Vendor Spotlight: Meg Adamik Creative
We all strive to be memorable, but leaving a lasting impression on someone we’ve just met isn’t always easy. Unless of course, you are Meg Adamik. Meg and I met a couple of months ago while participating in a styled shoot together. Right of the bat, I loved Meg’s energy. Meg is the type of wedding professional you want to be around with because she makes the day fun by keeping that amazing smile on, having positive energy and because she has an amazing eye for detail. You should get to know a little more about Meg, and see why she is one of Chicago’s best!
What is your company’s name?
Meg Adamik Creative
What city are you located in?
Lombard, Illinois but serving the Chicagoland area and West Suburbs!
What were you up to before you got into the wedding industry?
I worked in marketing and events primarily for cause-based organizations: my favorites included a female-only mud run organizer and one of Chicago’s largest animal rescue organizations.
How did you get started in the wedding industry?
My husband is the baby of 6 kids and I have 9 nieces and nephews (with more on the way!). With this huge Irish family, I started photographing holidays, engagements, and my darling nieces and nephews. After getting married and seeing my own wedding photographer capture our wedding day so perfectly, I just thought to myself that I wanted to do that, I wanted to do something bigger than me. I wanted to be a part of the magic that is a wedding day and preserve those memories for other couples just like my wedding photographer had done for Kevin and me.
What do you love most about what you do?
Where do I start? I love the joy that a photo can bring someone. Life moves so quickly that we sometimes forget to stop and live in the moment and I feel as though photos help us slow things down and embrace our feelings and thoughts and emotions in a specific period and place in our lives. I also love getting to meet so many wonderful couples. There are some truly great people in this world and my clients usually fall into that category, I’m so lucky!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere. Literally. I’m constantly looking at the world through a lens in my head always wishing I had a camera in my hand. It’s funny how you start to see things as a photographer that gets you excited like fields of wildflowers, light-filled windows, and moments between people. I am also inspired by other photographers and their art on Instagram. There are so many amazing photographers and I have access to their work at my fingertips.
What or who motivates you?
My husband, Kevin. He was the man who bought me my first camera for Christmas years ago, has supported me every single step of the way and continues to push me to be the very best that I can be in my work and as a person. He’s the one who picks me up when I’m having a hard time and pops the champagne for life’s victories. He is the world to me, and without him, I probably would have never had the guts to take this crazy dream of mine and turn it into a reality.
What is your proudest moment?
The first time someone asked me what I do for a living, and I told them “I’m a photographer”.
What is a wedding trend you are loving right now?
Cascading greens, watercolor invitations, and copper accents
Which wedding trend are you glad to see go?
Mason jar centerpieces.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
Oh goodness. The first wedding I ever shot. I got a text on a Friday night from a photographer who was sick and asked me to fill in for her the next day. I almost threw up right then and there but sucked it up and showed up the next day and shot my very first wedding. No one had any idea I’d never done it before and I had my first wedding under my belt. It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
What should couples know before hiring you?
I’m not the right photographer for everyone. My couples are typically laid back, carefree, and are more worried about capturing the emotion of the day than posing for 8 hours. I’m not your typical light and bright and airy photographer, but rather have a little ‘tude to my photos that I think enhances the emotion and sentiment. My couples aren’t afraid of wearing their hearts on their sleeves, showing a little PDA, or dancing in the middle of the street.
What is your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
At the end of your wedding, the flowers will wilt, the gelato will melt, the band will have to pack up, but the one thing you will treasure for the rest of your lives is the photos you have captured it all. Make sure you make finding the right photographer for you a priority and you invest, yes, invest, in your wedding pictures. I can guarantee you in 50 years, if you hired the right photographer, you will look at those photos and still remember the butterflies in your stomach, the way your head spun from that glass of champagne and the look your significant other shot your way when they said: “I do!”.
Name 5 things you personally can’t live without
Family // My Camera // Coffee // Cell Phone // Sleep
What do you do when you are not working?
I’m currently training for my 4th marathon (woof). My husband and I just bought our first home so there are plenty of projects to keep us busy and hours of Pinterest planning to try my hand at interior decorating! I love going on walks and hanging out with my rescue pup, Sully. I love to create, anything and everything – whether it’s cooking a new meal, or whipping out my watercolors.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I have horrible anxiety, and I’m not afraid to talk about it. I think a lot of creatives and also entrepreneurs struggle with anxiety and I’m happy to open up the conversation about it. I’m a huge worrier and have a really hard time “unplugging” and relaxing. It’s something that I continually work at and will probably always have to, and that’s just life. Everyone has something, right? But I want other creatives with anxiety to know, you’re not alone, and it’s ok.