I am so excited to share this interview with y’all today, I had such a fun time chatting with Rebecca, the creator of @Camera_Mama and also a talented photographer in her own right. She photographs weddings and portraits and you can find her work on Instagram over at @MerrakaiPhotography.
Below the video, I’ve provided you a little breakdown of our interview – we went a bit longer than I expected, but I hope you enjoy it!
1:16 Introduction – A little about Rebecca
Merrakai Photography’s Website: Boise, ID Portrait & Wedding Photographer
Even though she does portraits and weddings, her true love is family photography.
1:50 Where does the name Merrakai come from?
Found in an old Latin book that belonged to her Grandmother, “Meraki,” is originally Turkish, meaning “The essence of yourself and the love and passion you put into your work.”
Greek Translation: “Doing things with love, passion and a lot of soul.” (ref)
Modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Meraki is often used to describe cooking or preparing a meal, but it can also mean arranging a room, choosing decorations, or setting an elegant table. (ref)
Don’t you guys seriously LOVE THAT??? I’m totally gonna add Meraki to my everyday lingo.
4:25 Are you related to a famous Beverly Hills REAL HOUSEWIFE?
Keeping this one a secret, y’all, you’ll have to watch!
Her brother’s beautiful and sophisticated bedding products business, Malouf Sleep.
6:49 How did the idea for @Camera_Mama come about?
On a whim, she created the hub after a friend came over to learn some photography tips from her. It’s a way for her to share what she knows, but also to be able to learn from other people. And it comes in bite-sized pieces – for us busy moms, taking a photography course is a huge commitment, but on Instagram, we can learn tips and tricks in small doses.
The Hub also gives her the inspiration to pick up the camera and photograph her own children.
11:00 Rebecca talks about the Camera Mama website
www.cammama.com which posts weekly Theme Announcements on Sunday night; Tip of the Week from the featured photos, and Theme Round-up of favorite pictures from the weekly theme. There’s also Photographer Features AND put the Camera Mama coffee mug on your Christmas list! There are other fun items, like t-shirts, key chains, etc that would make a fun gift for you or your CameraMama friends.
13:40 Ongoing themes and hashtags to use to get featured on @Camera_Mama
#cm_phonepics We want to see your best pictures taken with your phone!
#getin52 Get in the frame – either a self-portrait with a timer or remote, or hand the camera off to someone else, but make sure they know “you were there too.”
Mentioned: Laura Penley of @LaurasLensOnLife
Here’s a CameraMama website Photographer Feature about Laura
Mentioned: Murad Osmann of @MuradOsmann the creator of the series #FollowMeTo
Some of Rebecca’s #FollowMeTo shots where she uses her 24-70 lens.
And a shot inspired by LollipopsWorld:
18:00 What do you look for, as a mod, when you’re looking for pictures to feature?
Something that catches her eye, a photo where she wonders, “How did they do that?” and inspiration for photographing older kids. She enjoys featuring smaller accounts to help people find new, talented photographers.
21:30 Rebecca talks about the challenges of being a step-mom and learning to see the joy in motherhood.
Mentioned: @LaurasLensOnLife (See pictures above)
When looking for photos to feature, she also looks for photos that portray real life as a mom, in a beautiful way.
She wants people of all skill levels to feel welcome and encourages all of us to take pictures.
26:56 The AWESOME @Camera_Mama moderators
Amanda of @Bellakeej
Allison of @AllisonMcSorley
Dekyi of @Dky.Youdon
Danielle of @sunflowersphotographyms
Laura of @The.Red.Brick.Road
Jo of @JSLittlePhotography
Brooke of @ThatPastorWife
Kelly of @Kelly.Crews
Celeste of @CelestePav
Aaron of @TheQuesnelles
Kelley of @KelleyKPhoto
Ulli of @dasfoto_studio
And…Several of these mods are also HubHack Members! So a huge thank you to @Camera_Mama for all of your encouragement and support.
Thank you all for watching and reading. I hope you have enjoyed it! Any questions for Rebecca? Let me know!
Any mods out there that want to brave the video world and chat with me? I am also happy to send you questions for you to type out replies, but isn’t it fun to watch a video and get to know someone?
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I’m a family photographer in Gwinnett County, Georgia.