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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Southeast Oklahoma Photographer| Christa & Sumish

Meet Christa and Sumish.  They met and the gym and love spending their time outside together, being active and enjoying the weather - so it was perfect when their Engagement Session happened to fall on a gorgeous day! for-blog

Funny story: In 1998, when we were little girls, Christa and I used to play together! (see photographic proof above)  We both lived in Pennsylvania at the time; 17 years later our paths happened to cross again as we both live in Oklahoma now and I drove up to Oklahoma City for the day and we spent a few hours catching up and taking Engagement Photos!

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Reminder:  Megan Schreurs Photography is now booking Spring Sessions!  Contact Me for more information or to book your session today!  April and May dates, especially weekends are filling up, so get your spot reserved before they are gone!

 

 

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 own Photo Session today!

Hugo OK Photo Session | Cody, Katelyn & Russell

"Family is the most important thing in the world." - Princess Diana

I love that Katelyn called me last fall to book a photo session of her & her husband and her brother to give as gifts to her family, and from what I hear her family loved their gifts!  It was a beautiful November day and we took the opportunity to capture some couple shots, some sibling shots, and some of all three together.

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And since they love to hunt together, we also did some photos in their camo get-up with bows!  I love capturing photos of my clients doing the things they love!

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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 own Hugo OK Photo Session today!

 

Southeast Oklahoma Family Photographer | Allie turned two!

When Allie's mom asked my to come and photograph her birthday party, I was so excited about the opportunity to capture some beautiful moments with her friends and family and I wasn't disappointed.  She even got her very own horse! Web-BW-10

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My favorite thing about these is that even though Allie probably won't remember her 2nd birthday, she'l be able to look at these photos someday and see how loved she was.

Watch this video to see more of the story of her special day:

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Want me to come photograph your child's birthday party or another family event?  Click here for more information and contact me to see if my calendar is open!

 

Megan Schreurs is a Southeast Oklahoma Family 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!

2014 in Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I took wonderful little road trip to Des Moines where I spend a much needed weekend with my bestest college friends.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Hugo OK Family Photographer | VanDerBijl Family

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

While I love to capture families in authentic moments, I also understand the value of a traditionally posed Family Portrait - the one you'll hang on your wall, put on your Christmas card, and send to Grandma & Grandpa.  And I love that too.

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So whether you decide to have me capture your family at home in a Documentary-style Session, like the Hellyer Family, or in a more traditionally posed Session, I'm happy to do either.  It's your life and they are your photos, so you get to choose.

For the VanDerBijl Family's session, we started out with some more traditionally posed photos.  Then, about halfway through our session we let the kids run around and play and I captured that too - the best of both worlds!  We can most definitely capture both posed and un-posed portraits in one session!

Without further ado, enjoy some favorites from this Family Session.

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MissionNext | Hugo OK Event Photographer

A few months ago, I was invited to attend and photograph a MissionNext Forum in Phoenix, AZ. MissionNext Forums are weekend events that are designed to be a safe place to reflect on how, where, and when the Lord may be leading you to invest more of your time in Kingdom service. A Forum will provide you with insights into options in missions that are surprisingly suited to your skills and passions. Your vision will expand as you begin to think intentionally about what it would look like to offer yourself to the Lord for His service in a missions context and to interact with others who have an interest in joining the Lord in His passion for people.

It was a privilege to be a part of a group of people desiring to serve God in bold ways!

 

If you're planning an event, why not hire a professional photographer?  Photos are an important part of showing people what your events are like and can be used in so many ways - websites, social media, advertising, and brochures are just the start!

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Megan Schreurs is a portrait and fine art photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma.  She specializes in capturing natural & authentic moments and works with events, families, seniors, and couples. Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX - and available for travel nationwide!

Josh & Michelle's Mini Session | Hugo OK Family & Couple Photography

Josh & Michelle hadn't had any professional photos taken since their wedding a few years ago and a lot changes in those first years of marriage, so they decided to have a Mini Session to update some picture frames. Hugo OK Photographer Family Couple

Did you know Megan Schreurs Photography offers Mini Sessions any time you want them?

Because I understand that sometimes you don't need a Full Session with 30+ images - sometimes you only need a few good shots!  Mini Sessions are just 30 minutes long and include 5 Digital Files with a Print Release so you can print whatever you want when you need to - all for $75.

Check out my pricing page for complete details on Megan Schreurs Photography (super simple) pricing.

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Megan Schreurs is a fine art & portrait photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.

Fine Art Prints & Products: Available Now! | Hugo OK Photographer

Hugo OK Fine Art Photography Senior Family Couple Photographer I'm excited to tell you that my Fine Art Prints & Products are ready to order!  Order your's today!

Check out the Available Products list, then head to the Fine Art Gallery and choose your image.  (Interested in one of my images that isn’t in the Fine Art Gallery?  Let me know and I’ll gladly add it for you!)

