{ happy anniversary, mom and dad! }

My parents are celebrating their Ruby anniversary today, so I thought I’d embarrass them with a then/now photo to commemorate their 40 years of marriage! They’ve logged a lot of miles, from the east coast all the way to the Lone Star state, with many adventures along the way. Kids, grandkids, world travel, great friends, a lot of laughter, a few tears, and a million little life moments along the way. As I told them a few weeks ago, I’m grateful every single day that they are mine and I am theirs. Love you, Mom and Dad. Here’s to 40 years, and many many more!

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{ now booking fall sessions! }

The cicadas are still buzzing the temps are still sizzling, but it’s TIME for Fall Sessions! I shot here and there throughout the Summer, but I spent most of my time working on the technical side of my photography, perfecting my editing skills and really honing my style. If you scroll through my last few sessions, I think (I hope!) you’ll see the improvement.

Fall sessions are just the same as last year: they’ll run anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours, you’ll get around 30 edited images on a disk or flash drive, a free 16×24 canvas (my most popular size), and of course, a same day sneak peek to tide you over while I edit! Pricing is still $500, and you’re welcome to pay half at booking and half the day of, or the entire session fee the day of our session – whatever works best for your budget.

As always, October is the most popular month and it’s already filling up. I will be out of town October 9-12 and the morning slots for the weekend of October 25-26 are already booked as well as the morning of November 1.

HOUSTON FOLKS! I will be in your neck of the woods for Thanksgiving and will happily set aside a day for shooting if there is interest! Please contact me for details at clared@gmail.com

BIRMINGHAM FOLKS! There’s a good chance I’ll be in your neck of the woods between Christmas and New Years. Not in time for holiday cards, but if you’re like me and love a good New Year’s card (pro tip: all the holiday cards will be gone and you’ll get primo position on the fridge), then keep an eye on my Facebook page for more details as I hammer out my schedule.

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{ thomas family }

By now this beautiful family needs no introduction – I’m sure you recognize these sweet faces! The last time we met for pictures, we were celebrating the end of another round of chemo for Lainey. What I could never have expected was the message from Kelly just a few weeks later telling me that she’d been diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Talk about a gut punch. I cannot even begin to imagine. But to no one’s surprise, she took this news with grace, dignity and a resolve to once again kick cancer’s behind! Not only that, but they’ve funneled all that love and energy into a non-profit called Love Is Louder Than Cancer, working tirelessly to raise money that goes to help other families who are also fighting cancer. We should all be so proactive while deep in the trenches of our own battlefield(s). I’m in awe of Kelly’s strength in the face of 2 cancer diagnoses. But she’ll be the first to tell you she draws deeply from the unwavering support of her wonderful husband, Dave, and the incredible community of support that has grown around this family.

So today’s pictures were also a celebration of the end of another round of chemo, only this time it was Kelly’s. She’s got a very tough surgery ahead of her and a long road to recovery, but I have no doubt she’ll come through the other side swinging and fighting for other families just like hers. Wishing her the best of luck, and hope you’ll send up a prayer or two for Kelly, Dave, Avery and Lainey!

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Kelly Thomas - Once again Clare, you’ve rendered me speechless. What an incredible gift you’ve been given to capture moments for our family. Always grateful, thank you, thank you!

Chancy Green - Gorgeous pictures!

Janet Waldron - What a wonderful family and strength, faith.
I live across from your parents who are wonderful neighbors.

Keep your faith and we are all praying for all of you

Janet Waldron

{ harper }

Had a lovely time with these girls this morning documenting the newest member of the family, Miss Harper! Clearly, Avery has been practicing her big sister skills on her baby doll – I think she’s going to do just fine:)She’s not at the age where we can really do any real posing, so I just let her play with her sisters and tried to be fast with my trigger finger – she hasn’t slowed down since the last time I photographed her! Hope you enjoy this sneak peek from our time together!

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{ will }

Oh sweet Will! You could not begin to imagine the road that led to today, but this moment is the realization of many years of prayers, preparation, and patience. Worth the wait, as they say, because he is a little bundle of perfection! Dark silky hair, big pouty lips, eyes that could make your heart melt – they don’t come much cuter than this! You can’t blame me for coming out of “no more newborn sessions” retirement for this guy, right? As soon as I knew he was theirs, I emailed them to see if I could document the beginning of their journey to parenthood. As I listened to Jodie recount the excitement of the past few weeks, Will’s birth, and their special time with his birth mother and father, I marveled at how some things are just meant to be, and how sometimes for reasons we cannot begin to understand, the stars suddenly align and the universe says, “now it’s time”. Now is your time, Will, and I’m so honored to have captured your first official portraits! You are the one they’ve been waiting for, and you’ve made Jodie and Spencer into “Mom and Dad” – what a gift! You are so loved by SO many. Welcome to the world, little one!

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Brendy - Beautiful pics of a beautiful family!

Jodie - You are so talented! Thank you for capturing our beautiful boy. We cherish these pictures.