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.

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.

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

[ a little personal post]

Family Photographer Phoenix AZ

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.

Rachel Yamagata Happenstance

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.

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

The gorgeous Kauffmann family – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

This amazing family celebrated 4 years of marriage, and were about to celebrate both their kids birthdays soon after this shoot!

The infectious smiles and happiness I got from the kids really shined through in all these images. Mom and dad were so happy with their session and rightfully so! ( I sort of really love it as well!)

Family Photography Phoenix AZ Childrens Photographer

Contact me to find out how you can book your family an amazing desert portrait and lifestyle session!

See a friends session and want to give them credit for your referral? Let me know who sent you when you e-mail me and you’ll both be in for a treat upon booking!

Amazing desert themed wedding shot in Paradise Valley, AZ by Oh! MG Photography

Okay, I know I know: I’m not a wedding photographer by specialty. BUT- check out this amazing sneek peak! Such a gorgeous desert themed wedding at the gorgeous Camelback Inn here just outside of Phoenix. Paradise Valley, AZ is an amazing place to shoot in.

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!

Ackerman - Vela Wedding Paradise Valley, AZ
Ackerman – Vela Wedding Paradise Valley, AZ – Oh! MG Photography

I need your gorgeous family in front of my lens. -Oh! MG Photography, Phoenix, AZ

There comes a time every years where I need to create the perfect family for the perfect session so that I can have amazing marketing material and images I can blast on the internet (.. you can do that too for me!) and add to my portfolio. Not only this, but also carry out my 2015 mission statement of creating more households with professionally printed images.


Now, the common misconception is that it’s FREE!

Everything is FREE and we all dance on rainbows and pet unicorns.

UNFORTUNATELY, I have a totally different concept and approach that I am pitching to you.

( you get what you pay for when it’s free!)

 You see, in 2015 I told myself that my portrait clients would walk away with MORE.

More tangibles in their hands & homes, more love in their hearts for their own family, and more understanding of what a good experience with a photographer is.

I’m seeking 3 really amazing families who are open, willing, and excited to pair up with me in this venture.

The value of this is .. well, it’s pretty high. Do you want to really know the deal you’re getting?



Oh! MG Photography 16x 20 Art Block


  • A 16×20 art block (very similar to a canvas, except easier on wallets)  valued at over $150 dollars.
  • a 4×6 proof book of your gallery, spiral bound together to throw on your coffee table, or just brag about any where you go.
  • 45% off your images in the print store for prints or digital files!
  • 10 low res images with watermarks for the internet.

On top of the discounts you’ll get on everything you walk away with – for every family you refer to me after they see your amazing images, you get $5.00 to Target or Starbucks. (because I love shopping and coffee, and you should, too.) You’ll receive the $5.00 gift card after they put down a deposit for their session.



Your cost? $150. (plus tax)

Aren’t convinced?

Well – I’m not expecting just anyone to need my services or think of this as a deal.

but food for thought:

My full sessions cost $300.00, and that includes nothing besides digital files.

This would easily cost a client $495.00 when attaching the a la carte items I’m adding in this session.


Post this to your wall, and if someone says they saw it on your wall and book, you get that gift card!

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!


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

thats right– I give you permission to stalk the blog :D

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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.


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 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?”


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.


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

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.



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!