Well, this years recap blog post is going to be much shorter than previous years! At least photo wise, ha! Going into 2018 I took a step back from shooting weddings to focus on motherhood and my pregnancy. Caleb and I dove into shooting with one another which was so much fun! He photographed with me before a time or two, but we took this year to really refine his knowledge and practice his camera skills and decided to make him my full time second shooter. I love working along side my best friend. It was really cool to see how we complimented one another’s differences. We had 5 weddings booked for 2018 but wound up only being able to photograph one of them due to my pregnancy. We had the rest covered by some amazing photographers who stepped up to help me in a pinch. I had originally planned to shoot through my pregnancy like I had when I was carrying Owen, but things went totally different this time around and my plan didn’t pan out how I expected. Pregnancy was SUCH a dream and miracle I am forever in awe of and thankful for. We have the two, happy, healthy babies we always dreamed of growing our family with and now I am so excited to focus on raising them and jumping back into the world of photography a bit more!
It was so awesome getting to shoot that wedding with Caleb and we can’t wait for the few we have coming up in 2019! We are feeling so refreshed and ready to get creative together. Caleb launched his own drone business this year and had the opportunity to photograph a few local events as well as assist our friends at K + A FILMS on a wedding day. I am so pumped for the drone footage he will capture at the weddings we have coming up this year, one of which just so happens to be at the very venue we said “I DO” at almost 5 years ago!
Speaking of the one wedding we photographed together, it just so happened that our very first session of the year was the engagement session to the wedding we were able to photograph (*photographed below)! It was so neat forming a relationship with Sean and Kim at the very opening of our 2018 season and then getting to see them through to their wedding day.
Outside of that, we took on a house renovation (blog post to come with before + afters), photographed a hand full of lifestyle and family sessions (some of which we got to bring Owen along with to see his buddy Maverick – photos below!) and I photographed four births! I officially joined the team over at Village Birth Collective and plan to continue booking labor/delivery photography services going into 2019! I am so excited to be a part of this group of women who are so caring and passionate about their clients.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year and we couldn’t be more thankful for each and every bit of it.
We can’t wait to tackle you 2019!
I have all but one date booked for the mommy and me sessions I offered for July + August and man oh man does it make my heart SIIIING! I am having such a blast venturing around, capturing all of these cute bonds between a mother and her children! Over the weekend I photographed Heather and Nora here at Speedwell Lake (one of my favorite spots to photograph). The weather was heavenly! This barefoot duo twirled the night away laughing and picking flowers and it. was. magic.
XO | Meagan
The sweet Zimmermans were one of my favorite families to photograph to date. Ashlee and Galen recently welcomed their baby girl, Lincoln, to the world, and she will soon realize how lucky she is to have parents like them! And let’s be real- Haidyn is the most photogenic toddler around and (thanks to his mama) has some serious style! I was so glad to capture some of their early moments as a family of four! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!
With 2015 coming to an end tonight, we thought it would be the perfect time to share a glance at our year in review. I can’t believe this is our fourth behind the scenes post! It’s so fun to do this each year and look back at what was going on behind the shot, our different second shooters and all of our awesome clients. 2015 wedding season was on for the books! We met so many amazing clients this year, and even got to photograph some previous ones. Tori moved back home this Summer from Orlando, FL which was super exciting for the team. It was our first wedding season to all be in the same location, meeting weekly and second shooting with one another a bunch. Julia shot her first official wedding season as a lead photographer with us this year, all while planning/having a wedding of her own!! Julia tied the knot to her beau Nate on July 11th, 2015. Hats off to her, she conquered it like a champ! I love the shots Rebekah and I grabbed form her day featured below. Our amazing team stylist Kelsey just had her gorgeous little baby girl, Pearl Lee Mae two weeks ago. Kelsey is such a trooper! She was super pregnant through out this Summer and Fall but that didn’t keep her from getting her adventure on, climbing over rocks, gathering sweet props and crafting together floral crowns for our seniors. I love seeing that growing baby bump in some of the images below. As for me, the traveling bug bit me quite hard this year and it did not disappoint! I got to visit Maine, Las Vegas, California, West Virginia, and NYC. WOO! This year we also welcomed on two team editors Jordan and Brittney! They’ve been so great with helping out and keeping us on track with all of our deadlines and editing.
Our wedding season began in February and wrapped up in November. It’s been a full year! This year we had our fair share of wedding cake, crazy dancing, carrying dress trains, chasing the light, witnessing some of the most magical heartfelt vows, first looks and interactions, egged on a few cake smashes, traveled collectively to Maryland, Baltimore and Colorado, and ended the year by hosting our annual Holiday Mini Sessions. We are all so excited to see where 2016 takes us individually and as a team. Thank you so much for following us along on our journey, for hiring us as your photographers/stylists, and for the amazing year that you gave us!
ps- As always, we’ve got tons of new goals and dreams that we are anxiously waiting to check off the list for this year. If you’d like to make sure you’re getting all of our updates and weekly behind the scenes, click and follow our social media links below!
FRIENDS! Remember that one awesome time we added Kelsey Courtney of Style By Rae to our team as an official stylist!? Well it’s time to unveil the very first session Kelsey and I got to team up together for! Kelsey styled the outfits, hair, makeup and locations. Seriously, I can’t emphasize how important it is to consider adding on our new stylist options to make your session all that you’ve dreamed of. Kelsey is so talented at what she does and always aims to make her clients look and feel their best.
