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

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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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As you may know I love to tell people’s stories so why not tell a business’s story through Personal Brand Photography?

You may ask why a business would need something like Personal Brand Photography and for that matter what is it? Well, in a time when MLMs are more popular than ever and algorithms are changing every other day personal branding is super important. As a result, our voices can get lost amidst the crowds so that the people we want to reach never find us or connect with us. Today the place to reach your target audience is through social media. People don’t just want to see your product or your service but they also want know who you are. They want to see your face and get to know you. For that reason we have personal brand photography.

Finally, how does personal brand photography work? Think of it kind of like a lifestyle session. We choose 3 to 5 (or more) “stories” about you that will help you connect with your audience. After that we come up with some fun ways to tell those stories through images. Then wee shoot for a bit and you walk away with tons of beautiful images to use on social media platforms that connect with your followers and convert into sales or bookings. Cool right? No more self timers with your phones. You’ll no longer look like an amateur but a real pro at what you do. Also, no more searching for hours for images to tell your story but everything at your fingertips. Awesome, right!

Recently I did my first personal branding session with my friend, Carrie, and her team at The Truth Republic. I love working with companies or organizations that are making a difference. Certainly these women will be pouring into the lives of other women in ministry making their journey easier. Because women are powerful if given the tools they need they can surely change the world.

Scroll through this post and see what you could get from a personal branding photography sessions with me.

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If you think your business would benefit from a personal brand session follow this link to my dedicated personal brand site for more information.

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Asking a senior to get up on a Saturday for a sunrise senior session is one of the hardest things to do. But as a photographer it’s all about that yummy light and I was secretly hoping for some fog. I also just really want the best for my clients. Lilly was such a trooper and of course looked fabulous! Let’s just get it out of the way, okay? Don’t you just love her red hair and freckles! I was wondering if I could pull that red off. Thoughts?

Lilly is just one sweet down to earth girl. I love that! Well, I love all people. I love crazy, out there humans and down to earth sensible ones. Lilly seems to be one of the down to earth types. She loves things like me – sushi, Grey’s Anatomy, card games with family, cooking, tennis (well, I used to like tennis), being with her friends, and babysitting.

She hopes to head of to Alabama, “Roll Tide”, and of course I was happy about that! I’m so excited for you, Lilly! Stay true to who you are, follow your dreams and passions no matter what. Keep loving your family and friends and be excited about a night at home with a home cooked meal. I pray your final year in high school is perfection and the adventure that awaits you is full of blessings!
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If you like this senior session you might also like these… Grace Anne, Sarah Mitchell, and Esosa. Of course there’s tons more…

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I think if you asked any seasoned photographer what their favorite lens was it wouldn’t take them a second to answer you. We all have that one lens that just speaks to us. For me it’s my Canon 50mm 1.2 baby.

I’m a saver and I can proudly say my business has never lost money in a year. I shoot and make sure I have enough to buy what I want. That’s how I got this lens. I saved and dreamed of the day I would click “buy” on this little treasure of mine. When it arrived I remember taking it from it’s safe packaging and hugging it. I was so proud to own it and honestly I kind of felt like I had arrived as a photographer. Well, that wasn’t true but you see that red ring around it? That means it’s really nice glass and more of a professional lens. It is my baby.

The red ring isn’t the only reason I love it. I love it’s size and focal length. It’s not too wide and not too close up. It allows me to get in close to my subject without getting too uncomfortably close. At the same time I can step back and get a wider scene to tell the story more fully.

Another thing I love about this baby is the 1.2 aperture. For those of you who don’t know what that means it has to do with the depth of field that I can shoot in. I love those shots were just an eye is in focus and the rest of the photo just falls away into a dream. The bokeh, or blur in the back ground, is also wonderful with this lens. The bokeh allows me to viewer to focus on the important part of the image while the rest fades away. This lens just gets me the look I love.

You can tell by the following “behind the scenes” images that it’s the lens that stays on my camera most of the time. Here I’m making sure I’m not going to fall into the pool getting those dancing shots.
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Meanwhile, it also goes on all of our fun family outings!
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My 50mm sure has brought me so much joy. Next I’d like to add a 35mm to my arsenal.
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Photographers, what’s your favorite lens or do you have any questions about what’s in my bag?

