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

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Never before had I been called to be the photographer for quadruplet seniors but it sure was fun! So, I send out a questionnaire to most if not all of my clients, depending on the type of session. I love to get to know each senior, family, or couple so I can better tell their story. I always love to hear what’s popular to the seniors and how their likes differ from the beach to the city to the country. Interestingly, reading David, Emma, Reagan, and Peyton’s questionnaires it was obvious they were so different. I was excited to meet them put the activities they enjoy with the face.

The one thing they did all have in common was good ol’ country music. Some loved Netflix and all seemed to enjoy some sort of job but all types of jobs.

For their session, we headed out to the country and explored a friend’s property. The stable was beautiful but unfortunately the horses kept their distance. It was definitely a hot day but everyone did great and we got those commemorative photos of their senior year.

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For more information on my senior photography follow this link to my online magazine.

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It was so wonderful to see the Benson family again for some family pictures! This time we left Peachtree City and moved over to nearby and adorable Senoia. It’s one of my favorite places to visit. With the threat of rain I knew we kind of needed to work fast so we jumped right in. Unfortunately, within a just about 15 minutes the heavens opened and our session was put on pause. Thankfully, there’s a little house where we found some shelter and stayed pretty dry. We watched the rain ebb and flow in strength and then finally it cleared enough to have some more fun.

We tried our hand at bubbles but that was kind of a bust. Some of those super cool toys can be more complicated than the old ones. The kids ran and explored and giggled to their little heart’s content.

Let me just say that little C man is one smart, imaginative boy! He imagined the house we found shelter in was a robber’s house. Then we met some pirates who had just done a birthday party for someone. C was convinced they were real and told me to be careful when I walked by them. How precious!

Then little L is one bright sunshine! Those bouncy blonde curls melt me so much! She’s grown a bunch since last year but she’s just as giggly and sweet as ever!

Having been a long time babysitter/nanny/teacher I know how much a family can come to mean to you. The family I spent so many years with means the world to me and those kids are like my own. Therefore, I love that the Bensons include their nanny in the their family sessions. Somehow, we create family in so many beautiful ways!

Anyway, even with all the rain we still had a great time laughing and exploring.
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You guys! Can you believe it? It’s almost time for morning school bells and bag lunches. Hence, our babies are growing up and moving into a new grade, new school, and new friends. Hopefully you’ve had a summer to remember and taken lots of fun photos! I know I’ve tried!

Since becoming a step mom and having the privilege of taking our little Wildflower to school the past two years I’ve realized those back to school pics are priceless. It’s like it’s a fresh start and who knows what the year will hold for them. Yes, your iPhone will get those great first day of school shots but what about the fun anticipation of the first day. Let’s capture that. Want to?

I’d love to offer Back to School and End of Summer Minis on July 25th. Sessions will take place in my back yard (Fayetteville) with the option for a school set up or just fun in the yard – sprinkler fun perhaps? Sessions will last about 20 minutes, includes 5 digital files, and you have the option to purchase more. These sessions will be $125 + tax. I can photograph maybe 1 to 3 children per slot to accommodate siblings. You can certainly use both set ups. Just simply book two sessions back to back and let your kids cool off in the sprinkler and maybe with a popsicle. I’ll maybe even have some refreshments for moms and dads too – wink wink!

So, why not take the kids out for some fun and you get something as well to remember their smiling faces, laughter, and carefree summer? I promise to make it laid back and fun for both you and your kiddos!

You can certainly book your session by contacting me at meghanstewartphotography@gmail.com or call or text me at 904.651.9979.

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I met Sam when I lived in Selma, Alabama. She was the cute, funky girl I saw across the church who was dating Luke. She seemed pretty cool so in all my introverted ways I never really got to know her. Big mistake, Huge! (10 points if you can name that movie quote). I think the closest I really ever got to spending time with her was when she and her now husband lead worship at our wedding. A beautiful voice, sweet spirit, and boy did they usher in the presence of God at our wedding! I will forever be grateful for that! I never thought we’d be doing some branding photography together but here we are.

Continuing on, I of course followed her on “the gram” and began watching her journey with essential oils. I loved her excitement and that she was searching for a natural way to heal herself of acne and just kind of detox her home and life. All of this was right up my alley. Therefore, I got in touch with her, went to a little class she and our friend Anna were doing, and the rest is well, you know.

Our friendship as moved beyond essential oils and our dislike of the horrid acne we battle. Guess who also is a photographer, SAM!!!!! She’s kind of starting out and finding her voice and direction. Since she’s been transitioning from her 9 to 5 to pursue photography amongst other little side hustles I know how she’s feeling right now. It’s scary going out on your own, putting your work out there, and not knowing if you’ll fly or fall.

I love her drive, desire to learn, and vulnerability. She’s not afraid to say it like it is, or maybe she is but pushes past it. Maybe she’s finding her footing but she’s been such an inspiration to me. I think she’s been a good reminder of what’s like to build again, to grow, to change, to be yourself.

