October 2017 Newsletter | Richmond Hill Photographer

Hello October, hello fall, and hello to your October Newsletter!

And while southern Georgia doesn’t truly lend itself to “fall”, our house is still decked out for Halloween, the pumpkin spice candles are burning, and the boots in my closet are calling my name!

Can anyone else relate?

Despite the lack of “fallness” the studio is still ramping up for the holiday season.

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MMP has two big events coming up, our Limited Edition Halloween Sessions and our 2nd Annual Santa Experience!

Our Limited Edition Halloween Session event is THIS Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 – 1:00 at our Richmond Hill studio. We still have a few spots left, so bring your kiddos over to have their portraits professionally taken in their Halloween costumes. These sessions are all-inclusive digital sessions and are incredibly fun!! The best part? We are collecting food for our local Way Station Food Pantry to help stock them up before Thanksgiving. For more information about our Limited Edition Halloween Sessions, click here.

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The 2nd Annual Santa Experience opened up last week. We started with 46 available sessions and only have 13 left! With 3 days to choose from we know you’ll find a time that is best for your family. These sessions are unlike any other – no waiting in line, up to 10 minutes alone with Santa in his living room, a private, unique experience. Your children will have the opportunity to read with Santa, decorate the Christmas tree, check out his naughty-or-nice list, and enjoy a cookie (or two!) with jolly old St. Nick. Your session fee includes the session, a print package, small gift, cookie, and a donation to Family Promise of Bryan County. This incredible opportunity will become a new family tradition! For more information, click here.

http://www.meganmyrickphotography.com/santa-experience-2017/

Here are a few blog posts you may have missed:

Baby A.

This Motley Crew

Finding the Perfect Location for your Session

Lunchbox Love Notes

All That Glitters

Choosing the Right Props for your Session

Fortunate Enough

Life is a Journey

Tips for Photographing Children

Kimberly

 

Limited Edition Halloween Sessions – Saturday, October 14th

Fall Break – Wednesday, October 18th – Friday, October 20th

*Tiny Clicks – Saturday, October 28th

**Family Promise Gala – Friday, November 3 at 7 pm

Santa Experience – Friday, November 17th – Sunday, November 19th

Thanksgiving Break – Monday, November 20th – Friday, November 24th

Christmas Break Begins – Friday, December 22nd

*This is the final Tiny Clicks class for 2017! For more information on this photography class, click here.

**For more information on the Family Promise Gala, click here.

Many photographers offer “mini sessions” to choose from when booking a shoot, and sometimes that can get a little confusing. While MMP does not offer “minis”, we do offer our signature petite sessions.

What is a petite session?  Why should you choose it? What can be photographed as a petite session instead of a full, and why?

Petite sessions are awesome alternatives for my frequent clients and those with a more limited financial budget. Petite sessions are almost the same as a full session. You still receive a pre-session consult, access to our exclusive wardrobe and props, location of your choice, and unparalleled customer service and detail, but a smaller number of pictures are yielded, less amount of shooting time is required, and best of all petite sessions are a smaller price! A petite session is for you if you want to save money on pictures and are okay with a fewer number of images to choose from. Petite sessions are also a great alternative to the full session if you and/or your loved ones (impatient husbands or wiggly kids) don’t want to be photographed for very long. Petites are an awesome way to still take advantage of having your professional portraits done by MMP!

Petite sessions include all of the benefits listed above plus: 30-45 minutes of session time, fully-edited images uploaded to an online gallery, 10 digital images with full printing rights available via digital download, and a $100 print credit to order any additional prints and products. Total cost (before tax) is $450. Petite sessions are a popular choice during the fall months to quickly and affordably update your family portraits just in time for Christmas … think cards and gifts!

If you’re ready to book your petite session, please reach us via the Contact button on our website, by phone at 912-200-5284, or via email at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com

 Many photographers have “mini sessions” to choose from when booking a shoot, and sometimes that can get a little confusing. What is a mini session? Why should you choose it? What can be photographed as a mini session instead of a full, and why? Mini sessions are awesome alternatives for the penny pincher, or the frequent clients. Basically they are the same as a full session, but a smaller number of pictures are yielded, less amount of shooting time is spent, and best of all a smaller price! A mini session is for you if you want to save money on pictures, and are okay with a smaller number of pictures to choose from. They are also a great alternative to the full session if you and or your loved ones (impatient husbands or wiggly kids) don’t want to shoot for very long. Minis are an awesome way to still take advantage of having pictures done!

