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A Miracle { Austin Pro Life Photographer }

Easter weekend, I had the honor of photographing a remarkable 21 year old girl, with an incredible life story. It’s a story that touches depths of one’s soul, because it involves a tough subject – abortion. It’s incredibly difficult for me to wrap my mind around the reality that abortions, and more specifically late term abortions, occur every day. Right now, a pregnant mother somewhere in this world will make her decision to end her baby’s life today. I heard on the news the other day that a recent scientific study concluded that fetuses in their 2nd trimester of life cannot feel pain. I remember listening to that and immediately wanting to run into the bathroom to puke.

Meet Claire. She is a miracle. She is a twin abortion SURVIVOR. Claire’s biological mom became pregnant with her at the age of 13. Her mother took her to an abortion clinic where she had a surgical abortion. A few weeks later she realized she was still pregnant so she found an out-of-state late-term abortion clinic to do a second abortion. At the clinic they told her she had been pregnant with twins..ONE WAS ABORTED; ONE SURVIVED. They said it was too late to do a second abortion…Claire was born 2 weeks later. Claire was born 2.5 months early. She weighed 3 lbs 2 oz, she was on life support, her hips were dislocated and her feet were turned in…all because of the abortion.

Claire’s story is an true testimony of God’s amazing grace. She was adopted into a loving Christian family when she was 2.5 months old. I could go on and on about her amazing parents that I’ve been blessed to know. Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” – this scripture is true for all unborn babies but in light of Claire’s story, it speaks to the miracle and the great purpose for her life.

Claire’s mission in life is to save unborn babies from abortion. To share her story. To shine her light. Did you know abortions are scheduled twice a month at Planned Parenthood? Two days a month. I learned this from Claire’s twitter because I checked it the week after Easter and she said that Tuesday was “abortion day”. And she would be outside the clinic praying for those mothers who were on the schedule that day. I checked back later that evening and she had a ray of hope, one baby saved that day. One baby. Just like Claire.

How can you help?

Join her Facebook Fan page –!/ClaireCulwell
Her Website is –
Her Twitter is –

Life is a miracle. Claire’s life is miraculous!

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Jessica - April 18, 2010 - 9:41 AM

Wow…sitting here now with chills & tears… What an amazing story & a true miracle that she is alive today!! Thank you for sharing…I will be checking out Claire’s website now!

Shanna - April 18, 2010 - 9:57 AM

Holy crap that gave me chills!!! What an amazing story!!!!! Gorgeous pictures!

Tori Piercy - April 18, 2010 - 10:20 AM

Her story made me cry! What a gorgeous girl with an amazing story. You captured her beautifully!

brianna saban - April 18, 2010 - 1:06 PM

oh my gosh.
what a beautiful miracle claire is!!!!
thank you for sharing her story with us.

i am emailing this post out.

“for you created my inmost being.
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

psalm 139:13


Stephanie - April 18, 2010 - 5:24 PM

Wow! What a story! Beautiful images as well!

Megan - April 18, 2010 - 7:27 PM

Both mom and baby are just beautiful!

Rose - April 18, 2010 - 9:00 PM

Such a touching story! Beautiful photos!

Libby - April 18, 2010 - 9:23 PM

Thank you for sharing this…gives me goosebumps! What a beautiful, amazing story. God is amazing and can overcome all!!

Tina - April 18, 2010 - 9:29 PM

Awesome, awesome story. Thanks for sharing. She’s beautiful!

Claire - April 18, 2010 - 11:02 PM

I am speechless! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story. You are so right… It is stories like these that show how amazing his Grace is! I am sending my friends/family to this if that’s ok as I think everyone needs to hear this incredible story. Beautiful pictures of her and that sweet precious baby!

Krissy Allori - April 19, 2010 - 1:06 AM

Gorgeous images and what an amazing story. I have never heard of one twin surviving an abortion. Amazing!

chrissy torney - April 19, 2010 - 4:54 AM

Beautiful story :)

Jen - April 19, 2010 - 5:54 AM

What an amazing story. What a gorgeous baby!

Stephanie McFrederick - April 19, 2010 - 6:37 AM

What an amazing women! Thank you for sharing that story, it’s very touching! Beautiful work too :)

AmandaR - April 19, 2010 - 7:04 AM

Omgosh…that story made me tear up…she’s so vibrant and beautiful and to think she nearly wasn’t given the chance at life.
And the photos are just wonderful, such rich vibrant colour and great clarity. Just beautiful

Jen Stafford - April 19, 2010 - 7:56 AM

What an amazing and touching story! And such a gorgeous girl. I love that she is working so hard to stop abortion from happening. I’m sure the Lord is pleased with her!

Tabitha - April 19, 2010 - 2:37 PM

What an amazing story! I have been checking your blog for a while now and I just think you have been blessed with such amazing talent!! Thank you so much for sharing!! God Bless!

Barbara - April 20, 2010 - 8:44 AM

Warren and I both could not even read the blog because our eyes were filled with tears! We are so grateful for our precious, beautiful daughter that the Lord gave us in Claire!! Thank you so MUCH for how your captured her beauty and your amazing pictures of the precious life of a newborn!! We are amazed at what HE has done and how HE is using her life to touch others!!!
we are in awe…..

Sandy Smith - April 20, 2010 - 11:26 AM


I did not know this story…..I’m truly amazed by how God works…..He saved you so you could do His work. God bless you!!!!!

kelly g - April 20, 2010 - 7:20 PM

She is GORGEOUS and what an AMAZING story! Thank you for sharing it!!!

julie jones - April 20, 2010 - 8:44 PM

this is so amazing and touching…I see God’s handiwork in all these lives.SO glad for LC’s life and all her heart to share her story. I love the Culwells.

mandy - April 21, 2010 - 7:34 AM

Pure miracle…in every, single way. What an amazing story…it truly brought tears to my eyes.

Kristie - April 21, 2010 - 5:30 PM

Amazing and beautiful!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

Jill Amend - April 25, 2010 - 9:02 PM

Wow. You are beautiful Lauren Claire inside and out!!

Christoper Polikoff - July 12, 2010 - 6:36 AM

Awesome work. I typically locate particularly terrific posts here on your blog site.

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Jenna - October 22, 2012 - 5:56 PM

Ohh my! Nicely capture. I love the baby photos and now I can’t think of anything but having my own baby next year.. Aja to that. I will surely go and capture nice moments like this.

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