Posted on January 30, 2015
There comes a time every years where I need to create the perfect family for the perfect session so that I can have amazing marketing material and images I can blast on the internet (.. you can do that too for me!) and add to my portfolio. Not only this, but also carry out my 2015 mission statement of creating more households with professionally printed images.
Now, the common misconception is that it’s FREE!
Everything is FREE and we all dance on rainbows and pet unicorns.
UNFORTUNATELY, I have a totally different concept and approach that I am pitching to you.
( you get what you pay for when it’s free!)
You see, in 2015 I told myself that my portrait clients would walk away with MORE.
More tangibles in their hands & homes, more love in their hearts for their own family, and more understanding of what a good experience with a photographer is.
I’m seeking 3 really amazing families who are open, willing, and excited to pair up with me in this venture.
The value of this is .. well, it’s pretty high. Do you want to really know the deal you’re getting?
On top of the discounts you’ll get on everything you walk away with – for every family you refer to me after they see your amazing images, you get $5.00 to Target or Starbucks. (because I love shopping and coffee, and you should, too.) You’ll receive the $5.00 gift card after they put down a deposit for their session.
Your cost? $150. (plus tax)
Well – I’m not expecting just anyone to need my services or think of this as a deal.
but food for thought:
Post this to your wall, and if someone says they saw it on your wall and book, you get that gift card!
Posted on December 8, 2014
I had the awesome experience of checking out a new (to me) session location with a real good lookin family! I am IN LOVE with the views we had, and the lighting! When GREAT images come from it – nothing else matters to me!
If you liked the “A” Family, feel free to check out all my other families!
thats right– I give you permission to stalk the blog :D
Book a session with Oh! MG Photography in 2015!
Posted on December 7, 2014
I write this post out of opinion, but not out of hatred of anyone, or of experience (I live in blissful oblivion over here.).
I just want to open some peoples eyes in the nicest way possible.
If you’re a parent you will relate to the feeling of being unappreciated, transparent, or unheard.
Here’s some food for thought.
Imagine having rearranged your living room and loving it. And then someone comes along and puts it a totally different way that has no feng shui, and looks pretty dumb. imagine painting a picture, and then somebody coming up behind you and being like “you doing this all wrong let me show you” and without even asking your permission completely turns your work into something else.
Imagine having an awesome plan for a family vacation only to have someone waltz in and break down all of your cool ideas– changing everything.
How many different ways do I have to put this? Let’s try one more…
Imagine investing thousands of dollars, time away from your family and children, hours on the road, and countless hours behind a computer. Only for somebody to say with their actions or their words, “that is all irrelevant to me, because I have an Instagram account. ”
What the hell are you talking about you crazy woman?
I am speaking the language of adding a Instagram filter to a photo that a photographer put time effort and invested knowledge into.
So let’s go back to the living room – – you just rearrange your living room and your husband comes in and he’s like, “this is dumb I’m changing it.” No! You don’t get to just walk in here after I busted my butt and rearrange the living room and tell me I did it all wrong.
Or how about that painting. Imagine you are creating a work to be hung in your entryway. Your daughter comes in and is like, ” well this is silly why didn’t you do it like this?” and thrashes paint on the canvas.
Now imagine you just had your photos done with a photographer. A photographer who drove 30 minutes to get to the shoot location, who spent 10 minutes in scoping out the area making sure the light was right and the ground wasn’t too moist, that there wasn’t a beehive that would attack you…A photographer who had to wrangle your children, had to pose your a goofy husband, had to make loud noises and funny faces at your dogs for them to look at the camera. A photographer who drove that 30 minutes home, who spent two hours on the computer editing your photo session, who spent the extra 30 minutes adding the final touch and uploading to a gallery site for you to view and share the images with friends and family. A photographer who spent the five minutes sending you the email and sharing the link with you as well as thanking you for your patronage.
Now imagine logging onto Facebook, or Instagram to see a preset filter applied to that work of art someone slaved over.
This isn’t a representation of Oh! MG Photography and the style of my brand.
If I had gonads I would rather just ask you to kick me in them.
A few things that it says to me:
“I didn’t like your work.”
“This filter that took me two seconds to click looks better than your hours of invested time.”
“I’m better than you.”
“You should have done it like this.”
“I do not value your worth.”
