May 2017 Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography

Happy May Day friends! I have fond memories of making paper flowers in school to take home to my mom or neighbor. What ever happened to that wonderful tradition? Do any of you still celebrate May Day?

Not only is it May Day, but it also signals the last month of school, woohoo! Is anyone else looking forward to sleeping in, pb & j sandwiches, and lazy days at the pool? I can’t wait!!

Our 2nd annual One Love Animal Rescue fundraiser was a huge success! We raised $350 for this terrific organization! Check out some of the wonderful images.

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Mark your calendars! Be sure to check the website and/or social media for any MMP events.

4th Annual Mommy & Me Sessions – Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 – 6:00

Pregnancy Care Center Fundraiser – Friday, May 12th from 6:30 – 8:30

Last day of School  – Wednesday, May 24th

MMP Celebrates 6 Years! – July 2017

Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn with MMP – Wednesday, July 26

Back 2 School Portrait Event – Aug/Sep TBD

Santa Experience – November 3, 4, & 5 at the RH City Center

We still have a few spots left for our 4th annual Mommy & Me Sessions! Just say “no” to a new vacuum or pots and pans! 🙂 Celebrate motherhood and cherish your children with portraits that will last a lifetime. Packages range from $99-$399 and all of them include prints, digital image(s), and an exclusive jewelry product that can only be purchased during this Mother’s Day event. Contact the studio today!

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Please click here for more information.

This is a simple activity that doesn’t take too much time, but you would be surprised how many people are unsure how to do this and keep all of their photos on their phone. Hope this is helpful for you to permanently save your memories!

Windows:

  1. Plug your camera phone into your computer.
  2. If the AutoPlay window appears, click “Import pictures and videos” using Windows. Go to step 4.
  3. If not, then choose Start > Computer. You will see a small icon that represents your phone.   Right click this icon and select “Import pictures and videos”.
  4. Select the folder you want to save your pictures in and start the import.
  5. Once the pictures are imported, you can now erase all of the pictures on your camera phone by selecting the icon, then locating the pictures and deleting them.

Mac:

  1. Plug your camera phone into your Mac. iPhoto should launch right away with the import window.
  2. Select “Import All”, or select only the images and videos you want imported and click the “Import Selected” button.
  3. After the import is done, you will be asked if you would like to delete these photos from your camera phone. Click “Delete Photos”.

As I always reiterate to my clients, digital does not equal archival, so back up your folders onto an external hard drive so they are saved in 2 different places.

Transferring your photo to wood is a great craft for those that love the natural look of wood grain. Here are some simple steps to tackling this craft.

  1. Get a piece of wood the size of your image from the hardware store.
  2. Print your image onto paper. Black and white is best, but color will also work.
  3. Paint the wood with a Gloss Medium found at your craft store (Liquitex makes a good one).
  4. Place the image face down on the wood and press out any bubbles. Print will be reversed when complete.
  5. Leave the picture alone to dry for at least 8 hours.
  6. Using a wet rag, dampen the paper and start rubbing the paper off. You will see the image has transferred to the wood!

Today you will find people from every walk of life with very different attitudes. You can find the poorest people on the earth that are truly happy, and you can find the wealthiest that are miserable, and vice versa. Not only does a good attitude determine your happiness, but science now tells us that a positive attitude improves your health and extends your life. So what can we do to improve our attitude and become healthier and happier?

Have gratitude for everything. Gratitude can be the key that changes everything. Oprah Winfrey strongly encourages everyone to have a “Gratitude Journal” to help you be more receptive to the goodness in your life. She has personally kept them for years stating it is the single most important thing she’s ever done.

Replace your negative thoughts. It can be hard to just stop having negative thoughts, because then you are focused more on the negative thoughts and how to stop them. An easier task is to replace them with positive thoughts. Take a self inventory on your thoughts, find what isn’t serving you well, and replace them with positive thoughts.

Look for good role models. Finding and being around people with uplifting and positive attitudes can rub off on you. This can be a friend, co-worker, neighbor or even a celebrity. Role models help show you and inspire you to be a better person and live a better more positive way.

