A few true tips to new photographers for this fall season. – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ Family Photographer

I was just gonna make a status about this on Facebook but I decided that because Facebook reach really sucks, I thought I’d make it a blog post.  Maybe that will further it’s reach or audience. Who knows.

So, I was perusing Facebook, and of course I see 356,000 Facebook business pages about new photographers in my area. (What? am I implying that the market is oversaturated? no  way…) And I see these lovely graphics on pages advertising their fall mini sessions coming up! Super for them to be spreading their wings as well as their talents. However, one thing did stick out to me.

  1. First of all, don’t use images you don’t have the rights to. Now, this advice may seem silly to some as we have common sense not to use what is not our work. But for some people starting out in the world, they for some reason think using another persons work as an EXAMPLE is “okay.”

 Really, it’s horribly not okay.

And according to many, punishable by law.

 Meaning: illegal.

Use what’s yours. If you don’t have a fall themed set up to use as a backdrop for your ad you’re going to use, please: take the 3 hours out of your Friday morning, go to Michael’s spend $50 dollars on decor, set up a cute shot, maybe even throw your baby in there, and use that image. 1) it’s true to your work and brand. 2) That client will be horribly disappointed when they arrive to falsely advertised shoot. 3) Thats not a good start in this business. (stealing.)

2.   Another thing that is sort of not talked about often is this: please don’t say they’ll get a numerical range of images.  The Smith family may show up and get 5, then the Anderson family is gonna come up and get 10. How is that fair when they both paid the same price?   This leads into another point–

3.   Leave room for upgrades. Allow people to receive 5 images, and if they want they can upgrade to 10 images for $XX dollars more. You are severally undercutting even yourself when you sell your work for pennies. I don’t care if you’ve only started out 6 months ago. You need to have the confidence to say, “hey listen, it came with X you can upgrade for $Y more.” It takes time to actually have the confidence to do that on the regular and so it’s important that you start early!

If you for some reason STILL ARE NOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO DO THIS, still don’t advertise a RANGE of images to be delivered. Instead if the Pierce family was super awesome throw in an extra you can’t live without. But surely don’t advertise, “I’ll give you more if they turn out good!” because thats what 5-10 sounds like.

 But surely don’t advertise, “I’ll give you more if they turn out good!” because thats what 5-10 sounds like.

4. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Think about your family time first, and how your work impedes on it. If you foresee a busy fall season, don’t BOOK more, raise your prices!  If you’re booking 10 mini sessions in a weekend and have no family time how can you say that’s a job worth working? Let’s look at it this way:

If for some reason you’re booking session at $60 dollars each, and doing 10 of them, you’re making $600 dollars. (before sales tax.) That’s spreading yourself thin, lots of images to cull, lots of time that you’re being under paid during.

$600 dollars 10 ways

Here are 10 ways to make $600 dollars. If you raise your prices not even $30 more, not only are you valuing your time more, but you cut out 3 sessions. That means: more time with family. More laundry that will get folded.  More smiles will be had. More home cooked meals and hugs and kisses with the kids.

These are two or three easy things you can start doing NOW to yield a better profit and business.

 This is me being all #CommunityoverCompetition

I REALLY want people to understand you don’t have to burn out to make it and that authenticity goes real far in this market.

 I hope you’ll share this on your wall for photographers that are stating out to look at. I want them to notice that it doesn’t take much to appear more professional as well as act it.

“Totes Gratis – what the?” Photoshop & Lightroom assistance with Oh! MG Editing | Phoenix, AZ

I am by no means a jedi of digital editing however I am very well versed and can find my way out of a problem very easily in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

I have been outsource editing for a little over a year now along side my photography venture, and its proven to be a very rewarding job. Not only for my clientele but because I’m always answering questions, learning, and furthering my knowledge in the field.

Lately i’ve found a love for making short quicktime videos and shooting them off via email or text message to better help someone understand a method or answer a question about these programs.

Yesterday, I helped a gal with a question and she said, “let me know if I owe you anything!” I said, “Nah, it’s totes gratis.”

totally free. two words a creative loves to hear together.

With that said, I created Totes Gratis Thursday. #TGT

Send me your questions via Facebook message, tweet, IG message, email – however! I’ll answer questions on Thursdays.

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they’ll only be sent back to you! So no worries about questions that may seem silly or easy.

Community over competition, people. Knowledge is power.

Monsoon season sunsets – Oh! MG Photography | Family & Children’s Photographer in Phoenix, AZ

oh! MG photography family photographer phoenix azMonsoon season here in AZ brings terrible bouts of storms. The weather report can easily make or break a scheduled photo shoot, and the heat and humidity that come from it all is something no one wants to sit in for a session.

However, besides the sound of rain on the sun lights in the bathroom, there comes an amazing thing: THE SUNSETS.
Now, this is just an iPhone 5S photo. I want to enlarge it and maybe print it on metal one day. Can you image if I had my Nikon with me?
This photo was taken from the base of South Mountain, south of Phoenix, AZ.

Can you imagine if I had the sillhouette of a family in the foreground of this photo? A woman can dream.

Summer Time Lifestyle – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ Family & Children’s Photographer

[another personal post]

Our summer here was not your typical summer. We have a weird  unique household dynamic and it sets us apart. My daughter spent her summer at a daily ASU camp, my husband spent the summer working abroad, and I spent the summer enjoying quiet time from 8-5pm and working my tail end off to afford our July vacation to MI.

