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  • Well, hey there good lookin'! Welcome to one of my dearest places on the world wide web, the home of all my favorite photos! Feel free to click around and get to know me a bit better! I'll give you a head start...I'm addicted to cereal, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and sushi. I’m married to the most incredible man in the world, and we live in Brooklyn with our two kitties. I love LOVE and smiles, and I can't wait to hear your love story!

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CENTRAL PARK WEDDING: MICHAEL + NIKKI

From our very first trans-Atlantic Skype date, I knew I would absolutely adore Nikki and Michael! They chose to do sort of a “reverse honeymoon.” They spent a week adventuring around NYC and, on their last day, they celebrated with an intimate ceremony in Central Park with two of their close friends. They returned the UK as newlyweds! It was an honor and joy to be a part of their incredibly unique wedding day! :)

I was so excited to find out I was working with the famous Rev. Annie Lawrence! She is absolutely sweet as pie and truly made us all feel this couple’s love…we laughed, we cried, we were moved!

I’m obsessed with the back of Nikki’s dress and her tattoo!

Seriously, stop it Nikki! You are TOO stinkin’ gorgeous!

Nikki and Michael have a tradition of getting a jumping photo everywhere they go…I’ll say this is likely going down in the history books as one of the most epic! Congratulations again to the beautiful couple!! :)

THE FIELD TRIP, PART ONE: SANTA BARBARA, CA

This past weekend I had an incredible opportunity to attend the first annual Field Trip for photographers! What is Field Trip, you ask? According to the website…

“It’s a field trip. Remember those? When you thought you were just having fun, but also got tricked into learning a heap of important things? A field trip is not just experiential nor solely educational. It is not even a combination of these two. Rather, it is a translation of one into the other – a pathway between the passion of your experience and the honing of your craft. A field trip is a fun day out of the classroom, yet still filled with engaging instruction. This field trip will be no different.”

The Field Trip was held at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, CA. New York has had an insane amount of snow this year, so I was crazy excited to pack dresses and skirts and ballet flats! I refused to pack my boots on principal…even when I heard that Cali was going to get rain. Psh, what’s a little rain compared to all this snow? As it turns out, a “little rain” was actually a monsoon – they got about a year’s worth of rain in one weekend! YUCK!!

Weather aside, it was easily one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while! I was covered in mud, my hair frizzed to the sky, and our cabin was a mile away from everything…yet…it was life-changing. I learned tips for shooting creatively, tips for editing, tips for posing, and more. Most importantly, I left rejuvenated. I left wishing that my first wedding of the season could be tomorrow so I could ROCK THE HECK OUT OF IT! I feel confident, energized, and smart.

The rain prevented me from taking a lot of photos, but the sun did come out for a few minutes and you bet your cute little butt that I photographed every second of that Cali sunshine! Oh, and this is only “part one” because part two will be coming after I get my film developed. That’s right…MY FILM! EEEE! Although, it was my first time shooting film in years, so there’s a chance that nothing will come out right and “part two” will never come. You’ve been warned! :)

I flew into LA and met up with my good friend Amy! We rented a ZipCar and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway on a little road-trip adventure to Santa Barbara. Thankfully the rain let up just enough for us to make a pit-stop for this beautiful portrait!

That’s our super cute cabin on the left. Notice on the right that everyone is wearing boots and rain gear? Apparently I missed the memo!

Something I styled together during Anna Naphtali‘s Art of Styling class! Brides, your details are about to get a whole lot cuter! :)

Rain obviously can’t keep photographers away from the beach!

There it is! The magical sunset! I couldn’t believe my eyes! Thanks to Megan for sharing her adorable friends Ellie and Spencer with me. It would have been so sad to watch that sun set without a couple in front of my camera! 

And of course, the day we leave the sun comes out. It was GLORIOUS! That swoon-worthy California light everyone is always blabbering on about? I get it now. I really get it. 

We added the lovely Cameron to our car for the ride adventure home, and we found the perfect pit stop! Irresistible lighting + gorgeous friends = magic!

Those are all the pro-photos I took, but I feel like I would be leaving out so much if I don’t include some of my instagrams! Yes yes yes, even pros use their phones (especially in crappy weather!). So here’s a little melody of phone photos and Smilebooth photos!

