As promised, here is the second installment of all the crazy changes that are going on here. You can read the first part here. You probably already know this, but I've marketed Meagan O Photography as solely a wedding photography business for the past few years. I rarely shoot families/seniors/newborns/etc. So, now that Kelly and I will be doing all of our weddings through Brides & Dolls, what's going to happen to Meagan O Photography? Here's the short answer: I'm getting a studio in the city and I specializing in creative glamour portraits for women (AHHHHHH-typing it out makes it so real!!!!!)
What made me decide to go this direction instead of opening a traditional studio? Well, earlier this year I began doing boudoir marathon weekends where I'd rent a swanky hotel suite and book 8-12 women. They'd come in, get their hair and makeup done, put on something that makes them feel gorgeous and then I'd take amazing pictures of them. I really REALLY loved those weekends. I would look forward to them for weeks, even though it was an intense few days of shooting. It felt like a grownup version of playing dress up and I relished everything about it.
Being the introspective person I am, I asked myself why I loved those weekends so much. I had a lot of answers. I loved getting to meet so many amazing women. I loved watching them interact with one another as they changed outfits/got shoe advice/put on a different shade of lipstick. I loved their reactions as the hair and makeup transformed them. I loved watching their jaw drop in excitement when I showed them the back of the camera after I got a great shot. Especially because they knew I hadn't even edited it yet. And I loved showing normal, everyday women how valuable, unique, and beautiful they are. That was my absolute favorite part.
We live in a world where women are never enough. We aren't skinny enough. We aren't pretty enough. Our hair isn't straight/curly/shiny enough. Our skin isn't smooth enough. We aren't patient enough. We aren't loving enough. We aren't strong enough. We aren't submissive enough. Day in and day out we are pelted with messages around how to be better moms/wives/daughters/friends/employees/women. And the result is heartbreaking. At weddings, I watch as the mother of the bride desperately tries to hide behind her daughter when I take my camera out. I give her the laugh she's looking for when she says "You can make me fifty pounds lighter, right?" Or "You'll be sure to remove all my wrinkles?" Or, worse, she doesn't even want to be in pictures. It is tragic that we have allowed the world's grating, demanding voice to creep so deeply into our hearts that we don't even want to exist in photos.
Some of you may be thinking I'm wrong, or being dramatic. After all, we're all members of a selfie society now, right? Wrong. Think about what a selfie is. It is an image of you that you have complete control over. No one takes just one. We twist and contort, sucking in our tummies and cheeks until we finally get one that will do. The one that we aren't completely ashamed to post. And then, we eagerly wait for people to "like" or comment on it. What we're really waiting for is validation. We want to know we matter.
I'm here to tell you that not only do you matter, but you are someone of infinite worth. I want you to know you are beautiful. Not twenty years ago, or twenty pounds ago, but right now. And when I've begun to convince you of that, I want to take a picture so you can see what I see. Then I want you to share that picture with the people who already love and cherish you. And finally, I want that picture to be what your great, great grandchildren look at as their parents tell them about who you are.
This is what Meagan O Photography is becoming. I want to invite women to come to my studio and bring their best friend/sister/mom/daughter. I want them to laugh, talk and relax while they get their hair & makeup done. Then I want to take gorgeous portraits for them to hang on their wall and cherish forever.
There's a lot to do. I have to get the studio set up. I have all new branding and marketing to roll out. I have a new website to launch. New business cards coming in. This is the most terrifying step I've taken since starting my own business, but I have faith that the result is going to be so completely worth it.
I've already begun taking appointments for November. If you're interested please get in touch! I can't wait to meet you!