Phoenix Family Photographer

A Day In The Life of Oh! MG Photography – South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer

My life is pretty ordinary. I mean I’ve got one kid, my husbands got a full time 9-5 (sorta) job, and I sorta work from home & act like a housewife.

We don’t have anything spectacular to share when it comes to day to day activities so I decided I’d spice up my boring day with my olloclip.

True story: this post was going to have REAL DSLR images on it. hi res. gorgeous edits. then I thought: thats not real life. What’s real life is raw, and noisy and not glorified. (and because I deleted the images I started on my camera from the morning.)

So here I present you some killer Olloimages.
My images start as I make my way to the school to pick up my baby girl. Welcome to my August 21st.

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It looked like a it’d be a pretty gloomy day – it being monsoon season.

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It makes for a perfect day to free-lens on an olloclip right?

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You’re completely right, I need more coffee. So I stopped into Safeway for some Starbucks.

I was waiting for my coffee when a woman looked at my phone and was like- “Oh isn’t that cool, is that a lens?”

Yes, yes it is. Now let me tell you all about it in 1.4 minutes while we wait for my iced coffee.

#OlloclipShouldPayMe

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Sat in the car, sipped coffee. and then it happened …

 the rain was only going to hold off for so long.

the sprinkles they came down and they came down hard, but I’ll tell you we braved that sprinkling like it was no body’s business.

#EvenIcouldMakeItRainHarderThanThat

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Brought my baby doll home and popped in some Fish sticks for lunch, MMM.

#TrustTheGordonsFishermen

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I was then held at my will to play a game with my child, where she later threw a fit that I was winning and threw a pillow at the game.

During her time out, I did some editing.

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When she cooled off, we played Legos.

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I once again ran away, sanity in hand, to edit quickly between being a mom and slave to my daughter.

#TheStrugglesReal

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I decided letting her rollerblade outside could get out some energy she has pent up,

so we all but roped a pillow to her hind quarters and headed outside.

#SafteyFirst

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When she’s red in the face like that, it means the energy is escaping her.

#MomsStillWinning

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Then it was off to teach her what belly muscles are and why we need them to balance.

#MyBellyMusclesAreOnNow

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 The reality hit me.

I was actually a grown up.

Not a playmate, or a Photoshop junkie.

Time for the household chores – PM edition.

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One of my best friends has 4 legs and purrs, so what?

#CrazyCatLady

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Those dishes got done, and I had to show you so you didn’t

pass judgment on me too quickly.

#BecauseYouKnowYouDid

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Made some Sodium-filled Velveta Mac n Cheese to go with

whatever I made – It was a very “whatever” dinner night.

#IHateCooking

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I sat with my daughter at her kids table and talked crap about the stuffed the uncool stuffed animals

and raved about all the hottest trends in a 4 year olds life.

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I am omitting the picture I have of my amazing husband passed out in bed, which he’s not aware I have

but I am so so so lucky and thankful to have him as someone to share my bed with and settle in for the night with, every night.

My life ain’t glam, it’s not perfect. But it’s sure a heck of a lot cooler through an #olloclip.


HAY! lets see what Nicole Marie Gulick-Causey of Nicole Gulick Photography in San Clemente CA is up to in her “A DAY IN THE LIFE” entry in this months blog circle!


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!

Something you really have to see to believe.

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

Discount Prints Phoenix Arizona Photographer

just for you, 20% off! when you purchase prints through Oh! MG Photo.

 

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!)

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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!

Melissa@OhMGPhoto.com

(602) 730-1329


Cataract Lake, Williams, AZ by Oh! MG Photography | Ahwatukee, AZ 2014

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

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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.

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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!

What Oh! MG Photo Reads: ‘Ghosts’ photobomb portraits of their loved ones | Dangerous Minds

On the lines of double exposure, check this out. Sneaky little son-of-a-gun! Double exposure ISN’T a new trick, in fact it dates back — well, back to when  cameras first became!

Con-man and so-called pioneer of “spirit photography” William Hope made a tidy sum with his corny pictures of ghosts photo-bombing loved ones’ portraits.

 

Hope started his career in England as a carpenter, but in 1905 he quickly wised up to the potential fame and fortune that could be made from passing off double-exposed pictures as “genuine” images of ghosts. His photos achieved considerable acclaim with some notable fans including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who penned The Case for Spirit Photography in support of Hope’s work. Mind you, the creator of Sherlock Holmes was unfortunately someone who believed in fairies at the bottom of the garden.

‘Ghosts’ photobomb portraits of their loved ones | Dangerous Minds

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26 Most Creative Double Exposure Photographs

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Truly awe-inspiring double exposures completely worth checking out. If you don’t know what a double exposure is, you will know by the end of this page.

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Double Exposure is catching on as quite the artistic trend.  Whether it’s digital or analog, the process of double exposing your frame always makes for an interesting and beautiful mix of emotion.  And our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest for double exposures, and the top 26 were quite fantastic.

