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Hey! Its me, Meg :)

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Hey! Its me, Meg :)

If you don’t know me personally already, I’d like to Introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me!

I started Sharum Photography- (formally Meagan Sharum Photography) right after my first son was born in 2007 in Houston, TX. I was a stay at home mom to my children at the time which I loved… but I felt lost. I’ll admit I was a horrible student in school but I always had a passion for art and photography and had been a goal oriented, driven artistic individual. Being so, I decided to pick up a former job I had worked at before I had my children.

I worked at a commercial chain portrait studio.. I was given little to no time to get to know my clients before hand Was reprimanded for being too creative at work, worked hard for little money in a negative life sucking environment. 

SO, I decided you know what? I can do this on my own!.. and quit!

Over countless you tube videos, online workshops, note taking, and questioning myself “Can I do this!?” and all the “What if’s”… I decided to start my own photography business. 

Through-out the years my husband Justin (aka best friend) started out assisting me by carrying equipment and helping out with lighting. He fell in love with the business just as much as I did and picked up a camera along side me. With his outstanding hard work included and becoming a husband and wife team, our business name changed to Sharum Photography. :)


It’s been well over 10 years now that we have been in business, We have shot countless photo sessions, over 100+ weddings and events. We’ve had our work in published magazines and books, we have been excited to see our photos up on billboards, we’ve photographed celebrities,  small businesses to name brand high end corporate businesses and more.

We were nominated by Rhode Island monthly’s readers two years in a row as BEST of RI wedding photographers 2017 as well as BEST of RI Photographers 2018. We were named Expertise.com’s Best Photographers in Providence, RI for the last two years in a row as well also (a favorite <3) Most LOVED photographers by the followers of Hulufrog.com 

The part that I love the most is that our job brings us close to SO many amazing people. People who end up our friends, and being able to give our clients/friends images that will help them remember the little things that they may not remember so clearly in the future makes me so unbelievably happy. Photography to me, is not just photographing an image, but photographing memories... I believe everyone should have too many memories than not enough. 

With all this being said, My Dreams do not stop here. Being a driven individual I don’t think I’ll ever NOT have Goals. In the future i’m planning on traveling more to photograph different places and people. I would also love to hold online workshops to teach other photographers all that I have learned over the years. 

So tell me about you! What are your dreams and goals? Post Below or feel free to send me a message! I would LOVE to get to know you! 


Thanks for taking the time to read and get to know me a bit better! Let’s be friends! 


Follow me on: 

Facebook Page: @sharumphoto

Personal FB:  facebook.com/MeaganSharumPhotography

Instagram: @sharum_photography

Twitter: @MSharum_photo

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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 all the edits e-mailing clients, returning phone calls, advertising and social media etc.

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 by, Florence Littauer. 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)&nbsp;

(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!

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW! Spring Short Sessions

Our Short Sessions are a great way to get to know us, try us out and see how we work

These sessions will be located at URI Kinney Azalea Gardens. To view the beautiful Location check out our google image search here

We have only 4 sessions available Friday MAY 12th and 4 sessions on Saturday May 13th! 

Our short sessions do not have a minimum purchase required and you have two collections to choose from.  

Our Spring- Short Sessions Include:

  • 15 minute session, on location.
  • Your own personal webpage for extensive planning of your session
  • 5-8 image online gallery to purchase from
  • Pre-session planning appointment with photographer
  • Gallery Premier appointment 
  • Optional blog feature to share with family and friends  

 

 

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Collection 1- $450

  • 5 Digital full resolution images
  • Two 5x7 prints
  • One 16x24 fine art print

Collection 2- $250   

  • 2 Digital full resolution images
  • and two corresponding 5x7 prints

 

 

 

 

HOW DO YOU BOOK?

CALL US AT (401) 309-8818 or Contact us below to schedule your Pre- Session planning appointment. It is so important to us that we get to talk to you or meet you in person before your session so whenever the day of your session arrives you are comfortable with us and know that we have everything under control! We will then email you with your own personal website aka "portal" jam packed with information! Like what to expect, what to wear info and questionnaires so we can get to know more about you, your family and what you are looking for exactly! 

