Kelly Moore-Clark is certainly a dynamic presence in the world of photography. More important to me, though, is the dynamic impact Kelly has made in my own world.
Through a weird (and undeniably God-arranged) set of circumstances, I met Kelly about six years ago. A random e-mail turned into a spontaneous phone call, which resulted in a quick lunch meeting that led to a semester-long internship. A friendship was cemented and Kelly inadvertently gave me the tangibles necessary to passionately pursue a new career in photography. It’s been more than just about business, though. I met Kelly when my (now wife) had just broken up with me, and over a Quizno’s sub Kelly somehow reassured me that Jess and I would end up together again. And, well, we did. A little down the road, and Kelly jumped in on the biggest day of my life and photographed (perfectly) my own wedding day. I can also remember the day I got a text message in my marketing class that Kelly-girl and Kelly-boy were expecting their first child, Posey. I’ve seen Posey’s parents fall in love with her, and these two strong and dedicated people have given me the clearest glimpse into the feelings that I’ll have for my own little girl in a mere two weeks.
Kelly’s a success story. It was about five years ago I remember her telling me she wanted to design a camera bag of her own–that none of the ones out there were quite good enough. And just over two years ago, Kelly Moore Bags were born, and every one of us in the industry should be forever grateful. I’ll never head out to shoot without looking more stylish or feeling more prepared thanks to the bags she ingeniously creates. Clearly, if you don’t have one (or two, or three) go buy one right now.
So, imagine how weird for me to photograph her and her family. Well, it happened, and as intimidating as it might have been, I found out quickly that I could do little wrong if I just kept focusing on Posey. She’s beautiful and spirited. And will be an incredible big sister to the baby girl they’ll be adopting into their family also in a couple of weeks.
Love you guys… and can’t wait to meet little Chapel… and, maybe, photograph y’all loving on her too.
Kelly needed a few shots of herself for some KMB publicity… it’s not fair that some people can work both ends of the camera.
Maybe my favorite from the day…