When you let go of your plans, you never know where life will take you.
After graduating from nursing school, I spent two years working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the prestigious Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Feeling a strong call and desire to help others, in June 2007 I left my job in Philadelphia. I took my first trip across the Atlantic Ocean and spent a year volunteering as a nurse in Monrovia, Liberia, onboard the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, with the medical charity, Mercy Ships. While in Liberia, I began writing about my experiences for several newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area. The editors needed images to illustrate my stories, so I ordered my first DSLR camera and began learning how to use it.
I quickly realized the power and significance of an image. A single image could transcend distance, time, and situation, to communicate a thought, feeling, or emotion, that was universally recognized in the human experience.
In July 2009, I headed back to the Africa Mercy, to spend six months serving with Mercy Ships as a photographer/writer in Cotonou, Benin.
While in Benin, I would work with Rich, a handsome, kind South African who was the ship's videographer/writer. Rich and I quickly became good friends. A few months into our friendship, we realized our mutual affection for one another and started dating before we left the Africa Mercy. In September 2010, after many intercontinental visits, Skype calls, and expensive paperwork, Rich moved to America and we became husband and wife. It really was the happiest days of our lives.
Soon after our wedding, I began getting requests to photograph families and weddings. These requests became very frequent and in April 2011, I officially started my photography business. I threw myself into all things photography related and soon left my nursing job to pursue photography full time.
I love being able to capture images for my clients that will tell their stories for years to come. Whether it’s the story of when you forever pledged your love to another, the story of the promise of a new life, or the story of how your family is growing, I’d love to capture it for you.
A single image can transcend distance, time, and situation. In the years to come, as memories fade and life changes, those images will become priceless, powerful testimonies of where life took you. If you’d like to inquire about how I can capture your memories, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a lovely day! -Meg