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No.01Tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey.
I’m like many and proud to say I’m a mother with a camera. I have 3 beautiful children and I’m a wife to a wonderful husband.
When each of my children were born I believed I could achieve those cute newborn picture. Haha not that easy. When my second child was born a soon got my first dslr camera. It wasn’t till my third child was 3 months old and I had a light bulb moment. I’m going to be a photographer. I’m going to learn how to make beautiful pictures and learn how to use my camera. I would put my camera into manual mode sometimes, but I didn’t fully understand what I was doing.
So my obsession started. I did an online photography course. I bought my first lens 50mm. I practiced, practiced, practiced. Watched tutorials, read books, did workshops, did mentorships in business and photography. I just have not looked back and my passion just keeps growing and growing.
No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
When I first started I was lucky my first photography event was in my state. One of the speakers said something about understanding light. Once you really understand light you can do anything and you will see everything so differently. That was 3 years ago. Back then I thought I got it. But wasn’t till recently I truly understand what she was talking about. I did a mentorship with talented Leah Robinson from Horizon within and she help me see the light. Before doing that mentorship I was seeing and using natural light in one way really. But now I’m not afraid of really using light in many different ways and light is everything to photography.
No.03Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration is all around. I find it with my children, a shop to the op shop, a craft shop, new location, I use pinterest before a session and get posing ideas.
No.04What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
I’m self taught, and a did a month mentorship last year. The mentorship help me grow so much. My next workshop is with another Australian photographer Jinky Art. Cant wait for that. I have a recent obsession with the click in moms break out ebooks at the moment. I have purchased almost all of them.
No.05Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
Well I started my first 365 day project in Dec last year. I’m not going very well. It’s defiantly been a challenge. Although it has got me taking more lifestyle pictures of my children, which was the point of starting the project. A year in the life of the Lofts. Instead of just giving up or starting over, I decided I just need to get 365 images this year.
No.06If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
That’s so hard as I love all my lenses. But if I had too I’d choose my 50mm. Just because it’s a good all round lens. Thats my logical answer.
If I was being daring and not thinking about clients.I’d choose my lensbaby sweet 35.
No.07Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
Click it up a Notch on Lens glare in glasses. As I have a session coming up and two of the children have glasses.
Click it up a Notch 10 tips to capturing children together. At the moment I’m always researching everything children photography.
Click it up a notch 30 day challenge Photograph your children. I really need to come back to this to give me a boost in my project.
No.08What is your favorite image right now?
I just got my lensbaby about 2 weeks ago. So today this is my favourite using the sweet 35.
No.09What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?
I have a Nikon D600. My lenses are Nikon 50mm, Tamron 24-70mm, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 and my new lensbaby edge 80 and sweet 35.
No.10Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
I just discovered Caras Ionut last week. Magical work.
No.11What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
At the moment I think confidence and believing in myself.
No.12How do you display your photos?
At the moment we are doing some major renovations and have had to take down all my pictures. I have one of all the kids still up in our rumpus room and every year as a birthday present the kids get a photo album of their year.
No.13What's the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag, and why is it in there?
I have a wedding horse shoe thing that a friend gave me on my wedding day almost 2 years ago. It has stayed in my bag ever since. It’s been in there so long I cant take out now. I’m kind of superstitious like that. It’s my good luck charm.
No.14What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
I just got the lensbaby lens with the edge 80 and sweet 35. I’m thinking about doing a 30 day project using just my lens baby.
No.15If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?
My website is www.meghannmaguire.com I just started blogging and I have some of my images from my 365 day project. My Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MeghannMaguirePhotography
How did you take that first picture?
Great to meet you – amazing pictures that you shared with us. Now off to hunt down the articles you mentioned!
Thank you for your kind words.
In that picture the kids were playing with some Cattail. It was about the time when they go all fluffy. I caught it in some beautiful light.
I love your responses about mentoring under someone. I just got a Lensbaby Velvet 56 myself. Would you mind if I joined you on a 30-day challenge? I’d love the company to try it. I love your black and white images, especially the one with the girl and the toy horse.
I would love some company. What a great idea. I haven’t started yet, so It would be great for a push. How should we do this? I’ll have to go and see what this new Velvet 56 does. I haven’t done that yet.
Thank you for your kind words on my pictures. I have a new love for black and whites.
Ohhh, the number five photo…I LOVE IT!