Category: Bridals

Duke Mansion Bridal Photography Session


Here are some shots from Markia’s bridal session at Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC earlier this year. I love shooting at this location because it offers such a variety of scenic backdrops for wedding and bridal photography.

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Styled Bridal Portrait Session |Charlotte, NC


Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to do a styled bridal session with a phenomenal makeup artist I worked a wedding with.  Ms. Jasmine of Polished Appearance. We pulled together a few of our previous brides and Jasmine did the makeup….and I took care of capturing her wonderful work. Here are some images from our session.

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Downtown Charlotte Bridal Session {Rochelle} | Wedding Photographer M. Clay


As my role’s and responsibilities grow at work, my free time shrinks…then throw a growing, energetic 2-yr old in the mix and it equates to Zero time for blogging.  I did want to post some pics from a recent bridal session I did.  You can check out Rochelle and Charles’ wedding we shot back in July.  We actually never had an opportunity to do her bridal session before the wedding because of our schedules, weather delays, etc.  So we just planned to do it after the wedding.  It ended up being a blessing in disguise because we were able to go out and have fun, experiment, and not have to be so meticulous about keeping the dress clean.  My style tends to shy away from the traditional bridal poses and Rochelle was game for whatever crazy creative ideas I had 🙂  Here’s a few of my favorites from the session…

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  • Randy Meachem · Posted 10-10-13 at 8:40 am · Link · Reply

    Mike these are nice shots ,I look forward to working with you. I have twin girls now and I would like to get some photos of them.

  • Elaine Harris · Posted 10-23-13 at 10:56 am · Link · Reply

    Fabulous! I need a contact for your professional photographs of Rochelle and Charles’ wedding.

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Melanie's Bridal Session | M. Clay Photography


Last month, I did my last bridal session of 2012.  I met with Melanie and her beautiful mother to do her bridal session.  Melanie & David tied the knot this past weekend so I can finally show some of the images from her bridal.  Needless to say….she was an absolutely gorgeous bride.  Look for the blog post from the wedding in a couple of weeks.

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This was the image she had enlarged and displayed at the reception…

This is my favorite image from the entire session.  So here’s my confession….I can’t ever resist shooting against red walls 🙂


  • Beverly · Posted 12-17-12 at 7:17 pm · Link · Reply

    Melanie is one beautiful woman, inside and out. You certainly captured the essence of who she is. These pictures are beautiful!

  • Jennifer · Posted 12-17-12 at 9:28 pm · Link · Reply

    Amazing photos. You are so beautiful.

  • Ingrid Montgomery · Posted 12-17-12 at 10:41 pm · Link · Reply

    Great pictures!!! You look fan~tabulous!!!

  • wfrazier · Posted 12-18-12 at 9:27 am · Link · Reply

    Oh my sister you are wearing that dress. You look so beautiful.

  • Marie · Posted 04-04-13 at 9:31 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for sharing the pictures . Those are some of the moments.We missed. You and David are a blessed couple.

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Nneka's Bridal Session | Charlotte Wedding Photographer M. Clay


Nneka and Idris celebrated their marriage this past weekend, but I’ve been waiting for a while to post the photos from her bridal session.  I can’t really find the words to describe the type of flair she brought, so I’ll just let you check out the photos.  She also gave me complete creative control on this.  So like a kid in a candy store, I got to do pretty much anything I wanted :-)…traditional, dramatic, edgy, you name it….we tried it.  Yeah Nneka…you nailed this one.


  • Nneka W. Talib · Posted 08-21-12 at 1:33 pm · Link · Reply

    Mike, I can’t say thank you enough for creating these memorable pictures!! Far from the norm yet they are simply gorg!! It’s been a true pleasure working with you and your team!!

  • Aqilah · Posted 08-21-12 at 4:16 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m so glad you are part of my family and life. love u much.

  • Tomiko · Posted 08-21-12 at 7:15 pm · Link · Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!! You looked stunning on that HOT day and you looked even more amazing in person on Saturday!

  • Ernestine · Posted 08-21-12 at 11:00 pm · Link · Reply

    STUNNING, a weekend celebrating LOVE.

  • Quany · Posted 08-22-12 at 8:23 am · Link · Reply

    Girl you look absolutely stunning!

  • Lillie · Posted 08-23-12 at 12:07 am · Link · Reply

    Your inner beauty shines on the outside Nneka.

  • Perk · Posted 08-24-12 at 12:29 am · Link · Reply

    Beautiful pictures of my beautiful friend…Congrats on your marriage! The wedding was beautiful!

  • Mama G · Posted 09-10-12 at 7:31 pm · Link · Reply

    Nneka…….. Beautiful….Simply beautiful!!!

  • cheri · Posted 09-20-12 at 10:13 pm · Link · Reply

    Nneka, gorgeous as usual!! congrats honey!!!

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