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):

Mason week one (135)b

avery 6 months 263a

Liv first birthday 728a

Connor Senior Photos (432)a

david newborn 658a

Jahnke Wedding 1482b

Crary Spr 2011 (849)a

Breitbarths Day One 024a

Hagens 608a_mhp

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thompson crew 2012 062a

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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Avery 1 year old 584a

Avery 1 year old 684a

Avery 1 year old 712a

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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.

Happy Birthday Liv!

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.

Memorial Day Giveaway!

On this day when we remember and honor all the men and women who have died serving our country I’d like to offer a thank you to all of our veterans and the families who support them.  I will be giving away a 1hour family photo session package ( includes 30 edited images, DVD of all images from the session, and a 8×10 print).  This contest is open to anyone who has or is currently serving in our armed forces.  Winners must live (or be willing to travel) to either the Twin Cities (MN), Madison (WI), or Neenah (WI).

 To enter this contest simply:

1. Like the MegHuff Photography page on Facebook

2. Post a photo of your military family* (Include your name, branch and years served)

3. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your photo by liking it on the Facebook page

Voting will run through Thursday, May 21st with the winner being announced on Friday, June 1st.

*Side note: Family can be whatever you wish it to be-grandparent, aunts/uncles, group of friends, etc.  The only rule is that it must include one veteran.

Emily & Tyler {Maple Grove, MN Wedding}

Many words could be used to describe Emily and Tyler’s wedding…beautiful, loving, unique, thoughtful,  but none would do justice to just how amazing their day was.  It was a joy to witness the love shared between Emily and Tyler, not to mention the love their family and friends shared for and with them.  Their ceremony was a beautiful reminder of the grace-filled love given to us through the waters of holy baptism.  Their reception was a fun-filled celebration of their new lives together.

Thank you Emily and Tyler for including me in your day, and being an amazing example of a Christ-centered marriage.

Here are just a couple highlights from this beautiful day:

 

MN State Parks Seasons Project-Better, catchier name coming soon.

I have fallen in love with the Minnesota State Parks. Really I don’t know how someone couldn’t fall in love with the MN state parks. They’re beautiful.  Living in the cities has given me a new appreciation for nature. There’s nothing more peaceful than getting up before the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning and driving 100 miles to catch the sunrising over the St. Croix River (or at least attempt to, that particular trip was delayed due to snow…in October). Or walking along the path at Fort Snelling, just a couple miles down river from both downtowns and sharing your morning with a family of deer.

One of my favorite parts of growing up and living in the Midwest are the seasons. I just can’t imagine a life without fall leaves, snowmen, spring buds, or glistening lakes in the summer. Each season has its own personality, its own gifts it gives us.  My goal over the next year is to spend some quality time in the MN state parks and capture as much of these seasons as I can and then combine it all into a book of some sort. So stay tuned for updates as the year progresses.

Here are a couple of my fall favorites from this year.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.” – Albert Camus

Sunrise on the Mississippi-Fort Snelling State Park

Along the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling State Park

Mother nature was playing catch with herself. Fort Snelling State Park

A morning walk. Fort Snelling State Park.

Beautiful decay. Fort Snelling State Park.

Mississippi River at Fort Snelling State Park

Fall hits St. Croix State Park

As does Winter. St. Croix State Park

St. Croix River at St. Croix State Park

…did I say a few favorites? Ok so a few times a couple. I started this little project late this fall so fall will end up being a combination of 2009 and 2010.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Megan