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Get to Know Meg Ruth

We’ve decided to do little get to know you posts here and there so that you can put faces to all of these amazing people here at Caravan! Starting with the wonderful… Megan Ruth Stay!

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My name is Megan Ruth Stay. But you can call me Meg Ruth. I’m a crafty lady who loves to learn new skills and make beautiful photographs for a living. I’ve been taking photos since I was 12 and feel privileged that the thing that brings me so much joy is something I get to do for “work.” I’m married to a Star Wars geek who I affectionately call Sir Luke. We have a floppy eared puppy named Ripley who I smother with love almost as much as I do Sir Luke.

Last spring I travelled around the country with my mom while she interviewed her high school classmates from 50 years ago. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. We’re working on a coffee table book with lots of photos and interviews. I can’t wait to share it!

Q: If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I would finish the novel I’ve been working on, or have halted on. I love my characters and think about them all the time. I really want to finish writing their story. I totally feel like I’m betraying them right now, haha!
Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Once upon a time I was making cupcakes before church. I had gotten all ready, put on my apron and got to work baking. The doorbell rang, one of the boys from church had come to collect something from me. My dog went nuts and I was trying to coral her and help the kid. Halfway through his visit I realized I was only wearing tights and a top and my apron… He got a nice eyeful when I turned my back to him to reprimand my dog. A classic tale of embarrassment.
Q: What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Bread. Still is.
Q: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
This is a toss up between my photography idol Dorothea Lange and my crafty idol, Martha Stewart. But being that Dorothea has long since passed on Martha might be the better option
Q: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Calligraphy is the next thing on my “Learn To” list. Followed closely by ukelele playing.
Q: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
I was big into throwing food down the toilet, even at the very young age of 3. My poor dad had to pull the entire thing out to the backyard and hack away at an apple that I had taken one bite out of and “flushed” away to hide the evidence.
Q:What sound do you love?
Crunching leaves. I got out of my way to step on them on my walk every morning.
Q: Something most people don’t know about you?
When I was 3 I found a message in a bottle on the beach in Malibu. I still have the message, but the bottle got broken years ago. The people that wrote it were camping on Catalina Island. The definitely thought it would go farther than it did because they wrote the message in English, Spanish, and French.
Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a children’s book author and illustrator. I loved picture books and the idea of creating stories. My mother used to transcribe my stories back in the day. “Bru Bear and Sugar Bear” was my first attempt.

Q: What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I know it will sound crazy, but 5am, when hardly anyone is up, walking my dog at sunrise. I love the peace and the beauty of a day just beginning.
And that’s Meg Ruth Stay! Isn’t she great?!
Written by Meg Ruth from Meg Ruth Photography

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