Spring Wedding | Austin, TX

Stephanie and Ben were married on a beautiful spring day, outside of Austin Texas at Cedar Bend Events.  The venue was gorgeous, the details were full of personal touches, the wedding party was stunning, the weather was perfect, and the bride and groom radiated love and joy that dulled the rest of it, just a little bit,  in comparison.  It was a lovely day, full of family, friends, laughter, and dancing. Wishing you both years of endless happiness, and adventure together.

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Mike & Stephanie | Wedding

Laughter, glitter, and a whole lot of love. These are the things that filled the last day of 2014 for those of us who were lucky enough to be part of Mike & Stephanie’s wedding day.  Stephanie and I became friends not too long before her and Mike started dating a couple years ago, and their story has been so fun to witness as they grew together through the awkward first dates, to comfortable months of life together, and then months of wedding planning.  Their day was full of  personal touches, adorable diys, and incredible amounts of love and laughter.  Thank you Mike and Steph for letting me be part of your day, for trusting me to capture your story!

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Families.

Dear families, I adore you. One of the things that keeps me going as a photographer is getting to experience life with you, and the chance to share your story with the world.  I feel so blessed to be invited in to your homes, to the celebrations of marriages and birthdays, graduations and milestones. I love spending time giggling with your toddlers and playing in yummy twilight light at local parks, or chatting with your seniors about life after High School.  But one of the things I love the most is getting to capture you all together, for a moment in time and see God’s gift of family lived out in so many amazing ways.  Each family has a different story and I am humbled to witness the way God paints his love into the world through each of them.  So to all of you who trust me to be there to share your story, I thank you.  I thank you and I’m asking you today to take a moment and a dollar to help share this love to another family.  Jon and Elsa are starting the adoption process.  To help make this a reality and cover fees that insurance won’t cover they’ve started an Indiegogo campaign called One Dollar, One Hope.  The idea being that instead of a few people giving in big ways, they’re just hoping to share their story and for those people who hear it to help one dollar at a time.  So my friends, before you continue on to see  some of the family highlights below click on the One Dollar, One Hope link above and help connect a family.  If you can’t give please share this or their link so that we can help spread the love. There are eleven days left in the campaign, let’s do what we can to spread their story.

And now, I give you a few of my favorite moments from the past few years (please know for each photo shared there are hundreds more that I adore of each of my families I’ve been blessed to work with):

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Mason’s debut | Newborn

Dear friends, I’d like to introduce you to the little man who stole my heart last week, my nephew and Godson, Mason.  Mr. Mason joined our family almost two weeks ago, and I got to go out to Wisconsin and spend a couple days with him and his parents last week.  He’s amazing, smells like baby, loves the sound of my shutter clicking away, and cuddles with his Auntie Megan.  I’m looking forward to many adventures ahead with this guy, favorite books, made-up stories, hikes in the woods to introduce him to Edgar the troll, running around Tom Sawyer’s Island at Disney, and watching his life unfold.  Here are a few previews of our two days together, and the first of many photos in this little guy’s life.  Here’s to exciting adventures ahead Mason, Love, Auntie Megs!

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Avery | One Year Old!

I cannot believe a year has passed since I first met this little girl.

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Avery was wonderful in her newborn and 6 month sessions, I knew her one year old session would be great.  This morning Avery was her amazing-self, full of spirit, laughter and smiles (once we got to know each other again).  We had lots of fun running around on the patio and playing in the  balloons her mom and dad blew up for the occasion.  Serious props go to Avery’s amazing mom for thinking of the balloons.  Like always it was a joy to see this little family just having fun and loving each other.  I can’t wait to see all the adventures in store for miss Avery, and her big life! Happy Birthday Avery!

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Mother ~ Daughter Day at CSP

Yesterday I was blessed to be able to spend the morning with Concordia students and their moms photographing them as they got ready to kick-off the Mother ~ Daughter Day event.  The event was hosted by Susan Ries, wife to current CSP president Tom Ries.  She worked with an awesome group of Concordia Women to plan and make this dream a reality.  The day included photos, brunch, break-out sessions to local attractions such as the History Center or Como Conservatory as well as a service event option at Mary’s Place.  Here are just a few details from the beautifully decorated room, as well as a couple of highlights from our photo-booth. Thank you for the great morning ladies! More photos will be up on the Facebook page this week.

Most of the beautiful and talented team of Concordia Ladies who made this event happen.

 

Susan with her daughter, Elizabeth Ries, co-host of Twin Cities Live.

 

Happy Birthday Liv! A Golden Book Pajama Party

It seems like it was only yesterday I was driving to HCMC to document the first day of Miss Liv’s life.  Being able to walk beside her family has been an incredible blessing this year.  Not only was it great seeing Liv grow but being able to witness this season in the life of her family was incredible. Liv has two awesome parents who love her and her big-brother Reese with an awesome joy and understanding of the blessings they are.

Tonight I was able to spend the evening celebrating Liv, enjoying the beautiful August night, and hanging out with a bunch of adorable toddlers and their parents.

Thank you Heidi and Jonathan for letting me journey with you this year, for all the ways you’ve continued to model not only Christian parenting but living each day as a blessing from God.

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Alyssa & Taylor | Wedding

It didn’t matter that Alyssa & Taylor’s wedding day was overcast and rainy because their smiles and the personalities of their wedding party surely made up for it.  Alyssa and Taylor were married Saturday afternoon in a small Lutheran church located in Mountain Lake, MN.  They celebrated with family and friends, and danced the night away at Comfrey Community Center.  From the few times I’ve met them it is safe to say their wedding was much like them, fun, unpretentious and full of laughter.   Here’s to an amazing life together!

 

(The banner and cross were not intentional, but I do love the symbolism).

 

 

And for all you fans of the movie Bridesmaids you’ll appreciate this next photo, requested by the bridesmaids themselves. Nice work ladies.

 

 

 

Hello David | Newborn Portraits

David’s amazing Aunt Emily got in touch with me a couple months ago inquiring about a newborn package for a baby shower gift for her sister-in-law from the family. So thanks to David’s awesome aunt and uncle and grandparents I’ll get to walk alongside him and his parents and see all the amazing ways this little guy will grow over the coming year.  I can’t wait!  David was born a few weeks ago and was a rock-star this morning at our shoot. Added bonus, David will be baptized at the church I serve at in a few weeks.  I can’t wait to welcome him into God’s family.  Hopefully these images can bring a smile and a dose of cuteness to your weekend.  Be sure to check out the MegHuff Photography Facebook page to see his complete album in a few weeks.

Natalie & Josh | Engagement Session

One of the blessings of this job is the ability to be witness to the amazing moments in my friends lives.  I’ve been able to be there as friends commit to their spouses, celebrate the joy of the family they’ve created, and one of my favorite things to do capture the nervous, cuteness of engagement photos.  Today was one of those days. I got to spend a few hours on a lovely, Madison day with a friend of mine from High School, Natalie, and her fiance Josh.  It was great being able to hear their story, catch up in between poses and locations and enjoy just being back in Madtown (how lucky am I that we got to shoot at some of my favorite places, Olbrich Gardens, Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square and the Monona Terrace).  I can’t wait to spend a whole day with these two and their loved ones next summer.  Enjoy the previews my friends and thanks for a great morning.