London | Virginia Custom Senior Photography

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London | Virginia Custom Senior Photography

London's session in Altavista, Virginia was SO much fun! London traveled to me from northern VA just for her senior photos! It was exciting and we spent the whole evening walking around town and the park:) 

London's smile was infectious and she and her mom were such a pleasure to be around! Enjoy a few faves from her senior session: 

LOVE LOVED working with London! If you're wanting to book a custom senior experience with me, just use the contact tab to send me a message! I look forward to planning out your session location, wardrobe, and more!! 

Senior pictures are such special memories to have from one of the best times of your life...

-Megan

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Parker | Danville, Virginia Senior Photography

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Parker | Danville, Virginia Senior Photography

Parker's downtown Danville senior session was one for the books! We had so much fun, he was so photogenic, and I'm telling yall, I enjoy working with guys just as much as the girls! 

I loved his blazer jacket...

The last 2 images are my faves:) Downtown Danville senior pictures always seem to bring variety to a session! 

Megan Bryant Photography is still booking 2017 seniors, so if you waited until the last minute, it's ok! We can make it happen:) I look forward to planning your custom senior session with you! 

-Megan

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Welcome Winter...and Happy Holidays!!

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Welcome Winter...and Happy Holidays!!

I always enjoy getting my Model Crew together...these girls all hold a special place in my heart and will never know how amazing I truly think they are! We decided to do a holiday shoot, but then I decided I didn't want it to scream Christmas, so we scaled it back a notch. I told them to think plaid, boots, fur, etc and they planned their own outfits. It was SUPER windy the day of the shoot, but these girls toughed it out...and of course I gave them "heat breaks." I love the look of the pine trees and was thankful for the greenery the photos:)

Here are a few from our session: 

These girls are SO much fun, but can totally switch on the fierce in a split second! We are planning another group shoot so I can't wait to work with these girls again:))) 

My Spring calendar is now open for booking, so be sure to contact me if you're interested in a custom senior session! 

-Megan

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Go VOTE | How I Feel | Virginia Senior Photographer

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Go VOTE | How I Feel | Virginia Senior Photographer

Election Day is quickly approaching...and I think we can all agree that we can't wait for it to all be over. This election has perhaps been the worst for mud slinging in history...everyone is sick of it and just ready to move past it.

Some people are very firm in their belief for who makes the best candidate...others, like myself, are rather conflicted, as no one seems like an option to define as "best." 

Whether you're a Hillary fan, Trump fan, 3rd party fan, or "let's close our eyes and check a box" fan....it's still imperative that you go out to the polls on November 8. 

There are numerous reasons why this election is important:
-the White House is an open seat, no incumbent is running. Therefore, a new President AND Vice President will take their place in January. 
-the VP is a tie-breaking vote for the Senate, which is looking to be split 50/50 after this election. Hence, making his role rather significant this go-round.
-the Supreme Court is sitting at a split as well, hence making the elected President's appointment(s) vital to the balance of the court system for years to come. 

The above are just a few reasons of the importance of this election in regards to our branches of government. However, we all sometimes feel like there are other "way more important" things going on in the world that should receive more attention than politics...

Like the current racial issues plaguing our nation---our civilians, our police officers, etc.
Or the threats to nations around the world from ISIS and other terrorist groups...
Or the national debt. And more on my level----student loan debt that seems to drowning many students who have completed their studies. 
Or unemployment. 
Or taxes. 
Or insurance. Ohhh, insurance. Such a HUGE mess. 

I could go on and on naming issues that need a resolution that instead seem to be getting worse. The current state of our nation is simply sad. Anyone who says we are thriving is completely brain washed. 

I have never been so conflicted about an election. I normally let my deciding factor be abortion---I vote for the candidate against it. However, this year I've watched, listened, read, and ignored so many debates, campaigns, social media rants...people are seriously CRAZY. 

1. Criminals should not be allowed to run for President. 
2. Women deserve respect, as do all people really. 
3. Don't endorse someone today that you totally threw under the bus last week. 

