Hi there!

I am Claire.

Connection is everything to me. Whether you are a couple who can’t keep their hands off one another, a momma who is a master of snuggles, or parents welcoming a new life into their hearts and home, I want to capture all of it.

What does connection look like? You can’t see it, connection is something you feel. I want you to look at your images today or years down the road, and feel that way again in that exact moment. That is what I strive to create at every session.

ABOUT ME: I am located in Tama, Iowa, but I am always up for an adventure! I often photograph in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area as well.

I am a wife to Danny and momma to Lily and Griffin. I’m so glad you are here and would be honored to capture the connection you have with the people you love! Please take some time to check out my portfolio, session experience page, and watch the videos to see if we are a good fit!

Images by Sarah Ellen Photography


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I photograph families, kiddos, maternity, newborns, and couples outdoor and in studio.


Videos are another way to preserve your memories. Watch the video above (plus more!) just follow the link above.

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I was featured in an article written by one of my favorite photographers, Elena S Blair!

“Our maternity pictures are out of this world amazing!!! I gasped over and over and then the tears came. They are everything I wanted and then some. I am pretty critical of pictures of myself, but Claire was able to capture the beauty of the gigantic bump and the love my husband and I share. Her personality made it easy to smile and fun for us. Highly recommended!!!”

- Michelle