This is a photoblog by South African photographer, Claire Butler. For content or photographic enquiries, please send an email to claire@whatshesaw.co.za.


Claire+Butler+Bio_MG_0297Claire Butler is a photographer (though she prefers the term ‘visual storyteller’) based in Cape Town, South Africa. She dabbles in a variety of photographic genres but her eye draws greatest inspiration from the ocean and those who play within it. Her portfolio consists of beautiful surf imagery that captures the essence, spirit and lifestyle of the sport. Claire travels far and wide, and takes to both land and sea, in search of the perfect moment: “my photographs are often one part sport, one part landscape and three parts the adventure“.

Her images make for breathtaking fine art or canvas prints (order here), or branded content that captivates and compels (commission here). She has done work for Billabong Womens South Africa, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, TheBOMBSurf.com, Do It Now Magazine, Reef Wetsuits, Starboard Surf, Surfing South Africa as well as supplied a number of fine art print commissions.

When she’s not writing about herself in the third person, Claire enjoys spending time in the ocean or at the beach, traveling (most recently spending 2 months in Indonesia and a month in California and Hawaii), connecting with fellow creatives, and enjoying a good glass of wine.

Follow Claire’s adventures on her blog, “What She Saw“, a collection of her images, posted daily.

Instagram: @clairebutlerphoto

Twitter: @clairelecila

Blog: http://clairebutlerphoto.blogspot.com

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  • Canon 7D
  • SPL waterhousing
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition & Hero 3 Black
  • Canon 70-200mm II 2.8
  • Canon 24-70mm II 2.8
  • Canon 400mm f5.6
  • Sigma 10-20mm
  • MacBook Pro
  • Photoshop & Lightroom