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Over the past few days, I’ve received so many encouraging emails, calls, and texts regarding my recent announcement on Monday. And to those of you who have taken the time to congratulate me and support my recent decision to leave, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I cannot begin to tell you all how nervous I was about coming forward with this decision that Brooks and I had made. It is definitely a bittersweet leave as I have loved my time in the wedding industry. But my heart and passion is with the sweet babies and I knew after lots of prayer that is where the Lord has planted me in my business.

With that being said, I know you are all excited and anxious to hear what the big announcement is!

I’m SUPER excited to announce that starting this summer of 2016…

Megan Shaw Photography will be booking Fresh 48 sessions!

What is Fresh 48? Why did I choose to offer these Fresh 48 session? 

While my love for babies continues to grow and after realizing the passion I have for them, I kept thinking about those precious, fleeting moments that families experience with their newborn baby. And I knew I wanted to use my camera to capture those sweet moments that seem to fly right by before their eyes.

So that is where I came across the idea of the Fresh 48 session.

A Fresh 48 session is a lifestyle type session that takes place in the baby’s place of birth (hospital, home birth, etc.). The sessions are held within the first 24-48 hours of a baby’s life and this session is a fantastic way to document those new and exciting times together as a family. From first feedings, to diaper changes, to a child realizing what it means to be an older sibling. I will capture them all during this session. I will also capture those quiet moments between you and your new little one.

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These sessions are shot during the day using natural light and is mostly unposed and photojournalistic, capturing you taking in the sweet sights and sounds of your new baby. These types of sessions are not a traditional newborn session; I will not pose the baby or bring props and/or lights. This will just be me capturing your baby’s sweet new moments in a fresh, natural way!

So what is included in a Fresh 48 session package? 

• 60 minute long session
• This session includes unposed, prop free lifestyle images
• Baby in their place of birth with Mom, Dad and Family
• Includes 60-80 edited full resolution digital images
• Includes print release

**For pricing and availability, please email megshawphoto@gmail.com.  Megan Shaw Photography will be offering a discounted bundled package to those who wish to book a Fresh 48 session PLUS an studio newborn session.**

And I was so excited and honored to recently do a Fresh 48 session for a family that I have photographed over the past few years. Meet Richard, Amber, Addyson and the newest addition to their family, Alex.

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I loved to see how excited sweet Addyson was to introduce me to her new baby Brother. She was such a proud big sister and couldn’t wait to tell everyone that he was finally here!

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Introducing baby Alex!

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I loved to see how excited Richard was to finally have a little boy in the family. While I know he loves his girls, there is just something special about a bond between a Father and Son. I can’t wait to see their bond grow as Alex grows!

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Addyson couldn’t wait to hold Alex. I could tell she was super comfortable and a natural at holding her brother. She could have sat there for hours holding him. She sure does love her baby Brother.

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These next few images are my favorite. These Fresh 48 sessions are about capturing those sincere, special moments and I loved seeing Richard, Amber, and Addyson love on baby Alex. What a special memory for them to have forever!

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Thank you to the Hood family for letting me capture these priceless moments for them.

I hope they will cherish these photos forever.

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I know you all probably saw this headline on my blog through your social media feeds and pulled it up to see what this post is all about. So I’m just going to cut to the chase with you all and let you know the big announcement. It is with a bittersweet heart that I have decided to leave the wedding photography industry starting in January 2017.

You all are probably wondering why I decided to leave. And am I crazy for leaving?  During my wedding photography career I have loved every second of the weddings that I have had the pleasure to photograph and the memories that I have captured for many families. From the beautiful wedding gowns, to the first looks, happy wedding day tears, the love, and much more…I have truly enjoyed the memories I have captured during my time as a wedding photographer.

But deep down in my heart, I have developed an overflowing passion and joy for something that I can hardly even begin to explain with words. And that passion is for those precious, little newborn babies. For some time now, it has been on my heart to leave the wedding industry so I could truly focus on continuing to grow my newborn photography business. And to do so, I need to dedicate more time and effort to build that aspect of my business.

