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 26, 2014
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.)
**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!
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 October 30, 2014
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 27, 2014
One day these two boys will be on the cover of GQ and I will have had taken their pictures years prior. Such sweet little men with a pretty awesome mom & dad. ( & if mom has her way, one of her boys will be married to my little girl! ;] *calm down husbands, i’m kidding… sorta*)
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 22, 2014
Posted on October 21, 2014
Posted on October 20, 2014
Papago Park here in Phoenix, AZ tries really hard to pretend like it’s not in the middle of an incredibly busy city and the desert. it was one of the first places our family visited while visiting Phoenix and it will always be a super cool park in my eyes.
Posted on October 18, 2014
I use to do these christmas minis when i first started out. I would book up real fast, tons of parents who wanted their kids dressed in green and red for Christmas before the holidays.
Now I’m too busy to run these, and most definitely wouldn’t have the same set ups or booking schedule as I did back then.
But these small shoots are what got me on my feet and got me clientele. They got a profit flow going for me to improve my gear all while working and practicing every day.
Don’t forget where you came from! Every day is a sweet little gift and it’s up to you what you do with it.(hit the ground running!)
Posted on October 17, 2014
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!
Posted on October 16, 2014
This little guy is not only one of my favorite past present and future clients but he’s also the son of one of my best friends. He’s 5 months in this picture which just so happens to be one of my favorite ages to photograph. The 5 to 7 month window of Happy-Tummy-Time, Toe-sucking, controlled-neck-movements is my favorite.