We all have a story
filled with in-between moments. Stolen glances, belly laughs, and gentle touches. Your first home together and the way laughter echoes through a living room piled high with boxes. The goosebumps on your skin as you sprint hand in hand across the sand and into the near-freezing ocean. Inhaling that newborn smell while your first child sleeps in your arms, her tiny hand coiled around your finger.
Every love story is overflowing with beautiful, in-between moments.
You want to look back and see photographs that emphasize the emotion and love that you feel in these moments, photographs that will preserve your story.
That's where I come in.
I'm Morgan! Killer of houseplants and capturer of emotion. I'm happiest when I'm standing by the ocean in the pouring rain with a camera in hand - although cuddled up on the sofa with my husband and a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream is definitely a close second.
I love handwritten letters, thunderstorms, and people who aren’t afraid to let go a little. If you wouldn’t hesitate to get your feet dirty or your dress a little wet, we’d be a good fit.
As a child, I could often be found sitting cross-legged on the floor surrounded by an enormous circle of photographs from the shoe-box beneath my bed. Those photographs transcended time, and that box is still my most valued possession.
I want that for you too. In the age of endless cell phone snapshots and photos living and dying on a Facebook page, I believe in the tangible photograph. I believe that printing is preserving, and I believe your story is worth preservation.
Nearly ten years ago, Gianna and Joe met at a job they shared working together at a golf course. She said he was easy to talk to and super down-to-Earth right from the start. He said she was more beautiful than anyone he’d ever met in his life. On a Friday night almost three years ago, they drove to Cape May to visit the Christmas Village at Congress Hall, and Joe proposed to Gianna right outside in front of the Christmas Tree.
Their wedding day was laid back, relaxed, and oh-so beautiful - it was such an honor and a privilege to bear witness.
This shoot came together relatively last minute, and from the first click or my shutter to the last, it lasted less than eighteen minutes - but DANG, did we make magic. Check out the story of how this “test the dress” shoot came to happen and of course, look at how gorgeous Sarah and her babe are!
Is waking up at the crack of dawn and getting your family photo-ready for a sunrise session worth it? Why, yes. Yes it is. Especially when that family photo session is happening in Port Royal, South Carolina. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a disappointing sunrise in this state. These four wanted golden light and a morning sky and I was happy to oblige.
Just after I sent their gallery out I got a call from Grace, she said she’d been sitting there at her computer crying over the photos and an email just wouldn’t suffice, a call was the only way to express her gratitude for how I had captured them - I may have melted into an actual puddle as she went on about how happy she was to have these photos to look back on for the rest of their lives.
This post is extra special because not only is it of one of my absolute favorite things to photograph - motherhood, but it’s also a session I did for some of my favorite people - my big sister and her babies.
Like blog posts with adorable babies, cute pups, contagious smiles, Lowcountry beaches and just all around sweet families? Cool, you’ll like this one!
This is the reason I do this, those words right there, “you captured her as I thought only I saw her.” Capturing for someone something they didn’t think possible to be captured. It’s what it’s all about. I preserve the way love feels, document it in a way that brings it flooding back to you when you look at your images decades from now, I photograph the emotion.
This in-home family session has all the best moments, from cookie baking to dinosaur story book reading, jumping on beds, and dance parties in the living room.
I had such a great time with these four (okay, five)! Also in this post: one of my favorite tips to rock your own in-home family photo session. Let me know what you think!
Traveling to Camden, Maine? You probably already know it’s one of my favorite places! This Midcoast travel guide covers what to do, where to stay, and, most importantly, where to eat during your Camden vacation.
This was my second time photographing Courtney and Steve and this time to they were celebrate their wedding anniversary! We shot in Center City Philly and tried to create a set of images that told a romantic and timeless love story - head to the comments to share your thoughts on it!
