Tips on Preparing for Your Maternity Session | Richmond Hill Maternity Photographer

Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful life event that should be captured. It’s a special time you will want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session.

tips on preparing for your maternity session

  1. Scheduling. Schedule your session between 28 and 34 weeks as your tummy will have “popped” and have a beautiful shape.
  2. Moisturize. We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly, but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shininess or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin.
  3. Makeup. The camera tends to “swallow” everyday makeup, so we recommend applying your makeup a touch heavier than normal. All of our maternity clients receive professional hair and makeup artistry as part of their session with us – one less thing for you to worry about!
  4. Mani & Pedi. Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure and pedicure 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session. Your hands will most definitely show in your images, so be sure to not overlook them.
  5. Special Items. If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or onesies, bring them along as they make for adorable props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket, quilt, or picture that you would like to use, bring it along too.
  6. Wardrobe. Take the time to pick the right outfit for your maternity session. You should of course be comfortable, but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops, and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape. Here at MMP, we offer a large client closet with over 60+ gowns, tops, skirts, and dresses that are perfect to use and included in your session with us.

    Treasure this time and enjoy preserving the memory of growing your precious little one. If you’re ready to schedule your maternity session with us, give us a call at 912.200.5284 or email megan@meganmyrickphotography.com.

Organizing Digital Files on Your Computer | Richmond Hill Portrait Photographer

With the beginning of a new year, many people take to cleaning out and organizing their homes. One often overlooked task is organizing all of our digital files. Images take up a lot of space on your computer and can easily become a chaotic mess that you spend hours trying to sift through. From images you take personally to the ones you have professionally done, keeping your digital pictures organized may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways you can keep your images organized and make finding the ones you want a quick process.

Date and Time Most often you can set the date and time on your camera and this information will automatically show when you upload new images onto your computer. But, if you are uploading digital files from your professional session then you will want to make sure you add the date to the files before you begin the upload.

Name Create folders for your images with the name, date or occasion you had them taken. It is always a good idea to add in the year as well. You can create subfolders within the pictures folders on your computer for images you upload from your professional session.

Keywords It can take a little extra time to tag your images with keywords but this can make finding the images you want significantly easier. Use keywords that you will be able to remember and be consistent with them. Keywords can be single words or phrases. Some ideas for key-wording include the event, date, location, season, and people in the images.

Rate and Delete You’d be surprised how many images are on your computer that you simply will never use or feel the need to look at again. Do you have images that are out of focus, have poor exposure, or random images of your hands, feet or the inside of your bag? Spend an afternoon going through and deleting the images that are pointless to keep. While you’re at it, you can go through and rate the images as well. This will allow you to easily find the images you like the most.

Happy organizing!

5 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Pictures | Richmond Hill Portrait Photographer

From selfies to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post is for you! If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are five simple ways to get better results.

Lovely Jennifer.
  1. Get to Know Your Face. I know it seems silly, but if you want to take your pictures up a notch, get to know your face! Learn how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.
  2. Do not face the camera directly. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for portraits, but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for a better image.
  3. Control your chin. Images where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.
  4. Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’re wearing. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.
  5. Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at, but correct lighting can mean the difference between that Wow! factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face (think of when you used to tell ghost stories with a flashlight directly under your chin – same scary effect – yikes!). If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minutes before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, a professional will almost always photograph you in full shade so that the lighting soft and flattering.

    As much as the above tips will help you anytime you’re in front of the camera, the most important is to relax and have fun!

8th Annual Love Your Pet Event | Richmond Hill Pet Photographer

Yay! We here at MMP are so excited to announce the 8th annual Love Your Pet event! And how do we like to celebrate the month of love?

With pets, of course!

We are excited to be supporting Renegade Paws Rescue for the first time this year!

(Please scroll below the image to sign up for our fundraising event!)

Voted “Best Animal Rescue” in Savannah, Renegade Paws Rescue is a 501(c)(3) volunteer based organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care for unwanted, abused, or injured dogs in the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas.

Here are the details about the 8th annual Love your Pet Event!

When? Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 – 3:00

Where? MMP’s RH studio, 10384 Ford Avenue in Richmond Hill

What is included? Session fee includes a 20-minute session for one pet ($10 per one additional pet), an online proofing gallery, and a treat for your favorite companion! Portraits are a separate purchase and collections begin at $45. Please note that all session fees and 10% of each collection purchased will be donated to Renegade Paws Rescue.

Are multiple pets allowed? Yes! Your $25 session fee includes one pet. A second pet is $10. Please purchase an additional time slot if you have more than 2 pets.

What do I need to bring? Yourself, your pet (of course), your pet’s favorite treat/snack/lovey. If your pet is a fashionista, feel free to bring an accessory or two. In addition, all dogs must be on a leash.

Fine print? For the safety of all involved, your pet must be up to date on all vaccinations, be able to follow basic voice commands (sit, stay), be fully house trained, and friendly around all other people and animals. The only exception allowed is for puppies who are still learning voice commands and working on house training.

How should I prepare for my pet’s session? Please consider having your pet groomed a day or two before the session – don’t forget to clip those toenails! Remember that a tired pet is a happy pet, so please walk, run, or play with your pet about 1 hour to 30 minutes before the session. While I do ask all owners to bring their pet’s favorite treat, they will be used as a last resort to capture your pet’s attention. With that in mind, please do not feed your pet within an hour of their scheduled shoot.

How do I sign up for the fun? Click here to reserve your booking!

“If having a soul means being able to feel love, and loyalty, and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” (James Herriot)

See you, and your pet, soon!

Important Things to Consider When Booking Your SPRING Senior Session | Richmond Hill Portrait Photographer

Important things to consider when booking your SPRING senior session.

As much as spring is a favorite season for senior pictures, there are some issues you may run into during these months.

  1. Timing can be tricky as you’ll be entering a very busy season of pre-graduation festivities like senior recitals, college visits, prom, spring break, etc. This can make pinning down a session date difficult and make a needed weather reschedule even more problematic.
  2. Another issue related to timing is image & product delivery. Editing your session images could take up to 3 weeks, and designing and delivery of any ordered products could take up to another 3 weeks on top of that. So, if you’re wanting to have custom grad announcements and products like canvases, albums, or signature wall art showcased for your grad party, keep that in mind when booking your spring session date and opt for an early spring date instead of a later one.
  3. Another factor to consider is if you want to incorporate your college into your senior session… you likely won’t know until the Spring of your graduating year, so if that is a must for you, this would be your go-to option.

    If a spring session sounds perfect for you, you’ll want to contact us and book your session in the late fall / early winter of your Senior year (aka NOW)! This will allow you plenty of time to plan ahead, download our client resources, and prepare for your spring session. *Remember that this is the most popular season to book, so dates will sell out quickly. It’s best to book this season as early as possible. DM us with your email address and we’ll get your booking process started today for one of our last [x] spring sessions available!