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February 2017 Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | Richmond Hill Photographer

Happy February! Apparently the Savannah area didn’t get the memo from Punxsutawney Phil that we’re supposed to have six more weeks of winter, because last weekend was simply glorious! Hope some of you were able to take advantage of Super Museum Sunday!

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In case you missed it, MMP has two wonderful events taking place this month.

First, is our 2nd annual One Love fundraiser. Amazingly the event sold out in less than two weeks … lots of pet lovers in the Savannah area!! Not to worry, we added a few more spots for any last minute takers! If you’d like more information, please click here.

Second is our partnership with the Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill. MMP will be donating a newborn session to a mother in need with every newborn session that is booked through the month of February! For more information on that, please click here.

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You know the scenario well – you walk into a room and find your kid doing something hilarious, your pet looking absolutely adorable, or see something that you have to capture, so you reach for your phone.

And then it turns out like this…  

Now anyone who knows me well is aware that I can’t use my phone’s camera to save my life. However, since the technology is here and incredibly useful, I’ve been looking for ways to better improve my iPhone-ography skills. Here are a few basic, simple tips that can have a huge impact on the quality of your cell phone images.

Instead of attempting to take a picture in a darkly lit room and forcing the flash to fire (ugh!), try turning on some additional lights. Moving your subject closer to a window is a great way to capture gorgeous, even light. For fun, consider turning on the flashlight feature on your phone.  The right lighting can make all the difference in the world!

If you are taking photos outside try to bring your subject into the shade.  I know, it sounds like the opposite of what I just told you to do, but for outdoor images avoiding harsh lighting is key.  Deep shadows and squinty eyes are never desirable in a photo. If avoiding the bright sun isn’t possible (I mostly think of the beach), be sure to put the sun behind you. This helps to guarantee even lighting across your subject’s face. To combat the squinty eyes that will likely occur if your subject is looking up at you, have them wear some stylish shades.  Ideally, you want to find a fun or pleasing background in the shade that will compliment your subject.

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Ahh. Valentine’s Day. The poor holiday that some people love to dread. Roses, chocolate, a cheesy stuffed animal.  Tired of the cliche? Why not try something unexpected?

How about a couple’s adventure in a new part of town that you have never explored? Savannah is rich with history and hidden gems. Bundle up (unless, you know, it’s 80 out), dress cute, and just go on a walk.  As you walk by the stores, talk about the past year. What have you been most excited about? Where do you think you could have improved?  What has been going on in your life that your significant other doesn’t know about?  Find something that you love doing together.  Go dancing.  Go rock climbing.  Find a random frozen yogurt place and pile on the toppings.  Go back to the place where you first met.  Where did you have your first date?  Is there anything that you used to do together but don’t anymore because you “don’t have time”?

Can’t afford a night on the town?  Can’t find a babysitter?  We all understand the struggle.  One of our favorite “date nights” is finding a great movie on Netflix, snuggling up, and watching it together, or perhaps reminiscing with an old favorite. Still feel stuck in a rut? A fun site for dating ideas is a http://www.thedatingdivas.com/  They have tons of printables, games, date night ideas, suggestions on how to strengthen your marriage, and more! It’s definitely worth a look!

At the end of it all, though, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love. Sometimes just being with that special someone is enough. 😉

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Thanks for reading! Hope to see you in the studio soon!

Celebrate Love | Richmond Hill Newborn Photographer

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

At MMP we will always choose to celebrate love, and the love between mother and child is of the purest form.

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.

In partnership with the Pregnancy Center of Richmond Hill, Megan Myrick Photography is pleased to donate a newborn session to a mother in need with every newborn session booked through the month of February.

To book your session, please click on the “contact” button via the website, email me at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com, or call the studio at 912-200-5284.

Help us celebrate love this month. Book your newborn session today, and give the gift of memories.

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2nd Annual One Love Animal Rescue Fundraiser | Richmond Hill Photographer

February is upon us and how do we here at MMP celebrate the month of love?

With pets, of course!

We are pleased to announce the 2nd annual One Love Animal Rescue Fundraiser. Last year we raised $500 for this amazing organization, and we hope to exceed that amount for 2017.

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

One Love Animal Rescue helps abandoned, neglected, abused and unwanted pets in the Savannah area by partnering with shelters, rescue groups, and the community to facilitate adoption of these animals into permanent and loving homes.

My family first learned of OLAR two years ago when they were holding one of their adoption days at Pet Smart. We had lost our precious labrador, Zoe, months earlier and were contemplating adopting a buddy for our surviving dog, Riley. Not expecting to find a good match quickly, we drove to the event without expectations. Have you ever heard the saying that humans don’t pick their dog, that dogs pick their human? Well, that’s pretty much what happened to us! After adoption paperwork and a home visit, our family was pleased to welcome Farrah into our clan.

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Isn’t she lovely? We adore her kind, gentle spirit and her love of all things that require snuggling. 🙂

Shelter dogs are the best, aren’t they?

Please click here to learn more about One Love Animal Rescue.

Here are the details about the 2nd annual One Love Animal Rescue Fundraiser!

