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I am a movie lover and film was my second career option. I love horror especially, and that contributes a lot to my photography. I take a lot of photos with dark tones and horrific imagery, and I love creating a creepy atmosphere. I was also a dancer for ten years, and that helps a lot with my direction of models. It has given me a lot of body awareness and has helped tremendously with my creativity. It has also contributed to my love for dance photography.
Meghan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started being interested in photography when I was 15, and I started considering it as a career choice towards the end of high school. Throughout my childhood, I was always very artistic and considered becoming an artist, but when I discovered photography, I was hooked. I loved picking up my camera and taking hundreds of pictures. I'm extremely passionate about portrait photography of all kinds. I love seeing models and customers face light up when they see a photo that I've taken of them. I aspire to grow as a portrait photographer and continue to develop my style. I want to find a genre of portrait photography to specialise in and grow my business in the process.
Who is your inspiration in life Meghan? How do you keep inspired?
A big inspiration to me is a partner of mine who passed away. He was a photographer as well and was incredibly talented, and he pushed me to devote myself to photography. Whenever I'm feeling uninspired, I like to take a look at his work, and it reminds me of everything he taught me and how much he believed in me. His work is also really impressive and looking at his photographs inspires me to push myself to learn more and improve.
We all make mistakes Meghan; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One time, closer to the beginning of my journey into photography, I planned a shoot with a model and another photographer. We drove out to the location and got set up, and I got extremely nervous and intimidated. The other photographer was much more experienced than I was and I was afraid to embarrass myself. I only ended up taking a few images, and I regret not using that opportunity to learn from the other photographer.
Meghan, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I always try to have a conversation with my clients before the shoot to get a good idea of what they want out of the shoot. I then make it a priority to keep in mind what the client wants during the shoot. That helps me prioritise the shots that I need to get and especially when having a large number of clients; it helps to have a concise list of the shots you need so that you aren't taking up unnecessary time setting a shot up.
Please tell us, Meghan, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
There have been times when I have had to choose one shoot over another, and in those moments I have to be strategic. I have to keep in mind what will help get me where I want to go with my career and what will give me learning opportunities and new experiences.
Meghan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
There have been times when I've had to convince clients to trust my judgement when it came to the photos I chose to give them and the way I edited them.
Meghan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest professional accomplishment was seeing an image I took on the cover of a book. It was amazing to see it printed on the cover and seeing my name on the back of the book. It was the first time I'd been published, and I'll always remember it.
Meghan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
In October I had the opportunity to plan a Halloween shoot, and I had complete creative control and was able to pick the theme, the model and the location. It was awesome being able to plan the entire shoot and do what I wanted creatively. I came up with a concept I was really happy about and produced some images I was proud of. Having complete creative control can also be difficult if you aren't completely confident in your idea and when I was asked certain questions that I had to know the answers to, like what kind of makeup to do or what outfits to bring, I had some difficulties.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
A big piece of advice I have about being successful as a photographer is not to underestimate social media. Create an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and you'll be surprised what it can do for you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'd love to work with Canadian brands like Inkbox Tattoos, The Saltwater Collective, Adhesif Clothing and Rosie The Rebel.
Photographer: Meghan Chartrand @meghanchartrand Model: Christina Marie @christina.marie_art