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Brittany and Seth’s E-session

I know, I know, we always say that we have the most amazing wedding couples, but it’s the flat-out truth! Sometimes you can be with a couple for barely any time at all and know almost immediately that they were meant for one another–that’s Brittany and Seth.  He’s a self-proclaimed “redneck;” she’s thrilled about learning to hunt with him.  (Just ask Seth to tell you the story of Brittany’s first deer hunt.  He’ll proudly tell you about how she got a huge buck and Brittany will laugh and tell you about the broken nose she got from holding the gun too close to her face when she fired!)  She’s enjoying planning their wedding; he’s excited about the arbor he’s building for the ceremony and his new belt buckle that he got for the occasion.  And then there’s the way that they look at each other…like they’ve known all along that this is exactly where they’d end up–building a life together.

 

I cannot WAIT for their wedding later this month!  🙂

 

Six years ago today…

Six years ago today, Clagett Photography began.

Of course, I didn’t know it at the time. I thought I was just going to the home of a woman from my art class to take pictures of her grandson.

I had no idea that morning would quite literally change the course of my life.

You see, I was overwhelmed by how very much I loved the hour or so that I spent with little Gavin and his family.  It was more than the joy of being behind the camera, creating images.  I was investing my time and my energy in the life of a group of people, and I was able to give them a permanent reminder of a time that passes by so quickly it can take our breath away.

No long after that session, I realized that I had to make a choice.  I could either start saying “no” to the dozens of families who were asking me to photograph them, or I would have to turn my photography hobby into my photography business.

Six years later, I have a career that I have found more fulfilling than I ever dreamed.   I’ve discovered that I love the business side of my business as much as I love the creative side.  And I’ve found new ways to invest in the lives of others through the business.

My photography hobby has become something that I’m now able to use to financially provide for my family, as well as to support other families–be it through a conversation that we have during a Consultation, or giving a family a genuinely fun time together taking pictures, or celebrating with a bride and groom on their wedding day, or through the donations that we get to make to Feeding America and Operation Smile and the other non-profit organizations we support.

Six years ago, I had no idea what 2015 was going to look like.

But I am truly grateful for where I am today, for Clagett Photography, and for the families who value what we do for them.

The images from that first session were far from perfect.  Most of them were really pretty bad, by my standards.  But I still show them today, because they represent where I began and the potential that we all have to be so much more than we know.

I can’t wait to see what the next six years hold.

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May 13, 2015 - 12:46 am

Dava - marnie, that was so beautifully written.
Your Dad and I are very proud of you and what you have built.
And I know that Bill has been helpful in aiding your dream and success.
Beautiful job.
With love
dava

May 13, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Sue Clagett Young - You are a very fortunate young woman to have found a career that is satisfying to you, and satisfying to those you photograph!Those charities who benefit are fortunate as well. Congratulations to you, sweet woman. Aunt Sue

May 12, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Mike Levee - What a joy it is to see how happy and successful you have become. I am so proud to call you my daughter.

Emmett at Four Months

Emmett is all kinds of mellow and easygoing–I’m guessing his momma is praising God for that fact every single day.  You see, Emmett is the youngest of six children.  Yep, I said six.  To a mom who has trouble keeping up with her two kids, the idea of raising six children humbles me beyond words.  Emmett has absolutely no trouble standing out in the crowd, though, even at four months!  He is a constant stream of funny faces, serious faces, sweet faces…for real, he just melts your heart and makes you laugh all at the same time!

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Kate’s newborn session

The images from Kate’s Newborn Session are so serene and peace-filled, you’d never know that her session took place in a room with two energetic (and nap-resisting) nine-month old twins!  She barely stirred while I moved her from one outfit to the next.  I tell ya, this baby girl is sweetness defined.  From her perfect little lips to her soft baby skin..and that tutu.  Yeah, I could kind of swoon from the cuteness, folks.  And then to cap everything off, during the session a friend dropped off the perfect blanket to tie together her cousins’ Easter outfits and her insanely perfect bunny rabbit hat & diaper cover!