We had the good fortune of connecting with Meagan Lawler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Meagan, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
When I think about legacy, I think about pulling out a box of 5×7 prints that had been tucked away for a few years. Looking through them, remembering the people and the life that was lived in that image. The ones of your first steps, or playing in your backyard, or hanging out with your grandparents. It’s not about the epic locations or the perfect house that makes those photos special, but the moments, the timelessness, and the legacy.

Growing up, I was always super girly, I loved to wear dresses and read and make art. I never really believed that I was strong or capable. I remember seeing photos of mountains, and reading stories about lives filled with adventure, and being completely fascinated by it. I never believed that could be my reality, that I could be brave enough & strong enough to travel alone to a foreign country, or hike up mountains, let alone in the middle of the night. For a long time, I felt boxed in by the labels I’d lived by my whole life.

The outdoors has given me a lot – through hiking, camping, climbing, and photography – it’s made me realize my own strength, that while I’m still girly and still love to read and create, I’m also brave, powerful, and intelligent. I don’t have to be anything less than who I am, even if some of those things seem to contradict each other.

When I think about my grandkids someday opening up a box of 5x7s from when I was young, I want them to see all of those things. The fun, the adventure, the times where I was cozied up in my home, the times where I was dressed up just because I wanted to feel beautiful, the laughter, the art I created, and the times I climbed miles up mountains in the wilderness.

I feel less inclined to leave behind a legacy just about who I am, but I’m more interested in leaving behind a legacy that encourages people to realize their own strength & bravery.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The term elopement has changed a lot in the last few years – typically you may think it’s just “running off and getting married,” but the modern view of an elopement is an intentional way to get married where the focus is on the relationship and allows room for true connection. I help couples plan the adventurous wedding day of their dreams – from finding their perfect location to suggesting personalized activities. Then they get married and I photograph it!

I have a pretty extensive fine art background, so that definitely influences my work. It’s really important to me that the couples’ personalities shine through the images, that they’re able to just be themselves, and most of all that they’re having fun. Storytelling is a huge component of what my work is focused on – and with that, I’ll give guidance where they need it, and step back when they’re having a great time. I also include some 35mm and Polaroid photos that help tell the story of their day.

It definitely wasn’t easy to get here, but the challenge has been so rewarding. I actually moved from Indiana to Colorado during the pandemic and pretty much started my business from scratch at that point. I’ve spent a ton of time investing in any marketing and business knowledge I can, working with a coach, and really honing my craft. One of the biggest things I’ve learned through this, is that it’s always worth it to invest in your education and growth.

Anyone who owns a business or is an artist can attest to this – there will always be challenges, they’ll just change over time, but the end result is always going to worth it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d definitely start out in my city – Colorado Springs! Grab coffee at Loyal, eat at Dos Santos, go hike in North Cheyenne Canyon. After that, one of my favorite things is exploring in the mountains, so we’d probably make a roadtrip with some fun Airbnbs. We’d go explore Breckenridge, Denver, and Rocky Mountain!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family is everything to me. They’ve shaped me and seen all of the versions of me throughout my life, and I am who I am largely because of them. My husband also deserves recognition for supporting me, encouraging me, and pushing me to be the best version of me.

Website: https://meaganelawler.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meaganelawler/

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