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Over the past year, I have done special newborn trainings to help me learn more as a newborn photographer, including a one-on-one full day mentorship with Leslie Ogrodowicz from Happy Bird Photography. Through these trainings, I have felt my heart continuously grow for these precious babies. I’ve also had a wonderful rise in newborn bookings that have deepened my love for the babies.

After lots of prayer over my business and talking this over with my Husband, we have felt the Lord calling me to pursue this passion of mine and for us to completely trust his plan in all of this.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” -Proverbs 16:3

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So what does this mean for Megan Shaw Photography?

2016 will be my last official year as a wedding photographer and my 2016 wedding calendar is full.

As for newborn photography, I will have more availability and weekend dates open for newborn photography sessions.

I will still offer the milestone packages for all newborn clients.

I will continue to photograph families, expecting Momma’s, and high school Seniors.

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Lastly, I want to thank all the Brides, Grooms, and families that have used my services over the last several years. While this is a bittersweet announcement for me to make, this is also a dream of mine that I couldn’t be happier to follow.

Also, thank you to my Husband, our families, my friends, and even my fellow photographers for all your past and continuing support.

To my husband Brooks, thank you for always encouraging me to follow my dreams. I am so incredibly blessed to have such a supportive, loving Husband like you. Your love and encouragement keeps me going everyday. Thank you for being my #1 cheerleader!

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And with changes come exciting additions!

On Thursday, March 31st, at 5 p.m., come back to Megan Shaw Photography to see Part II of this exciting announcement!

……(AND NO, Brooks and I aren’t having a baby).

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I can hardly contain my excitement right now as I write this, but my best friend is getting married this weekend!! And with her wedding weekend upon us, I thought it would be exciting to share photos from her Anthropology inspired bridal luncheon. When Sarah got engaged, my Mother and I jumped at the opportunity to offer her a bridal luncheon. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Sarah has a major LOVE for anything and everything Anthropology. She also loves vintage china, fresh flowers, and greenery. So we got together all of her favorites for her Anthropology shower.

Sarah’s bridal luncheon took place in the most perfect setting for this, The Providence House in Casey Jones Village. My Mother and I knew just how perfect the PH would look for this style of shower. And luckily, my in-laws own the House so we had a blast decorating it the day before her shower.

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For flowers, we bought them in bulk from a local floral vendor and arranged them ourselves. We even bought the greenery and styled the greenery ourselves too. It was so much fun to arrange the centerpiece ourselves and have complete control of how they turned out.  If you are on a budget and planning a shower or luncheon, this is the way to go to save money and still have beautiful florals and greenery! We also used an oasis in the centerpiece to help hold up the flowers. Just a tip: keep them watered down and in a cooler right before you take them out. Fresh flowers die FAST when you don’t keep them in water.

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One of my favorite things about Sarah’s luncheon (besides the flowers) were the china settings we used. My Mother-in-Law collects and keeps a lot of BEAUTIFUL vintage china sets. So I knew we had to use these for Sarah’s luncheon. And we didn’t just use one setting, we did mixed-match settings to create that vintage effect. We made sure to use settings that had a similar color scheme to what we were decorating with. For this luncheon, we were using pastels and brighter pinks.

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Our food was catered by Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store and their wonderful staff! We had a delicious grilled chicken with a balsamic glaze, strawberry & feta cheese spinach salad with a raspberry vinaigrette, sauteed whole green beans, herb-roasted potatoes, and yeast rolls. All of the food was SUPER yummy and everyone enjoyed it! For dessert, I knew we HAD to have macaroons. Sarah has always had a love for macaroons so I knew I wanted to decorate the table with them. So Marlene Neal, from The Village Baker at the Old Country Store, made some delicious, fresh macaroons and petite-fours that we lined up and down the table on vintage, mix-matched cake stands. These were definitely the hit of the party, decor wise and taste wise!

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For party favors, my Mom had the idea of getting the bridal party Anthropology coffee mugs. And they were SUPER CUTE! We set them in front of their assigned place settings along with some vintage tissues. The coffee mugs even had a personal touch with their own initial monogram on the front of the mug.