What are ways you use to improve your attitude?

Have a wonderful May, friends! I hope all of you with school age kiddos survive the last few days of school! 🙂 Here’s to summer!

4th Annual Mommy & Me Sessions | Richmond Hill Child Photographer

I can’t believe this is the 4th year of our popular Mommy & Me Sessions! And we are so excited to be partnering with the Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill!

The Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill is a faith-based organization striving to enable women to make life-changing decisions in a nonjudgmental environment. Bringing compassionate help and hope to women and teens who are unprepared for pregnancy, the Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill is a vital, important resource in our community. The center also provides counseling and education on parenting and adoption.

Richmond Hill Child Photographer | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

When? Sunday, May 7th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM

Where? MMP’s new studio, 128 Frances Meeks Way, Suite 3 in Richmond Hill. Right off Ford Avenue, across from the Catholic church.

What’s included? A 20 minute session of up to 3 people ($15 per additional) and use of studio’s exclusive props and set design. Packages begin at $99.

When will I receive my images? Digital images and products will be available within three weeks of full payment.

What is this year’s theme? Sticking with floral this year, our backdrop is a delicate Anthropologie-inspired paper flower and puff garland, in shades of blush and white.

What is the investment? $99 is required to secure your booking, with that amount being applied to the collection of your choice. Collections range from $99-$399. 10% of all collections purchased will be donated back to the Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill.

I have been looking forward to this event! Where do I sign up? Click here to reserve your booking.

See you soon!

April 2017 Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography

Welcome to April’s Newsletter! The family and I spent our afternoon after church starting to prep for spring adventures … sweeping off the porch, washing patio furniture, and hanging new ferns. Spring is one of my favorite seasons (next to fall). Earlier this morning I had the windows open, listening to the birds chirp and letting all the fresh air in … it’s so good for the soul! What do you enjoy about spring?

Inside This Issue- April 2017 | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

I wanted to thank everyone who came out on Saturday for our annual Petite Spring Portrait event! We had a wonderful time welcoming both veteran and new clients to the studio. Sad you missed it? Not to worry! Our 4th annual Mommy and Me sessions will be held next month, on Sunday, May 7th. Be sure to mark your calendar! These sessions are another crowd favorite and sell out quickly!

If you firmly believe MMP is the best photographer in Bryan County we’d appreciate your vote! The Best of Bryan voting is now open and your support would be fantastic! Please click the link below. 🙂

Best of Bryan Voting

Other local favorites of ours? Check out the list! Perhaps you’ll find a new place to try!

The Slide ShopCharlie Grainger’sBubba’s BistroOmelette Cafe, Waystation Coffee Company, Ice Cream Stop

KTM’s Sew Much Baggage, Ella’s, Tech Smart, Let’s Create, Cloud 10 Salon, Whole Health|Inner Balance, Tim & Dave’s Nursery, Cedar Animal Hospital, Leahy Art Gallery

Dr. Dority (dentistry), Dr. Vaught (orthodontics), Lesley Frances PR, Randy Bocook Real Estate Team, Teresa Cowart Realty

I hope I didn’t miss anyone! There is quite the abundance of talent and resources here in RH!!

And in case you missed March’s newsletter, please click here.

Finally, I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Myrick clan! Meet Mille, a 3 month old lab mix we rescued from GARD two weekends ago. She’s the perfect mixture of sweet and sassy, and is a fun-loving companion for our other rescue, Farrah. 🙂

Richmond Hill Family Photographer | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

Mark your calendars! Be sure to check the website and/or social media for any MMP events.

Easter Extravaganza – Saturday, April 15th at JF Gregory Park at 11:00

Spring Break – April 17-21

Tiny Clicks – Saturday, April 29th from 9:30-12:30

4th Annual Mommy & Me Sessions – Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 – 6:00

Pregnancy Care Center Fundraiser – Friday, May 12th from 6:30 – 8:30

Last day of School  – Wednesday, May 24th

MMP Celebrates 6 Years! – July 2017

Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn with MMP – Wednesday, July 26

Back 2 School Portrait Event – Aug/Sep TBD

Santa Experience – November 3, 4, & 5 at the RH City Center

Interested in booking or session or receiving more information on one? Click here and select the “Contact” tab.