Sunset sessions in South Carolina are some of my favorites, so I was beyond excited when Meghan reached out to book a mother-daughter session on Hunting Island Beach. It turned out to be a pretty chilly Fall evening, especially by the ocean, but we explored and played enough to warm up quickly and create some magic. This mother-daughter session is one of my favorites, take a look!
Spent an evening on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City documenting the love and connection between this awesome couple. We had a magical sunset and shot right into that beautiful blue hour light with the city lights shining in the distance.
When Carolina (a fellow photographer!) planned her family’s vacation to Cape May, NJ she reached out to schedule a session to document those memories. It was such a pleasure photographing them! We met at Sunset Beach and were not disappointed with the beautiful sunset skies and warm weather we lucked out with. Vacation sessions are such a great way to document your family’s story.
“As is true to the reason I went with you in the first place, you captured the real, raw moments of our relationship. I absolutely love them and I can’t help but notice how happy I look in nearly every one - not a fake smile for the camera, but a real one. Those unposed moments are what make our relationship so special to me, and that’s why I…”
Amanda is one of Philadelphia's best wedding photographers, and someone I call a friend. She’s one of those people whose joyful demeanor spreads like wildfire wherever she goes, and as you can see, she and Rich together have a pretty amazing energy. At the end of our session Amanda and Rich unexpectedly…
This session with Kate and her family in Ocean City is one of my favorites. Her family is so full of love and is growing - she told me after we shot that she was pregnant with her second little one at the time of our session! We spent an evening on the beach in Ocean City and created photographs I think they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Plus, how romantic are the photos of mom and dad at the end?!?
About an hour before we were scheduled to start, I stepped onto the beach to find a soft breeze, blue sky and sunlight shining on my shoulders - perfection. Our session was scheduled to start at 6:30, and at 6:27 I got a text from Sarah that read "Are you okay? Are you in your car?" ...That's odd. I thought, of course I'm okay, it's absolute perfection out here! And then it came. At 6:30 on the dot…
How sweet is this family?!
We spent such a fun morning behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and around Azalea Gardens playing and creating these cozy and cheerful photos.
Valley Forge in the winter is a DREAM. The brown fields and golden sunsets made for such a gorgeous backdrop for my session with Emil, Matt, and their daughter. Their love is one I can’t put into words (but I did put into photographs), click through to see this beautiful family and read a bit about stopping to appreciate the love in your life.
“In truth, I pray that my daughter sees me, and the world sees us, the way Morgan does. In a snapshot of an hour, I know that if documentation of love is ever called for, I want it to be seen in just this light. Morgan's sense of adventure was remarkably aligned with mine and came as an always welcome reminder to drink the wild air.” See what else Katherine had to say about her mother-daughter session in Megunticook Lake.
See what Danielle had to say about our session in this post. Documenting the connection between Danielle and her three sons was beautiful and humbling, their family is such a special one.
Our last morning in Maine was an epic one. It was just before dusk as I tiptoed across the old wooden floors toward the kitchen to heat the tea kettle. When I swung open the screen door a cold, salty breeze wrapped itself around my shoulders, painting a layer of goosebumps all the way to my ankles. It was my favorite kind of morning, the kind…
It doesn't have to be a special occasion to document your love, engagement photography may be the most common time for couples to experience a photo session but the many beautiful moments that happen after the wedding are well worth documenting. Click through to see more of this “just because” session with Courtney & Steve at Valley Forge Historical Park.
A cozy Sunday morning session celebrating Joe and Gianna's engagement. You don't always need a gorgeous scenic location for engagement photos, their adorable home just outside of Philadelphia was the perfect spot document their love.
Motherhood has always been one of my favorite things to document and I was so glad to photograph this gorgeous pair. Turning the unique connection between a mother and her child into art allows me to give them a glimpse of how incredible they are from my perspective. A view that looks a lot like this..
These two have been married for more than thirty years and I was so honored to have the opportunity to photograph them at one of my favorite spots in Camden, Laite Beach. These may be some of my favorite photos EVER, check them out!