artist statement

This image is one of my favorites from our wedding day. 

You might be wondering what story I could possibly tell about the photograph of my grandfather’s deck shoes. It’s not an exceptional image by any means. The light is flat, and the composition is simple.

Of course, we have many more favorites of beautiful moments and incredible portraits — don’t get me wrong. But, this image of his shoes encapsulates years of memories with my grandfather. He was one to show up on Christmas Eve with repackaged, recycled presents he found in his basement. He had the same clothes for decades and didn’t mind wearing them with holes and stains. He was a child of the depression and a member of the great generation. He grew up on a farm in a small town in Wisconsin where nothing was ever taken for granted. 

We all had a good laugh when he arrived at our wedding in a neatly pressed tux and deck shoes. I have many more memories of similar instances where he arrived for dinner in fresh clothes with dirt on his pants because he was pulling weeds in his garden minutes before. He was always one to be perfectly comfortable with who he was, and that is something I absolutely loved about him. 

On our first date, Brendan and I strolled along the beach that sits cliffs below the home I grew up in. We had our first kiss on its porch steps. Our wedding was hosted at that very house, and we said our vows on the same shoreline we had walked less than two years earlier. The second photo is of me showing my grandpa a pin from my late grandmother that I had clasped upon my bouquet. The dahlias we chose for our flowers were a symbol and memory of their incredible marriage. I will never forget attending her funeral and watching my grandpa decorate the hall with beautiful dahlias that he had grown and tended to in his garden. Even in death he wanted to bring her flowers. 

The significance of these images didn’t hit me when we received them in the mail. Not even a year later. It wasn’t until my grandpa, 93, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In that moment, every photograph I had of him became a treasure. 

I share these stories because they are a reflection of why I am a wedding photographer. Moments, memories, and relationships are much more meaningful than perfectly composed images. I enjoy creating art for my couples, and I believe that portraiture is incredibly important. However, the moments with the people we love are cherished the most long after the wedding day is over. 

Creatively documenting and honoring wedding stories since 2007, Megan was raised in Michigan and now resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and Samoyed pup.

With a background in photojournalism, she approaches wedding photography with a similar, discerning eye. She has a heart for memorializing family histories, supporting real marriages and creating an experience that leaves her couples feeling at ease and like themselves. She is known for documenting the most vulnerable moments seamlessly and without interruption. 

Her work is a blend of documentary, moment-driven imagery and imaginative portraiture that is always inspired by the environment. Whether she is encapsulated by fog in the mountains, surrounded by the world’s tallest skyscrapers, or established on a private estate, she is inspired by wherever the journey takes her. With a distinctive interpretation of light and shadow, she creates photographs that transcend beyond the ordinary.

Megan travels around the world for her work, photographing experiential weekends with multiple events and intimate adventure elopements. She’s photographed in Uganda, Greece, Hawaii, Anguilla, Estonia, Italy, St. Lucia, Switzerland, Mexico, and beyond.

After 17 years in the wedding industry, Megan has been published in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES, Huffington Post, among others.

Her clients can often find her hiking with her family, reading a suspense novel with a cozy blanket and a cup of coffee, exploring exceptional restaurants, planning her next trip with her husband, and playing the piano late into the night.