So long Cali…I’ll miss you!

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - So much fun! Thanks for sharing <3

Mikkel - Smilebooth = red heads!! :-) Thanks for the post so quickly…whew. Little less jealous I couldn’t go because I can live vicariously through you. But only slightly.
:-/ looking forward to the next Field Trip post!

Cassi Claire - Wish you could have been there Mikkel!! We missed you!! :)

Michelle Lange - Ah, Cassi, I LOVE these. This trip looks like it was the trip of a lifetime. Wishing you a year full of inspiration and more gorgeous work!

Caroline Frost Shea - Looks like a blast- definitely want to go next year!

Summer Berriel - Love your photos! It was nice to meet you <3

PHOTO FIELD TRIP 2014, SANTA BARBARA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | Cassi Claire - […] few weeks ago, I blogged Part One of my experience at the Field Trip. Today I bring you part two!! I’m super excited to share […]

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LE MAGNIFIQUE: DONNA + OLEG’S ENGAGEMENT

Love, love, love reliving Donna and Oleg’s amazingly fun and colorful engagement session on Le Magnifique! Major props to this couple for having such a fantastic vision for their session! We started with some cheesecake at Juniors, went for a stroll through Prospect Park, and ended with a color fight – it was the perfect date!! Click the photo below to view the feature!

 

GREY LIKES WEDDINGS: GREY COLLECTIVE

When I was planning my wedding back in 2010 & 2011, I became obsessed with the wedding blog Grey Likes Weddings. I loved how organized, clean, and fresh the blog was! Editor Summer Watkins always showed such fabulous weddings and beautiful photography. When I received an email inviting me to be a part of the Grey Collective, it took all my might not to jump out of my chair! I had an urge to immediately reply with “DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU?!” but I thought that might come off a bit…um…weird-crazy-stalker. So I played it off Danny Zuko style with a “that’s cool, baby.

But the excitement hit a record high when I found out I had a front row seat in this month’s newsletter from Grey Likes Weddings. I wanted to hug my inbox! Feel free to check out my listing in the Grey Collective, and view a screenshot of the GLW newsletter below! Better yet, you should subscribe for a dose of pretty in your inbox! :)

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Lisa Hibbert - I love that photo! Very Cassi Claire Photography! Happy and colorful and bright.

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - Yay I love the description and the photo. So you <3 Yay Cassi! :)

Jessica Poole Hardy - Thata girl! Told you it was only a matter of time!

Ashley Goodwin Woods - HAHAHAH Danny Zuko. That’s about as cool as they come? ;) PS How I told you how much I love your blog and website? I need to AMP MINE UP! Wanna do it for me? ;)

CLUB GETAWAY WEDDING: JEFF + LAURA

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! I’m so excited to share this gorgeous wedding full of love today! Jeff and Laura hosted their wedding at Club Getaway in South Kent, CT. They planned an entire weekend with their friends and family full of zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, and FUN! I even got to stay overnight in a cabin with the lovely Mikkel Paige and enjoy buffet camp meals (my favorite!!) – it was one of my most fun wedding experiences last summer!! Thanks for inviting me along Mikkel! :)

How cute are these cabins?!

I love when grooms show off their personality through their cufflinks! 

Their pup is like family, so naturally he was a big part of their wedding day!

How amazing is this hillside ceremony?! LOVE it!

And they danced the night away! :)

NEW YEAR, NEW GEAR: GIVEAWAY!

WINNER ANNOUNCED!! There were 29 total comments and random.org selected the 15th comment! The winner is Michelle Saxton!! ***Keep in mind that the facebook comments might be displayed in a different order depending on your settings, so they might not match the order that I see on my computer. I numbered the comments from top to bottom starting with facebook comments and ending with blog comments. Random.org chose the winning comment! :)

Thank you to everyone who shared their favorite photo! It was impossible for me to choose! It looks like photo #2 will have a new home in my office – woo hoo!!

