My name is Megan Lendman and I truly believe that the world is a beautiful place. When I look around I see the tall, straight lines of buildings, the natural spontaneous curves in the branches of trees, the gentle light gliding over a face and the composition inspires me to grasp the moment. People inspire me with the light and love that radiate through relationships, art, business endeavors, or simply their personalities. Photography for me is a way I can better appreciate the world around me while showing others the light that I see in the world.
My philosophy for photography is to realize the light within (people or nature) by capturing the light through the medium of photography on a day where love, creation, or aspirations fuel that light very bright for all to see.
2016 Grand Rapids, MI, China: Life of the Civilian, solo exhibition at The Factory.
2015 Louisville, KY, Throwing Light/Catching Shadows, group exhibition for invited speakers, image from the series Four Bars of Open Mic
2015 Allendale, MI, GVSU Student Scholars Day, group exhibition, selected works from Homemade
2015 Grand Rapids, MI, Glitter Milk Gallery, group exhibition entitled NSFW, entire showcase of Those Burlesque Girls
2015 Grand Rapids, MI, GVSU Blue Wall Gallery, solo exhibition with entire showcase of China: Life of the Civilian
2014 Allendale, MI, GVSU Art Gallery, Framed Illumino Senior Photography Thesis, entire showcase of Homemade
2014 Grand Rapids, MI, Avenue for the Arts Free Radical, Group Exhibition entitled Mirror Reflections, entire showcase of People at Work
2014 Allendale, MI, GVSU Red Wall Gallery, solo exhibition with entire showcase of China: Life of the Civilian
2014 Grand Rapids, MI, Avenue for the Arts Art.Downtown., group exhibition entitled Lumos, entire showcase of Light Love
2013 Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, Moon Dog Bar Gallery, selected works from China: Life of the Civilian
Leadership With Purpose - Selected Cohort Member 2016
Society for Photographic Education - Member since 2013
Louisville, KY - Regional Conference 2015 - Presenter & Scholarship Recipient
New Orleans, LA - National Conference 2015 - Scholarship Recipient
Baltimore, MD - National Conference 2014
Chicago, IL - National Conference 2013
Cincinnati, OH - Regional Conference 2013
Avenue for the Arts - Member since 2013
Free Radical 2014 - "Mirror Reflections"
Art.Downtown. 2014 - "Lumos"
based in Grand Rapids, MI
Megan did an absolutely beautiful job with both our engagement and wedding photos. My husband and I are super awkward when it comes to these types fo things but she somehow managed to get us to loosen up and was able to provide us with some photos we will cherish forever. As far as the photos from the wedding day, we couldn't be happier with what we got! We are able to truly relive that day forever because Megan captured everything the way it was, not just the way it was staged to be. She is incredibly skilled when it comes to candid shots and those were some of our favorites because nothing beats a genuine smile (and she got just about everyone :) ). She also got some excellent shots of all of the little details and textures which we loved because we put a lot of time and effort into them. Because of the thought she put into what she was capturing, we have a very diverse and well rounded collection of photos from that day. My husband and I would highly recommend Megan Lendman photography to any couple for engagement and wedding photos.
Megan was reliable, professional, and fun to work with. She has a positive attitude and made us feel comfortable when we felt totally awkward to be in front of the camera on our wedding day! She had lots of great ideas for shots, and also took our ideas into consideration. We loved the final product - a mix of artsy and classic. We highly recommend her!!
Finding Megan to work with me and my team at Grand Valley (College of Education) was an unexpected blessing! We met through an educational program event and her being a photographer became a point of discussion. I needed someone to photograph a large event with various moving, complicated factors such as venue size, individuals vs. groups, and a myriad of lighting challenges. Megan was up to the challenge...and has continued to be the photographer of choice for this event!
Her work is sharp, focused, and engaging and is successful at capturing both staged shots and candid moments. Her professional manner is friendly and accommodating and her movement throughout the event was always subtle and never distracting. With near 'cat-like' grace she deftly moves around the venue gathering the images which easily convey the action and tell the story. Her final product is always professionally conveyed and delivered and easy to access. An added bonus has been having images for both print production purposes, as well as for online/web usage.
Add to all of this, her competitive rates and a willingness to work closely to ensure that the final requirements are deftly met, it's no secret to see why Megan is the photographer I enjoy working with! From our professional encounters, I've recommended her to several people for personal photography jobs with great success...to the point that a friend's Christmas card featured images Megan captured during a fall excursion! As always, beautiful work!!
-Forrest Clift | Grand Valley State University | College of Education - Center for Educational Partnerships | Former Associate Director
Megan Lendman did a beautiful job with our family portraits. We appreciated the time she took to scope out locations with gorgeous natural scenery. Megan was very easy to work with and accommodating of our family’s needs. She made us feel very comfortable during the photo shoot and we had fun hiking through the woods with her. We were so excited to receive our photos and share them with family and friends!
Megan has an eye for photographing the unexpected and turns the unplanned shots into the winners of the day. I've worked with Megan on a variety of projects for over four years ranging from Senior class photos for my son to a concert performed by Grammy-award winning pianist. Her flexibility and collaborative spirit maximized the quality of the images. I will be calling Megan back for any future photography needs.
Not only can Megan take beautiful posed photography, she also does fantastic candid shots capturing the smallest moments that may otherwise go unnoticed. Last spring, I asked Megan if she could take photos of students Kids' Food Basket serves as they tried different fruits and vegetables (some for the first time). Elementary school students are not the easiest group to get shots of on the fly, however, she took advantage of every opportunity getting shots in which you can feel the children's energy and joy radiating through the picture. In one series of shots, it's like you are right there with a little girl as she holds the tomato, then bites into it with a smile, then the end result of the bite with the cutest sour expression where you can tell that maybe tomato is not her favorite! I felt like I was in the moment myself, which shows the true power of an image. Thank you for capturing the beauty and joy of our amazing kids.
-Brandy Arnold | Kid's Food Basket