Category: family

Leaving a Legacy

· April 22, 2020 · 7:27 pm · couples, family, personal, Uncategorized, , ,

“You never know how much time you have left…” It’s one of those sayings we always hear, but have you really thought about it as it pertains to your life? I’ve often enjoyed talking with my grandfather about photography, and he’s always been so supportive and interested in my career. This past Christmas I gifted my grandparents a portrait session & product credit. I wanted to make sure this wasn’t just a certificate that gets lost in a drawer, so when I planned a visit to see my family again after Christmas (despite my short availability and not knowing if it would be “perfect” …recovering perfectionist, aspiring good-enoughist here), we scheduled the shoot & planned it out. We decided the best backdrop for these portraits of Granny & Papa would be at “The Old House.” My parents, grandparents, and several other family members all live close to this house where my great grandparents once lived. I remember being a kid & “helping” paint the new doors as they refinished this very old structure to be the new setting of many family get-togethers. The past few years have been riddled with many hospital stays for my grandparents, and one of the ongoing issues has been Granny’s Alzheimer’s. The weekend I took their portraits, they were doing great, and Granny seemed very lucid when we ate lunch together. A few hours later when we started the session, I could tell she was tired and having a much harder time. In the next day or two, she was in the hospital with pneumonia. Several of her visitors got sick soon after leaving the hospital, & my mom told me it would probably be better if I didn’t go, especially since I’d have the kids with me. Not too long after that, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Granny was not tested for the virus (it wasn’t prevalent in that area at the time), but she went home to recover & is definitely hanging in there. Luckily my story has a happy ending as they are doing well right now… but I just kept thinking, “I’m SO thankful I was able to do their portraits before all of this happened!!!!” It was literally the last moment that I could have possibly photographed them for the foreseeable future! Papa told me during the shoot that he couldn’t remember the last time he’d had his portrait taken, and he was so glad I was the one doing them. I’m so grateful I was able to document this precious couple and the enduring love they have for one another. It was truly a fun experience, and once I send them these matted fine art prints, it will be a memory they can physically look back on & pass down for generations to come. I know I’m a teeny bit biased, but I really do have one the best jobs on the planet. 🥰

Matted and Coated Fine Art Prints for my Grandparents

I know many of us have been lucky enough to have some extra time to reflect on the important things in life. What has that been for you? What has been one thing you’ve been able to do lately that you normally wouldn’t have done before this pandemic? I would love to hear about all the connections!

McClerren Newborn & Family Portraits, Sharpsburg Studio

· June 7, 2018 · 2:33 pm · babies, family, newborn

I’d like to introduce you to this sweet family who came in for a newborn/family session shortly after we moved into our new space!  Eric is quite possibly one of the sweetest, most patient dads I’ve ever met!  I could tell their daughter was already aware of this– she would just stare at him wide awake anytime he was near!  Congratulations Sarah & Eric on your sweet bundle of joy!!  I can tell you are already such great parents!


Welcome to the World Hayley Elizabeth!

· October 29, 2015 · 4:42 pm · babies, family, newborn

So, something I thought I would never say is, “Oh my gosh, I love newborn shoots!!”  Haha.  It is amazing how being a mother can make you eat your words every day.  My daughter has taught me the greatest trait I now possess– patience… and you need a whole lot of patience to photograph newborns… and now, they have become something I REALLY enjoy!

Little miss Hayley was so sweet & cuddly, and she was the perfect subject for my indoor natural light studio space.  I thought it was so funny that she smiled the biggest when we put the pink crown on her head!  Watch out, world– little princess in training!  We were able to photograph her awake, sleeping, & then with Mom & Dad.  This little girl already has everyone around her so in love, & I am ecstatic to get to share her first professional portraits with you now.  Enjoy!

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