Madison + Ryan | Hugo OK Engagement Photographer

I loved Madison + Ryan's engagement session! They brought their son, Jonas, along and he took a little while to warm up to the camera - like most children do - but by the end of the Session he was having a blast! I can't wait to photograph their wedding this Summer; I'm sure it is going to be beautiful.

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo OK Engagement Photographer, specializing in capturing authentic memories. She also photographs families, seniors, and everything else in the Southeastern Oklahoma area.

Gage Family | Megan Schreurs Photography

When the day of the Gage Family's Photo Session rolled around and it was pouring rain, we decided to move it inside instead of rescheduling (since we'd already had to reschedule once!). It was an adventure, but we were able to get some great shots of their beautiful family inside their home and outside on their covered back porch.

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo Family Photographer, specializing in capturing authentic memories. She also photographs couples, seniors, and everything else in the Southeastern Oklahoma area.

Catching Up

As I was updating my website (sidenote... did you check out the new website???) I realized just how bad I have been at blogging new sessions. I've been kept so busy this year with wonderful sessions that I haven't had as much time to blog them! 

I'm still hoping to get full blog posts for the many beautiful sessions that I've gotten to capture, but for now I thought I would just put favorites from a whole bunch of 2016 sessions into one post, just so you could see a little of what I've been up to!

The Allred Family | Hugo Oklahoma Family Photographer

I got to photograph the Allred family in an in-home session a while back (I'm so far behind on blogging...oops!) and it was just the best!  Even though they were doing some renovations on a lot of their house so we didn't have as many options, we were able to make their pancake making work even without a kitchen - proof that your house doesn't have to be anything perfect to have your pictures in it. It's your home, and I think that capturing that environment is important, just like capturing your kids just the way they are - before they grow up any more! That's why I love photographing families in their homes. Plus, the kids are more comfortable and able to be their real selves. So the Allreds made chocolate chip pancakes. And they caught chocolate chips in their mouths. And they laughed. And they snuggled on the couch. And there was just a little wrestling. And then they did a cool science experiment. And it was all beautiful, not because of what they were wearing or their perfect smiles, but because love is beautiful.

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo Oklahoma Family Photographer specializing in capturing real moments and authentic relationships. Contact her today to talk about your photo session.

the story behind the design: set your mind on things above

Set your mind on things above, handlettering It's so easy for me (and I think everyone else too) to get caught up in the negative.  I hear about the latest tragedy, I see hurting people, I read the news, I have a bad day, I listen to the complaining and negativity and it starts to take root in my heart.  Pretty soon I start to forget about the good.  I forget that we have a God who has overcome it all and He promises good things for us.  There are a lot of bad things in this world, but I want to be the type of person who sets her mind on things above, the things of God - the good things.

Instead of whining and dwelling on all the bad, I want to notice the beautiful flowers, to smile at strangers, to remember God's promises, to count my many blessings, and to shine as brightly as I can.

So that's why I created this new design, to remind me to set my mind on the things above.

How do you keep your heart and mind positive in this crazy world we live in?

Hugo OK Engagement Photographer | Malea & Evan

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 MSG

I recently got to travel to Oklahoma City for this couple's engagement session.  We had such a beautiful day and enjoyed our session wandering through the woods and talking.  Malea & Evan went to (and met at) my Alma Mater, Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, so I was so happy to be about all the college stuff - how campus has changed, favorite professors, campus activities, and mutual friends.  What a joy it was to photograph this beautiful couple!

 

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo OK Engagement Photographer.  She specializes in capturing natural moments and real memories.  She loves photographing everything from families to weddings, as well as Seniors and just about everything else!  Contact her to chat about your photo session!

