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San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer | My Photographer Friends are Way Cool (Part 2)

Oh goody!  This week I am featuring a photographer whom I hold near and dear to my heart!  Clarice Hendel of Studio Cee Photography in Orange County, CA.  When my sister was pregnant, and I couldn’t get there to do her maternity pictures, Clarice stepped in, and WOW, did she knock it out of the ballpark.  So, this week, not only do I get to feature someone who I adore both as a person and as a photographer, but I also get to feature an image that I super duper adore, cuz it’s my SISTER.

Here’s her information:




Why do you love this image?

I think this image stands out for me because my beautiful model “P” stands out so well with the beautiful pacific ocean as the backdrop. I also  really love how the light bounces on her belly.

What were your settings with this image?

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/5000ss, 28-75mm lens / 28mm focal

What do you love about Photography?

I love the creative freedom that I have when picking up a camera. It really provides endless amounts of opportunity for me to explore new creative ideas. Not only can I photograph newborns but I can also photograph all ages, groups, landscape and macros…it’s endless!

What type of Photography do you specialize in and why?

I specialize in newborns. When I first ventured into the world of photography it was soley due to an experience that I had with a local newborn photographer that I had hired to photograph my darling son at 8 days old. I was so fascinated by what she was doing. When I saw the final images I was even more captivated and I knew it was something that I needed to explore in the future.

What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?

I love traveling. My husband and I traveled a lot before we had our children and a trip to Kauai was always on our agenda each year and still is as parents something we try to do every year. I also recently took up knitting and I enjoy that a lot.

Who or what inspires you?

Oh gosh where do I begin? There are so many photographers that inspire me! But I am also inspired by the creativity I see in magazines, just browsing around etsy but I think nature inspires me to see beauty everywhere.

What would your ideal day be like?

It would be 1/3 day of accomplishments, 1/3 day with family, 1/3 day for myself.

If you weren’t a photographer, what other profession would you like to pursue?

It would definitely be something in the creative field. I am a graphic designer and worked freelance for many years and loved it. I have studied interior design and I love that too. I am also interested in designing a kids clothing line someday. I use to design and sew all my clothing when I was younger.

So, there you have it!  My sweet Clarice!

Stay tuned next week when I feature Audrey Frantz of Kentiga Photography!

Clarice - Thank you Laura for featuring me and thank you everyone for the kind words!March 6, 2011 – 7:53 pm

Nicole Ridella - Clarice’s photo is gorgeous! She is so talented. Thanks for sharing Laura!March 6, 2011 – 8:48 am

Rachel Aberle - That girl has talent!March 6, 2011 – 5:31 am

Beth - Wowza… I do love that image… :)March 3, 2011 – 10:39 am

Kate Craft - Great feature and what a stunning imageMarch 2, 2011 – 7:21 pm

desi - that really IS a great image!
love clarice’s workMarch 1, 2011 – 10:01 pm

Kara Layfield - Great post! Clarice’s feature image is stunning!! I just love everything about it!March 1, 2011 – 11:21 am

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