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I remember the first time I met Matt Clem- I thought his last name was some sort of inside joke or nickname, because surely “Clem” couldn’t be his ENTIRE last name. Maybe it was short for Clemson? Or Clementine? But nope, it’s just Clem! I know Matt through CRU at Radford- we were on the worship band together, and Matt was THE big man on campus, our student body President. I felt pretty famous knowing him. During the summer between our junior and senior year, Matt went on a summer project to Zambia where he met Natalie, and things quickly fell into place from there. Living in a house with five other girls my senior, I got to watch love stories unfold from a female’s perspective. But because Natalie was in college in Texas, we got to watch their love story from his point of view- it was a beautiful thing to see. If you ever wanted to see a picture of a man who lovingly pursues the woman of his dreams, Matt & Natalie are such a beautiful illustration of that very thing. A few months after they started dating, Matt knew she was the one designed for him, so he flew out to Texas in February of 2010 to surprise her, both with his visit and with a very important question.

About half a year after their wedding, Natalie and Matt discovered they were expecting another surprise- Noah! He arrived last October and has melted the hearts of everyone around him with that thatch of blonde hair and those shining hazel eyes. Matt & Natalie were in town for Thanksgiving so we took some time to document their sweet little family just as it is. I don’t normally offer family portraits because I love working with couples so much, but it was such a refreshing challenge to shoot outside of my comfort zone! Matt & Natalie, thank you so much for the privilege of spending the afternoon with your precious family! Little Noah is such a gift and I loved every minute of our time together. Hoping Texas’ warmth was a welcome home gift after the biting winds of Virginia!

We began at Matt’s dad’s house…

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I can’t decide if this photo is beautifully artistic, or a hilarious horse photobomb.

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It was getting close to Noah’s nap time, so we left him in the care of his uncle inside and then headed back out for a few portraits of just Matt & Natalie :). THIS is totally my territory!

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Natalie! You are SO CUTE!

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 I just love them. Happy Thursday!

More lovely faces- The Clem Family

November 29, 2012

  1. Natalie

    November 29th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I’m obsessed. Wow!!!!!!!!! These are amazing. Thank you so much Abby. I can’t stop looking at them over and over again. 🙂 Some of Noah’s facial expressions just keep cracking me up. You captured the day perfectly. God has blessed you with such an incredible talent. Thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂

  2. Krysta

    November 29th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Abby, these are beautiful! You did a fantastic job 🙂 The black and white one of Natalie and Noah is breath taking! love it!

  3. molly

    November 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    abby these are stunning. i love the natural posing – it really looks like you just captured a day in the life of this family and it’s beautifully done!

  4. Jean

    November 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    What a beautiful little family, and you did such a great job photographing them. Precious little boy, beautiful couple! I love all these pics!

  5. Sarah Goodwin

    November 29th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    These made me smile because my favorite family portraits are the “real” ones & you captured it beautifully.

  6. Dani

    November 29th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Wow, I just adore these. Your photography style never ceases to amaze me. Love coming to the blog and seeing consistency from weddings to e sessions to family sessions. This is such a beautiful fam!

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