Making Strides Against Breast Cancer- Providence, RI

I just Love being the event photographer for Making Stride Providence! I'm always so happy to be able to photograph this beautiful event each year. Below are a few of my favorites, Scroll on down and you can click on the full gallery link! 

Fall Short Sessions!

We are planning Fall Sessions this year at Roger Williams park! Join us for a 15 minute fall foliage session! Then have the rest of the night to enjoy at the park! Head on over to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular event, ride the carousel or get a bite to eat! 

Why get dressed up for no reason right? ;) 

CONTACT US BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SESSION! 

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Santa is coming to Town!

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Correction on Location: Location will be at the Crystal Lake Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Area right by the Driving Range! :) A sample photo of how these images will look will be uploaded ASAP! 

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AVAILABLE SANTA SESSION TIMES AS OF AUGUST 3, 2017

  • 10:00 -BOOKED
  • 10:15- BOOKED
  • 10:30 - BOOKED
  • 10:45- BOOKED
  • 11:00-
  • 11:15- BOOKED
  • 11:30-  BOOKED
  • 11:45- BOOKED
  • 12:00- BOOKED
  • 1:00- PENDING BOOOKING
  • 1:15-
  • 1:30-
  • 1:45- 
  • 2:00- BOOKED
  • 2:15- BOOKED
  • 2:30- PENDING BOOKING
  • 2:45- PENDING BOOKING
  • 3:00- BOOKED

CONTACT US TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

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Kerri & Josh- Two Roads Brewery Co.

I was so happy to be able to photograph Kerri & Josh. Kerri is my childhood best friend. I met her in 3rd grade! 23 years of friendship! :) This is the only engagement session that I have ever shot-  that instead of shooting the wedding afterwards.... I'll be apart of the wedding instead! I am so excited and happy for her and her awesome fiancé!  

Why having a Professional Second Photographer is Important.

I was asked once...

 "If you are a husband and wife photography team then why is your business called Meagan Sharum Photography?"

At first I felt like I was getting judged, I would never want anyone to think that I feel like my artwork is any better than anyone else's!

Then I realized, it was an honest question and they had a reason to ask! The reason is this, I started this career by photographing portraits and weddings on my own. At times Justin would be there to help me with my gear and lighting. He observed, learned and developed a passion, so he picked up a camera and joined me. Justin is my second photographer- I'm am in charge of e-mailing clients, returning phone calls, advertising and social media and because I can't do everything and Justin does still have his own personal fitness coaching career- (www.justinsharum.com)  I also get some help from our hired assistant.  

If you ask me Second photographers should NOT be there just to capture details that the main photographer doesn't feel like capturing. When hiring a photography TEAM your photographers should be just that. BEWARE of those photographers who have people tag along with them and act like a 2nd photographer. Some do this just to say that they have one. Some hire random 2nd photographers (people who want to learn the trade) Don't get me wrong there is NOTHING wrong with teaching but in my opinion- If your clients ask for two professionals... they should get two professionals. SO... here is the thing...

 

YOU WANT US AS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS, NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE TAKE PRETTY PICTURES.

As Husband and wife we know each other better than anyone. We are best friends and we have been working together for so long that we pretty much read each others minds whenever it comes to taking photos during weddings. There is a book that Justin read.. (I admit I need to read it too) and its called Personality Plus. What we have learned from it is that Justin is what you call a sanguine melancholy.. Myself? I'm a choleric... What does that mean? 

Meagan's positive traits are

  • powerful in jobs that require quick decisions
  • powerful in spots that need instant action and accomplishments
  • in areas that demand strong control and authority 
  • (Pretty much I'm just bossy..haha)

Justin's positive traits are are follows

  • dealing with people enthusiastically
  • expressing thoughts with excitement 
  • up-front positions of attention
  • attenting to details in deep thinking

With reading only a tiny bit of this book and learning more about our personality types- it really made me realize that Justin and I really do make the perfect team. During a typical wedding, you'll see me focused on task and I'll be the one working from our scheduled timeline making sure things go smoothly. Justin likes to call me a photo "sniper" I love to focus on shooting more of a candid and photo journalistic approach.

Now Justin?.. Justin loves people.. he talks to everyone and he really is best at helping people feel relaxed, he jokes around and helps our clients feel less stressed while taking their photos. 

Justin has been my second photographer for over 4 years now. So when choosing us I want you to know that you are not just getting a "so so" second photographer.

Not only is he the life of the party...

(I know its not the best photo of you Justin haha BUT I just love this one) 

(I know its not the best photo of you Justin haha BUT I just love this one) 

but Justin has captured SO many amazing images that are included in our portfolio. Actually a TON of my favorite images displayed on this website are his. Here are some of my favorites  

 

And because we can't photograph a wedding without Justin dancing with at least one person on the dance floor heres a little collage.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE FUN WHILE DOING YOUR JOB, WHAT'S THE POINT? 

Justin and I LOVE what we do, We love that we get to meet new people, laugh, capture memories and create memories of our own while doing it.

