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Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Our-Pregnancy-Annoucement_0004.jpgWell, the secret is finally out and now we can share with all of you, our friends and extended family! Baby Bean is officially on the way and we couldn’t be more excited to share our joy with you!Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Our-Pregnancy-Annoucement_0003.jpg

If you’ve followed me for awhile you know that we’ve had our struggle with staying pregnant. We lost our first baby at about 8 weeks. That was such a hard loss after wanting a baby of our own for so long. The second baby we lost so early on that I never really made it to a confirmation of pregnancy doctors appointment. As you can imagine, after losing two there is a certain amount of fear that goes along with getting pregnant again. Preparing my body to hold onto a baby in case we were blessed to get pregnant again was very important to me.
Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Our-Pregnancy-Annoucement_0007.jpgOne day I was praying and asked God to give me direction on how to heal my body naturally so I could carry a baby full term. That very same day a long time friend whom I hadn’t heard from for years wrote and told me she felt like she needed to share some information with me. She connected me with a doctor who specializes in helping couples get and stay pregnant by healing their hormones. That’s exactly what I needed. Isn’t God amazing!
Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Our-Pregnancy-Annoucement_0005.jpgWe were put on a strict diet and I was given some Chinese herbs. It was amazing how my body and cycle changed and healed with just a dietary change! You guys, food matters!
Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Our-Pregnancy-Annoucement_0006.jpgIt was my birthday weekend getaway when we found out we were expecting another little Bean. What an amazing 40th birthday present! There was a bit of fear that attacked me but Gabe is so good at speaking truth to me. This pregnancy has been completely different than the first one. I’ve had all the regular symptoms of a healthy pregnancy but none of the scary ones! Praise the Lord! He knows just what this momma needed! You guys, I’m having a baby!
Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Our-Pregnancy-Annoucement_0008.jpgWe decided to keep little Bean to ourselves for awhile. We wanted to just enjoy the secret but also I wanted the least amount of stress in my life during such a precarious stage of pregnancy. We’ve enjoyed these first 13 weeks of baby Bean’s life but now we’re even more excited to share the news. We told my parents and family this weekend and it was so much fun! Some of them kind of figured it out when I didn’t partake in my usual red wine at dinner. I knew that would give it away.
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We want to say “thank you” to everyone who has prayed for us. Thank you for your kind words over the months of our loss, healing and journey into wholeness. To those who have celebrated with us, we are so grateful that you are in our lives and cheering us on. I’m thankful our little Bean will have you in their life! Mostly, we are in awe of all that God does to show His love towards us. He truly knows our heart’s desires and answers in His timing. For those still in the midst of your journey, we’re praying for you, He hears your prayers!
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These picture bring tears to my eyes because of the faithfulness of my Papa God. My story may not have been on my timeline but God knew. He brought Gabe and I together not when we were 14 and friends but when we needed each other.

Gabe sees me, loves me unconditionally and he’s the partner God knew I needed. We push each other to be better and love one another in the process. There’s absolutely no one I’d rather walk this journey of life with than him. He is my rock and my best friend and now he’s my baby daddy.

All I ever wanted was to be a wife and mom and now it’s coming true. God’s plans are the best ones and I’ve learned to trust His timing. I’m excited to hold our little Bean and pour all the love I can into him or her. My greatest heart’s desire is that this child would be a world changer, brave and courageous. They would know their Papa God from an early age and worship and love Him with great abandonment! I just feel really blessed right now.

Photo Credit goes to Sam Jones but edited by moi.

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  • Delores Topliff - I totally could not be happier for two people I love very much. And it goes without saying that I/we/all of us love your little one, too, and will be praying and celebrating at every step of the way. A BIG Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie - Could not be happier for you Meghan. We will continue to hold you and “baby bean” in our prayers. God is good.ReplyCancel

    • meghan - Thank you and for your continued prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Greenleaf - Meghan, what wonderful & exciting news!! We are so happy for you & Gabe! Prayers for continued health for Mama & Baby!! Praise the Lord!👏❤️ReplyCancel

    • meghan - Thank you so you much! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

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This whole social media algorithm, stay on top of the game, get in front of people thing can be so overwhelming. I mean it’s a constant. You’re always searching for pictures, thinking of just the right thing to say and feel like you’re always on your phone. Am I right? What you need is personal brand photography.

Hence, personal brand photography. I love it! For one, I love telling people’s stories and capturing their real life. Second, I enjoy helping friends and small or big businesses grow. Third, it’s all about community over competition. It’s great when I can share my talents with clients and they have gifts to share with me in return.

As I’m growing this personal brand side of my I’ve been helping a few friends connect with their audience. You see, you need your potential customer to connect with you so they want to buy from you. You have to share your life with them, the things you like to do, what makes you come alive. It can be scary but it’s so important in today’s social media business world.

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Because Anne feels most at rest at their family beach house, I met her there. We documented her oily journey, her every day life with two kiddos, walks on the beach and her love for photography.
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Anne sells Young Living oils. It seems like she knows so much and has shared some of her wisdom with me as I’ve begun my oil journey. Anne was so sweet and sent me some oils after our first miscarriage to help deal with the loss. Furthermore, she loves to make body butters, lip scrubs, rollers and diffuses them. I’m excited to see her journey continue and grow. Mostly, I hope these images help her grow her business!
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Once again, here is another business personal brand photo session. This post shares more information about lifestyle and personal brand photography.

