Journey

MY PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY/NEW KID IN TOWN

My name is Megan.  I’m a longtime photographer, first-time blogger.  I hope you join me on this exciting new journey.

I’m starting fresh in a new Montana town with a virtually non-existent music scene.  True, I don’t get out after dark as often as I used to (at least when it comes to outings not including groceries or family-related errands), but it’s discouraging to think that my opportunity to do so is limited.  Photographing live shows has been my “cup of tea” for nearly a decade.  I get a kick out of fashion photography, and I enjoy the occasional artistic nude, but I feel a bit lost without a connection to the local music scene.  Musicians are creative, edgy, unpredictable and generally intense, so mingling with this bag of mixed nuts never fails to inspire and motivate me.  Okay, not every guy/gal in every band fits that stereotype, but I relish the sweaty, alcohol-fueled performances and the dark little dive bars.

Perhaps my life of late has been a touch too PC, as I have been caring for our three kids under five for the past ten months, which makes me yearn for a good old-fashioned foul-mouthed frontman and a vodka tonic.  So this is my journey, good people of the internet.  I am stretching myself beyond my creative comfort zone, shooting (literally) for a new way of approaching my craft.  I aim to seamlessly blend my dark, often moody rock & roll aesthetic with my love of capturing a subject’s personality and beauty.

Portraiture is very close to my heart, and it means a lot to create a photograph of someone that will be treasured for a lifetime and beyond.  But I refuse to compromise my own ideals and crank out generic, heavily Photoshopped images that lack creativity, forethought or photographic skill.  You might say I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to photography, but only when it comes to my own work.  I have no qualms about other photographers who produce different types of work.  In fact, I’m glad there are so many out there who are so very different from me.  It means that my clients who come to me are looking for an outside of the box experience, and I’m more than happy to oblige.

I love people and I am blessed with the ability to put my subjects at ease, which is something that can never be learned.  It’s innate.  And it’s the reason I’m good at what I do.  One of my favorite quotes is from the incomparable Annie Leibovitz:  “When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them.  Anyone I know I photograph.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.