Shoppe Talk with Keri Meyers
1. Briefly tell us about your Journey, how long you have been in photography, and what type of photography you do.
My journey…where to start? It’s been an absolutely wonderful journey and I feel so fortunate for every day that I able to live this dream. It all really started back in 2007 in between the births of my two sons (14 months apart). I have always had a love and eye for photography. Before having children I loved photographing landscapes and nature. After the birth of my first son in October 2007 my passion really shifted to children. Go figure. After photographing several local children and families I decided to start my business officially in the October 2008, just before my second son was born in December. Crazy? Sort of.
I started very part time with a new baby in the mix. My husband worked full-time and I was a stay-at-home mommy. Like many moms, I did sessions on weekends and edited during nap times. I photographed everything from babies, to seniors to weddings. I quickly found my passion for newborn photography and never looked back. I took business full time in September of 2009 and now specialize in newborn portraiture, although I still photography babies less than one year and families on occasion.
2. Who inspires you the most and why?
Many different people inspire me and they aren’t necessarily photographers. I am inspired by men/women who work hard and reach for their dreams. I really try to surround myself with positive people that encourage each other to reach their goals whether it’s achieving a new business goal or running a half marathon. We all need people in our lives that inspire us to be better in all facets of our lives.
3. Name two things that have changed your photography business for the better.
Experience and mistakes. I believe my photography has improved for the better because of mistakes I have made along the way and learned from. You know what they say, practice makes perfect. The time I have put in working with newborns, mastering camera settings, lighting, etc. have also made me a better photographer. Never stop learning and always keep pushing yourself to get better.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Gosh, if you asked me this question 5 years ago I would never have thought I would be where I am now…so this is a funny question for me. Five years ago I was teaching a class of 5th graders Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, etc. In 5 years, I would like to see myself right where I am doing what I love. I do hope to build a new studio and make a few improvements to my business structure, but overall I am very happy where I am today and wouldn’t change much.
5. How do you keep your work fresh?
There are only so many ways you can pose a newborn and I am drawn to the classic newborn poses of baby cuddled up on a beanbag or wrapped in a basket/prop. I try to keep my work fresh by the props, colors and textures that I use. I am always on the lookout for new and unique items to add to my set-ups, but at that same time won’t overpower the teeny tiny subjects.
6. What are the most important things your photography brings to you?
My photography brings me so much joy. It is a creative outlet that really allows me to express myself. I get excited to meet each and every itty-bitty client that enters my studio. Most of all I love picking out props and set-up and coordinating colors for sessions and bringing everything together. I still get excited when it all comes together and I see a perfect image on my LCD screen. Just knowing that I am creating art and memories for my clients to pass on down for generations is a pretty awesome feeling.
7. What is your favorite and most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given?
I have three that really resonate with me. The first is – Be you. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Do what you love and makes you happy. The second is “Work Hard and Be Nice”. Lastly, make family time a priority and be present during those times. Running your own business can be a “round-the-clock” job, but don’t let your personal/family life suffer because of it.
8. How do you balance work, family and friends?
Balance is a constant juggling act. I am always working on the perfect balance between work, family and friends. My best advice is don’t be afraid to say no. Sometimes you just have to. I know it’s hard to turn a potential client away, but don’t overwork yourself. We do this because we love it and we are passionate about our art. You don’t want the quality of your art to suffer because you are overworked and stressed about getting a gallery finished for your client. If you are editing at 2am half asleep – go to bed. Don’t risk compromising the quality of your work. Get some rest, that gallery will still be there in the morning. Set work hours and stick to them. Schedule quality family time and turn off your iPad or iPhone and be present during that time. It’s so easy to check your e-mail from you mobile device and get drawn into your work (I am guilty of it), but try to resist the temptation. One thing I have learned over the years is that our children grow and change too fast and we’ll never get that time back.
9. What is your favorite quote?
“Regrets and mistakes are memories made.”
Thanks Keri for this wonderful interview and sharing your beautiful images with us. To see more of Keri’s work of sign up for one of her wonderful workshops please CLICK HERE.