Meghan Stewart Photography » Jacksonville Florida Award Winning Wedding and Portrait Photographer

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Oh, beautiful Ellie! I photographed her and her brother a few years back and now here she is a senior! How does time fly so quickly? It had been awhile since I’d seen her so it was fun to chat and get to know who she is now.

We met on a chilly day in Selma but Ellie hung in there like a champ in her gorgeous graduation dress. I know, maybe it’s not your typical dress for a senior graduation but it’s a thing in the south. Isn’t it just lovely! It feels very Pride and Prejudice to me! I think I need to go watch that!

Anyway, it was great hanging out with Ellie and her mom and laughing together. Laughing is one of Ellie’s favorite things and she’s pretty great at it! She has such a chill nature about her and it seems to put everyone at ease. I loved hearing how much she loves her family and hopes to be at Alabama next year with her big brother. Roll Tide!

Ellie, I had so much fun hanging out with you and I pray all the blessings over your senior year and your future. Enjoy it all, learn what you need to learn and do what you can to leave it a better place!
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Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Senior-Photographer_0011.jpgI love that she was adventurous and explored down by the creek in her cream dress! What a brave girl!

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We have a thing for this wall! We used it in her brother’s session a couple years back. Selma sure does have some treasure spots!
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There’s that laugh! Love it!
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I love the beautiful images taken at golden hour of everyone smiling pretty for the camera. They’re gorgeous, no doubt! But I also love real life moments taken during lifestyle sessions. The moments that make up your every day mundane life that is actually your life. We can get caught up in to do lists, diaper changes, grocery shopping, the to and from work and never notice the little things. The things like your little one hugging your leg, your spouse gently taking your hand and Saturday morning breakfast traditions. Those are the moments that will pass all too quickly and honestly may be forgotten over time.

That is why I love lifestyle sessions. They may not be wrapped in yummy light and there could be some tears but they are a beauty all their own. They are your beautiful life.

I loved hanging out with the Garrett family one morning. The weather had a little chill and the clouds had rolled in for the day. We started our morning making some breakfast followed by some color and snuggle time. Then we needed to get outside and have some fun. Once we were chilled through we headed back in to dress up and snuggle in bed with some good reading time.

I loved watching mom and dad love on their little girl. They were so gentle and peaceful with her and just wrapped her in so much love throughout our time together. Ok, and I love one of the books they chose to read…come on strong women!

Thanks for letting me into your home guys and telling your beautiful story!

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I think any teenager that gets up for a sunrise senior session is awesome! I mean how terrible to be a teenager and get up early on your one day off?! Well, Carrie did it and she was such a great sport about it.

We met as the sun came up over the Alabama River on the coldest morning of the year thus far. I think it was great that we had different locations in mind so we could warm up in our cars from time to time. Like I said, a real trooper!

I took pictures of Carrie when she was in the 9th grade I believe in her dance costumes. We had so much fun! She still loves dance so we did a few of those, embraced her love of fun earrings, played a little at butterfly park and just plain had a good time!

I always give my seniors questionnaires to fill out so I can better tell their stories. The one answer on Carrie’s questionnaire that stood out to me was that “she always defends what she believes to be right”. Love love love it! Maybe a lawyer in the making? No but for real, I think it’s so important to believe in something and really stand up for it. I’m so glad she learned that early on and pray she’ll hold tight to that.

Carrie, beautiful girl, you go into this great big world and you paint it. You paint it the colors of love and truth. You be you and show people truth and inspire them to be better. I pray you have so much fun as you wrap up senior year and begin a new journey of life.

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You guys, for real?! How did this happen? I’m forty years old! What the?!!!

No, for real, it’s great! I was actually pretty excited about turning 40. I’m not quite sure why. My husband said turning 40 sorta felt like you’d made it. You aren’t really a young person anymore but kinda know how to do life. I’m not so sure I agree with that totally. I still feel like I’m figuring this whole living life well thing out but I do feel like I have a more realistic view of life as well and I’m settled in that. Maybe he’s right.

As 40 approached I began to think about the things I’ve done in life and the things I haven’t. Of course, I think most people begin to think that way as they get older. I’ve bought two houses on my own, traveled the world and run a successful photography business. I’ve gotten married and become a step mom. Furthermore, I haven’t had my own children, I’m not debt free, I haven’t done some profound thing to change lives and I’m still confused about what I’m truly here for. Yes, I’m here to glorify God but how do I do that in my own way?