Many people struggle with getting their pictures taken because they aren’t happy with the way they look behind the camera. Almost all of us are guilty of feeling this way! Luckily there are ways to help you look your best, and your thinnest. 😉 Here are a few tips:

Wardrobe – When picking out your outfit for pictures, keep in mind that dark makes you look smaller, while white can oftentimes increase the look of your size. Also, avoid horizontal stripes, but instead choose items that have seams or lines going vertically. This will bring the eye up and down, elongating you, instead of side to side.

Camera placement – When posing, one of the most flattering angles is when the camera is slightly above the subject. This brings the chin up and elongates the neck, which creates a more visually pleasing look.

Straight on – If the camera is straight in front of you, lean forward, stick your chin out, and don’t press your arms against your body. Remember, if it can bend, bend it!

All of these little tricks will help slim you out, and are most appealing on everybody, no matter your shape or size!!

 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope to see you soon at one of our popular events, or perhaps you’ll schedule a family session just in time for Christmas cards!

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Experience 2017

Megan Myrick Photography is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Santa Experience!

Enjoy more than just photos – live the experience!

 

When?

Friday, November 17th 4:00 pm-6:00 pm; Saturday, November 18th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, November 19th 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where?

Richmond Hill City Center

What is Included?

The Experience includes: a scheduled, one-on-one 10 minute appointment with Santa in his family room; a monetary gift to Family Promise of Bryan County; cookies and small gift, and a print package. You may upgrade to any of our other packages the day of your session or after you have viewed your child’s gallery. Online galleries will be available approximately 2 weeks after the event. The print package includes (1) 8×10, (2) 5x7s and (8) wallets of one pose.

Are siblings allowed?

Absolutely! Immediate families are welcome, too!  This experience is for all those who still believe.

What to Wear?

Christmas outfits or even pajamas! The creativity is up to you!

How many images will be posted in the online gallery?

Due to the nature of this event and how children may react to meeting Santa, we are unable to guarantee anyone a set amount of images, but our goal is a minimum of 10-15 images per client. Rest assured we will do our best to capture as many as we can and we think you’ll be delighted!

What is Family Promise?

The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. To date, Family Promise has provided shelter, meals, and support services to more than 700,000 families nationwide. We are pleased to be gifting 10% from each session to our local Bryan County Family Promise chapter. To read more about this organization, please click here.

How is Two Chicks & a Trunk involved?

MMP is extremely excited to be partnering with Two Chicks & a Trunk – they have generously offered to decorate the Christmas tree to help bring Santa’s family room to life! Please visit them here.

What will Santa’s family room look like?

We don’t want to give away too much of the fun or spoil the surprise, but think classic Christmas with bold reds and greens. Please visit our Santa Experience Pinterest vision board here.

What is the cost?

The Santa Experience investment is $99 for the print collection. Other collections begin at $125.

How do I sign up for the magic?

Click here to reserve your booking. Hopefully you’re on the nice list! 😉

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber

We can’t wait to see you!

Kimberly | Richmond Hill Maternity Photographer

Maternity sessions are some of my favorites to photograph. Being your Richmond Hill Maternity Photographer allows me the joy of working with pregnant mamas, sharing in their joy and excitement. And while stories of pregnancy are often plagued with woes of aches and pains, morning sickness, heartburn, and swollen ankles, I think women are among their most beautiful while pregnant. Ladies, think back to the beautiful skin; thick, silky hair; and long, strong nails. What’s not to envy? Without a doubt pregnant moms also have a glow about them that is quite contagious. Who can glance at a pregnancy belly without smiling?

As much as I love meeting a new pregnant mom and documenting their baby’s life from pregnancy on, there is definitely something extra special when your session involves a family you already know and love.

I have been Kimberly and Brandon’s photographer for a little over 4 years now, chronicling their sweet family of three each year with a family session and a sprinkling of other limited edition or petite sessions along the way. So when Kimberly emailed to let me know she was pregnant, I’m sure you could imagine my excitement!

