daniel + megan: Year Four

While vacationing on the beaches of San Diego this past week, I had a chance to reflect on our marriage.

This past year of our marriage has been my favorite so far, although each year has been special in its own way.  This year was an adventurous one for us: We decided to throw caution to the wind and use our Masters degrees from Fuller in Marriage and Family Therapy in unexpected ways, such as creating better photography through relationships. And thus daniel + megan photography was born.  And might I say, I think our business baby is quite beautiful!

In honor of our anniversary being this week, I thought I’d get personal and explore some of the lessons I feel we’ve learned together this past year.

1. We’re better together.

I’ve witnessed oddball traits and personal “defects” be transformed into valuable gifts in our 4th year of marriage through togetherness and God’s grace.  Caffeine-fueled anxiety gets channeled into speedy efficiency. Obsessive perfectionism encourages us to maintain consistently high quality standards.  A toe is a rather strange and somewhat useless appendage, but when connected to the body it is indispensable.

2. Our community is the scaffolding that supports us.

We are so blessed by warm conversations at Monrovia Coffee Company and impromptu dinners with friends and family. These are the stuff of life for us. When we pause to reflect on why our marriage is thriving, I am often reminded of the how small gestures of love from our local community impact how Daniel and I relate to one another. So, thank you! We love each and every one of you!

3. Change is OK GOOD.

I have always been one for the comfort of tradition and consistency. In fact, I had my life plan figured out before I graduated high school, and had pretty much stuck to it until this year of marriage. Embracing that our passions were leading us towards developing daniel + megan photography was a journey in being liberated from my former plans for us, and simply accepting change. Of course now that I can enjoy the fruits of our labor, it seems almost silly to cling to familiarity – but c’est la vie. We couldn’t be happier with the how our shared vocation has developed this year in unexpected ways.

Love, as I said on our wedding day, “Thanks for marrying me.” I love you.

megan

P.S. – Thanks again to Josh + Sara and Jeff + Erin, our friends and fellow foodies, for opening their homes to us – we had a blast spending time with you! I can’t wait to see what we cook up next time we get together!



Barbara Millar - July 26, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Beautiful — reflections and photos.

Jeff - July 26, 2010 - 4:29 pm

We love you guys, and we’re so grateful for the place that you hold in our lives. Thanks for the inspiring reflections, along with some pretty stunning images!

Daniel Lundgren - July 27, 2010 - 11:04 am

Friends,

Thank everyone for your affirmation! It’s been an amazing journey. We are loving where we are right now and we’re eagerly looking forward to the future. We are thankful that our honesty was well received, and we love each of you who continue to support us!

Megan,

I love you. Thank you for marrying ME. =) Thanks too for sharing in this dream and for believing in this “dreamer”. I think year four has been our best year of marriage yet.

Allison Mayer - July 27, 2010 - 6:03 pm

Perhaps there is something ingrained in the passions of wedding photographers and therapists that steer us towards our career paths. Shall we list the common traits? I find it interesting since I am currently doing wedding photography while finishing my MSW with the ultimate goal of working with Couples in recovery. It can’t be a coincidence that so many photographers have health care and human service backgrounds :)

And on another not, I LOVE this set of images. Great work!

Kristin Ritzau - July 27, 2010 - 9:58 pm

You two are so cute! Happy Anniversary. Great blog.

daniel + megan - July 28, 2010 - 11:58 am

Thanks Kristin!

daniel - July 31, 2010 - 10:09 pm

Allison,

Great observation! That has the potential to turn into an extensive conversation, one that I would LOVE to have. I too have noticed a lot of overlap between the therapeutic process and the photographic process. I think both are deeply personal endeavors that require a certain degree of trust and can lead to amazing results. I can definitely see why someone with a therapy background (like ourselves) would be drawn to portrait photography (especially with couples). We hope that our couples leave their portrait sessions more in love with each other. What observations have you made about therapy and photography?

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