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Winner-Michelle-Saxton

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I wanted to call this the “Cleaning Out My Closets Giveaway” but it doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it. But really, that’s what this is. Over the years I’ve acquired so many random do-dads, whatchamacallits, and thing-a-ma-jigs. To me, they are things I haven’t touched in years, already have another one of, or never used. To you, they might be your new favorite toys! :)

This giveaway is for a giant MYSTERY box of completely random items! Exciting huh?! From a used-once Photojojo’s Ring Flash Adapter to a brand new camera bag to a create-your-own pinhole camera! This photo shows just SOME of the items, the rest are a mystery surprise! They might be used, they might be new, they might borrowed (no, no they are not borrowed), they might be blue (there’s definitely at least one blue thing)! :)

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TO ENTER: Choose your favorite engagement photo and leave a comment telling me which one you like best! The winning photo will be printed on canvas and displayed in my home office! :)

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Fine-ish Print: You may enter ONE time via the facebook comment system below (on this blog post, not on facebook!) and ONE time via the blog comment system for a total of TWO entries. ONE Winner will be chosen from the comments section using random.org and will be announced tomorrow, January 24, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST on this blog post (entry period ends at 11:15 a.m.). All contestants must be able to provide a valid mailing address within the continental U.S. upon winning. Cassi Claire Photography is not responsible for items that are lost, stolen or damaged during shipment. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me (cassi@cassiclaire.com) and redeem the item or a new winner will be chosen.

Michelle Saxton - I love number 6 because of the beautiful colors and the real emotion!

Brenda Davidson Mcgeorge - My favorite is number 2. I love the angles and the view but I also love how sincere their smiles are. ALOT of times people freeze or feel uncomfortable in fromt of the camera but the location helped them to have fun and bc of that their love for each other shone through. That and it’s a unique picture which as a client is super important. I bet none of their friends have a similar engagement picture!

Christine Cunningham - Number 2 is my favorite! The colors are so bright, it’s on a ride (who doesn’t love REAL life action shots), and shows the photographer put some effort and fun in to taking this photo!!!

Pauline Eskander - Love number 5! It is fun and totally expresses how they’re super excited to get married!

Allison Walker - I love number 2–I think the setting is super fun and it would look great hung up in your office!

Jamie Howard - Anyone cow for number two.. it really is just a completely unique photo, one of those pictures that I’m sure everyone wished they could have!

Amy - Number 1 gets my vote. I love how tight the frame is, as well as the softness of the colors. So sweet.

Lindsey Y - Number 2! I LOVE the colors and idea and the picture in general, etc etc etc. So fun!

Robyn - #6 is my favorite- so cute! It looks like he’s saying something silly to make her laugh.

Michelle Saxton - I love number 6 because of the beautiful colors and the real emotion!

Christine Cunningham Carolan - Number 2 is my favorite! The colors are so bright, it’s on a ride (who doesn’t love REAL life action shots), and shows the photographer put some effort and fun in to taking this photo!!!

courtney denning - I love them all, of course :) but my favorite is 5– love the colors, love the joy.

Rebecca Mulvey - Love love love your work as usually! I love #2!!

Brenda McGeorge - My favorite is number 2. I love the angles and the view but I also love how sincere their smiles are. ALOT of times people freeze or feel uncomfortable in fromt of the camera but the location helped them to have fun and bc of that their love for each other shone through. That and it’s a unique picture which as a client is super important. I bet none of their friends have a similar engagement picture!

Pauline Eskander - Love number 5! It’s fun and totally expresses how they’re super excited to get married!!

Christopher George - I’m really like 6. Cute couple and great composition!

Allison Walker - I love number 2–It’s such a fun setting and I think it would look awesome in your office!

Jamie Howard - I love number two, I can only imagine what it took to get that shot andwhat a great shot it is! I love all the vibrant and varied colors as well.

Amanda Vrooman - My favorite is number 2! Its just a fun and creative picture all around. And the location is something that they will talk about and remember forever because its such a unique setting.

Millie Stires - It’s so hard to choose from. It’s a cross between 2 & 5. I’m going to to go with 2. It’s a unique way for a couple to express their love for one another. It takes a brave photographer to get this awesome action shot and it took a lot of effort to make their day special, this one has a lot of pizazz!! Keep up the great work…

Amy Gray - I just love number 1. So intimate and sweet.

