Month: February, 2013

Alissa's first snow...


We recently had our first (and probably only) snow of the winter season this past weekend.  It was enough to cover the ground, but unfortunately….came on Saturday and not enough to keep the adults out of work on Monday 🙁

Anyway…I think every parent wants their child to experience snow for the first time and we took Alissa and Jax out to get in on the action and snap a few pics.  Jax completely loses his mind in snow and runs non-stop, full speed laps around the backyard so you’ll see the blur of him darting through the scene a couple of times.  Alissa seemed to enjoy it.  It’s always funny when they see and feel the texture of the snow for the first time.  It’s that “what the heck is all of this ?” look.  Then once they realize how fun it is….it’s game on!!


Jax doing his best impersonation of the Greyhound logo
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  • Rose S. Clay (MeMe) · Posted 02-19-13 at 6:58 pm · Link · Reply

    Mike, These pics are so-o-o adorable. They make me want to be a photographer,too. She is absolutely one of the most photogenic babies ever.

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Happy Valentines Day from the Clay's !! | M. Clay Photography


We would like to wish all of our friends, family, and my M. Clay Photography clients a Happy Valentines Day.  For many of my couples, this will be their first Valentines as husband and wife so be sure to make it special and enjoy.

Here’s a pic of me and my wife and our rambunctious kids.  This is actually a failed attempt at a Christmas pic (note the reindeer in the background) we were playing around with a few months back, and me and my wife both hate it, but I got permission to post it for Valentines Day.  It was actually a test shot (thus the reason for the stupid looking blank stare on my face).  You would not believe how difficult it is to get a 16-month old and a dog looking in the same direction at the same time.  Actually, Jax did pretty well, but Alissa….WHEW.  She wants to run all the time when we are outdoors, so she was pretty much squirming the whole time trying to get to the ground so she could take off.  It’s always an adventure trying to get pics of Alissa, especially family pics…but we always have fun trying  and never give up at Team Clay 🙂   I think we are gonna attempt some full family pics with grandparents\in-laws, aunts, and uncles in the the near future.  Ya’ll pray for me

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  • Eric R. Miller · Posted 02-14-13 at 12:39 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you guys & what a special pic. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all too.

    • M. Clay · Posted 02-14-13 at 1:00 pm · Link · Reply

      Thank you Eric. Hope you and Toni have a great day today !!

  • LaTorya · Posted 02-14-13 at 1:30 pm · Link · Reply

    Definitely not a failed attempt! Looks good to me; beautiful family. Happy V day!!

    • M. Clay · Posted 02-14-13 at 2:25 pm · Link · Reply

      By the M. Clay Photography standards Torya….I expect more 🙂 Hope you and Derek enjoy your first Valentines as husband & wife !!

  • Michael Maxwell · Posted 02-14-13 at 7:30 pm · Link · Reply

    Happy V day ya’ll!

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Monica & John featured in JET Magazine | Charlotte Wedding Photographer M. Clay


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We are pround to announce that one of our couples was recently featured in the January issue of JET Magazine. They were in the printed magazine, but also posted on the JET Mag website at:

In case you missed it, you can check out the blog post from Monica & John’s wedding HERE

Featured JET magazine Couple embraces at Renaissance wedding in Charlotte
(since magazines tend to post very traditional, “portraity” images….I’m posting one my favorites from their day since this represents my style a little better)

Congrats again Monica & John !!

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Bath Time !!


Nothing epic about these photos….I just thought I’d give a small glimpse into how I practice around the house when I’m not shooting weddings.  It gives me an opportunity to try out different camera settings, new techniques, or just simply stay sharp with the basics.  Bath time is always fun for kids (up until a certain age), and luckily Alissa is at the age where she still enjoys hers.

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