Cassi Claire » Wedding Photographer serving NYC, NJ, PA, CT, NY

Yesterday I shared a gorgeous colorful wedding shoot from Durga-Kali, but today I want to show you just how awesome these dresses are! Each bridesmaid dress reverses into an adorable Little Black Dress! I know, I know…we’ve heard it all before…”and you can totally wear it again!” But I think with these dresses you really can! Durga, you are a genius!

Even the bride can transform her dress if she’d like! It only takes a quick minute to make this dress dance-floor ready! :)

Plus, she has like a bazillion colors and styles! I really think your bridesmaids will adore this idea! Check out to see more!

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  • May 12, 2015 - 7:39 PM

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I’m SOOO excited that it’s almost summer!! It means bright colors and sunshine and backyard BBQs are on the way! Woo hoo!! It’s also almost time for summer wedding season, and I’m loooving this inspiration shoot put together by Durga Kali! :)

These durga-kali bridesmaids dresses are each reversible into an adorable little black dress, and even the bride’s dress is able to be shortened into a fun and flirty reception dress! Visit the blog tomorrow to see more! :)

This shoot was featured on Desiree Hartsock’s wedding blog! Huge thank you to all involved:

Dresses & Planning: durga-kali
Hair & Makeup: Katie Arbore
Table Cards: Corkbuds
Vintage Taxi: Checker Cab NYC
Photographer: Cassi Claire
And a very special thank you to our models: Chris, Alexandra, Victoria, Charlotte, Eleanor, and Alex!
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Hello, Artist is a two-day workshop for photographers at all experience levels who are looking to enhance their wedding photography business. Topics covered will include: posing, lighting, marketing, pricing, getting published, networking, social media, and more! You’ll receive a private portfolio review and some beautiful new headshots for your website. You’ll get to learn from THREE completely different wedding photographers (Kay English, Jessica OH, and yours truly!), and there will be THREE completely unique styled shoots so you can enhance and diversify your portfolio.

We realize there are many photography workshops out there, so we want to create a distinctive experience that will allow people to find their own style and brand without becoming a cookie-cutter replica of another photographer. Each of us approaches our photography style and business in different, but still successful, ways. In our panel discussions, you’ll have the opportunity to ask us anything and hear varying experiences and stories. Our hope is that you will leave with a renewed love and passion for wedding photography, an excitement for creativity, and insight into your unique style and brand!


Thursday, June 25th
Friday, June 26th

The Inn at Fernbrook Farms
142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd
Chesterfield, NJ 08515


The ticket price is $1800 and includes two FULL days
of hands on learning, new headshots, a private portfolio review,
delicious meals, access to all classes and styled shoots, and some other fun surprises!

Early Bird Rate: $1500 for a single ticket OR bring a friend
for only $975 each! (expires May 20th)

For more information or to buy your ticket, visit!!


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Ahhhh part three of my incredible Western adventure! I began this journey in Vegas and traveled through the desert to Santa Barbara, then spent 5 days in the woods with some amazing photographers, and then finally Christopher arrived and we spent a week soaking up southern California! We stayed in Manhattan Beach but didn’t actually spend much time there. We spent a day walking from the Venice Beach pier to the Santa Monica pier – I saw my first LEGIT hippie and worked out on Muscle Beach!  We rode the super famous Pacific Park ferris wheel and had fish tacos on the pier.

The next day we walked around Hollywood and were thoroughly disappointed…other than the stars on the sidewalk and some really good sushi, there wasn’t much else going on. But we visited some old friends in San Pedro for dinner so that made up for it! After a kind of icky LA day, we decided we needed a break and drove down to San Diego to visit some other friends! This adventure was my favorite part of the trip…

Our friends are in La Jolla, so we had to stop at La Jolla Cove to see the baby seals! SO CUTE!

PCH = my favorite highway on earth.

Oh hey squirrely!

Balboa Park was an absolute favorite for us both! You have to go there! I mean, just look at those crazy trees!! I couldn’t stop day dreaming about all the amazing spots to photograph an engaged couple or bride and groom! Someday!! :)

Look ma, no hands!

I was pretending to be this Dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park! I don’t think my face got the memo though…look scary, not scared!

If I were an evil dictator, my power would be to make everyone in the world change all their doors to be this door! #cassifordictator

Since we didn’t leave our friends until like 3:00 a.m., we ended up crashing in San Diego for the night. After an unforgettable breakfast at the Great Maple, we turned a two-hour drive back to LA into a 6 hour drive…we stopped everywhere we wanted to stop and envied the lives of everyone in Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach! And on our last day, we did what any self-respecting Six Flags season pass holder would do…visited Magic Mountain! :)

California, we love you oh-so-much and cannot wait to be back again!

