Splash of Black & White: Using hard chisled high contrast Black & White in Lifestyle Photography – Oh! MG Photography Phoenix, AZ Family & Children’s Photographer 2014

DISCLAIMER: Yes. I am one of those moms that take pictures #ALLTHETIME of their kid. Sorry! But mix two of the things I love (kid + camera) and i’m happy as a clam.


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Typically I use a very delicate, clean, smooth crisp edit for my personal and professional photos. I’ve seen many uses of B&W though that I am captivated by and that’s a high contrast B&W style that I’m sure I’ve never used.

The trick? Well, the image looks crazy in color. I mean, highlights blown, darks so dark they’re distracting, weird sharpening everywhere.. but turn it black and white and it’s a total different animal! It becomes the masterpiece I wanted it to be.  Lots of post tweaking. :)

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PSA: “Because a CD doesn’t look nearly as good on your wall.” – Oh! MG Photography Ahwatukee, AZ Family and Children’s Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer

Right now, Oh! MG Photography is offering you an amazing deal on prints!

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If you’re a past, present or future client you get to take advantage of 20% off prints!

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If your walls are bare, I need to help you with that! No one likes a naked wall.

Here we go, now this looks way better than hanging a CD there (and a lot less awkward too!)


Melissa Garcia is a Family and Children’s Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based out of South Phoenix serving the entire Valley Area.

Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Carefree, Scottsdale, Surprise, Peoria, Tolleson, Avondale.

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Oh! MG Photo vists the Grand Canyon in Arizona | Ahwatukee, AZ Portrait, Children’s & Lifestyle Photographer 2014

Ever been completely captivated by something so large that your mind is sort of confused and refuses to process the reality that’s presented before you?

Our family is good at taking mini-cations. We decided that for my birthday we would visit Williams, AZ and take the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon.

First off, yay. I’m 27. But secondly — how am I suppose to take this all in at once? Its a huge gaping hole. A majestic canyon; the first of seven wonders of the world.

Lets start by talking about the train ride, taking off around 9:00am.

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We said goodbye to Williams and Hi to Kathy with a K who was more than upbeat, she was awesome. Last thing you need on a 2 hr 15 minute ride is a mean old lady.

You end up going through just miles and miles of plains and herds of cattle.


we got to the Grand Canyon and we had 3 hours to see it.  Well three hours is NOTHING at the Grand Canyon. I could have stayed there for 12 more hours to watch the sunset, watch it rise, document the wildlife, take a freaking break from walking once in a blue moon & hydrate.

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It was HOT. it was like 90 degrees out. and 30% chance of rain so there was humidity.  Between my daughter who didn’t want to walk anymore, and the horrible decision to wear all black – the day was going very rocky but the beauty of where we were had to make up for that. See that bird?  That’s a Calfornia Condor. He nearly went extinct!

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Heres CaliCon # 30. They’re all tagged because they really nearly went extinct.  Click the link if you’d like to read more on the bird with a nearly 9 foot wingspan!

So we went on this walk, a trail. It was suppose to take way less time than it did, but our awesome daughter with short legs just wasn’t having it. I don’t blame her; it was hot, it was a rather long trail in open sun… but we had no choice but to finish it and take a bus back to the station.

Now when you take the Grand Canyon Railway, you NEED to make it to the station on time or you will be left behind. They don’t do a head count, they don’t really care if you’re left behind because really there are people that don’t return on the train every day.

We had to take a 2 mile trail, to a bus stop, to get to another bus transfer, then take that one to the station. The bus left at 3:30 and we got there at 3:15.

Needless to say I was literally thinking of worst case scenarios: taking a $140 cab ride back to Williams, getting a hotel room for $160+. Just. Stress.

We get back to the train and we just MELT. We are relieved, stress is lifted, yadda. My husband will say he wasn’t stressed nor worried but I on the other hand just saw dollar signs occur in the worst case scenario plan and didn’t like it one bit.

We get some wine and some beer from the food car, and enjoyed the scenery and extra cows on the way home. Oh, and we got robbed.