Since you’ve made it this far you might want to check out this funny post.

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As a kid I never thought I’d be one to love travel but I caught the bug after my sister and I went to Scotland and Ireland in 2013. Consequently, I’ll travel just about anywhere at any time. I dream of going a lot more than we do and seeing this beautiful country of ours. So, when my husband suggested a trip to New Mexico to visit his family over the summer I was in like Flynn.

Of course a road trip to NM means we get to make some stops along the way and see some national monuments. First, we stopped in Abilene, TX to see my sister-in-law and her family. My favorite part was watching everyone pitch in to make a delicious dinner. Let’s talk about Texas heat here for a minute. Okay, it’s dry but I swear even dry at 102 degrees is HOT. I felt like the sun was burning me alive! I’ll take humidity over that any day.
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Then, we arrived in Lovington, NM to see some more family and explore the state a bit. Side note, I didn’t always have my “big” camera with me so a bunch of great photos are on our phones. Anyway, I think spending time in Lovington was my favorite. While there, I met some of Gabe’s mother’s sisters and boy was that a hoot. They kept speaking Spanish, which I don’t know, and the oldest sister kept reminding them I didn’t understand. I loved them. You know how you can have “aunts” and “uncles” that aren’t really aunts and uncles but rather friends but they feel like family? Gabe has a lot of that going on in New Mexico. I fell in love with all of them. They are so kind, authentic, generous, and so full of love. . . my kind of people.
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Third, we headed to The White Sands National Park  to begin our exploration of the state. As with any road trip, if you see something cool you gotta pull over. Well, we have a thing for cemeteries. Violet likes to read the names and see who was born the earliest. We stumbled upon this grave yard in the middle of nowhere and rather than rush on we stopped. I think we found some people born as early as the 1800s there.
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The tiniest little grave stone.
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Fourth, we pulled off to take in this breathe taking view.
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and do a little climbing.
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We finally arrived at White Sands and oh my word! It was hot but so beautiful. I just can’t get over the creation God has placed on this Earth for us to enjoy. There’s so much variety in one state. We got a GoPro for this trip so we did a lot of fun “sledding” pictures with that but I haven’t downloaded those yet.
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Fortunately, Gabe booked us a hotel in this quiet little town. We made it just in time to get some ice cream for the girls who could have sugar. Gabe and I just watched. When we got back home everyone crashed for the night but I had to go see the sunset.
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As a result of staying up I was able to witness this spectacular view.
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Then, the following day we got up and made our way to Carlsbad Caverns. All I can say about that is…wow! I walked through there and couldn’t help but keep asking God why He made such a thing. The only thing I heard was for us to enjoy and wonder at His power and creativity.
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It gets chilly and dark down there so that results in sweatshirts and grainy pictures.
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We finished up our trip back in Lovington taking in some of Gabe’s favorite places and spending time with family. Of course we had to get borderline pictures!
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Certainly, if you ever happen to be in Lovington you have to check out Cornerstone Coffee Shop. They have great food and the Earl Grey lattes are amazing! You’ll probably have the best posole or thai soup around! The atmosphere is so full of love and joy which pours out from everyone who works there…my family.
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Let me explain this photo. Lovington is a very small town with one theater. When we arrived it was showing Antman and the Wasp which Gabe worked on. The night before we left we saw that The Meg was coming next so we had to get a pic. I know, we’re silly.
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On our way home we spotted this abandoned house on the side of the road and my hubby quickly pulled over so we could have some camera fun. I love these shots!
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This picture on the left, of Fiona the Highlander, is when I truly fell in love with my new car. She was good to us on our trip.
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Finally, a quick stop at the Mississippi boarder and then on to home. Above all else, meeting and being with family was what filled my heart the most. I can’t wait to see them all again.

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I’m ready to go again. Where should we go next? I’d love to go to Ashville, NC. Then a bit further to The Redwood Forest, Yosemite, The Grande Canyon, Joshua Tree, Oregon, Colorado, the list goes on… Where would you go in the US?

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