About 5 years ago I was watching my class have their school photos taken “legs this way, arms there, turn your head, now smile” and I remember thinking ‘that’s not their true smile, that’s not the smile I see when they are running around outside having fun or playing with their friends.’

So that made me think, why do school photos have to be so formal? And that’s how Claire Drillingcourt Photography started. I set my business up to capture children’s real smiles while they are having fun outside, relaxed, with their friends. By taking a bit of time I’m able to photograph their lovely natural smile that takes a moment to be seen sometimes.

I also didn’t want it to cost a fortune for parents to be able to have pictures of their own children so when parent’s buy the photos, they buy exactly what they want.

Working in nurseries and being a primary school teacher for over 15 years means I understand children can take a while to relax around someone new, this is why my photo shoots are kept informal, friendly and fun.

So a bit about me. I’m Claire, I live in Reading with my husband and 2 fantastic children and we love to spend weekends camping, swimming and going on adventures. I love singing loudly out of tune in my car, i’m a bit of a hoarder and have a slight addiction to red sweets. I studied photography at college and university and just love photographing children and families.

Highly recommend Claire. I got my children’s school photos back and they are the best I’ve ever had! Beautiful.

Theresa Lisi

Claire is just wonderful at making children feel at ease and takes beautiful photos as a result. We have started an annual tradition of having photos taken by Claire so we can capture our girls growing up with photos taken a year apart. Thank you for always giving us gorgeous photos to cherish!

Jen Edwards

Relaxed and enthusiastic. Made the children feel super comfortable. Love the photos and can’t wait to get them up on the bookshelf. Thank you Claire

Becky Riley

If you have a query or would like to book just complete the form below or email info@clairedrillingcourtphotography.co.uk or telephone me on 07944977815

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