#163–Meg Bitton

Meg Bitton

In what may be her first live interview, Meg Bitton comes to jpeg2RAW.  Meg is fine art photographer specializing in children, maternity and other areas.  She has developed a style of photography that is highly sought after by her clients and workshop attendees.

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Meg Bitton

(from Meg’s website – go here for her write-up

I believe in more more than the eye can see more than the words that are said more than a first impression more than a fleeting feeling I believe in embracing life not only for what it is but for what it can be and for what it once was I believe in me and I believe in you.

Show Notes:

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      • Intro Questions:

        • How did you choose photography as a career?

          • I have never not been a photographer.  Children photography started once I had a small child.

        • When did you know you could make a living from photography?

          • Even why I was younger, I knew I wanted to be a photographer.

        • RAW or JPEG?

          • RAW

        • Nikon or Canon?

          • Nikon

        • Favorite portrait lens?

          • Nikon 200mm f/2 been using it for a while for portraits

        • Photoshop or Lightroom?

          • Both but more Photoshop

        • Actions or presets?

          • Neither

        • PC or Mac?

          • Mac

 

    • Interview

      • Have you received any formal training in photography?

        • No, everything has been self taught.

      • What keeps you going?

        • There is so much more to be had, things are changing for me.  My children are bigger and there is a whole world out there to explore.

      • Do you still make mistakes?  How do you keep learning? (Gina Parry)

        • Everyday!  Of course I still make mistakes.  From those mistakes I learn things.  The only way to advance is to make mistakes.

      • Any advice on how someone just getting started could be more self critical of their work and therefore help them grow?

        • I think it’s important to separate your emotions from your work.  The best way is to have a trusted mentor and ask for feedback. 

      • How much time in studio shooting vs in the field?

        • I do some studio work and teach studio lighting. 

      • Nature light, studio lights?  Do you think it’s important to learn artificial lighting?

        • It’s important to be well rounded in your field.  Whether or not you are going to use lights, it’s good to know how to use them.

      • How do you find your locations?  They seem so ordinary, but yet you turn them into a magical scene.

        • I don’t do location scouting.  It’s more about the light than location.  It’s also more about the color and that’s what gets me to jump out of the car.

      • Do you actually stop traffic to get some of the shots? (Anne Kelly)

        • It’s a cross walk in New York.  We move into the cross walk, take the photo and then move on.  The whole thing only takes a few seconds.  We go over the plan on the sidewalk and get ready.  I then lay down in the street, get the shot and the entire thing last about 10 seconds.

      • Do people stare at you?  I am very self conscience

        • It’s New York, people are used to it.

      • How do you stay creative, but also stay true to your style?

        • I think about the things in front of me and how they are changing and that’s what keeps me going?

      • How do you handle the positive feedback? 

        • I have not become numb to any of the feedback.  I still can’t believe when I get emails from people who say I have changed their lives.

      • Anyone as popular as you must get negative feedback as well.  How do you deal with that?  I think this is something that either makes a person stronger or can break them.  (Gina Parry)

        • Recognizing what negative feedback actually is.  Is it a personal attack or feedback on an image.  If on an image they could have a point.  Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true.

      • Why do you use a longer portrait lens, is this to put some space between you and the subject or do you just like the added compression given by the longer lens?

        • I connect better in my own personal space.  You won’t find me being close up to my subject, the compression is more of a bonus.  I am observer and not an interactor.

      • Do you direct the model or do you just watch for the “moment”?

        • I put them where I want them, back up and wait.  The best images come from what they do naturally.  I spend a lot of time waiting.

      • Do you have a favorite print lab?

      • In camera vs in Photoshop

        • Getting it right in camera is of the utmost importance.  Editing is just making a good image better.

      • Do you have a favorite time to shoot?

        • Golden Hour light is beautiful, but I can shoot at any time of the day depending on the setting.

      • Workshops-

        • How many a year?

        • Cost?

        • Is your workshops for everyone?  Who would benefit the most?

          • Anyone.  I have had people come without a camera before

        • Do many men take your workshops?

          • I have more women than men, but men do attend

        • Do you worry about people taking your class and copying your style to then re-sell to others?

          • Sure.  I don’t worry about it, I don’t have canned content and therefore all of my interactions are different.  Anyone can repeat and do as I have done, but no one can do as I am going to do.

    • Wrap Up:

      • Any personal projects you are working on?

        • Yes, I am working on a book.

      • What advice would you give someone who is frustrated that they are not getting “Meg” type results from their work?

        • Keep working at it.  Remember, I have ben doing this for 15+ years.  It takes time.

      • Any locations you have not been to yet, but hope to someday?  (Melissa Sanchez)

        • I don’t really have a location, just take it as it comes.

      • What do you struggle with the most in running your business?

        • I have an amazing team of people that was put into place when the business got big, so I don’t have any real troubles right now.  I never liked doing paper work and now I have someone to do that which helps me spend time with my family.

      • Looking back on your photographic journey, what has been your biggest mistake or something you would change if you could do it over again?

        • Let less noise into my head from things that don’t matter.

      • What are you most proud of in your photographic career?

 

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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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