Q & A

Q & A with Claire Ingram

Every issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens is a treat, and we loved the Holiday 2010 issue even more as our friend, photographer Claire Ingram, shot all the lovely and luxurious gifts for the feature Present Perfection.

Perfect Present in CTC&G

Perfect Presents in CTC&G

With a background in stock and portrait photography, Claire began taking pictures of products, tabletops and still lifes when a friend commissioned her to shoot foodstuffs to promote a local Farmer’s Market.

The Lovely Claire Ingram

The Lovely Claire Ingram

Being the mother of a young daughter at the time, she was invigorated by the challenge of working with inanimate objects and thrilled to have patient subjects day or night (we can so relate seeing as we never can get our kids to sit still!)


Snow Peas

Garlic and Oil

Garlic and Oil

Claire is currently working on a series of ink and water images, shooting different kinds of pigment as they travel through water, and is having way too much fun throwing liquid around the studio.  Though born in London and raised in Michigan, she now lives just up the road in Weston, CT, where she does a lot of shooting and mopping!

Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Having known Claire for over a decade, we are thrilled that publications are now getting to recognize her talent, and we thought you might enjoy it, too.

1.   What did you want to be when you were a child?
A spy.  I was REALLY invested in being a spy.  Finally, my mother had to tell me that it wasn’t a reasonable career choice.

2.   What is your necessary luxury?
Having the time and the means to be creative.

3.   What is your favorite decorating accessory?
Truly, it’s flowers.  I know everyone tells you that, but I think it’s universal.

4.   Where do you window shop?
Online.  I live in a small town, so window shopping is pretty limited.

5.   What makes a house a home?
All the imperfections resulting from being lived in.

6.   What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
Evenings.  I like knowing that there’s nothing on the schedule except bed.  Plus, I feel creative in the evenings and better able to think.

7.   What is your favorite flower?
Lilacs.  And they don’t last nearly long enough!  Hmmm… if only I could find someone to make silk ones…

8.   If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
Something gin-based, enjoyed at Sterling/Cooper/Draper/Price.

9.   If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
If only Rosalind Russell could play me, she could call it anything she wanted!

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List”.
I want to make a long cross-country-and-back trip with my daughter one summer when she becomes a teenager.  She’s 6 now.  There’s so much to see, and an extended road trip is such an adventure.  Naturally, I’d make it a photographic project, too.

Red Pepper vs. Zinnia

Red Pepper vs. Zinnia

Thank you, Claire, for your gorgeous pictures and for showing us that even the lowly snow pea can be beautiful!

Photos from Claire Ingram Photography

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  • Reply Kelly Dunn January 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

    You know I am LOVING this post! It’s wonderful!! Her #2 answer is the best 🙂 Her work has captured my heart & taste buds!! XO

  • Reply Gretchen O January 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful work….I would say she is really good at “spying” a moment in time and capturing it! I love Q & A s.

  • Reply hip hip gin gin January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

    A woman who loves evenings and gin based cocktails, is my kind of woman!! Lovely interview. And that orange/orange juice image is amazing, her work is truly beautiful.

  • Reply hamptontoes January 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Great interview. Fun to see who takes the photos I’ve long admired on the pages of one of my favorite reads.

  • Reply quintessence January 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

    LOVE her work – she would have been right up there when I was always looking for new talent at my old job! Not to mention beautiful, thoughtful and fun!! Any girl who loves lilacs and Rosalind Russell can do no wrong in my book!

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources January 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love that magazine and how fun to read about the talent behind the beautiful images. Have a great weekend! xx

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

    So glad to learn Claire is the woman behind the lens on those beautiful pictures! Just saw lilacs at McArdles yesterday….don’s see them often!

    Stay warm in Hotlanta!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply The Zhush January 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Great interview! Thanks for the intro to this creative talent! Love the cocktail choices:)

  • Reply Victoria January 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I adore her work, it is so fresh and beautiful!

  • Reply Stitchfork January 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Stellar photos! And love her definition of what makes a house a home.
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) January 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Diane –

    2. What is your necessary luxury?
    Having the time and the means to be creative.

    I so admire this little insight of Claire’s wisdom! it is SO true!


  • Reply Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking January 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Her work is so beautiful! What a great interview. It is so nice to get to get to see and know the person who took these great pictures. Really like your blog!

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