This past year has been quite the rollercoaster for our family as well as for this business! In January, we were living in Utah. By April we had flown to Bangkok – where I shot an engagement session, a family session, and a swimsuit promotion – and also to Oahu, where I photographed families, a wedding, and a styled shoot. May brought me the gorgeous Utah wedding of Kathryn + Eric, and by June we were on the road. Sessions in Colorado – an intimate elopement at the base of the Chautauqua Mountains, for example, and later, family sessions in Idaho and Minnesota. Second-shooting in Pennsylvania, a rainy day wedding in DC, a trip to Iceland for an epic styled shoot and a gorgeous 10-year-anniversary adventure session. Loads and loads of family sessions in Maryland this fall, and now here we are in December, wrapping up our 2018 year and also wrapping up our months of continuous travel. We’ve landed in North Carolina – not by mistake and not be default, but through intentional examination of the kind of life and home we want for our kids. So I think it’s fitting that my last session of this season was my first session in our new home state: a surprise proposal right here in Cashiers, North Carolina.
It was both therapeutic and encouraging for me to reflect on this year’s past weddings. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t book as much as I would have hoped. Traveling full-time makes it hard to connect with a specific niche or clientele base, and I’m looking forward to finding my place in the Asheville wedding photography market. I recently updated my website with my new favorite images, and it was interesting to me to recognize the images that made my heart sing, made my work feel the most authentic. I didn’t choose many from the perfectly styled shoots I had – but instead I gravitated towards my real couples. The ones whose stories I knew, the ones whose friendships had developed over months of communication and the inevitable intimacy of being with someone for their entire wedding day.
These photos are special – they were taken with the heart of someone who truly loves people, and wants to capture love in a way that makes them say, “Yes – that’s exactly how I felt right then.”
Meghan is an Asheville Wedding Photographer and Family Photographer who loves real laughs, going barefoot as much as possible, and spending her days in the sunshine or at the creek.