Vanessa's 30th Birthday Shoot - Texas Hill Country Photographer - Kerrville, Texas

On the last day of the year, this Texas Hill Country photographer had the honor of photographing her fantastic friend for her 30th birthday. She owns the salon that does my hair and makeup, and what this girl can do with hair is nothing short of amazing!

 While we had a lot of things going on, a screaming baby (yes, I had to bring the baby on the shoot with me), a hyper dog, two outfit changes, cold weather, brand new heals, and huge pink&white balloons, I'm very impressed with what we pulled together. Though we felt like we were spinning several plates, we made it work. And I'm very proud of them. 

Cheers to Vanessa turning 30. May the next decade be filled with blessings and good times! (and of course more styled photo shoots!)

The thing I never knew I wanted...

Wow 2016 is here! Can you believe it? My life changed so much in 2015. There was huge shift in my universe. 

I never pictured myself sitting in a rocking chair, in the dark, crying my eyes out over something so small. I never thought I would stress over diaper changes and germs. I can't sing, but I find myself singing in the evening, looking into big blue eyes, staring back at me. Now each day I'm holding this sweet baby that I never knew I wanted so badly. I didn't know there was a part of my soul missing, until my sweet daughter came into the world on November 19th. And now, I love being mom, something I always thought I never wanted to be.

Isn't it funny that life has a way of showing us exactly what we need? Like there is a hole in your life that you didn't know was there, until it was filled? God sure does know what he is doing.

Modern Day Ring Shopping - Wedding Wednesday!

Every girl dreams of that moment when her significant other drops down on one knee and pulls out that sparkly and very important piece of jewelry. The excitement of seeing the ring for the first time is more than most people can describe. That excitement does put a lot of pressure on the guy to pick just the right one. So with that in mind, there are couples that are actually shopping for rings together.

Now some people are still opting for the surprise factor. Many guys out there like to keep the element of romance by planning a well thought out proposal and that is completely awesome. The traditional proposal is always a plus.

Nowadays, a lot of couples have steered toward picking the ring together. First of all, this takes a lot of pressure off the guy to pick an expensive piece of jewelry without worrying about his bride not liking it. But there may be a new pressure of getting exactly the ring she wants. Once again, every girl wants to be surprised so there has to be some compromise.

Narrowing down styles and budget is a great start. Have her pick a few different ones she likes and leave it at that. As much as she wants to know, she really doesn’t want to know exactly what she’s getting. A good way to keep it a surprise is not revealing the proposal. Keep the date and ideas a secret because that is still something that will remain special.

Also, knowing the style of the ring (or having an idea), can help when it comes to picking wedding bands later on. Some engagement rings come as a set and some you can match with a different kind of band. Wedding band shopping is definitely something most couples do together once it gets closer to the wedding, but having an idea on style and budget for an engagement ring is also a benefactor.

Again, shopping together may only fit some couples. There really is no right or wrong way to propose to someone. As long as the love is there, a proposal can be one of the most special moments in anyone’s life.


EXCLUSIVE Black Friday Deal!

I'm always on the lookout for a great deal! And I love GIVING a good deal to my clients! 

TODAY ONLY (Nov 27, 2015) you can BOOK a
$175 session for $100.

Session includes 1 hour and 10 digital images on a cd.
Contact me here to book!

Some details:

• Session must be SCHEDULED BEFORE MARCH 31st, 2016
• Session is paid in FULL at time of booking
• Excludes weddings and baby's first year
• Can not be combined with other offers or coupons
• Deal ends at Midnight, Nov 27, 2015


5 things I'm thankful for...

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it fitting to do a little blog post about what I'm thankful for in my life.

1. My Husband - I have no idea where I would be without him. And while there are days where we don't get along exactly well, we know that we are in this together. We are both growing and stretching with each passing year. The journey has been fun so far and I'm excited to what God has in store for us, our family, and our marriage.

2. My sweet baby girl - who knew you could love someone so much that you just met? That sweet little face and soft skin. A true blessing. And this coming from someone who was scared to have babies, now I can't imagine not having her.

3. My Family and In-laws - the whole time I was pregnant I would have these aniexty attacks about how I would take care of this sweet little baby and then I would remind myself that I have a wonderful support system. A family filled with helping hands and loving arms. A family who jumps at the chance to provide care and comfort. 

4. My house - It keeps me warm and safe. While it may not a be mansion, it is something that Chadd and I have created a home in. And after a couple more years, we will own it free and clear. This is a huge accomplishment for us, and something we have been dreaming of for years.

5. My business and my clients - while most of you are reading this right now, I want you to know that my business would obviously not run without you. Without you wanting to capture your life in photographs, I would have a business that didn't work. So because of you, Megan Smart Photography has been a success for the past 4 years. You guys have seen me though the bad photographs, the bad marketing, the lulls in blog posts and good the in-between. I'm grateful for all you have done for me and I will continue to work just as hard to provide you with beautiful images that help you document your lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!