My daughter was not a fan of them. She was seriously afraid of all the actors  robbers but yet this kid LOVES Chuck E Cheese.

I digress.

We get robbed,

my daughter clings to daddy–

you get the deal.


Saw plenty of elk too.

Elk along the ride

Elk along the ride

We got back to the station and decided that we would try and take the chance of going out to eat in the adorable town of Williams despite our child testing every limit ever laid before her.

We ate – and we headed back to Phoenix. What was so awesome about that was the lightening storms we got to watch literally the whole way home.


Let me break down what we would have done, or will do the next time, had we known how everything would go down.

(realistically) you don’t have enough time (3hrs) to hang out at the GC (Grand Canyon.)

I AM NOT DISSING THE GRAND CANYON RAILWAY. But when you have a really antsy 4-year-old who is afraid of fake cowboys – you set yourself up for failure and frustration by taking the train.

If you plan on taking the train – take it with well obedient children or plan on staying up there for a while and stay at the lodging that’s immediately at the canyon itself.  You don’t have to return the day you ride up there, and vice versa.

Be prepared for crazy prices, yolo. When in rome, do as the romans do.

Don’t go during hot months, and if you do, know you’ll regret wearing black.  There is minimal shade.  MINIMAL.

It’s illegal to throw rocks, coins and feed animals at the canyon. Like: fine-you-illegal.  Don’t feed anyone but your family.

When we go next, we plan to drive all the way to the south rim and bring bikes. we plan on lodging at the rim and being able to spend more than 3 hours there.

We may even hike down the canyon, it can take like all day – but I think one day when Hailey’s old enough to stay behind Tim and I might do that.

So, below you’ll see a slideshow of some of the pictures. They all start looking the same, really. I mean it was an amazing experience but the rate at which you can walk is nothing compared to the size of the canyon. Your view doesn’t really change much even walking around it for a few miles.

We have seen the first wonder of the world. We can rest our heads easy on our pillows at night. But if we had to do again we’d do it differently!

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7 years of blissful marriage & plenty of family photos (how and why I take them)- Ahwatukee, AZ | Oh! MG Photography 2014

My husband and I have been married seven years now. <3Oh! MG Photography Anniversary Photographer Ahwatukee, AZ Oh! MG Photography Anniversary Photographer Ahwatukee, AZ


Nothing beats a self timer and anniversary selfies!


Speaking of, let’s talk about not caring about getting them PERFECT straight out of the camera. I feel like so much is uncertain when I am not physically behind the camera when the shutter goes off.

I set the timer to 10 seconds, then I program the camera take 5-9 images when we are taking family images. I underexposed the images on purpose most the time; it’s a lot easier to bring up a slight shadow or darkness in a .NEF/ Raw file oppose to living with a highlight that isn’t recoverable!

I NEVER shoot in .jpeg. ever. I also rarely care if I look glamourous.

Here’s Legoland, CA. This is a few years old, maybe 2? This is totally edited; I edited people out of the background and brightened it and got rid of bra straps. Stuff like that.  P.s. my kid’s adorable.  We found a trash can I could put my camera on, or something and sat on the bench across from it. bingo!

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Here’s one in Sedona, AZ shortly after we moved to Arizona.  We found a stump we could set the camera on, rotated a bench thats I think chained down, and walla.

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This one is from Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park, MI #Puremichigan I saw a porch far enough back that if I shot with my 35 we would have plenty of space.  Or was it my 105? doubtful. Probably my 35. All i remember was this was a sprint to get in the frame and thats why my legs are all spread apart, because I was thinking of how to put my face and arms — not my legs!

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Here’s another one from Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes area.  This one took a lot of brightening in the faces because of the hour we were out at. Camera was on a “DANGER” sign.

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This is from easter this year before we went egg hunting at the neighbors.  Camera was on a tripod.

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This is from Roosevelt Lake this summer.  Camera was on a neat toadstool looking thing that was probably put there to place cameras on it for tourists.

