About Megan Sweeting
Kentucky Wedding Photographer
My relationship with photography happened by accident. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to write and tell stories. Once I graduated from high school I decided to go to the University of Kentucky to pursue a career as a journalist and creative writer. It was while at university, trying to fill my schedule with an art elective, I found myself in a dark room, elbow deep in film negatives and developer. It so happened, as I was learning in the black and white film class, my grandfather got diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and I began to document his experience for my final film project.
During that semester in 2007, I began to realize how special photography really is to families. I took photos of my grandfather dealing with the headaches, sitting in the sunlight trying to relax after a doctor visit, running his hand over the new scar from an unsuccessful operation, and my favorite image- holding a cigarette to his mouth like it was a marijuana joint. That one I titled ‘Defiance’ and entered it as my final project image. It still sits framed in my office today.
I didn’t begin to charge for photography until two years later, when a high school friend reached out to be through Facebook, inquiring about hiring me to take modeling photos of her. I charge $50 for some headshots in the park and it was like I had found gold. People paid me to do fun and creative things with my camera? I couldn’t believe I was so lucky! At that point, I began to actively advertise my photography services and my career as a photographer was born. Thanks, Jennifer, for offering me $50 to take some photos of you!
In 2012, the year I gave birth to my daughter, I photographed my first wedding for a long time friend. I was five months pregnant and even then I was standing on a chair during the reception, trying to get the shot from a better angle. After that event, I realized how much fun I had photographing weddings. Can you believe up until that point, the last wedding I had attended was as a child? Since then I have shot over 100 weddings, and I have been exposed to so many great experiences from different religions, cultures and families.
As I reflect on my life as a Kentucky wedding photographer, I'm still in shock that I'm here. That little girl who only wanted to tell stories now gets to tell other people's stories all the time! I wish I could go back in time and tell her how she'll grow up to be so lucky. I've been so blessed to be a part of so many people's lives and love stories. I am so grateful for the people who allow me to share in their love as I provide photography services. If you choose me to document your love story, I promise to deliver beautiful photographs, like the ones of my grandfather, that will tell your story and be cherished in your family for generations.
My Day to Day Life
I love: My daughter Marley, the color black, horror movies (Evil Dead is probably my favorite), great cinematography, browsing reddit in the bathtub, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv show, not the movie), Rupauls' Drag Race, ice cream in the wintertime, a frappe from Starbucks, traveling to NYC and DC, tattoos and piercings, bingeing guilty pleasure shows and youtube vlogs, taking photos of the sunset at Jacobson Park, trying trendy restaurants, putting on new socks for the first time, North Lime Donuts and Crank N Boom ice cream, my friends and family, and living in Kentucky.