Change Can Be A Good Thing

As I promised in a previous rant post, I’m going to share about things that are changing in my job. I’ll go ahead and tell you now that I’m not pregnant, as Tom and I have both been asked if that is the reason for a change. I promise that when I am someday, I will share that news with all of you!

Working

So, what’s changing?

Basically, Elizabeth really misses spending time with Will while she’s at work. I can totally understand that because, well, he’s Will. He’s my bud. He’s fun. He’s cute. And if he were my son, I would much rather be with him than be at work too.

So, she’s going part-time. This means that I will not be working on Tuesdays or Fridays as a nanny anymore. This is cool with me for a few reasons:

1. I am really happy for Elizabeth, Austin, and Will to be able to do this. I firmly believe that if a family wants one of the parents to be at home with their child/children, that it is something they should be supported in as long as they can afford to do so. I have seen them make many lifestyle changes in order to make this happen, as it was a priority for them.

And I’m really proud of them for making something they wanted so much come to fruition. I also think this will be to Will’s benefit, since Elizabeth and Austin are great parents, and there is no one better to spend the majority of time with him than them.

2. It’s usually dark when I get home. This is bad for a few reasons:

A.) I really want to focus more on photography, which can be hard to do when you are also trying to watch a little one, unless you are always taking pictures of the little one. Which I do. But I would love to branch out a bit. Also, I would like some natural light. Not darkness.

B.) I don’t get to run errands on my own unless it’s late at night or on the weekends. Ditto housework, laundry, appointments and any other things I want/need to do.

Changing

SO…What will I be doing all day (ha) when I don’t have to nanny?

Well, I will be doing all of those things that I can’t do with little ones around. (see #2 above.)

However, what I want to do the most is photography. I LOVE it. And I really do think that to get better at it, you have to actually take some pictures. (I know, I’m a genius.) So, I will be doing a lot of that.

And I will actually (*gasp*) have time to get the photos I’ve taken edited and returned to people who I’ve offered to take them for before.  Cue the choir singing. This sounds too good to be true.

Living

Photography is not a cheap hobby. While I love to do it, I would also love to be able to support it. So if you would like a photo session at a reasonable rate, you already know that I am free on Tuesdays and Fridays and will work out a time to make that happen. (Weekends are also possible if that is better.)

I feel a little awkward putting myself out there like that, but I guess it’s time. I love people, and I love photography. I even love photographing pets (with or without their humans). So if you have a photo session need, please keep me in mind!

Giving

BUT that’s not all. I don’t just want this to be about me. I keep thinking that there are so many people who would love to have family portraits, or pictures of their newborns, or engagement photos, or whatever, and they can’t afford to get them. I know that’s true because I saw so many families pour into Help Portrait in December.

But I’m not talking about your studio portraits. I’m talking about your “get outside, find some gorgeous light, and capture those kids really being themselves” portraits. Or “that couple that’s not posing stiffly but truly showing their excitement about being engaged” portraits. Or “going to your house to see that sweet little baby that’s too tuckered out to stay awake through the photo session (and therefore so easy to pose in cute ways)” portraits.

So, here’s what’s up. If you know or are someone who truly cannot afford photos at all, or a family that has fallen on hard times, or a family with a member battling a serious illness, or a military family that is just coming back from assignment or about to be deployed, please email me.

I am in Suwanee, GA, so you might have to come to me, but I would love to do a free photo session (with all digital proofs and a few edited photos of the family’s choice included) once or twice a month.

When I am headed to another city where I can shoot, I will say so, and if you are there or know someone there who could really use this, let me know!

Loving

I’ll be upfront with you. I don’t expect everyone I photograph or interact with to think the way that I think or believe what I believe. That’s fine. But I also feel that it’s important to be honest about what drives me, and that is love.

I have been loved so thoroughly by Jesus Christ, and I can’t keep that to myself. I have been given not just the means, but now also the time, to share photography- to preserve precious memories- with others. I won’t push my faith on you when I meet you or take pictures, and I certainly won’t expect you to read a tract or listen to me give a sermon in exchange for my time.

But on this blog, I will share this:

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

That’s a passage from James 2 in the Bible that I studied in a women’s Bible study before Tom and I got married. I found it very convicting.

It’d be like if I told Tom that I loved him but never showed him. It would carry so little weight. It would be meaningless.

And though I know that good deeds don’t make me a Christian or earn me a spot in heaven, I also know that my outward actions should be a reflection of my heart. And my desire truly is to show love to others. I think photography is one way I can do that.

And I fully intend to.

Now, who needs some lovin’? =)

~Meghan

10 thoughts on “Change Can Be A Good Thing”

  1. I need some lovin! I’ll bring Ella down for her birthday party in March, and maybe we can do those family pictures!

  2. This sounds awesome Meghan!!! If I were a little closer to you, I would definitely get you to take pictures (pregnancy, baby, doggies 🙂 everything!) I hope everything works out and that you get to do what you LOVE… I wish everyone could LOVE their jobs. GOOD LUCK!!!! I can’t wait to see some of your work 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amy!! I will be in Hilton Head this summer a bit if you and your hubs want to do an inexpensive family photo session! Let me know!

  3. Meghan, Meghan, Meghan!!! I am so very excited about your charitable work on the horizon. I too am driven to serve, and because of that, I would love to help you out in any way possible. I am no “pro”, but I do consider myself and extreme hobbyist. I have plenty of equipment that you may certainly use for this endeavor. Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I might assist you.

    1. Thank you, Jim!! That is such a generous offer. I know you really understand my drive to help others, seeing as you were the one heading up Help Portrait (and seeing as you drove 20 or 30 minutes out of your way to return my tripod to me- thanks again, for that).

    1. Thank you!! I’m pumped! Thanks for your support. I still think back to sitting in your apartment talking about aperture and shutter speed and wondering if I would get it more when I got my own SLR. haha

  4. Wonderful! 🙂 I think you will thoroughly enjoy starting your own photography business! Let me know if you’d like to attend any of the photographers events that happen in Atlanta from time to time.

    There’s also a few clubs that meet 1-2 times a month that bring models and environments to practice shooting in for a nominal fee (usually <$20). It's an amazing price to get models that cheap + you can connect with the community.

    😀 Yay!

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