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Meg Reilley Photography creates heirloom weddings and fine art portrait photography. I am a wedding photographer and a fine art heirloom portrait maker living in Asheville, NC. I am a people person, who loves children (and adults) and adores capturing their individual stories. I specialize in non-traditional, indie and gay and lesbian weddings in these beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

one day, four boys

Last week I spent a day with the Candler family at their beautiful home in Asheville, North Carolina photographing meal time, bed time and all in-between.  I suspected I would enjoy this (on the fly shooting) of a family and I did, indeed!   This active and engaged family of four boys created a constant flow of happenings and I didn't feel a second of boredom. I felt so privileged to see the inner workings of their daily life and was inspired beyond measure by this particular family's commitment to enriching their children's lives and their own. Mom Meredith home schools the oldest two, while their Poppa works from home.  

This shoot was my test run to see if it worked for the family and the creative process. I was very pleased to come away from the day with so many wonderful images of a day in the life with the Candler family .

Please contact me to discuss the method of how "A day in the life" shoot works, pricing and scheduling. megreilleyphotography@gmail.com or 303.501.6745. I look forward to hearing from you.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm Stables

It was a gorgeous day at Hickory Nut Gap Farm Stables (Fairview, North Carolina) with Audra and two horses that the lovely folks at HNGF will willing to let us be part of the shoot. Audra has had a love affair with horses and wanted to document this stage of her life for herself and her daughter, Maya. Thanks to the fine ladies who helped with the horses and were patient with me..and to Alisa who is the unsung hero of many successful shoots with her readiness to hold and move equipment. Thanks, ladies.

Women's march on Washington

After what was a major punch in the gut to the voting majority in this country, Alisa and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a part of history and march with our sisters in Washington DC for the women's march! DC is a 7+ hour drive from Asheville and with the kindness of friends of friends we stay two nights (one IN the city and one in a Virginia suburb). 

an ocean of varying shades of pink filled the city!

an ocean of varying shades of pink filled the city!

Alisa fired up, leaving the morning of the march! Thanks to our friend, Sarah, for sewing our Dr. Seuss inspired #ussy hats!  

Alisa fired up, leaving the morning of the march! Thanks to our friend, Sarah, for sewing our Dr. Seuss inspired #ussy hats!

 

The lucky duckies that had a view of the parade route were exclusively positive. The woman was shouting out her favorite signs from the crowd below.

The lucky duckies that had a view of the parade route were exclusively positive. The woman was shouting out her favorite signs from the crowd below.

Adios, 2016

Hello, all! I hope you've enjoyed the holidays thus far and finish this year off with a bang!

In keeping with my last blog post, here is the latest image I have made of sweet Anders. Sarah, his mom, sent me a snap shot of him in this coat and hat and said "next shoot" and I wrote back "how is Sunday"? She ALSO provided this location, which is top secret, shhhhhh, it's in Montreat! It's really nice having friends who are also members of your visionary team. This was one of the first shoots where I've taken flash photography to the outdoors with me. I've worked hard over the last year or two honing my skills and craft and I hope it shows. I'm not one to put much emphasis going in to a new year with wishes and dreams, but I have a strong feeling that I'm gonna CRUSH 2017! Stay tuned for a new wife and wife team in a new(ish) medium next year.

Until then, enjoy this image of Anders and his baby Emily. He asked me why I was referring to her as his "dolly"...sorry Anders, she's clearly your baby.

love

You may have noticed a prominent subject in the portraiture section of my website. The (now) three year old, with the golden blonde curly hair, is my buddy Anders. Not only am I fortunate to know him and spend time with him, but our heads lay to sleep every night just three houses down from his. Anders is a little light that shines so bright on me and all who are fortunate to know him.

Children have always been the saving grace for me, particularly in difficult times. The first experience I had with this was with my oldest niece, Lauren (we call her Lalu!), who was born less than a year after my father died. I was 12 years old. The sheer JOY that she brought to me and our entire family after the unexpected death of our father can never be exaggerated. Being an Aunt may be the greatest gift to a person. I was the envy of all my friends! Lalu's fun and fiesty sister, Claire (aka Claire Bear) was born two years later. The joy just kept flowing. After these two, I would go on to be blessed with many more nieces and nephews who are now having their own children (whom I adore equally).

A year and a half ago, my wife Alisa fell ill. It was a very scary time and painful beyond belief. It was so hard to watch the one I love more than anyone else in such intense and prolonged pain. It took weeks of doctors visits, er  visits and pain staking searching to get a diagnosis. She's a double "winner", she has ulcerative colitis (chron's just as ugly brother) and celiac disease. A drop of gluten could set her out for up to a month. Although the diagnosis brought some relief, Alisa was in bed for the most of a year and change. I felt so helpless and out of control. The almost daily knock on the door of Anders and his thoughtful and rock solid mother and friend, Sarah, took me from the dumps to the LIGHT! Anders is the most delightful child. He is so full of joy and wonder and is silly and kind hearted to boot. Did I mention they live three doors down!?

Anders continues to be my favorite "subject", to photograph, and often inquires about the next "photo shoot"! xoxo Meg (aka Meggie)


If there ever was a joy in life, that would be children.

They bring such happiness and joy.

When you are down in the dumps and just sit back and watch them, 
you obtain a smile that just won't stop.

Laughing, Giggling, Jumping, Playing
these are all of the wonderful things of being a child.

Hope, Dreams, Imagination:
things that make a child unique.

As an adult we must remember the wonderful things that our children can bring to our lives.

Just sit back enjoy and laugh, giggle, jump, play, hope, dream and run into their imagination right along with them.

If we all would do that wouldn't the world be a much more wonderful place to live?

Tammy R. Pledge

 

Alisa, Anders, Me, post photo shoot fun! Max Patch, North Carolina

Alisa, Anders, Me, post photo shoot fun! Max Patch, North Carolina

Anders at Christopher's Garden in West Asheville, near our homes.

Anders at Christopher's Garden in West Asheville, near our homes.