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I love the whole premise of Photo Field Trip: photographers in nature (instead of a stuffy classroom), surrounded by other creatives, learning in yurts, adventures through fields, hikes to play with baby goats, campfire smell everywhere…it’s so wonderful! After last year’s experience (see Part I and Part II), I knew I had to return this year if for no other reason than to see what California is like without a monsoon! Um, it’s AMAZING!! Sooo much SUNSHINE! :)

Wish I had found the time to make a camera strap…oh well, next time!

How awesome is TOMS?! They gave each of us one of their very first ever TOMS backpacks and a pair of killer TOMS sunglasses! I especially love the bag because it supports pregnant women across the globe by providing them with a safe birth kit. Each year, over 40 million women give birth without the help of a trained birthing attendant. In TOMS amazing “one-for-one” business practice, each bag purchased will provide a safe birth kit for another mom-to-be. Read more about it here!

Meet my adorable friend Sidney Morgan – the queen of living adventurously! :)

The adorable Martha Swann was so fun to photograph!

This stunning beauty is Keetch Miller – a wonderful family photographer in NY!

You’ve already met my travel buddy Mikkel Paige, but isn’t she adorable?! Love the pink hair!

Funny story: I was just walking around meeting new people and this beauty was standing and talking to a friend in this MAGNIFICENT lighting…I just had to stop and take her portrait. Alison Henrie, thanks for humoring me! Oh and you have got to go check out her website – if you hover over her cartoon selfie at the top, she winks at you! TOO CUTE! :)

And then the best thing ever happened, Christopher arrived!!! YAYYYY!! I was so excited to show him around El Capitan Canyon since he’s heard so much about it! 

And he got to feed a donkey, so I think he was pretty happy too! Although in this particular photo I think he was mostly concerned about keeping his fingers safe! ;)

The third and final installment of our California trip is coming soon!

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The real title of this should be “that time 5 girls and their 7 (8?) bags of luggage sardined themselves (yes, I used sardines as a verb) in a BMW and drove across the desert” … but I thought that seemed a little winded.

This past March, I flew out to Vegas to meet a bunch of photo friends for WPPI (an annual photography conference). We came, we partied, we saw pretty sample albums…it was awesome! But the real adventure began when we over-packed a BMW and drove from Vegas to Photo Field Trip in Santa Barbara, CA!

We stopped at the oh-so-gorgeous Red Rock Canyon just outside of Vegas, and it blew my mind! I’ve never seen such beautiful terrain!

Meet my good friend Mikkel Paige! She’s an explorer extraordinaire with a heart of gold. We planned this whole adventure together and along the way added 3 other ladies to join us on this crazy trip of a lifetime!

Amy Emily, from Boston, is an absolute gem! When a simple lunch date turns into a 9 hour marathon, you know you’ve got a real keeper! 

Chelsea Brown, from Detroit, answered our social media call for a 4th person to join our car. It was so great having another adventure-seeking photographer to share the fun with!

Our suuuuper last minute addition, and she *almost* didn’t fit, was Justine Milton from Canada! We instantly bonded over Gilmore Girls at a fun group dinner at Wolfgang Puck, and without her I don’t think I could have stayed awake the whole drive. If you ever need someone to keep you peppy at 2:00 a.m. on a boring highway, Justine is your girl!

Thank you girls for a truly unforgettable-crazy-insane-pothole-infused-adventure!!

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  • April 3, 2015 - 9:25 PM

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  • April 14, 2015 - 10:35 AM

    SoCal WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, PACIFIC COAST | Cassi Claire - […] part three of my incredible Western adventure! I began this journey in Vegas and traveled through the desert to Santa Barbara, then spent 5 days in the woods with some amazing photographers, and then finally […]ReplyCancel

It’s always fun waking up to AWESOME emails! Like finding out you won an Editor’s Choice award for getting your work published so much in 2015! As much as I’d love to fluff my own feathers and take all the credit, it actually has very little to do with me. Sure editor’s look for clean and beautiful photography, but more importantly, they look for beautiful wedding decor that will inspire future brides-to-be! I just watched the Oscar’s so I’m in a very acceptance-speech-giving-mood soooo…I’d like to thank the academy share this award with every florist that created a world of beauty, every planner that spent countless hours bring the entire day together, every designer who created gowns to die for, every venue that works so hard to create an experience guests will never forget, and most importantly, every couple who shared their love story with me. I, fo reals, love you guys! :)

“The Editors’ Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights’ members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazines, blogs and ezines. Your hard work and commitment to getting published places you among the top 5% featured, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals.”


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  • March 31, 2015 - 5:32 PM

    Leandra Brown - Congrats Cassi! :)ReplyCancel