Are you looking for a creative way to hang your professional pictures? Making a canvas out of them could be the right answer for you! Canvases are a beautiful way to turn your pictures into a piece of art, if done correctly. Many websites and companies offer canvases for cheap, which may seem like a wonderful option, but remember you get what you pay for. Specific companies are able to price canvases low because they make them quickly with sub-standard materials. This production model does definitely save you money, but most canvases created in this way end up fading, breaking easily, being printed incorrectly, or losing the professional quality your photographer spent a great deal of time putting into your images. In truth, the best route is to actually go through your photographer- whether you order canvases directly from them, or if he/she has good advice on where to order your own. Professional photographers know which companies produce quality work, and will help make your experience one that lasts.

MMP’s canvases are printed with archival inks and, if properly cared for, are guaranteed to last almost 100 years.

Canvas 1 | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

When using point and click or smart phone cameras, the number one complaint from people is how to get clearer images. Do you find yourself trying to capture the perfect shot, only to find that everyone in the shot is blurry? That can be so frustrating. Try these quick tips the next time you find yourself in a photographic moment and see if your images come out much clearer!

Tip 1 – Light up your subject. Whether this means going outside, going closer to a window, or moving into the available light in the room, the better lit your subject is the crisper the image will turn out.

Tip 2 – Hold still, and with both hands. Our smart phones can be so small and lightweight that we find ourselves shooting pictures one handed. The movement from your hand can be a big reason for blurriness in your images. The next time you shoot, try holding the camera with both hands and holding it very still. You’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.

Tip 3 – Clean your lens. Smart phone cameras can get gunky lenses quickly when we keep them in our pockets, purses, cup holders in the car, and let the kids play with them.   Regularly clean your lens and you will be able to create the best and clearest images possible.

Get Clear Pictures | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

 

Looking for a healthy, fulfilling snack? Regularly snacking on nuts not only satisfies cravings, but can also extend your life by positively contributing to your body’s needs. There are so many reasons why nuts should be included in your diet, here are just a few of the benefactors:

  1. They contain “healthy fats” that your body needs
  1. They replace high calorie snacks like chips
  1.  Nuts have a good source of protein

The next time you are reaching for a bag of chips to snack on, try grabbing a bag of almonds, cashews or pistachios instead and do something good for your body.

Nutty, But True Image | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

Have a wonderful month, friends! Happy Easter!

Petite Spring Sessions 2017 | Megan Myrick Photography

With beginning of the year school pictures in you rearview mirror and the busyness of summer fast approaching, spring is the perfect time to update your child’s portrait!

(Scroll below images for more information).

Petite Spring Sessions | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

When? Saturday, April 1, 2017 (and it’s no joke!)

Where? MMP’s lovely new studio, 128 Frances Meeks Way, Suite 3 in Richmond Hill. Right off Ford Avenue, across from the new Catholic church.

What’s included? All-inclusive fee includes a 20 minute session, use of studio’s exclusive props, a digital Easter card for social media sharing, and 5 digital images with print release. Additional products will be available for purchase.

When will I receive my images? Digital images will be delivered to you before Easter. Any additional product purchases will be available for pickup at the studio within two weeks of final order date.

What’s this year’s theme? The backdrop this year is a fresh yellow polkadot. Props will include flowers, easter eggs, and nests.

Are siblings allowed? Yes, sessions may include up to 2 siblings, $10 per additional sibling. Please note, these sessions are best suited for children ages 6 months – 8 years.

What is the cost? The all-inclusive cost is $125 plus tax.

I love this! Where do I sign up? Click here to reserve your booking.

See you soon!

Melissa EscribanoMarch 22, 2017 - 3:41 pm

Hi Megan,

I have 5 year old twins that I would like to sign up. Is 10am available?

