Today we’d like to introduce you to Meagan Beauchemin.
Meagan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first knew I wanted to be a photographer while in high school. I didn’t know exactly where the career would take me, I just knew I loved recording a little slice of everyday life that would soon turn into history. After graduating, I left for the intensive 10-month program at Hallmark Institute of Photography in western Massachusetts. It opened my eyes to every little inch of a career in photography – commercial, portrait, weddings, business, web design, post processing, everything!! Once finishing school, I moved back to VT to figure out my next steps.
Eventually, I found a job in Newport RI working as a full-time assistant for an incredible yacht photographer named Billy Black. I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and friend to learn from. After 4 years of traveling everywhere from Maine to the Caribbean with him as my mentor, I decided to venture off and explore owning my own freelance photography business. I have always loved meeting new people and photographing someone’s story, so naturally I fell into wedding photography. It’s been 3 years since, and weddings have taken me everywhere from all over New England to Ireland, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Colorado – I literally cannot think of any cooler job than traveling to new places to celebrate with people on one of the happiest days of their lives!!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I believe taking that leap of faith to start your own business DESERVES to have challenges. It’s scary stuff!! Facing these little (or big) bumps in the road is how you will learn, develop strategies for the future, grow and become better. For me, I think the biggest challenge was right off the bat – actually MAKING the decision to leave the comfort of a guaranteed paycheck to explore the unknown and create bigger potential. I spent years psyching myself up for it! On top of that, there are definitely little daily struggles that just come with being human. Comparing yourself to others is a big one and goes hand-in-hand with confidence and doubt. It’s a roller-coaster if you let yourself take that ride. I have learned to just put all of my focus on how I can make my clients the happiest and 100% caring about their wishes and feedback. That helps to reassure I am on the right path and doing something that makes a difference in someone’s life.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Meagan Emilia Photography – what should we know?
My main dish at the moment are weddings and engagements. I love the fact that weddings introduce me to so many new + excited couples in love! Many times, after all is said and done, my clients run into friends..and I think that’s so awesome. I focus on a laid-back shooting experience for couples so they can put their full trust in me, feel comfortable in front of my camera and really show me who they are as a couple together. Organic expressions will always trump those overly posed photos! Leading up to the wedding day, I love to get to know couples and work with them on creating a timeline that allows ample, stress-free time for photos so they can still enjoy each part of the day. The thing that makes me the happiest and most proud is when the couple comes back to me after their day and says “I didn’t realize wedding photos would be so easy and fun!” or “all of our guests were commenting on how they didn’t even realize you were there, but you captured every little detail of the day!”.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Obviously understanding the technicalities of photography itself, but perhaps more important is the ability to connect + communicate with couples, know their story, and understand the vision they have. This allows me to deliver the best product I can. My biggest advertisements are referrals from past clients, so making sure each couple is over the moon happy will always be the most important thing to me and the growth of my business.
- Website: www.meaganemilia.com
- Phone: 802-578-4240
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @meaganemilia
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meaganemiliaphotography/
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