Meet Meg Siedel, the photographer that captures the Weirdos of Austin.
My name's Meg Seidel, I'm a filmmaker, photographer and endless doodler. I got into photography because I majored in Radio/TV/Film at the University of Texas at Austin and admired the independence photographers have versus film crews. I have always liked looking at pictures, looking through other peoples' photos, and taking pictures. Photos feel like a way to trap time, a way to freeze a moment for posterity to relate to one day. I feel a picture is worth a thousand words, a way to explain a moment: short, sweet, and directly.
I would love to be able to support myself full-time on photography. With technology advancing, such as cell phone cameras I feel people are less inclined to hire someone to take photos when they are capable of getting good instagram shots. Camera technology is getting lighter and becoming more accessible to everyone. It's becoming possible to capture every moment with a camera, when less than 15 years ago that was not as possible. Photography is no longer about who owns the equipment, but who captures the best moment, who can tell the greatest story through an image.
A lot of times I'm going for odd moments and not your stereotypical picture; capturing the model breathing and contemplating her pose rather than trying to strike the pose. I like taking photos without asking permission or asking for people to pose. I feel people often times freeze-up or get awkward once they become aware of the camera. When people hire me for portraits or events I start off by taking tons of pictures just so they can adjust to me snapping at them with my camera(s). I call it camera-training.
As a female, I'm able to take photos of randos without permission without being punched in the face as many times as a male might. Often times when I'm trying to shove my way to the front of the crowd at a concert to get good pictures, people will see that I have a camera and holler about helping get this camera chick to the front and I get shoved by the crowd to the front row which is great!