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.

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.

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!)

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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!

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

Meeting the new addition to the Mink’s Family! – Oh! MG Photography| Phoenix, AZ

I’ve known this amazing little family since we lived in Twentynine Palms, CA. We just so happen to live in the same place – again!

They welcomed a new addition to their family and I got to help create memories. THIS is why I do what I do! I love being there for families. It’s an honor!

Best of luck with your sleepless nights to come, Becky! Nixon is adorable.

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I may not offer Newborn sessions but I really love to visit families in the hospital! I offer Fresh 48 sessions in the Phoenix, AZ valley.  These sessions take place at the hospital while mom is still admitted and just before the journey home happens.

For more information on how book a Fresh 48 session, contact me! I’ve priced my sessions so that they may be gifted, affordably!! This is a great gift for someone expecting!!

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?



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  • 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!

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.


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.


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!

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!


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!


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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