First up is our beloved Meg. She is such an inspiring woman - strong, patient, chic, soulful and classy. She is certainly the ying to my yang, mellow and cool at any given time. Meg's photography echos her artsy personality and quaint, hip locale. Her work is dreamy and fun, vintage inspired yet modern. When you swim through her photos, it's like you've been filled with a fresh breathe. We know you'll love her as much as we do! ~Jen
Location: Boston/Newburyport Massachusetts
Real life, real light with a vintage flare.
What's one thing that everyone should know about you?
I always wanted to be a set designer on Broadway.
How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
I launched my business two years ago,but have adored photography since high school. I grew up in front of my dad’s lens and my spark started as a child. My grandfather was an avid photographer with his own darkroom – sadly, I never had a chance to meet him but I know the seed was planted through him. Photography makes me feel close to my dad and his dad. I have boxes and boxes of slide film of my dad’s photography – he has a great eye.
Lightroom changed my world.
What is your best tip for getting great lighting in photos?
I’m a natural light photog – I’ve been chasing light for years I even know when the sun sets daily (today the sun will set in Newburyport at 6:57pm!) – even on a cloudy day there’s light you just have to find it – an open field versus the canopy of trees. It’s there, just be creative and plan your shoot accordingly.
What does beautiful mean to you?
Paris. My camera. And Café au lait. (I also want to stay at Kate Winslet’s house in that movie with Cameron Diaz when they swapped homes – and of course after seeing Mama Mia I must go shoot in Greece – that light, that beautiful light!)
I adore shooting couples. I love their connection with each other and once relaxed you can get some incredible feelings.
Confidence. Standing on the edge and taking that leap. Once I did I have been enjoying the soaring/flying the bumps and the lows. But when I hear from a bride or a new mother that my photos brought tears to their eyes it’s all worth it.
Past clients – word of mouth. Nothing like having a client recommend you – it’s the biggest compliment and best marketing tool there is.
I talk a lot!! Facebook has been an invaluable tool as well. I try to maintain my blog too but find I haven’t been very good in that arena. I went back to the first few days of my blog and enjoyed what I saw so I am going to get back to my own roots. I have a great passion for many things and I don’t want to lose myself along the way. And you never know who you’ll meet in line at the grocery store!
I have always been a believer of doing what makes your heart happy. I have a fondness of that vintage look and if it fizzles out in popularity, I don’t care – it makes me happy and that is what my photography is all about. I will always be true to me.
You can never be afraid to say no – especially if you have a full workload. Nobody can do it all. I would never want to feel stressed during a session. I know my limits and book accordingly. I hope my clients think I’m worth the wait.
I might have thought a session bombed because of whatever circumstance existed and have second guessed myself but I’ve never had a client say they are disappointed. I am always the first to admit to a bad day, and if I really feel it was a rough session I am more than happy to do it all over again. A client’s happiness and satisfaction is what comes first.
I have had incredible results with WHCC and have recently added ProDPI to that mix with great results.
No amount of post processing can fix a crappy image. It’s important to get it right in camera – you have to know what each setting will accomplish and then you can enjoy the emotion and drama you can get out of the image in post processing.
I’m a Nikon gal. Always have been. – D300. And lately it’s the 50mm. I always return to this lens. It’s like a great fitting pair of jeans. You put them on and you feel so good and comfy you can even throw on a pair of heels with them and your all set!
happy and secure.
What is the all time best book you've ever read?
If we surprised you at your house today, what would be the first thing we would notice?
We love you Meg! xoxo