Introducing... Greeting Cards

When I started hand-lettering, I first did it for myself, with important reminders that I needed to see often.  Soon, I started doing it for friends who needed a little encouragement.  When I started selling my designs on Etsy, my mission stayed the same - to encourage people and remind them of God's promises. It has always been at the top of my list, but the logistics were a little complicated, so this has been a long time in the making but I am SO excited to finally be able to offer you GREETING CARDS!  Something special for that friend who is going through a tough time and just needs a little reminder of God's promises - and the best part is that they are 5x7 so after they get it, they can frame it for that constant reminder of God's love - and of your's!  Or just frame them for yourself, that works too. ;)

Since I can't offer all of my designs as cards, I carefully selected these 5 verses and designed them just for these greeting cards.  I hope that you'll be able to find one for every circumstance.

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Click here to PREORDER Greeting Cards!

I'm also offering a set of Thank You notes, because God is teaching me the importance of expressing gratitude on a regular basis.  Click here to PREORDER Thank You notes.

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*** Note that this is a PREORDER - these will not begin the printing/shipment process until March 7.

Southeast Oklahoma Photographer | The Buchanan Family

With two boys under 3, the Buchanan family's photo session could have been chaotic to say the very least.  Instead, they opted for a Documentary Session to capture their real life instead of traditionally posed, smiling at the camera, pictures and it was a relaxed, fun, happy experience for all of us!  These are my favorite sort of photo sessions, the ones that show the beauty of your life.  Not just the well groomed, fake smiles kind of beauty - but the real life: messy hair, pajamas, making pancakes, reading on Mom and Dad's bed, and playing trains kind of beautiful. The kind that real memories are made of.

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." - Desmond Tutu

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Megan Schreurs is a Southeast Oklahoma Photographer, serving Hugo and the surrounding areas.  She photographs everything from families to weddings and everything in between.  Contact her today to chat about your photography needs!

Hugo Oklahoma Senior Photographer | Connor

I had such a fun time getting to know Connor last Fall during his Senior Pictures!  We got such a variety of urban, outdoors-y, and even got some pictures with his guitar! "Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead." - Nora Ephron

Connor, best of luck in the rest of your Senior Year! Enjoy every moment!

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo Oklahoma Senior Photographer who specializes in portraits that focus on what makes you unique.  Besides Seniors, Megan also loves photographing families and events!  Contact her to talk about your photography needs today!

2015 Journal of my Life

Last year, I participated in a monthly project called "Journal of my Life" with some friends over at Light Inspired.  Our goal was simply to put together a collage of photos each month to show what our month looked like.  I did miss quite a few months, but loved participating when I was able! While each month was shared over on the Light Inspired blog, I thought it would be fun to put all the months together here on my blog.

February:

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March:

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June:

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July:

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December:

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Holiday Pictures at HES

Holiday Pictures I'm so excited to be partnering with Hugo Elementary School this year for Holiday Pictures.

HES students will be having their photos taken during the school day on Wednesday and Thursday, December 2 + 3.  Paperwork will be coming home from school with your kiddos on Monday for you to fill out and send back with money.  $12 per background, with two backgrounds available.  The $12 includes a 5x7 print, a digital file download, and a print release.  Additional prints can be purchased separately if you would like.

BUT, if your kids aren't students at HES, or you want to come take pictures WITH your children, etc - your opportunity will be Thursday, December 3 from 4-7pm at Hugo Elementary School when we will be open to the public.

Contact Megan at hello@meganschreurs.com with questions.

Paris TX Family Photographer | The Thurman Family

"Being a family means you are a part of something wonderful; it means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life, no matter what." - Lisa Weedn

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"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." - Audrey Hepburn

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I had the privilege of photographing the Thurman Family a few weeks back.  It was a beautiful October day and we laughed and smiled and chased their dogs and soaked up the sunlight.

I know I talk a lot about how important photography is, but it is absolutely true.  Things change so quickly.  Kids grow up in the blink of an eye.  Seasons change and before you know it you can hardly remember how they once were - but photographs are these magical things that capture just the way things are right now and make them stay the same forever!

I pray that the Thurmans will treasure these photos, so that one day when everything is different, they'll come across them and remember the way they were - and that these photos might bring a smile to their faces.

