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HAVEN:
Q+A WITH PHOTOGRAPHER MEGHAN SADLER
1 November 2021
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This month we sat down with Meghan Sadler, an immensely talented photographer and frequent Mead Quin collaborator. Meghan not only works harder than any woman we know, following her curiosity to constantly hone her craft, she leads with her heart. We caught up with Meghan as she visited our studio to photograph our staff, bringing her infectious sense of joy along with her, as always.



Tell us the story behind you becoming a photographer.

As a child, I grew up drawing and painting. I was always the quiet girl in the corner with a pad and pencil in my hands. We didn’t have a lot growing up, so when it came time to decide what I would do for college, I decided to go to school for graphic design. At the time, this seemed like the path that would enable me to pursue my creativity and also support myself. After college I found work in publishing, creating book layouts, but what I most enjoyed was sourcing images. I could do it for hours on end. So I bought myself a DSLR camera for Christmas, and started shooting my friends, taking every opportunity I could get.

I taught myself photography by watching videos online and then shooting the plants surrounding my desk. I shot a lot of plants! I began shooting weddings with a friend, which is a very fast way to learn to shoot and think on your feet. Then I started shooting on my own in 2013, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.


What’s the one thing you love most about what you do?

Photography is an invitation to be fascinated with what is around you. I think that’s what I like best about it. It’s an opportunity to be fully present and in the moment.



Who—or what—inspires you??

I am inspired by collaborations, and by all of the creative people I collaborate with every day. The people I work with know me well and they know that I am definitely not a planner. The friends I work with who bring this skill to the table are so inspiring to me. When we work together, these people give me the freedom to be truly creative and do what I do best.


What’s the single best business or creative advice you’ve ever received?

At a photography conference I attended early on, someone told me, “always follow your curiosity,” and it’s true. I work a lot.

The way I keep from burning out is remembering to feel the joy in what I do—embracing the curiosity that drew me to this path in the first place. As creatives, we need to remember to feed our creativity.



If you weren’t doing photography, what would you be up to?

I joke with my friends that some day, when I’m older, I want to have my own store. I love vintage shopping. I truly enjoy the process of finding and repurposing. I’ll be the kooky old lady with the vintage shop on the corner!


How do you love spending time outside of work?

I love to read. I walk a lot—an hour every day, at least. It clears my head.

I don’t have a dog, but when I need a break, I like to joke that I need to take myself out for a walk!



What is one fun fact that most people don’t know about you??

I’m a pretty open book, so there is not a lot that people don’t already know, but many people don’t realize that I have Chinese heritage. My grandmother is Chinese, so I grew up with food and furnishings from China, and they make me feel comfortable and at home. I was born and raised in Southeast Texas, so my background was somewhat unusual.


Last book you read?

I just finished The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson. It’s an intellectual autobiography, but it’s beautifully written. It reads like poetry. I also just picked up another autobiography—Girlhood by Melissa Feebos—another strong female writer.

It’s about the narratives we are told about being female, and how we can free ourselves from them. I can’t wait to read it.



Favorite quote?

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
―Pema Chödrön


Where do you live and what are your two “top” things you love about it?

I live in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. I love it. So much of it is walkable, and it’s good for my brain. I live in a four-plex with four close friends. Our units surround a shared courtyard so we have our own little community that is wholesome and kind. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else.


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