Photographer and Fashion Blogger Claire Menary spends an afternoon with Matthew Calvin

In September 2017 we had the pleasure of getting a visit from Claire, powerhouse photographer, travel and fashion blogger. Claire’s stunning photographic prints are top of our studio wish lists, and we love hearing the stories behind her travels. Since our first meeting, Claire’s been to many a Matthew Calvin event and has become a regular studio visitor. Colin (always eager for a fresh face in the studio) is always thrilled by Claire’s visits, and we know he’s a good judge of character! We caught up with Claire to chat photography and jewellery. 

I can’t start the day without…

Taking the time to unwind and giving myself a mini facial in the morning to wake up my skin.

Three words your best friend would use to describe you?

Ambitious, creative and stylish (these are her exact words – not my wishful thinking!)

Where is home?

Shoreditch, East London.

Okay, let’s talk Photography. How did you first get into it?

It was always just a hobby for me – I’ve had a blog for years and was always snapping away for that. It was only when I started doing some ad hoc photography for clients when I used to work in PR that I realised how much I enjoyed it and learnt it was actually something I was quite good at. It has taken a lot of practice (and mistakes!) to get to where I am now, and I’m excited for where I’ll be in five years time.

What is the best (and hardest) thing about being your own boss?

Making your own rules and being totally independent certainly is the best feeling, however never being able to switch off is definitely the worst!

Can you share with us your number 1 tip for styling jewellery?

Wear your jewellery whichever way you want – there are no rules!

What piece of jewellery couldn’t you live without?

Can I say all of it?

Do you have a secret London haunt?

No place in London is secret! Though I feel like Campania near Columbia Road is quite a hidden gem – if anyone wants a cosy Italian meal, then this is your place.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you choose?

As someone that travels a great deal (at least twice a month), I’m going to say my bed!

Name one essential travel item to take with you?

My camera of course.

 

Name one essential travel item to take with you?

Netflix – all the series. Currently watching Dirty John and I’m fascinated!

How do you switch off?

I struggle with this a lot. I try to step away from all screens – phone, laptop, camera – and just focus on doing something unrelated to work, even if that’s a mundane task as tidying my flat.

We’d love to know – what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Give yourself a break!

What’s next for you?

I have a few trips in the pipeline – one to the Caribbean for work – and some very exciting projects which I can’t talk about just yet.

"Wear your jewellery whichever way you want – there are no rules!"

See Claire’s Top 5 Matthew Calvin picks above – we’ve loved seeing how she chooses to style our jewellery. Need some more inspiration? Head over to our tagged photos on Instagram to see how both influencers and customers style their Matthew Calvin pieces! Want to show us how you style yours? Tag @m.calvin or #matthewcalvin today.

IMAGE CREDITS – CLAIRE MENARY