. To be able to follow my passion for a career. Sometimes I just think it's absolutely mental that I call this my job and I LOVE it.
I am a creative soul, hence the pencil and paintbrush. I am obsessed with music (guitar and music notes), reading (books), and gaming (I'm a PS girl). I love Wagamama and Starbucks (despite not liking coffee lol). I am a Converse kind of gal.
I love having holidays with my family. Particularly staying in caravans by the beach. I love going to the theatre, especially to see musicals. And if you didn't notice already, I am a little obsessed with Harry Potter.
The ballet shoes and guitar represent a photoshoot I did with Dan and Emmie many moons ago, way before Myles was about. We had a shoot where Dan and I had our guitars and Dan's amp. Emmie was dressed in her ballet outfit to juxtapose it. Some of my favourite photos of us, and I'm in them!
I love the hints of colour. The little stamps of fun and happiness of stars and hearts and flowers. I just love it. This is just me summed up.
~ My surname is from Mauritius. My dad was born and raised there. It is on my bucket list of places I need to go.
~ I'm a bit of a geek. I love Final Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Legend of Zelda and all sorts!
~ I'm in Slytherin... now remember there were good witches and wizards in that house! Merlin and Snape. And Snape was the bravest man Harry ever knew...
~ I love watching wrestling... haha yup. I've been watching it since I was 4. I went to Wrestlemania 33 which was honestly one of my most favourite things ever, and something I've had on my bucket list for a very long time. We're already planning our next trip.
~ I'm a typical Cancerian.
~ I have had two poems published in poetry books.
~ I don't like tea or coffee. I'm weird like that...
~ I am obsessed with music. I may or may not have seen My Chemical Romance over 40 times...
~ I plan on retiring in Cornwall. It's my second home, and we go there on holiday every year. Even more so now that my mum, sister and brother all live there. Not jealous!
~ I have a few tattoos: one on my right arm that is of a gothic fairy with stars that represent important people in my life. Cloud and Sephiroth from FFVII and Squall from FFVIII on my legs, and a Twenty One Pilots inspired lion on my thigh. Lots more planned.