After school started though, here in Phoenix, it’s still summer. It’s August and 110 degrees. We can still enjoy summer activities.  Sort of NEED to enjoy them to stay sane. So we put the pool up because my husband not only was going stark-mad by way of the heat wave but because the pool was just sitting disassembled in a outdoor container. A pool unused during 110 degree heat is stupid!

Thus, our pool went up.

All 14 feet of its above-ground roundness.

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I’m not a huge fan of the pool. Not sure why. I mean maybe it’s because when I’m in it I feel compelled to clean it all the time. Or maybe because the bees get a notification on their tiny iPhones that there are people in the pool and it’s time to come bug the crap out of us. (can you tell Ive been stung before?)

But those two? they love the pool. & I love these pictures.

Little Miss “Can’t Get Her Way” – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ Family & Children’s Photographer

[ a little personal post]

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So I’m nothing short of in love with my 80-200mm lens that I received for my birthday.

Yesterday after putting up our pool for the heat wave we are having my daughter came in from swimming and was mad because I said she had to get dressed, and no, she couldn’t wear her towel as a cape. Her emotion caught here; her sulking, is just great.

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The top image actually reminds me a lot of one of Rachel Yamagata’s album cover to Happenstance. If you’ve never heard her music before; it’s very very mellow and good for a relax day.

Maddox Family – Oh! MG Photography: a session while on vacation in MI

Oh! MG Photography took a little vacation away from Phoenix, AZ and went back to Grand Rapids, MI for a few weeks to see family. I knew that while I was there I had to get some sort of shoot in!!

I’ve known Philicia since preschool. Like literally, we went to the same school pretty much up until college.  She got a real education though at Kendall College, and I just went to community college down the street.

But we both have a passion for photography so when I was home visiting MI with my family I knew I had to capture her little boy (who was turning 1 shortly after the shoot) to play with my new 80-200 mm lens that my amazing husband got me for my birthday.

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I loved seeing her little family! Here’s to friendships that thrive on time and distance.

Baby D – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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Baby D was welcomed into this world last week. Gorgeous, calm, fresh, innocent baby D.

This little man is the reason I love doing first 48-hr sessions!

A Tea Party with the Levine Kids – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

I first met Heather when she was looking for a photographer to cover her oldest daughters birthday party. I have no recollection of how she was referred to me, but I’m so glad she reached out!

2 years later, here I am back at her house doing the cutest tea party shoot I could hope for. Not only was there one tea party set up, but three!  I adore the lifestyle approach I was able to put on this whole set up.

Just another gorgeous day here in Phoenix, AZ – the perfect cloud cover. Butttt… the humidity drove us inside more than once!

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I showed mom and grandma some back of camera sneaks and they were OVER THE MOON excited about receiving these. I’m so hoppy I was able to capture these for you guys. Truly a blessing to be able to collect these memories for you! I love what I’m able to do with photography. Heather you and your mom (MIL?) are just the kindest people and awfully welcoming.

Looking for 2015-2016 Phoenix Brides!  | Oh! MG Photography Phoenix, AZ Wedding Photgrapher

Are you tying the knot this upcoming fall or winter? Oh! MG Photography would love to be invited to capture the day! We won’t be in Phoenix much longer and have so much unfinished business! Email me at Melissa@ohmgphoto.com let’s do coffee ;D #weddings #phoenixwedding #phoenixaz #phoenixmom #phoenixphotographer #phoenixarizona #weddingshots #weddingband #macro #haze #phoenixAzPhotographer #phoenixweddingphotographer #arizonaphotographer #floralarrangement #ohmgphoto #ohmgphotography #fall2015weddings #winter2015wedding #maritalbliss #happy #love #photographersunite #PhoenixAZnetworking

Growing with someone else’s child: A grow-with-me series of images – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

In my last entry I spoke of Corbin’s smash cake session and how fun it was to grow with him and his family over the year.

I’ve compiled a collage through the year.

1st – 48hr (4) (first row)

Newborn (2) – 3mo (2) (second row)

3 mo (1) – 6 mo (2) , 9 mo (1) (third row)

9 month (2) – 12 mo (2) ( fourth row.)

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anddddd I’d do it all again!

Corbin is 1! A smash of a smash cake session – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

A long long time ago (actually just a year ago) I took on a family session client that booked a grow-with-me package. I was new to town and really needed the clientele, income, and long-term exposure.  Little did I know how AMAZING the experience would be as well as how completely welcoming and lax they were as a family.

I met the Bell’s while they were due with Corbin last year. He was my last newborn  I ever shot! 1st-48 hour session in the hospital, Newborn session at home, 3mo session,  6 mo session, 9 mo session and finally his grand finale of a 1-year smash cake.

Since meeting them and getting to know them we’ve had play dates, i’ve gotten numerous referrals from them, they’ve gotten numerous Starbucks gift cards from me, and I got the honor of shooting their entire extended family when they are all in town.

Without further ado, I present you Corbin in his blue frosting face glory.
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Hang tight to see Corbin through the year in a review of our sessions coming to the blog soon!

Carter The Unstoppable: a 9 month Milestone – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

This little adorable face forced a work out upon me when he came over. His adventurous spirit and fast crawling legs had everyone on their toes while he was in front of my lens. Too sweet for words; he’s just a chunk of adorable. Mom you ready for him to walk yet? :)

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