We had the good fortune of connecting with Meghan Blanton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meghan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You know what they say: You gotta risk it for the biscuit. Life is full of risks! But if you want to get anywhere in this world, you have to be willing to put yourself out there, make changes, and try new things. It is hard to grow as a person or as a business without a bit of risk. Sure, you can survive if you change nothing and stay the course. But gosh, what a way to limit your potential. I’ve taken a lot of risks to get where I am. In my photography business, I take a risk every time I invest in educational courses and workshops. Will the money I put into it have a high enough return on investment? I take a risk when I reach out to potential clients. Are they going to say yes or turn me down? I take a risk when I change up my workflows and my marketing strategies. Are these changes going to hurt or help my business? And I’ll admit, not every one of those risks worked out in my favor. I’ve lost money and time on a few of them. But the ones that do work out are so worth it. I’ve grown tremendously and will continue to do so if I’m willing to take leaps of faith.
What should our readers know about your business?
My whole business philosophy is centered around the idea of authentic storytelling. Every person is unique and beautiful with their own journey and their own story worth sharing. I’m not super into stiff, formal photos (but don’t worry, we’ll get a few to go on grandma’s wall). I’m into letting clients express themselves as they truly are in our sessions or capturing real moments and emotions on their wedding day. I first got into photography as a way to document my own life. As I begin to struggle with memory loss as a symptom of depression, photography became a way for me to remind myself how events actually played out, how I felt that day, and how the world really was instead of how my foggy brain would interpret moments later on. I want to give this back to the world. I want people to look back on the photographs that I take for them and remember how they really felt in that moment instead of how time has warped that memory. It has not always been an easy journey. I have learned hard lessons about running a business, but every moment was worth experiencing and I wouldn’t change a second of it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them down to Garden of the Gods, up to Rocky Mountain National Park, and visit a few museums (and the aquarium) in Denver. In Fort Collins, we’d definitely have to pop by a few breweries including New Belgium, because even if you’re not a drinker the vibes there are relaxing and fun! And while there are plenty of places to eat, I’d have to say my favorite is Nimo’s Sushi in south Fort Collins. They’ve got the freshest fish in Colorado!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has always been a big support in my life. My dad and grandpa were both hobbyist photographers and let me start playing with cameras in elementary school. My mom and brother have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. But my biggest supporter is my partner, Blake. He is constantly challenging me to grow and take risks. He’s the perfect hype man and is always a shoulder to lean (or cry) on. As a photographer himself, he also brings a creative eye and new perspective to my team and I am so incredibly grateful for all he does for me.
Personal Photo: Liz Osban Photography