Hello! You've probably stumbled here after extensive searching for the right wedding photographer. Or maybe you're one of the lucky ones that landed here on the first try.
Well... I just happen to photograph weddings for a living! And other stuff too. Especially for awesome people like you guys.
I often travel to do my work, with my home area being Walnut Creek, CA and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.
So you're here! And you're here because you want to find someone you can trust to capture your day in all it's beautiful detail. It only happens once, and you can't afford to let the documentaton sit in the hands of someone who might not be paying attention, correct?
Oh... and you probably want pretty pictures on top of that, yes? Maybe from someone fun. Maybe from someone sincere. Maybe from someone who can keep you calm during all the craziness that comes with planning a wedding. Maybe from someone that really cares about how they can make your day even greater... and maybe you want all that at an affordable price.
Where would you ever find such a thing?
Well hi. I'm Clay - I love my job. I love working with my couples, and I love getting to know them and their families during the process. It's a pretty cool perk to have at work. My favorite thing about it all is that I get to make a living by observing people being happy in the moment, and then giving them those moments in a permanent form to keep.
My little team is awesome as well, and we like to do things a bit differently -- We like to help you laugh. We like to help your guests laugh. We get to know you. You get to know us. We make bad jokes sometimes, and we never turn down high-fives from anyone (you'd be suprised how often that occurs, actually).
If you hadn't noticed from the portfolio link, I really try to bring out the personalities of my clients when we work together. Certainly I will offer some photo ideas throughout the day, but my main job is to capture you and who you are. You guys are fascinating! Let me get that on camera.
I often remain in contact with clients through social media (or in person) and get to see previous couples now buying homes, or having kids, or other big life changes. It's so much fun to witness and I get to document the start of it all.
It's a cool job to have, and every client of mine gets a photographer with that sort appreciation, enthusiasm, admiration, and care. The bottom line is that when I work with you, I treat it as though it were my own wedding. Every time.
So here we are. We are here for you, and we can't wait to meet you. Please, hit that CONTACT tab above and say hello!
Aside from weddings, my music work has been featured in various formats by various people and publications, including the front cover of Ben Folds Five: Live (Sony), AP Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, Alternative Press, San Jose Metro, RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, Live Nation, Rock Paper Photo, East Bay Express, Myspace, etc. and by artists like Soundgarden, Mutemath, Megadeth, Matt Mahaffey, Self, Myles Kennedy, Kings of Chaos, Billy Duffy, The Gracious Few, Thomas Pridgen, Airborne Toxic Event, Taking Back Sunday...
I am a Grand-Prize Winner from Studio414's global One World Photography Contest, have won two honorable mentions from the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles (IPA), and have been featured on CBS San Francisco as a recommended wedding photographer.
YELP! - Please feel free to browse our Yelp page as well (link at top) and see what my past couples have to say. I'm super grateful for all the kind words that clients have written on there.
On this site you will find my wedding-related work. If you'd like to see the other work I do, please visit www.claylancaster.com.
All that said, contact me about anything. The best way is via the contact form above, or you can use firstname.lastname@example.org. I am often out and about, but thanks to modern technology I can get emails all day long. Use it!
I look forward to creating some awesome stuff with you guys. It'll be fun.