Monsoon season sunsets – Oh! MG Photography | Family & Children’s Photographer in Phoenix, AZ

oh! MG photography family photographer phoenix azMonsoon season here in AZ brings terrible bouts of storms. The weather report can easily make or break a scheduled photo shoot, and the heat and humidity that come from it all is something no one wants to sit in for a session.

However, besides the sound of rain on the sun lights in the bathroom, there comes an amazing thing: THE SUNSETS.
Now, this is just an iPhone 5S photo. I want to enlarge it and maybe print it on metal one day. Can you image if I had my Nikon with me?
This photo was taken from the base of South Mountain, south of Phoenix, AZ.

Can you imagine if I had the sillhouette of a family in the foreground of this photo? A woman can dream.

Baby D – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Arizona Family Photographer

Baby D was welcomed into this world last week. Gorgeous, calm, fresh, innocent baby D.

This little man is the reason I love doing first 48-hr sessions!

Looking for 2015-2016 Phoenix Brides!  | Oh! MG Photography Phoenix, AZ Wedding Photgrapher

Are you tying the knot this upcoming fall or winter? Oh! MG Photography would love to be invited to capture the day! We won’t be in Phoenix much longer and have so much unfinished business! Email me at Melissa@ohmgphoto.com let’s do coffee ;D #weddings #phoenixwedding #phoenixaz #phoenixmom #phoenixphotographer #phoenixarizona #weddingshots #weddingband #macro #haze #phoenixAzPhotographer #phoenixweddingphotographer #arizonaphotographer #floralarrangement #ohmgphoto #ohmgphotography #fall2015weddings #winter2015wedding #maritalbliss #happy #love #photographersunite #PhoenixAZnetworking

Corbin is 1! A smash of a smash cake session – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

A long long time ago (actually just a year ago) I took on a family session client that booked a grow-with-me package. I was new to town and really needed the clientele, income, and long-term exposure.  Little did I know how AMAZING the experience would be as well as how completely welcoming and lax they were as a family.

I met the Bell’s while they were due with Corbin last year. He was my last newborn  I ever shot! 1st-48 hour session in the hospital, Newborn session at home, 3mo session,  6 mo session, 9 mo session and finally his grand finale of a 1-year smash cake.

Since meeting them and getting to know them we’ve had play dates, i’ve gotten numerous referrals from them, they’ve gotten numerous Starbucks gift cards from me, and I got the honor of shooting their entire extended family when they are all in town.

Without further ado, I present you Corbin in his blue frosting face glory.
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Hang tight to see Corbin through the year in a review of our sessions coming to the blog soon!

Meeting the new addition to the Mink’s Family! – Oh! MG Photography| Phoenix, AZ

I’ve known this amazing little family since we lived in Twentynine Palms, CA. We just so happen to live in the same place – again!

They welcomed a new addition to their family and I got to help create memories. THIS is why I do what I do! I love being there for families. It’s an honor!

Best of luck with your sleepless nights to come, Becky! Nixon is adorable.

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I may not offer Newborn sessions but I really love to visit families in the hospital! I offer Fresh 48 sessions in the Phoenix, AZ valley.  These sessions take place at the hospital while mom is still admitted and just before the journey home happens.

For more information on how book a Fresh 48 session, contact me! I’ve priced my sessions so that they may be gifted, affordably!! This is a great gift for someone expecting!!

I need your gorgeous family in front of my lens. -Oh! MG Photography, Phoenix, AZ

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.

THAT TIME IS NOW.

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?

 

 

Oh! MG Photography 16x 20 Art Block

 

  • A 16×20 art block (very similar to a canvas, except easier on wallets)  valued at over $150 dollars.
  • a 4×6 proof book of your gallery, spiral bound together to throw on your coffee table, or just brag about any where you go.
  • 45% off your images in the print store for prints or digital files!
  • 10 low res images with watermarks for the internet.

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)

Aren’t convinced?

Well – I’m not expecting just anyone to need my services or think of this as a deal.

but food for thought:

My full sessions cost $300.00, and that includes nothing besides digital files.

This would easily cost a client $495.00 when attaching the a la carte items I’m adding in this session.

 

Post this to your wall, and if someone says they saw it on your wall and book, you get that gift card!

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!

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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!

Insta-era: The truth about applying filters on Instagram | Oh! MG Photography – Phoenix, AZ,

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 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.  It’s hard to analogize the feeling a photographer has when this is done, to anything else.

Imagine you just had your photos done with a photographer. A photographer who drove 30- 120 minutes to get to the shoot location, who spent 15 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; lugging heavy equipment around. A photographer who drove home, who spent hours on the computer editing your photo session, who went the extra mile 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 time and effort 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.

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I added a filter to show you how far off it can look compared to the real deal.

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.

There is a place and time for an Instagram filter, I truly believe so.  When you see the ferris wheel at the fair and you think it’d go great with a “Ludwig” or “Juno” filter to accentuate the darks and colors popping.

Or maybe when you see some cute flowers on a walk with your dog.

But as a photographer, we are creating our own “filters” in our work per our vision in camera and post processing. If we thought we needed a dirty haze that severely altered the colors to our images we’d have already applied such a beast.

This comes down to respect. Respect the works that’s been done for you. Respect people’s job that you’ve commissioned for yourself , and truly go with a photographer that will create the vision you’re looking for.

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!
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P family : Family Session in Glendale – Oh! MG Photography

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The “P” Family

They’re receiving their images today.

It was such a great shoot!

They are one of those families that you hope decide to come back to you the next time they need a professional because they were so easy to work with. 

 

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To see the rest of the P family visit their gallery at my portfolio page.

I successfully failed at a 30-day image challenge (and how!) – Oh! MG Photography |Phoenix, AZ

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:

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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.

LIFE HAPPENED.

With that said:

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I suppose I have work to do.

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