As her maternity session was scheduled for early February, she opted for a studio look.

 

Big Brother T. was so excited to meet his new baby brother!

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One of the things I love most about this family is their incredible sense of humor! We have the BEST time during their sessions.

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The gorgeous couple.

(Side note … Brandon usually gives me a bit of a hard time when I ask them to act a bit more serious or intimate; a little camera shy, I suppose. Without fail those images usually end up being among their favorites. Right, Brandon?? haha!)

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Like I said, amazing sense of humor and amusement. My favorite shot from Kimberly’s session – it depicts her fun-loving personality so well. She’s a keeper. As her photographer and friend, I can say that, right? 😉

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Baby bump.

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Kimberly, looking flawless in a mauve gown borrowed from the studio wardrobe.

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Brandon and Kimberly, I could gush over the (now) four of you, but I won’t. I pretty sure you know how I feel. <3

Thank you for always trusting me.

 

Photographing Children | Richmond Hill Child Photographer

We here at MMP consider ourselves pros at dealing with children of all ages. It’s one of the many reasons our clients to decide to hire us for child and family portraiture … it can be tricky working with kids! As a former elementary school teacher, I promise you I’ve seen it all and nothing surprises me. Rest assured we have plenty of tricks up our sleeve to deal with unruly or impatient children. Below are a few tips on photographing children.

  1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling because she won’t sit still, or treating your daughter to a few pieces of candy. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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

  1. Make it fun. We always let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose, props, or make faces. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins! And who knows? You might be surprised and love their “ideal” image a bunch, too! It’s always a beautiful thing to see your child’s personality shine. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

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  1. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit, so it’s smart to pack those along too.

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  1. Be patient. While photographing children, save your sanity by trying not to control the session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing.

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  1. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

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  1. Let go of expectations. We have to remember that kids are just that, kids. Walking into a session with preconceived notions of how your child should behave could potentially leave you feeling stressed, upset, and disappointed. Hopefully you have chosen a professional that is not only technically sound, but also has experience photographing children. Here at MMP we take advantage of not only the smiles and laughter, but the tantrums and tears as well, because it’s all part of childhood. Embrace it.

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If you’re ready to book your family, newborn, or child photography session, we’d love the opportunity to serve you! Please reach us via the “contact” button on our website, by email at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com, or call the studio at 912-200-5284.

2nd Annual Limited Edition Halloween Sessions | Richmond Hill Child Photographer

MMP is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Limited Edition Halloween Sessions!

With such great success last year it was a no-brainer to offer these sessions again! With a new backdrop and props, this year will be a fresh take on classic Halloween portraits.

 

Limited Edition Halloween Sessions | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

When?

Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Cost:

3 digital images for $55, 5 for $75. Bring 3 items from our suggested food list to benefit our local Waystation Food Pantry and you will receive a complimentary digital image for your generosity! We would like to help stock local food banks in time for Thanksgiving!

Suggested Food Items:

Think about Thanksgiving meals … canned vegetables and soups, corn muffin, biscuit, stuffing, and cake mixes, frosting, applesauce, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, boxed rice, pasta, potatoes, and macaroni and cheese mix.

What’s included?

Limited Edition Halloween Sessions are open to all Halloween-loving kiddos! Have your child(ren) wear his/her fabulous costume and come to the studio for their yearly Halloween photo. Sessions will be 10 minutes each and 3-5 digital images (or more if you bring food to donate) are included. Approximately two weeks after your session you will receive your full-resolution images and print release via Dropbox. These sessions are meant to move quickly and will be 10 minutes in length.

Are siblings allowed?

Yes! These sessions are limited to either single children and/or their siblings.

Where?

MMP’s studio, 128 Frances Meeks Way, Suite 3, in Richmond Hill.

What to wear?

Halloween costumes, of course!

Backdrop?

You will have you choice of our newest backdrop (pictured below) or a solid gray. Please note the printed backdrop will only accommodate ghosts and ghouls (and their wardrobe) 5 feet and under.

How do I sign up for this awesome opportunity?

Click here to reserve your spot!

Can’t wait to see your littles in their fantastic Halloween costumes and help those less fortunate in our community!