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Lana and Dan’s E-Session

Oh, these two. What can I say? The more Bill and I get to know Lana and Dan, the more we adore them both. They’re fun and genuine, selfless and kind, loving and generous…the list could go on and on for days. In short, we’re crazy about them. And they’re crazy about each other. Lana’s friends call Dan her “Prince Charming.” Dan calls Lana his Angel. Their story is straight out of the plot of a romantic comedy. Lana swore she’d never marry someone in the military and she’d never leave home (Etown).  (She’s managed to do both in the course of a couple of weeks!) Before they met, Lana had been praying for her future husband, and for some reason was compelled especially to pray for his safety. At the same time, Dan was deployed in the Middle East and was in some dangerous situations, but he admits that he always felt like he was safe. (Isn’t that the neatest thing ever???)

Their Engagement Session was filled with amazing shoes, perfect locations, and so much love.  (Not to mention a perfectly timed graffiti’d train!)


Lana and Dan’s Engagement Session was our gift to them with their Wedding package.  (And, oh my goodness, wait until you see the images from their wedding day!!!) If you’d like more information about our Wedding Packages, contact Marnie.

Clagett Photography supports Operation Smile by donating $240 (the cost of one surgery for a child) from every Wedding to the organization.  To learn more about Operation Smile, check them out at

Kylie’s Senior Session

Kylie is just weeks away from heading to WKU to begin her pre-vet studies.  But before she graduated from Central Hardin this spring, we managed to squeeze in her Senior Session!  I think the thing I loved the most about Kylie’s session was the collection of personal details she brought along.  There is no doubting the things that are important to her at this point in her life:  her excitement to start college, her precious dog, Bowie, and her passion for horse-riding.  It was a treat to find ways to incorporate those details into her images and still show off Kylie’s bubbly personality at the same time!

Congratulations, Kylie!  I can’t wait to hear all about your first semester at WKU!


To schedule your Senior Session with the studio, contact Marnie or Bill today!

Welcome to the studio, Bill!

It’s been a long time coming, folks! After a couple of years of dreaming of the day, we’re beyond excited to announce that Bill has now joined the studio full-time. The important thing for us, though, is that Bill is not merely a “second shooter” or handy guy to have around to hold a reflector or rescue me when my computer crashes. Nope, Bill is a brilliant (my words — he’ll never admit to it out loud 😉 ) photographer in his own right. His portrait work tends toward a more “fashion” look — perfect for High School Seniors and contemporary commercial work. And his Fine Art photography is poignant, thought-provoking, and often downright funny.

I’m sharing a few of my favorite images from Bill’s portrait work below, but if you’d like to check out his fine art photography, go take a peek at his personal site. You’ll thank yourself later.

The studio is now booking sessions for the Fall and Winter. Contact us at 270-312-5305 or email Bill or Marnie to schedule your Consultation.

July 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Bob - YES!!!!! Really excited for you guys!

July 22, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Mike Levee - very happy for the two of you. Just think, 40+ and starting a new career, how exciting! We wish you all the best the two of you deserve it.

July 23, 2015 - 3:10 am

Kay McAllister - Congratulations to the two of you getting to work together doing what you love.

Vanessa + Alex

I’m pretty sure we spent the better part of April, May and June praying for clear skies for our weddings.  Bill and I were pretty sure that Vanessa and Alex were just completely out of luck, though.  The forecast all week called for pouring rain, all day long.  Somehow, though, we managed to have dry weather from the time we arrived at Oak Meadow Country Club, right up until about five minutes after we came inside to hide from guests before their ceremony began!  Their entire day was filled with laughter and tears (and more laughter–I’m cracking up right now just thinking about the Best Man’s speech).  Vanessa was so excited to see Alex that her first words to me as I arrived (early 🙂 ) were, “Oh good!  You’re here!  Get me in this dress–I can’t wait to see Alex!!!”  (For a second there I thought she was just happy to see me!  🙂 )  We loved everything about their day…from Vanessa’s tear-filled walk to (finally) see Alex, to the precious smile on Alex’s face every single time he looked at his beautiful bride, to the close-knit bridal party with story upon story about their dearest friends, all the way to the pretty little details of the ceremony and reception room…every moment of their day was more perfect than the last!

Congratulations, Vanessa and Alex!  We wish you many, many years of joy and happiness!

Love, Marnie and Bill

In honor of Vanessa and Alex’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

Introducing C.U.!

A few months ago, I was looking through some old photographs of my daughter, and all of a sudden, I had the most obvious epiphany in the history of epiphanies:  This kid has changed SO MUCH in the past ten years.   And I don’t mean her personality.  For real–that hasn’t changed from day one.  She’s strong and independent and funny and smart and creative and a force to be reckoned with; always has been.  But she’s gone from this round-faced, sparkly-eyed child, to a long beanpole of a girl, seemingly overnight.  (Although she’s kept the sparkly eyes.)

And it hit me that it’s now or never.  Either I start intentionally photographing her more frequently now, or I’ll forget all of these changes that seem to be coming to her so fast these days.  So she and I have embarked on this journey together to create images of her that she loves, and that I can look back on one day and remember all of the little details of her ‘tween years, and she can see herself as I see her:  beautiful and strong, feisty and funny, creative and intelligent…

It occurred to me that I’m not alone.  There are thousands of moms in this area whose daughters are changing just as fast as mine, and whose daughters need to be reminded that, at what is often seen as an “awkward” age, they are stunning and important and loved.

We started with images of just my girl, but she quickly reminded me that a large part of who she is includes her closest friends.  So we organized a “friends” session with two of these girls and, oh my goodness, what an absolute BLAST we had together (in spite of the rain that fell for pretty much the entire session 🙂 )!

My little project with my girl has now grown into a new line for our studio that we’re launching today.  We call it “C.U.”  We are crazy excited about its potential to help empower and build up the girls in our community.  And we truly hope you’ll bring your own girls along for the journey with us.


June 12, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Mike Levee - what a great idea. best of luck with it. Lily is beautiful

June 12, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Elizabeth - I LOVE this!!! What a great way to document the “in-between” years and a lovely reminder to girls of how unique and amazing they are!