 

 

Megan Schreurs is a fine art and portrait photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.

Some thoughts on Session Locations

Let me tell you a little secret. Location doesn't matter nearly as much as you think it does.  Or, at least not in the way you think it does.

 

Contrary to popular belief, the location of your Photo Session doesn't have to be a beautiful park, or a giant empty field, or a spot downtown with awesome architecture.  I promise.

But don't take my word for it.  Let me prove it to you!

 

Take Keely's Session for example.  Remember her Senior Photos?  They must have been in some gorgeous location, right?  NOT!

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Let's take a closer look at where we took her Senior Photos:

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An overgrown, dirty old garage - in between the dumpster and the air conditioner.

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The back of a shed, in front of the pile of debris.  It might look like a field of flowers, but in actuality there was only a tiny patch of yellow flowers!

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The parking lot of the local pharmacy.

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And the alley.

 

Nothing special. At all.

My knowledge of light and how my camera works means that I can make pretty much anywhere look pretty, so I can take your photos anywhere.

 

So if it's not about the location, then what?  

This is why I encourage my clients to choose a spot that is meaningful to them to have their Session.  How about your backyard - or your grandparents backyard?  Maybe your favorite store, the place where you like to go fishing, or outside of your school building.

Because twenty years from now, that's going to mean something to you.

 

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The Hellyer family had their session right at their house.  They're probably not going to live there forever, and in twenty years they're going to look at these photos and remember their first house.  When little Grayson is all grown up, he'll be able to show this to his kids and tell them about the house where he grew up.  That's what makes these more than just photos - these are memories, frozen in time.

 

 

Megan Schreurs is a fine art and portrait photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.

Coming Soon: Fine Art Prints & Products!

My first photography love has always been Fine Art - floral, landscape, and still life images.  People have been asking me for years when I'm going to start selling prints, and I'm happy to announce that the answer is finally SOON!!  Sign up here to be the first to hear all the details:  http://eepurl.com/2H5E9 Hugo OK Fine Art Photography Senior Family Couple Photographer

 

Megan Schreurs is a fine art and portrait photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.

Exciting Announcements & Giveaway! | Hugo OK Family, Senior, and Couple Photography

Hey, Oklahoma!  

I am thrilled to announce that Megan Schreurs Photography is now taking clients!  This means that you can book your session right now!!!

And it's the perfect time for a family session - your kids are growing up right before your eyes and starting a new school year, why not document that?  Plus, Christmas cards are just around the corner and you need a new photo for that!

Right now is the season for Senior Photos too - your last year of high school, it's time to celebrate all that you have become!

Megan Schreurs photography price Hugo OK photographerMy prices are the lowest they are ever going to be, and they'll only going to be this low for a limited amount of time, so take advantage of that!  Contact me to book your session today!

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To celebrate, I'm giving away a Full Session!  To enter, use the box below to like my facebook page and share this giveaway with everyone you know.  :)

* Free session only eligible for Family, Couple, Senior, and Child Sessions

 

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Megan Schreurs is a Hugo OK Photographer in Hugo and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.

Keely : Class of 2015 | Hugo OK Senior Photography

Keely  Hugo OK Senior Photography"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"  - Dr. Suess

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Megan Schreurs is a photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.

A Different View: Chicago Architecture Tour

I'm spending the next week as basically a tourist in Chicago.  Sure, I've been living here for nearly a year, but I haven't gotten a chance to do a lot of things yet.  With a few days off and my mom in town visiting, it's the perfect time!  We started yesterday with a cold and dreary architecture boat tour on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.  How cool to see the city from a different angle! Chicago Architecture Tour  landscape skyline city photography

The Hellyer Family : A Documentary Session | Hugo OK Family Photographer

"A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams." - Dr. William A Ward

I was so blessed to get to spend a Saturday afternoon recently with the Hellyer family - Jeremy, Rebecca, and their son Grayson.  Rebecca is a talented photographer herself and she wanted to get in some photos since she's always the one taking the photos and rarely actually on the other side of the camera.

We didn't do anything special or fancy for these photos - they are simply wearing their normal clothes and doing normal things at their own home.  But the result is authentic moments and emotions that reflect the Hellyer's beautiful life.

If you're thinking of doing a photo session soon, I really encourage you to let a photographer come to your home and capture the real you.  I truly believe that these images will mean so much more to you in 20 years than a posed session will.

Here's what Rebecca had to say about it: "It was awesome. So relaxing and wonderful. It was so nice to just play with our monkey and just forget about the camera. With Megan at our home it was just….nice. Relaxing, and casual, and so real. I loved it."

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Megan Schreurs is a photographer in Hugo, Oklahoma and the surrounding area specializing in authentic documentary and lifestyle family, senior, and couple photography.  Also serving Antlers, Soper, Fort Towson, Sawyer, and Paris, TX.