Let’s make it clear: I’m not writing this out of anger, and I’m not writing this out of experience. I’m simply speaking for all the photographers out there who might seem to complain that their work simply goes unappreciated as well as ruined.
It is now the norm to add in a contract between photographer and client that you may not add Instagram filters or any other modifiers to an image to share on social media. Same goes in the occurrence if you choose to print.
This isn’t adding salt to a casserole.
This isn’t fixing your make up after having it done.
The difference is, when we create that image it is our property. You simply have the printing rights to it if they are granted to you. However, it stands to reason that when you contact a photographer you are commissioning them to create family portraits or portraits of the like for you to share; sort of like fine art.
I truly feel like I’m beating a dead horse right now. I also feel like 16 people will see this.
But I don’t care, I’m sick of seeing people complain that their work has been modified.
Posted on November 24, 2014
Today with my dad in town I decided now would be the best time to indulge in some sugar cookies and have fun while we make them, too. Ive never made successful sugar cookies, but this time I follwed a Martha Stewart recipe almost to the “T” & I think they turned out fabulous! Want that sugar cookie recipe? Here it is!
Posted on November 18, 2014
The “P” Family
To see the rest of the P family visit their gallery at my portfolio page.
Posted on November 8, 2014
So, with life the way it currently is, I tried to set unattainable goals and of course to no ones surprise I completely bombed just shy of the finishing line.
It was reminiscent of running a 200 meter dash in track and hitting the wall with just 50 meters to go.
I watched everyone pass the finish line as I was like WHY AM I SLOWING DOWN?
Here’s a hint:
It’s balls to the wall, go go go, make that money, make that dinner, fold that laundry,
triple your mileage on your car, forget to shower sometimes, can’t wait to sleep,
sometimes fall asleep at the computer- season.
I haven’t experienced a season like this in a few years; I partially attribute that to my side editing.
I’m racing with thoughts and ideas and then they’re interrupted with real paid work and then I get side tracked and then i remember about my cool idea
and dive back into it but then I remember I needed to do this and that and this and that and that and this…
…and before you know it i’m rocking back and forth in the fetal position in the corner crying and blabbering blather about file transfer rates and layer masks.
If you’re a photographer and you’re reading this you know the feeling of the popular meme
where the character says, “screw this! It’s friday!” and throws up a handful of papers, directly after that there’s a image of the same character picking up the papers (often replaced with “PSD” file icons) that says, “just kidding I’m a photographer we don’t have weekends.”
It’s. So. True.
So that’s why my 30-day photo challenge brought upon myself failed.
That’s why my efforts to boost my SEO failed, although I think it really worked when I was doing it.
With that said:
I suppose I have work to do.
Posted on October 28, 2014
While up in Flagstaff, I captured these pre-monsoon season clouds. Amazingly goofy and abundant in number.
Tip for Arizona photographers: go places even when theres a chance of rain. You’ll thank yourself.
Posted on October 26, 2014
This is yet another favorite image, mostly because of the subject and how near and dear she is to my heart. But i think this is a gorgeous image besides the emotional attachment. The colors, the soft feel, the sharpness. Add pearls to any 2 year old and it’s gonna be a hit :) (this was taken in my favorite tree from my ‘old stomping grounds’ post, too!)
Posted on October 25, 2014
When you’ve got a little one who doesn’t answer commands very well, lifestyle photography i the way to go. Especially when it shows the love between mom, dad & the little one!
This is a very true friend I have here in Phoenix, AZ. She owns His & Her Photo and specializes in birth & newborn photography. i love that she trusted me with these images because they’re some of my all time favorites!
Posted on October 24, 2014
Ever notice when you quiet the hustle and bustle around you and just look at what you’ve been given in life – the simple things in life are sometimes the most amazing and rewarding? This is an image taken in the waiting area of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. There’s so much love in my heart for her.
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Posted on October 23, 2014
we encountered the true test of “what the heck is there to do with a four-year-old-in-120-degree-weather this summer as we went through our first “Summer Break” with our daughter from preschool. When it’s 120 degrees outside you stretch yourself thin between housework, work work, vacation and trying to entertain the younger dependent children. Lets just say we learned bowling is a good source of entertainment but only for about 10 frames.. then she gets bored is pretty much done.
Posted on October 22, 2014
Posted on October 19, 2014