We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Pena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, how do you think about risk?
Well I wasn’t taking risks in the beginning, I began my photography journey constantly overthinking and comparing, so I hid behind my 9-5 job, and kept saying I was “building my portfolio.” When I lost my job, I was worried, but it was the exact push I needed to turning my passion into my business. It was a giant risk to lose a steady income for my dream job, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I actually enjoy getting up and going to work, and it has made me so much more confident in my work. The risk was definitely high, but I wouldn’t be where I am without taking them. So I’m going to continue to take them and see where they lead me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Photography is an industry that is always growing, anyone can pick up a camera. But what sets apart every photographer, including myself is the vision. I, personally, love photographing natural, and candid moments. Every photographer has their own style, and what makes me different is the fact that I like to get to know my clients personally, and capture their raw emotions. I enjoy making sure that each picture I take, takes you back to the moment we shot it, and you can relive a happy memory.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d start off with brunch at Novecento in Brickell (because we would be waking up at 11 am.) Do a quick shopping stop at Brickell City Center Then after that drive to Lincoln Road with a big bag filled with chips, drinks, a speaker, a blanket, and an umbrella. (Quick pit stop on our way to the beach to get a milkshake!) Then spend some time at the beach with our Barefoot Rose Spritzers. When it starts getting dark we shower quickly then head to the movies, and choose a movie at random. Then when the movie ends we drive to BJ’s Brewhouse for dinner and PIZOOKIES!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor, and who has taken the time to teach me and help me grow is Gianny Campos (@giannycampos). Her photography inspires me, and her story as well. I am beyond grateful for the many times she has taken me with her to weddings to learn this craft thoroughly, and for her teachings on my portfolio.