SO MUCH has happened this year and we're only halfway through May! We finally moved into our house in February (why yes, those are angels singing), I went to Japan for two weeks in April and just got back from being in Paris/Italy a few days ago. I know. This is literally the coolest my life has ever been or will ever be again, lol! Don't worry though. I'm still my geeky, silly self even when I'm halfway around the world.
If you follow me on instagram, you've already seen all the globetrotting going on and I'm sure some of you are wondering what that's all about...wellllllll, I'm thrilled to announce a new addition *no, mom, I'm not pregnant* to my business!
In addition to my Atlanta studio, I am rolling out an International Boudoir Photography option! Since I went full time with photography, I've chased what inspires me, worked toward it with everything I have and the clients have come. I love photographing people in love, which is why I started in engagement/wedding photography. I love empowering women by showing them how beautiful they are, which is why I opened the boudoir studio. Another thing I love is traveling-I know, I know-who doesn't, right?! Not just to beautiful all-inclusive resorts to relax (although, I never mind planting my behind in the sand with a good book and a beer), but adventurous travel. The kind that gets you off the beaten path, away from the hoard of tourists, to the more authentic experiences a new city has to offer. Where you get to see real life and connect with incredible new people. The kind that allows me to create jaw-dropping, epic images of my gorgeous clients. Pictures that truly embody their strength, character and soul.
I know. I know. You're all thinking what my husband said to me when I first started chewing on the idea a few years ago..."isn't this all just a ploy so you get to travel the world?" Um. YES. Absolutely. 100%. #sorrynotsorry
I've done a few sessions in other places in the US, but my biggest hangup with taking it international has always been logistics. There are just so many things I don't know. How do I know the places I want to shoot won't be covered in roaches when we get there? How do I know the beautiful pink-sand beach isn't also home to a rare, deadly jellyfish? How do I know the rules to follow so you don't get screamed at and popped in the butt by a naked, towel-weilding woman in an onsen...that last scenario *may* have happened...
Enter AdventureWomen. AdventureWomen is a company who specializes in small group travel for women and they are INCREDIBLE. They've been recognized by Conde Nast, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, USA Today, The New York Times...the list goes on and on. They are legit and they know their stuff. I went on my first trip with them to Japan in April and it blew away every expectation I had. We got to have lunch with a maiko (apprentice geisha). We got to hike a mountain alongside a mountain priestess. We got to meet Ama divers (women who free-dive without equipment) and they cooked us a lunch from what they caught on their dive the day before. We got to hike the Kumano Kodo to a small village of 400 people where local women taught us how to roll sushi (*clears throat* I'm basically a sushi-rolling pro now). I had so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences, PLUS I met incredible women both on the trip and in Japan who I know will become lifelong friends. I also got to meet the owner of the company, Judi Wineland. Y'all. She is one of the most fascinating, engaging, energetic and just plain fun women I've ever met. Plus, she's been doing this since the 70's and MAN! has she got some stories...
Next, I'm headed to Indonesia with AdventureWomen at the end of June along with some of my past clients as a trial run (ya know, to figure out all the other things I don't know yet.) THEN if all goes well...
AdventureWomen and Meagan O Photography will partner in 2019 to host the Trip of a Lifetime for 8-12 women, which will include an EPIC boudoir session as part of the incredible itinerary!!!! AdventureWomen will create the itinerary and handle the logistics and I will bring my camera, creativity and enthusiastic self!!! *Queue confetti, music, fireworks and dancing monkeys*
Maybe it will be in Paris and we'll shoot in a glamorous chateau with magnificent, sprawling gardens! Maybe it will be in Italy and we'll shoot in an old castle turned winery! Maybe it will be in India and we'll shoot in an ornate palace! Maybe it will be in Bali and we'll rent a gorgeous private island! GAHHHH! The world is our oyster and I'm SO SO SO EXCITED!!! (For my past clients, YES! The trip will be announced to you first, giving you first dibs if you want your second/third/fourth boudoir session to be abroad!)
Have you got an awesome idea about where we should go?? I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!