Meghan Benner, owner of Perle Photography, told us a little about her life and photography inspiration. Read on...
How did you get started in photography?
I first got started in 2013 by taking photos for friends and family. My business quickly grew from there. I had so much fun photographing couples, and it just felt so natural to start adding weddings to my photo repertoire. I photographed my first wedding in December of 2014.
What do you love about wedding photography?
I love so many things about wedding photography, but probably the thing I love the most is when I get to take the couple off for a short portrait session away from all of the guests. It gives the couple a chance to take a breath, reflect on the day, and mostly it is the time that you get to see all of the love radiate off of the couple. I love seeing the couple interact with each other and just be themselves. I love getting to know them even more.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
My biggest challenge is the unpredictability. Weddings can change in a matter of seconds and you always have to be on your toes. That can also be what makes it so much fun, too!
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My style of photography is intimate and natural. My biggest goal at the beginning of every wedding is to capture as much emotion from the couple and his/her guests as I can.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
When I'm not behind the camera, I'm a registered nurse at a local hospital. I volunteer for my town's recreation committee and I coach basketball in the winter. I love being outside and that's where I spend most of my free time with my husband and our pup.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
I think the biggest help a couple can give me is to just relax and have fun. The positive energy will help me be my most creative self, too!
How has your photography style changed over the years?
Overall my photography style hasn't changed a whole lot, but I do continue my education every year to help me grow creatively and technically as much as possible. I'm always striving for improvement from year to year.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
When I'm photographing, I'm mainly inspired by the landscape and environment around me. If I'm getting great light, I love to take advantage of that. I'm also inspired by the way my couples interact with each other. If they are playful and silly, I like to really make that shine as much as possible.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope to still be capturing the love and emotion in not only wedding clients but the families that past clients have grown!