Claire Brighten Photography

My first and middle names, Claire Brighten, essentially mean “clear” and “bright,” and that’s what I aim for in my portraits. I am a wife and mother, but I am also the second-oldest of seven children (!); family is a constant in my life, and it is my passion as a photographer.

Growing up, I loved perusing our family’s photo albums and taking the lead on group slide-viewing sessions. My parents took photos with a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm film camera. There is still something about film that brings about such honesty and depth, and that feeling is what I hope to convey in all of my works. I am also a detail-oriented person and derive great joy from finding the small things that display each family’s uniqueness, as a whole and as individuals. Let me capture your family at your finest and celebrate your warmth and love for one another!

I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains and primarily work in the San Lorenzo Valley/Santa Cruz and San Jose/Silicon Valley regions, but I am also available for sessions from Redwood City down to Monterey. I specialize in families, but I am also available for lifestyle sessions, newborns, maternity, engagements, seniors and head shots.