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here’s the Grand Canyon. This one was rough! High noon, antsy daughter. Lots of foreigners wanting to get where you are!  I had my camera on my camera bag but the camera started to slouch into the bag and the frame just kept going up, up up…Whatever see the California Condor?! Exactly. I can totally pretend this was meant to be a negative space image. /not. #youknowthetruth

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You see, you don’t have to make a family picture a painful experience.  I make it easy, fast. We get 9 out of the way and i pick one after swapping heads and removing things from pockets and such.


Take a challenge and take a picture of your family within the month still. FAST. PAINLESS. you can do it!

but for real, everyone’s a photographer these days — you can totally do this too. ;D

For more information on how to program your cameras self timer, I suggest googling EXACT TERMS: “___camera model___ Self Timer ” I typically find some really awesome youtube.com tutorials. 9/10 chances are the person doing the tut has a brittish accent. #notsurewhy


My family will be able to look back at these one day and actually be IN the picture. Not just pictures of the things we saw on the trip but a picture of them ON it. I can NOT tell you how many of these we DON’T have from when I grew up. I grew up with a disposable camera glued to my hand. stuck. cemented. I forced my mom to fork over $20 so I could get them developed. It’s the only way I remember any of my childhood: photos.

I also lack, horribly, images of my mother and I together. And it’s something that when I’m 84 and maybe even gone that my daughter will look back and think “gosh i’m so lucky to have a crazy photo addicted mom who made a small photo documentary about everything in my life.”

These past events are for remembering in the future.  I may live in the now but  I want to remember the past.




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The Essence of Summer – Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ Family, Children’s Portrait & Lifestyle Photographer


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I say this to anyone I meet.

They’ll say, “do you have any children?”

and I’ll show them my business card or the background of my phone and I’ll say,

“yes, I have a 4 year old – she’s my model.”

 She’s not really a model, but she’s MY model.

She will always be the most beautiful thing in the entire world to me.

She’s aged so fast. I mean she’s going on her second year of preschool, she’s adventurous, lively, hysterical.

 She’s a ball of energy and a work of art and she’s what I focus my on in my life.

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I also take time to do small shoots with her through each season.  Today  was summer.

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Today it was 100 degrees out, at 11am.

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Today was sweaty… and hot. Hot sun rays beaming down on us without many clouds in the sky to intercept the heat.

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Today was my feet burning in the Arizona desert sand while my daughter played at a park.

Seriously, they just wanted some shade.

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Today was the cicadas blaring their buzzing noise through Papago Park here in Phoenix.

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Today was a usual day of summer in the amazing desert city of Phoenix, AZ.

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 even the bugs were too hot to be out. My daughter wore her bug catcher hoping to find something.

Not even the beatles in the desert were dumb enough to be out in that heat!

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She was  hot too and sweating through her tiny 4 year old pores.

But, she loved the awesome thrift store umbrella we rocked today :)

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Melissa Garcia is a Family and Children’s Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based out of South Phoenix serving the entire Valley Area.

Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Carefree, Scottsdale, Surprise, Peoria, Tolleson, Avondale.

Contact Oh! MG Photography for a session today!


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Oh! MG Photography visits Bearizona in Flagstaff, Arizona | Ahwatukee Family, Children’s & Lifestyle Photographer 2014

I was hesitant to go, because the price seems a bit high. $50 to drive through a park!? drive through!? Sounds like a ploy.

But maybe it’s worth it I mean they’ve got a cool name, it’s gotta be worth the money, right?

I’m speaking of course, of Bearizona.

Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs.


Entrance of Bearizona, AZ by Oh! MG Photography

Entrance of Bearizona, in Flagstaff, AZ

So we drive in, and first animal whose habitat you drive through is the  Rocky Mountain Goat.

Rocky Mountain Goat by Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ 2014

Rocky Mountain Goat

Next up, Is the Dall Sheep.  They were pretty chill and liked to hide, here you see a mature dall sheep, and then a baby.

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Then we moved to the American Burro (thats a donkey)

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After the Burros, we move on to what my daughter called, “Mr Hairy face.” Otherwise known as the American Bison!

