Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BEHIND THE LENS: Simplicity by Megan Wright, Boise Idaho

Last November we posted on our Facebook page that we were looking for photographers to interview for our Behind the Lens series.  We had a terrific response and are thrilled to be lining up a bunch of wonderful interviews in the upcoming weeks (if you are interested, please send us an email to momswhoclick@yahoo.com).

One of the wonderful photographers who responded was Megan Wright who we are featuring today.  We are so excited to showcase her beautiful images and to learn a little bit more about Megan and her work.  As you will see from her images below, Megan's photos really capture her client's emotions (I just love the photo of the couple below).

Megan, thank you so much for sharing your story with us today!

Your Name: Megan Wright
Your studio/business name: Simplicity by Megan Wright 
Location: Boise, Idaho 
Website/Blog: http://photographybysimplicity.com/ 
Twitter:  @chasingmeg 
Facebook: http:// www.facebook.com/simplicitybymeganwright 

Your Style:

In 50 words or less, how would your clients describe your photography? My style is simple, rich and emotive. I try very hard to find genuine interactions and connections every time I shoot. I know these type of moments are personally the kind that I want to look back at and remember. 

Are you self-taught or classroom trained? I am self taught although I love pushing myself by being around and learning from other creative people. 

How many years have you been a professional photographer? Two years. 

Where do you want to take your photography business in 5 years? I would like to be only specializing in lifestyle and stylized family and children photography. 

Is there a photographer who inspires your style? Definitely! Who would that be? I love a funky mix because of the different things they do but some favorites are, YAN, Leah Cook, Sean Flanigan, Benj Haisch and Tara Whitney. 

Favorite location to take photos? Anywhere that makes my subjects feel totally open and free to be themselves. If that is their home, a favorite park, a parking garage rooftop or a alleyway I am happy! 

Favorite vacation spot? Hands down NY City! You can never run out of things to do, see or take pictures of ;). 

Your Business: 

What was the pivotal moment when you decided to become a photographer? It would have to be when my family and I moved to Boise. I wanted to get out and meet people and I thought what better way to do that! I had been taking pictures for friends for a long time so it seemed natural and just I decided to go for it. Photography has been an amazing way to meet so many great people, both clients and other photographers. 

What’s the best marketing tip that has worked for you? I really feel like taking advantage of social media and word of mouth has been my biggest method of growth and marketing. 

What’s the most surprising thing a customer has asked you? Haha! That will remain a secret! ;) 

Favorite print lab? Black River Imaging. 

Your Gear: 

Are you Canon or Nikon (or –other): Canon all the way! 

If you could only have one lens on a photo shoot, what would it be? The Canon 24-70. I favor primes but if I could only have one this would be more versatile. 

What brand bag do you carry your camera in? I use the Epiphanie Ginger bag (in brown) and I LOVE it. 

What gear would we find in your camera bag? Canon Lenses, 35, 50, 17-85, 28-135, and a Speedlite 430 EXii that doesn’t see the light of day very often and various other odds and ends. 

Are you a natural light fan or strobe fan? 100% natural light. I love the challenge and beauty of it! 

Are you PC or Mac? I absolutely love my Mac. 

Your Tips and Tricks: 

What post processing tools do you use? PS and LR4 

Do you shoot in Raw or Jpeg? Raw 

Best advice you would give your 20-year old self? Care less about what other people think and go after what you want. It’s obtainable! 

Best advice you would give a new photographer?   Don’t compare yourself to others. It is artistically draining and self defeating. 

What site do you use for your photography and why? I use a Wordpress blogsite. It is easy to customize and very user friendly. 

What Else Should We Know? 

What was your worst photography experience? I am so fortunate and can say that I really haven’t had one. 

What would surprise people most about you, whether it is photography related or not? I can’t think of a thing! 

And just because we want to know you better, fill in the blanks...

Three things I can’t live without.... Outside of my faith, family, and friends I would have to say, my camera, my phone and music. 

I wish I had more..... time to travel. 

The best thing about being a photographer is...Getting to do something that I love for a job! It is a lot of work but I always look forward to it! 

The most important lesson I ever learned was.... Love and value people. They are so worth it. 

My favorite time of day is... Night time. I am a TOTAL night owl.

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