Thank you!!
-Misy

leighMarch 22, 2017 - 11:58 pm

Hi Misy!

The 10 am slot is already taken, but it looks like you’ve booked a session for your boys at noon. I look forward to seeing you! 🙂

March 2017 Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | Richmond Hill Photographer

Welcome to your March newsletter and yay! March is finally here!! The beginning of spring and also my birthday month (hollah!) I know Savannah is gearing up for the HUGE St. Patrick’s Day parade that will be taking place here weekend after next. Did you know that ours is the second largest parade in the world? But alas, with two young kids, the hubs and I still haven’t actually made it to the parade, but we thoroughly enjoy seeing all of our friends’ photos from the event! How about you? Are you brave enough to venture downtown to celebrate?

Wow, wow!! A huge thank you to all of you who voted me as your favorite Bryan County photographer! I am so honored and hope you know how much this award means to me! Thankful I was able to share the evening with my sweet friend, Tanya. Thanks for being my date! 🙂

To see all the amazing winners, please click here.

And just in case you missed them, here are a few recent blog posts.

What’s In My Camera Bag?

Be Your Brand?

Mark your calendars! More information will be forthcoming. Be sure to check the website and/or social media for all the details.

Petite Spring Sessions – Saturday, April 8th from 9-2

Tiny Clicks – Saturday, March 29th from 9:30-12:30

4th Annual Mommy & Me Sessions – Sunday, May 7th from 2-6.

As your photographer, I spend a great deal of time working on your images – shooting, culling, and editing them to look their best and to be a lovely presentation of your session. It is my work of art and I have a specific way that I want your portraits to be represented.  I won’t lie, it’s tough to see my images printed at big box stores like Walgreens or Walmart. Here’s the reality; while you may get lucky once in a while, those labs are all controlled by a computer and perhaps a person with minimal training sitting behind a desk mindlessly clicking a button. The printers are rarely calibrated and most generic labs have an “autocorrect” button that works about as well as autocorrect on your phone.  That “one size fits all” preset can end up giving gorgeous black and white images a weird blue hue or stunning color portraits overly saturated reds.

Truth is that as your photographer, I have done the research and actually have access to some of the best print labs in the world.  Many of these labs are only available to professional photographers and we have a great relationship with them!  These studios do nothing but print on the finest paper with the finest ink, and a technician looks at each individual portrait to make sure that what is printed is exactly what I ordered. I’ve even received calls from my labs when they believe I’ve made an error! In addition, my computer monitor is calibrated to match each print lab’s printers, so I already know how your image will look before it is printed. Yes, we do charge a premium for our print prices compared to what you could get at the big box stores, but we also present archival quality portraits that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren … and if properly cared for, will last a lifetime.  I fully believe in quality over quantity.  As your photographer, I’d love the opportunity to sit down and show you some options!

Can you see the difference?

It’s that time of year again!  Spring always makes me want to open up the windows and air out the house!  As you raise those blinds, I bet you’ll find dirty fingerprints and some nasty winter grime. Below are a few tips and tricks to do some quick clean-up to prepare for the wonderful season ahead!

  1. Use a coffee filter to wash your windows; it actually helps to cut down on lint and leaves your windows streak free!
  1. For scary window sills, sprinkle baking soda in the grooves and then follow up with a little bit of vinegar.  Remember the volcano experiment when you were a kid?  Turns out our time in chemistry wasn’t wasted! Once the fizzles are gone, simply wipe with a clean cloth.
  1. Air out your mattress.  Mix baking soda with a bit of lavender essential oil and then gently sift it over the mattress. Let sit for an hour then vacuum. Your mattress has never smelled so fresh and clean!
  1. Take off your vent covers and soak them in a little soapy water in your bathtub; you’ll breathe easier!
  1. Lastly, did you know that if you dust your baseboards with a fabric softener sheet, they will actually repel dust and stay cleaner looking longer?

Let me know which cleaning tips you try!

Click here to inquire or book your session!

Have a wonderful March, friends!! Thanks for reading!