I know I'm kinda all over the place at this point, but that's exactly what I mean! It's crazy! And honestly, this could be the election where a 3rd party becomes a major party...but people are so afraid to vote for those candidates, believing its a wasted vote. Which, I can see the strategy there, but still, make your voice heard. Don't vote for someone just because you don't want the other candidate to win. 

Moving on...

In the midst of all of this turmoil, I called in a model to work on studio lighting with me. We were just having fun and playing around with different techniques. 

I asked her if we could do an editorial for the election...to share feelings about how conflicted we feel, how torn this nation is, how sad so many people feel....just pure, raw emotion over the angst of the approaching Presidential election. 

Lindsay was game for doing whatever I wanted, as was her Mom, who was present during the shoot. 

I hope that this image makes you feel what I feel. Raw. Torn. Upset. Bitter. Conflicted. Angry. Disappointed. Sad. Doubtful. Wrapped in a nation that has forgotten its foundation. Looking for answers. Not finding them. Clinging to what's left. Fearful of the future. 
 

Thankfully, I have a God who is King, regardless of who is President. And regardless of the results of the election, I'm still gonna pray for our President. He or she will definitely need that...

I'm not gonna sling mud on here at any of the candidates...enough of that has happened already. I just wanna portray how I feel. How so many of you feel. 

Please go out and vote on Nov 8. If you don't, your voice isn't heard. And pray. Pray hard.

-Megan

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Fall Wardrobe Inspiration | South Central Virginia Senior Photographer

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Fall Wardrobe Inspiration | South Central Virginia Senior Photographer

Fall is here and with that comes cooler temps. As I was browsing Polyvore, I thought that I would share some of my findings with you all:) There are some new trends this year and I kinda just like fashion so yea, I wanted to share and talk about it! HA! 

Sometimes, its just hard to let go of summer. I know it has been very hard for me this year. I just didn't want the sunshine, tan lines, and pool time to end! If this is the case for you too, layering is a great option. One thing I do is just add a jacket....yep, shorts on and throw on a jacket. 

Maybe you're a simple gal who doesn't like to go over the top with her outfits. Graphic tees are awesome (and fun) and go with anything! Jeans, shorts, even some skirts. 

One thing that is on trend for this fall is velvet. And this is with everything...tops, bottoms, shoes, etc. And I really love the merlot/burgundy color palette so this set is so rich:) 

I've also noticed that chokers are on trend this season. And they've already made an appearance at a senior session! 

Where are my boot lovers at? You just can't go wrong in the fall with boots. Add a little sass with boot socks/cuffs:)

So yea, I may not wanna let go of summer, but I can definitely have fun with fall fashion no matter the style! And of course, a good variety is fun for your senior session too, right?! I always get excited to see the layered pieces that are brought to senior photo shoots:) Boots, scarves, leggings, sweaters, jackets, vests, hats, everything! 

Which set above is your fave??

-Megan

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Sunflowers and Kelsie | Gretna, Virginia Senior Photographer

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Sunflowers and Kelsie | Gretna, Virginia Senior Photographer

Kelsie alone is a ray of sunshine. Pair her up with a sunflower field and you can't not smile at her! We enjoyed shooting these SO much.

Kelsie is a junior this year at Gretna High. She is a member of my Model Crew and I just love her:) Kelsie is a talented singer, cheerleader, and the reigning GHS Princess. 

Here are a few favorites from our sunflower shoot!

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can't see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do." -Helen Keller

She may be fierce, but she's FUN too!! 

 I love this hat! It's part of my accessories collection that is available for all of my seniors to pick from during their session!

Kelsie also modeled the MBP Model Crew tshirt for me:) Simple but perfect! And they're oh so comfy.

I even shot a little video during our shoot too! One of my fave mini films that I've done!! 

Kelsie and I had a blast at the sunflower field. Special thanks to Mark & Hillary Marstin for letting us use the field:) 

I still have a few slots left for fall sessions!! Just use the Contact tab at the top of the page to get started.