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Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography

I met Tara like 10 years ago in Jacksonville and somehow we both ended up in the Peachtree City/Newnan area! How fun is that! I was so excited to meet up with her and her future family for fall family photo session.

The light was perfect, the ground a bit soggy, but we had a great time. They were pros and so easy to photograph. I’m so excited for Tara and Kevin and their future. I can already tell that Tara and B have a really sweet relationship. I love it when step parents and children have a great bond. . . like mine and Violet’s!

Congrats, you guys! Many many blessings to you and your future!
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography
Smoke Bomb Photos, Personal Branding Photography

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In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo SessionsI’d been in a photography slump for a few months when we walked into a coffee shop in Senoia, GA and Sydney took our order. As we walked to find a table I whispered to my husband, “She’s so pretty. I want to take her picture.” I guess we artists do need our muses and be photographers at play sometimes. Fortunately, It was looking like Sydney was my muse. We enjoyed our lunch but before we rose from the table Gabe asked me for a business card. As he often does, he pushed me out of my comfort zone. He led me up to her and then the words just fell out…

“Hi, I’m Meghan and I’m a photographer. I know this may sound so strange but I think you’re beautiful. I’d love to take your picture or use you as a model for some projects we’re dreaming of.” She took my card, said thanks and that was it. Then, the next day I found an email from her in my inbox. Insert big eyed emoji! I couldn’t believe she actually was taking me up on the offer.

After a few emails back and forth we decided to meet at the same coffee shop to plan our session. My heart is to really tell people’s stories so I wanted to hear all about Sydney. I’m wanting to do more personal brand photography to help businesses really connect with their clientele so I thought telling about Sydney would be great practice. I wanted to tell her story and do some fun photography stuff of our own.

In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Sydney loves to travel and see new places. Her dream is be a sort of photojournalist for missions organization. She wants to travel to the different areas missions serve, learn about them, take pictures that show what they’re doing and write about them and help them with their social media presence. She wants to help mission organizations get more visibility so they can have more impact with what they’re doing.

First, we started our fun day with Sydney at the airport. (A little side note. I also decided to edit some of these images a bit differently than my usual style. That’s all part of the fun of being an artist and shooting for yourself…freedom.)
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Gabe and I really wanted to play with smoke bombs so this was our first attempt. Not bad but there’s more later.
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Then, we made our way to this field that Gabe had found where we could see some of the Atlanta skyline. Similarly to myself, Sydney enjoys health and fitness. I love to see inspiring shots of people taking care of their bodies so this was a no brainer.
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Thirdly, being a barista herself, Sydney had a list of coffee shops in Atlanta that she wanted to try. When she told us about Brother Moto I knew that was gonna be the one we’d shoot in. It was so cool! The barista was even kind enough to try his hand at an Earl Grey latte for me. Brother Moto was a great place to hang out and get some work done as Sydney often might be found doing. Besides being a coffee shop it’s also a bike shop. So, you bikers can come grab a cup of joe and then work on your bikes in their garage. How cool is that!
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Our fourth stop was Ponce City Market. This was more for me. I love that area and this one store gets such amazing light! Consequently, we just played around and had some fun getting to know each other better!
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Just a quick note. Some of these images are mine and some are Gabe’s. I always dreamed of marrying someone who like taking pictures too and God gave me my dream. I like shooting with him. He pushes me to try new things and always encourages and supports my dreams. The photos above. . . mine is on the left and his is on the right. One more thing Sydney likes is photography! Love this girl so much!
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Finally, we made it to the spot we’d been waiting to get to. The tunnel near Krog Street Market. It’s full of graffiti and color and we thought some smoke bombs and using the lights Gabe build me would be awesome! Uh, it was. I’m gonna be honest with you. I learn a lot of stuff about lighting from friends who buy umbrellas and flashes and triggers and that’s great. Gabe works in the movies and builds lights for the set. . . awesome right! Well, he built me some lights that they use in the movies and I was kind of skeptical because it was different. You guys, his lights blew me out of the water! Look at how pretty that light is one her! I’ll never question him again. . .well, maybe.
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Okay, so the smoke bombs. We got some ideas from some other shots we’d seen so Gabe brought along his gas mask, I grabbed my clear umbrella and we gave it a shot. I think we smoked poor Sydney out but she was such a trooper!
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Then we headed into the tunnel with a smoke bomb. I apologized to another photographer as we headed into the tunnel just in case it really smoked things up. Well, we basically smoked out the entire tunnel! It was so funny! We went running and laughing out while we could hear the other photographer excited about what he was getting from our smoke.
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

We had four smoke bombs left and so we decided to try one last location. These turned out awesome, I think. Also, check out Gabe’s lights again!
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

We had such a fun time with Sydney and we couldn’t thank her enough for being such a great sport! If you ever want to have a fun day doing crazy things with Gabe and me just drop me a line and we’ll dream something fun up. We are thinking about doing something with colored light tubes at night. And because behind the scenes are always fun, here’s what we look like on the other side of the camera.
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

Check out Gabe’s awesome light!
In Love Photo Sessions, Couples Photo Sessions

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