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

Well, it’s time to get fall and Christmas organized, am I right? Can you believe that it’s all just a few short months away? I’m so excited about our Christmas plans this year! We’ve decided to minimize our purchasing of THINGS and spend quality time together in the Georgia mountains. I’m dreaming about quiet mornings with my cup of tea…oh coffee how I miss you! Of course we’ll spend time by the fire roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Long walks in the woods are on my list as well as soaking in the hot tub maybe with a glass of wine while we watch the stars.

But before all of that can take place let’s get your fall and Christmas photos taken and those cards out to spread some love! I know it may seem a bit early to be planning this but if your life is as crazy as mine you gotta plan with time to spare.

Here’s the 411 – all sessions are $125 + tax. Your session will last about 20 minutes and come with 5 digital files. If we’ve worked together before you know you get to see more images but can choose 5 for free with the option to purchase more.

I also offer Christmas cards. I’ll have some new designs to offer as well as the many options from years past. Cards come in sets of 25 with envelopes and return address printed on them (if so desired). Cards are $50 per set of 25.

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Selma sessions will be taking place October 25th through 28th. I’m also still working on nailing down session locations there. I already have some full sessions booked those days so space and time is limited. If I need to run back over some time in early December for a few session that could possibly happen as well.
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Now for my Peachtree City friends, your dates are November 17th and 18th. I have some fun ideas up my sleeves for you guys. We’ll shoot full days and that will probably be it for you guys so be sure to book soon. I’m looking forward to meeting more of you soon!

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We’ve most likely all heard the quote, “Don’t compare your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.” I think it goes even deeper than that – to our very beings. As a business owner I feel like I need to look like I always have my act together. Of course I want people to know that I’m dependable, timely, and good at what I do but let’s be honest. I don’t always have it together. Life happens, there are worries and fears and when you walk away from your job at 5 and deal with life my work still goes on intermingled with my everyday life stuff.

My highlight reel might look really good to you guys. I take care of myself through physical fitness, I eat healthy, my family is well loved an happy, and most of the time my house is clean. My client’s needs are met and it looks like I’m shooting a lot. What you don’t see is the behind the scenes. You don’t see inside my mind and heart and the battle that is fought there. You don’t see the fear of failure or of not being good enough. There’s always the thought of not booking anything and running out of money or letting someone down. Before I go any further, don’t freak out because I’m fine. I know we’ve all gone through this – the comparison game and questioning what it’s all about and if I’m good enough.

I’ve been a photographer for 12+ years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! I have loved every minute of it, even the tough, busy seasons. I love the connections I make with each client and how they become friends. Watching people’s relationships grow and children sprout up are my favorites. There’s nothing quite like creating beautiful images for clients to remember their lives by. I even enjoy all the behind the scenes business type stuff that goes on, well for the most part. Let’s not talk about taxes or insurance. . .ugh!

Recently I’ve found myself a little unsettled and hungry for more, for change. There is so much I want to do with my life and work. I long to give and to make a difference in people’s lives. I want to be the best wife and mom I can be but also fulfill my dreams and desires. Basically, I want to do it all. The question is, can anyone really do that? There’s just no way but we can do the best we’re able to.

So, all of this is to say that I’m a real person behind this screen. I’ve lost babies, long for more, fight for an outstanding marriage, pursue God, I’m lonely sometimes. . .I’m human. While I’m excited to keep Meghan Stewart Photography moving forward and growing I feel like there are going to be some changes. I’m dying to create new images and art that push me to grow. I’ve always wanted to write so I may begin pursuing that dream as well. I don’t know what I’ll write but I’ll just start and see where God leads. I’m gonna keep on with my healthy living and maybe share more. I’m gonna push my introverted self out there to make some friends here in Georgia. That begins tonight with seeing the Made For More movie with some new gal pals! Painting is another thing on the list I long to do.

See, I want to do it all. I want to do it for me, my family, and for you! How do I plan on doing it all? Lists and much needed organization along with no pressure to meet any deadlines. I’ll play with my camera, the brushes, recipes, and words for me. Then I’ll share with you when the time is right. In the mean time, I’d love any input you may have to see some of these dreams realized and most importantly I welcome your prayers.

Now, what do you do to grow and push yourself? What are you hiding behind your highlight reel that we can all learn from? How can I pray for you?

You may also enjoy these Monday Musings… here and here.

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I love that moving to the Atlanta area has allowed me to photograph the full Porter family twice now! Aren’t they a good looking crowd!

This year we met at Lake Oconee at a beautiful home right on a little inlet. Tina invited Violet and I down for the day to enjoy the pool and perhaps a little cruise around the lake. Unfortunately, I had too many things to do at home so we couldn’t make the cruise but we sure did enjoy our pool time and all the fun rafts.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the clients that I’ve been photographing for years. They mean the world to me and have helped me be who I am today. I know that sounds strange but knowing that people trust me with their memories builds my confidence. Of course, the Porters are one such family.

