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Art & Life with Megan Huard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Huard.

Megan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I feel like most people have some great story about how they became photographers, my journey I guess is a little different. It was kind of a happy accident. While I have always loved to take photos, the idea that it could actually become a career didn’t exist until a few years ago. My first and true love is food. I am a trained chef as well as a registered dietitian. I consider myself extremely lucky to have multiple things in my life I am passionate about and parents who encouraged me to pursue all of it. I was working as a full-time chef when I picked up a real camera for the first time, took a black and white film class as an elective when I went back to school to become an RD and then starting offering to take pictures of all the babies I knew and the rest is history.

When I started out I would have bet that I was going to be a newborn photographer and I was never going to shoot weddings. Well 8 years in and I photograph it all. I for sure still have a little secret sweet spot in my heart for those cute squishy newborns but I love that I get to capture a little bit of everything, it keeps me on my toes. My love of food is still there and stronger than ever but now I have a different role. After 4 years in a professional kitchen I knew that being a chef wasn’t the life I wanted but now I get to capture food which is even better.

I think often about how I got here…being a full-time photographer, and it’s really not surprising. My mom has always been one of those people who took her camera everywhere and has boxes of photos and albums form my stacked up. The walls of their home are adorned with photos from their childhood, wedding day, and my childhood. Photographs were and always have been something cherished in our family and I feel extremely honored to create them for other families to cherish.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Photography is such a cool thing when you really think about it. Not only do I get to create art but that art is a representation of how I see the world. The world is huge so for me it never made sense to just photograph one thing. Creatively I wanted it all. I get giddy over the new love of a recently engaged couple, cry as I capture wedding vows, get excited for expectant moms, beyond joyous with a squishy newborn, laugh my butt off with families and talk shop with chefs over a beautifully plated dish. I love color, like a lot of color, so my work reflects that. It’s bright, vibrant, and while I believe in capturing classic portraits I think the candid moments are even more memorable than the photo that hangs on the mantel. I love that the art of photography is always growing and I get to push myself creatively.

And while of course the photographs are why people hire me, for me it’s about more than the photographs. It’s about the experience. I think photo shoots should be fun, like belly laugh fun till you can’t breathe fun. They should make you really appreciate the moments, the way your husband looks at you, the curl of your newborn’s toes, the way your kids interact with each other. The experience is all part of the memory being captured. I want to connect with my clients so I can truly capture those moments as they happen so that people can cherish them for a lifetime.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think art has come a long way in the last decade. People, especially in South Florida, are learning to truly value art and those who create it. There has always been the notion of “starving artists” and while it is still a challenging industry to make a living in, I think most artists, professional photographers included, are thriving. People are curious and interested in the art we are creating. They want to know more, they want to experience it for themselves and that energy translates into more inspiration for those of us creating the art. Places like Wynwood and Fat Village are just little glimpses of places where cities are supporting and encouraging art in a whole new way which is great to see.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work and learn more about all the things I capture on my website: https://www.inaglimpse.photography/ and of course I share a ton on social media so be sure to follow me there as well. Lastly, the best form of flattery is referrals. Know someone who just got engaged, is expecting or maybe a coffee shop, restaurant or juice bar that could use some beautiful photographs? Please send them my way!

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Image Credit:
Headshot taken by: Lara Rose Photography
All other photos taken by : In A Glimpse Phootgraphy

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