Photography captures a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture a fleeting reality. Meagan Merta expresses this when bringing fashion shoots to life or sketching spontaneity through the shutter of her camera at a concert. Her photos savor life intensely in an eighth of a second. We caught up with Meagan and here's what she had to say:
What's the hardest thing about being a photographer?
"I'd have to say the time consumption it takes to do everything. Not only do you have to set time aside to do the actual shoot, but I spend an extra 3-4 hours every day for a week or two editing the photos from the shoot. Also travel time, etc. Although it takes a lot of time, it's worth it to me. The long editing hours are my choice. I could easily just throw all the photos in Lightroom (an Adobe mass editing program) and just adjust a few things on each photo and have them done in one night. But, I'm very particular about my photos and my editing style is different from most photographers."
How has being in Houston helped?
"Oh wow, I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'd have to say it's easy for my work to be noticed with so many people around. It started with a few model friends from school, it spread to their agents, and so forth. I even had the opportunity to work with Cierra Ramirez from ABC's "The Fosters" and Disney Channel. She's actually from my area and she randomly came across my work from her friend. I just love the connections I have here."
Can you tell me a little bit about the history of your photography experience?
"Well, it started when I got my first low-end Nikon digital camera when I was 15. I started out by just taking photos of scenery and plants and then my best friend from school asked if I wanted to take photos of her. My first shoot was better than most people's first shoots (not to brag, that's just what I was told). So, it was motivation to get more experience. Now, I shoot fashion and glamour photography and do concerts and promotional shoots for fun on the side. I actually have the Neal Hamil agency interested in making me a preferred photographer. Anyways, I'm self-taught and use Photoshop CS6 to edit. Everything I've learned on there was from trial and error and some instructional videos. My goal is to be known for my fashion and glamour work and/or work with musicians and travel as their photographer, like Adam Elmakias."
You can contact Meagan by phone or via her facebook page.
Meagan Merta Photography