Lindsey Yarnell - Number 2! I LOVE the colors and idea and the picture in general, etc etc etc. So fun!

Lindsey Yarnell - Number 2! I LOVE the colors and idea and the picture in general, etc etc etc. So fun!

Michelle Joelle - Number 5 is far and away the most dynamic, exciting shot of the bunch!

Michelle Joelle - Number 5 is far and away the most dynamic, exciting shot of the bunch!

Courtney DeSmit-Denning - I love them all, of course :) but my favorite is 5– love the colors, love the joy.

Jessica Lemp - My favorite is number 2! The colors, the action, it’s amazing! And they look so happy together. :)

Becky Mulvey - I really love number 2! I love the colors and the way you captured the motion of the ride. It really shows the fun and innocence of the picture. It’s fun and full of love. Love love

Erin Quigley - Ahhh so hard to pick. I love them all! I would have to go with #2 though. The lighting, setting, and couple just make me feel like I’m there. It’s beautiful.

Jessi - I love #5. It’s such a unique photo that still conveys their happiness! :)

Jessi Metzger - I love #5. It’s such a unique photo that still conveys their happiness! :)

EVERY LAST DETAIL: SHAWNA + CARL

When it rains, it pours…in a good way!! Yesterday I blogged about a wedding I photographed that was featured in a Scottish magazine, and today I get to share that Carl and Shawna’s amazing modern-meets-Gatsby inspired wedding has been featured on Every Last Detail – one of the top wedding blogs in the country!! This is such a huge honor for Shawna and Carl! They worked so hard to create a wedding day that was so perfectly “them” – a little bit of vintage, a little bit of literature, and a whole lot of awesome! Check out their wedding over on Every Last Detail! :)

Jessica {Storyboard Wedding} - Hey when its raining Skittles you eat them right?! Congrats doll on all fronts!

Elena - Congratulations Cassie!! The pictures are incredibly stunning!

Cassi Claire - Thank you so much Elena!! xo! :)

SCOTTISH MAGAZINE: LORNA + ANDREW

My husband is Scottish.
He has his family’s Scottish clan tattooed on his back.
He has green eyes and a red beard.
He has a REAL kilt of his family’s tartan.

So obviously, Scotland is at the very top of our bucket list! Never in a million years did I imagine that my photography would make it to Scotland before we did!! Earlier this year I photographed Scottish couple, Lorna and Andrew, at their NYC City Hall elopement – which was incredible to say the least! Even more incredible was the email I received after delivering their wedding images:

“Guess what?? I have a friend who works for a magazine in Scotland who has said they are the best wedding photos he has seen. Your photography is brilliant. He wants to put the photos in the magazine!”

Um…{picks jaw up off floor}…brilliant?!

Let’s just say it took a while to sink in, and even as I hold the “glossy” (like People magazine for Scotland) in my hands, I still have to pinch myself! (I’m starting to get a little sore…bah-dum-cha!) It is insanely amazing to see my photos printed in a real magazine. AN INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION!?! Sorry, it just hit me again. Aaaaaand, I’m back. I’m so so happy for Lorna and Andrew, and so excited that their beautiful international elopement is published for all of Scotland to see! :)

In case you need me, I’ll be the one with her head in the clouds dreaming about visiting Scotland! :)

Lindsay Madden - you rock! congrats!!! xo

Kristen D. - This is so cool!! :) Congrats, Cassi!

Michelle - Woohoo! Congrats Cassi!

Astami - So cool! Now you HAVE to go to Scotland! ;)

Mary Carlson - Congratulations Cassi!!! You are amazingly talented… Keep following your dreams!

Nicole Yeo - Congrats, Cass! So proud of you!

Rachel Frost - wow, that’s so awesome! =] you’re gonna be so famous one day!

Mikkel - Awesome!!!! I love it!! :-) And love that you have a tie to the culture/country!

Judie Castro - Awesomeness in full effect!!! So happy for you girl!

Daniel Ramirez - That’s awesome Cassi!! You are really talented! I should’ve had you do my wedding pics, maybe they would’ve ended up in a magazine in Mexico!! Haha, congratulations friend!

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