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When you are done getting through these animals you run into a sign that reminds you to roll up your windows, and lock your doors. Why? because you’re about to be surrounded by Alaskan Tundra, and Arctic Wolves.  Let me tell you; they made the money we paid to get in WELL WORTH every single penny. They walk right up to your car and you suddenly feel like you’re gonna be in what seems like youtube video of a wolf on a persons car. Caution at Bearizona by Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ 2014

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When you’re done with the wolves, you go through Junior Black Bears but we didn’t see any. Not sure what was going on, but we end up seeing plenty of black bears at the walk-through portion of the zoo at Bearizona. (plenty of pictures from that t00, don’t worry!)

I could not get enough of the yellow wild flowers and the setting that the next animal, the White Bison.

Young White Bison by Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ 2014 Bison Habitat by Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ 2014 Adult Bison by Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ 2014

Next: Ah yes, Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.

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THE BLACK BEAR!  They were lazy. They were sleepy. They were HOT. I’m pretty sure that when it downpoured they were ecstatic (while staying asleep)  that it was finally cooling off. It went from 82 degrees to 66 when It rained.

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 That my friends, is the drive through portion of Bearizona. Now, its not just a drive through zoo and I learned when we visited.  There is also a walk through portion with shows, exhibits, and shops!

Let me share some amazing bear images I got after they fed the junior bears, and the baby cubs (plus some more other animals!)

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Overall: A+. 100%. Awesome! Totally worth the drive if you’re in the market for a day trip, if you’re staying in the vicinity, or if you are an avid nature photographer.

Pay once, go through alllll dayyyy. on wheels. not your feet. Are you getting how awesome it is to go to a zoo where you can stay in the car and not walk?

Like, we realized how awesome it was that we didn’t have to walk and hear about how “tired” our 4 year old is after walking. (heard enough of that in the actual walk through portion of the zoo.)

Bonus points if you go on a cold day, an over cast day, or a rainy day. We went when there was a 30% chance of rain. You bet your bottom dollar it rained. Scratch that — it poured. It was awesome!

For more information on Bearizona [ location, hours, FAQ] visit Bearizona.com

* This post is in no way endorsed by Bearizona, I just so happened to have been really impressed. *

stay tuned for a super-awesome post about our day long trip to the Grand Canyon!

#PureMichigan: a personal Oh! MG family vacation – Ahwatukee, AZ Family Photographer

I was born in , raised in, and still visit Grand Rapids, MI. It’s where my parents bought a tiny red brick house and made it their home. It’s where the kids left the nest from. It’s my mother’s resting place.  It’s where my daughter loves to visit Papa.


It’s where I met my husband, it’s where my husband’s family lives. it’s where I see my in-laws, its where my husband sees his parents and family. It’s where my daughter loves to see GiGi and Grandpa Joe.


Regardless, it’s a place full of memories. It will always remain a place of memories.

I mock the hashtag and saying #PureMI or #PureMichigan because of the semi-famous “Pure Michigan”  (click that for commercial) travel ad campaign that started in 2007 and still runs to this day. I have friends here in Phoenix, AZ that they always see the ads, I saw them when we lived in CA and people worldwide probably have the same testimonial.

She’s never seen a whirly-bird before. (helicopter, whatever you call them.) Her shirt? says it all. MI7__25

This trip revolved around my brother getting married to his amazing fiance. I may be a bit bias, but she’s awesome.  I didn’t photograph their wedding, thank gosh, because I had enough fun in the party to convince me to never shoot a wedding I’m invited to,  ever. The amazing Peach Moon Photography based out of Grand Haven, MI  shot their engagement photos and wedding photos and were great people to work with. I’m the tall blonde in the family image on the alter with the PRECIOUS flower girl that is my daughter,  and the tall bald ravishingly handsome man that I’m married to.  Thats my “cleans up well” dad next to me, and then of course her family on her side.

Peach Moon Photography, Tim + Erin Wedding

Copyright Peach Moon Photography, Tim + Erin Wedding

There are plenty of other #thelillis wedding insta-pictures on my IG Feed but you gotta go back a little ways. You can’t miss ‘em!

