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Transformation Tuesday- Model Maegan, 10 years of shooting and sneak peak Hey! Pretty beauty Shoot

I have mentioned it before, but in light of some awesome images I have recently captured of her, I had to mention it again. Maegan Furst was my very first, and long time, fashion model. We started shooting in 2007 and she didn't even blink when I asked her to do weirdo things, like wear a bridesmaid dress into a pond or wear an evening gown pumping gas (all on film and a story for another time, haha). This girl has never second guessed a concept, nor turned down an invitation to shoot. I am very thankful that she let me practice for so long on her. She is a chameleon, and even more so now that she is honing her makeup artist craft with Hey! Pretty Beauty and on her own, as well. She has always been an artist; clay, paints, makeup. She is also the one who helped me become the artist I am today, both indirectly with her encouragement, and directly with her influence and ideas.

 I wanted to share some of the first images we EVER shot together. I am not even sure of the event, but we were at a birthday or something like that at Blendon Woods Metro Park and I happened to have my camera. And so we shot. And traipsed through the woods. And probably got a tick or two. We thought they were SO good. Ha. Ha. They were an interesting first try, that's for sure! And to contrast them with what we are both capable of nowadays? Forget it! There is no comparison!

Maegan was my one and only exclusive "model" until about 3 years ago. I only otherwise shot weddings, seniors, and families up until that point. Now, when I shoot Maegan, I am confident we will get images more intuned with the artists that we are now! 

The images above are of a stylized shoot we did together with Hey! Pretty Beauty recently to celebrate their feature in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2016! The feature on The Knot website will be out this spring and I'll be sharing the images we shot of the feature model soon! Maegan has grown as an artist in the makeup artist world and I am very proud of the work she is doing. It was also her 30th Birthday over the weekend, you should probably tease her for it! (I give you permission!)

 

The gown Maegan is wearing is from Columbus couture designer, Cierra Lauren. Maegan did her own makeup, but does do makeup with Hey! Pretty Beauty. Sam Antics, founder and owner of Hey! Pretty, did Maegan's hair. 

Eleanor turns ONE and the Rivera Family at Jeffery Mansion in Bexley!

Eleanor's 1 year old shoot was special to me because her daddy is a friend of mine. We also shot the session at a location I had not yet shot! Eleanor was such a peach about the whole thing and last through a 1.5 hour session with her extended family as well! She has quite the expressive eyebrows and definitely brought those out during her shoot. 

The whole Rivera family is quite photogenic and they all brought their A game. Jeffery Mansion in Bexley is certainly a breathtaking location and I am thankful my clients were willing to meet so early on a Sunday because the light was absolutely perfect! I can't wait to shoot there again! 

My first time shooting at Jeffery Mansion for Eleanor's 1 Year Old & Family session!

In about 2 weeks, Eleanor is turning one! And for her first birthday, we did an early morning session at Jeffery Mansion in Bexley. I had never shot there before and I was really excited to get to do so. We got absolutely PERFECT diffused light from the cloudy morning. Eleanor was a super champ and she lasted almost the ENTIRE hour and a half while we also got some whole family shots! I was literally giddy with excitement looking at the back of my camera and had a really hard time not chimping on my camera. My assistant/husband, Nik, was my behind the scenes photographer this time and I am glad he was there to catch these few and far between shots of me working. Thought you guys might like to see them!