the traveling photographer

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.

tell me, what else should I have been doing?

tell me, what else should i have done?

-mary oliver

I'm a little bit crunchy. I'm a home-birthing, placenta-encapsulating, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, homeschooling, sometimes whole30-eating kind of Mama. I love blush, lace, floral print - all things girly and feminine, but really I just slap my hair in a pony, stay in the sweatpants (not even yoga pants) I went to bed in, and put on some hiking shoes because I know that's where I want to spend my time anyway. Speaking of hiking, I'm a traveler at heart. Moving to Utah reminded me of my love for the mountains, just as living in Hawaii solidified my undying devotion to the ocean. I can't wait to see what else our travels as nomads this year teaches me to fall in love with. 

As we began to prepare for our new gypsy lifestyle, we purged SO MUCH STUFF. At one point, I found a journal from fifth grade. Most of it was fluffy, useless chat about boys, but one paragraph stopped me in my sorting. It was so indicative of who I am, who I want to be at the core that it made me emotional. I was writing about what I envisioned my life to look like when I was older. I wrote: "We'd live in Montana with 70 acres. One room the whole wall would be a window and it'd overlook 2 mountains and in between the mountains would be a creek running into our land. To the left are the horses' pasture and to the right is a pond with a rope on a tree to jump into the pond. The house is a log cabin. The room with the big windows is my writing room because I want to be a writer and a photographer." I was ten years old when I wrote that. Young, naive, and full of dreams. Yet here I am, living exactly that life. Maybe it's not Montana and it certainly ain't no log cabin, but at the heart of it, I wanted country. I wanted to write and take pictures and tell stories. It's everything I wanted it to be. It fills me up to the brim and runs out and over. 

I'm a photographer because I believe that photos have the power to change our story. They bring us back to each other when times are hard, they cross the barrier of time & memory and land us back where our hearts belong. I shoot weddings & anniversaries because I love marriage and I've made it my mission to protect my own marriage, as well as help others protect theirs. I photograph families because it is a natural extension of marriage, and therefore has eternal bonds too. Having family photos on your walls reminds us of that, and gives us the courage to love deeper, speak kinder, and be each other’s best friends. Ultimately, I'm a photographer because I believe photos strengthen the relationships within marriages and families, deepen our connections with each other and future generations, and instill a greater amount of kindness towards ourselves and those we love most.

Watch me in action

promo film by Holden films

where we're going

we have a goal of visiting all the national parks in the united states! this is a rough outline of where we'll be in the next year!


the states

the countries

National parks

New York City
Washington, DC
Salt Lake City
San Francisco
Outer Banks

New Zealand

Grand Teton
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Rocky Mountain

work with me

where we've been

2018 Travel

july - South Dakota
august - minnesota
september - new england + Iceland
October - east coast/Maryland
november - tennesee & Kentucky
December - florida
January - La + TX
February - New Mexico
March - Arizona
April - California
May - Oregon
June - Washington
July - Alaska

see our map >

i'll bet you didn't know

1. I love nicknames.

I'll never introduce myself as "Meg" but it sends my heart a flutter when people call me by it.

i'll bet you didn't know

2. i'm a cryer.

My emotions used to embarrass me, but now I use them to my advantage! I anticipate authentic moments, empathize  on a deeper level, and love fiercely. 

i'll bet you didn't know

3. i'm a mormon

I am a daughter of God. 
I love Him, and He loves me.

i'll bet you didn't know

4. i put hot sauce on everything

We buy Tapatio's in bulk....and I'm the only one that eats it. 

i'll bet you didn't know

5. i hate cleaning

....and am looking forward to squeezing us all into a smaller space as we travel because less space = less cleaning.

i'll bet you didn't know

6. i have a major sweet tooth.

My weaknesses include gooey cinnamon rolls and hot s'mores  cooked over a fire (make sure those are gooey, too)

i'll bet you didn't know

7. I memorize my library card number

It's just as important - and more often used - than my social security number!

i'll bet you didn't know

8. I used to be a cheerleader

And not because I had the best toe-touches or dance moves, but because I liked being in front of the crowd and had a big smile. My enthusiasm won over the coaches more than anything else.

travel & adventure with a touch of class and romance

Meghan Rose

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