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Claire Lampe

My name is Claire Lampe, I’m a native Texan with a deep love for storytelling, and co-founder of Glass Lake Media. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t letting my imagination fill my days with a curiosity that one hopes will stay forever. Growing up in a military family and living overseas, I was fortunate enough to experience many different cultures as a child, and it jump-started a passion for travel that I continue to cultivate today! After graduating from high school early, I took many years off before attending college. In those years I lived and worked in some of our nation’s most beautiful places working as a tour guide and as a Ranger for the National Forest Service. From Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, to the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, and finally down to Montana where I spent my days exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Eventually, I realized that I was ready to start a new chapter of my life, and moved back to San Antonio where I met my wonderful partner, David, and started our business capturing and documenting life’s greatest moments. Visiting France as a little girl, I have memories that have stuck with me and push me to grow in my comprehension of the French language. The Alliance Française de San Antonio has been such an incredible blessing to me, and I can’t wait to see how many others gain as much as I have from this wonderful group of Francophiles!

David Gillen

Hi there! My name is David Gillen, I’m the co-founder of Glass Lake Media, I am a Texan through and through. Born and raised in San Antonio, from a young age I’ve had a passion for film and photography. However, I put my dreams and passions on hold to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps of becoming a mechanical engineer. Although I am fortunate to have gained that knowledge and experience, my desire to work in media was never extinguished. This led me to challenging myself to take a leap of faith to open up my own business in the world of production. This encompasses a broad range of media products including everything from real estate photography to commercial production. Learning French and immersing myself in the French culture has always been something that I have wanted to do, and when we were given the opportunity to be the official photographers and videographers for the Alliance Française de San Antonio, I was thrilled to be able to finally see what I had been missing!

Elena Aguirre-Guidet

Bonjour! My name is Elena, I’m a first generation Mexican-American, born and raised in San Diego, CA. I had the opportunity to start learning French when I was in middle school, and I’ve been in love with the language ever since. While at SDSU for college, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in International Business with a specialization in Marketing and French Language for Western Europe. That’s where the Francophile in me really emerged. In 2011 I worked on my Marketing specialization in Toulouse, France while attending l’école de commerce de Toulouse (Toulouse Business School). In the time I spent living in “La Ville Rose”, I began to appreciate French culture and saw the same duality in Southwest France that I had experienced back home in San Diego. There were so many international students and different backgrounds that I had to constantly keep up with multiple languages and cultural contexts. Complete immersion in French culture taught me to appreciate what at first might seem strange and to give food/places/ideas a chance before having a strong opinion. Years later, work and matters of the heart brought me to San Antonio in 2013, and it’s been home ever since. I’m excited to help L’Alliance Française de San Antonio grow its online presence, and I love that it’s a place where I get to use my experience in Digital Marketing to build a community of Francophiles.