Career Callings: Turning good moments in life into a business

By Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   Editor’s note: Career Callings is a new feature in Teens & 20s that will focus on twentysomethings’ careers in and around Alamance County.

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Chris Stevenson is shown holding his daughter, Brighton Stevenson. [Megan Carter Teague

   In today’s world, there’s so much negativity; there’s never enough emphasis put on those who are doing  wonderful things and loving what they do.
Megan Carter Teague is a shining example of a young adult who has taken her creativity and love of the good  moments in life, and made a career she is not only passionate about, but that provides joy to those around her.
Teague is a photographer and entrepreneur by trade. She managed to create her own business MCTea  Photography at the age of 22. A 2011 graduate from Southern Alamance High School, she says she “wanted to  make my hobby a career; so I did.”
While being behind a camera might look easy, there is so much more that goes into photography then one  might expect.
“Of course the ‘business side’ of any business is difficult to learn. It took me awhile to get the hang of the  bookkeeping aspect,” Teague said of the hardships of being an entrepreneur. Another difficulty she said within the field of photography is that “It’s hard to be the first one to do something. I’ve learned that as long as I put a ‘Megan Twist’ on things it becomes an original photo. Pinterest is an awesome way to find ideas, but there’s a fine line between taking an idea and being inspired. You have to stay inspired.”
When asked to describe the most rewarding aspect of her job, she talked of how her pictures tell a story. The picture provided is a shining example, she explained.
“It’s a moment I captured during a family photo session. The gentleman photographed is actually a close friend of mine. He’s a true hero. An American Soldier in the US Army. He’s a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. His arms don’t only protect his kids and his family. We, as Americans depend on his arms. This photo tells an entire story without a single word. This was one of those ‘God moments.’ The baby fell asleep in his arms and I felt led to capture it. It’ll be something she and the entire family can look back on. How fragile she is, how strong he is, and how safe he makes not only her feel, but all of us. It’s no doubt one of my favorite photos to date just because of the story it tells.”
To those who may be leaning toward a career in photography, Teague advised that they get organized now, because it is essential in the process of being a photographer and entrepreneur. She also states it is imperative that budding photographers find their niche and make it their own, while developing different contacts to build a portfolio. She suggests finding hairstylists and makeup artists willing to work with you too, because making those contacts is imperative.
“Know your clientele, be original, and make sure you always have a balance in your life. This is art meets business, so there has to be balance,” Teague said. While photography is undeniably hard work, Megan Carter Teague is definitely someone to inspire others with her exuberance and love of the profession.

Kaitlin Gillespie is a senior at Western Carolina University and a Teens & 20s writer.

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