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I'm Austin Claire!

Hey there!

Photography has been a love of mine since middle school when I picked up my first Canon film camera. Finally, after so many years, I've decided to put this creative skill to work and use it to take care of people! But you already know I'm a photographer so let's get to the other stuff!

Some people are blessed with knowing exactly what they want to do with their life straight out of high school! That definitely wasn't me!

At the wise old age of 17, I headed out to Kirkland, Washington to get my Bachelor's degree in Biblical Literature. (I secretly wanted to be Indian Jones, or Lara Croft Tomb Raider lol, but unfortunately there is no B.A. for being a BA.) I did sneak in one intro to photography class during my undergrad studies, toted my film camera everywhere, and taped hundreds of the photos I took all over my dorm closet doors.

I went straight on from my B.A. to get my Master's in Theology. I really loved translating the Ancient Biblical Greek and Hebrew and dreamt of being Evelyn O'Connell from The Mummy! "No harm ever came from reading a book!"

As many. people with degrees often do, I went straight from my Master's degree to bartending lol. (I was a barista at Starbucks through college - same idea - just different beverages of choice.)

Shortly after this, I was reunited with my high school sweet heart, and I soon became a military wife. Ten years later I have built and sold my own furniture, tried to be a medical biller and coder, started a recipe blog, Now From Scratch, and did hair as a cosmetologist  for 5 years!


All this time I continued to take photos. Photography has been a constant all throughout my crazy journeys of finding my passion and purpose. 

All of the things I did led me to right here, right now. Every thing I've been, a scholar, a barista, a cosmetologist, they've all contributed skills that make me a better photographer!

Rascal Flatts has a song lyric, "I set out on a narrow way many years ago. Hoping I would find true love along the broken road. But I got lost a time or two, wiped my brow kept pushing through. I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you!"

Obviously, written about a lady not a camera lol, but I feel this! I've finally found my true love in photography. 

Sometimes you gotta know who you aren't to find out who you are!


It's taken me some time to figure out
What i want to be when i grow up

Phew...

Anways

That's how Austin Claire Photography came to be - but let's get on to some fun stuff!

Favorite Things

I'm a Wyoming native, but have lived in Tennessee for ten years now with my hubby and our toy fox terrier Bonnie! I'm a sci-fi nerd, love to bake sourdough, and if its a nice day you'll most likely find me outside.

Food

Rust - or dusty pink  - think desert colors 

Color

Pizza - my three go to's are Pepperoni & Banana Pepper, Buffalo Chicken, Nashville Hot Chicken

Animal

Great White Shark - terrifying & fascinating

Season

Fall - 100% love everything about Autumn

Favorite Things

I'm a Wyoming native, but have lived in Tennessee for ten years now with my hubby and our toy fox terrier Bonnie! I'm a sci-fi nerd, love to bake sourdough, and if its a nice day you'll most likely find me outside.

TV Show

Sci-Fi or Fantasy - Harry Potter, LOTR, BSG, anything that fits into these categories really

Movie Genre

Firefly - but also Parks and Rec

Starbucks Drink

Changes with the season, but standard order is a: Grande Ice Coffee, 2 pumps Vanilla, no classic, and a splash of whole milk

Adult Drink

Topo Chico - the orginal lime flavor

Favorite Things

I'm a Wyoming native, but have lived in Tennessee for ten years now with my hubby and our toy fox terrier Bonnie! I'm a sci-fi nerd, love to bake sourdough, and if its a nice day you'll most likely find me outside.

Place to shop

My husband Jake: he's my soulmate

Person

Online - lol Amazon, Express, Baltic Born 

Accessory

Hats!! Give me all the hats!

Music

Folk or Bluegrass or Southern Rock lol

Favorite Things

I'm a Wyoming native, but have lived in Tennessee for ten years now with my hubby and our toy fox terrier Bonnie! I'm a sci-fi nerd, love to bake sourdough, and if its a nice day you'll most likely find me outside.

City

Alyssum or Ranunculus

Flower

Boston

If i could only eat one type of food forever

Mexican Food - tacos for life

Song That would Save me From Vecna

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son

 Life on the other side of the Lens

When I'm not working - you'll find me hanging out with these two! Jake and I have been married for 10 years now, but we've known each other since 5th grade. I'm convinced he is the only one in this world crazy enough to put up with all of my shenanigans. Not to mention, his weird matches mine. We are best friends and soulmates.
Bonnie (short for Bonneville Coupe because of the V-star on her forehead) came into our lives 4 years ago. She is oxytocin incarnate. One snuggle and sniff of her cute little puppy head will cure any and all sadness. 


We grew up camping, fishing, and spending as much time outside as possible. Not much has changed as adults. We love our fire pit and kayaking. For our ten year anniversary trip this last spring, we took Bonnie and drove all the way out to the Grand Canyon. I'm not going say waking up in 5° weather with ice on my sleeping bag was super romantic lol, but walking up to the edge and seeing the Grand Canyon covered in snow, it's a memory of a lifetime! We also trekked through a couple of slot canyons which was on my bucket list! They were terrifyingly narrow and beautiful, other-worldly  really!

Presently, we sold our 2500 sq. ft. house and moved into a 600 sq. ft. tiny cabin that we have been renovating. It's been an adventure all of its own lol. Honestly, super loving tiny living!

Our future plans include someday building a Barndominium on our acreage out in Wyoming!

Adventures: Past, Present, Future

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