Clay Blackmore is one of the true innovators in the world of wedding photography and portraiture and one of the most passionate photographers in the country. Working out of Washington, DC, Blackmore’s style blends the beauty and timelessness of classical portraiture with spontaneity and appeal of photojournalism. Clay’s portraits are simple, direct, and yet make powerful statements.
A celebrity and society favorite, Blackmore’s clients include such luminaries as Tiger Woods, Forrest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, Maria Sharapova, and corporate entities as diverse as the PGA and USGA to political inaugural balls.
One of only a few Canon Explorers of Light, Blackmore lectures all over the world and was selected for the first satellite broadcast of “Wedding 2000”. Clay is also an instructor for Disney photographics. Blackmore’s latest creation, a coffee table book entitled, Extraordinary Women, Fantasies Revealed, has been a great success. He retains membership in the elite Cameracraftsmen of America and a Board position at the Metropolitan Visual Arts Center in Rockville, MD.
What do you like most about Gallery Blocks™?
The Gallery Blocks are one of the most contemporary looking products offered by my studio. We deliver them with great enthusiasm and the customers are equally as excited.
How are you selling Gallery Blocks™ to your customers?
They are perfect for the upscale delivery we use for our portraits and Bar Mitzvah images. In the past, work came from one source, went back out to a framer, back in, and then finally to the customer. Now we have a one-stop shop!
How do you get customers excited about Gallery Blocks™?
They are hanging all over our studio. My son is the Gallery Block™ right by the front door so lots of bragging goes on right there.
How are you packaging the Gallery Blocks™ you sell?
We have a simple formula, with a per-picture price and a one-time block fee.
What are the most common questions you get from customers about Gallery Blocks™?
Our clients love them, and moreover, the reason the blocks work so well is they do not compete with the photography. You can see the portraits in all of their glory with out distracting moldings around the images.
Where are you from?
I am from Texas, however, lived in Maryland for over 20 years.
What is your favorite thing about being a pro-photographer?
The best part is the love that I feel from customers. You get what you give, we are really passionate about the work we create. The customers feel that and return it 100%.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
So many things that are important, my membership in the Cameracraftsmen group would rate way up there, however, my family might beat all of the professional achievements. I have a beautiful wife and 5 year old son, and we just moved into our dream home and studio on 8 acres in the heart of Rockville’s historic district.
What do you like to do?
Golf, teach photography, alternative process with my old cameras.
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What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always saw myself as an artist I was thinking cartoonist when I was in high school.