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{You are the story. I am the narrator.}

{you are the story. we are the narrators.}

you are the story

In all great, time-transcending stories, there are strong characters. (That's you.) Compelling, perfect through your flaws, hopeful and eager as you move into an exciting new stage of life. 

We've found that the people who love working with us are the couples who care about being married, and view their weddings as an important kickoff event for the next stage of life, but not as the happily ever after. 

Our couples get married in the dirt on working horse ranches, drag us up the California coast in January to go on a camping trip that leads to an engagement session. They want to be friends with their photographer because they want the people at their wedding to matter to them. All the people. 

Our couples love with wild abandon: throwing themselves into marriage with all the gumption and gusto of a hurricane, diving into life with each other like kids on the summer camp diving board cannonball into the refreshing pool. They have intimate weddings because they care about the special few, or giant weddings because they can't imagine celebrating without everyone they've ever met. 

In all great, time-transcending stories, there are strong characters. (That's you.) Compelling, perfect through your flaws, hopeful and eager as you move into an exciting new stage of life. 

We've found that the people who love working with us are the couples who care about being married, and view their weddings as an important kickoff event for the next stage of life, but not as the happily ever after. 


Our couples get married in the dirt on working horse ranches, drag us up the California coast in January to go on a camping trip that leads to an engagement session. They want to be friends with their photographer because they want the people at their wedding to matter to them. All the people. 

Our couples love with wild abandon: throwing themselves into marriage with all the gumption and gusto of a hurricane, diving into life with each other like kids on the summer camp diving board cannonball into the refreshing pool. They have intimate weddings because they care about the special few, or giant weddings because they can't imagine celebrating without everyone they've ever met. 

we are the narrators

we are the narrators

I was pretty young when I started telling stories. Fish stories, most of them. Absolutely terrible five-year-old fiction, a lot of times. I entered a story contest in second grade, and lost to a fifth grader. But stories were still magic. They transported me. Awed me. And when I told them, I had not only the ability to get lost in a world other than my own, but the opportunity to paint a new world around the people hearing my stories.

No pun intended. A decade ago, I realised I could pick up my camera and tell stories about family history… family history that wasn’t history yet. I could immortalise a grandmother’s wedding dress… before she was even a mother. I could be the one taking those pictures to be found in an attic.

Stories are powerful. Special. They’re all meant to be told, because each one is a unique adventure: mountains and road trips, still waters and crazy waves. Sweetness, sorrow, love, laughter…

I am the narrator.

I was also the kid who was obsessed with family history. My first time up in our attic, I asked my mom, “Where’s all the old stuff?” I wanted family heirlooms—her grandmother’s wedding dress, photos so old they might fall apart in my fingers, the pocket watch that had been passed down from generation to generation. And, you know, that old steamer trunk that every family had lying around, right?

"where's all the old stuff?"

"BUT STORIES WERE STILL MAGIC."

SOMETHING CLICKED.

No pun intended. A decade ago, I realised I could pick up my camera and tell stories about family history… family history that wasn’t history yet. I could immortalise a grandmother’s wedding dress… before she was even a mother. I could be the one taking those pictures to be found in an attic.

Stories are powerful. Special. They’re all meant to be told, because each one is a unique adventure: mountains and road trips, still waters and crazy waves. Sweetness, sorrow, love, laughter…

I am the narrator.

"But stories were still magic."

and your story is waiting to be told.

The Narrator's story

{where it all began}

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“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” 
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

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I dream of telling these stories through my photography:

I would love to shoot an Indian wedding.

I'd give my left arm to photograph a wedding on Kaua'i.

It would be a dream come true to photograph a London engagement session.

Please, somebody, let me do an engagement session in the rain.

If you're eloping to Paris, take me with you.

(i mean, if you're eloping anywhere, take me with you)

Book fiend. That's the only way to describe me. Some of my favourites are Watership Down, The Imperfectionists, and The Count of Monte Cristo

I've been gluten-free for three years. I miss wedding cake and blueberry muffins, but most of all, Cheez-Its

Fall. Does anyone else love boots and scarves and crisp air and trees that look on fire? I can't get enough

June 3, 1985 (the day I was born)

Weddings. Hi. I love them. All that love and new beginnings stuff, the pledging of lives, the starting of a family history. Marriage. The best.

Wardrobe capsule! Last year, I gave away several hundred items of clothing and now have my 35 basics. Minimalism is my friend

City & Colour, Canyon City, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, Jason Reeves, Phil Wickham, Rend Collective, Bethel, movie soundtracks, classical, all the indie coffee shop stuff

My dad is a brilliant photographer, and today I'm still inspired by the way he sees the world

Travel. Travel travel travel. Take me to ALL the places! Every place feels like home, except home. I'm a born wanderer

Notorious for loving technology, I've owned 42 cell phones, and am definitely an early adopter. I'm actually texting you from my Apple Watch right now...

