We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Yenny and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I went through a divorce and a career change 5 years ago, all while battling an autoimmune disease and with 4 children under 7 (and 2 still in diapers!) It was, perhaps, the most difficult season of my life. I was too sick to get out of bed on many occasions, let alone think about starting over and building something brand new. I decided to turn my long time side-hustle of coaching and photography into a career because it lit me up, and I saw how it lit others up. If nothing else, I could make other people’s lives better. One night, while my kids were all asleep and I was breaking down crying wondering how I’d actually survive, I just felt a determination and a hope rise up within me. It was like God, my grandma, and my guardian angels all infused strength into me. I decided right there while lying on the cheery pink rug of my living room floor that I’d never be a broke, sad single mom. I made the decision that night that even though I felt entirely broke AND sad, I would figure out a way to make this business work and to make women’s lives better along the way.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think that this human journey is kinda bananas sometimes. We are all on this planet together, trying to figure it out. We need money to survive and thrive. We follow all of these societal rules. We also desire deeply to be known and to be loved. For a big chunk of my life I was on autopilot and not really “feeling” myself. It was all about going through motions, and kind of grey everywhere. Nothing soul-stirring. After the big transition I went through 5 years ago, small shifts began to happen. I set out on a journey of uncovering and rediscovering who “me” actually was. Friendships shifted. I met new people. I pushed myself hard. I rested hard. I felt everything I had shoved down inside of me for the previous decade. I dove into energy healing, yoga, and embodiment. I felt like I uncovered this magical being that had been sitting with me all along but that I stopped listening to. She was my higher self.

Because of this, I believe I’m able to bring this positive, authentic nature to my clients: coaching sessions, energy work sessions, and photography sessions. This love for the raw and real has led my Photo style back to the modality I originally studied in college and fell in love with: Black and White Film, baby! My absolute favorite sessions are gritty, raw, moody black and whites shot on my 35mm film cameras. It’s what I’ve gotten the most accolades for in my career, and what makes me positively giddy like a teenage girl having her first kiss. I think there’s something to the wisdom within chasing what lights you up, and what you love. We naturally just soak in the knowledge and experience of modalities and experiences that stir the fire within our soul. The energy and healing work I’ve been trained in now has a huge effect on the Boudoir Experience that I deliver. Being able to embody more of my own emotion into my life, my heart and my work has allowed me to help peel back those layers for my clients. It’s the ripple effect. It’s the idea that we all get to shine, together. It’s the idea that deep, healing freedom drives out competition and comparison in the way we perceive ourselves.

I now offer packages where women can come to me for energy healing, be coached throughout the process for 12 weeks, and then celebrate at the end of it with their very own embodied boudoir experience at my Corona Del Mar studio, complete with a makeup artist and champagne. This life is meant to be celebrated and I’m here for it!!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a fan of old school Balboa Island in Newport Beach. It’s picturesque and speaks to a simple good ol’ 1980s summer vibe. Park on the peninsula and take the fairy across (for dirt cheap- like under $3) to the Island and enjoy an epic and iconic chocolate covered banana or Balboa Bar (chocolate covered vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles all the way). Did you ever watch Arrested Development? If not, you should, but that’s beside the point. It pays homage to the Island and the “Banana Stand”. Other than that, I think that hiking into Crystal Cove state beach or 1,000 steps in Laguna Beach is a must. Salty air and sandy feet are all we need to be happy around here. It’s grounding and it’s beautiful.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dad is my moral support, my sushi lunch date, and has more grit and integrity than any man I’ve known. He’s been fighting cancer for 2 decades and never complains. My mom came to my rescue every single time I was sick and needing help, despite her many other obligations and responsibilities. She came to my home and loved on my kids, folded laundry, bought us dinner. I often say that I don’t know how I would have done it without them. When I told them about the divorce and fell apart in their arms, they held me. They cried with me. They guided me. I wish that everyone on the planet could have as supportive and kind parents. In this way, I’m blessed beyond measure.

Website: www.nectarphotos.com

Instagram: @nectar_embodied

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-yenny-2a709879/

Twitter: @meganyenny

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nectarphotos

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@meganyenny

Image Credits
All images copyright Nectar Photography.

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