I can't wait to hear from you! 
Megan

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Summer Senior Pictures | Custom Senior Photography in Chatham, Virginia

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Summer Senior Pictures | Custom Senior Photography in Chatham, Virginia

Summer is winding down and I just wanted to share a few of my favorite images from this summer so far:) 

Back in July, I attended the PUSH conference in Indiana through Senior Style Guide. It was such a great week of classes, engagement, learning, collaboration, and friendship. I loved meeting other senior photographers and learning from some of the top of the industry! 

This image below was style by the amazing Brooke Daniels, the same photog who styled the Destination Shoot I went to in June in the Isle of Palms. 

This image is also from the PUSH conference, and was styled by Devon J Imagery.

This image is probably my fave from the PUSH conference, and was taken during my rotation with Dan Brouilette. I love the movement and the editorial vibe.

Kelsey is a junior model on my Model Crew. I LOVED working with her at the sunflower field! She's a junior at Gretna High and a very talented young lady!

Erin is also from Gretna, and one of my 2017 seniors. Her family loves this photo just as much as I do! 

Working with 2 seniors at the same time was new for me, and sisters at that! Courtney and Carly currently hold the record for hottest session to date...it was brutal but they fought through it with me and we got some great images!

Lindsey is a 2017 senior from Carlisle. She was actually blessed with one of the coolest days of the summer...78* during her session in August!! Crazy! We thoroughly enjoyed it though:) 

2017 seniors, if you haven't booked your session with me yet, get on it! I still have some availability for this fall, so contact me ASAP to secure your spot:) I can't wait to work with you and plan your custom senior experience!! Use the Contact tab at the top of the page.

-Megan

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Back to School | South Central Virginia Senior Photography

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Back to School | South Central Virginia Senior Photography

It's that time again ALREADY and summer is winding down. School supplies have been purchased and backpacks are ready to go. But what about your wardrobe? Does it need a few fresh new pieces to kick off this new school year? OF COURSE! 

Here are a few tips for back to school clothing shopping: 

-Shop sales (more for your buck!)
-Thrifting and consignment stores (again, more for your buck) often have top brands at lower prices, some even still have the tags!
-Go with pieces that can mix and match....not all prints

Pinterest is so amazing not only visually, but to be able to find the exact content I'm looking for, especially when it comes to clothing:)  Here are some helpful links/images:

Jeans: 
Errrrybody wears jeans. They're easily dressed up or down too. Here are a few neat looks that I found on Polyvore:) You may already have jeans, so just pair them up with cute tops, add a jacket, or throw on some wedges to dress them up a bit! Mix and match:) 

Don't let summer end yet...wear colored denim!!

Denim on denim...

Sandals with jeans....

Dark denim...

How about white denim? Lindsey nailed this outfit, giving these white jeans a dressy look by adding such a chic top! 

How about white denim? Lindsey nailed this outfit, giving these white jeans a dressy look by adding such a chic top! 

Back to school usually brings a lot of tension....but when you're wearing a cute outfit or know that you have comfortable but fashionable clothes, you can feel SO much better about returning to your studies. 

Happy First Day of School to the locals here! I hope you all have a great year! And enjoy mixing and matching outfits with your jeans:) 

-Megan

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Model Crew Shoot | Lakeside | Chatham, Virginia Senior Photography

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Model Crew Shoot | Lakeside | Chatham, Virginia Senior Photography

Part 2 of my Model Crew session took place over by Elkhorn lake. We didn't shoot long, as a strong storm was quickly approaching, but we did manage a few:) Each model chose her own outfit and the hair & MUA (Dara Pettiford) relaxed the styling a bit after shooting the vintage pool party. I am so thankful for these girls, for their desire to be on my Model Crew, and for their willingness to fight the heat the day of this shoot. Working with them is so much fun and I hope that they can remember our time together as a highlight of their high school years!

Let's get started with Cami, she is such a sweet girl! 

Brooke got us all access to the lake, so thanks girlie! I just love the shot of her laughing:) 

Chandler has so much personality, I just love where she's kicking her foot up out of the water!