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We took their pictures at Hugo Lake State Park, which happens to be where Jerry and Rebecca got married!  We even took some in the very spot where they said their vows.

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Megan Schreurs is a Paris TX Family Photographer.  She specializes in capturing real moments and believes that photography is magical. She also serves the Hugo, OK area, and is willing to travel just about anywhere to capture your beautiful life.  Click here to book your photo session or Contact her here to ask questions.

Southeastern Oklahoma Senior Photographer | Cory

With school starting everywhere, I figured it's time to share some photos from one of my favorite High School Senior Photo Sessions with Cory.

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I love a good challenge, which is what Cory gave me when he told me that he didn't want any grass in his pictures - at all!  I've become accustomed to photographing in the open fields as a Southeastern Oklahoma Senior Photographer, with fences and hay bales, but Cory isn't into that - he's more about urban life!  And since my goal with Senior Pictures is to capture a piece of each teenager's personality, it was important to include that in the backgrounds of his photos!  I had a blast finding little corners and spots to make photos that would capture this urban sense that Cory was looking for.

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Here's what Cory's mom said about his pictures - I love making clients happy!

"Being able to produce photos that pleases both mother and son is a difficult task. Especially when the son is my boy! Great Job Megan Schreurs, we couldn't love them anymore than we do!"   - Cory's mom

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Megan Schreurs is a Southeastern Oklahoma Senior Photographer (but also available to travel!) specializing in authentic  family, senior, and couple photography.  Contact her to book your own Photo Session today!  

Central Illinois Families & Seniors!  I am working on planning a trip up to Central IL for this Fall, so don't hesitate to contact me to talk about your photo session!

Hidden Treasures

A while back, my mom and I were going through some boxes in the closet and we came across the best hidden treasure ever. We found a photo book from my mom's fifth birthday.  For all my life, I've heard stories about my mom's favorite place as a kid, my great-grandparent's cabin in Minnesota, but I had never seen a single photo of it until now.  This book contains photos of (much younger versions of) my grandma, who passed away a few years ago, and many family members who I love so very much.  It's a glimpse into a past that I've only heard about.

And because of that, this is nothing short of a treasure.

 

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And this is such a great example of why I believe in the power of photography.  It's magic.  And that's why I love ordering beautiful, high quality Photo Books for my clients.  Printed photos are sadly not very common any more, but I hope that 50 years from now, their grandchildren will find those books, and get a little glimpse into this part of life.

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The Story Behind the Design: Be Strong and Courageous

I've wanted to start a blog series for a while about the stories behind some of my favorite prints from my shop, and life has finally settled down enough to get around to it! I figured I'd start with the design that started this whole adventure of sharing these designs,

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For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with trusting God with the future and not worrying.  It's easy for me to worry until I make myself sick, even though I know that it's a waste of my time.  And my life has been so very unsettled for years now, it's something that I have to remember every single day.  God's got this, Megan.

In the Bible, the phrase "Be strong and courageous" is repeated over and over so many time.  (I tried to look up how many times, but I couldn't find a clear answer - if anyone knows, let me know!) and God's promise to be with us no matter what is one that calms me right down when I get all tangled up in my worry.

I've always been a doodler, my whole life.  Somewhere over the last few years, I learned that what I was doing was "hand-lettering" - it's not calligraphy, although sometimes it does look a little like it.  Instead, each letter is drawn, so they are all unique and specially made to fit with that specific design.

So one day during my year in Chicago as I was sitting around worrying, I decided to create this piece with this verse from Joshua 1:9.  I'm really horrible at memorizing scripture, but I want to keep it in my head, so I started posting Bible Verses around my dorm room when I was in college; somewhere I would see them often and be constantly reminded of these important truths.  So anyways, I created this piece for myself, I hung it on my wall where I would see it often and it was a constant source of comfort for me.  Then one day, I shared a picture of it on my Instagram, and suddenly I started getting comments and messages - "You should sell those!" and "Can I pay you to make me a copy" and "Would you be able to make me one with this verse or quote?"  So I started making them for friends, and I opened up my Etsy shop.  Pretty soon my waiting list was over 30 people waiting for their quotes, and so they say, the rest is history!

