A Carefree Baptism & why I love being at events by Oh! MG Photography – Family & Children’s lifestyle and portrait photographer

This weekend I traveled to Carefree, AZ to witness a wonderful baptism at Our Lady Of Joy Roman Catholic Church.

Being that I grew up Catholic I was 100% comfortable being in a church documenting this awesome day for the C family.

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Her gown was phenomenal; we joked that a wedding dress would be less maintenance it was so flowy. Baby C’s demeanor was so calm and easygoing it just made you smile when you saw her so content!

It was a gorgeous day, and the ceremony was short. Afterward we did family images outside of the church for them to really capture the whole of the family and Godparents in light of the day.

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I really love being able to accommodate to people during life events. I’m a huge #putdownyoursmartphone believer. In other words ENJOY THE MOMENT – let someone else photograph it for you. Be in the frame, and let your image be more than smart phone quality.

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All in all, it was an honor, priviledge and a blessing to meet and help the C family out, as it’d be to help anyone out capturing an important day in their or their child’s life.

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


#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.

 

 

 

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

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 :)

Oh! MG moves to Tempe, AZ in August!

Ahhh! Moving!!

The more stressful parts of the move are behind us now. The next stressful part!?

Uprooting my photography business to a new state and city. A completely new circuit of people, a new demographic, a lot of news.

WITH THAT SAID! I’d love to pass along an offer ONLY VALID TO ARIZONA RESIDENTS!

$50 dollars off my standard portrait session fee.

This does not include Newborn, and does not include prints, CDs, or thumb drives.

This will only be valid until Dec 2013!

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Thank you, Em & Cait. <3

Today was a small little escape from reality for me and the little one. Daddy headed off on work and we sorta just did random nothings for a while.

We stopped at a consignment shop and I found a metal baby-doll bed that will be PERFECT for a newborn, and then, when I got home, I found something from Ebay.com in my mailbox.

I thought it was my phone case I ordered that looks like an old camera. It wasn’t.

I had QUICKLY received my Em and Cait. Halo’s headband. AAAAAHHHmazing.

Where do I start? It’s shiny. It instantly won me over when I saw it was super duper shiny. Admit it you stare at shiny things, too.

When I received the package it was a white box, wrapped with a bow and a marketing tag. That bow there, is hand tied. HAND TIED. Dedication much?

bling bling! I tried it on my daughters head even though I ordered the newborn size :) (whattttt, i was excited!)

This is what it looks like SOOC. (or straight out of the box.)

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And this is its potential:

amazeballs. crazysauce. you tell me what.

 

Em & Cait. 

Caitlin Trantham (of Oh Penelope Photography) wanted to find a side job to keep her intertwined & integrated with the photography realm as she carries her third child and yet can still be mommy to the two she already has. She found this amazing talent hiding inside her to create and produce these for sale in their etsy.com shop. and BAM. SUCCESS.

Gorgeous product, made with love and TLC.

do me a fav? Check them out. Check out their shop, check out Cait’s facebook. do it.

& thank you Em & Cait. <3

Now everyone: go check them out. go.

Popago Park, Phoenix AZ

Popago Park, Phoenix AZ

One place I plan to shoot in Arizona, is Popago Park. at dusk you are swept away by the open skies and the sunsets colors, glistening waters and red rocks in the distance. It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not, but it is a public area. When we visited here as a family there was a loud family reunion there and locals “fishing” in the ponds.

Oh! MG Photography is moving to Phoenix, AZ in September, probably open for business Oct/Nov time frame. Right now I’m clearing up with the county, city and state what i need to be a sole proprietorship in terms of licenses and permits, filing for taxes etc.

Being a small business is hard to explain. State to state varies and I completely dislike that.

Either way, Oh!MG is really excited to move to the wonderful areas of either Chandler or Gilbert. Very suburban and modern.

En route to AZ, CA177 & CA 62

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