Rain! Water falling from the sky in a glorious tumble down to earth so dry. I could do without the sun, if only it rained every day

Harry Potter. I know, I already mentioned books, but Harry deserves his own place on my favourites list

Obviously, I'm a storyteller, and writing is to me what yoga is to the world. Everything falls into a state of harmony when I have a pen in my hand

Even though I prefer rain to sunshine, I'll always be a swimmer and water polo goalie at heart

Chai lattes subsidise my life. When I'm not shooting, you can find me at Canabru, drinking more chai than is possibly healthy

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wedding stories

It's hard to fully express how exceedingly satisfied I am with Megan's work. Her photography was inspired. Even when plans changed she was quick to be flexible and adjust for me and she really listened to my needs and desires. She knows how to ask the right questions. Her positive presence led to my wedding day being so peaceful and stress free. Her communication prior to the wedding was on point. She's exactly what a stressed out bride needs. And her photos captured the essence of or wedding perfectly. I'm so grateful she was able to capture our wedding. She goes above and beyond and I wish we could get married all over again so she could capture it once more! I'm grateful that she could capture the beauty of our venue, our attire, but even more so capture the love that filled the day. Thank you Megan.

roxie & austin

love,

Megan really gets to know her clients on a personal level. She makes you feel as if you've known each other for much longer. Megan was very clear about her style of photography & made sure she understood exactly what you were looking for in your photos. Needless to say, we were a match made in heaven. We both loved natural light & nature!! At the start of our engagement photos Megan used icebreakers to make us laugh & relax. Thereafter, we felt so comfortable & we were having so much fun that it felt as if Megan was not even there. Throughout, Megan was very professional, organized, flexible, & responsive. On our wedding day, Megan did an excellent job in coordinating our family and wedding party, all the while, keeping in line with our wedding timeline. During the ceremony, she blended in so well I hardly noticed we were being photographed. Once we saw our reception photos, I saw that she was in the mix the entire time & captured every moment of the night. Throughout the night, she made sure we were good & had everything we needed (a kind & caring gesture from a photographer who has tons of experience w/ weddings & goes above and beyond her duties). Without a doubt, our photos were absolutely perfect. We are literally obsessed with all of our engagement & wedding photos. She captured the most amazing moments & accurately portrayed our personalities in her pictures. It's evident that Megan is so enthusiastic & passionate about her work, & her photos truly reflect that. HIRE Megan as your engagement and wedding photographer! I promise you won't be disappointed.

martha &  jason

love,

Megan is not only an amazing photographer with such passion and drive for what she does, but she also an amazing person with such a great heart. From the moment I meet her, two years ago, I knew she was the only one I would want photographing me on my day and all the other photos that were needed leading up to the big day. She was constantly checking in with me throughout the two years to make sure I was ok, if I needed help and just encouraging me along the way. She even stood by me when the bridezilla in me reared its ugly head: sorry about that Megan. As a bride with so much on her plate it was nice going into the day with no concerns of whether my pictures were going to be what I expected. I had no doubt that Megan would come through on all her promises and capture the most beautiful pictures. But surprisingly, she went above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined; and I've only seen the "previews" so far. Because I LOVE Megan so much our relationship will continue both professionally and personally. There is no one else, that will ever be able to capture my husband and me the way she does, and one day she will be capturing my husband, me and plus some. Please trust me when I say hiring Megan will be the best decision that you will make, as she will provide you those fairy tale ending pictures that every girl dreams of having.

jennifer & jorden

love,

Working with Megan made our wedding so much easier. We felt comfortable with her from the first minute of our engagement shoot—and not only were we relaxed, but we had fun. A wedding can be stressful, and ours was certainly no exception; however, Megan was fully organized and prepared to handle the many, many rounds of photos with our large families. In fact, she helped me throughout the day, giving me water, adjusting my dress, and encouraging me as we prepared for the ceremony. You can tell that she understands the demands of a wedding and knows how to accommodate a tight schedule to get in lots of high quality photos. We loved working with her and we love our wedding photos! Megan clearly loves what she does, and it shows in her work. 

shay & andrew

love,

Megan was the best vendor we had for our wedding. She was constantly keeping an eye on our timeline to make sure we were on schedule (she helped create the timeline and typed it up for us to give to all the other vendors). She made us feel like we were the most beautiful couple she had photographed. My friends and family still talk about how awesome the photographer was because she and her second photographer managed to put up 30 of their favorite pictures from the ceremony and getting ready into a slideshow to play during the later part of the reception! She went out of her way to make sure our day was special and I'm so happy we chose her to be our photographer!

vanessa & robert

love,

As a new bride you have so much to take in and think about. Where do you start? Her vision, style, and positive attitude sold my then fiancé and myself right away. We agreed that on a day where you spend more time with your photographer then possibly anyone else it was important for that person to be someone like Megan. She is always supportive, encouraging, talented, and above all else, fun. The day of the wedding came, happened, and before we knew it, was over. Luckily we have a TON of beautiful photos proving that it all actually happened. My grandpa, a 93 year old Episcopal reverend performed our ceremony. During the reception he pulled me aside and said “your photographer is the nicest, most professional, and least invasive photographer I’ve ever worked with.” Thank you, Megan, from the bottom of our hearts for capturing everything so gorgeously for us!

sarah & john

love,

Megan was amazing at our wedding, and family and guests alike commented on her quick ability, great personality, and eye for photography. We are incredibly happy with all our photos (engagement and wedding photos) and appreciated that she took the time to meet with us over breakfast before the wedding and worked with us on a "must-get" photography list. We were able to just relax and be ourselves around her, something so important in photography. She was able to blend classic moments with spontaneity, and also invite and capture our intimacy. She captured not only the big moments from the day, but also the little details and shared moments of our guests, us, and our bridal party. Thankful to have so many amazing photos to remember our day. It was such a pleasure working with her! 

lisa & nathan

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We offer a full range of wedding collections by four levels of photographers, starting at $1,995 with our Junior Associates. 

Full-day wedding coverage with Megan and Partner photographers begins at $8,995.

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Every one of our photographers loves to travel, and we especially love to travel for weddings and love stories. Because of this, we like to keep it easy for you to bring us along on the adventure of your lifetime! For both international weddings and domestic weddings, it's easy to add travel with a flat, all-inclusive fee. Drop us a line below to get all the pertinent details.

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