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It seems like yesterday Sarah and I were just trying to survive college together and having Lifetime marathon parties on our couch (when we needed to be studying). I met Sarah back in college at a Halloween party and I knew when I first met her that our goofy personalities would work well together. We’ve been best friends since that first meeting and nothing has gotten in between our friendship. And we’ve been through it ALL together. We’ve traveled parts of the world together, gone through college and college graduations together, gone through heartbreaks together, and now she’s getting married to the love of her life this weekend. Sarah has such a fun, free spirited, and caring personality about her that I’ve always loved. Whenever I’ve need someone, Sarah always shows up knocking on my door (even when I haven’t called her). She has always been that friend that I could lean on through the toughest, darkest times. Her friendship has meant more than me than words can describe. And I love how we ALWAYS have fun together. After all these years, I’ve learned that when the two of us get together, something silly or fun is bound to happen (even if it means screaming and singing Taylor Swift’s song “22” at the top of our lungs in the car like 12 year old little girls).

Sarah, you mean the world to me and you know how much I love you! I’ve have truly loved all these years with you and the memories we have made together. I am more than ecstatic to stand by you this weekend as your Matron of Honor to see your biggest dream come true (cue the tears). You finally found THAT special man and you will be his forever (get ready Richard). 🙂

On a serious note though, I pray the Lord blesses not only your special weekend ahead, but I pray he wraps his arms around your marriage and is the center of your marriage. Marriage is the most rewarding, and yet the most challenging thing you will go through. You guys keep the Lord in the center of your marriage and he will bless you guys TREMENDOUSLY for that. I love you, sweet Sarah! You will be the most beautiful and radiant Bride to walk down that aisle tomorrow!!

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The time is finally here that I can share some stunning maternity photos with you all!

I’m excited to introduce you all the most stylish couple you’ve probably ever met, Chris & Krisy! Krisy, a very sweet and dear friend of mine, came to me while back with an idea she had for her maternity shoot.

For those of you who don’t know her, Krisy Thomas is a FABULOUS wedding planner and fellow business owner of Southern Sparkle Wedding and Event Planning. I first met Krisy when we hired her to be our wedding planner for our May 2015 wedding. She is such a talented and hard working wedding planner. And once we started working together, Krisy and I formed an immediate friendship. We always joke that we literally are like twins cause we have the same style and interests when it comes to practically EVERYTHING. She may be my new favorite shopping buddy, especially when it comes to shopping for a new Kate Spade bag!

So when Krisy came to me with her glam maternity shoot that she wanted to do, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I love when my clients get creative and have ideas. I am all about finding fun ideas to amp up any photo session, especially maternity sessions. So after some planning and scheming for the shoot, I was so excited to get beautiful pictures of Krisy, Chris, and baby Cortland at The Cumberland House in the Stardust Room.

TIP: Ladies, Krisy rented her gorgeous badgley mischka dress from Rent the Runway just for photo shoot! What a great idea and way to get a beautiful dress for a photo shoot, without breaking the bank! 

Chris and Krisy…you two are such a wonderful couple and I know Cortland will be a blessed little boy to have you as parents!

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A lot of you have been asking me lately, “What is Bible Journaling?”

After some interest from you all and lots of questions, I’ve finally decided that it is time that I share with you just how fun Bible journaling is and why I started! Why? Because I want you all to experience the joy and fire that I have found for the Lord in journaling.

Growing up, I have always found myself to be creative. My Mom always jokes and says that as a kid she remembers me in my bedroom sitting in the floor, cutting up pictures and scrapbooking paper, and creating photo collages or some kind of piece of art. So it is no surprise to me that the Lord led me to be a photographer as my career in life. I’ve always thrived off creativity and pushing my creativity to the next level. And with my work schedule growing and becoming more demanding, I’ll be honest and say that before I stumbled upon Bible journaling my quiet time with the Lord did not happen as often as I wanted and I neglected my Bible. There were days that I’d just pick it up for church on Sunday and then it would sit by my bed for days going untouched.

After getting married recently, the Lord laid it on my heart to get serious about reading his word, but I had no idea where to start or what to read.  I knew that I wanted to find a way that I could really dig into his word everyday. If we are all honest, we all go through seasons when it comes to our spiritual walk. And after our wedding, I realized that I was in a low season spiritually and I wanted to be on the fire for the Lord like my Husband was as well!

