We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Cary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
a situation involving exposure to danger.
To do something that may result in loss, failure, etc.
I think of risk as an oppurtuinty. Taking risks is uncomfortable. Success is not a comfortable.
I had to get comfortable being uncomfortable.
I took a risk and uprooted from Scottsdale, Arizona and moved to Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. I started my photography business full-time. I worked with local musicians, record labels, wedding venues, real estate companies, and really anyone who needed photos. It was the best decision I ever made for myself and career path. I established my brand, figured out what I liked and didn’t like. Figured out my style of photography and how to market myself.
Starting a business in a new city where you barely know anyone is hard but it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I kept putting myself out there and not too long after I was getting photography bookings. I started taking photos of concerts, album covers, branding content for influencers, and before you know it people were posting and tagging me on social media.
I’m thankful for my younger self for being brave and taking that risk. Because of this creative risk I am now doing photography full-time. I am able to make my own schedule, be able to support myself, and do something that is fun and exciting for a living.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A little about me… My passion turned into a career when I joined the marketing team at Fender Musical Instruments and Specialty Brands; EVH Gear, Jackson, Charvel, and Gretsch. I had the pleasure of photographing and filming artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, country heartthrob Joe Nichols, Cheap Trick, Spotify’s metal featured artist, Gus G, David Ellefson and more amazing talent. My photos have been featured at NAMM conventions, in catalogs and magazines including Rolling Stone and Billboard. Videos of mine can be found on the Fender, EVH, Jackson, Charvel and Gretsch websites, YouTube channels and social media accounts.
In 2017 I worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of my time was with the Public Programs department, helping with Singer Songwriter Sessions, working alongside country artists, and expanding my knowledge of the music industry. This led to a photography opportunity with Big Machine Label Group, who reached out on behalf of country artist, Alex Williams. This opened a new door to working with artists directly and helping create their image.
While I adored my time in Nashville (and still visit for photoshoots!), Scottsdale beckoned me home. I proudly again work with Fender Musical Instruments and Specialty Brands in addition to my freelance photography business.
You can either find my in the photography studio or running around capturing photos at a wedding. My goal is to always deliver beautiful, professional, and quality work that brings joy to my clients.
If I’ve learned anything is to take risks! Fear of failing should never be a reason to not start a creative project, a small business, or a change in career paths.
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.
If I had a friend come to town I would take them to some of my favorite places to photograph! Some of the best views and landscapes in town. I’d then take them to see some bull riding and experience some western hospitality up in Cave Creek. Next we would go downtown to an arcade bar (Cobra or Ziggy’s) and play a few rounds of Dance Dance Revolution. We’d see a concert at the Van Buren or Crescent Ballroom and sing our hearts out! The next day after recovering from all the dancing we did, I’d take my friend to some local antique shops, and make sure they would find a small succulent to bring home. We would top it off with a delicious milkshake from the ‘Soda Jerk Milkshake Bar’ in North Phoenix. Of course they would have the best photos to post and share with friends after their trip!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Dad! He is a huge inspiration of mine. He works so hard and always has the best advice. He’s been my biggest fan and has always supported me. Love you forever Dad.
Megan Cary Photography owns all the rights to these images. @megancaryphotography