About

I shoot with a Nikon D600, and I enjoy what I do.
Moments are so precious and I just I love to capture them.
I’m a Marine wife and have a little girl — which both of these people complete my entire universe. We live 2200 miles away from our families so I know how important it is to “write home” with tons of pictures.

I’ve always, since I can remember, had a camera with me. Disposable, of course because we’re talking the 90′s. Then in the early 2000′s I got my first digital.
After getting married in 2007 my amazing husband had made it a point to buy me a new and better camera every year, until he purchased me my first DSLR (cropped frame), and eventually my second DSLR (full frame.)

So, here i am.

Lauren Nygard Photography
Lauren Nygard Photography

I bring candy to a shoot, and I try and make kids laugh. I make husbands and boyfriends feel comfortable by letting them know not every husband and boyfriend wants to be at these things.   I joke, and I make things light-hearted because that’s what photography is good at.. capturing real smiles on a carefree day.

So, the name Oh!MG.

Obviously my name is Melissa Garcia. Thats where the MG comes from.

My friend Amie, who is the one who really pushed for me to charge money and become legitimized (despite my husband’s efforts to make me do it even before her) started to abbreviate everyones names with the first letter of their first name. For some reason, however, I became MG. When something online would be chatted about and I said something silly, Amie would retort with,” Oh MG.” So, I said (jokingly) “If I ever become a photographer that’s what my name will be, Oh!MG.” Mimicking the abbreviation of “OMG”

I have thought about changing it. I really have. Not because I don’t like it; because sometimes I feel overly unique. BUT I can’t. The name has too much behind it.  Behind every name there’s  a story!