This is where Bible journaling came in. So one evening as I’m scrolling through Instagram, I happened to stumble upon a post where someone had done some doodling in their Bible. Painting and drawing in your Bible…who knew you could do this?! After I saw this photo, I immediately began researching Bible journaling, how to do it, what supplies I needed, etc.

And let me tell you, the Lord has totally captured my heart through Bible journaling. The Lord has placed a passion in my heart for creating, so there is nothing I love more than glorifying his words through artistic ways in my Bible. Since I’ve started journaling, I love seeing how my faith is growing! I literally cannot wait till that time in the day where I can sit in our kitchen, pour myself a cup of coffee, open my Bible, and start digging in his word. I’ve found myself memorizing scriptures that I journaled weeks ago. Through Bible journaling, I’ve found my favorite way to connect with the Lord. And boy, does he speak to you through journaling!

So in the rest of this blog post I am going to share with you all how I started Bible journaling, what my favorite supplies are, and how you can get started.

Please note that I am still somewhat new at this and everyday I learn something valuable when it comes to creating in my Bible! But I encourage you all to find your favorite ways to spend time with the Lord.

Whether that is through worship, art, serving, or leading. We all have our special ways that we love to connect with the Lord!


FAVORITE SUPPLIES:

BIBLE: First thing, you need a Bible! After Brooks and I got married, I was desperate for a new Bible to start a new chapter in my life. And for journaling, I found this ESV Journaling Bible that I absolutely love. While I have always used the NIV version growing up, I must say that ESV is now my favorite version when reading the bible. Some info about this Bible… it is smaller and compact, but still big enough to journal in. I love that I can fit this in my purse along with my pens for church. The Bible is about 7 inches wide, 8 inches tall, and 1.5 inches thick. The more I use it, the more it gets that worn out look, which I love!

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JOURNAL: When I started to do Bible journaling, I knew I wanted to have something to write my thoughts in for each journaling that I did in my Bible. This is not required for Bible journaling, but I would highly suggest using some type of journal. And through the awesome Bible Journaling community on Instagram, I came across this beautiful “Give Me Jesus” Devotional Journal by LifeLivedBeautifully and I immediately ordered me one! What I love about this journal is that I can write down several important items for my daily devotionals, such as the time and place i’m doing my devotional that day; what the Lord is laying on my heart; prayers and/or prayer requests for that day; etc (see pictures below).

I also purchased this Grace Upon Grace Notebook that I take along with me to church to write my sermon notes in (picture not included). I have also found it really awesome to go back and read my past entries to see what the Lord had laid on my heart in the days before. It is such a great way to keep up with how the Lord is growing you in your quiet time!

Just a side note: I have even started giving the “Give Me Jesus” Devotional Journals as gifts to my friends! They are great gifts for your best girlfriends.
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DEVOTIONAL: When you start to Bible journal, you will need something to help inspire your journaling! I have found that I have really benefited from following a devotional when I am getting ready to create art in my bible. It gives me inspiration for my next creation! One of the best things I have found through my Bible journaling journey is Illustrated Faith. Not only is their website a wonderful resource to help you learn SO much about bible journaling, but Illustrated Faith is also a small business ran by Shanna Noel. (@shannanoel). They have so many wonderful tools to help you create in your Bible from journaling pens, stamps, stickers, and even devotional kits specifically created for Bible journaling! You guys, I cannot praise this company enough. Shanna does a great job creating new and fun items for the Bible journaling community. They have such an awesome ministry!

Currently, I am reading through the “Bloom” Devotional Kit by Illustrated Faith and I am LOVING it! I think they are currently out of the “Bloom” Devotional, but they also have other great options here to start with!
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PENS, PAINT, BRUSHES, STAMPS, & MORE: 

What I love about the devotional kit listed above is going to help me go into my next part of supplies…paint, pens, brushes, stamps, etc! All the devotional kits from Illustrated Faith have stamps, stickers, and fun tabs that come with their kits that go along with the devotional theme. They are great tools to help you get started with journaling!

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PAINTS:

For paints, I LOVE using heavy body acrylic paints and watercolor paints.

