Clinger worked as a nurse for nearly twenty years. While her professional career was science-oriented, her free time was dominated by her passion for photography. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in nursing on a Naval Education scholarship. She worked as the Head Nurse and Clinical Instructor in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. After the birth of her two children, she was diagnosed with a mixed autoimmune disease that caused symptoms of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue disease. Her disability impaired her ability to walk and forced her to end her nursing career. During recovery from brain surgery, she was a patient at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. She thanks God and the staff for their care and kindness. Photography helped her endure her physical disabilities and is now a prominent part of her life. Currently, Clinger has taken over 100,000 pictures and enjoys capturing the beauty of her home and the New Jersey Shore.