UNDEFINED – Carrie Meyer

As part of our UNDEFINED project, Ooh St. Lou will be sharing bios of the women featured in the original shoot.

Carrie Meyer is the owner of Insomniac Studios and The Dancer's Eye Fine Art Bellydance Photography. We both own multiple chihuahuas and black cats named Poe, and were basically separated at birth.
Carrie Meyer is the owner of Insomniac Studios and The Dancer’s Eye Fine Art Bellydance Photography. We both own multiple chihuahuas and black cats named Poe, and were basically separated at birth.

Your Name:

Carrie Meyer

What do you do?

Owner of Insomniac Studios & The Dancers Eye – Fine Art Bellydance Photography.

What prompted you to take part in the UNDEFINED project? 

I was bothered by the idea that we have to be reduced down to one single thing that would define us as a female business owner – especially something as banal as a pair of shoes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love shoes, but no one thing defines me.  It’s time as women we start standing up against being reduced to a single thing and embrace all we can be.

What stereotyping have you faced in your career, and how have you handled it? 

Being a self-employed photographer, I work very long hours and rarely have time off. Deadlines to turn work around are a constant. The travel, the almost constant back and forth with clients & vendors, the planning and budgeting, and the long days, nights, and weekends of shooting, and particularly, the bulk of editing, especially after large events, are sometimes stressful. From the outside looking in, many people think my job is glamorous and fun. And sometimes it is, because I do love the work. But it is also very hard work.

 As a woman, I have also had to work to overcome the sexism and chauvinism that is ingrained in some of my fellow photographers, and occasionally in some of my clients, and even the public at large. Even though it is 2016, and we’d like to think we’ve progressed beyond sexism and chauvinism, sometimes it rears its ugly head, and I have to deal with it. 
©2016 OohStLou
©2016 OohStLou

Where can people find out more about you/what you do?

I can be found on the interwebs in the following places:
Websites:
 
 
Instagram:
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Anything else we need to know?

 I have been a belly dancer for almost 17 years and I also love sci-fi, Grumpy Cat, regular cats, chihuahuas and natural disaster movies.  Yay!

The UNDEFINED project explores and is a response to sexism in local media, for more information see our original post on the project. UNDEFINED will be on display at SOHA gallery in January 2017, visit the Facebook event page for more information on the show.

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