If you don’t gasp as soon as you open the home page of Claire Eastman’s photography website, you should probably check yourself for the presence of a heartbeat.
Claire’s incredible photography takes centre stage on the website she uses to promote her business - it’s stunning, heartfelt and extremely beautiful. Scrolling through her portfolio, it doesn’t take long to realise that Claire is a true artist, capturing intimate moments that feel warm, tender and 100% genuine.
Ten quick questions with Claire Eastman
Time to grab a cuppa, as we get up close and personal with the woman behind the camera. Here’s Claire in her own words...
Describe yourself in 10 words or less:
Friendly, easy going, passionate and hard working.
What does a typical work day look like?
I wake up and the first thing I do is grab a cup of coffee. I work part time so on my work days the morning is then spent getting organised to drop my kids at school and daycare. After this I usually have a newborn or family session which I absolutely adore. These sessions usually last around 90 mins to two hours so after I am finished I will usually try and make the most of my child free day by picking up and dropping off prints to clients whilst I am out.
The next couple of hours before school and daycare pick up is spent editing, client emails, invoices, advertising and trying to fit in some professional development and training, there is always so much to learn in photography and I feel like it is so important to continue to grow and evolve in any job. In between all of this I am usually doing the dishes, tidying the house and trying to get through "Mount Wash Wash" (the never ending pile of washing on my kitchen table). After this it is time to pick up the kids and once they are home it’s usually a walk, dinner and trying to get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour. Once the kids are asleep - if I am going through a busy period - I will be up late editing to stay on top of things.
What is the thing you like most about your job?
I absolutely love being my own boss and being able to work my job around being a mum which is my main priority. The flexibility that comes with running my own business is fabulous, as is being able to spend more time at home with my children. I am so passionate about my job and absolutely love it too, so that definitely helps! I adore capturing moments that people can look back on for a lifetime. I love meeting families and capturing their unique stories.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your career?
I am so proud of my photography business and I never dreamed that it would be as successful as it has been. I am really proud that my hard work has started to pay off, so I don't have to work two jobs anymore and can work solely on the business. This means I can put 100 percent into the business and give it the time it needs.
Who are your creative influences?
I have always loved photography and I decided to join an online photography course (Click Love Grow) when I had my first child, as I had a fancy DSLR camera that I didn't know how to use. The teachers and students gave me so much inspiration and helped me to be able to learn online while being home with my daughter. My daughters also influenced and inspired me to learn photography as I really wanted to be able to capture them in the best way I could. My daughters continue to be my biggest inspiration and have helped shape and influence me into who I am today.
What have been your main challenges during 2020?
COVID was a huge challenge in 2020 as I wasn't able to run my business. Home schooling was challenging, as was not seeing my friends and family. However, I feel that it has made me more grateful for what I have and to look at what truly matters in life. Paying attention to the simple things that we would often miss, and being more present with my family.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be yourself! As a creative it is very easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others and wondering if you are good enough. Learning to let go of these things and focus on being truly yourself is the most important thing.
What advice would you give to a young person who is interested in a career in the creative industries?
Do what makes your heart sing! I am a big believer in doing what you love and going with what your heart tells you. Life is too short. Also, when you find that thing that you love, make sure you put the time, effort and care into it as this is how we grow. Taking the time and not rushing into things and figuring out what you really want to achieve.
What’s your superpower?
Juggling mum and biz life!
Who was your teenage crush?
On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
With a cup of coffee, at home with my family.
Check out more of Claire’s work online
If you’re keen to check out more of Claire’s work online, follow her Instagram feed, visit her website or “like” the Claire Eastman Photography Facebook page.
Who is your favourite Bendigo creative?
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