Month: April, 2015

Say Hello to our early arrival


The last 72 hours have been crazy,hectic, a whirlwind, a blur….whatever other extreme adjective you can fill in that blank probably fits.  Let me start by saying that my wife and I ‘were’ pregnant…and as of Monday morning around 6am, I’m happy to announce that a healthy Ms. Marleigh Rose officially joined Team Clay.  This may come as a surprise to many, but because of previous unfortunate situations with child births and pregnancies, we simply don’t make any public announcements until we reach a certain point in the whole process.  We are ecstatic to have 2 little girls now!!  But we were caught a little off guard by how it all went down…

My wife and I could never get our schedules coordinated to do a maternity shoot.  But Easter Sunday, we finally had an opportunity to do a few portraits.  Maternity sessions are usually not my thing, but I don’t really have much choice to decline her….or there would be consequences. LOL.  We captured some great images playing around with a vision we had both talked about.Charlotte-wedding-photographer-blog_0077 Charlotte-wedding-photographer-blog_0078 Charlotte-wedding-photographer-blog_0079 Charlotte-wedding-photographer-blog_0080 Charlotte-wedding-photographer-blog_0081
Then here’s where it gets interesting. These last 3 images were not really part of the shoot. We were just playing around with Alissa practicing to see how she would do posing with mom & belly for Part 2 of the maternity session planned for a couple days later (with different outfits, etc). Part 2 never happened so these would end up being special images because they are the only ones we have with Alissa and mom’s belly.


Early Monday morning about 2am, my wife woke me up complaining about contractions about 5 mins apart. We ended up at the hospital about 3:30am thinking they’d give my wife something to stop the contractions and send us back home.  Negative!  Several hours later…this happened

Our beautiful baby girl was here. 3 weeks early!! We were a bit unprepared as we were still getting her room finished, mom still hadn’t packed the ‘official’ hospital bag, etc.  None of that mattered because our beautiful baby girl was here.  It was pretty surreal how fast it all happened.  Here’s a few photos of her first few hours outside the womb

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Then here is where it gets emotional. The next day, I brought Alissa by the hospital. This is one of the most precious things I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing…our daughter meeting her new baby sister for the first time. The look of excitement, curiosity, and love on her face is something I’ll cherish forever and will not ever forget.  I won’t even try to explain the feelings we had as parents…I’ll just let the images describe the moment.







We had no clue she would be arriving shortly after the maternity photos but here we are…Team Clay + 1 🙂  And we are loving every bit of it.


  • Tiffany Blu · Posted 04-08-15 at 3:13 pm · Link · Reply

    This was the best story with pictures I’ve ever seen! Wow! I’m amazed! Mike you capture more then just Team Clay +1 you caught GOD in there TOO!!!! Tears of joy, thank you all for sharing this!

  • Chastity Harper · Posted 04-08-15 at 4:03 pm · Link · Reply

    This is beautiful. A true blessing

  • Sidney · Posted 04-08-15 at 4:43 pm · Link · Reply

    BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations to all of you! xo

  • L.Rice · Posted 04-08-15 at 4:44 pm · Link · Reply

    The Rices are so happy for you all. She is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these special moments with us.

  • Simona Kelly · Posted 04-08-15 at 6:13 pm · Link · Reply

    I cried reading this, thanks for sharing this. Congratulations again you guys!

  • LATOYA Jenkins · Posted 04-08-15 at 6:26 pm · Link · Reply

    congratulations…. truly a blessing

  • Toya Crichlow-Mack · Posted 04-08-15 at 6:28 pm · Link · Reply

    Mike you are a gifted artist with an amazing ability to share stories through images. Thank you for capturing my family’s early beginnings and congratulations on your beautiful family.

  • Dana Jones · Posted 04-08-15 at 7:00 pm · Link · Reply

    May God continue to shower his love and protection upon you for many years to come Team Clay !!.

  • Youca Shell · Posted 04-08-15 at 7:38 pm · Link · Reply

    Absolutely beautiful pics and awesome blog. Congrats!

  • Monique Wylie · Posted 04-08-15 at 8:36 pm · Link · Reply

    Congratulations on your latest bundle of joy. I agree with both ladies above the pictures captured God’s work at its finest, and all of his blessings. Simply AMAZING.

  • Matt Talford · Posted 04-08-15 at 9:20 pm · Link · Reply

    Mike/Meeka: You two are amazing people and amazing parents. You will be as much a blessing to her as she is to you! Congratulations!!!

  • Makia · Posted 04-08-15 at 9:46 pm · Link · Reply

    Now I’m all emotional! LOL. When I saw Grandma dropping off Alyssa a few days ago, I was hoping it was what I thought it was. We are so happy for you guys!

  • Eunice B. Gist · Posted 04-08-15 at 11:04 pm · Link · Reply

    Mr. and Mrs. Clay,
    I am elated to have witnessed the beautiful photos of such a joyous occasion. Congratulations to you both
    for a job well done.

  • Carmen Hicks · Posted 04-09-15 at 12:31 am · Link · Reply

    Congratulations to the four of you. Such a beautiful story!

  • Hattie Murphy · Posted 04-13-15 at 10:40 am · Link · Reply

    Congratulations!!! I am very happy Marleigh’s arrival was uneventful. The pictures are beyond BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Marla · Posted 04-15-15 at 12:14 pm · Link · Reply

    Amazing photos of an awesome family. God has truly blessed you! Amen.

  • Arshana Copeland · Posted 04-17-15 at 1:56 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you for sharing! She is beautiful!

  • Yumekco · Posted 04-17-15 at 11:35 pm · Link · Reply

    Congratulations on the new bundle/addition to your family! The story is beautifully captured and wonderfully narrated as only a father could tell it. The pictures are amazing; poetry in motion and film. Meeka and Alyssa are wonderful models as you can see the love flowing through. Again, congratulations!!!

  • Renee Grisham · Posted 04-17-15 at 11:51 pm · Link · Reply

    CONGRATUALTIONS!!!! We can’t wait to meet the new bundle. 🙂

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