My name is Mary Claire (or you can call me MC), and I'm an Atlanta-based photographer and videographer. I love telling compelling stories that touch the deepest corners of the human heart. Using a camera to capture what I encounter in life consistently opens my eyes to really see things, even below the surface of what's obvious. I'm passionate about using my camera to unveil beauty in unlikely places, and to give a voice to those who are silenced. I believe that the stories that we tell create and influence our culture, so I'm committed to using my skills and knowledge to communicate a narrative that will make the world a better place for all of us to live.
My faith significantly impacts my work, because it shapes the way I see the world. I believe that every human being is created in the image of God, and therefore has intrinsic worth, dignity, and glory. I hope to inspire a little bit of hope in the hearts of those who see my work. I hope to stir a longing for the world which we were created for, a world where everyone can thrive.
I've always been an artist. I had natural talent from a young age, and was constantly drawing, painting, and creating things with my hands. I always said I was going to be an artist when I grew up. As I got a little older, I was enrolled in countless fine art classes, and developed an appreciation for different styles, techniques, and eras of art history. When I was about 17, I developed an interest in photography, and found it to simply be another way to paint: with light, instead of pigments. I jumped headlong into photography, and haven't put the camera down since. I'm mostly self-taught, building on my fine art education with the technical skills required to master the complexity of professional cameras and post-processing. I did freelance work throughout my four years of college, and then started my business full-time after graduating with a degree in Visual Communication. I began doing work in video about four years ago, and I have loved working on numerous short films and promotional videos for a variety of clients.
I still love to paint every now and then. I value meaningful connections with other people and love deep conversations and shared experiences. I try to spend as much of my free time outside as I can, hiking and exploring or going for a run. I love to travel, and have had some rich experiences visiting new cities and countries. I live in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where I have a wonderful community of family and friends. I'm a shameless cat person, and lover of hot tea and pretty espresso lattes (decaf, with almond milk).
Keep up with my adventures on Instagram: @maryclairephoto
I would love to tell your story. Contact me and let's get the conversation started.