{ sam }

Meet Sam! Sammy. Sam-o. Samothy. No matter the moniker you choose, he’s pretty stinkin’ cute! I am SO glad this session worked out, because the weather was certainly not on our side. Even though we were indoors, the rainy skies have been in full effect the past 48 hours here in San Antonio. But no amount of dreariness outdoors could dampen the cuteness overload going on inside! I must preface this by explaining that when I first moved to Dallas, Juanita (and her roommate, Katie) were my next door neighbors. My roommate and I were so excited to have fun girls our own age living next to us, and it didn’t take long for us to become friends. I can actually trace the majority of my current friend network back to this very happy coincidence. Without Juanita and Katie, I never would have met the people who have become my closest friends here – many of whom you’ve seen on this blog! Anyway, much like our friends Jodie and Spencer, Juanita and John became parents of this beautiful boy by way of adoption. While they were (unbeknownst to them) babymooning in Cabo, little Sam was making his grand entrance, just a few beats away from their lives. Within a very short time after they came home, they discovered that Sam would be theirs, and so their journey began! Can’t think of a nicer way to start down the road to parenthood than by the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific. And speaking of sparkling blues, how about Sam’s gorgeous eyes! He has an absolutely fantastic head of soft dark hair to go with those baby blues, and some yummy pinchable cheeks! He’s just as sweet as can be, and I’m so honored that they asked me to capture these first official family portraits – we even got pups Lucy and Kirby in on the fun! Welcome to the world, Sam!

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{ 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

Clarence Boggs - Kelly,
I wish you and the little one a fast recovery.

Love,
Clarence.

{ 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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