Month: February, 2010

1 month old Reese & Family | M. Clay Photography

02-20-10

Last weekend, I photographed adorable 1 month old Reese.  Her older brother was just as photogenic as her, so while mom was soothing her, I was snapping away and getting some great expressions from him.  After a devastating week, I did find some comfort in getting back to doing what I love and finishing up these images. 

A special thanks to Charlotte Yarn for graciously loaning us the hand-knit hats (made by Sandy Harris) used for some of Reese’s photo’s below.

Here are some shots from her session:

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Extremely tough loss…

02-18-10

About 24 hours ago, I experienced the worst thing that has happened to me in life.  My dog, Baron…without any warning or indication passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but luckily in my arms.  As tough as it was, that was the way I would have wanted it….for me to be the last face he saw.  He died of dilated cardiomyapathy, which is a genetic heart disease very common in Dobermans.  I did find a little peace in knowing this was something that could not have been prevented and pretty much impossible to detect. 

I could never explain, nor would anyone comprehend the bond that we had.  I raised him from 16 lbs to 118 lbs and he was by my side everyday for almost 8 years.  I’ll just sum it up by saying he was the most loyal companion any man could ever hope for and he would have given his life for me if ever neccessary.  I very rarely express personal matters such as this outside of my close circle of friends, but in trying to find a way to deal with this, I actually found a little bit of comfort in pulling together some pictures to document some of the joy he brought to our lives.

This first picture I ever took with him when he was a puppy and I could actually hold him in one arm.

During his ear posting phase to get his ears to stand.

One of his many messes I had to clean up.
Hard to hide evidence when it’s stuck to your nose.
Three things he truly loved….water, snow, and stuffed animals.
He made a 15 hour drive to Arkansas with me.  True definition of a”Road Dawg”.  He was an excellent traveling companion
This best sums up how me and Baron spent most of our time together…always fighting for position on the couch.
The last picture I took of him just 3 days before he passed away.
Such a beautiful dog…extremely intelligent and everything you could ask for.  He will always be loved and missed.  I also would like to sincerely thank my friends and family for all the condolences and support they have given me.

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  • Jarrad Lister · Posted 03-03-10 at 10:08 am · Link · Reply

    Mike! So sorry to hear about the loss of Baron! I too share a crazy bond with my dog Grady who is in the first stages of kidney failure. It's been a tough road so far and I only pray that he passes with me just like Baron did with you. Such a hard thing to go through. You both are in my thoughts!
    Take care!
    JL

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M. Clay Photography | Sun Rays

02-03-10

I have to give my wife credit for spotting this one…because I was too indulged in breakfast to have my “photographic eye” open 🙂  She pointed out these sun rays coming through the top of the window.  I just wanted to see how it looked if photographed.  I think it turned out kinda neat….you can’t beat the beauty of natural sunlight.

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M. Clay Photography | Fun in the Snow

02-02-10

I was excited to see the snow fall in Charlotte this weekend and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take Baron out to go play a little bit.  He really enjoys snow….and of course I get a kick out of watching him attack the snowballs I throw at him.

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