I was born in Aberdeen Scotland and was raised there for 6 years before making the move to Dubai UAE with my parents. I was coached by my Grandfather from an early age in the use of Photo and Video cameras, often on nature trails and family holidays.
I got my first SLR Camera from my father in 1998 and began shooting 35mm stills for my school news paper at sports events and special occasions.
In my spare time I learned how to create and build objects in 3D, creating short animations and editing them together into video clips.
On leaving school I joined the SAE institute in Dubai and purchased an HD Video Camera and DSLR. Exceeding at all aspects of Video and Editing it was not long before I began working on small projects and delivering paid work to happy clients.
With SAE behind me and qualifications under my belt I was recruited by a Dubai Production company. Flicker Show Productions L.L.C challenged me to Produce, Script, Shoot, Edit and Deliver full HD projects to high level clients. I learned how to work on Film Sets, Lighting Techniques, 4K Shooting and Editing using RED Cameras.
While with the company I was the DOP for a film that would play at the opening of the Burj Khalifa Tower, was the official photographer for The Dubai Shopping Festivals and filmed multiple TVCs and Corporate videos.
I gained a positive image within the industry and developed many good relationships with suppliers and clients. Through working hard and saving I was able to build up a collection of high quality equipment including the memorable 5D Mk2 DSLR.
In 2012, I decided to leave Flicker Show Productions and begin my Freelance career. In partnership with my father, The McHardy Group L.L.C was born followed by ClaireMcHardy.com
Claire McHardy.com was a way for me to become independent. I maintained a philosophy of providing the best work possible with competitive pricing. I worked with The British Council, French Council, Arabian Notions, Belhasa Group, Action Filmz, Coca Cola, VW, Dejavu and many more companies. Working as a DIT and Camera Asst I became skilled in the use of ARRI ALEXA and RED Epic Digital Film Cameras. I then went on to shoot with these high end cameras for various work.
With the workload increasing I required help handling my projects so I teamed up with producer Marianne Gladwin.
Marianne Gladwin was able to handle the ever increasing Production challenges within my company. Since forming the alliance, Marianne and I have been able to work on some fantastic projects. The combination of our many years of experience produced the kind of work I had been striving to achieve.
I worked on Master Chef Arabia. Filmed and Photographed multiple Royal weddings. Created content for Abu Dhabi University, Diners Club Card, Cavali Club, Maserati, Ferrari, Baker Hughes, UM Mena and Coca-Cola. Using Multi Cam technology we created a live video recording during the opening of The Galleria Shopping Mall in Abu Dhabi and much more.
I purchased multiple Canon C100 Cameras to handle the bulk of my filming needs, filmed beautiful slow motion footage with the Sony FS7 and completed shoots using the Red Epic and ALEXA cameras. With new and exciting equipment being used and purchased daily.
The future looks bright and full of challenges but through working with the right talent and clients I hope to achieve bigger and better things. Every day I work towards becoming a master DOP within the MENA Region.
I am a proud resident of the UAE for 24 years and hope to continue my career here for many years to come.