Behind the Moment: Photographer Stories | Megan - Behind the Camera and Dreaming

Behind the Moment: Photographer Stories | Megan

Monday, June 09, 2014


As part of our Catch the Moment 365 project, Mindi and I will be featuring a monthly guest post from photographers and members of our Catch the Moment 365 community. This week we are happy to have Megan from Megan's Digest sharing her photography story. Thank you Megan for sharing with us. 

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Q&A: 


When and how did you discover and fall in love with photography?

I have always loved photography. In junior high and high school I always had a disposable camera. Then once I got to college I got a digital camera. I got a decent film camera at some point too. I often took photos but my setting was almost always on auto. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my first son and got my first DSLR that I starting wondering about the other options on cameras. It still took time, but eventually after he was born I began to play around with manual settings and I have never looked back.

What's in your camera bag? favorite piece of equipment? Go to editing software/actions/presets etc?

I almost always use my Nikon D3000 with a 35mm lens, f/1.8. I have a couple of other lens but rarely use them. I also have a Speedlight but still haven't figured out how to use it. I don't edit my photos outside of cropping or changing to black and white, I would like to learn how to edit but just isn't a priority for me now.

What has been the most influential technique or tip you learned to help you improve your own photography?

Learning how to control aperture on my camera.  Made a huge difference in my photos.  That and practicing.

If you could take a photo walk anywhere in the world where would you go and who would you bring with you?

Italian countryside with my family. 
Who/What are your favorite photography subjects?
My kids of course.  They are also the most accessible subjects around here. 
Is there anything you hope to accomplish in regards to photography in the next year?
I hope to keep improving my skill, work on composition and all other factors in taking a perfect photo. I don't really have extra time for editing right now, so getting the image good enough without editing is my main goal with each photo. That doesn't always happen though, but practice makes perfect.  


Megan on Giving the Gift of Photography to Your Children


I have always loved looking at photos.  When I was in elementary school, I remember going down to the basement and looking through my parent's photo albums and my baby book.  I loved seeing old memories and photos of myself as a baby and toddler.  This love for photos has continued throughout my life.  I often had a disposable camera in my bag, when those were in fashion.  I also had a film camera and digital camera in college.  I often took photos throughout many moments in life and I am so glad I did.  I love looking back at those moments.

When I was pregnant with my first child I wanted to continue taking photos for myself and for him.  I wanted him to be able to look back at the photos of his childhood and smile at those memories.  After he was born I got the wild idea to take a photo of him every single day for the first year of his life.  I was quite surprised and proud of myself when I accomplished that goal.  There were a few days that I had to sneak in after bedtime and snap a photo, but I did take a photo every single day.  Then I got pregnant with my second son and I knew I had to the same for him.  I saw so many great bloggers joining the Catch the Moment 365 challenge and I decided this would be a good support group for completing 365 photos of my kid again.  It worked out well that he was born Dec 31.  
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While I take photos for my children, I also take them for myself.  If I didn't love looking at photos as much as I did, I don't think I could keep up with taking a photo every single day.  With that said, I really hope they cherish these photos as much as I do.  

Taking a photo every single day really shows how our everyday life is, which are the moments that are so easily forgotten.  It is easy to remember the big moments in life and the big trips, but really easy to forget all the little details that happened.  The everyday moments often aren't picture perfect but are still moments worth remembering.  This is why I love the 365 project.     

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I hope that someday down the line, I catch my children looking at all the photos that I have taken of them and our family while they were growing up.  I also hope they smile at these memories and are taken back to those moments in time.  I know that I have those experiences when looking at old photos, and I really love it. 

 
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Megan is a  stay at home mom to two little boys. She enjoys eating, writing, reading, taking photos and being outside. You can find Megan at Megan's Digest, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every Friday through our Catch the Moment 365 Link Up!






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6 comments

  1. Yay Megan! This was so much fun to read. Now the pressure's on -- I'm coming up in a couple of months. :) I feel much the same about taking pictures - can't ever get these moments back. Now I just wish I was better about printing photos and changing out pictures in frames around the house.

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    1. I have those issues too! I made sure to get semi updated on printed photos before Eldon was born, but haven't printed any photos since last Nov, meaning I don't have any photos of Eldon around the house. Oops. But since we are moving soon, I already took down all photos and frames and made a list of photos that need to be updated. They are now sitting on the kitchen table waiting for me to still print the photos so I can change them out and then pack them up.

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  2. I always love seeing Megan's photos each week so it's nice to get to know her a little more!

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