We Are Clay Photography
We Are Clay Photography

We Are Clay Photography

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Introduction: At We Are Clay Photography I am passionate about capturing the beauty of real pure and honest moments. I bring a unique sense of creativity and story telling to every photoshoot, as well as bringing out a nostalgic style of photo editing I enjoy in film cameras. My style is raw and spontaneous. I am not passionate about photography because I get to just push a button for a living, but because I enjoy capturing stills of real souls having fun in intimate moments. I am not going to force you to do anything awkward or fake. I am looking for all the feels that make you two uniquely special and wonderful. I am always up for an adventure. Why not hit the road to the middle of nowhere and document a day in the desert. Or let’s hike somewhere in Oregon and look for a giant waterfall. Whatever it may be, make it an adventure and a day to remember. I want these photos to be true to you and amazing to look back at. These are your moments that you will get to relive for years and years to come. You will look back at these photos and remember all the wonderful meaningful moments, the ones where you laughed your guts out with your closest friends, and the special moments where your heart sinks deep in love. Invest in memories that will last a lifetime.

Hired 6 times

Serves Costa Mesa, CA

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2 employees

4 years in business

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Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects

39 photos

  • Maternity Shoot in SD

    Engagement Photography

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, value, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

11 reviews


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DeeAnn S.

I'm so glad I connected with Giovanni and was able to secure him for our wedding day, he was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end! When I saw his work for the first time, I knew he had the exact vibe I had been looking for. Our photos came out beautifully and SO many people have commented on their editorial feel; saying that they look like they were pulled straight out of a bridal magazine. Giovanni was in touch and on top of things the entire time, he was so well liked, we even had a few guests ask for his contact info! I'm so appreciative of the work he did and I was honestly blown away by how affordable he was. Before finding him, I had spoken to a handful of photographers who charged twice as much, and their work was nowhere near the same quality. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome, thank you for everything!
Jan 15, 2020
Maryam H.

Giovanni! Firstly, thank you so much for sending us the wedding photos so fast! We have looked through all the wedding pictures and OH MY GOODNESS! Thank you thank you! They are just PERFECT! You are one talented artist! We can not believe how perfectly you captured our wedding day! Not only you’re an incredible photographer, you’re an amazing person too! We are so lucky to have found you. And we are so grateful! Thank you so so much! Maryam&Ehsan
Sep 28, 2019
Logan H.

I really enjoyed doing my photo shoot and two music video projects with We Are Clay. They are extremely talented and always put the client first. I really felt valued through all of it and my photos took a large part in my signing to a professional modeling agency. I think that says enough! You won’t regret working with them. - Logan
May 18, 2019
Jennifer C.

I am absolutely pleased with how great my pictures turned out ! I will definitely recommend them for my upcoming special events . It was nice working with them and I am looking forward to our next photo session .
May 17, 2019
Adiel K.

These guys are incredible and full of integrity! My experience was smooth and enjoyable, and the end photos turned out exceptional! Gio is such a creative artist with the camera, and I’m so glad to have gotten a chance to work with him! I would 100% recommend them.
May 26, 2018
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Giovanni Canales


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing on wedding/engagement photography has a standard rate based on 3 unique specific packages. Based on the client's needs, the package can be modified and discounts can be applied when combining certain packages. For example, getting a discount on a wedding package when adding an engagement shoot is a great bonus! In all other types of photography projects I charge hourly as well as for the amount of edited images needed for the project.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    First off I like to get to know the client and the vision that they have for their photoshoot. If they are unsure I will ignite the artist within them and collaborate with them to help create a vision for their project. I usually like to ask a range of questions to make sure I am the right fit for the client, and ensure I can meet all the desired expectations they might have. If everything checks out, I would arrange a face-to-face consultation at a local coffee shop and iron out all the details in regards of timing, pricing, and address any other concerns or questions. I am also available to answer all of these questions over phone or by email if this is more convenient.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I learned portrait photography like almost everyone else, by trial and error. I have about 8 years of experience in shooting a variety of styles ranging from fashion, family, engagement, wedding, to models and local musical artists. I have learned a lot from my experiences and I enjoy taking up new challenges and projects.

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