We have the best job in the world! We really do!

We will not only make you feel comfortable, treat you as friends but we will have fun with you while doing it and we will BOTH give you incredible photos and memories to look back on. Let us PROVE it to you!  

 I wanted to write this blog... (JUST IN TIME FOR JUSTIN'S BIRTHDAY!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!  

(everyone make sure to wish him a happy birthday in the comments!)

I also wanted to write this to let him know that I 100% whole heartedly appreciate him. He works so hard and he deserves to be put into the limelight. He Is such an incredible photographer and EVERYONE needs to know it! SO for those of you looking for Wedding photographers..

Look no further We got this! 

Make sure to follow both of us on Facebook on our personal pages! 
Click here to add Justin 
Click here to add Meagan
 

ALSO IF YOU HAVENT READ ABOUT OUR MOST RECENT VERY EXCITING CHANGES TO OUR BUSINESS CHECK OUT THAT BLOG HERE!

 

Cha cha cha changes are Coming!

Here I sit... Red wine in hand...

blogging about my feelings.

WHY? because I find that yes, Im professional but I post these personal blogs because Im also human. I want my clients to know me, understand me and become my friends. I read a statistic the other day.

"More than 80% of small businesses fail within 5 years"...

That scared me.... It's been winter and due to the cold snowy weather, my income consists of Business headshots, product shots and in home client sessions at the moment. Sure, everything is still going great... but, I'm starting to feel stale... Uncreative and bored

NO photographer wants to feel stale...OR BORED

We go into this business because we want to CREATE, we want to share our art with everyone!

I decided I needed a change.

For myself, for my clients and for my family.

I KNOW I've said over the last few years that when I had a studio.. it made me feel uncreative and trapped.  I will not be shooting in this studio much because of that reason... There is just something about shooting on location that just makes me happy and keeps my creative juices flowing. 

Heres the thing.. In the past I've offered my clients an online gallery- Option to purchase, download digitals and order prints. Many of them would just order digitals. NOT because they really wanted them BUT because I didn't offer them much else.

What are you really doing with your digitals? are they sitting on your computer? (hopefully they are backed up!) Are they on a flash drive in your desk drawer or collecting dust someplace?

I'll be honest

low end printing labs like Shutterfly or Snap fish... are horrible... Im sorry, but they are... CVS.. sure you can get a ton of 4x6 prints that will fade and print out horrible... your photos will look over saturated, overexposed and they will be printed on cheap quality paper that WILL NOT last.

I have been accepted to a Professional Printing Company. A company that will ONLY sell to Professional photographers. They take the time to look over each photographers portfolio, and either deny or accept them.  This company will give my clients BEAUTIFUL products that not just anyone can get! Products that are color calibrated to my own settings that I have on my computer. The quality of the products will last- Because they are high end and professional. 

Its my fault that my clients have not been provided with the products that they deserve. My ART is not being displayed the way I would love it to be displayed in my clients homes. 

If everything goes over well... we'll have a very pretty and Fancy studio location this spring! :) A location where we can sell our artwork to you. Let you touch and feel and see what we have to offer. I want to be able  to show you your galleries in person.. (maybe I'll even provide some wine.;)..)  To my current and past Clients- I know this is a HUGE change but I promise you we will always strive to give you the BEST that we can give you! 

Our studio will be open to:

  • Chat with Portrait clients & Wedding couples.
  • Host Gallery Premier and ordering appointments!
  •  We will be using this as our office as well to edit & return phone calls. This way we can have a life with our family at home and leave our work at work.
  • We are also planning on TEACHING photography lessons in the near future!
  • We will be collaborating with other creative individuals and putting our brains together to host some type of- Paint and Vino class as well! 
  • We will also use the space for some sessions including session events and during the cold winter months. 

This is going to be AMAZING and I can NOT wait for what the future holds for All of us!

WHAT IS NEW?

  • We've taken our most popular items and grouped them into collections to make ordering easier and more budget friendly!
  • You will get all al la carte items at discount when choosing a collection.
  • Gorgeous NEW Session ALBUMS!
  • Large Fine Art Canvas and Canvas groupings
  • Beautiful Metal prints
  • All wall prints 10x10+ are now mounted for stability

 

we also have Spring sessions this upcoming MAY that we are in the process of planning! You can check out the info HERE!

We just ordered a TON of products! so keep a look out for our most recent blog posts so you can check out all of our new goodies as well! 

One last thing!

I'll be flying out to Arizona to shoot a destination wedding in about 12 days! Please know that I will not have much time to be answering emails and phone calls but- I will be forwarding them all to Justin for that week! you know if you ever need us each of us are only a phone call away!

Our normal office hours are- Monday-Friday 9:30am- 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday are reserved for mostly weddings and sessions and we typically return phone calls 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Love you guys! PLEASE STAY SAFE during the blizzard coming through this week! Lets keep wishing for that warm weather and those spring flowers that I desperately can not wait to photograph! 

oxoxox, 

Meg