Haley is such a ray of sunshine! Her smile is infectious! 

Lindsay is fierce and fabulous....that last image of her is my fave:) 

Obsessed with this skirt...

These girls had so much fun and I did too! I look forward to getting them all together again...

Have you booked your senior session yet? There is limited availability remaining for the rest of this year, so don't wait to contact me! 

Just scroll back up to the top and click "Contact." I can't wait to talk with you and start planning your custom senior experience! 
-Megan

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Vintage Pool Party | Group Model Shoot | Senior Photography in Chatham, Virginia

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Vintage Pool Party | Group Model Shoot | Senior Photography in Chatham, Virginia

Yall. I have had this session in my head for months...and honestly thought that it would never come to be because I knew that a swimsuit shoot would be looked down upon. And I didn't know exactly where to do the pool party shoot either. 

So long story short, during my 2017 Model Crew meeting, I shared with them my idea of a vintage pool party...and they LOVED it! I knew I was on to something, so I knew somehow we would just have to find a pool. One of the model Moms approached me and shared that they run Elkhorn Lake and Campground in Chatham, Virginia and that I could use there! The planning began and we were all excited for the big day. 

The day of the shoot was HOT. Our hair and MUA (Dara) came on location to style and touch-up the girls. Each model picked her own swimsuit (I just simply required that they be somewhat of a vintage style...no stringy bikinis!!). We were missing one model, Kelsie, who unexpectedly ended up in the ER. But she is fine and I have done a separate model shoot with her, so look for that on the blog soon:) 

Now without further ado...here is our vintage pool party session! 

I absolutely LOVE these sunglasses on Brooke!

Cami's black and white suit was perfect to go with the swan float:) I just love her classic look!

This image below is one of my total faves from the day...and it has kind of made Haley Instagram Famous! She has been featured on NAPCP Seniors, Senior Year Magazine, Senior Inspire, and Seniortographer! 

Chandler has the bubbliest personality and I loveddd how she slayed this look! Fierce, girl! 

Lindsay was a junior model last year...and I'm stoked to have her on this year's Model Crew as well. I loved her bubble gum pink suit! Doesn't get much more classic than polka dots!

It was def hot, so the girls were thrilled to see me whip out and cut that watermelon! 

What's a party without balloons??! This group image below was featured on Senior Chic!

This group image below was featured on Senior Year Magazine!

Here is a video of the fun we had during the shoot!! 

We wrapped the session by the lake....look for those photos to come soon on another blog post!

So now you've met my 2017 Model Crew: Lindsay, Haley, Brooke, Cami, and Chandler! (Kelsie too, just not this session:) I can't wait to spend more time with these ladies! 

Have you booked your 2017 Senior Session yet? I have limited availability remaining for summer and fall...spring dates are already being booked as well! DO NOT WAIT! You don't want to miss out on south central Virginia's most sought after custom senior experience! 

I can't wait to hear from you:) 
-Megan

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Downtown Summer Model Session | Chatham Virginia Senior Pictures

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Downtown Summer Model Session | Chatham Virginia Senior Pictures

I wanted to do a senior model session to play around with video, so I called up Lindsey and asked her if she'd like one last go at it before she graduated. Of course, she was game for it, but we didn't quite make the model shoot happen as soon as we had planned, lol. The weather was a challenge, but once the actual day of the shoot came, it proved to work out really well! Lindsey is one of my 2016 senior models and just graduated from Westover Christian Academy in Danville. 

I just love Lindsey's sense of style. She always has the most fab outfits and completes them with the best accessories! Here are a few of my fave shots from our shoot in downtown Chatham. 

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Watch this mini-film...loveeee the personalization on the back of her hat! 

 I just loved her straw hat! 

We changed outfits a few times for this shoot. This fuschia dress was the perfect color-pop! 

Here is another mini-film...

I will always remember Lindsey's squinch-nose face! 