Besides being there for their wedding, we were there for personal vacation as well. We saw plenty of family, scenery, and I took so many nature/still life shots it will make your eyes numb.

We went to the Grand Rapids Arts Festival downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

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We visited  Grand Haven State Beach  both as a family and as a couples date to just get away.

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We went to Traverse City (TC), MI which is known for their berries, and cherries.  We went because our daughter had never been there, and I haven’t either.  There’s this place called the Sleeping Bear Dunes  which is like, arguably one of the prettiest places to visit in the lower peninsula of Michigan. WE LITERALLY SAW A BEAR CUB CROSS THE ROAD. <– caps necessary.

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My husband and I respectfully saw friends I see once a year (when we visit.) Nothings more refreshing, more awesome, and more rewarding than maintaining friendships over years and years. We pick up where we left off the last time we saw each other — it’s how I’m able to have friends nation and world wide.   Friends are the flowers in the garden of life!

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childhood best friends grow up, and have kids, who hang out with each other — i’d say that’s more like family.

The literally awesome part of the friends that I visit is they continue to grow up, prosper, and I get to see them from afar on facebook them actually meet their kids they’ve had or the ones they’re about to have! (a friend announced she was pregnant on fathers day!)

I saw old high school friends, old family friends. Family.

Oh, and I continued to shoot barns for no good reason at all.




Visiting the gorgeous scenery of Lake Roosevelt, AZ – Oh! MG Photography 2014


May 24th we took a trip.

My husband wouldn’t tell me where we were going but he was like, “get ready we are leaving.”

So 1) I knew we were leaving far away, and 2) I know he understands my appreciation and love for the scenic Arizona so I was pretty sure I’d like what I see where we ended up.

After some windy roads that gained elevation, then lost some, then gained again, we passed through scenes unlike ones I’ve seen in Phoenix, AZ.

Mind you, these were shot from the passenger side of our car, window down .. me saying, “sorry really just one more.. ” each time.

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I gave my camera a rest and those awesome clouds you see sort of just lurked around. Finally we arrived somewhere between the 188 and 288.

Lake Roosevelt Visitor Center National Park

We stopped into the National Park up there and there’s a visitor center in Lake Roosevelt, AZ right across from Roosevelt Lake Marina.

Without spending money on any park passes or parking passes for recreational areas, we made an afternoon of just seeing the sights.

Below is Roosevelt Dam.


A pretty awesome view of the iconic bridge they have there (and an all natural sky, that stuff isn’t made up!)


Then there’s my scared-of-ants photographer-4-year-old daughter.

We taught her the ipad takes good pictures, so she walked around taking umptillion shots of EVERYTHING. (that was fun to delete later.. )


And an Oh! MG family trip wouldn’t be a trip if we didn’t take a family picture. We do this almost everywhere we go.

There was literally three cement pedestals there likely for this purpose, to be tripods.


Lake Roosevelt had much more for us to see. Here’s some that really stood out from our day-trip:

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Summer Special – Ahwatukee & South Mountain Family Photography | Oh! MG Photography 2014

Put down your smartphone and jump in the picture for once!

Oh! MG Photography is offering a price point for everyone for a limited time!

Photographer in Central Phoenix debut $99 Special

Photographer in Central Phoenix debut $99 Special

I’m debuting a summer special that you’re able to apply through August! These short and sweet sessions start at $99* and can take as little as 20 minutes!

These sessions are designed to be very quick and to the point — I know this summer heat is nothing we wanna sit in! I’m sweating just thinking about it.

Sometimes the summer is the only time everyones off work & school all at once, so now’s the perfect time to purchase!

Starting at 7:00pm, these sessions will capture a thorough glimpse into what your family is in the “now”. Update your family photo quick and painlessly!

Email Melissa@Ohmgphoto.com for terms and conditions, this is a time sensitive deal!

This affordable price point won’t last forever.

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Welcome to the world, baby “B”! – 1st 48 hr hospital visit | Oh! MG Photography, Phoenix, AZ

I was ecstatic when I got the text that said “baby is here! here’s our room number, when will you be by?”

