Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan O’Neil.
Morgan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story is definitely unique! I have a degree in mechanical engineering and started my photography business while working at an engineering firm in downtown Boston. I felt like something was missing in my life, so I started shooting on the weekends for fun. Growing up I excelled at math and science so I was encouraged to pursue engineering. I had always been interested in photography as a hobby, but art never seemed like a viable career path. After photographing my first few weddings in the summer of 2015 things really started to take off! Getting positive feedback felt amazing, and I realized I was actually making a difference in someone’s life. I dove in headfirst and learned everything I possibly could about photographing weddings and running a photography business. Within a year I had a completely booked wedding calendar and quit my job to take the business full time. Since then I’ve also expanded the business to Palm Beach. It has been a roller coaster but it’s gratifying to look back and see how far I’ve come. If I could do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I photograph laid-back, loving couples all along coastal New England as well as in Palm Beach, Florida during the winter months. My wedding photography is focused on capturing candid moments and natural reactions, rather than too many posed or detail shots. I believe that the wedding day should be about spending time with your new husband or wife, along with the friends and family that have traveled long distances to celebrate with you. I don’t want to pull couples away from this for too long to take a bunch of posed, set-up portraits. I’m very relaxed and go-with-the-flow and I think that draws my clients to me. I hope that when couples look at their photos, they remember exactly how they felt that day. And I hope that when others look at my photos they get a glimpse of that feeling.
I also always try to keep a personal project going in my spare time. One of my current projects is pug photography! I photograph pugs on a white studio backdrop, letting their individual personalities shine.
How can artists connect with other artists?
One of the challenges of being an artist and running my own business, is that I spend a lot of time working from home. I definitely suggest joining Facebook groups, I’ve joined several for photographers and other wedding professionals. Some of them host local meetups which I have been going to lately. It can be difficult because I’m pretty introverted, which is very common with artists, but it’s been very helpful to connect with people who share common experiences and challenges with me.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best places are my website, www.morganoneilphotography.com, or my Instagram, www.instagram.com/morganoneilphotography. I’m always posting my new wedding work on my Instagram as well as any personal projects I have going on. The best way to support me is to give me a follow if you like what you see!
- Address: Boston and Palm Beach
- Website: www.morganoneilphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/morganoneilphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/morganoneilphotography
- Other: www.morganoneilphotography.com/blog
All photos taken by me.