I'm Claire! I'm wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Madison, WI. I specialize in intimate weddings and lifestyle photography for adventurous, laid back couples and families. I love capturing the special moments in people's lives and truly believe that the stolen glances and goofy expressions that occur when people aren't focused on the camera result in the best pictures. I believe taking photos should be a FUN experience! I love getting to know the people I photograph and going on adventures with them; whether that be hiking out to picnic point, capturing your intimate ceremony or elopement, or spending a lazy Sunday morning at home with you and your family.


I have loved taking pictures as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until I went backpacking in Southeast Asia about 8 years ago that I began to pursue it more intentionally. While traveling I became inspired to capture my experiences in an authentic, genuine way. As soon as I got back, I began photographing friends and family, and it grew organically from there.


When I'm not taking photos you can find me snuggling with my fur baby Arlo, reading memoirs, creating art or traveling to some of the farthest flung places in the world. I'm also a huge social justice advocate and ally for minorities, LGBTQ+, and differently abled people, which I try to integrate into my business whenever possible. Photography is more than just creating pretty pictures - it's about human connection. I genuinely love my clients and feel so honored that they have chosen me to share their most intimate moments with me.

Hello there!


“Extremely personable, Creative, Flexible, and Fun! Overall fabulous work!”

— LaVonne, Columbus, WI

Claire Staley Photography LLC 2019

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