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{low down, throw down with Meg Borders}

Meet Meg Borders. She is an ahhhhmazing photographer with such a love of light, it shows in every one of her photos. Her images are super dreamy and creamy and her personality shines right through them! It was such a pleasure to put today's low down together - thank you Meg!

Name: Meg Borders
Business name: Photography by Meg
Location: Tri-Cities, WA
Website/blog: www.photographybymeg.net, www.photographybymeg.net/blog

Tell us one sentence to describe your photography:
My photography is characterized by a thirst for light, offering an airy, dreamy style that welcomes buttery backlighting and creamy warmth.

What's one thing that everyone should know about you?
I am a dreamer! Since I was a young girl I’ve always dreamt big and still believe that anything is possible. My castle-in-the-sky perspective shines through in my work, and I think capturing that mood for others is a real motivator for me.

How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
Mine is the classic story. I picked up my first DSLR after my first daughter was born couldn’t get enough of it. I had more photos than I needed, and soon realized that the joy wasn’t just in capturing my daughter, but in the art and the possibility. I spent a year learning intensely, soaking up everything I could about the science of photography. I opened for business in January of 2009 and have been humbled by the ascent. I am a relentless learner and desire to grow and evolve constantly.

If they made a movie about your life, what would it be titled and who would play you?
It would be a fairytale story about a prince his princess. I am the princess, though I don’t know it or believe it. My prince falls unexpectedly for me, and against the odds we fall in love. My movie would be set among vast fields, with brilliant flooding light, weeping trees and wild horses! It would be titled Light and Love Through My Lens and Taylor Swift plays me. *You didn’t say it had to be real!

What is your best post processing tip?
Don't try and mimic what others do, rather find what processing style makes your heart sing and stick with it. Stay true to your instinct and passion. If you allow yourself to succumb to conflicting peer and consumer tastes, you'll constantly struggle to find your center and express yourself.

What is your best tip for getting great lighting in photos?
I love evening light and always schedule sessions for the evening (2 hours before sunset.) I look at how the light falls and wraps around my subject and move him/her around until I am seeing through my lens the image dancing in my head. I am a huge fan of backlighting. I love when my subjects look like they are bathing in sun rays.

What does beautiful mean to you?
"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." Kahlil Gibran. Beautiful is when I'm able to capture my subject in a way that's most genuine to who that person is, yet represent them in a way they've never seen themselves.

Explain to us your dream vacation:
My husband and I have always dreamt about going to Bora Bora and staying in a hut over the water with the see through floor. One day….

What type of sessions are your favorite (children, e-sessions, weddings, newborns...) and why?
E-sessions and seniors have become my absolute passion. I can’t get enough of capturing the magic of two people completely in love - there is something so special about it. I love seniors because I have a craving for young women to feel dignified and beautiful amid the many pressures they deal with in our culture. My goal is to draw out their inner beauty and translate that to pixels. I want girls to know they can be captivating without having to compromise.

What equipment do you use and if you had only one lens to use...what would it be?
I shoot with a D700 and my 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4. If I had to choose just one lens, I think it would have to be the 85. The bokeh is so creamy.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
How about the first day of high school I went up to the white board in front of the class to write down an answer to a question. As I got back into my seat, my desk mate quietly told me “you have a rip in your pants”…

As a mom and photographer, how do you balance your life?
I struggle daily with finding the balance between mom and photographer. If someone has figured this out, please email me! My compass is to remember that above anything else, my children are my priority. With that core value underlying everything I do, I then make photography work in and around it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself living in a wheat field on the countryside with my husband, raising my beautiful children, producing images that inspire people, and making a difference in others’ lives. I’d also like to be sipping lemonade in my rocker on my front porch watching the sunset. Hmmm...kinda sounds like a good country song, or part of my aforementioned movie. A girl can dream a little, right?

What song inspires you?
Any song that can lift your spirits or change your perspective in difficult circumstances. Lately it has been "It's Your Life" by Francesca Battistelli.

What is the all time best book you've ever read?
Hard question, there are so many… currently reading Loving Your Children on Purpose” by Danny Silk. It is totally changing my outlook on parenting.

If we surprised you at your house today, what would be the first thing we would notice?
If you came in the morning you would notice that my girls and I are still in our jammies. . If you came in the afternoon, you might catch me during my daily dance party with my girls jamming out to “Party in the USA.”

And lastly.....when we started the maternal lens, all of us filled out this questionnaire and shared our answers....now it's your turn :)

What is your favorite word? Perfect. I say it way too often.
What is your least favorite word? Pewter…it really bothers me.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Nature, and how light interacts with it!
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Crudeness.
What sound or noise do you love? The sound of my daughters laughing.
What sound or noise do you hate? When my husband taps his teeth with his nails. Gag.
What is your favorite thing to say when you get mad? When I get really mad I cry.
profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I got my degree in social work and I’ve always wanted to advocate for children as a children’s social worker.
profession would you not like to do? Anything physically labor intensive. I am a weenie.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Welcome home daughter."


  1. What a fantastic interview and a fantastic blog! Meg's images are gorgeous so dreamy! Love them.

  2. Great interview, Meg! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing! Her images are beautiful and you can really tell how she really thinks about how her lighting will play part of the picture!

  4. Anonymous8/26/2010

    BEAUTIFUL work!!!
    ~Kim Cain

  5. Erin Potter8/26/2010

    Wow! These images are simply beautiful! Thank you so much for having Meg on the low down!

  6. This may just be my favorite LDTD yet!

  7. Anonymous8/26/2010

    These are wonderful..


  8. great interview along with BEAUTIFUL images

  9. one of my favorite interviews to date. meg's work is so inspiring and her advice is spot on. and yes, her images are unreal...

  10. Love it....and he will be there to say Welcome home daughter. xxx

  11. Awesome interview!

  12. I just found out about Meg recently and I just adore her work! Great interview! :))

  13. Love Meg. Goodness and sweetness radiate from her in such a tangible way. She has grown incredibly in the past year and I find such joy in looking at her vision come to fruition in her images. Great interview.

  14. i loved getting to know you better.....

    your photos amaze me !

    and i worked as a casa for three years and loved it....and usually had the social workers mad at me since we disagreed so often.

  15. Ahhhhhmazaing images indeed. I love Meg's dreamy use of light. I am so inspired by all the moms-turned-photographers I am finding on the web. Just in the beginning of this journey myself...

  16. Meg is one of my absolute favorite photographers. I love her style and her ability to capture light so perfectly..I am inspired by her gorgeous work..Thank you for this wonderful interview!!!

  17. Anonymous1/21/2011

    i LOVE it! You are such an inspiration Meg!

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