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.
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.
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.
I loved seeing her little family! Here’s to friendships that thrive on time and distance.
Oh! MG is presenting a pretty awesome deal for Black Friday.
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
Session dates allowed in Jan, Feb, March, April & May ONLY.
Any upgrades are a la cartè. (more images, more time, locations etc.)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
^^ Yep, that’s my speedlight with a plastic bag over it. that shutter speed paired with the speedlight created awesome droplets freezing in time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Known for their berries and cherries, so naturally I had to have a very berry filled pie at Grand Traverse Pie Co. Some lighthouse that wanted $4.00 to walk upstairs in it. No thanks! We visited family for Father’s Day. The best part was that my dad came along with us to my husbands side of the family’s gathering. It’s so nice to have them integrated!
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!
Making S’mores with out friends Lisa and Conor whom will be getting married this year.
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.
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.
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!
It took me forever. I don’t know why I didn’t do it earlier? I’m not sure, really.
Oh! MG Photo is now in Phoenix.
We’ve been situated for a few weeks but it’s been busy with getting unpacked, figuring out routines. Our daughter is enrolled in PT preschool now which sorta frees up but confuses my mornings a bit.
I’ve met some neighbors and really right now i’m just trying to spread word right now; Meet & greets. Networking meetings. Social gatherings. Uprooting is hard! Especially integrating into such a large city such as Phoenix.
I’m just one family portrait photographer amongst a sea of other photographers.
After my mom passed, I feel more in tune to the clouds and sunshine.
A beautiful day is always a gift, but now I see as though my mom helps these days enhance my mood and boost my spirits more because she knows how much I love poofy clouds and nature.
I took this picture the other day before the wild fire smoke consumed the desert here.
The sunburst is angelic, photogenic, surreal. When I see things like these I imagine my mom hugging me.
I was speaking with a friend what I should do about my moms birthday on Friday. She would have been 63. I want to release a balloon up to the sky to her. Merely thinking about doing it had me in tears. As my friend consoled me, this song came on Pandora.
Mom. Hug me with your clouds and continue to be my sunshine. Love you.