Taylor Extended Family | Murfreesboro Family Photographer

Talk about a fun group! I’ve known Travis & Meredith for years now & this is another family that I’ve gotten to be there for so many milestones;  Travis’ proposal, their engagement (some of my favorites to this day) & their wedding (one of the most fun ever). Then we got to connive on an announcement, shoot some beautiful maternity photos & then the addition of little William Ellis to the family. To say I love them is an understatement.

They also share my love for big dogs – so when Meredith asked if they could bring the dogs to their extended family session I answered with an emphatic YES! I always encourage my clients to bring their pups along, large or small. So many people, photographers included, ask me how I handle that & I don’t really have a formula except that I roll with it. I am a dog person so I genuinely like dogs & I don’t get easily rattled. Dogs are living beings who bring their own dynamic to any session but I try to keep in mind that we’re asking a lot of them. Most of the time they are in an entirely new setting, surrounded by foreign sights & ALL the smells & we’re asking them to ignore all of that. That’s a lot on them so high energy & a bit of freaking out is normal. The other thing I do is encourage the humans to not stress because the dogs feel that & once in position, to let me worry about the pup. I’ll make all sorts of funny noises, throw things in the air, even jump up & down to get that perfect ‘ears-cocked, head-tilted’ shot & I just need the humans to keep on smiling.

While these three were certainly interested in everything around them – they were also surprisingly well behaved when it came to their time in front of the camera! A beautiful family, content kiddo & three sitting pups – what more could a photographer ask for?!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from the Taylor extended family session here in Murfreesboro.

 

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Samuel Selby | Newborn

You may remember this gorgeous mama from her recent maternity session. Well last week I got to meet little Samuel & spend a little time with this beautiful family. Just as I knew they would be – Hannah & Karmen are already natural parents. They are calm, attentive, laid back & Samuel is clearly adored. Enjoy a few of my favorites from my time with them.

 

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Cora Beth 12 Months | Belle Meadows Photographer

I can’t say enough just now much I love this family. It has been my honor to photograph Kate & Garrett’s engagement, wedding day, their maternity session pre-deployment, a second maternity session during Garrett’s deployment, Cora Beth’s birth & each of her precious milestones. Each time I think they are as precious as they possibly can be & then the next session comes & they prove me wrong.

We ventured back to Belle Meadows Farm where Kate & Garrett tied to knot to celebrate Cora Beth’s 12 month session & though it was chilly the light was beautiful & Cora Beth was her usual adorable, happy self!

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I can’t really explain how much I love these two next shots. Some of my favorite portraits ever. Joyful motherhood looks so beautiful on you, Kate.

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May this girl always know just how loved she is. 

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And because it made me laugh – this is what happens when you toss a stick trying to get Lady’s attention but instead get Garrett’s. 

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How He Asked | A Proposal Story

If I’m honest this isn’t a post I ever thought I’d write. When I started my first photography business in 2009 I was 3 years post-proposal. However, life doesn’t always go like we think it will. After surviving the darkest season of my life I wasn’t sure I’d ever entertain the thought of marriage again – I’d experienced the heart-wrenching, soul-shattering pain of what its like when it goes wrong & had finally gotten to a place where wholeness without that part of life seemed perfectly reasonable. I fought hard to get back on my feet & honestly – I was happy. I had an amazing family, great friends, a fulfilling side business, a good job & a grounding faith – what more could a girl need?

Then entered Jamin. Ahead of my timeline & outside of my plan. He persisted when I told him my plans to date non-exclusively for a year. He persisted when I continued with those plans. He persisted when I was hard to read & intentionally stand-offish. He pursued me with intentionality, kindness, courage & care. He didn’t shy away when triggers from my past made me react unfairly. He risked his heart by sharing it – over & over, creating a safe place for me to just be – wherever I was, was okay with him. His pursuit was impossible to ignore.

Our relationship is unlike anything I’ve ever known – its comfortable, easy, & filled with laughter, love & adventure. For the first time I look towards the future & see how people believe they can do this for a lifetime. Thankfully, he sees the same.

And so, with the same intentionality, kindness, courage & care – he connived with one of my best friends, found the perfect place, concocted a story, got me to Chattanooga & surprised me with the most perfectly ‘us’ proposal I could have ever imagined.

I should probably also say – prepare for photo overload! I just couldn’t help myself.

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This girl – more on her in a minute – just suffice to say she was amazing (more so than I was even aware of). 

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This is where I figured out Lanie was hiding in the trees (in camo no less). 

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This is where he was telling me that there wasn’t any private Chris Stapleton concert but there was this gorgeous treehouse for us to stay in. 

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These are so perfectly us – easy, comfortable, good together – with lots of silliness laced with affection thrown in. 

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This girl – y’all there aren’t any words. She not only hid in the woods waiting patiently for our arrival (which was 40 minutes later than expected due to detours) but she had assisted J throughout the whole process – doing things in the Chattanooga area for him – helping him plan & walk things out. They just don’t come any better than this girl right here. To read her take on this day – click here.

 

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  • SummerNovember 15, 2017 - 9:43 am

    True love these❣️ReplyCancel

  • AmberNovember 15, 2017 - 1:57 pm

    I’m so happy for you guys!! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • JennyNovember 15, 2017 - 3:40 pm

    This makes me so happy… Love always wins! ❤️ Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Bill C.November 16, 2017 - 10:49 pm

    That is a awesome story. So happy for you on a fiancé side and a friend side. Congrats. BillReplyCancel

  • GranNovember 17, 2017 - 7:08 am

    Ooooooooh Meagan how u can express ur life experiences  in words so well . ..Beautiful pics , great place .  Looks fantastic. Wish the best for both of u. Hope to c y’all soon . With lots of love. God bless u both.ReplyCancel

  • BethanyteaNovember 17, 2017 - 4:49 pm

    Yay!!! New sister!!! 😁ReplyCancel

Mooneyham Family | Murfreesboro Family Photographer

It is hard to believe that I have known this girl since college. Elizabeth & I wound up living in the same college apartment for a while & oh the adventures we had. It was so fun to spend some time with her & her beautiful family on a beautiful Fall day here in Murfreesboro.

Enjoy a few of my favorites.

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  • GranNovember 13, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    Great pics. As always good job Meagan.ReplyCancel

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