Today we’d like to introduce you to Meigan Hufft.
Hi Meigan, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Becoming a photographer began as a way for me to chronicle my four daughters and their lives. My oldest daughter is 14, my youngest is 2, and having that age gap gave me the perspective to really see first-hand that the days are long but the years are so short. I wanted to be able to capture the moments that often go unseen, the ones that you don’t get to preserve if you go to a run-of-the-mill, quick photo studio. I began funnily enough, with my iPhone. I purchased my girls coordinating outfits, learned quick camera and shooting basics thanks to a Google search, then took that basic knowledge with me as I loaded my girls in the car and brought them to a local nature trail on an overcast day to take their photos. Once I got home I was so excited to share them on social media, only for the fact that I am a proud mama…I never dreamed I would now be over a year into this as an actual profession. It has been a year of devoting myself every day, from the time I wake up until long after everyone in my household goes to sleep, to continuing my education, practicing, and not giving up.
Aside from the things mentioned, this business also gives me fulfillment outside of being a wife and mother I never knew I needed until I started. I love my children and husband, but for many years I kind of lost myself in those roles. It’s been an extra added benefit to feel personal accomplishment in with this career which only pushes me further to continue.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road has been bumpy to get here for sure. I’ve struggled with building my business and brand while still needing to take care of my children, household, and myself. Also, a few months into this new business venture, my husband and I sold our home we had for 12 years, packed up our suburban life in a neighborhood with an HOA, and traded it in for a 16-acre farm with no house on it. We lived in a RV with our four kids and four dogs on our new land from March 2021 until our home was completed this past August. It was an adventure to say the least! Now a few months out from that chaos, the biggest thing I struggle with is building clientele in our new community. It can be slow going, but as long as it is still moving forward that is what matters the most to me.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a photographer who tries not to limit myself within this profession, so I capture memories of weddings, seniors, and traditional family photos; but I specialize in creating emotive and visual storytelling images of motherhood with raw emotion, connection, and love. I offer my clients a stress-free session experience as much as I possibly can; from offering a client closet full of flattering outfits they are welcome to use for their shoot as well as styling assistance, to meeting children at their levels so they feel happy and comfortable with a stranger who is taking pictures of them. As a mother myself I know first-hand that family pictures can be a lot of stress, especially if your photographer isn’t understanding that life happens with or without kids cooperating! Most clients don’t believe me when I tell them not to fret or stress about the small stuff prior to our time together and I get it…but once they leave the session, they all tell me how much easier it was than they thought it would be. That is my whole goal outside of delivering beautiful images: a great client experience.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I’d honestly be lost without social media groups on Facebook and people I follow on Instagram. I am in a mentorship with the incredible White Pine Photography which has already elevated my knowledge more than I ever thought was possible. Facebook has amazing and supportive photog groups as well. There is a website called Session that has streamlined my booking and contract process and an app called Unscripted that is so beneficial when it comes to poses and prompts for different clients.
Storytelling: starting at $225
Senior: starting at $250
Sweet Baby: starting at $275
Wedding: starting at $1,300
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