Month: June, 2011

Atlanta Engagement Session | {Crystal + Nate}


Hot couple + Hot weather = Hot engagement session !! We were recently down in Atlanta and were able to coordinate our schedules to do Crystal & Nate’s E-session while in town. I first have to mention, that I was completely flattered when Crystal booked me to shoot her wedding because she is a photographer and owns Crystal Clear Photography studio in Atlanta. It is a huge honor to document the wedding of a fellow photographer.  She mentioned how awkward it felt to be on the other side of the camera, and I know exactly what she means. Once we got past all of that and they were in their comfort zone, they tore it up !! PERIOD.

They have so many interesting stories that we were able to capture some sentimental images of…they met via mutual Facebook friends, and found out they lived in the same subdivision about a block away from one another.  The matching “SUISSE” shirts were from a ski trip to Austria & Switzerland where he proposed 🙂  We hit a few different locations, had a great time, and ended up with amazing images of this great looking couple. I’m super excited about shooting their wedding later this year.  Here are some favorites from their E-session…


  • Crystal · Posted 06-29-11 at 9:12 am · Link · Reply

    Mike you are such an awesome photographer!!! Nathan and I are both proclaimed “camera shy” folks and you help us to be so very comfortable. Thanks again!

    • M. Clay · Posted 06-29-11 at 12:11 pm · Link · Reply

      Thanks Crystal. I don’t why you and Nate were “acting” shy as photogenic as you both are. LOL. Again, we enjoyed every minute with you guys and I can’t wait til wedding day !!

  • Ladre · Posted 06-29-11 at 9:29 am · Link · Reply


  • Jane Mitchell · Posted 06-29-11 at 9:47 am · Link · Reply

    These are truly beautiful pictures. I can’t hardly wait for the wedding. God bless you both. I should send these to Jet:)

  • carmen fosters, again!rat · Posted 06-29-11 at 10:57 am · Link · Reply

    These pics are amazing!! You both look great! I’m sure the wedding pictures are going to be equally beautiful. Congrats, again!

  • M. Clay · Posted 06-29-11 at 12:15 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for the comments everyone. I can only take partial credit though…Crystal & Nate are a gorgeous couple 🙂

  • T.A. Daniel · Posted 06-29-11 at 12:50 pm · Link · Reply

    These pictures are absolutely awesome! What a gorgeous way to capture the love. I can’t wait until the wedding!!!

  • LadySilke · Posted 06-30-11 at 8:39 am · Link · Reply

    OMG… These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Sparkle Lee · Posted 06-30-11 at 10:07 am · Link · Reply

    OMG!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Cadian Lawrence · Posted 06-30-11 at 10:09 am · Link · Reply

    Excellent images!!! Great job!

  • Myesha · Posted 07-02-11 at 12:01 am · Link · Reply

    LOVE THE PICTURES!!! You and Nate are so photogenic! Love ya 33!

  • Larenda "Shan" Brown · Posted 07-04-11 at 3:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Hey cuz these pictures are truly beautiful. I pray GOD blessing’s on your marriage, and that it always remain full of the love that is shown in each and every pictures.

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The Park Church Wedding & Speedway Club Reception | {Claire + Alex}


Claire & Alex tied the knot earlier this month.  It was an early afternoon wedding and a beautiful day, but we had to fight off some pretty harsh sun for some of the outdoor pics.  The ceremony was at The Park Church and reception at the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Claire and Alex both have smiles that can light up any room and they make an absolutely perfect pair.  I enjoyed shooting in this particular church because the lighting was great compared to most churches that are generally a bit darker.  The reception was red-themed with beautiful flowers and candy bar.  We also ended up with some neat bride & groom shots on location at the Speedway Club and you’ll see from the pics below, the reception was quite festive.

Wedding Detail images of The Park Church in Charlotte, NCBeautiful wedding photos of bride and bouqetWedding photos at Speedway Club by Charlotte photographer M. Clay
Detail images of Speedway club wedding reception

They showed off their skills with a formal ballroom dance….I was impressed

Then promptly got the party started…

Pause for a few formalities…

Alex’s reaction after discovering the garter was of his beloved Dallas Cowboys…priceless

And then the partying continued…
Speedway Club reception by Charlotte Wedding photographer M. Clay

Alex & Claire…thank you again for allowing us to be part of such a wonderful day. I wish you two all the best in your new future together.

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Crazy weather in Charlotte this past weekend…


We had some ridiculous wind this weekend in Charlotte.  So the weather started hot and sunny.  I had just finished up shooting a wedding on Saturday and on my way home, some mini-torndao type wind got going….then it started to rain.  My path home was blocked with a large tree that had fallen across the road which made me take a detour home (this one’s a little hazy because I was shooting thru my windshield)

Then, while biking on the greenway Sunday morning, my path was blocked yet again by another huge fallen tree !!  I had to put my bike on my shoulder and maneuver through the brush to get around this one (taken with my iPhone)

I saw some other debris, and damage to homes, etc.  It was pretty serious.  Thank goodness it was a morning wedding and we avoided all of this 🙂

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Weddings + Engagement Sneak Peeks


It’s been an extremely busy last couple of weeks with weddings, engagements, & traveling.  Just wanted to give a quick sneak peek of what’s coming up over the next few weeks to be featured on the blog from 3 great couples. 

This week, we’ll be posting Claire & Alex’s wedding at The Park and reception at the Speedway Club.

Next up will be Crystal & Nate’s engagement session in Atlanta, GA

And then Adrienne & Anthony’s wedding at Holiday Inn, Charlotte Center City.

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  • Jane Mitchell · Posted 06-22-11 at 1:59 pm · Link · Reply

    Crystal & Nathan are such a beautiful couple. Also you take great pictures.

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Beautiful bride and groom shot in Fort Mill, SC

Fort Mill, SC Wedding | {Angela + Caleb}


A few weeks ago, we traveled to Fort Mill for Angela & Caleb’s wedding.  They had a great engagement session and Angela had an amazing bridal session, so I knew they would “bring it” on wedding day.  I was intially very worried because the night of the rehearsal, it rained pretty hard, but it was clear skies for their wedding day.  This couple gave me something I normally don’t get on weddding day which was ‘time’.  I normally have a very small window after the formals to do the creative bride & groom portrait session before the reception.  Because they allowed us plenty of time, we were able to visit several different locations and got a great variety of images. 

Both of their families were great to work with and the ceremony was officiated by Caleb’s father, who is a pastor.  And you’ll see from the pics below, they had quite a party at the reception.

Theire cake was absolutely beautiful….love the detail.

Beautiful bride and groom shot in Fort Mill, SC

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