“A” family : Family Session in Mesa, AZ – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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I had the awesome experience of checking out a new (to me) session location with a real good lookin family! I am IN LOVE with the views we had, and the lighting! When GREAT images come from it – nothing else matters to me!

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If you liked the “A” Family, feel free to check out all my other families!

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Insta-era: The truth about applying filters on Instagram | Oh! MG Photography – Phoenix, AZ,

I write this post out of opinion, but not out of hatred of anyone, or of experience (I live in blissful oblivion over here.).

I just want to open some peoples eyes in the nicest way possible.

If you’re a parent you will relate to the feeling of being unappreciated, transparent, or unheard. 

Here’s some food for thought.


Imagine investing thousands of dollars, time away from your family and children, hours on the road, and countless hours behind a computer. Only for somebody to say with their actions or their words, “that is all irrelevant to me, because I have an Instagram account.”

What the hell are you talking about you crazy woman?

I am speaking the language of adding a Instagram filter to a photo that a photographer put time effort and invested knowledge into.  It’s hard to analogize the feeling a photographer has when this is done, to anything else.

Imagine you just had your photos done with a photographer. A photographer who drove 30- 120 minutes to get to the shoot location, who spent 15 minutes in scoping out the area making sure the light was right and the ground wasn’t too moist, that there wasn’t a beehive that would attack you…A photographer who had to wrangle your children, had to pose your a goofy husband, had to make loud noises and funny faces at your dogs for them to look at the camera; lugging heavy equipment around. A photographer who drove home, who spent hours on the computer editing your photo session, who went the extra mile adding the final touch and uploading to a gallery site for you to view and share the images with friends and family. A photographer who spent the time and effort sending you the email and sharing the link with you as well as thanking you for your patronage.

Now imagine logging onto Facebook, or Instagram to see a preset filter applied to that work of art someone slaved over.

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I added a filter to show you how far off it can look compared to the real deal.

This isn’t a representation of Oh! MG Photography and the style of my brand.

If I had gonads I would rather just ask you to kick me in them.

A few things that it says to me:
“I didn’t like your work.”
“This filter that took me two seconds to click looks better than your hours of invested time.”
“I’m better than you.”
“You should have done it like this.”
“I do not value your worth.”

Let’s make it clear: I’m not writing this out of anger, and I’m not writing this out of experience. I’m simply speaking for all the photographers out there who might seem to complain that their work simply goes unappreciated as well as ruined.

It is now the norm to add in a contract between photographer and client that you may not add Instagram filters or any other modifiers to an image to share on social media. Same goes in the occurrence if you choose to print.

This isn’t adding salt to a casserole.

This isn’t fixing your make-up after having it done.

The difference is, when we create that image it is our property. You simply have the printing rights to it if they are granted to you. However, it stands to reason that when you contact a photographer you are commissioning them to create family portraits or portraits of the like for you to share; sort of like fine art.

I truly feel like I’m beating a dead horse right now. I also feel like 16 people will see this.

But I don’t care, I’m sick of seeing people complain that their work has been modified.

There is a place and time for an Instagram filter, I truly believe so.  When you see the ferris wheel at the fair and you think it’d go great with a “Ludwig” or “Juno” filter to accentuate the darks and colors popping.

Or maybe when you see some cute flowers on a walk with your dog.

But as a photographer, we are creating our own “filters” in our work per our vision in camera and post processing. If we thought we needed a dirty haze that severely altered the colors to our images we’d have already applied such a beast.

This comes down to respect. Respect the works that’s been done for you. Respect people’s job that you’ve commissioned for yourself , and truly go with a photographer that will create the vision you’re looking for.

I have a newfound respect for professional gingerbread house builders [image]: Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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I got this gingerbread house for black friday, it’s a Wilton brand from Michaels and on the outside box it’s all perfect and it says hey you can make 4 little houses! woah, super cool, right? That sucker got thrown in my cart super fast.

So fast forward to my daughter relentlessly begging and asking, “when are we gonna make the gingerbread houses?”

OKAY FINE WE’LL MAKE THE HOUSES.

I got everyting out and set up.. open up the instructions and its literally step by step on how to make whats on the box. So much for free-will.

anyway– lots of newfound respect for those who make the models for this stuff, or even can make it without cheating and using subsitutes for product-imagery purposes.

The frosting was more stubborn than a toddler getting shots at the doctors.

