Each month for our photo challenge, we like to invite a photographer whose work we admire to be our Guest Photography Judge. This month, we are very excited to feature Keri Meyers of Keri Meyers Photography and we really enjoyed interviewing her about the journey her photography has been through. Be sure to enter your “Let’s Hear it for the Girls” photo into our photo challenge by Saturday. Keri will be choosing her Top Ten favorite photos from the challenge which will then be showcased on I Heart Faces next week.
About Keri Meyers
Let’s see… First, I am the mother of two crazy awesome boys, ages 5 & 6, the wife to an amazing guy and my best friend in the world. Next, I am a photographer, educator & mentor, and entrepreneur. I am a newborn, baby & child photographer and the co-founder of NewbornPhotography.com. I also have an online shop dedicated to photographers offering Photoshop templates, action and tutorials.
My Photography Journey
Fun Q&A with Keri
What was your favorite photography moment from the past year?
I don’t have just one – this year has been special for me because I have had so many families come back with their second and third newborns. It gives me so much joy to get to know my clients and their growing families and to be able to capture each of their children as newborns and throughout their first year. It’s a huge compliment when clients keep coming back year after year.
What inspires your photography the most?
Do you have a “most embarrassing” photography moment you can share?
Well, as a newborn photographer I’m sure we all have many in our line of work. One that pops into mind is a recent shoot for a high profile client. I was working with their newborn in their home and the baby peed all over my shirt half way through the session. Being out of my element and not in my usual studio surroundings I did not remember to bring a change of clothes – a mistake I have not made since! 😉
What is your favorite quote?
Oh dear… another toughie as I have so many thanks to Pinterest. I think my most favorite is “Wherever you are, be all there.”
What lens can’t you live without?
My 35mm 1.4
What is the best photography advice you have ever received?
Who are three photographers who inspire you?
I really love the work of Barb Uil – her children’s imagery is magical, Lisa Holloway – her maternity portraits and use of color is stunning and Meg Borders – her use of light makes you long for summer.
How do you promote your photography and services?
Great question! Well, I worked really hard on SEO and local networking. I started with Zach Prez’s SEO Cookbook to help my website rank higher in my new location. This book is a must read!!! I also sought out other businesses in the area that targeted my same market (young moms with kids and expecting parents), introduced myself and started a conversation about how we might work together to help one another. It also helps to just share what you do – share with your neighbors, your kids’ schoolteachers, whoever! Talk about what you do and have business cards on had just in case. ☺
What is your favorite type of session to photograph?
This is a no brainer for me. I love to photograph newborns. I fell in love with photographing newborns years ago and never looked back.
What do you love to do in your free time?
I love to spend my free time with my husband and boys getting outdoors, having fun and making memories. We love to take little day trips checkout out new sights and restaurants, or go for a walk, hike or bike ride. On my own time, I love to get a good run in when I can. I’d like to say I read, but I never can quite find enough time! 😉
Where do you see your photography business in five years?
I am very happy with where my photography business is now. I can’t say I’d like to see a whole lot of change. I’d love to take on a new inspirational project to keep that spark alive. I’ve always loved maternity portraits, but never really felt confident with maternity. I’d like to expand and push myself to become more comfortable with photographing maternity portraits. I would also like to add birth photography to my services because I absolutely love birth photography.
Connect with Keri
Thank you for sharing your time with us here this week Keri! You can follow Keri on her beautiful blog. And we’d especially love it if our community could stop by her Facebook Fan Page to leave a kind comment. You can also follow her on Google + and Twitter.
There’s still time to enter this month’s photo challenge. Submit your ”Let’s Hear it for the Girls”entry by Saturday evening!
Having trouble narrowing it down to just one “Girls” photo? Share them all on Instagram, our Facebook Page or Twitter. Use our hashtag #iHeartFaces so we can find them!