Cultivating a passionPublished 9:48am Thursday, September 26, 2013
GLENVILLE — Megan Flatness always had loved taking pictures. The birth of her daughter took the passion and transitioned it into a business.
Reflections by Megan has been open for more than a year and is the result of Flatness moving from taking pictures of her own daughter, to family and friends and finally to a business based out of Glenville.
“I started buying props and I bought my lighting and backdrops and stuff like that,” Flatness said. “Because I just wanted to take my own pictures of her, I took weekly pictures of her, and then it gradually went into doing family and then it went in to doing friends and then I was asked to do some weddings. It took off from there.”
The full-time sixth-grade teacher at Glenville-Emmons Elementary School loves to experiment with new and creative photography techniques. She has a variety of props and does both indoor and outdoor shoots. She never studied photography, but her parents used to have a photography business.
“Before I was born they used to photograph weddings and families and stuff like that,” Flatness said. “They taught me all the different things about photography.”
Flatness offers a variety of different session types including babies, toddlers and children, senior, family, mini sessions, newborn, maternity and weddings.
As a teacher of young children, one might not have any problem guessing what her favorite shoot is.
“Definitely newborns and babies,” she said. “I love the newborns and then being able to do the milestone package with them and watching them grow all the way until they’re a year, that’s been amazing.”
Reflections has a Facebook page that has more than 600 likes and is online at reflectionsbymegan.com. Some examples of Flatness’ work are available on both sites. By her guess she has served more than 100 customers, and most of them are repeat customers.
Flatness is booked through November. Select days are still available in December. For those willing to wait, she is available seven days a week during the summer months.
“It’s hard for me to turn people down because I love to do it,” Flatness said. “But working full time and having a family, I have to prioritize.”
Flatness can be reached at 507-448-0008.