A native of Buffalo, NY, Claude started his photography career after having served honorably in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He attended photography school for two years in the 80's and immediately started his freelance work in fashion with Barbizon and John Robert Powers modeling agencies. In 1995 he took his talent to Palm Springs, California where he continued his work in fashion, portrait, and architectural photography. In 2005 Claude accepted a position with the U.S. Air Force at Robins AFB as a staff photographer where he is currently employed. In addition to having his work published in many different publications over the years, Claude most recently received an 2007 Air Force media award for one of his photos.