Lauren & Brig . 9.1.13 . Wedding Day . Normal, IL . Gorgeous Ewing Manor

October 7th, 2013




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Swanky Baby Vintage LOVE . a few of my favorite things . adorable girls clothes

September 21st, 2013

A month and a half ago…or maybe it was 2, I entered a “contest-of-sorts” for one of my favorite girls clothing lines SWANKY BABY VINTAGE. I LOVE this company and have bought many outfits for my girls. I lOVE not only how completely adorable they are, but how comfortable they are. I adore the fabrics, colors – so fun and a touch of whimsy and vintage to them. Incase you can’t tell – this in one of my few favorite things!
Okay – fast forward to about two weeks ago – I had totally forgotten that I had entered this “contest-of-sorts” but I received and email from SBV saying I was one of the 15 photographers they had chosen…NO-WAY! REALLY?!? OH MY WORD!! I was so thrilled and immediately started dreaming what I wanted this shoot to look like. I picked the size outfit they were to send me – however my oldest has grown a ton this year and the hopes of her being my model, since time was VERY limited to shoot & edit & submit, was very short lived. She tried it on and we just laughed! Back to the drawing board with even less time.
Then, through a mix of events and thoughts, sweet Harper came to mind and “PRAISE THE LORD!” she was able to be my model.
My whole goal was to have a super girlie, slightly vintage, “perfectly-thrown-together” FORT as my backdrop. When I say “perfectly-thrown-together” – just know…it was NOT thrown together – I just wanted it to appear that way. And truthfully – sometimes – this is even harder to pull off than a purposeful set up.
All of this to say…tada!!

Here is what we came up with and so many thanks to Harper and her Momma, Heidi, who so graciously went along with all of my crazy ideas!
NOW here is the thing – in order to WIN this “contest-of-sorts” I NEED your help – Truly I do!
It is so simple, I need you to go vote on Facebook – all you have to do is type “MY VOTE!” under our picture IT would be super amazing and fabulous if you have a second to share the picture as well on your FB page. AND…if you haven’t already – go ‘LIKE’ Swanky Baby Vintage’s FB page for some superb clothing inspiration!
Please, Please, Please go vote for our picture! If it sounds like I am begging….well, maybe I am a tad!
Here is the picture we want YOU to vote for!

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Surprise Shoot . Morgan & Jake . Announcing their Addition

August 29th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to take “announcement” pictures for Morgan & Jake. I have been SO excited for them to “announce” their news – so I could share a few pictures from their shoot. And if you know me at all – you know babies are kinda my thing so when anyone else is expecting I am so giddy with them!
Morgan & Jake – your life is getting ready to change with an unbelievably, fabulous blessing – hold on tight for the adventure of a life time. There is nothing like becoming a parent – no greater joy! Thank you for allowing me to capture the very beginning of it all!

(go ahead and click on the images – they will fill your screen!)

Make sure you view the slideshow at 720p HD – it is so much more fabulous!

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Carlie & Cody . 6.22.13 . Rustic, Vintage Wedded Bliss . Peoria, IL

August 26th, 2013





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Jason & Erica . 7.27.13 . Wedding Day . Normal Fireman & His Gorgeous Bride

August 23rd, 2013


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2013 . fall simplicity sessions . date released. UPDATE and NEW DATE

August 14th, 2013

UPDATE : We had to switch things up a bit…already – so the New date with openings is on the Saturday, October, 12
Details are below…

Here it is!! Megan Renae Photography Fall Simplicity Sessions.
Fall has booked so quickly already that it is looking like this will be our only Fall date this year. We may possibly offer a Winter Session again this year as well – but you will have to stay tuned for that date.

Here is what the session comes with this year :
*30 minute session
*10-15 edited images
*rights to your images to print where you like
*25 Christmas Cards OR 16×20 of your favorite image

The details :

Click here-

What time works for you :

12:30 :BOOKED
1:15 : BOOKED
2:00 : BOOKED
2:45 :
3:30 :
4:15 : BOOKED
5:00 : BOOKED
5:45 : BOOKED

*just a quick reminder – these sessions are for your immediate family only, children, couples only.
**not suitable for newborn sessions





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Independence Day – That’s So Sweet Style : 4th of July picnic : Let’s Celebrate!

July 3rd, 2013


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Amy & Jesse : Wedding Day : Rader Farm Love : That Blue Truck

July 2nd, 2013



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Food Photography : Rykse’s Restaurant : Kalamazoo, Michigan : Be prepared to be hungry!

June 21st, 2013

29 years ago, I was two & my brother was 3, my Dad, Uncle & Grandpa opened up our family restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We grew up in this restaurant working, eating – you name the job – my siblings and I probably did it. The Restaurant has thrived in good times & endured through the hard times, but what always remains true are the recipes and food…made from scratch. Many of those recipes are from the kitchens of my grandma & her mother. I have so many memories filled with flour, sugar and sticky messes in her kitchen. Memories of meals around their huge kitchen table laughing, eating, crying & praying. Memories of some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted made by the hands of my grandma, mom and aunts. Many are the memories around that farm table – and oh the stories it could tell!

The Restaurant is a family restaurant where what you eat is made from scratch and if it isn’t, then it is from (when seasonally possible) local farmers. They have an unbelievably delicious bakery selling fresh, scrumptious baked goods (can you tell I miss having these so close by?!?) and a catering business as well, all in the same farmhouse inspired restaurant.

A month or so ago, we did a food styled shoot at their restaurant with the goal in mind to capture the texture and goodness in the food and leaving you with a very strong desire to go there and eat after seeing these pictures. Well, here is the peek….but be warned! You will leave this blog feeling very hungry and wanting to drive 4 hours (if you live in IL like I do) to their front door!
Enjoy!

You MUST click on these pictures to see the true goodness that lies within and if you click on them twice they will fill your screen!


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Emily & Bob : Wedding Day : Pretty in Pink : Gorgeous Summer Wedding

June 20th, 2013

June . 8 . 2013


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