By the ever-incredible  Mikayla Christiansen .

By the ever-incredible Mikayla Christiansen.

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, a chronic museum-wanderer, a slowly reforming Coca-Cola addict, a writer, and a photographer. Crazy-big ideas are my favorite; as long as I'm learning something new, 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 insane-beautiful-gritty-difficult-wondrous-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. While I'm on the job, I'm not there for perfect - I'm there for important. A brush of the arm, the expert hand of a professional at work, quick forehead kisses, sun shining through leaves like stained glass, knowing side glances - I'm there to catch the seemingly small stuff that is balm for the soul. Whether you're a couple getting married, an entrepreneur, a senior, or an editor needing a profile; if you're a human, I want to hear and then tell the whole story. 

 

Why the weird name?

Thistle & Sun is about the interaction and intertwining of 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. If the devil is in the details, I'm convinced God is there too. What I am looking for is hope, 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 to hang onto light and joy together.