“Spirit Within” by elyktra

“untitled” by christian1194

“I am part of the nature” by Annomar

“double exposure” by dancingrebel

“Gaining perspective” by ShootMeNow

“On The Inside” by TerezaVlckovaPhotography

“Double Exposure” by lucretiarichmond

“Saltwater Room – Self Portrait” by yenruechen

“Think Green” by gabriellaalexa

“Autumn Leaves” by belleballentine

“Breaking Their Hold” by Flakkey

“new one” by photoshow

“What You see, What I see.” by sarahgilchrist832

“we’ll see.” by zimnochpictures

“Set me free” by SaiShanmugam

“untitled” by DivyaG27

“fear” by selmansenturk

“Elliot” by zakmilofsky

“The puppeteer.” by gabriellealexandra

“Bug Face” by Emma_Wondra

“b” by laurencep

“Mind the Birds” by chrisrivera

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

11 Celebrity Bad-Asses Who Don’t Eat Meat

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Our family has recently gone on a LOW LOW actual meat diet to help aid in not only a healthier diet, but lower blood pressure and perhaps a little weight loss. This random blog post is a good little bit on some vegan stars!

Originally posted on It's A Food Food Food World:

Fun Fact: Aside from Peter Dinklage and Weird Al and Christian Bale all of the celebrities on this list are also vegan!

Christian Bale

Dark Knight star Christian Bale has been a vegetarian since he was 9 years old.  He made the decision after reading E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and falling in love with the characters.

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Peter Dinklage

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has been a vegetarian since he was 16. He is an animal rights activist and also narrated the video Face Your Food, a film advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds.

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Woody Harrelson

Zombieland star Woody Harrelson is an ethical vegan and raw foodist.  He also does not eat sugar or flour. Despite his characters’ love of Twinkies in the movie Zombieland, he did not actually eat any Twinkies during the filming of the movie.  They were replaced with vegan faux-Twinkies made from corn meal.

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

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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.

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

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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.. )

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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.

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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.

Family Photographer in ahwatukee and south mountain

Family Photographer in ahwatukee and South Mountain, AZ

*plus AZ city and state tax

selecting a composition – Oh! MG blog on the road

We are heading up north from my dad’s house to Traverse City, home of the cities that are traverse. Actually, I have no idea what they’re known for — maybe wine. We are heading to Sleeping a Bear Dunes and sight seeing in TC for a day then heading up to Mackinaw City & Mackinaw Island tomorrow.
last night however, my MIL took the kid and my husband and I had some alone time to ourselves and we chose to spend it at the beach during sunset. My husband said he wanted to be on the pier to watch the sunset. I said that I didn’t, he was like why not? All you see is water and sunset it’s awesome. I rebutted that sometimes you’re so close to something that you can’t truly enjoy and see the beauty that surrounds it. don’t get wrong, I love a sunset as much as the next guy but it’s not just about the gradient that the sun makes of the sky as it sets, slinking below the horizon.

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pictured above is some awesome colors that the sky made after the sun was gone for the night. You see rich darks and shadows and a creamy sky. But let’s see the big picture:

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This is just a quick panoramic shot by the way from my iPhone, and the one above that is a crop of one frame so you can get an idea for how sometimes we need to step back and decide how we want our audiences eye to react to a photo.
One component of creating a athletically pleasing and engaging image is to create a path for ones eye to follow, and sometimes that means to have a larger canvas or to zoom out.
sometimes we get so close to our subjects because we know our idiom in our head that our images don’t always portray it. Ever feel like you’ve done something just because you’ve seen it? Sometimes that’s how landscape and still life art is ruined is by forgetting that not all of our audience has seen the “big picture.”

next time you are out getting adventurous with your camera whether it be at dusk, at dawn, or at high noon, challenge yourself to find the right medium. Not too close, not too far. Just right.

“Well I can always crop my image. ” Not everyone shoots with a 5000 dollar camera and lens combination. not everyone can crop a fraction of their image and have it look good still at 20×24 printed. Staying as true to your ideal range straight out of the camera is your best idea if your intentions are to make physical prints of your work in the future at sizes larger than 8×10.

Oh! MG on vacation, assorted cities in Michigan

So, we as a family, and I myself as a business are all on vacation. We are waking up late in the mornings (7:40am) we are lounging in my dad’s living room, we are dozing off watching tv. We are eating fast food, we are hanging out with family (whom we see once a year) and we are playing “hoopty loop” (hula hoop) at arts festivals.

Never-the-less though, my eyes are seeing beauty everywhere and I just want to capture it all! the lush greens, the floral vegetation, the sunsets, the bugs, the pets. My appreciation for the fine art known as life still surrounds me on vacation and I’m even more urged to capture it while on vacation because it’s all so different and new to me. :) most of these are Instagram stamped and sized– they’re shot with a D600 & edited on my phone with snapseed and afterlight apps, trying to get best SOOC as possible for minimal editing. :) can’t do much with those apps besides brighten and sharpen!

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Nerd alert: I got new glass! (that means lenses in non-nerd speak) – Oh! MG Photography, Phoenix AZ

I got two new lenses recently (a belated mother’s day gift from my husband) and I’m sort of, really completely, totally and utterly am obsessed with my new Sigma 105mm 2.8f AF lens.

I was so obsessed with my olloclip and I still love it but this brings my macro TO LIFE! Everything can easily be gorgeous now with this amazing lens.

I do have a complaint against it when working in low light situations, that’s when I’d go with a fast acting 35 or 50mm. My 50 has never steered me wrong in low light!

Soooo I made a gallery because of the nerdliness.

This lens is going to make a newborn shoot much more interesting! I get to shoot baby “B” on the 24th, and I am counting down the seconds until I get to use this lens in a real shoot :)

a day in the life of a mom

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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