It's hard to believe yet another year is ending. As I took my annual trip back through photos from the last year via my Lightroom Catalog, I was once again amazed at everything this year brought. God has certainly given me a few years filled with adventures and lessons about what is important in life. Speaking of what's important, one of those important parts of life is the people you love and remembering the way things are. Which is why this year I decided to launch my Photography Business and start capturing people's memories for them. And right now, I'd like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!! In 2014, I had over 20 photo sessions and I truly feel incredibly blessed that each and every one of these people allowed me to capture a part of their beautiful life. Each photo session leaves me feeling incredibly lucky to be let into someone else's life and to have observed the love and joy of another family.
Whew! That's a lot of beautiful people, right?!
So that's what Megan Schreurs Photography has been up to this year.
Personally, it's been quite a year. Here's some of what I've been up to in 2014:
I started the year in a very cold Chicago. I survived the "Polar Vortex" and what was literally the coldest winter ever on record in Chicago. If you don't remember, I spent Sept 2013 - Aug 2014 in Chicago as a Young Adult Volunteer program through the Presbyterian Church (USA). While there, I lived in community with Billy & Clarissa, other YAVs for the year, volunteered full-time at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly - where I provided friendship to lonely & isolated Seniors in Chicago, rode lots of buses and trains, learned so much the West Side of Chicago, and learned to trust God in so many new ways. You can read about my many Chicago adventures here.
As Spring came, it was SO GOOD after such a long and bitter winter. The warmer weather led to a flurry of activity as anxious Elderly Friends could finally get out again and my housemates and I got serious about crossing things off our Chicago Bucket List.
As the weather continued to warm up, we were unfortunately realized that meant that the number of shootings in our neighborhood skyrocketed. We participated in a Peace Walk through our neighborhood, encouraging peace and nonviolent ways of resolving conflict. My long commute to work each day became a wonderful time of enjoying the warmer fresh air. And during my time in Chicago, I continued my practices of fine art photography, enjoying the many photographic subjects the city had to offer.
I took wonderful little road trip to Des Moines where I spend a much needed weekend with my bestest college friends.
My mom came to visit me in Chicago. I took some time off work and we got to experience some of the tourist-y parts of Chicago before I left. We took a boat tour, ate Chicago style pizza, walked the Magnificent Mile, rode the ferris wheel on Navy Pier, took pictures in "The Bean" at Millennium Park, and watched the 4th of July fireworks from downtown.
My little sister got married in May and I was so thankful to be able to help her with many preparations as well as taking on the big job of being Wedding Photographer and bridesmaid at the same time. Parties and outings with my Old Friends continued at Little Brothers. I took a trip to Central Illinois to where I grew up to share about my experiences in Chicago and got to see my old house, as well as many family friends. Clarissa and I embarked on a journey to experience all of the best ice cream in Chicago. I spent a week on "vacation" with Little Brothers, which turned out to be one of the most exhausting but rewarding experiences of my entire time in Chicago. And my YAV community and I ended our year with a closing retreat of reflections and roller coasters.
And then my year in Chicago was over. I came back to Southeastern Oklahoma, moved in with my parents, and soon opened my Photography Business. Oklahoma is entirely the opposite of Chicago. Just totally different. The hustle and bustle and noise were suddenly replaced with peace and quiet and wide open spaces. But I am enormously thankful to be able to spend time with my family. I don't know how long I'll be here, but I know it's right for me right now.
I got to fly back to Chicago for a few days to document Lawndale Christian Health Center's big 30th Anniversary. LCHC is doing big things on the West Side and I was so grateful for the chance to help them celebrate such a milestone.
I spent a perfect weekend at gorgeous Ghost Ranch in New Mexico reuniting with YAVs who had just finished a year all over the world to reflect, share, and learn.
Christmas came and with it lots of time with family. My brother came from Seattle for a week and my cousin Phil and his wife were here for Christmas. Of course we spent time playing games, eating Pizza, and celebrating our Savior's birth.
2014 was a year of adventures, changes, growth, and trusting God. I have no idea what 2015 will bring, but I know it will be good because He is in control. Here's to another year and whatever it brings.
Megan Schreurs is a Southeast Oklahoma Photographer specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography. Serving Hugo, Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX. Contact her to book your session today!