The secret to making all this work, Merians believes, is being passionate about the photography. Whether she’s at the shoot by herself or in the studio, she likes to be part of someone’s day.
“I’m not a wallflower. I love grandmas and babies. I hug and kiss them. I want to be part of everything they are going through,” she explains.
Focused on Capture, not Medium
Despite all her successes, Merians hit one of the biggest obstacles of her professional life a few years ago. When everyone was switching to digital, she was reluctant. A traditionalist, she much preferred posed portrait shots when brides began asking for the more candid photojournalism style.
Meanwhile, the studio was running out of room to store negatives. “I didn’t think the change was necessary for me,” she says, but since then she’s had a change of heart. “These days I love shooting digital. I realized the process is about capture, not about film or digital. In the studio, we don’t focus on the medium.
“Where I come from, you shoot to produce the best job.”
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