Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Megan Boggs
Hello Fellow creatives! I am going to dive right into sharing this next amazing artist with you all. Her work is so vibrant and full of life and movement.... I am literally stunned at every image I see of hers.I like to call her the master of light and freelensing! She is also THE most helpful and driven person I have met through IG so far on my photography journey. She is a Click Pro, Offset Artist as well as the creator of, @ourlightwithin, @p52clicks and the latest @hellostoryteller and a wonderful new educational resource for photographers coming soon at www.hellostoryteller.com Enjoy getting to know.... Megan Boggs
What got you started in photography?
I’ve always been a lover of moments. A sensitive soul. An observer. Since I was a kid I always loved to preserve my here and now, connection, friends, beautiful scenes and details. But it wasn’t until 2008 that my heart pushed me towards photography. As I sit here and write this, I honestly cannot remember the instance that made me pick up the camera. (Now I’m dying to remember!) But I am so glad I did.
However, I do remember my in-laws giving me a (larger) point and shoot Fugi camera for Christmas one year, and that’s where my journey started. (I even got a job at Picture People for a couple months – but was working full time as an Investigator and resigned from the part-time gig).
I started out shooting anything and everything, from landscapes of Sequoia National Park to my neighbors maternity and newborns to seniors. I took any session I could to practice and learn. I am self-taught. Learning by trial and error, practice, and determination; daydreaming of becoming a photographer like the ones I saw online, and eventually Pinterest. Following blogs and then artists on Facebook. I doubted my ability to ever come close to the amazingness I had the privilege to witness in my online world. I had no idea who I was as an artist, what I specifically loved to shoot, or how I would ever get to where I wanted to go. I knew I was improving each year, but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be. I still had yet to attempt to build a successful business, only taking clients from friends and word-of-mouth.
In 2017 I started a 365 project. It pushed me. It through me to the ground. It turned me inside out and upside down. And then in the midst of the summer I found my soul. The thing I had been searching and yearning for: freelensing. I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t keep my lens on my camera. I had no fear of what the elements would do to my lens or my camera if exposed to long. I had to take it off and I HAD to shoot. And there, in the midst of the heat, I feel my voice was born. I had found what I was looking for 9-years! That project found me and in return I found the artist I always wanted to become.
What three words describe your photographic style?
Wild. Emotive. Bold.
What’s your favorite compositional technique?
I love rule of thirds. But I also love fun crops to accentuate and focus on details
Tell me a bit about your biz! Are you only personal work, or a mix of personal and client?
Right now I am mostly personal work, with a little mix of client. I am in the midst of my re-brand for my business and only accepting clients who fit my style.
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot or personal project?
Oh gosh, anything with emotion, connection, movement, and light would be my dream shoot. I’ve recently shot a couple engagement sessions, which I truly loved and would love to shoot more of.
What’s one of the most interesting experiences you’ve ever had in a session or personal project?
Hmmm…I think the last engagement session I shot was pretty awesome. It was my first time shooting a lifestyle/in-home couples session, so getting up close and person was super fun, but a little awkward at times just being so close to the intimacy.
What’s your favourite image you’ve ever taken (please share, and tell me the story behind the image)?
Oh, you would ask me that. Can I share two?? (one freelensed and one with lens attached)This first image was taken in the middle of my street – freelensed. There is just something about this image that strikes me to my core. The light, the flare, the movement of my oldest daughter jumping into the air like the wild child she is. Its just one of my all time favorites (and was published in Click Magazine)!! (emma jumping in air image)
The second image is my other favorite and the face of my brand – Wild Honey Photographer. I am a sucker for golden light and movement and these two things paired together with the pop of my daughters green dress!! It gets me every time. (emma twirling in green dress image)
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in photography?
My biggest advice is this: you do not have to be a technical shooter to be a photographer. I am probably the least technical photographer and I don’t even shoot in manual (although I am in the midst of learning). But, my photography is based off feeling, emotion, light, and thinking outside-of-the-box. I can’t rattle off shutter speeds, or read a histogram, or meter for light. These techniques are great and I’m sure once I actually learn them I will see a difference in my photography, but you don’t HAVE to know these things to create art. I shoot what I feel. I shoot what I see. I follow my heart and I click the shutter, and that’s where the magic lies.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Well, I was a Private Investigator for 10 years and recently retired in September 2017. So I am just diving into my journey of photographer (without other full-time job distractions). But I also have a love for graphic & web design and would love to build a business in that filed.
I mean look at her work! Isn't it just gorgeous? Let her beautiful words and work encourage and inspire you today. Please go and visit her at the links I posted above and show her some love! Remember to also stop by her new educational website and sign up for free resources at www.hellostoryteller.com