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Claire Weiss

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Born in Bermuda, moved to England and ended up in New Jersey at the age of 6. It was quite the culture shock for me. Everything was so big in America like fridges and washing machines. I also talked differently than everyone else. I met a girl named Kim and she taught me words like dawg, cawfee, warder and tawk.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY: I met Jeremy the summer after graduating high school in 1995...quick, how old am I?! He always had a camera on him and I was interested in him so I figured while sitting on curbs, smoking cigarettes and watching boys skateboard, I'd give this camera thing a go too. Jeremy actually bought me my first camera, a used Nikon N90.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU: The weather. Los Angeles is beautiful, but the beautiful sunny day can be redundant. I love a good storm. Creative, kind, funny, honest, driven people also inspire me.  

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE IMAGE THAT YOU'VE TAKEN: When I take a picture of someone I love so much it's hard for me to tell if it's really as good as I think it is or if it's just the memory and the connection I have with the subject. That being said my favorite image at the moment is a picture of my oldest son climbing up a ladder out of a hot spring.

WHAT ARE ONE OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM PAST SHOOTS: The story that Jeremy tells about Slash is pretty hard to top. I mean we ran from him when we passed him on the sidewalk, jumped into our car, and took off down the alley while we tried to ignore him chasing our car! At the time it made so much sense. We didn't want to shoot him in some crowded dark bar anyway and he was already two hours late. We figured it would get rescheduled, but when we saw him walk in while we were walking out we were like, “Oh shit run!!”.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PHOTOGRAPHER WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD: Hopefully not waiting tables at a chain restaurant.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE: Beatrix Potter. She was a lover of astronomy, archeology, botany, fantasy and fairy tales. At the age of 14 she kept a diary written in a secret code of her own invention. Every summer her family would travel to the country. There she would have the freedom to explore and observe plants and insects which inspired her fairy tales. She was a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep, a prosperous farmer and active in land preservation. When I was a kid, my mum and dad would read me The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I loved it so much and knew every word by heart, but had no idea how amazing the author was.

WHAT SONG GETS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD MOST OFTEN: I make up songs all day every day about getting dressed, eating food, pooping, taking a bath, being nice, riding bikes......the list goes on and on.

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL: I looked this up and was told I was a wolf. I'm pretty happy with that answer.

IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE: Buttered toast and marmite, it's delicious. If you've never tried it and find yourself on Cory Roberts motor home, give it a taste. He keeps a jar stashed away for me.

WHAT IS THE ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT YOU WEAR MOST OFTEN: I love a muumuu.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE: "Swearing Makes Everything Ok"

WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE: Trying to figure out our T.V.

WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED SO HARD IT HURT: A few friends were hanging out in their hotel room while I was running full speed through the courtyard towards them unaware that the screen door was closed. I hit that shit pretty hard.  

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT: I can breastfeed and do pretty much anything else at the same time.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO DANCE MOVE: The Molly Ringwald.

WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR: Liquid iron.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A BUSY DAY: Ask me when the kids have moved out.




Claire Weiss

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