We’re back with a special Q&A with Meg Stacker King, a freelance producer and photographer. This session is here to remind us of the present joys and challenges of life during COVID-19. To help mothers stay connected, Meg began shooting an intimate Photo series on motherhood over FaceTime called “We the Mamas.” She writes, “ I was feeling a lot: Anxiety, Fear, Depression, Anger, Frustration, Overwhelmed, Unrealistic expectations...And yet we rise to guide our child, to entertain, to teach, to love, to comfort.” This series gave rise to “We the Kids,” which documents quarantine life from the perspective of children as they navigate through. We caught up with Meg to find out more about how she and her family have been navigating their days and finding inspiration.
I live in Brooklyn and have been hunkering down here with my husband and 19-month old son in a one-bedroom apartment with no outdoor space. We attempted to take off to be with family in Seattle, Chicago, or Houston but ended up just making it work here in NY. After all of our work evaporated in an instant in mid-March, it has been 24/7 with my toddler, keeping him occupied inside, while my husband attempts to write new music for a project that got fast-tracked after all of his tours were canceled until 2021.
I sneak work in while he naps and after he goes to sleep at night. During the day I am doing virtual shoots with him in my lap, while I try to occupy him with a snack and Sesame Street sing-alongs. I had a goal to not introduce him to television until 2, but it was TV or lose my mind, so we make sure to watch educational shows, music, but balance that with coloring with a Color Wonder, finger painting, puzzles, books and Legos and racing through the house to burn energy. He is attached to me and with nowhere to hide in a 1 bedroom apartment, I am looking forward to playdates coming back into the rotation! I know he wants to play with kids so badly, he just stares at them at the park, I wonder how kids will be with each other after such a long social break!
Professionally I was producing events, I don’t see those coming back anytime soon honestly, at least not in the fashion that we were operating before, so I am redirecting to produce photo and film shoots, in order to blend my two worlds of creativity and logistics.
I have noticed that a good day starts with intention in the morning. If I can get at least an intense 15-minute workout in, one shoot for the series and a shower, then I feel like I can maintain some semblance of sanity! I am normally a to-do list fan, but it was causing me so much frustration because I wasn’t able to accomplish them at the pace that I normally would and it was impacting my ability to be present with my family. My multitasking abilities are off the charts now for sure!
I have just continued to breathe, in through my nose and out through my mouth - it’s a reset at any point of the day. I just kept listening to interviews, researching content, having conversations, and then inspiration found me. It is all about taking it one foot in front of the other, day by day, but really hour by hour and having unending grace for yourself because this is an absolutely unrealistic alternate reality situation.