Business Name: Meg Gamez Photography
Where are you based out of? Lemoore, California
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full time
What is your predominant photographic specialization?
Families and Couples
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
How would you define your style?
A mix of bright and moody, I love turning a moment of emotion into a dramatic portrait. I am very much driven by location and light along with the vibes and personality of my client(s). My style of photographing is very laid back to ensure an atmosphere of comfortability to bring out those genuine moments that are captured on camera.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
Growing up, my mother was a fine art portrait photographer who had her own studio based out of our home. I have fond memories of assisting her during her sessions and always finding rolls of film in the fridge. It wasn’t until after college that I realized that I had my own love for photography, and began working for a photographer named Karen Goforth who took me under her wing. After a few years of working as an assistant, editor, studio manager and second shooter for weddings, I finally decided to venture out as an artist of my own and it’s been one of the greatest decisions to this day!
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I always try to convey authentic emotions. It is so important to me that when I hand over my client’s images they feel those exact emotions all over again. I feel as though many of us go through life so quickly without enjoying the small moments. As a photographer and listener, my job is to convey the importance of those little moments that many may overlook and let slip away.
How do you accomplish that?
Lots of patience and understanding. It’s important to take into consideration what the client may be feeling that day, or if they are a little camera shy. Being in front of the camera can be very vulnerable to some and as their photographer, it is my job to ensure they feel that they are my number one priority in that moment.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I have several, but first and foremost my mother, who helped put the inspiration of photography in my heart. India Earl has always been my inspiration for couples photography, she has an incredible way of engaging two lovers. Twyla Jones work sparks a fire in my soul for family photography. Last, of all, Ben Sasso is my personal favorite because he is probably one of the most honest artists I have ever followed; his work always reminds me to stay true to myself and the art that I create.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I would have to say my success so far as a full-time photographer in California! I am originally from North Carolina and I can honestly say that I am loving every minute out west!
What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. I’m a major perfectionist and most of the time I am very hard on myself. It’s difficult not to get caught up on social media seeing the success of all the other photographers around you. All good things take time and its ok to make mistakes along the way, its how you learn and grow.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
The glass proof print box, it’s such a beautiful way to showcase prints!
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Photographer Supply Company has such a beautiful variety of products that encourage my clients to showcase their images in a tangible way! The customer service, ordering process, and packaging are also superb.