Simply the fact that Tina invited us to spend the day with them on their vacation says a lot. Naturally, you want your vacation to be quiet and relaxed. Inviting in friends isn’t always that way. We aren’t just shoot and move on type of friends anymore. We’re comfortable enough to spend time together outside of a photo shoot. We’re invested in the good of one another. I love their restaurants in Florida and so enjoy seeing them succeed! Likewise, Tina reached out with advice on my more recent health issues. It’s care like that that makes you know someone thinks of you and cares. I’m so thankful for their friendship!

Anyway, the full Porter clan is just as kind and thoughtful. As is usual, everyone looked great, colors coordinated well, and most everyone was on time… wink wink. It was such a great time and I hope to see them again on another of their family vacations!
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Meghan Stewart Photography, Peachtree City Lifestyle Photographer, Atlanta LifestylePhotographer, Newnan Lifestyle Photographer, Sharpsburg Lifestyle Photographer, Tyrone Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Rain Photo ShootWhat a fun summer we’ve had, even in the rain!

As the room grew darker we knew what that meant. . . a storm was coming. Who doesn’t love a good thunder storm? They make for a perfect snuggle time and movie watching afternoon. For that reason, I tucked my legs under me on the sofa, snuggled in, and got ready to find a great movie. Wildflower rolled over the back of the white cloud with a mischievous look in her eye and said, “I have an idea.” “What’s that?” I said. “Let’s go play in the rain.”

Instantly, my almost 40 year old mind and body said, “NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!” I didn’t want to get wet and cold. I wanted to stay snug in my sweatshirt and under my puffy blanket. Yet, I knew I wanted to make fun memories with her this summer, even if it was simply dancing in the rain.

Of course, I let her go first while I grabbed my camera. I had seen so many fun, childhood, summer photos on the “gram” and I knew this was my chance to have some of my very own. Trying my best to stay dry, I leaned out as far as I could from under the awning without meeting the downpour. Then it became too much for me and I had to join in the fun. Those puddles were calling my name. We jumped until we were soaked through and through and the smiles couldn’t be wiped from our soggy faces. After plenty of splashing we took our cold bodies inside for hot showers and that relaxing movie afternoon.

Growing up I always said I wanted to have my kids young because I wanted to play with them and not be too tired. Of course, God had other plans. I was 37 when I met Wildflower and now I’ll be in my 40s once we have ones of our own. There are a few things I’ve learned from the past 3 years with this “little one”.

First, just go play! Like this rainy day play time, I wanted to stay inside but I had so much fun letting my childlike self dance in the rain. It was so worth it for making the memory and smiling and laughing like we did.

Second, stay fit! As we get older we get sluggish and those times of running in the yard playing tag become daunting. When I get my exercise in, eat right, and get quality sleep I have way more energy and feel younger.

Third, as an introvert it’s okay to take some time for myself. I find that I enjoy the time playing way more if I’ve also had some alone time. Any introvert moms feeling me right now?

Fourth, these are the days your kids will remember. The days you got out and played with them. They’re the days they’ll talk about when they’re older. Make your kid’s childhood a memorable one with lots of outside play, tickle time, snuggles, dancing in the rain, and making a fool of yourself.

Now, what can we do today to make it a memorable one?
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Meghan Stewart Photography, Peachtree City Lifestyle Photographer, Atlanta LifestylePhotographer, Newnan Lifestyle Photographer, Sharpsburg Lifestyle Photographer, Tyrone Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Rain Photo Shoot
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Well, we’ve finally come to the end of the Cothran quads with lovely Peyton. She may be last in the blog posts but is most definitely not least.

Peyton seems to be a true southern girl. Clearly, she loves the river and being with her closest friends in the summer. I can just imagine them now, floating down the Alabama River laughing and creating more memories to enrich their lives. Peyton also loves the sun and spending time at the country club which we know means tanning. Of course, shopping is a great past time for this one and her cute style is proof of that.

It’s apparent that Peyton cares about people and investing in relationships and bettering herself and other’s lives. Not too long ago, she went to Northern Ireland on a mission trip! How awesome would that be! She also enjoys pouring into children’s lives by babysitting and loving on them. Without a doubt, my favorite thing that Peyton told me was that she was looking forward to “cherishing the moments with her classmates and seeing how they all grow” through their senior year. That’s a girl after my heart that knows that it’s all about relationship and growth. Undoubtedly, I think Peyton is on the right track. I believe if you have deep friendships and you’re trying to grow and give then you’re greatly blessed.

Peyton, keep loving well. When life gets hard or you get hurt please don’t let it harden your heart. Be brave and push through pain to find freedom in true relationship and love people into freedom. Lastly, be you and keep loving boldly.
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