It's been amazing to see how God is using these simple Hand-lettered Prints.  I've had people tell me about how God has used one specific verse to comfort them in their darkest hour.  People have told me how they've given one as a gift and the receiver bursts into tears because it's a verse that means so much to them.  It brightens my heart to know that something so small as a pretty picture has so much power when it's placed in God's hands and He uses them to encourage us, comfort us, and give us whatever we need.

And I can't wait to see where they go!

Summer Session Ideas

I keep hearing from people who say they want to schedule a Photo Session, but they don't want to do it now because it's so hot. I get it.  I do.  It is HOT in Southeastern Oklahoma in the summertime.  It absolutely is.

But that shouldn't stop you from having your memories captured in a Photo Session.  I have so many great summertime memories from when I was a kid - Summer is filled with so many fun activities.  Summer deserves to be documented and photographed.

And there are so many ways to beat that heat!

Summer is a great chance for a more documentary-style, real moments, laid back Photo Session - which is my favorite anyways.  Here are some ideas that I think would make a fabulous Photo Session in the Summertime and you would have so much fun that they heat wouldn't bother you one bit!  I also made a Pinterest board for some more inspiration - so go check that out!

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At home ideas:

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There's no reason why your Photo Session has to take place outside.  Why not spend at least some of it inside?  And what better place than your own home?  When I suggest using your own home for your session, I often hear people saying that there home is too small, too dirty, or just "not cool enough" but I promise that is not the case!  Your home is the single most important location in your life and you will want to remember it just the way it is!

  • Baking cookies is always one of my favorite ideas for a documentary Photo Session filled with real memories, no matter the time of year.  I think that's probably because I have so many great memories of baking with my mom as a kid.
  • Grilling, eating out on the deck, a standard summertime activity!
  • Gardening. Watering, weeding, harvesting, cooking with the produce, canning/preserving the produce - all wonderful family moments!
  • Playing on the bed.  Tickle fights, cuddling, reading together.

Indoor Public Spaces:

We'd have to get permission before we head over to any of these public spaces, but most of the time they're okay with it!  Take advantage or that air conditioning!

  • Your favorite ice cream shop or restaurant.
  • Arcade.  Video games, laughing, and
  • Bowling Alley.  Pizza, strikes, cheering people on.

Fun Outdoor Activities:

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Okay, so it might still be hot, but the truth is that if you can get out and do these things without a camera in front of you, there's no reason not to!

  • Running through the sprinkler or playing in the pool
  • Water balloons and water gun fights.
  • Fun at the lake: a picnic dinner, fishing, and boating.

 

There's no need to postpone your photo session because of the heat.

But, if you want to wait until it cools down a bit more, that's okay too.  But beware that my Fall schedule tends to fill up quickly as people think about Christmas cards, so you'll want to get on my schedule early.  You can book your Fall Session now if you'd like!

Want to book your session now?  Send me an email if you have any questions at all - to hello@meganschreurs.com or click here to book now.

 

Megan Schreurs is a Southeastern Oklahoma Photographer specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Contact her to book your own Photo Session today!

Burton Family | Northeast Texas Photographer

Now that my big trip is over and life has slowed down a little bit I'm finally getting around to blogging some sessions from this Spring and Summer! This Session was a favorite for sure!  The Burton family's Session was full of laughter and fun and the girls are so full of personality! I loved capturing these moments in their beautiful life.

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Megan Schreurs is a Northeast Texas Photographer specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Contact her to book your own Photo Session today!

2015 Summer Road Trip!

Summer always feels incomplete to me without a good road trip - so I decided this Summer would be the perfect time to embark on a huge road trip to head to several Craft Fairs with my artwork and products that I sell in my Etsy shop, as well as the chance for some travel Photo Sessions.  This trip was the culmination of several months of planning and preparing, so it was super fun for me to finally see the fruit of my labor! First I headed to Elmwood, Illinois.  This is where I went to High School and is the place that feels most like home to me, so it was very fun to be back there for a little while.  While there, I had my booth at the annual Strawberry Festival, as well as several photo sessions.  It was a joy to get to see so many friends there too!

