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Angela + Kasey (married)

Remember Angela and Kasey, from a few months back?  These two met on the football field at the University of Kentucky and the rest, as they say, is history.  Their wedding day was the sweetest celebration of Angela, Kasey and their families.  The guys partied with White Castles while the girls got dressed.  The flower girls spent their morning twirling in precious tulle dresses (and in Angela’s UK blue heels).  I spent my day shooting through happy tears as Angela’s dad sang to her during the ceremony and all four of her fabulous sisters made toasts that had every one of us laughing and crying.  And don’t even get me started on the father-daughter dance.  I can’t even…

Yeah, it was crazy cold for an April day.  And, yeah, Angela’s stunning blue heels spent part of their day wedged in the soft ground where we were taking pictures.  And, yeah, there were so many people there to celebrate that Bill and I spent most of the ceremony saying “excuse me” as we shuffled through the crowd packed into the back of the church.  But it was all somehow absolutely perfect.  I think that has everything to do with Angela and Kasey and the kind of joy that they inspire in the people around them.  We all want to be a part of that kind of love…

 

 

In honor of Angela and Kasey’s wedding, we donated $240 to Operation Smile.  That donation will cover the cost of one life-changing surgery for a child in need.  To learn more about Operation Smile, please visit them at www.operationsmile.org.

A Letter to Moms of Tweens

Dear Moms,

Do you remember your tween years?

I do.

I was a twig—all legs and arms and convinced that everyone mistook me for a boy, especially with my short haircut.  I was self-conscious about what I wore, what I said, and wouldn’t answer questions in class for fear that I would get pegged as a know-it-all.  I was so worried that no one would like me that I couldn’t appreciate who I was.

To make matters worse, this was the age where my family stopped taking photos of me.  Oh, there are tons of pictures of me as a chubby baby, a wide-eyed toddler, and a pretty cute little kid.  But we have very few photos of me from the age of 9 until I was a Junior in high school.  Six years that went practically undocumented.  There are a few school pictures, but those awful things have left me with the lasting impression that I was, indeed, as awkward and gawky as I thought I was during those years.

Sadly, I carried those negative impressions of myself into my high school years, and even into college.  If I’m perfectly honest, some still hang out with me in my not-so-great moments even today.

I can’t help but wonder what it would have meant to me if I had a single image of myself where I didn’t look too skinny, or boyish, with too-short hair.  Where I was simply able to see myself as the beautiful girl I truly was, inside AND out.

Would it have given me the confidence to walk with my head high in the halls of middle school, instead of hunched over, hoping no one would notice me?  Would I have reached out to make more friends if I hadn’t been so worried that no one would be interested in me?  Would I have taken more risks and had more opportunity for success if I’d liked myself a little bit more?

It’s too late for me to know.

But it’s not too late for my daughter, who just turned 11. So I’ve started photographing her in a new way.  More than the snapshots and family portraits that we’ve done in the past, I’ve started making a point to photograph my girl in a way that shows her how amazing she is.  How smart and kind and thoughtful and feisty, and yes, beautiful she is, inside and out.  We make pictures of her that I hope will remind her that she is an incredible human being, with a whole heck of a lot to offer this world.

I tell her that I want to have good pictures of this time in her life where she’s changing as rapidly as she did when she was a toddler, so I can remember.  And that’s true.  But I also have bigger hopes for these images and their lasting impact on her life.

Last year we launched a new line at the studio called C.U.  Our goal is to help girls see themselves as they truly are and celebrate that.  We want to empower them, give them confidence.  And we’re doing just that.  When our C.U. girls see these images of themselves, they’re inspired, encouraged, and proud of who they are.

If you’re the mom of a tween, call me.  Email me.  Schedule your daughter’s C.U. consultation today.  It will be a gift your girl will carry with her for a lifetime.

🙂
marnie

 

PS:  Click here if you would like information on how your girl can be a C.U. Model for the 2016-2017 school year.  It’s one more way to be a C.U. kid – with perks!

 

April 20, 2016 - 11:29 pm

Mary Ann - Marnie, This is brilliant. Just brilliant.

Angela + Kasey

Want to know how you make a UK fan really jealous? Tell them all about the Saturday morning you had the field and the stands at Commonwealth Stadium pretty much all to yourself.

