Getting into the mood of the season – Oh! MG Photography | Phoenix, AZ

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!

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

welcome to Oh! MG Photography Family Phoenix AZ

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. 



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

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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:


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.


Photo of the day: Day 19 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer

lineDay 19: another classic

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!)

Photo of the day: Day 14 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographerline

Photo of the day: Day 17 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


day 17 : simplicity

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.

Photo of the day: Day 15 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer

Photo of the day: Day 16 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


day 16 : family


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.

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Photo of the day: Day 10 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


Day 10: more than just a photograph

These are more than just photos to some. These are days that they got to be in the moment and just enjoy the occasion that I was hired for. This image is from a baptism I was hired to capture. Such a well behaved baby for just a special occasion (and that dress!!) Mom & dad didn’t have to worry about pictures and got to be in the moment. whether its a birthday or a baptism I think it’s wise to hire help in the photo department to take stress and pressure off the hosts or main party to better enjoy the memories!

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Photo of the day: Day 7 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


Day 7 : Negative Space


Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes, you don’t want to clutter a moment with insignificant things and focus on what is the real focus. There’s something about negative space that I love, and for that, I have extra love for this image!


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Photo of the day: Day 4 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


Day 4 : Memories

I had the honor of capturing these memories (others call them photographs) for a mother and father of a son who was being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. The dad himself is Marine.

What a sense of achievement they both must have felt, and continue to feel!

I still wish the best for this family. :)

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Photo of the day: Day 3 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


Day 3 : New Life


Before I decided to take newborn photography off my of repertoire, one type of shoot that I jumped for joy over were Fresh-48 sessions, otherwise known as First-48 or Hospital Newborn. The happiness the new baby brought to the new family before chaos ensued was so great to see. The babies were always so fresh, and so clean, and for the most part happy little bundles of sleepiness.  I still absolutely adore all the images i’ve taken for my baby-toting clients. Even though I don’t offer the posed newborn sessions anymore I’d still be open to visiting hospital guests!


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Photo of the day: Day 2 [ my own personal photo challenge ] Oh! MG Photography |South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer


Day #2 : Sedona, AZ

If you’ve never been to Sedona, AZ turn off your computer and get in your car right away.

One of my favorite run-away locations in Arizona thus far is Sedona. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, it’s a real relaxing and magnificent sight to see.  This isn’t your typical “red rock” view of Sedona. This is the sights you see when you slow down and look out the car window driving through the side streets. We weren’t far from Oak Creek Canyon/Slide Rock I don’t think. All I know is we saw the sun illuminating that bridge you can barely see at the 1/3rd mark on the left hand of the frame an I just had to have a photo of it.

Go explore Arizona!

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Plan a day with Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, AZ – Oh! MG Photography Southern Phoenix, AZ Family and Children’s Portrait & Lifestyle Photographer

I am so excited to say that I have teamed up for ONE DAY (maybe two!?) With Vertuccio Farms to offer

1/2 off admission when you book a

$50 mini session

with Oh! MG Photography!*

When we first moved to Phoenix last year this was one of the first places we visited as a family and it was a great time!

Come dressed as your Halloween character, come dressed as your adorable self. This is a great opportunity to get the family out of the house and spend some quality time together!

These mini sessions start at $50 ($25 dollar deposit due to reserve yourself a spot! Spots ARE limited!)

They include 2 digital images & the choice of one printed as an 8×10 (S&H included)

On top of some ravishing photos, you’ll receive 1/2 off general admission when visiting the Vertuccio Farm that day!

That’s a savings of $4.50 a person!

Vertuccio Farms and OhMG Photography Photographer Oct 18th

If you’d like to book your Vertuccio Mini session visit the market place where you can pick your time and pay your non-refundable deposit of $25.00.



never heard of Vertuccio Farms!? Shame on you! Visit to see what the hype is all about! I’ll tell you what, my favorite part last year was the EXTREME AIR PILLOW! yeah that’s my 6’5″ husband getting AIR with ease.  (these pictures are from my personal trip in 2013 and are in no way endorsed by Vertuccio Farms.)

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A Day In The Life of Oh! MG Photography – South Phoenix Family & Children’s Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer

My life is pretty ordinary. I mean I’ve got one kid, my husbands got a full time 9-5 (sorta) job, and I sorta work from home & act like a housewife.

We don’t have anything spectacular to share when it comes to day to day activities so I decided I’d spice up my boring day with my olloclip.

True story: this post was going to have REAL DSLR images on it. hi res. gorgeous edits. then I thought: thats not real life. What’s real life is raw, and noisy and not glorified. (and because I deleted the images I started on my camera from the morning.)

So here I present you some killer Olloimages.
My images start as I make my way to the school to pick up my baby girl. Welcome to my August 21st.


It looked like a it’d be a pretty gloomy day – it being monsoon season.



It makes for a perfect day to free-lens on an olloclip right?



You’re completely right, I need more coffee. So I stopped into Safeway for some Starbucks.

I was waiting for my coffee when a woman looked at my phone and was like- “Oh isn’t that cool, is that a lens?”

Yes, yes it is. Now let me tell you all about it in 1.4 minutes while we wait for my iced coffee.




Sat in the car, sipped coffee. and then it happened …

 the rain was only going to hold off for so long.

the sprinkles they came down and they came down hard, but I’ll tell you we braved that sprinkling like it was no body’s business.



Brought my baby doll home and popped in some Fish sticks for lunch, MMM.



I was then held at my will to play a game with my child, where she later threw a fit that I was winning and threw a pillow at the game.

During her time out, I did some editing.



When she cooled off, we played Legos.



I once again ran away, sanity in hand, to edit quickly between being a mom and slave to my daughter.



I decided letting her rollerblade outside could get out some energy she has pent up,

so we all but roped a pillow to her hind quarters and headed outside.



When she’s red in the face like that, it means the energy is escaping her.



Then it was off to teach her what belly muscles are and why we need them to balance.



 The reality hit me.

I was actually a grown up.

Not a playmate, or a Photoshop junkie.

Time for the household chores – PM edition.



One of my best friends has 4 legs and purrs, so what?



Those dishes got done, and I had to show you so you didn’t

pass judgment on me too quickly.



Made some Sodium-filled Velveta Mac n Cheese to go with

whatever I made – It was a very “whatever” dinner night.



I sat with my daughter at her kids table and talked crap about the stuffed the uncool stuffed animals

and raved about all the hottest trends in a 4 year olds life.


I am omitting the picture I have of my amazing husband passed out in bed, which he’s not aware I have

but I am so so so lucky and thankful to have him as someone to share my bed with and settle in for the night with, every night.

My life ain’t glam, it’s not perfect. But it’s sure a heck of a lot cooler through an #olloclip.

HAY! lets see what Nicole Marie Gulick-Causey of Nicole Gulick Photography in San Clemente CA is up to in her “A DAY IN THE LIFE” entry in this months blog circle!