ACRYLIC PAINTS: I have to say the acrylic paints are my favorite because they are so bold and pigmented. My favorite brands for the heavy body acrylic paints are Liquitex Professional, Master’s Touch, and Martha Stewart’s High Gloss Paint. When I use these paints, I will either water them down on a paint tray so they go on lighter in my Bible, or I will use the side of an old gift card and scrap the paint across the page so that it goes on thin. Check out the pictures below to see how I have used the acrylic paints!

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WATERCOLOR: Well I must say that I am finally getting more and more comfortable with watercolor but it took me a while. At first I struggled with using watercolors for some reason. But when I do use them I like using the cheap Simply Art palette. I think it was like $6 maybe at Jo-Ann’s. Check out the picture below to see how I have used watercolor paints!

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—->>>TIP: When I first started journaling, I was buying everything online and paying for shipping. It was getting costly! Then I finally got my lazy self up and went to Hobby Lobby to find everything there that I needed! So if you have a Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Jo-Ann’s close by, I’d suggest going there to get your supplies. You can also use the Hobby Lobby app to get great coupons for that week! They always have a 40% off one item coupon. I always use this on my most expensive item when I check out, which is usually paint. For more information on what types of paint to use, I’d highly suggest reading this page on Illustrated Faith’s website. 


MARKERS & COLORED PENCILS: 

I just got these marker’s and I LOVE love love them. They are great for filling in letters or stamps with color. My favorite brand is the Tim Holtz Distress Markers (see picture above). Again, these can be found at Hobby Lobby near the scrapbooking & stamp isles! While these are costly and expensive, they are great tools and last a while for journaling (depending on how often you use them). They also have two different tips on both ends, one thicker for calligraphy and a thinner tip for coloring or shadowing. I also use watercolor pencils by The Fine Touch that I got from Hobby Lobby as well. Check out the pictures below to see how I have used the markers and watercolor pencils.

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JOURNALING PENS: When I first started searching for journaling pens, I found this post on Illustrated Faith VERY helpful! If you purchase anything first, I would highly suggest purchasing the right pens first. I absolutely love using my Prisma Color Premier Markers. I even carry them with me to church every Sunday to jot my sermon notes down as well. This pack comes in all different widths including a brush pen, which is definitely my favorite with my calligraphy style writing! I also use a Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Brush Tip Markers (in warm grey 30%) and white gel pens for great shadowing to create that 3d effect.

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STAMPS, WASHI TAPE, & TABS: Besides the paint, I think my favorite way to accessorize my journal entries in my bible is by using washi tape and stamps from Illustrated Faith. They create such a fun, unique look to my page to help make my entries pop even more!

For washi tape, I have found mine at Target and Hobby Lobby. I always stop by the craft isles to just see what they have in stock cause they always have new stuff in. I can never have enough washi tape!

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STAMPS: I did a lot of reading again on Illustrated Faith’s blog when I started to use stamps. And I found that the StazOn ink at Hobby Lobby to be my favorite! I only have the ink in “Jet Black” and so far that is the only color I’ve used. This ink is great because it doesn’t bleed through the pages. So when you are picking an ink, make sure to pick something that doesn’t bleed. I have bought my stamps from Illustrated Faith’s Etsy Shop and cannot stop using them. I even bought more this week!

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Now, when you finish an entry, it is important that you use tabs to mark your entries and also date them when you are done. I got some tabs (picture above) from Illustrated Faith that I love using. You can also grab some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby to make your own tabs, which I am going to start doing. You can even use the paper to create letters to cut out for your entries (see paper in pictures below). IMG_2839IMG_2840

I know this is a lot of information, but I thought I’d share some tips to help you all start bible journaling! Don’t forget to check out Illustrated Faith online to also find more resources as well. So no matter if you are an artist or not, anyone can bible journal! I encourage you to get connected to the bible journaling community on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #biblejournaling and #illustratedfaith! And you can follow me on Instagram (@meganshawphoto) to see more of my future entries!

 

  • Kim

    Thank you, Megan! This is a great post, full of very useful tips and helpful links. I have been going to the Illustrated Faith FB page almost daily for about a month now. I’ve learned a lot, but still feel like a beginner. This has been a great resource for me – and I ordered the Give Me Jesus Devotional, too.

    Blessings to you!ReplyCancel