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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Jahnke Wedding 1482b

Crary Spr 2011 (849)a

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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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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.

Happy Birthday Liv!

While I was out {My Life}

About a month ago I decided I needed to take a bit of a break from doing any new sessions to catch up on some processing that needed to happen, take care of some other things I had going on at my other jobs, focus on school work, and enjoy a bit of summer fun.  That month seemed to have flown by and crawled all at once. I didn’t achieve the catching up on school-work goal, and there are still some shoots that I’m finishing up, but it was a very productive break in that I got to spend some extra time with the people in my life who make everything worthwhile. 🙂 So before getting back into the swing of shooting this week I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into my month.

Spent a lovely Birthday weekend on the St. Croix River.

Numerous visits to the Farmer’s Markets in St. Paul and Minneapolis

Celebrated my amazing mother turning 50!

Visited with family.

Watched a theater camp final performance, celebrated birthdays and got to spend lots of time with these crazy kids and their wonderful parents.

Spent Monday evenings loving on some neighborhood kids.

Spent time laughing and catching up with lots of friends from all over.  Visited new wineries and restaurants and got to see this cutie and her parents!

Completed my first 5k (walked…here’s hoping for a completed my first 5k ran post this fall).

Now. Back to it!

Kat & Josiah {Family}

Dear Kat & Josiah, thank you for being awesome. Love, Megan.

If you know Kat & Josiah then you know I speak the truth. They are awesome. If you don’t know them then you’ll have to take my word for it.  I first met Kat my freshman year at college where I was the unsure freshman and she was the crazy-cool RA on the second floor.  Since that time we’ve become friends and through her, Josiah and I as well.  I am beyond blessed to have them in my life.  They are a quiet yet bold witness to what a Christian marriage looks like and are continually trying to live an authentic life.  Thanks for gifting me with the opportunity to capture some of your awesomeness on camera guys!

{I’m pretty sure this was taken after Kat had helped me get the burrs out of my hair after I backed up into them to get a shot prior to this….and then almost did it again.}

Melissa & Joan {Family}

Melissa is becoming a regular here, every other month or so….May, August, October. But this time Melissa’s mom Joan joined us in front of the camera.  I truly enjoy spending time shooting this family.  Both mother daughter are a lot of fun to talk with and it makes the session time just fly by.  Thanks for yet another wonderful afternoon ladies! Enjoy the previews!