{ 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!

{ 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.

{ the moore family }

I usually title my posts by a first name, but there are so many people (both human and furry) that are represented in these images that I didn’t want to leave anyone out! Lexi and Ken are lovely folks I met by way of the Greer Garson Gala which benefits the Women and Infant Services in the Margot Perot Center at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. A wonderful cause, and also the very place where I’ve been going for my own healthcare for years. I always say my clients find me – I never really advertise or market, but the best ones always seem to just come to me through these funny coincidences or “meant to be” scenarios. I’m so glad they found me, because this was a truly special session that reminded me why I love photography. Lexi and Ken lost their baby girl last year, and it was important to them that Isabella be included in these photos in some way. They also have an adorable (and I do mean adorable, you know I’m an expert in these things!) baby boy named Thomas, not to mention 2 beautiful dogs named Cassie and Moose who also joined us for a few shots. Between the gorgeous pups and the precious baby, we had a few admirers from the people walking through the park:)It was the perfect quiet morning, and believe it or not, actually cooler than I was expecting with a nice breeze. I didn’t realize until I got in the car that we’d been out there for 2 hours, which is probably why I have so many pictures that I had a hard time narrowing it down to just these few for their sneak peek! I hope you enjoy them, and it was such a pleasure meeting you, Lexi and Ken!

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Jean garschagens - Beautiful photos. I will be ordering some if possible

Lexi Moore - Love the photos. I know the grandma’s will be ording some prints too!

Deborah Adams - Thank you for inviting me to view your beautiful family photos!! You and Ken are floating on air, the dogs look fab, and oh my! Tommy is one gorgeous boy!! All 3 of you look so happy – just beaming. I know your precious daughter is looking at her family and smiling too! The photos capture it all! Beautiful!

{ kelly + mike }

So excited that I got to be a part of Kelly and Mike’s big announcement last weekend! The timing worked out perfectly and we were able to get these done Sunday morning before the crowds arrived at the park. I just love the shot of them on the bridge – how great is that big pink balloon? Kelly was a trooper in the Texas heat, she doesn’t even look like she broke a sweat! Congratulations, you guys! And go Team Pink:)

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