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Meet Megan Rankin of Nectar Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Rankin.

Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was about six years old, trekking around Yosemite with my pops.

He had his old Minolta film camera (complete with a rainbow strap around his neck and very short shorts on his bod. VERY short shorts — think Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. — This was the 1980’s, people).

I loved everything about the vacation we were on: camping in the valley was my jam and the tent trailer we stayed in was bomb. It was like a 1970’s plaid wonderland of adventure.

I really wanted to relish in and capture what I felt. I wanted something that would bring back the smell of the dewy grass early in the morning and the thrill I got when I looked up to see Half Dome peering over us.

I asked my dad to help me take a picture and he did. We squatted down in the grass together and took some shots. He walked me through the settings and the angles. I got a complete high knowing I was capturing a moment in time that would last forever.

That moment captivated me and I am still as passionate about photography today.

I returned from this vacation and began my work as a photographer in a very elegant way: by taking pictures of my Barbie dolls.

I then went on to do bigger and greater things, like making my friends pose for me in front of bed sheet backdrops I hung up with clamps from my dad’s garage.

Yep. I was a nerd.

I went on to study black/white and color film photography in high school and college. I will never forget the days I spent in the darkroom developing my own images. Watching my picture appear onto paper was pure magic.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’m an organized person.

Let me rephrase that: I’m compulsively wanting all things to always be organized. As in, a “rearrange furniture on the weekends” and “clean out cabinets in my spare time” kind of person.

Because of this, I thought I had to have all of my ducks in a row and be very well organized in order to be a grown up.

The truth is, you can make money doing anything.

ANYTHING.

And you might as well go after the thing that really makes you come alive.

For me, that thing is photography. I ditched my career working as a receptionist/secretary/paralegal at a law firm and decided that going after my passion was worth the risks.

I haven’t looked back since.

Please tell us about Nectar Photography.
I recently shot a vow renewal ceremony at Pelican Hills in Newport Beach. The family I worked with had three little girls and was celebrating their ten year anniversary by renewing their vows. They had a sweetness and humility about them that was admirable.

They flew out from Canada and invited along close family and friends to witness it. The whole group was crying during the vows and then cheering loudly at the end. I got the feeling that this couple had been through some very difficult times together and come out the other side.

They wanted their little girls to know that love is hard but worth fighting for.

I was touched by just being around them and witnessing the deep devotion they shared. I caught them whispering and smiling when no one was looking.

This is the most rewarding part of being a photographer to me: seeing other people celebrate, laugh, love and be real.

It’s enchanting.

I’m invited into intimate moments with people as they say their vows, renew their vows, welcome little babies into their world. and celebrate life’s sweetest moments.

The challenge and the thrill comes as I capture a bold laugh, a genuine smile or a sassy stare. These are the photographs that conjure up emotion for those we work with, and help transport them back into the moment the photograph was taken.

It lets these small yet special moments in life last forever.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I could do it over, I would come out of the gate swinging.

I had my first client at 14. My cousin hired me to take engagement shots for her and I loved the whole process. I then shot my first wedding right out of high school. I was taking photography courses and was in love with the art.

But instead of going for my dream right away, I let people talk me out of it.

I decided that a “creative job” wasn’t a real job and it was too good to be true.

But it’s not.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 427 E. 17th Street
    Suite F – 466
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Website: www.nectarphotos.com
  • Phone: 949-385-3351
  • Email: meg@nectarphotos.com


Image Credit:
Jeni Maria Photography

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