It also doesn’t hurt that this senior, Danielle Lehman just signed with a modeling agency three weeks ago and has already worked some jobs for Khols! Seriously, this girl has got all the model juice flowing through her body. She was the perfect kick off session to our MNP + SBR collaboration. It was the perfect sunny evening strolling around downtown Lancaster City. Kelsey did such a great job location scouting and picking out the perfect, creative and fun areas for us to use.
Seniors if you are interested in booking your portraits with us and wondered what the perks are to adding Style By Rae elements to your session here is a fantastic example of what you can expect: 100% on point professionally styled outfits, hair/makeup, props, location scouting and styling, laughs, fun hair whips, IG’s + PHHHOTO grabs. It’s a good, good time. Spots are completely filled for October on my calendar, however team members Tori and Julia still have openings and my November still has some openings! Contact us ASAP! We’d love to “shoot” you! 🙂
Now go on, drool a little bit…
I am all about young, up and coming businesses and entreprenauers so when I saw MOTHCO and what it was all about I was so excited. A lot of people lose sight of WHY they started something. It becomes about the fame, the glory, being cool, having so many followers on instragram and we tend to forget what our original purpose and passion was. The reason WHY we want to reach that many followers. Not to be cool, but to reach the nations with the good word and love of God. There is something so amazing about a fresh vision and pure heart. Samuel Bernhardt and Kaylynn Bert began More Than Conquerors which started as a fundraiser for local families who were impacted by cancer. This purpose has continued in their mission to partner with people and meaningful organizations by providing them with funds that come from their profit. They believe in taking responsibility for the social needs around them and using what God has given them to bless others.
“We believe in purpose more than profits. Currently, we are partnered with Urban Hope, a Christian organization dedicated to the mission of providing believers with cross-cultural training and experience in urban ministry. We’re More Than Conquerors Clothing, and we make great clothes to support great organizations.”
How awesome is that!? What they’re doing is truly amazing and touching so many. I wanted to help them grow their business and be a part of this reach in some way or another. I firmly believe in supporting ministries; though you may not be the one going and doing what they’re doing, if you’re pouring into their ministry you’re planting oats into their harvest. So good. I also love putting together things during my less busy seasons to keep the creative juices flowing. It feels so great just to get creative and have fun! So this Winter we teamed up and put together a styled shoot for their 2014 Winter Look book! I am so excited to share my favorite images from this session with you. Make sure to check out the full look book over on the MOTHCO website!
xoxo, Meagan Nicole
I’ve been blessed to have Brent and Andrea as friends for about 3+ years now and I’ve known Andrea for about 6+ years! Almost three years ago I photographed their amazing destination wedding in The Duck Keys, Florida. I can’t believe how fast time flies. I love photographing friends/clients throughout all the wonderful seasons in their lives. Andrea has become one of my closest girl friends and she also is a Meagan Nicole Photography second shooter during wedding season! It was so fun walking around Musser Park in Lancaster City with Brent, Andrea and their latest addition to the family, TOBY! I like to refer to him as tobster, also known as Kemma’s (my puppy) boyfriend. It was basically love at first sight and their pretty inseparable when we have them together (except for when they’re wrestling one another for their toy back).
Brent and Andrea are such a sweet couple and obviously are dear to my heart. I am so thankful for their friendship, and my camera is forever thankful for their good looks and photogenic faces. Here are a few of my favorite shots from our evening together!
xoxo, Meagan Nicole
*Photographs taken November, 2014.
Matt and Ariel are two of the funnest, sweetest, cutest couples I’ve ever met. This was one of those sessions that I just couldn’t put my camera down! I love when my job allows me to push past “the normal”; when I can feel myself enter into a place of creativity flooding my being. It’s such an amazing feeling and I’m so honored my clients choose to let me in their life for special occasions to create special memories. It’s not just about the actual pose or photograph. It’s about how you felt when taking that photograph. The smells, the songs you favored that time in your life, the feeling of laughing and kissing the one you’re in love with, newly engaged preparing for your wedding, all those kinds of things. And then I get to step in and document creative photographs to embody that time in your life, for you to look back on and always remember those memories. AH. It’s so awesome.
This session was one that completely re-motivated and inspired me last year and has me so excited for all of my 2015 weddings and couples. Matt and Ariel instantly felt like friends and were just so darn photogenic. Though it’s super hard to choose, I think my favorite shot is the black and white holding hands image. Which is yours!?
xoxo, Meagan Nicole
Gabby and Sean were such a joy to photograph because of their love for life, each other, and FUN. These two definitely know how to have a good time. In our short time together, we joked, laughed, and found a way to make a cold, windy afternoon an all-around blast. We spent the morning diving into their love story and finding ways to capture the pure and beautiful love they have for each other on camera. I am so looking forward to their September wedding and getting to photograph their love and joy all over again!
I’m so excited to share a family session from this past fall, as it’s my own brother and sister-in-law to be! TJ and Lauren asked me to take their picures along with Lauren’s family and this shoot was a nonstop hour of energy! Both couples were gorgeous subjects and how ADORABLE are all their children? Bristol, Asher, and Seth are seriously the cutest bunch of cousins on the planet. This was the perfect and crisp fall evening and I am super happy to have been able to capture such precious moments for them!