Small Business Friday – Everyday Art Photography

This morning I welcome Megan, from Everday Art Photography in North Dakota to the blog! She’s so sweet, and I just adore the family portraits she takes. Enjoy getting to know her more!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself! (name, husband, kiddos, business name etc.)
 
My name is Megan Milbradt, owner of Everyday Art Photography and I live in Bismarck, North Dakota.  My husband and I share a birthday, and we’ve been married for nearly eight years now!  We have two children; Rory is six and she has a huge smile and a kind heart.  Cohen is three and he is very energetic and completely stubborn (yet he somehow has me wrapped around his little finger…what is it with baby boys?).
Megan’s darling kiddos!!! 🙂
 
2. Tell us something most people don’t know about you! Crazy, funny, embarrassing, etc.
 
Most people don’t know that in addition to being photographer, I’m also a civil engineer!  While I’ve been in business as a photographer for almost five years, I also maintain a day job as an engineer.  I do feel like photography is my true calling, but had I never gone to engineering school, I would have never met my husband, so I’m thankful for that part of my life, too!

3. What are your favorite movies or books?
 
I am honestly not much of a reader anymore.  Not for lack of interest, but for lack of time.  I do enjoy watching movies once in awhile, if I can stay awake long enough!  My current favorite movie that I’ve seen was Les Miserables.  I don’t typically love musicals, and I’ve seen it in play form before, however I didn’t really fully understand the story until I saw this movie.  The incredible faith in God that Jean Valjean had was nothing short of inspiring to me.  I am a sucker for a comedy, too, and Pitch Perfect was hilarious!  I would definitely watch both again and again.

4. What are your favorite foods or drinks?
 
I have to say, my absolute favorite food is pizza.  We had amazing wood fired pizza while we were on vacation about a year ago, and I would travel the 12+ hours again just for that pizza!  So, so good! 
5. What does your typical day look like?
 
During the week, my typical day involves getting my kids to daycare and school and heading to work.  In the evening, we head home and have supper as a family and aside from the nights when the kids have activities or we have church commitments, we usually spend the evenings just hanging out together until the kids go to bed.  That is when the second half of my day begins!  I try to spend a few hours each night working on things from editing sessions, answering emails, working with clients on their session details or orders, social media, business tasks, etc.  All those fun things that keeps Everyday Art Photography running!  I do try to take at least one day off during the week to spend with my husband and just relax.  My weekends are when I shoot the majority of my sessions.

6. Tell us your business name, and give us all and any link so your website/blog/social media.
 
Everyday Art Photography

7. Give us a brief description of the business,and how long have you been in business.
 
I’ve been in business since the summer of 2008.  I started out that year portfolio building and my business has grown from there.  I specialize in newborn, child and family photography.  I love, love, love capturing them all for very different reasons.  I absolutely adore capturing newborns because they truly are tiny miracles and their little bodies are so fascinating; how they can change such an incredible amount from the time I shoot them at 7-10 days old to even just two weeks later when I deliver the order from their session…there are no words to describe how amazing that is!  And then to just continue to watch them grow in every way…it is so exciting and rewarding.  I love photographing families because there is nothing that makes me feel more accomplished than when I am able to capture the true love between parents and their children.  That is what life is all about right there!

8. What do you love most about having a small business?
 
I love having a small business because I am in the driver’s seat.  Only I can decide what this business will be, where it will take me, and how it will affect my life and those around me.  

9. What is the hardest part about having a small business?
 
The hardest part of having a small business is that it is HARD work.  It is up to me to put in 110% and when I add in another job, a family, and everything else that life brings my way, it can’t always happen.  I have so many goals that I’d like to accomplish, business-wise, and it can be discouraging that I simply don’t have the time or energy to achieve them all right now.  Patience has never been my strong suit, but having my own business has certainly given me a few lessons on it.

10. What is your biggest inspirations? (other photographers, the outdoors, family etc!)
 
One of my biggest inspirations is Erin Cobb.  I have always adored her clean style, the genuine expressions that she captures and the connections she makes with her clients.
 
Otherwise, I find inspiration all around me.  My work reflects my own personal style and the things that I love.  And while many people think North Dakota is full of a lot of nothing too special, it is inspiring to me.  I think being a photographer has given me the ability to see the beauty in this place that others may not.  I didn’t grow up here, and being a photographer gives me the opportunity to find new places, learn new things about North Dakota, and meet new people along the way.   

11. Where do you see your business in 5 years?
 
In five years, God willing, I would love to be a full time photographer with a dedicated studio space.
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  • BradMarch 29, 2013 - 10:26 am

    Megan, I enjoyed seeing your images, and I especially love the first one showing your kids. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Britt AndersonMarch 29, 2013 - 10:55 am

    I always adore seeing your work Megan!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Ellis LaryMarch 29, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    Megan, this is so great. I loved reading more about you and seeing such a sweet collection of your work!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie MyersMarch 29, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    Great interview and gorgeous pictures!ReplyCancel

  • John SteinerMarch 29, 2013 - 9:08 pm

    Beautiful portraits! It is easy to see you love your work.ReplyCancel

  • JennyApril 1, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Great interview! Love Megan’s work!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Sonneland QuaschnickApril 1, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    Love the interview Megan! It is always so fun to see more of your work!ReplyCancel

  • Megan McPherson MilbradtMarch 29, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Thank you, Nancy!ReplyCancel