marisa on day 6 | Bismarck, ND newborn photographer

Another February baby!  Little Marisa was also not so sure about falling asleep right away.  I’m going to say it’s because she enjoyed my company so much.  She kept giving me the best smiles as I rocked, swayed, shushed and bounced her!  I kept hoping that she would save a couple for when I was able to capture them on camera and I was lucky enough to catch just a tiny smile.  I absolutely love this first image of her in that bonnet.  In real life, that bonnet looks so small, and then on her, it too big!  She was just a tiny little thing, but plumb full of sweetness!



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ben on day 9 | newborn photographer in Bismarck

I was able to work with so many newborns this past winter and spring, which is just how I like it!  When the North Dakota cold keeps us inside, that is the perfect time for me to be inside my 85 degree studio photographing these cute little miracles!  I actually got to meet Ben and his big brother on Valentine’s Day, so I had to squeeze in a photo with that adorable heart hat.  Big brother wasn’t so sure about having his photo taken with his baby brother, but he was happy to smile for a few on his own!

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alaska on day 19 | bismarck newborn photography

Okay, I’m first going to just address the big elephant in the room.  This sweet baby was born way back in January.  I haven’t blogged any sessions for a very long time.  But I feel badly that I haven’t shared all of these beautiful babies and families with you, and so I’ve decided to change that!  There are going to be a few sessions from last year and a lot of sessions from this year rolling out on here in the coming weeks, and I’m excited for you to see them all!  I hope you enjoy!

Alaska made a bit of a trip to come see me, and I guess she decided to take a long nap in the car ride down, so she was wide awake when she arrived!  Of course, with newborn sessions, my hope is always that the babies will sleep well so that I can work my magic .  But I do have a secret…even though it stresses the parents out a bit and they start to think, “This is never going to work!” I LOVE when it takes awhile to get their babies to sleep because that means that I can to snuggle them for a lot longer than I normally would.  So, I got a lot of snuggle time with this sweet girl and then I even got a small bit of time to photograph her in all her beauty.  I actually will get to see her again this weekend when I photograph her entire family!  I can’t wait to see how much she’s grown.

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Everyday Life Workshop | ND beginner DSLR class

“I highly recommend the Everyday Life Workshop! Megan is so knowledgeable & patient that she made it a breeze to not be afraid of my DSLR camera. I had my Canon for several years and never once changed the setting off “auto”. This awesome 1-day course allowed me to now take dramatically better photos by learning the basic principles of my DSLR camera. It was a great atmosphere with nice reference material, fun photo subjects, awesome food – just wonderful! I am now enjoying my kids activities and love of photography on the “manual” setting!”  – Stephanie (past workshop attendee)

Bismarck DSLR photography class

workshop description

Since the day I became a mom, always having a camera by my side  has been important to me.  I’ve tried to capture not just the big events, but the small moments, too.  By capturing those small moments with my camera, I look back and I see the beauty that our everyday life holds.  The photographs of moments that seemed mundane and simple at the time are the ones I treasure the most.

This workshop is for beginner DSLR users who do not yet have a good understanding of how to use their camera in the manual setting, and it is for those who want to learn how to tell a story of their child’s everyday life through their photographs.

workshop date & time

Saturday, April 12, 2014 |  UPDATE: Time will be 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

workshop location

This workshop will be held at my home in north Bismarck, and is open to all.  I love this idea of holding the Everyday Life Workshop in a home because what better place to learn how to capture the everyday moments of your child’s life than the place where those moments are most often created?!

what we will learn

The basics of shooting in manual mode:  ISO, shutter speed, and aperture

Identifiying what is correct exposure

How to work with the natural light you have available

General rules for composistion and how it can improve your photo

How to tell a story with your photographs

Tips for getting more natural and candid shots of your children

what’s included

50 page workbook that details the lessons learned at the workshop for you to keep and refer to afterward

Shooting time with children for hands-on learning and Q&A with Megan

Lunch and snacks

A goodie bag and drawings for some fun photography related items

what you need

A DSLR camera

Your camera’s user manual

Any lens.  You can bring the kit lens that came with your camera, or I highly encourage you to invest in a 50mm lens.  The 50mm f/1.8 lens is very affordable (just over $100) and it will allow you to do so much more with it’s lower aperture capabilities, including getting the highly-desired blurry background (bokeh) in your images.  (And you’ll find out what aperture means at the workshop!!!)  You can find them here:  CANON | NIKON

workshop cost

$225 (plus ND sales tax), due in-full at the time of registration.  The workshop will be limited to ten participants.  Your registration fee is not refundable, but if you are unable to attend, your seat may be sold to someone else.

what this workshop is not

This workshop is not for professional photographers or those with the desire to have a photography business in the future.  Photoshop and editing will not be covered in this class, and there will be no business discussions.

how to sign up

Email Megan at and you will be given the link to pay for your registration.  Your seat will be reserved only after payment is made and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

I hope to see you there!

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the wilkens family | bismarck, nd photographer

This was my last outdoor family session last year and we had a surprisingly nice evening.  The weather at the end of fall makes me so nervous, so it was a treat.  I had such a great time with this family.  These two girls giggled for most of the session, which more often than not, caused us all to laugh.  Included in the fun were silly jokes and goofy faces.  I loved it!  And aside from being hilarious, this family has such a wonderful connection to each other.  I can tell that these sisters are the best of friends and they also adore their parents.  It was so hard to narrow down which images to share because I love them all!  Especially the snuggly photos with mom and dad.

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