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I also got to spend a day in my old stomping grounds on the West Side of Chicago.  It does my heart so much good to be back in familiar territory!

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Next up I headed to Wisconsin with a few days to kill, so I got to see friends all across the State!  I saw friends from college, friends from when I worked at Camp Manitoqua, and even an online photographer friend who I had never met in person!

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And finally I reached my next destination - Winona, Minnesota - for two more photo sessions and another craft fair at the Steamboat Days Festival!

My wonderful friend, Holly, and her husband live in Winona - and since they are expecting their first baby in September it was the perfect chance to spend some time with them before the baby arrives and they don't have time for things like that any more!  Some of our other friends even joined us and we surprised Holly with a baby shower!

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Some photos of my booth at the craft fairs.

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People were always surprised when I told them that I was traveling for almost the whole month of June for photo session and craft fairs but the truth is that this trip was a really good excuse to take a big road trip and see a lot of wonderful friends, all the while working.  I am super happy to have the freedom in my schedule to be able to do things like this.  There are a lot of days when I'm not a fan of how being my own boss complicates things, but things like this make it all worth it!

I've gotten several messages from photographers who want to know how I got travel sessions lined up; the truth is that I just know a lot of people in a lot of places as a result of living all over this country.  I just put the word out (on facebook and a few emails/phone calls) and the sessions came in.  Unfortunately, I don't have a special trick to share with you! ;)

 

It was definitely a work trip, and I spent plenty of time editing in coffee shops, setting up my big computer on friend's kitchen tables, and doing odd jobs to get ready for craft fairs, but there was plenty of fun mixed in too!

 

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Documentary Vacation Photographer | Camping with the Dutts

For their parents' 45th Anniversary, sisters Krista and Betsy wanted to have some family pictures taken.  They were planning on getting together for a camping trip with the whole family, which proved to be the perfect opportunity!  I flew to Pennsylvania to spend the weekend camping with them and documenting their little vacation. It was such a joy and privilege to get to photograph this beautiful family's weekend camping!  It was a relaxed and low-key couple of days spent eating good food, having good conversation, and playing with their little guy, Ben.  We got such a variety of documentary photographs that will help them remember these beautiful moments.  Splashing in the water, cooking on the camp stove, enjoying the beautiful views, and chasing your nephew up the hill - these may seem like small moments, but they are not too small to remember.  In addition to these beautiful moments we captured, we also got to take a little while to capture some more traditional portraits as well, in between the cooking yummy food and playing on the playground.

"Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things"

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Want me photograph your vacation or family reunion?  I would love to chat with you about how we could work that out - so send me an email at hello@meganschreurs.com!  It's not as complicated or expensive as you might think!

Megan Schreurs is a Lifestyle Family and Documentary Vacation Photographer specializing in capturing the authentic moments and real emotions of your family!  Contact her to talk about your session today!

Hugo OK Wedding Photographer :: Kathryn & Jason

What a joy and privilege it was to get to photograph Kathryn & Jason's Wedding Day!  I got to travel to Wisconsin to document this day for them, and Wisconsin in March is always a bit risky, but they totally had the most gorgeous day they could have asked for! The day started with a note from Kathryn's groom and the instructions for her to read it before she got out of bed; it was a perfect way to start the perfect day, filled with so many special moments and memories!

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Next was a trip to the salon for hair & make-up for the Bride & bridesmaids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, the moment the were waiting for - Kathryn & Jason's First Look!

 

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Spending Kathryn's last minutes as a Single Woman in Prayer.

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Ceremony time!

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Reception!  So much happiness and celebration!

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo OK Wedding Photographer (but I love to travel too!) who specializes in capturing emotions and real memories.  Looking for a wedding photographer for your big day?  Contact me to chat about it today!