A Wild and Wonderful Labor Day Weekend

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, fun, good-food-filled, and happy holiday weekend. I had every single one of those adjectives plus more. Yay! I’ll get to that in a minute, first I need to post a few photos that I promised my Aunt Cathy would be debuting on the website.

Welcome to Oil Ridge. My Aunt Cathy and Uncle Jim had asked me a while back to go up to the property where they had lived with Uncle Jim’s dad as newlyweds. It was my absolute pleasure to capture these memories for them…not to mention the view was STUNNING! Nancy, you are so lucky to have that view every single day! I’ll be visiting later this fall for even more picture taking opportunities! The funny thing is that my mother and grandmother had sent me on a wild goose chase the day before telling me all these great places in Sistersville to take an aerial shot of the town. However, they failed to mention that they hadn’t visited these “secret” spots in over 20 years. Needless to say, things had grown over a bit. So I was very excited to see this view of the Ohio River and the Ohio Valley from Oil Ridge.

Uncle Jim, the tractor pictures are just for you! Aunt Cathy said that you’d really like them. I don’t know that much about tractors, so I hope I caught the right details for you. This tractor was parked over by the woods and I wondered away from the ladies to see what kind of photos I could get. I was really getting into the different angles and colors of the tractor when this HUGE (and I mean HUGE!) deer came leaping out of the bushes and took off down the hill. It scared the heck out of this city girl…I must have jumped 4 feet in the air and then sheepishly glanced around to make sure no one saw. You just don’t see that in Royal Oak, MI everyday.

Above is my mom, Aunt Cathy and Nancy. Can you tell that the colors are already starting to turn? When we go back for the next football game, they will be blazin’ with color!

Speaking of football…to the sports fans alike and those who know me best, you know that Saturday was the highlight of my weekend…in more ways than one! West Virginia won their opening football game against a pretty talented Villanova Wildcat team. We had a lovely tailgate, visited with old friends and celebrated the victory in style (which is really the only way I know how to celebrate.) It was so nice to see everyone this weekend. Big hugs and kisses to each of you and I hope you all made it home safe and sound. Can’t wait for our next game together!

Stay tuned…I have more country side and a surprise for my grandma later!

September 2, 2008 - 8:19 pm

Aunt Lori - Love the pictures Meg. It makes me miss home. It’s hard for me to believe I spend every weekend and summer up on the hill when I was younger. Thanks for sharing. We miss you! Lots of love, Uncle Tom & Aunt Lori

Lets go WVU!!!!

September 3, 2008 - 1:48 pm

Mary Ann - Wow… the colors are beautiful! I love the shots of the house with the shadow of the big twisty tree resting on it. It was so cool to look over the valley from the ridge and try to figure out where different locations were in the valley.

Meg… I think it is one of your best posts.

September 3, 2008 - 2:28 pm

mnrphotography - Aww! Thanks Mom! 🙂

September 4, 2008 - 9:24 am

Aunt Cathy - My dear Megan, your pictures of our humble and cherished beginnings brought tears to my eyes. I cannot wait for Uncle Jim to see them and especially the John Deere. I also loved the one of MJ’s – I could even see the stars in the evening sky. Thank you does not seem enough to say. I send you all my love and look forward to you and your family’s return later this fall.

September 4, 2008 - 6:15 pm

Uncle Jim - Megan, like Aunt Cathy said, this brought back so many cherished memories for me too. You’ve captured a piece of timeless recognition in my heart with these photos of my homeplace, and the quality and images are simply outstanding. Now I have lots of screen savers for my computer too *S*. Words can not express the thanks to you for this. Know that we love you dearly and look forward to your return with the family soon *S*.

The Wahl’s at the Beach

I’m so happy with the photographs from the Wahl’s day at the City Beach in Grand Haven, MI. I feel so lucky that I get to photograph the most expressive, happy and beautiful families. It makes the work so enjoyable! Without further a’do…here are my favorites from the batch. You can click on “More Photos” under the gallery for the entire collection.

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To Andy, Tif and Pete…it was such a pleasure to photograph your family. I look forward to Pete’s Fall Photo session!! I bet the colors on campus will be gorgeous!

I’m going to be absent from the blog for the next 10 days…I’m going on the longest vacation I’ve had since the 7th grade!! We are leaving Friday morning at 4:00am (yikes!) and driving to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Sean’s mom’s side of the family has a reunion there almost every year. I can’t wait to take photos, lounge on the beach, drink wine and eat really yummy food.

I’m off to pack…which I should have done two days ago. Have a wonderful weekend!

August 7, 2008 - 11:03 am

Monica - Love it Love it Love it! I’ll def order some and help you work to that new Mac! Give me a call when you get back and help me pick out some.

National Night Out

Our neighborhood had a bit of excitement tonight! I was getting ready to make my dinner (and then finish up processing Pete’s photos) when I heard sirens coming down my street. I was a little nervous, especially when I looked outside and saw 2 police cars, a fire truck, an ambulance and a huge dump truck outside with lights flashing and sirens at full blast. Then I noticed all the kids and families across the street at the park cheering for them! I grabbed my camera and headed outside. I spoke with one of the officers (after he played a joke on me and told me that the city property was copyrighted and I couldn’t take photos – yes, I believed him for a hot second) and he told me that it was National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime. This is an annual event designed to strengthen the neighborhoods through police-community relationships. The goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. It’s also a great way to get neighbors involved in Neighborhood Watch groups. All the kids took turns climbing in and out of the fire trucks, police cars and ambulances. And yes, I mentioned a dump truck…it had signs on it that said “Dump Drugs” – so creative! Here are just a few photos that I took while outside. It was so nice to meet all the neighbors!


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Even McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog was there!! It looked like all the kids were having a blast. I hope that the Police and Fire Deparments had great turnouts at their other stops. Thank you for all that you do!

Pete, I haven’t forgotten you!! The rest of your photos are next! If you haven’t seen Pete’s family photos, scroll down for a peek at one of the cutest families ever!