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claire S. Marchand

Owner & Photographer

My name is Claire Marchand, and I am a portrait photographer.

I have been creating dynamic collections of photographs in a number of genres including portraiture, head shots & branding, fashion & beauty, bridal, and commercial for over five years. 

When working with my team and I, you will feel guided and supported throughout the process of creating your portraits. These photographs will outlive us, so we take great pride in the experience of creating them with you.

Each session is fully customized based on your needs and desires. I consult on wardrobe and work with a top-notch professional hair and makeup team to make sure that your photographs are absolutely stunning right down to the fine details. 

I loved working with Claire! She is extremely personable and kind, and makes you feel comfortable! She pays close attention to quality and works toward getting the very best possible shot.
- Jaqui T.

Behind The Scenes

CS Marchand Photography is a full-service modern portrait studio. Experience a luxury glamour, family, senior, maternity, or couples’ Portrait Session complete with hair & makeup, wardrobe styling, and more!


Why book a Portrait Session?

To treat yourself. To pamper a loved one. To celebrate a milestone (graduation, engagement, pregnancy, etc.). As a birthday present to yourself! I could list reasons why all day. 

Let’s create a collection of the most beautiful portraits you’ve ever seen of yourself together. You, your loved ones, and generations to come will cherish each and every photograph.

The whole session itself was incredibly fun - I’m pretty self-conscious, especially about photos, but Claire & her makeup artist made me feel super comfortable so it felt much more like hanging out with old friends... The photos make me look amazing, while still capturing the essence of my personality.
- Elizabeth H.

CS Marchand Photography offers creative, high-quality professional business Head Shot & Branding Sessions.

People do business with people they know, like, and trust. A great set of head shots can jump start ALL of these things.


A head shot is often the first thing potential clients and customers see, well before they actually meet you in person. Maybe they come across it on LinkedIn, in a newspaper article, or simply browsing friend recommendations on Facebook. Before they even read your bio, they are greeted by a photograph.

In a world so saturated by images and text, it is important to not only catch their eye, but to come across exactly how you do in real life. Let’s capture and showcase you & your brand together.

I can’t thank Claire enough for the time and care taken to help me and everyone else see who I am. She is truly gifted.
- Ellen G. of Existential Life & Energy

It is an experience you will never forget. I will learn about you in order to create a collection of photographs that is unique to you -- but more importantly, you will likely learn about yourself. You will also learn posing tips for your unique shape, hair & makeup tips from my wonderful artists... and experience the ultimate day of self-care, letting yourself be pampered and fully relaxed for the camera. 

The photographs are a timeless memento from the experience. When you look back at them, you will remember the day we created them together. You will show them to your loved ones with pride and they will love them as they love you -- because they are you! Each individual photograph showcases one of your many facets, which makes it a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. They each come together as a collection that is unique to you. 

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Every Session Includes:

A consultation with Claire to discuss your vision

Wardrobe Consultation & access to the Studio Wardrobe

Your custom-designed photo Session with multiple outfits

Coaching from Claire to achieve your best angles

Professional Hair & Makeup

Professional Image Retouching

Reveal & Purchasing Appointment

Credit Towards your Portrait Collection



The Process

We will start by meeting in person or over the phone -- this is when I'll ask you to tell me all about how you'd like to be photographed! This is a crucial step in designing your custom Session. I'll go over the whole experience with you in more depth, and answer any questions you have. From there, we'll get you booked in and schedule your Wardrobe Consultation, Session, and Reveal & Purchasing Appointment.

Wardrobe Consultation

This is a time for us to dive into your wardrobe and the Studio Wardrobe to decide exactly what you'd like to wear during your Session! We typically do 3-4 looks in the studio. I will ask you to bring your favorite clothing from home & may have you try some on to make sure that it matches the feel we're going for and is camera ready. This appointment will take the anxiety out of deciding what to wear & pack for your Session.

The Session

The morning of your Session, you'll wake up feeling excited & prepared because you'll know exactly what to bring with you! When you arrive at the studio, your favorite music will be playing and light snacks and beverages will be available. My hair & makeup team will be ready to polish & pamper you so you feel confident and camera-ready! Once hair & makeup is complete, I will guide you through poses that are flattering for your unique shape. I recommend making plans (a date with your significant other, or maybe a girl's night out!), because you will look and feel amazing after your Session.

Reveal & Purchasing Appointment

2-3 weeks after your Session, I will invite you back to the studio to see the collection of photographs we created together for the first time! This is when you'll decide what you would like to purchase.

What makes a Session with me different?

Each Session is custom based on your needs & desires! No two sessions are exactly the same. I want you to have portraits or head shots that are unique to you -- not that look like everyone else's. 

I also include complimentary professional hair & makeup in every Session! This is another key aspect of the process because not only is it an all-out pamper session, it takes any worries you may have about your skin acting up or your hair being weird when you wake up the morning of your Session away. My artists are incredibly talented and know how to work with all skin tones & hair types. I am a makeup artist myself and have worked on bridal teams in the past, so the talented artists I have curated to work with you are the best of the best!

The Investment

The investment starts at $500 and includes an in-person or phone consultation with me, a Wardrobe Consultation (in-person or via Facetime/Skype if you live several hours away), your custom-designed Portrait Session with multiple outfits and coaching from me to achieve your best angles & expressions, complimentary professional hair & makeup, signature image retouching, and your Reveal & Purchasing Appointment -- complete with my gift to you: $200 credit towards a collection of your favorite photographs! 

After your Session, I will invite you back to the studio to see the collection of photographs we created together for the first time, and this is when you will decide what you would like to purchase! Collections of archival, matted photographs start at $1125. 

You only buy what you love, and it's my job to create a collection of photographs that you fall head over heels for.

Payment plans are available for Collections. Please inquire for details.

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Our studio

66 Franklin Street
Norwich, CT 06360