Not that I would ever try to make my UK fan friends jealous…

Angela and Kasey both have degrees in Exercise Science from the University of Kentucky. They first met here, on the field of Commonwealth Stadium, putting their degrees to use.

So it really was the perfect place to start their Engagement Session. We played on the field, got to mess around with some shiny equipment, and then toured the facilities, picture-taking all the way. Suffice it to say, this place is impressive. And pretty. Check out that amazing wood-paneled wall with the state of Kentucky on it.  I mean, seriously folks, they did not mess around when they added this section to the stadium.

As impressive as Commonwealth is, though, Angela and Kasey were the real standouts of that day. They are, in a word, brilliant together. They’re not about to take themselves too seriously. We spent more of our day laughing than we did taking pictures, I think.

So, yeah, once again, I’m completely smitten with yet another of our couples. I want Angela and Kasey to adopt me into their family so I can hang out with them all and just sit back and watch the fun!

Angela & Kasey engagement blog

 

January 2, 2016 - 2:46 am

Mike Levee - These are really great pics! Love the full stadium shoot.

June 30, 2016 - 6:53 pm

Angela + Kasey (married) » Clagett Photography - […] Angela and Kasey, from a few months back?  These two met on the football field at the University of Kentucky and the rest, as they say, is […]

Christian – Class of 2016

I should probably just tell you all now that I’m going to be doing a LOT of bragging on our 2016 Seniors on the blog. And it’s all completely justified.  I promise.

Meet Christian. Don’t let the pretty face, unreal blue eyes and gorgeous curls fool you. This kid means business.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever met another teenager with as much drive, determination and certainty about where he’s headed. Christian is the 2015 800m State Champion–hence the crazy huge ring on his right hand. I’m not going to even try to list out all of his achievements here.

Just know that this kid, this beautiful young man, will be running that 800m race in the Olympics, probably in 2020 or thereabouts. He still has the 2016 track season ahead of him this Spring, and not long after that, he’ll be packing his bags and heading to New York to West Point.  There he’ll go to school and train and race (and train some more) until he’s ready for his Olympic trials.

I’ve seen all kinds of teenagers with Olympic hopes, but I’ve never met a kid like Christian. He not only has the dreams; he has a plan to make them his reality. He knows the path won’t be easy, but he’s not the least bit intimidated by the work that’s coming his way.

All of this, and yet, to chat with him, he’s genuinely humble and grounded. He’s kind and funny and he listens to his momma.  He’s even ridiculously sweet with his younger brothers. (You should see the videos of him with his littlest brother as they do pushups together–I mean, seriously folks, it’s about as adorable as it gets.)

I wish I could say I’m gushing here, but really, I’m not doing Christian justice with my ramblings.  He’s just an all-around great guy.

And he’s going to kick butt in 2020…and along the way, too.

In honor of Christian’s Senior Session, we have donated $50 to Feeding America.  That donation will provide 350 meals to a family in need.  To learn more about Feeding America, please visit them at www.feedingamericaky.org.

December 14, 2015 - 8:33 pm

laura - THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL -of course everything right now makes me cry but that was a tear jerker!

December 14, 2015 - 10:00 pm

marnie321 - It’s all the truth–he’s a wonderful kid and you’ve done an amazing job raising him! Love you all!!!

Sarah – C.U. session

Occasionally people will ask us, “What’s C.U.?” (For the inspiration behind these sessions, check out this blog post from earlier this year.) The short version, though, is that C.U. is our line designed specifically for girls ages 9-14. The entire idea is to show girls and their friends exactly how beautiful they are, inside and out, at an age when they hear words like “awkward” and “gangly” thrown around far too often. We’re here to put a stop to all of that nonsense. Girls at this age are exactly the ones who need the reminder that they are strong, beautiful and intelligent–not to mention fun and spunky and downright hilarious to be around!

Meet Sarah. She is, shall we say, a creative. She loves making jewelry, painting, and generally making any kind of craft she can dream up. She’s been dancing since she was a small girl and currently takes lessons with ADT. Recently, Sarah has started to branch out into performing in plays and is looking into modeling (she has an awfully good start to her portfolio after her C.U. session!).

We spent a fun morning together creating images that show Sarah at her best–sweet and smart, funny and fabulous, brave and strong.  (And she was even gracious enough to share the spotlight with her older brother for a few takes!)