You know, as we get older we look at the younger generation and admire their growth and drive to figure out who they are. I watch with excitement and a little jealousy that so much potential lies before them. Somehow, watching Sam on this journey has reminded me that my journey doesn’t have to stay where it is. I’m not stuck in a box doing one thing. I too can change and become more me than I am right now. (My husband was so sweet to tenderly remind me of this the other night but that’s for another post.) So, I’m excited about my story and journey and I’m so thankful for other creatives like Sam to spur me on to be better than I am.

Okay, so Sam and I have both been learning how important social media is in business and putting our faces out there. When I was home on a recent trip we got together and took pictures of one another. It was wonderful getting to know her better and drink the yummy lattes she’s been perfecting. We’re both kind of leaning towards branding photography, this type of session, where we can really get to know people and tell their stories. We’ll see…

Sam, thank you for being you! I see you and admire all that you’re doing. Sometimes we get caught up in our lives and “stuff” that we think “how in the world am I making a difference.” You my dear, are making waves. Keep pushing through the things that feel too big and you’ll go far! Love you girl!
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If you like this post you might like this other branding session for AC

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On a day that our country celebrates freedom why in the world would I be talking about the Apostle Paul, you, and me? Maybe once you read this you’ll understand my train of thought.

Because we didn’t have internet for a few days we were on a Red Box binge. I stopped by to see what was new and withdrew from the machine Paul, Apostle of Christ. Being a Christian movie, I didn’t really know what to expect but I went in with an open mind and heart to try to glean something from it. There were two scenes in particular that hit me pretty hard. The first was this recurring dream or vision Paul had of a young girl he had murdered because she was a Christian. When the camera panned across his face as he relived that part of his life I was struck with who Paul really was.

It seems like I often only think of him as the man who had a miraculous conversion and then spread the Faith to so many. Never had I truly thought about the him and his full story. Saul, as he was known before his conversion, murdered many Christians and he was proud of it. He hunted men, women, and children down and killed them. God saw Paul in his mess and sin and loved him in spite of it. He didn’t give up on pursuing him. God encountered Paul, showed him the truth about who He was, change his life, and chose him to spread the gospel. As a result of God’s love Paul found freedom and the greatest love he’d ever known. He may have found himself in prison multiply times for professing his Faith but he was truly free – on the inside.

At the end of the movie Paul dies and you see him enter heaven. Guess who is there with open arms to greet him? All the Christians he had murdered. Can we talk about forgiveness here! Just imagine the freedom Paul experience on the other side when he knew he had been forgiven by those he’d killed!

You guys! If God can take a murderer and love him and change his life He can love me with my faults, sins, and failures. If He can love me He can surely love you! He does love you! Most importantly, know that He is always pursuing you even when you don’t see Him or feel Him. Take a moment and look around. I bet you’ll find him in places you never expected. He’s been running after you all your life. He wants to set us all free! Free of our pasts, our failures, our poor choices, the lies we believe about ourselves. Freedom in Christ is the greatest freedom you’ll ever know! Even when the world around you us crumbling there is freedom in Christ!

To make this even longer, this morning I read in a book my mom told me to get, The Book of Mysteries. It’s a one page a day devotional thing about the mysteries of the Bible. I found this one very interesting given my thoughts about the movie.

The East-West Continuum

It was dawn. We were watching the sun rise over the desert landscape.

“Kedem,” said the teacher. “It’s Hebrew for east, a most critical direction.”

“Why?” I asked.

“The Temple of Jerusalem was built according to the kedem. It had to face the east. The alter of the sacrifice was at it’s easternmost end. The holy of holies was at it’s westernmost end. Everything else was in between. So everything in the Temple existed on an east-west continuum. Everything that took place in the Temple took place on an east-west continuum. Most importantly, on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, the sins of Israel were atoned for, removed from the people, on an east-west continuum. The high priest would offer up the sacrifice in the east, and then sprinkle the blood on the ark of the covenant in the west. He would journey back and forth on an east-west continuum. And the closing act of the day would see the sins of the people symbolically removed away from the Temple and into the east of the wilderness.”

“But why is that more significant than if it was a north-south continuum?”

“Because,” said the teacher, “the earth is a sphere…and it turns on it’s axis on an east-west continuum. Therefore, the earth has a north pole and a south pole, but no east or west pole.”

“I still don’t understand.”

“How far is the north from the south?” he asked. “It’s finite. All north comes to an end at the North Pole. And all south ends at the South Pole. If the Temple had been built on a north-south continuum, then sin would have been removed a few thousand miles from the sinner. But how far is the east from the west? East and west have no poles. Therefore, they never end. East and west are infinite. They go on forever. In fact, the Hebrew word for the east, kedem, also means everlasting.”

“But back then no one knew the earth was a sphere.”

“God did. And all this is a shadow of the atonement of Messiah, our salvation. So in Messiah, how far does God remove our sins from you? An infinity away…an eternity away. And if you had all eternity, you could never find them again. As it is written, ‘So far has He removed our sins away from us… as far as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12)

You guys! Do you understand? When you give your life to Christ and repent all the crap is gone! Like He literally removes it as far away from you as possible. Can we say FREEDOM!!!!!!!! No matter what you’ve done in your life you can be free from the shame and guilt you carry. You can be used by God to make a difference in people’s lives! It’s never too late to find the freedom you’ve always longed for. I’m here if you need to talk to someone.

Happy Fourth of July! Happy Freedom day!

 

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