Interview with Vancouver Child Photographer: Meagan Baker Photography
Share a little about yourself…
Hmm… that’s always a tough question. I’m 32, married to my favourite person in the world, and have a sweet little three year old that we adore! I’m into fitness, love to travel, take photos (of course), and spend time with family and friends. I think I’m light hearted and love to socialize (over a glass of wine where possible).
How did you get started in photography?
I got my first SLR (single lens reflex) camera (a.k.a. fancy camera) about 15 years ago when I was in university for public relations. I learned on film, and used to know how to develop and process my own film (wish I still had those skills!). I bought my first Digital SLR a few years ago and it re-ignited my love for photography. As a part-time stay at home mom, I decided to turn my passion into a business so I can do something I love to do – photograph kids and families, and help people record amazing moments in life.
You photograph a lot of children and families, what is your favourite and why?
Absolutely kids! They are so freakin’ cute.
What keeps you inspired as a photographer?
Seeing the magic on screen when I download photos to my computer. I find it very rewarding to review what I captured after a session, and remember all the fun I had meeting and interacting with my clients. I absolutely love it. Each child is full of personality and I think I feed off that. Child and family sessions are truly a blast, and I think that’s what is so special about custom portrait work.
You work with a lot of kids, how do you keep them playful and happy?
Aren’t kids generally playful and happy? It’s when you try to contain them that they get annoyed. Most of my sessions are relaxed and fun, and kids can do what they like. My style is a combination of lifestyle and posed-ish portraits so kids get lots of time to just be themselves. We talk, laugh, and generally enjoy ourselves during a session – I think that’s how to keep kids playful and happy.
When is your favorite time of day to shoot?
Hmm…. I’d have to say late in the afternoon, a few hours before sunset. This is the perfect time to get some gorgeous backlit portraits and warm, golden photographs. In BC, it’s not always easy to get this perfect light in the afternoon… so I take what I can get.
Lastly, what’s something fun or unique about you?
I’m obsessed with camping (in my RV… I guess I should ad). Love travelling with my hubby and daughter, and since we bought our trailer, I spend as much time as possible thinking about where we can RV next. This summer, we’re off to California to meet all the princesses in Disneyland.
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