Please remember our office hours are  Monday-Friday 9:30am- 3:00pm and we typically return phone calls 4:00pm- 6:00pm 

THANK YOU  FOR CHECKING OUT WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER!

we have been planning these sessions for a few months now so we are expecting a great turn out! We expect these sessions to sell out quickly so please contact as ASAP! 

 

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Using what you have available- Ring shot!

When I shoot weddings I always find myself scouting around

for awesome little props around bridal sweets, hotels or homes (wherever the bride is getting ready) to make my detail shots different, sentimental or just cool looking. At times I find myself in situations where some of these locations don't really have much of a WOW factor and this is what makes me excited because I get to think and use my creativity. I have gone from- taking a venues Plexiglass desk cover off of the desk to use for a refection in my detail shots to taking mirrors off walls. I've grabbed trinkets from random places like bowls, cups, platters, baskets to shoot on and through. Even asked to take a pretty chain off of some random persons pocket book to hang the rings from once..

I wrote on my Facebook and Instagram earlier that I've been attending some workshops and classes online, and I have really become inspired to take advantage of and use more of my off camera flash in certain situations to give my images more of a POP.  I came across a video on youtube the other day and

it really inspired me to create this ring shot using my own wedding rings.  

Now you might think I had an awesome purple glittery backdrop set up going on.. Or maybe I photoshopped this but nope..

I simply used my kitchen toaster (yes you read this right) my flash, a ziplock bagsharpie marker, my iPhone flash light, and a old bottle of body spray filled with water. 

This is such a simple and quick image to capture in any situation you are placed in. 

Here is what my set up looked like (Dont laugh!) 

 I was able to use my flash off of my camera to shine it through my sharpie colored zip lock bag.. which gave my rings a really cool pinkish purple back light.

I also threw my iPhone up with the flashlight on in front so my rings wouldn't end up totally purple all over. 

From there I focused my rings with my camera and set it up on a tripod (because I didn't have enough hands) with a self timer while I sprayed my little water filled body spray bottle in front of the flash

and There you go! Pretty purple glittery ring shot.

Want a different color? Just color any ziplock bag any color... Yes you can buy films for your flash but I had fun doing this on my own! :) 

Never be embarrassed to use what you have

 OR to look crazy like me and just have your whole set up look like a total mess.. People won't get what your doing and might look at you like your a weirdo but... Id rather look like a weirdo than Not get the perfect shot! 

Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below! Id love to answer! 

Have a great weekend guys! 

OXOXO

Meg 

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Using what you have available- with only ambient light!

Find out why I'm carrying this apple around with me all day on my new blog post that will be added tonight!!

Find out why I'm carrying this apple around with me all day on my new blog post that will be added tonight!!

One of my favorite things about my job is when I get thrown into a situation where I need to get creative and think. There are SO many situations that come up, especially during weddings. Most of the time I will walk into a hotel room and just have to use whatever I see around me to photograph all of the details shots that I need. 

Today we will be discussing Ambient light only!-  let's say you don't have a speed light or any other extra lighting that you need. (I don't use straight on camera flash either so I won't be talking about that)

First thing! Head to any window light you can find and just play with different' angles. Make sure to not only observe the subject but the light that is hitting the subject as well.  

Now lets say the sun is going down and there isnt much window light, you have no flash and you dont have a reflector.... Find something shiny- or white! 

bright backgrounds and dark foregrounds can still make for some great silhouettes BUT if you find a makeshift reflector and a helper to help you hold it (Thanks Justin!!) you can pop light and add more to your subject. Editing your images black and white also helps when working with only warm lit light. 

Using the same set up you can move around and find random things from wherever you are to make it look a bit different. Then just crop your images in tight to avoid the mess.

With low light, your images may look a bit grainy. I honestly love the look of grain but if you don't you can always use the Noise Reduction tool in Lightroom or the reduce noise option in photoshop to fix that. 

Last but not least! You don't always need to use white reflectors! HAVE FUN with your images! use whatever you find to make your images POP! 

My kids had this super neon paper in their room and they helped me hold them on each side of the apple.

To the right side of the apple was a tall floor lamp so that ambient light bounced off of the paper and onto the apple. We also got some blueish toned light shining through their bedroom window that hit the front of the apple.

There are SO many ways to take a picture and lighting is just absolutly everything when it comes to photography. PLEASE feel free to take your own images and make sure to # me at #msharumblog or tag me on facebook!!! 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all have a awesome day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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