Nostalgia + Gratitude: Summer + Fall

This has been a landmark Summer for us: in June, we launched the daniel + megan photography website.  With a spirit of adventure and the help of our wonderful clients, our vision of creating better photography through relationships became a reality.

I have loved getting the chance to blog all Summer (don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere), and I feel that you and I have become friends. And friends share secrets, right? Well, there is something you should know about me (if you don’t know already): when I am not taking photos, I am a Therapist.

For the past few years my work as a Therapist has primarily been serving children who have been abused and neglected. I find this to be incredibly challenging, yet gratifying as well.

However, photography has allowed me to balance my practice of therapy by documenting moments of unrestrained happiness.

This Summer, I have found both therapy and photography to be deeply emotional, personal, and humbling.

It has been a Summer of intense joy and pain.

As a Therapist and a Photographer, I empathize with the people I serve. When I watch tears of pain roll down the cheeks of therapy clients, my heart sinks. When the Groom tenderly kisses his bride on her forehead, my soul is uplifted.

Through my two professions, I embrace the fullness of life.

I love it when my words to brides and hurting children somehow echo one another: “I am honored to be with you in this moment. You are a beautiful person.”

Both therapy and photography affirm the notion that we need partners to help us through. Can you imagine a wedding without a bride and groom? Without a community of congregants? Without an officiant to lead the way?

Likewise, can you imagine overcoming heart-wrenching challenges without the help of a friend or family?

As my high school youth pastor used to say, “It’s all about relationships.”

I turned 26 years old yesterday, and yet I feel as though I have already lived a long and full life. I have had the chance to be with so many people in their most tender moments.

This is a blessing difficult to put into words.

With the end of Summer’s nostalgia comes the beginning of Fall: a season of gratitude.

I hardly know where to begin.



Shari Barnes - September 7, 2010 - 6:49 pm

Thanks for sharing this Megan!

megan - September 7, 2010 - 11:58 pm

Thanks for reading, Shari! We really appreciate your encouragement!

Emily - September 8, 2010 - 10:06 pm

This makes my heart happy! You know who is a beautiful person and a joy to experience life with? You! I think in heaven we’ll share a community house :) … if that’s ok with you!

Kristin Ritzau - September 10, 2010 - 3:28 pm

You, my dear, do have a full life and we are better for knowing you and living a tiny slice of it with you. Thanks for such a beautiful post!

megan - September 11, 2010 - 11:27 pm

Thank you Kristin. Here’s to bigger slices!

megan - September 11, 2010 - 11:30 pm

Aw, your little family makes my heart happy. I would very much like a community house with you in heaven! I imagine that we will share communal boba and really good coffee as well. With Jesus.

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