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You know, life can seem to not be what you wanted it to be. I wish we had kids of our own and I’d love our own craftsmen style home on a bunch of land with my lake to drink my tea beside. Most of all, I’d really like to have some ministry that sets people free. Unfortunately, we can sometimes feel it’s too late for all of that. Too late to figure out what we’re here for and how to make a difference or change who we are. Well, I realize I have 40 years behind me but I could be less than half way done with my life. That’s pretty cool and encouraging.

Mostly, I remember that God has good plans for my life. Life doesn’t look like I had dreamed when I was 18, 25 or even 35 but it’s good. If I follow Him, listen for His voice and be obedient my life will be amazing! It won’t always be easy for sure and may not look like I had planned but I know He loves me and wants to give me all the blessings He has stored up for me and my family…in His timing. Now that gets me excited!

So, what does 40 hold for me? First, I think I’ll be letting go of fear and trusting God more. Second, I’m venturing into a new season of photography (be sure to follow us at The Studio at Daisy Hill). Third, I’m praying I’ll clarify my dreams and find tools to really chase after them. Fourth, I’m working on having more free time to do things I love to do. Fifth, to be a phenomenal wife and mom and create a home full of peace and love.

So, this is 40!
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And because I like to have a good time how about some outtakes from my self timer self portrait photo shoot. You guys, I was laughing so hard! I’m pretty sure I got some crazy looks from people driving by. But I’m 40 and who cares! I almost didn’t do this because I felt silly but one thing I want to change is not doing what I want to do. I don’t want to live a life with regrets! So, I had some fun! Those dang balloons!
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I still can’t believe I started this little business on my own about 12 years ago and have made it a full time gig. I have so enjoyed every couple whose wedding I’ve photographed, every baby, family, senior, business, and event. . . all of it! You guys have made me believe I’m more capable than I think I am. You have helped me grow so much and allowed me to live a life I love.

While I like change I also like to just have things set so you always know what to do. Unfortunately, I’m learning that you can’t have both. If things stay the same you get stagnant and board so sometimes you gotta mix it up a bit to breathe life back into it or you. It’s time for a mix up here at Meghan Stewart Photography.

With the move from Jacksonville to Selma and then to Georgia life has taken on different shapes. Being in Georgia is so different than I’ve ever known before. . .wife, stepmom, new city, working on new friends, new church, regrowing a business. . . basically new everything. It’s honestly a little overwhelming a lot of the time. The thing is, I love my family, I love personal growth, I love a challenge and change. Yes, it’s uncomfortable but if you want to grow and be stronger you have to use muscles you haven’t used. So, I’m taking a leap and I’m joining in a partnership with another photographer and create The Studio at Daisy Hill!

Meet Debbie. She’s pretty much a native to Peachtree City, has been a photographer for 20 years and has a great family. Like me, she loves to see people happy and whole and to know they were created with a purpose. She also loves to get to know people and tell their stories through images and make her work more than that but also a mission or ministry. I think we’ll make a great team!

I said this whole venture is fun, scary, and exciting because well it is all of those things. It’s scary to let go of something you’ve built for years that feels like it’s your baby. It kind of begins to be your identity and changing it feels like you’re losing yourself. So scary for sure but of course MSP goes with me everywhere I go, right! It’s so fun and exciting to dream of all the new things we can do together and build something new. I’m excited to have someone to bounce ideas off of and benefit from each other’s strengths! We’re excited to really partner together to capture who each family, wedding, senior, and business truly is. We are ready to up-level each other and give you guys the best service and experience we can.

I’m super excited about the adorable studio we’ll have at the Venue at Daisy Hill in Fayetteville, Ga! We can’t wait to meet our clients there to hear their stories, share their images with them and help them through the whole process from start to finish. We’ll be doing weddings, families, lifestyle, seniors, and branding photography. So many stories to tell! So be sure to go over to our new site www.daisyhillstudio.com to take a look at our work (you guys might see your faces there too). Of course this feels like starting over again so there’s so much to come so be sure to keep watching and following along on our facebook page and instagram. We’re also offering a special on our regular sessions to celebrate so be sure to contact us asap!

To all my Selma and Jax friends, this does not mean I’m leaving you guys! You all are in my heart forever and I’ll be back to continue telling your stories! Please free to leave some love here or facebook to encourage us as we begin this fun, scary, and exciting journey!

 

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