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 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 12, 2014
with a small family, (and by that I mean a 4 year old that talks your ear off and eats her weight in food by the hour) it’s hard to point to the map with your eyes closed and say, “lets go there!” So instead my husband throws us in the car and is like, “we’re going somewhere today.” We are almost always ill prepared for these trips, but without them I wouldn’t have have the photos I do of random Arizona scenery. Like this gem, at a state park station across from Roosevelt Lake. The perspective, the clouds, the rocks.. it all snowballs into something I want to put on a canvas some day.
You guys, adventure is out there. It’s not going to invite itself over. Go find it.
Posted on October 10, 2014
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!
Posted on July 31, 2014
Right now, Oh! MG Photography is offering you an amazing deal on prints!
Something you really have to see to believe.
If you’re a past, present or future client you get to take advantage of 20% off prints!
If your walls are bare, I need to help you with that! No one likes a naked wall.
Here we go, now this looks way better than hanging a CD there (and a lot less awkward too!)
Melissa Garcia is a Family and Children’s Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based out of South Phoenix serving the entire Valley Area.
Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Carefree, Scottsdale, Surprise, Peoria, Tolleson, Avondale.
Posted on July 9, 2014
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.
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.
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.
We visited Grand Haven State Beach both as a family and as a couples date to just get away.
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.
Known for their berries and cherries, so naturally I had to have a very berry filled pie at Grand Traverse Pie Co. Some lighthouse that wanted $4.00 to walk upstairs in it. No thanks! We visited family for Father’s Day. The best part was that my dad came along with us to my husbands side of the family’s gathering. It’s so nice to have them integrated!
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!
Making S’mores with out friends Lisa and Conor whom will be getting married this year.
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.
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Posted on July 6, 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.
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.
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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Posted on July 5, 2014
Put down your smartphone and jump in the picture for once!
Oh! MG Photography is offering a price point for everyone for a limited time!
I’m debuting a summer special that you’re able to apply through August! These short and sweet sessions start at $99* and can take as little as 20 minutes!
These sessions are designed to be very quick and to the point — I know this summer heat is nothing we wanna sit in! I’m sweating just thinking about it.
Sometimes the summer is the only time everyones off work & school all at once, so now’s the perfect time to purchase!
Starting at 7:00pm, these sessions will capture a thorough glimpse into what your family is in the “now”. Update your family photo quick and painlessly!
Email Melissa@Ohmgphoto.com for terms and conditions, this is a time sensitive deal!
This affordable price point won’t last forever.
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Posted on May 17, 2014
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 :)
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Posted on May 14, 2014
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.
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!
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Posted on April 19, 2013
That little girl?
She’s my world.
Like literally. I still look at her and I’m like “I made you!” … She’s three, you guys. I should be over that. (but I’ll never be.) She makes me feel young (until I look in the mirror.)
From June to July, I’m spending time to hang out with my world. For the past year (as of June) I have spent COUNTLESS HOURS being a photographer. I don’t log my hours and it’s a good thing because it might dissuade me.
I need to make up these hours with this little girl. We need to go see the ocean and pick up sea shells for the shore, and go to the zoo and rawr at the animals, and go to the park and find lady bugs, and go to the pool and make waves.
I’ll be only taking those who book with me FOR JUNE AND JULY if you BOOK BY MAY 31ST. You need me July 12th? MESSAGE ME NOW. You want me June 4th? MESSAGE ME NOW!!! I can’t emphasize this enough.
As of June 1st I will not respond to any inquiries. Thats’ because I’m changing my header on facebook to be “CLOSED JUNE AND JULY.” clear disclaimer.
It will suck to be out my own income, but its worth it, if it means seeing the smiles on that kids face more often.
Posted on April 15, 2013
Where ever I am, no matter where i go I see flowers and I want to take pictures of them. There’s something about natural occurring color in nature that makes me excited and eager to capture it.
These flowers range from San Diego native to Desert Native… these are 43 flowers I’ve encountered in March- April.
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Theres a few things I love. These are in no order: Photography, Coffee, Editing, and my family (pets included).