Hi friends! My name is Claire Hadler!
A twenty-one-year-OLD GIRL WHO GREW UP IN A TINY TOWN,
BUT HOLDS BIG DREAMS IN HER HEART.
While I was born and raised in small town in Southeast Missouri, I have always yearned to see more.
That yearning has lived on inside of me all of my life, and now, I am moving 4,170 miles away to pursue my passion for telling stories through photography.
I graduated college in May of 2023 from Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in strategic communications and with a minor in graphic design.
I have big dreams that revolve around traveling to every country, living so many different places, and taking photos no matter where I am.
But even though I have big dreams, that is not my definition. My definition comes from the one who created me, which is where my adoration for life truly comes from.
I am a follower of Christ, and He is the one who has truly changed my life.
He is my constant and my joy.
He is truly the reason I can do this job in the way that I get to do it.
Because this job is more than just the craft, but rather about the impact of the craft.
Photography is my ministry, and I am so blessed to be able to use this gift for the glory of God.
So to sum me up, I'd say that I am a girl who loves Jesus with her whole heart, and because of that, I can love people with my whole heart as well.
And that is how byclairehadler will forever run.
How did you get started?
Ever since I was a kid, I loved to create. Whether it was American Girl Doll stop motions or Video Star music videos, I was always making some type of digital art.
When I was sixteen, my parents got me my first little point and shoot camera, and I instantly fell in love with it.
What started as taking pictures of my mom's flowers and my dog, slowly turned into so much more.
Soon enough, I was taking my friend's senior pictures for free, and that is when I decided to make an Instagram account dedicated to my photography because "why not?!"
I started my Instagram @byclairehadler four years ago on September 15. The reason I named it what I did was because I thought I was going to feature my videos and graphic design projects as well as photographs, so I didn't want to name it specifically for photography. But after awhile, the name just kind of stuck, even though I now solely use it for photography. I would say that the second summer of me pursuing photography is when I realized that this little side hobby could be more than that. I started pouring a lot more of my time into this craft, and wow I have been in awe of how the Lord has worked through this gift He has given me.
The apparent ministry that is present within photography is so strong. I have been able to use this camera as a vessel for ministry in ways I never thought I would be able to.
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