Little Miss “Can’t Get Her Way” – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ Family & Children’s Photographer

[ a little personal post]

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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.

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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.

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.

Black Friday Special! – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

Oh! MG is presenting a pretty awesome deal for Black Friday.

Phoenix Photographer Black Friday Deal

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

30 minutes

Session dates allowed in Jan, Feb, March, April & May ONLY.



Any upgrades are a la cartè. (more images, more time, locations etc.)

**Know a family that would deserve this? buy one for them! Send me their information after purchase and I’ll send them an AWESOME welcome e-mail breaking the fabulous news that you’ve graciously purchased their family the gift of memories!**

STAY TUNED! Friday a blog will post at 6am with the link on how to attain Oh! MG’s Black Friday special rate session!! THIS RATE IS UN-HEARD OF!

Photo of the day: Day 24, AZ [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer

Day 24 : I’d love to shoot here again

that backdrop though! Well worth the park fee and well worth the drive. such a great sight, especially for nature lovers!

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Baby “B” and his 3 month milestone shoot by Oh! MG Photography – South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photography

I met the B family and fell in love with the easy going parents they are.  Mom and dad are go with the flow type and I love that.

When Momma B had baby B, i got to visit in the hospital and grace them with my babyrazzi presence.  Little baby B was just so precious.

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Then I had his newborn shoot shortly after falling in love with him at  the hospital.

Well, baby B (unbeknownst to us at the time) had a reflux issue. He didn’t want to do much of anything and as a creative mind and spirit i had to make the shoot work.

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We made lemonade out of lemons. As much as that saying got me through the feeling of failure I was sick of using it.

Luckily, that frame of mine passed with plenty of time to spare before his next “grow with me” session.

Sunday I got to hang out with Baby B to mark his (upcoming) 3rd month milestone!

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WHAT A HAM!! Now, this is just a preview of what is to come of his adorable mini session that I absolutely adore.

I can’t wait to share the entire album with mom and dad.

In two weeks I get to capture his (almost) 2 year old sister’s images!

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.

 Catholic Baptism Photographer Phoenix AZ

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.

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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#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.

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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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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 :)

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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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!

Wow, finally a dot com!

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. 

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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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.