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

Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Peachtree-City-Family-Photographer_0026.jpgI have watched mothers for a long time. My friend, Shanna, says, “It’s like a piece of your heart walking around outside your body.” I’ve watched mothers cry while feeling like they haven’t done enough or messed up. I’ve heard of mothers praying unending for their sons and daughters. My friends have been worn out and tired from momming but I’ve also seen the light in their eye when they speak of their babies. I do believe mothering is one of the greatest blessings yet hardest things in life. Hats off to all you moms out there. You’re doing great!

When watching Christy & Jackson together, their love was evident. They laughed and played. They tickled and snuggled. It was very evident that Christy adores her son and Jackson clearly loves his mommy! As I shot and edited this session I couldn’t help but feel the gift of motherhood and the bond children have with their mothers – no matter how great or terrible their mothers are. Christy seems like one of the great ones!

I leave you with this poem. A Mother’s Love by Helen Steiner Rice

A Mother’s love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.
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Oh, these Monday Musings. . .

Where do they come from? Sometimes it’s a movie. Others it’s a scripture or a book. Then, like today it’s a song that speaks to my heart, brings tears to my eyes, and calls me to live more boldly. There are some artists that just speak to my spirit and soul so deeply. One of those is Steffany Gretzinger. She is a worshipper to her bones and lives with abandonment before the Lord. I admire her freedom and long to worship and love as she does. As soon as her new album was released for pre-ordered that puppy went in the cart and I played that first available song over and over. Little did I know the last song, the album title song – BLACKOUT, would move me so strongly.

I didn’t just listen to it first but I watched the music video. How fun that a Christian artist was doing a true music video with their album! I didn’t expect what I saw and it took me a minute but then I fell in love with it. It’s not anything I would expect a Christian music video to be but what moved me was that Steffany was being completely herself. Living boldly, not concerned with what people say or think, but being a light in the darkness the way she was created to. The words she sang and even the video spoke volumes to my heart and who I was created to be.

In a blackout
We will illuminate the dark
They won’t escape the beaming
We will glimmer, we will glow

I don’t now about you but maybe you feel this way too. I feel like I was made for something big. My heart longs to spread His love in a dark world. I want to illuminate the darkness that people live in so they can know they are loved beyond measure and see the light of His love. I don’t think we do that by preaching. We simply do that by loving. We drench people in His love by being the light, by being who He created each of us to be – individually. I will never love or change the world the way Steffany can with her music but I do have a unique “sound” that He put there to change the world around me. I don’t know what it will look like but I do know that I will glimmer, I will glow.

This our paradigm
The world didn’t give it
We are made of light
The world didn’t give it
And they can’t take it away

The beauty of the light within us is that the darkest night cannot put it out. Life is hard sometimes and we feel surrounded by darkness. We walk through terrible things that try to steal the truth and love we’ve been giving by a good Father. But as Steffany shared about this album, “He teaches us to dance while tears roll down our faces.” The world didn’t give us the light so it can’t take it. It doesn’t belong to the world. The light shines from the inside and nothing can blow it out.

You can’t turn out a light shining from the inside
Can’t turn out a light shining from the inside

So, my friends, let your light shine. Be you! Be bold and love the way Jesus loves! Don’t be afraid of the darkness but gold boldly into it knowing you carry a light that glimmers, glows, and changes the world!

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Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Peachtree-City-Family-Photographer_0012.jpg Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year! Yes, the pollen is a pain but it’s so worth it to enjoy the beautiful flowers, green trees, and sunshine! I’ve so enjoyed the past few sessions I’ve had this season! I love spring so much that it’s actually why I really really wanted to get married in April. We somehow pulled that off and I will forever be grateful that we get to celebrate our love and union when the world is warming and celebrating Earth Day!

Speaking of April, isn’t this little one the cutest you’ve ever seen! I met her beautiful mommy when we did some updated head shots for her just for fun – you can see those here and here.  Aga and I seemed to really connect during our photo shoot and preview session. We chatted about being stepmoms, trying to grow our families, travel and other cultures, and just life in general. She’s so sweet and I’m beyond amazed at her drive as a mom, entrepreneur, the way she learned English so well after growing up in Poland, and she’s just a strong woman. I’m excited for the new venture she is beginning as well. Nanny by trade, she knows lots about parenting and has decided to share her wisdom with others. I can’t wait to see how this gift and service helps other families!

I’m beyond blessed to have found someone in this little community in Peachtree City that seems to get me and my art! I can’t to follow her story and document her life and family as they grow and change! Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll see more of them around here!

As a side note – I think everyone should have pictures taken of themselves just for fun. You are beautiful and seen and worthy of having your story told and remembered!
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Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Jacksonville-Family-Photographer_0003.jpg These little girls just make my heart smile so big. I may only see them once a year but every time I get to hang out with them and their sweet parents my day is made! They are filled with sweet innocence and joy. They run squealing from the waves crashing on the sand and jump in the safety of their parent’s arms. Jumping and running is always fun and treasures found on the sandy shore is always an excitement to be shared!

Besides the girls being so full of wonder the evening was perfect beach weather! Check out that yummy light! I love the way it washes in on them and drenches them with warmth. It mirrors their joy and laughter and somehow creates a feeling of rest! The breeze blew and gave us that end of day beach feel I love so much! Basically, it was perfection in all the ways!
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Meghan-Stewart-Photography-Atlanta-Family-Photographer_0024.jpgI absolutely love this family! We laugh every time we’re together. I love that they are who they are whenever they’re with me – they’re kids, they’re parents, they’re friends, they’re partners. It has been such a joy watching their family grow and evolve. I so enjoy watching how proud they are of their oldest and his football dreams coming true. We always have a little Auburn/Alabama banter going on and of course it’s always in laugh and surrounded by laughter. Above their family exudes the deep love they have for one another! As I said, I just plain love this family!
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