When? Saturday, February 25th from 9:00 – 2:00

Where? MMP’s brand new studio, 128 Frances Meeks Way, Suite 3 in Richmond Hill

What is included? Session fee includes a 15-20 minute session for one pet ($10 per additional), an online gallery, and a treat for your favorite companion! Portraits are a separate purchase and collections begin at $25. Please note that all session fees and 10% of each collection purchased will be donated to One Love Animal Rescue.

Are multiple pets allowed? Yes! Your $25 session fee includes one pet. Please let us know if you will be bringing more than one, each additional is $10. All session fees will be donated to OLAR.

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 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)

Images from last year’s event:

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Marie FoleyJanuary 24, 2017 - 3:32 am

I would like to bring two dogs if possible. Thanks
Please let me know if and when I have an appointment.

leighJanuary 24, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Hi Marie!

To book your dogs, please click on the link right above the images from last year. 🙂

Thank you,
Megan

[…] First, is our 2nd annual One Love fundraiser. Amazingly the event sold out in less than two weeks … lots of pet lovers in the Savannah area!! Not to worry, we added a few more spots for any last minute takers! If you’d like more information, please click here. […]

January 2017 Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | Richmond Hill Photographer

Happiest of New Years, friends! Welcome to your January 2017 Newsletter! Seems like 2016 was over in a blink of an eye, but we here at MMP are excited to ring in 2017! With gorgeous new heirloom products, a brand new studio (eeep! more to come on that), and better ways to serve you, 2017 is already looking up – and it’s only January 3rd! 🙂

But first, here’s a quick recap to 2016. Over 75 sessions last year … whew!

I simply love putting those videos together at the end of each year. Not only does it make me incredibly proud of the business I’ve built and the growth I see in my own photography, but it is profoundly humbling. I know you have many choices for your family photographer … I am beyond honored that you chose MMP. Thank you isn’t enough, but it’s all I have. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I truly love being your photographer and friend. <3

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I am often asked if it’s ever to early to book a session with MMP. The answer is a resounding NO! We here at MMP take pride in building strong relationships with our clients, and those types of connections take time. We want to be fully prepared, to create your dream photography session, and booking early allows us to purchase any necessary props or clothing items, or to scout new and interesting locations to help your vision come to life. Additionally, scheduling early allows for us to get to know each other better! We already have clients on the books for May into early summer!

Please click here to book your session today or to hear more about what MMP has to offer you. You can reach us through the “Contact” button. 🙂

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I know several people who are going to be excited about this news! Yes! Tiny Clicks is back for the first class of 2017!

Tiny Clicks is a workshop that teaches parents (and young adults!) how to move off “auto” and “semi-auto” modes of their dSLR so they can begin to master exposure and shooting in manual mode. It focuses on all aspects of the exposure triangle and covers important exposure concepts such as metering and reading your histogram. Participants will receive a 30+ page presentation manual that includes diagrams and examples that are thoughtfully laid out and easy to replicate for learning assignments, plus access to our private FB group where the learning continues! If time allows, you will also receive time to practice your new skills.

Topics covered include:

*Must reads in your camera manual
*In-camera shooting settings
*The exposure triangle
*Other camera settings
*Artistic qualities, such as perspective and composition

This class is limited to only 5 participants and sells out quickly! Please click here for more information. Class date is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th from 9:30-12:30 at my RH studio. Cost is $125 and includes the class, light snacks and drinks, a 30+ page workbook, and access to our Tiny Clicks FB page. To register, please email me at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com or call the studio at (912) 200-5284.

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Thank you for reading! Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2017! Hope to see you in the studio soon!

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2016 Highlight Reel and Behind the Scenes Video | Richmond Hill Photographer

Hard to believe that 2016 is drawing to a close. As I type, there are exactly 90 minutes left until we ring in 2017. And, like many of you, I have spent the last several days ruminating about this past year. Successes, missteps, the highs and lows. During the lull of Christmas and New Year, surrounding myself with the love of family, helps me to recharge and refocus. Sometimes I think we get so busy running a business that it’s hard to step back and take a look around – we wind up in survival mode. The quietness and refreshing fervor of a new year allows me to purposefully reflect on my business. The wheels in my brain begin to spin with brand new ideas and better ways to serve you, my beloved client. I know there are many, many photographers to choose from and I do not take your decision to hire me lightly.

So now, with only an hour or so left to go, what do I think of 2016?

Well, it was pretty darn amazing for MMP.

Moving to a new studio.

Hiring my amazing assistant, Lauren. A year later and I still don’t know how I managed so long without her. I love you, girl.

Being recognized as a Bronze Star Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America for all four of my images being selected for the General Collection in the International Print Competition.

Winning Bryan County’s Favorite Photographer.

And you. The reason I am able to be successful doing what I love.

I hope you know how much your business and your friendship mean to me. I’m touched by all of you – your stories, legacies, joys, hopes, and yes – even the heartaches. Thank you for trusting me to capture and preserve these fleeting moments … the roundness of a pregnant belly, tiny bubbles glistening on a newborn baby’s lips, first laugher and first steps. From birth to birthdays, anniversaries, high school graduations to the togetherness of family – I’m honored to be your photographer.

And while thank you isn’t enough, it’s all I have. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Here’s to 2017.