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Meet Claire | 10 Things You Might Never Need to Know About Me

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Claire Waite is a Phoenix Valley birth and portrait photographerHello! (hello, hello!) Is anyone here? (here, here)

That’s quite the echo. But I can’t say I’m surprised. This website and blog have been around for about a year now, and it’s still pretty empty on the blog side. Let’s change that shall we!?

I figure we will start at the beginning. A little introduction to the person behind the camera. If you have followed me on social media at all, there are several things you probably already know about me- my name is Claire, I’m married to a police lieutenant and have four adorable children, a flock of chickens and a dog named Kevin the Bird. She’s a girl. You probably also know that I’m originally from the midwest, but now call the surface of the sun, I mean Arizona, home. You also probably know that I’m obsessed with all things lemon, barre3 and anything related to the ocean. The beach is my happy place!

Claire Waite is a Phoenix, Arizona birth and portrait photographer and Barre3 enthusiast

But now, how about the things you might not know!? Read on for 10 pretty random things you might not know about me!

  1. I spent several years professionally blogging for a popular parenting site. Over the course of my time with them, I wrote approximately 5000 blog posts about my kiddos, pregnancy, child birth, parenting, and marriage. But ask me to blog now and it’s like pulling teeth! 
  2. My favourite food is salad. My husband Scott judges restaurants by their bread, I judge them by the type of lettuce they use and the taste of their house dressing. Give me a pretty, tasty salad any day of the week, preferably with a side of pizza  
  3. Scott wanted to take me to Disneyland for our honeymoon and I said no. I imagined the Disneyland trips of my childhood… being at the park from sun up to sun down, packing PB&J sandwiches in a cooler and eating them at the car, waiting in long lines and only getting to ride a few rides. Turns out, Disney has changed a lot since my childhood and that’s not quite how Scott did Disney growing up. Knowing what I know now, I would say yes to a Disneyland honeymoon.
  4. I use to have purple streaks in my hair. And at one point I tried orange streaks as well. It was so much fun. I miss having fun pops of colour but I kind of feel like I’m too old for that now. 
  5. I can’t walk over sewer grates or man hole covers thanks to a  traumatic childhood experience. Some neighborhood kids told me that people lived in the sewers and thanks to some old clothes and McDonald’s leftovers in a sewer nearby, I believed them and have been terrified of sewers ever since. If I open my car door and find that I’ve parked over a sewer grate, I’ll move my car. I cannot bring myself to walk over them and it is completely irrational
  6. I went to Astro Camp when I was in 8th grade. It was one of the best experiences of my early teen years. I still have my Astro Camp sweatshirt. It doesn’t glow in the dark anymore, it is pretty much thread bare and Scott LOVES to tease me about it, but it brings back so many happy memories. Astro Camp was the best!
  7. My recurring nightmare, for as long as I can remember, is someone I love (or myself) being swept away by the ocean. Yet the beach is my happy place! It makes no sense, I am completely aware of this.
  8. I’ve eaten raw octopus. I am a big sushi fan and while living in Salt Lake City, Utah, my favourite sushi place had raw octopus one night and I thought “sure, I’ll give this a try”. Most octopus, even when served raw, is actually flash boiled to make it a bit easier to chew. This was not. It was absolutely raw and was like chewing ocean flavoured bubble gum.
  9. I don’t drink alcohol- I’ve never even had a sip, but my dream location for a photo session is a vineyard in Napa, or even better, in Italy. There’s something about the way grape leaves diffuse light that makes my heart sing. If you have access to a vineyard and want family pictures, let’s chat! I’ll make it very worth your while.
  10. More often than not, I am the one who notices problems with our vehicles. I am either really in tune with our cars or overly concerned about every little thing… but, I’ve never been wrong! Each time we’ve taken it in to the mechanic, there has been something wrong that I’ve caught before it became disastrous. 

So there you go, 10 completely random things you probably don’t know about me! And likely don’t need to know. But I’m hoping you’ll return the favour and tell me a thing or two about you that isn’t common knowledge!

Claire Waite is a Phoenix Arizona birth and portrait photographer

And be sure to check back often. I plan to be here three days a week, posting fun stories from my life as a mom and small business owner, tips and tricks for the perfect photo sessions and of course, sharing images from all of my amazing clients!

xox,

Claire

If you’d like to get to know me better, find me on social media and let’s be friends!

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  1. Nikki Boether

    August 6th, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I love these, and I love this site! Looks so nice. Yay for a blog!

  2. Claire Waite

    August 7th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks Nikki!!

  3. Marquette LaRee Mower

    August 6th, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I love this Claire!!! Welcome back to the blogging world!

  4. Claire Waite

    August 7th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for holding my hand along the way, Marquette! You and Tia are seriously the only reason I am doing this! Your advice made it so much less overwhelming.

  5. Jennifer Markle

    August 6th, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I feel like I know you so well now!! Hmmm, little known fact about me…I never wanted to have kids! Crazy younger me!

  6. Claire Waite

    August 7th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Ok, I cannot even imagine a you that didn’t want children!! You have such the perfect mom demeanor. I need to learn from you!

  7. Diana

    August 6th, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Love this!!! Go you! You totally inspire me 🙂

  8. Claire Waite

    August 7th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Diana!

  9. Tialyn

    August 6th, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my goodness! Claire I love this! You are too adorable! I look forward to checking back weekly!

  10. Claire Waite

    August 7th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Yes! Please check back and keep me accountable!

  11. Kate Gansneder

    August 7th, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    You’re never too old for fun color – my hair is full purple, and I’m 40! Rock it if you want to rock it. My kids think it’s cool.

    I need your sixth sense with vehicles – that sounds like a very helpful quirk.

  12. Claire Waite

    August 7th, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I love this!! Ok, it’s back on the table. I’ll mull it over some more and see if I can work up the courage to go purple again!

  13. Karen Shoufler

    August 8th, 2018 at 11:39 am

    This is great! I had purple streaks in my hair for a while, too and I still miss them! AND, I have a fear of our car being swept away by water, but LOVE the ocean, lakes, and just all water in general. 🙂

  14. Misty

    August 9th, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Oh man….raw octopus sounds icky!! I loved reading more about you!!!

  15. Claire Waite

    August 13th, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    It wasn’t my favourite sushi ever, but hey! I can say I tried it (and I will never try it again!)

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