I LOVE visiting these itty bitties in the hospital, so fresh and so new and so amazing.  All they know is mom, the sound of her; the smell & what she offers for them.

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mommy baby love, Oh! MG Photography, Phoenix, AZ

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to view the whole album, visit my portfolio page link at the top, or click here!

I am honored to be onboard with this family for a year for Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months & 1-year shoots. Although I’ve done numerous (and I mean NUMEROUS) shoots of different ages of different children I can’t say that i’ve been around for all 5 of those awesome milestone ages for too many people that weren’t my direct friends. Needless to say, I’m super excited!

An ode to mothers everywhere

I started off with an idea. I wanted to glorify the unglorified actions of motherhood. I wanted to make it more acceptable to the general public to a mom loving a voluminous spit up, or a blowout diaper, or a tantrum.  Let’s stop pretending motherhood is about unicorns and rainbows and let’s remember what it’s really about.
Well besides knowing that much of my idea, I couldn’t really verbalize my idea. Images portray a mood and feeling that words couldn’t quite find.
I met Andrea online when I did a model call for a new  SAHM mom with a young infant. Well I hit the jackpot because this woman had twins. Not identical, by the way, so SHOCKER: the babies don’t look alike (it’s actually pretty freakin’ awesome if you think of their lives to come.)
I got to know Andrea in the short while that she welcomed me into her home to shadow and capture the unglorified moments of motherhood. The messy feeding of babies. the poopy diapers. the tired cries of twins, the sweet smiles of waking up from a nap, the constant playing and carrying around with a baby. Get a drink  of water with a baby on your hip? I got ya covered.
I knew that I couldn’t possibly write what I wanted to say. I resorted to searching online for a good poem that was published on a website (see source) although it’s from an unknown author. It’s so true. I remember every bit of these words.  It is seriously crazy how time and children change you and how priorities shift.

We still remain resilient, super-humans. We are mother’s now. We are a breed of species that isn’t born and only “becomes”. Once you go “mom” you don’t go back. This is for all you super moms, that don’t have the support you probably need. For all the smart, caring, and over-burdened women who care for their young so selflessly. A lot of us set aside our lives to raise new ones. A lot of us put things on hold and never get back to them but are okay with it because we’ve created even better things to occupy our time. (children)   You are a rock, and you are solid. You know how to hug like a champion and kiss a booboo like a pro. There’s not a scary monster in a dark closet that you can’t capture and there’s no bug you can’t squash.

That's one hip-baby.

That’s one hip-baby.

Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom – I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

a day in the life of a mom, baby silhouette by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ

Before I was a Mom – I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.Sleeping baby, waking up. Lifestyle session  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.

Soothing one, lifestyle session  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ

Before I was a Mom -

I had never been puked on – Pooped on – Spit on – Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.

only a mom could love one so much  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ

Before I was a Mom -

I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests…or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. let me ease the pain,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. Smiles are contagious,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. Before I was a Mom – I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down. hold me so the pain can stop mom,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZI never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. never under estimate the power of moms touch,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. always knows where mom is,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.in your arms is where i want to be,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ  Motherly kisses are like none other,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ

Before I was a Mom -

I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. smiley baby,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZI didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. what a mess im in,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important.

 holding on tight , baby lifestyle  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ

Before I was a Mom – I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. Reaching for mom hand, baby lifestyle  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. Two by Two  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZI didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom. Just playing around,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ Sisterly smiles  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ Always be there for you,  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ Twins playing with eachother, hanging out with mom!  by Oh! MG Photo of Phoenix, AZ – Author Unknown Source

Oh! MG Photography Marathon Shoots!

I want to thank everyone who trusted me to capture some awesome memories for them in Twentynine Palms, CA. I had families of 5, I had small babies, older kids and a blissfully wed couple without children.

I traveled to Twentynine Palms with one mission: to capture one last session for my best friend’s family before they move overseas for the next few years.

This same best friend was my first real client. Our next shoot is tentative for 2018. What can I say, I book out! ;)

Never forget who helped you get where you are now, and never forget what leaps and bounds you took to get here.