a peek inside | megan squires

It’s time for another installment of our ‘peek inside’ series and today is CMmentor Megan Squires!  Megan is the instructor for CM’s online photography workshop Natural Light With Atmosphere, an extraordinary newborn photographer, and a published author.  She’s incredibly talented and she’s also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Enjoy your peek inside of Megan’s world!

a peek inside | megan squires

a peek inside | megan squires photo

1. Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

2. Nikon 85mm f/1.4D

3. Nikon 105mm f/2.8G

4. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G

5. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G

6. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

7. Nikon D4 (Nikon D700 for backup)

8. My camera strap belonged to my dad, and it’s one of my most prized possessions that I have left from him. I love that I can take a piece of him with me on each shoot.

9. Shootsac – I use this for all of my outdoor sessions and love that I can wear all of my lenses and have them at arm’s length the whole time. I tend to set my things down and forget to grab them when I’m done (I’ve lost countless lens caps this way), so it’s handy to physically wear all of my gear.

10. SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro – The Big Daddy of all CF cards. My husband got this for my birthday, tired of hearing that I had to clean off my card before I could take another picture.

11. Business Cards from ProDPI – Though I’m usually too embarrassed to give them out, I keep a stack of cards on hand.

12. Lastolite Ezybalance Collapsible Grey & White

13. My current favorite purse – I love to find purses that can be used as camera bags. When I photograph my newborns, I only bring my 50mm and macro, so a bag like this is perfect to tote to the studio, and then carry with me the rest of the day.

14. Lens Flare – I photograph a lot of little ones, so I love to have something on my camera that will draw (and keep) their attention.

a peek inside | megan squires photo

15. My studio is where I photograph all of my newborns, as well as babies up to one year old. I also do some of my editing on my MacBook Pro there as well.

16. I have two huge, north facing windows that provide consistent, beautiful light regardless of the weather outside. My studio is on the third floor, so it also offers privacy for my brand new baby sessions.

17. Three years ago I found these incredible, vintage lockers and fell in love! I knew they would be perfect to house my backdrops and stands. Since my studio is only 600 square feet, storage is an issue. I loved this alternative to the typical closet.

a peek inside | megan squires photo

Thank you Megan for sharing with us!  It’s so great to get to know you even better and see a little inside your world!

a peek inside | megan squires photoMegan Squires, California
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Although Megan started dabbling in photography when she purchased her first DSLR in 2005 it wasn’t until 3 years later that her journey took a deeper meaning and has defined who she is as a photographer.  In her own words, “I lost my dad to kidney cancer. My dad and I had a great relationship–I feel so blessed to have had such a strong male figure in my life–he truly treated me like his princess. My dad had always been very interested in photography and many times throughout my youth he’d try to teach me a few pointers, but at the time I was more interested in being a teenager than a photographer. After he passed I realized how much those images that I had of him meant to me. My kiddos were so small and would never remember their Papa and I knew that the stories I told of him and photos I shared would help them create their own idea of the man that he was. It was like a lightbulb went off at that time and I knew I wanted to do this for other families.”  In Folsom, California, where she lives with her husband and two children, Megan uses her Nikon D700 and an assortment of lenses to photograph in her bright, clean, and classic style.  On her days off she loves to sip a can of diet Coke after a morning of sleeping in.  Follow that with a little antiquing and you’ve got quite the day for Megan.  She is also the instructor for CMU’s Lighting 201: Natural Light with Atmosphere workshop.

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18 Responses to “a peek inside | megan squires”

  1. Nov 14 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    LOVE Megan!!! How fun to see inside of her bag and her space. So fun and cheery and cute!!

  2. Colie
    Nov 14 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Megan. Your studio is GORGEOUS!

  3. Nov 14 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Your studio space is gorgeous!!!! (And thanks for the links…I may or may not have a few extra screens open right now ;) )

  4. Nov 14 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    LOVE your studio space, Megan! It’s just gorgeous!

  5. Nov 14 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Hey Megan! I’m reading your book right now so it’s nice getting to know you!

  6. Candice
    Nov 14 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! And I agree with everyone else… your studio is gorgeous!!

  7. Nov 14 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Loved your space Megan!

  8. Emily
    Nov 14 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I have been following Megan on CM and Facebook since I bought her breakout session earlier this year. It is weird how you start to feel like you kind of know someone you’ve never met. As soon as I saw the pictures of her studio I thought to myself, “This is SO Megan!” I love it! Megan and Lacey, you are both beautiful!

  9. Nov 14 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Loved reading more about you Megan! I’m so jealous of your space :)))

  10. Nov 14 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful studio space!

  11. Nov 14 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    What a fun read! And I love your studio too… so nice, uncluttered, clean, and bright!

    I am a wholesome-food type who has developed nasty cravings for diet coke lately, lol. Love it!

  12. Nov 14 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved reading this little peek into your life. Your studio is so bright and cheery, it makes me smile.

  13. Nov 15 2012 at 12:15 am #

    What beautiful studio space! I’m a pumpkin nut too! :)

  14. Nov 15 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Loved the peek inside!!!! Love the bag!!! And the studio! :) TFS. :)

  15. Nov 15 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I always love these peeks inside and Megan is one of my favorite photographers and CMers! I especially loved learning about the special camera strap that was her dad’s. <3

  16. Nov 15 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Aw, I love you, girl! <3

  17. Nov 17 2012 at 4:02 am #

    Great to see Megan on here! I first met her at a Nichole Van Workshop and am so happy for her with the direction she has taken her photography. Her studio looks SO fun! Great job Megan!

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