Hello, my name is Jamie Meier and I am the face and camera behind Live Love Lens Photography® and Live Love Maplewood®.
I specialize in portrait photography and have a special knack for making people feel at ease in front of the camera. I live in the town of Maplewood, NJ and run the Instagram feed @livelovemaplewood®, which chronicles our unique and vibrant community.
First, let's have some fun - some quirky facts about me:
I was a clown in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...twice.
I met President Barack Obama once at a book signing...and told him he looked REAL good.
I will do anything to be outside on a perfect spring day. I love a beautiful sunny day with lots of sunshine. I love being outdoors and feeling the warm sunshine. Did I mention I like being outside on a nice day?
I was in the audience of Saturday Night Live three times...twice I went backstage! One of those times I saw Tina Fey's "Sarah Palin" wig in person.
I have a thing for home decor - if I'm ever missing, you'll find me running the aisles of Homegoods.
Ok, enough funny business...I have a Master's Degree in Social Work and it's safe to say it comes in VERY handy in the photography business. I giggle with little ones and connect with teenagers. After working as a Social Worker in NYC, I jumped over to fundraising and volunteer management at a children's nonprofit.
I started my photography business in 2011 shortly after my daughter was born. Life had changed just a bit with her arrival, and I was on the hunt for an intellectual and creative outlet. I got my first DSLR camera (a Canon Rebel) and created a photo blog. Positive feedback from friends and family (thanks, guys!!) and a request for a photo shoot led me to take photography classes....and soon after, Live Love Lens Photography was born.
I have upgraded that dusty camera (many times), have captured several hundred families and individuals, and continue to grow and build my practice and business daily.
This work brings me immense joy and I feel extremely lucky to have found a way to align this passion of mine with a professional pursuit.
Now, let's take some photos!