Thanks, Lindsey, for going along with my ideas! I love you and am really gonna miss you being on my team! You're now an alumni though, so we will see each other again!

Looking to book your custom senior experience? Use the Contact tab at the top of the page to get started:) I can't wait to hear from you!

-Megan

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Farewell Class of 2016 | Downtown Graduation Shoot

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Farewell Class of 2016 | Downtown Graduation Shoot

My Class of 2016 Model Team has definitely been a group that has left an imprint on my heart. I have enjoyed getting to know these ladies and having them in front of my lens. I know that they're destined for great things (regardless of the world's standards). I pray that they stay true to themselves and remember our fun times together!! 

We got together (FINALLY, after trying several times to coordinate a date) for a fun farewell shoot in downtown Danville. I wanted to photograph them in their caps and gowns, as well as in a tshirt representing the college they plan to attend! It was kinda hot, but they were troopers and we all had fun:) Gosh, I miss these girls already! 

Check out this mini-film of our shoot in downtown Danville.

Farewells: 

Brianna was such a fab model and was thrilled to be a part of the model team! She quickly made friends with everyone, was always eager, and I will never forget her smile! Love you, Bri!

Bri's quote of choice as she moves forward to continue her education at Averett University is: 
"Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing." -Camille Pissarro

 

Emmalee has been a model for 2 years (was a Junior model last year) and was always eager to assist me whenever I needed someone! I sure hope that we can schedule in a time to grab a Brown Sugar Cinnamon shake from Brewed Awakening sometime soon! 

Emmalee plans to attend Lynchburg College in the fall AND continue to pursue her love of dance. Her quote of choice:
"You can never be overdressed or overeducated." -Oscar Wilde

 

Kaitlyn has the most amazing hair and I will always think of our fake snow shoot whenever I think of her!! We had so many laughs that day:) She has a great family and I know that great things are in store for her!

Kaitlyn is headed to UVA this fall and shared:
"Now is the time for all of us to become the people we have always dreamed of being. This is your world. You're here. You matter. The world is waiting."
-Haley James Scott, One Tree Hill

 

Kayley is such a ray of sunshine...even when it rains for her shoot! (You can check out her rainy day shoot here). She loves my kids (and they love her) and I will be forever thankful to have had our paths cross. She has left an imprint on them and me that will never be forgotten! 

Kayley is headed to Averett this fall, and her chosen quote was:
"Cause your story's far from over and your journey's just begun."

 

Leah is such a glowing, huge ball of personality and I will love her forever! She is a pageant queen, model extraordinaire, and has a really amazing family too! She can be indecisive at times, but I'm confident that she will trust God's plan for her and has a very bright future ahead! 

Leah is off to UVA this fall, and shared this quote: 
"So don't be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall, cause most of the time, the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you'll get everything you wish for. Maybe you'll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination." 
-Coach Whitey Durham, One Tree Hill 

Lindsey is one of the strongest people I know. She has faced huge challenges, and despite the struggles, still has a smile on her face. Lindsey was this year's fashionista...she was always decked out perfectly, accessories and all! She has such an amazing family, and I can't wait to see what God does with her! 

Lindsey will be attending DCC this fall, and shared this quote:
"Life is a journey and only YOU hold the key." 

Sydney is a fighter. I've had seen her overcome obstacles, and I know that she will continue to do so! I have loved working with her and her Grandmother throughout this past year. They are some of the sweetest people ever! I know that Sydney is destined for greatness:) 

Sydney is off to Averett this fall and shared this quote:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Even though Abby didn't make it to our farewell shoot, I can't forget about her! Abby is such a sweet soul...I am thankful to have had you on the team, Abby! 

Abby's quote of choice is "Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten." 

One of Abby's images was selected to be the cover image for my 2017 Senior Magazine.

Gonna miss you all....time to implement a model alumni program of some sort to get us all back together again! 

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Coming soon: a blog post all about the new Class of 2017 Model Crew! 
Looking to book your senior session?? Use the Contact tab to message me ASAP! Limited slots are remaining for summer and fall. 

-Megan

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