Who I am

My name's Megan - I'm based out of Raleigh NC, and I'm an introvert who loves to puzzle out people. Equal parts snark and sentiment, I'm a romantic with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Storytelling and story-listening have my heart forever and always. I'm an old soul, a grateful Christian, an enormous geek, a writer, and a photographer. Crazy-big ideas are my favorite; as long as I'm learning something, I'm happy. Crowds intimidate me, but I could talk one on one for hours. And I'm so glad you're here.

What I do

I document  real life - in all of its crazy-beautiful-gritty-difficult-ethereal-intense-light-filled complexity, on ordinary days and on the best days of your life. This umbrella mission manifests itself in a couple of ways: I photograph people (portraits, businesses, and weddings), and I also write some of their stories out for print. I get a solid idea of who my subject is, and I bring out that self in images and words. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a couple getting married, a senior, an editor needing a profile, or an everyday Joe needing headshots; if you're a human, I want to tell your whole story, and help you see the beauty in it. 

Why the weird name?

Thistle and Sun is about the interaction and intertwining between reality and beauty. It is my goal to help highlight the beauty in our reality, in spite of (or maybe even because of) the thorns. What I am looking for is hope and light and beauty in your life that I can reflect back to you - everything else is details. From my own experience, I can say that tough times can either blind us to the joys life offers, or it can amplify them. Let's choose light and joy together!