The candy required tweasers to pick up and strategically place on the houses. (if they stood up because they’re free-standing, dependant on icing as glue.)

props Wilton, props.

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My Cat loves christmas & I don’t blame him [image]: Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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A nice, warm cozy place to sleep with dim glowing lights. You’ll find him there for the next 30+ days if you need him. 2014-11-30_0001

*Live* Black Friday Deal!

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Click the images to be directed to the marketplace where you can purchase the $100 sessions that are redeemable the months of Jan through May. THESE SESSIONS ARE LIMITED. Act fast!

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Black Friday Special! – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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Oh! MG is presenting a pretty awesome deal for Black Friday.

Phoenix Photographer Black Friday Deal

15 hi-res images digitally delivered

digital album to share online with friends and family

20% off print prices

1 location in the Phoenix valley

30 minutes

Session dates allowed in Jan, Feb, March, April & May ONLY.

non-refundable.

non-transferable.

Any upgrades are a la cartè. (more images, more time, locations etc.)

**Know a family that would deserve this? buy one for them! Send me their information after purchase and I’ll send them an AWESOME welcome e-mail breaking the fabulous news that you’ve graciously purchased their family the gift of memories!**

STAY TUNED! Friday a blog will post at 6am with the link on how to attain Oh! MG’s Black Friday special rate session!! THIS RATE IS UN-HEARD OF!

Visiting Goldfield Ghost town in Apache Junction – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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We visted the Goldfield Ghost town in Apache Junction today to show my dad some sights. I’ve never been there, cute little place. It’s a real ghost town! Old buildings, old retired machineary; a true tourist spot for sure. We stopped here after we visited the Superstition Mountain Museum and learned some facts about the exhibits there.

Bored on a weekend? Old Western enthusiast? It’s worth a trip if you like to explore, take road trips, and take pictures like me!

I brought and used my 105mm Sigma 2.8f for some new shots coming out of my camera. Other than that my 35mm & 50mm were on.

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Getting into the mood of the season – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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Today with my dad in town I decided now would be the best time to indulge in some sugar cookies and have fun while we make them, too. Ive never made successful sugar cookies, but this time I follwed a Martha Stewart recipe almost to the “T” & I think they turned out fabulous! Want that sugar cookie recipe? Here it is!
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Baby “B” 6 month mini (why you should grow with me, Oh! MG) Phoenix AZ Family & Children’s Photography | Oh! MG Photography

Baby “B” & his 6-month grow-with-me Mini went great!

I love the “B” family. I am SO over the moon happy that they decided to take a leap of faith last year and sign me on to be their sons photographer for a full year. They signed on with a Grow-With-Me package.

A grow with me package includes a 3,6,9, and 12 month mini session, the 12 month session being a full session with an optional smash cake. At the end of the year a small album is made and sent to you to remember your child’s first year!

Oh! MG plans to add this awesome oppritunity to the menu in 2015. For more information on how to get in the Grow-With-Me family contact me via the contact link and get in touch with me! Lets make an awesome session happen!

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Sunset from South Phoenix, AZ – Family & Children’s Photography | Oh! MG Photography, Phoenix, AZ

There was a day when my daugther wanted to see the sunset, and my husband was working late. We drove on back to South Mountain (our back yard, pretty much) and hiked not far from Scorpions Gulch to view this amazing sunset. Just another memory that I’ll get to look back on some day. Little momma-daughter moments we’ll probably forget one day but can look back on with pictures to remember. anoth reason why you should #takerandomtripswithyourkids

If you ever feel like letting me tag along and capture your family during a south moutanin sunset, or any sunset for that matter – find the contact link above and we can get together and make that happen!

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Meet the “F” family – Oh! MG Photography| Phoenix, AZ

Check out this good looking couple and their fur babies! I was so excited to shoot against the Superstition mountains. What a magnificent backdrop that turned out to be.
If you’re interested in booking a session and appearing on my blog, contact me via the contact link and get in touch with me! Lets make an awesome session happen!

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Meet the “K” family – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

Check out this amazing session! It was so great to meet the “K” family.
If you’re interested in booking a session and appearing on my blog, contact me via the contact link and get in touch with me! Lets make an awesome session happen!

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P family : Family Session in Glendale – Oh! MG Photography

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The “P” Family

They’re receiving their images today.

It was such a great shoot!

They are one of those families that you hope decide to come back to you the next time they need a professional because they were so easy to work with. 

 

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To see the rest of the P family visit their gallery at my portfolio page.

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