The Next Big Step
When I was about 16 years old my high school held a career week. We had to schedule a few “shadow days” with different local businesses. I shadow’ed a local photography business who had a cute studio along Main Street in Lititz. It took all of an hour into shadowing them for me to make up my mind that I would never run my own business. HA. Life’s funny like that, or rather God is funny like that. Whenever I have a plan for my life or a certain way I think something is going to look like, He has totally opposite plans. And to this day, His plans have always been greater and better than my own.
There I was, a “wild + free” 19 year old girl with a crazy big heart and all the dreams when the Lord dropped Meagan Nicole Photography practically right into my lap. I had been working so hard towards joining a team, yet God persisted to keep growing MNP. I did a thing and started a FB page. You know, back in the days before Instagram. Friends booked sessions with me, and then there friends wanted to book me, and then there friends. I second shot weddings, which to be honest might have been like a total of 4 before, out of no where, people started asking me to photograph their weddings! I was like whuuut, you want me!? I did mentorships under local’s much more wise then I, and started to build my connections, but nothing ever lead to a team opening, instead it lead to people wanting to work for ME. I started getting emails from young girls asking me if they could shadow me or shoot with me. Everything fell into place and each year God would fill up my calendar with amazing clients and friends. My workload grew to the point of needing help, so I began taking on second shooters and interns. A few of the internships formed into team members. Then came hiring editors. Over the year’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with 15+ “employees” and taking part in helping other’s find their passion for photography and running their own business. And now here I am, a little over 6 years in the industry, who started out as a 19 year old girl in love with her camera to a now 25 (almost 26) year old wife + mama, with a seriously full heart of gratitude and joy. I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings, events, and portrait sessions. I’ve been blessed to travel to Israel, Mexico, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Philadelphia, and so many other surrounding areas. I’ve been blessed to lead and teach some truly gifted and special ladies who in turn taught me so much about myself. I’ve grown and learned so much from running this team.
Every Winter I pray to God and ask Him to bring whatever it is that He has for me to book. I ask him to align the wedding’s I am supposed to have and the people that I am supposed to meet. I don’t set a limit or goal for myself (for the most part), I just send out my pricing to every person who inquires for a date that I am available for and trust that God will work out the rest. Each year, my wedding season has progressively taken on more and more weddings. Going into 2017, I hadn’t had anything booked until May, which wound up giving me a 4 month maternity leave. Thanks to the big man up top for that one! Knowing I was about to have a baby boy I cut back on how many wedding’s I booked + of course, God worked it all out perfectly. I had just the right amount booked when I found out that I was pregnant so that I was able to work out my schedule perfectly to take on two weddings per month. I took on half of my normal amount this year and it has been great! This year has been nothing short of amazing. I still get choked up thinking about each and every couple who has entrusted me through out my career to capture one of the most special day’s of their lives. The places it has taken me + the people it has brought into my path.
I’ve always thought that I would continue to pursue growing MNP, whether it be with more interns, more team members, a studio, or just more weddings! That’s still such a dream of mine, but early on this year I began to wrestle with God on that dream. Here I was again, with this idea and plan for my life and my business. And God began making it pretty clear that He has other plans in store. While I l o v e leading a team, I feel like I haven’t been able to give our team the time + attention it deserves to really BE a team.
Becoming a mama has filled my life in way’s that I never even knew existed. Owen Davis has set my heart on fire + I feel so clearly that I am supposed to put more of my focus and attention onto motherhood and raising my sweet babe (or babes, when that time comes)! I so badly want to be one of the girl’s who can do it all. You know, that girl who can run her booming business without breaking a sweat + master motherhood, all while keeping her house looking like a dime piece and running all those necessary (and sometimes unnecessary) errands, while still getting home in time to get a nutritious dinner on the table, fitting in the quality time you need with your hunny-boo and going to bed feeling accomplished. But it’s time to face the music and admit that I am not one of those girls. I get way too overwhelmed and anxious and constantly feel like something is being neglected. There aren’t enough hours in a day, no matter who you are! Am I right? Maybe I’m just too much of a perfectionist. But I think what it comes down to is that God has designed and wired us all differently + uniquely. I am realizing who God has created me to be, and realizing that it’s time to begin watering and sowing into that part of myself instead of trying to go against the grain and fit myself into a mold that I’m not meant to fit.
So, where does this leave Meagan Nicole Photography + our team? Beginning January of 2018, Meagan Nicole Photography will officially be just me, myself and I. A small, independently run business catering to portrait + wedding photography, specializing in keeping it real and using www.meagannicole.com as my own little space to blog about life, motherhood, baby hacks, life hacks, recipes, collaborations, my photography.. and whatever doors the Lord wants to open! I am so excited to enter into this new season + to take a step back from running a team, to focus more on motherhood and my sweet Owen, while still pursuing my passion of photography, but on a smaller scale.
I can’t even explain the huge amount of peace that Julia, Morgan and I all feel. We all got chills over how cool God has been and how He’s completely lined everything up and continually provided so much confirmation for us through this process. We’re enjoying every last bit of this 2017 wedding season together and counting each and every blessing the Lord provided us in these last few years together.
MEAGAN: Photography is still such a passion of mine and I have no plans of givng it up! I will continue to book weddings for 2018, however dates will be on a more limited basis. My goal is to cut back on weddings and I’m hoping to begin booking more portrait + lifestyle/family sessions! Since I will be cutting back on how many weddings I book, this will allow for more time for portrait sessions/collaborations. If you’re planning a wedding, looking to collaborate, or want some updated portraits + are interested in booking me, head to the contact tab and send me an email! I’d love to chat with you.
JULIA: Julia will no longer be focusing on photography as her career and is excited to get back to loving photography as her hobby! She does hope to still book a limited amount of sessions and weddings for fun, on the side! These will not be booked under Meagan Nicole Photography, but will be booked with Julia individually. You can reach out to her at email@example.com to chat about details, availability + pricing!
MORGAN: You can look forward to seeing more of Morgan next year as my second shooter for the few wedding’s I will have booked. I’m so excited to see where God takes her on her photography journey. If you’re looking for a second shooter next year, hit-a-sistah up! You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s been trained by one of the best. 😉 I’ve got a feeling Morgan will be around this creative community we’ve got going on here in Lancaster for the long haul!
*For those of you who have booked with Meagan Nicole Photography for the remainder of 2017 or for 2018, you will not be effected by these changes! Everything will remain the same in your MNP experience and we cannot wait to dance with you on your wedding day.
Now, let me be clear about a few things: nothing is falling apart, our friendships are stronger than ever, there are no riffs and we’re all super excited! This has obviously been such an emotional, hard decision for me as MNP and my team have been like my baby over the years. I have such a love for it + them + have found so much of my identity in this over the years. But I know that it’s time. While taking this leap of faith, I know I am following God’s plan for my life, and it has me SO ready + excited to see what He has in store. It’s going to be awesome.
All the love | Meagan Nicole ✨
*Please hang tight as this transition may bring on some construction/delays to our website + social media pages. I can’t wait reveal my new brand to you all!