We fell in love with the idea of Clay and what it represents, but also couldn’t shake the idea how symbolic a house was. A home is where the ordinary, yet beautiful parts of life happen… where you and your new husband first burn a pizza together, where a child takes their first steps, where you retreat back to every single day knowing that rest and safety are found inside, and where love dwells. It’s a symbol of a fresh start for a newlywed couple as well as a mark of a strong foundation no matter what’s happening outside of it. Home means something different to us all, but is essential nonetheless. Similar to a healthy relationship being built on love, a good house is built on a firm foundation. And we want to help grow and build that firm foundation. From the moment you get engaged, a whole new season of life begins. We want to come alongside of you through the ups + downs to help you create that firm foundation. We don’t see you as clients, but as friends.
The meaning behind the name…
Jeremiah 18:3-6 says, “I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be. Then this message from the Lord came to me: ‘Family of Israel, you know that I can do the same thing with you. You are like the clay in the potter’s hands, and I am the potter.”
The Lord is the potter and we are his clay. He alone makes us new. Here at Clay House we believe that we are constantly being shaped and refined by our good God. We make a great effort to constantly lean into this truth rather than resist it. As people, we never want to stop growing and developing better hearts, minds, and ideas. As photographers, we never want to settle with our craft, and we try to lean into people, places, and resources that will continue to shape us. We also find rest in knowing that HE is always bigger than us. Isaiah 64 reminds us that “we are all the work of his hand”. Everything and anything we do right is because of how the good Lord has blessed us. We know it is not our own doing, but his. Our hope is that Clay House uses its platform to glorify God and points others back to the great Creator of all.