Clay Austin Photography

Charleston Photographer

I am fortunate enough to say that I live in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrounded by saltwater and Spanish moss with my beautiful wife and 2 daughters. I am a firm believer in true love, and I try my hardest to document it in its most raw and authentic form. Shooting film allows me to be completely in the moment, patiently waiting for windows of honesty and those sparks that make each couple unique. It gives me overwhelming joy to provide my clients a way to relive such a meaningful occasion for the rest of their lives!

Clay Austin Photography

Charleston Photographer

I am fortunate enough to say that I live in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrounded by saltwater and Spanish moss with my beautiful wife and 2 daughters. I am a firm believer in true love, and I try my hardest to document it in its most raw and authentic form. Shooting film allows me to be completely in the moment, patiently waiting for windows of honesty and those sparks that make each couple unique. It gives me overwhelming joy to provide my clients a way to relive such a meaningful occasion for the rest of their lives!


Interview

IF I HAVE A FREE SUNDAY I WOULD SPEND IT… on the beach with my wife and two beautiful daughters.

MY MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WAS… when my wife and I drove around the country for three months searching for a new place to live. We left Boston and ended up in California with countless campgrounds in between.

THE COUNTRY I MOST WANT TO VISIT IS… that's a tough one! I would say either Indonesia or New Zealand.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY JOB IS… I get the opportunity to share such a monumental day in a couples life and provide them a way to relive those memories for a lifetime.

IF I DIDN’T DO THIS FOR A JOB I WOULD BE… a musician. I was in a band in college and love the energy of performing live.

IF I COULD GIVE NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES ONE PIECE OF ADVICE IT WOULD BE… to take a second during the day to stop and take it all in. This will most likely be the only time ever, that all these people that have such meaning in your life will be in one place at one time. That is such a beautiful and unique sentiment that can sometimes be overlooked by the natural hustle of the day.

I LOVE WHERE I LIVE BECAUSE… the food! Well that, and the incredible variety of backdrops I get to work with! Within a 15-minute drive, you can go from historic downtown with tons of great colours and textures, to a farm littered with oak trees and Spanish moss, or to a beach with gorgeous marsh around it.

IF I COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD IT WOULD BE… Big sur. My wife and I used to live in Santa Cruz and would drive down there every chance we could. Such a rugged and beautiful part of the country.

MY FAVOURITE MOVIE IS? 'Wet hot American summer’. Cracks me up every time! It's also super funny seeing it now and knowing how famous all the cast members ended up getting haha.

MOST MEMORABLE MEAL I’VE EVER EATEN WAS… breakfast burritos from (what used to be called) Elizabeth’s market in Santa Cruz. Greatest way to start the day!

THE PETS I OWN ARE… we have a lab mix named Piper and she is the best!