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    I'm Megan Sugden--a farmer's wife, mama of three little boys, and I've been a photographer for over ten years. I love capturing families, kids, weddings and LIFE! I strive to create gorgeous, colorful, vibrant, and unique images that showcase the beauty in every person I photograph. I'm thrilled to introduce my brand new blogsite where you can easily find everything you need to know in one place. Take a look around and stay awhile!

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*EDIT!  I was able to capture yet a SECOND evening of Northern Lights photographs last night, only this time I ventured with my friend Emily out to Lake Bronson State Park, Minnesota, as I was hoping to get some shots of them over the water.  We arrived shortly after midnight but had to wait almost two hours for them to show up.  We almost left, but stopped at another part of the park to get some images of the Milky Way when I turned around and finally saw them in full view.  We ran back over to the lake and I started photographing as fast as I could.  It was another incredible sight.  It was also an absolutely gorgeous evening, with no wind and NO BUGS!  We stayed until almost 3 a.m. when they finally faded off into the distance.  I will add my new photos here; the ones from 6.23.15 are towards the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!

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**ORIGINAL POST FROM 6.23.15 BELOW**

Last night around midnight I was up late editing in my office when I received a text from a friend.  “Are you taking pics of the Northern Lights?”  At that point I wasn’t aware they were going on right outside my window, but I figured I’d run downstairs and take a peek.  As soon as I opened the front door and looked up at the sky I was absolutely blown away–these were nothing like any lights I’d ever seen before!  They were EVERYWHERE– dancing, swirling, pulsing, and changing colors and shapes as fast as I could photograph them.  The sky entire sky was filled with the lights, peppered by a backdrop of a million stars.  There wasn’t a breath of wind, the temperature was perfect, and I could have stayed out there all night.  It truly was the most magnificent display Mother Nature could have ever put on!  I’ve actually photographed the Northern Lights before, as we live in northwest Minnesota where they tend to pop up a few times a year and our farmyard is an ideal spot for capturing them.  But this was really something to witness.. I am just so thankful I was at home and awake.  I shared a few of these on Facebook last night and am absolutely amazed  by the response, and I guess you could say they went a little “viral” with lots of people commenting and sharing.  I can only say I am humbled to have been able to merely photograph this sight–the real beauty is already there that God created for us to witness.  I was just lucky enough to capture it!MeganSugdenPhotography 0082MeganSugdenPhotography 001MeganSugdenPhotography 002MeganSugdenPhotography 005MeganSugdenPhotography 004MeganSugdenPhotography 003BIG_6960MeganSugdenPhotography 007BIG_6960rMeganSugdenPhotography 006For those interested in my camera settings, I shot long exposures of about 30 seconds at 2.8 aperture and manually focused.  I varied my ISO from around 400-1000, and used a Nikon D3s with a 17-35mm lens.  Any other specific questions just contact me here or email meganphoto@gmail.com!

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Wedding season has begun, and Beau and Juana had a lovely early spring day for their big day!  It was pleasant, calm, and overcast and just the perfect temperature for the wedding ceremony which was held in the little town of Tolna, North Dakota.  Of course we had to take advantage of the water tower shot as Tolna is where Beau and Juana reside!  We also had fun exploring the gravel roads around town, and then after they said their vows, everyone headed to the community center in Lakota for the reception and dance.  Here are just a few of my picks!
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Folks, it’s been a LONG winter.  Every time the weather warms up, a day or so later we’ll get a dumping of snow and it feels like we start all over again.  As a mainly outdoor photographer, I’ve been just dying to get outside and photograph again.  I’ve also been pretty quiet around here as far as sharing pictures and sessions, although life at home is ANYTHING but quiet!  My three boys keep me plenty busy, and this is a rare occasion that the older two are out of the house with daddy, and Charlie, my six month old, is happily playing with some toys on my office floor.  I’m not sure how long that will last, so I’m going to try and make this quick!  I’ve had quite a few studio sessions this winter, but one of my highlights was doing some sessions while we were in Arizona for a couple weeks back in March.  I’m hoping to make it more of a yearly thing and try to book more sessions while we’re out there.  I’m not gonna lie, the weather is MUCH better in Arizona than it is here! :)  In any case, here’s a peek at some of those amazing Arizona sessions, as well as some studio work from the past couple months.
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  • Jill Farbo - April 9, 2015 - 9:27 am

    Hi Megan! I’m hoping that I can book a family session with you again probably in the fall. We can come to you. Let me know what you think:) Thanks, Jill Farbo