{ kelton’s 16th birthday photoshoot }

What a fun afternoon with these 6 gorgeous girls! When Kelton’s Mom approached me with this idea, I was totally game. Is there a better way to ring in your 16th year than by having your own photoshoot with your best girls? I have a much (much) bigger number of candles on my cake next year, and I’m thinking that this is exactly what I want to do with my friends!

This was a bit of a change from my usual shoots, though. It’s not uncommon for me to have to coax smiles out of my little subjects with M&Ms or prizes from my toy stash (or really embarrassing dance moves, no shame here), so it was pretty awesome to work with 6 willing models for a few hours:)Not only were they excited to have their pictures taken, but they came up with some really cool ideas for shots and were happy to indulge me in my own goofy ones! So without further ado, say hello to birthday girl Kelton and her friends Zyanne, Cassia, Destiny, Katy, and Morgan! Happy Birthday, Kelton! It was an absolute pleasure spending the afternoon with you all, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

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{ ayla + porter + stratton }

Lots and lots of fun candid shots from the Arboretum session! Watching these 3 grow up in front of my camera has been a real treat, and I always look forward to our time together because it is never boring! I can always expect healthy doses of goofiness, boldness, and genuine sibling affection. As they get older, it’s so fun to see their personalities begin to shape them into the people they are destined to become. They are big dreamers, brave explorers, spirited dancers; they are finding their place in this world and it’s an honor to capture these moments of shifting and changing as they grow into three unique and charming little souls!  All guided by their parents who know when to hold them close and when to let them fly. It should be noted that the photographer *sometimes* wishes there was less flying off of high and/or jagged objects, but I finally realized after all these years they’re helping me mellow out… 😉 I am learning valuable life lessons, see?! Hope you enjoy this peek into our morning together!

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{ charlotte + caroline }

We really lucked out on Saturday with the weather! It threatened to rain all morning, but by some miracle we escaped the storm clouds! It’s always such a pleasure to photograph this sweet family, although now that little Caroline is ready (nearly!) to start walking, I think future photo shoots may have me chasing after her to get my shot! She’s a girl on the move, that’s for sure:)The last time I photographed Caroline was at her baptism, and I can’t believe how much she’s grown in such a short time. She’s already celebrated her first birthday, while big sister Charlotte is coming up on her 4th birthday in October. My, how time flies! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

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{ berlin family }

I can’t think of a better way to start my Easter weekend than with this very special photoshoot featuring a fluffy white bunny! These guys were a joy to work with, as always. You will not find a family with bigger hearts and kinder spirits, they are truly wonderful folks. Only they could make photographing 8 kids + a bunny not only easy, but FUN to boot! Leading by example are Gail and Ron who must be so incredibly proud of this beautiful family they’ve created together! 3 kids and their spouses along with 8 darling grandkids who get cuter by the minute – Easter blessings abound! I hope these sweet photos bring a smile to your face – they sure made my weekend brighter!

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Jessica Therivel - My favorite family ever! Great job Clare, I will have to get my family in front of your camera if we make it back to Dallas :-)

{ 2015 top shots }

Another year has come and gone, with highs and lows and everything in between. My 10 year career in the home building business ended and I began a new one in the healthcare field, working for a family-owned and operated company that builds memory care communities all over the country for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Quite a change of pace, but a welcome one. I didn’t realize just how tired and burnt out I was until I had some time to decompress between jobs, and now I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be for the first time in a long time.

As I looked back through all the photos I’ve taken since last January, it was tough to narrow the selection down to a manageable number! It’s like trying to pick your favorite child, if you had, like, 41,625 kids… but I hope you enjoy this slideshow of some of my favorite photos from 2015! This is a mix of personal and professional shots, but they all make me smile! From my niece’s 1st birthday, to my new job at Autumn Leaves Memory Care, photographing Bo Jackson (Bo Knows Clare), Melvin Gordon, former Texas Rangers players, lots of 77 Prints shoots, a few evening strolls along White Rock Lake, two of my favorite bands, Dawes (yes, that is Dickey Betts’ son, Duane Betts) and Blitzen Trapper, plus a few random shots here and there.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for another fantastic year behind the camera! It is an absolute pleasure to see so many familiar faces again this year, along with some new friends! Hope to see you all again in the Spring!