BBW VIP MEMBER INTERVIEW: Meri Hannon, Owner/Photographer of Meri Lee Photography

What is your name?

Meri Hannon

What is your title?

Owner/Photographer

What is your business name?

What is your website URL?

www.merileephotography.com

What is your Instagram handle?

What is your LinkedIn URL?

How long have you been a Boston Business Women member?

I’ve became an Inner Circle Member in November of 2022 and upgraded to VIP in November of 2023.

Where are you based? How did you end up there?

I’m on the South Shore, I was born and raised in South Weymouth and currently raising my family in the house I grew up in. I have a studio called The Captured Collection located in Norwell.

Tell us more about your company! What do you do and what pushed you to start?

After nurturing an entrepreneurial spark for years, I finally took the leap and brought Meri Lee Photography to life. With a focus on newborn, maternity, and family portraits, I aim to capture the essence of a family's love and the joy of new beginnings. As a mother of five, connecting with my clients comes naturally, whether they're embarking on the journey of parenthood or cherishing the moments with their growing families.<br /> Operating my own business is not just about pursuing my passion; it's also about setting an example for my children. I want them to understand the power of determination and the fulfillment that comes from chasing your dreams.

As 2024 unfolds, I've sensed a new calling—to tap into brand photography and assist fellow entrepreneurs in showcasing their ventures. It's a thrilling evolution for Meri Lee Photography, allowing me to support others in crafting their stories and elevating their brands.<br /> In this journey of entrepreneurship, every click of the shutter is a testament to the belief that with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible. And as I continue to grow my business, I am reminded daily of the blessings that come from doing what you love and creating lasting memories for families far and wide.

What is your definition of success? How do you know when you’ve reached it?

My definition of success is having happy clients and knowing the moments I’ve captured for them will be cherished for a lifetime! Every time I have a client who leaves a good review or I have a client referral!

Tell us about your most transformational moment as an entrepreneur?

A pivotal moment since embarking on my entrepreneurial journey occurred while I was out with my family. A stranger approached us, recognizing me from their friend's newborn session I had photographed. Learning that they had been following my work since the inception of my business filled me with an overwhelming sense of validation and joy. It was a simple yet profound instance of someone I hadn't personally met acknowledging the impact of my photography. That moment ignited a fire within me, reaffirming my passion and commitment to creating meaningful connections through my art.

What was one of your biggest challenges in business?

The biggest challenge I’ve encountered is finding home and work life balance. As a mom of 5 kids learning the juggle starting a business after staying home the last 9 years.

How has being a Boston Business Women Inner Circle member positively influenced your life + business?

It was the best decision I made joining BBW as an inner circle member, I’ve connected with many members who have helped and supported me. I joined the 6 Figure Academy, that’s been a gamer changer!

Who is the woman behind your business? What does she like? How does she spend her free time? What does she value?

Hi I’m Meri owner and photographer of Meri Lee Photography. My most important job over my business is my family, I’m a wife and mom of 5 kids. If I’m not behind the camera you can find me enjoying time with my family and friends. I value deep meaningful connections and making everyone I’m with know I’m here for them.

Where can we keep up with you? What social media platforms do you use the most?

My website is www.merileephotography.com. You can find me on Facebook at Meri Lee Photography, LLC, Pinterest and IG!

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