MAY IS HARD ON MY HUSBAND.
Because we not only have our wedding anniversary and celebrate Mother’s day, but it’s also my BIRTHDAY MONTH! My poor guy feels a bit of pressure this time of year, so we try to keep May as low-key as possible. Aside from MY birthday, it’s also Meghan Marie Studio’s birthday! May is when I began my journey as a professional wedding photographer, and am always so in awe to have an amazing support system and following. YOU GUYS are why I’m here, and I’m so thankful. With birthdays, whether personal or business, I welcome them because it means there’s been personal growth.
With the birth of social media, it’s easy to lose sight on your progress because we’re focusing on everyone else’s! Anyone else scroll through your feed and feel envious of a friend, classmate, or relative? I can relate.
Because of that, I wanted to show some work from when I first started out in photography, to where I am now, demonstrating how YOUR support has allowed me to grow. I also wanted to let other creatives reading this blog see that we all have to start somewhere and I was no exception. Social media can be deceiving and make you think less of the skills you’ve worked so hard to perfect, so keep your blinders up and focus on your only competition. YOURSELF!
I hope you guys enjoy these photos from memory lane and are inspired to continue to grow!
SIDE NOTE: I am proud of all the work and images I’m displaying below and don’t want any couples, past or present, to feel put down. This is strictly for critiquing myself and where I could have served you better.
In the beginning, I would experiment with different editing and lighting styles. It just confirms that I prefer crisp, bright images to muddied, over-edited ones.
Creating a silhouette is a timeless pose when photographing couples, but, I’ve learned from my early days, that adding other elements (like curtains or lights) can add drama without sacrificing my editing style. I feel like I was trying SO HARD to add drama to the image on the left, where the one on the right just fell into place.
WEDDING COUPLE PORTRAITS
The before image is not a bad image, but, from an artist’s standpoint, my couple portraits were close to looking the same, wedding to wedding. Adding flash and other lighting elements, today, help me give each couple a creative portrait specific to them and their story.
THE CLASSIC SMILING PORTRAIT
The posing issues I had in the beginning of my career were technical and nothing any couple could take responsibility for. This is why I emphasize couples to find a photographer who you feel comfortable with and who has experience photographing weddings (IF photography is important to you on your wedding day). Both these couples had a cold, rainy wedding day, but you can’t tell with the couple on the right. Understanding my couples, posing, and how to crack jokes while shooting are why my couples look happy and not stiff.
THE SMILING PORTRAIT 2.0
To keep smiling poses from running stale, I try to add variety to a photo by using different levels when posing. With the image on the left, I didn’t really think about how these levels would flatter the couple or show that they’re happy and in love. If you’ve worked with me, it’s why I say sitting poses are hard. BECAUSE IT’S TRUE! The image on the right, however, was a more flattering pose and has a special meaning to the couple (Annie, if you’re reading this, this will forever be the “Harry and Megan Markle” pose! HA!).
The same as above is applied here. Knowing how to verbalize or demonstrate more advanced poses, all while making sure the couple is able to do them and feel comfortable will separate “good images” from “WOW images”! Would you agree?
WEDDING PARTY PORTRAITS
Photographing a group is much more difficult than just the couple because there are more elements to consider and be aware of. On the left, there’s the issue of lining up the group with the house, blocking the cars in the background, and picking a pose that was flattering for all (and comfortable! Holy squats!). Keeping it simple, like the image on the right, allowed for everyone to look amazing and happy!
GETTING READY PORTRAITS
Whew. The image on the left is a little embarrassing considering what I shoot now. Flash photography is HARD, which is why I struggled in the beginning of my career. Both of the images were shot in the SAME CHURCH, at the SAME SPOT, but the light in the image on the right is more flattering on the venue and people.