We’re so pumped about our conversation with Megan Befort. Megan is a Filmmaker, Photographer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Megan below.
Hi Megan, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Megan. I’m the filmmaker, photographer and fellow parent at Magpie Love Photography. I create stress free films and photos that capture real life for awesome families. What does that mean? Well, you won’t find me posing families in flowing dresses in the desert or at the top of a mountain. I believe capturing families in the place they call home is the most authentic, genuine and FUN way for families to tell their stories for generations to come.
What makes you different from other photographers?
While most other photographers primarily shoot in outdoor locations, 99% of my sessions happen in family’s homes. I truly believe that our everyday adventures tell the greatest stories, films and photos are the best gift we can give our children and grandchildren, and moms deserve to be in the picture, too. I use a combination lifestyle and documentary approach to capture beautiful, genuine and timeless photos for families that love the little moments. My clients want to remember the pancake flipping, hide and seek playing, bath time shenanigans that define raising children.
I’ve never heard of a family film before. What is it and how do you make them for clients?
A family film is video from your session, edited and set to licensed music, and delivered digitally for downloading, sharing, and viewing on smart devices. Think of it like a modern home video. Very few people pull out a camcorder these days. The closest we get is 10 second clips on our phones (that hardly ever make it anywhere else). A family film is a keepsake you can watch over and over with your family, and pass down for generations to come. I take video clips while I’m shooting photos during a family session. I use the video and audio to tell the story of your family. The result is a 2.5 – 4 minute film that is pretty much guaranteed to make you cry happy tears.
What kind of a legacy do you hope to leave with your business?
I hope that my business and the art I make encourages parents to be proud of the work they’re doing every day. Parenting is HARD. It’s not glamorous. It’s being covered in spit up, showering infrequently, and never having a quiet moment alone. But it’s also the most important work. Every tiny moment, the kisses, the “pleases” and “thank yous”, the games of tag and art projects, those are the things our kids want to remember. They just want time. They want us to be present with them. And showing up as our authentic selves is the best thing we can do for our children. Modeling for them that we don’t have to be glammed up, posing, and saying cheese at a camera to be special. We can be in our homes, spending time together, capturing genuine moments…and that is beautiful, too.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made as a business owner? How did you learn from it?
The biggest mistake I’ve made as a business owner is trying to be something I wasn’t. For a long time I was seeking approval from others to feel good about myself. I was doing mini sessions and outdoor family portraits, but they didn’t stir my soul. And I truly believe that was reflected in the art I produced. I learned that clients are drawn to what you’re passionate about. I’m not trying to appeal to every single family, there are families that don’t see the value in what I do. But for those that connect with it, and love my vision, the opportunity to work together is life changing. It truly is. There is rarely a client that doesn’t become a friend. I am honored to document their stories.
Do you have any advice for folks competing in a highly competitive industry? How do you stand out in a saturated market?
My best advice is to find your niche. It’s hard to stand out in a saturated market. It’s easy to take every client or inquiry that comes your way, because it feels like the only way to spread the word about your business. But truly when you’re serving everyone, you’re serving no one. Your voice isn’t clear. Clients don’t feel a pull towards you because your mission and vision is diluted. Find your thing. Find the mission that makes your face light up. Do the art that has you smiling, or crying, or both the whole time you’re making it. That passion will extend to your work, and your energy will draw people in. It’s okay to be different. Be you.
Alright, so before we go, how can our readers connect with you to learn more and show support?
My website is the best place to connect with me! It has information about sessions, plus my blog that’s updated weekly with business advice, personal projects, and client sessions. www.magpielovephotography.com I also love to meet people on social media! www.facebook.com/magpielovephoto www.instagram.com/magpielovephoto
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Megan Befort, Magpie Love Photography