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How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer | Richmond Hill, GA Photographer

These days, it seems like professional photographers are a dime a dozen. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve told someone I’m a professional photographer only to hear, “Oh! My Aunt Linda/Uncle Bob/Cousin Fred/neighbor/friend is a photographer too!” Google “(your area) photographer” and find yourself inundated with literally pages of possible choices. Ask for photographer suggestions on online yardsale sites? Oy vey.

I might be dating myself here, but photographers nowadays truly remind me of the old 7-11 stores. Do you remember those? Yup, you’d find one on every corner.

So what is an inquiring client to do?

What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are wanting. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate sessions. Check out a photographer’s website and social media accounts for examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

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Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look at their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Expertise. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  2. Location. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  3. Quality. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.
  4. Personality. Is this photographer someone you generally like? Are they an outstanding member of their community?
  5. Legality. Is this photographer a legal business? Does this photographer carry insurance?
  6. Budget. Lastly, do their services fall within your price range?

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Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you speak with the photographer over the phone, if not in person, as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to have a working relationship. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad images. Here at MMP, we ask all of our potential clients to come visit the studio and chat for a quick pre-session consultation. This consultation thoroughly introduces you to our brand and our products and pricing, allows you to select any wardrobe or props you’d like to utilize during your session, and confirms whether or not we are a good fit together. It is our goal at MMP to not be your photographer for just a season, but for a lifetime.

It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos will last a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out (we’ve all been there), it is best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.

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Hopefully these suggestions will help you narrow down your photographer list. Of course, we’d absolutely LOVE for you to choose MMP! Give us a try. Reach out and we will meet up. We guarantee you’ll be impressed.

 

3rd Annual Love Your Pet Event

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 our 3rd annual Love your Pet Event! The past two years we have supported One Love Animal Rescue out of Savannah, raising almost $1000 for them. This year we are donating to our own Bryan County Bark Park.

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

The Bryan County Bark Park was founded in 2012 as an IRS approved 501(c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Georgia. Phase One of the dog park was opened in November 2014.  In February 2016 the Bark Park was able to clear the last of the $70,000 construction debt thanks to their hard working board, generous donors and tremendous community support. The Bark Park is delighted to have realized our community’s dream of a facility where dogs can run free and off leash.  However, they still have some large maintenance and drainage projects to complete so remain grateful for ongoing support.

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Please click here to learn more about the Bryan County Bark Park.

Here are the details about the 3rd annual Love your Pet Event!

When? Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 – 2:00

Where? MMP’s RH 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 Bryan County’s Bark Park.

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 the Bark Park. If you would like more time, please purchase two time slots.

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 past events:

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Hope to see you there!

Celebrating One | Richmond Hill Child Photographer

I met Baby B. and his family last year when they came to see me for family portraits. Baby B. was only about 3 months at the time, and I was lucky enough to photograph his 6 month milestone a few months later. Celebrating one is such a joy for me, and celebrating Baby B. was no exception!

Baby B. comes from a super awesome family, with two incredibly kind older sibs and two friendly, hard-working parents. MMP truly takes pride in being your family photographer, and I cherish your littles growing up just as much as you do. Thank you for letting me capture it all.

As you’ll quickly discover, Baby B. has a huge personality … and he isn’t afraid to share it with the world. I have a feeling he’s going to do big things.

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Isn’t he delicious? And those EYES. Swoon. They are an astonishing piercing blue.

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Perhaps it is because I am a boy mom myself, but my goodness, he just makes me smile! Such a handsome fellow with a magnetic personality!

Mama chose a Winnie-the-Pooh theme for Baby B.’s cake smash, which I loved. We went with the more classic, traditional Pooh. The muted colors and adorable illustrations are a perfect match for a first birthday session. His cake was created by the ever impeccable Ates’ Bakes and Cakes.

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I won’t lie – some kiddos just aren’t into their cake as much as others. Not to worry, though, we have a ton of tricks up our sleeve here at MMP. This picture may or may not reflect us using a bit of bribery (that’s not cake in his mouth, lol!) 😉

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Brandon and Lisa, thank you for trusting me these past two years with your family’s most precious treasures and memories. I appreciate you and look forward to seeing y’all again soon.

November 2017 Newsletter | Richmond Hill Photographer

“It was November, the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.”

-Anne of Green Gables

Welcome to your November newsletter! It is hard to believe that 2017 is steadily coming to a close. It seemed so cliche when I was younger, being told that time only slips by faster as you age. Sad to discover that it’s completely true! Here’s hoping you make the most of the last remaining days of the year!

The studio held our 2nd annual Halloween event on October 14th and delivered over a dozen bags of food to the Way Station Food Pantry here in RH! Check out a few images from the day … it’s so fun seeing all the kiddos in their adorable costumes!

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A huge thank you to all who came out and brought food to help stock one of our local food pantries! I look forward to next year. 🙂

The 2nd Annual Santa Experience is almost here … and almost sold out! Friday, November 17th has 3 remaining spots, Saturday, November 18th has 2 remaining spots, and Sunday, November 19th is SOLD OUT!  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. Additional packages will be available. This incredible opportunity will become a new family tradition! For more information, click here.

Photography is an art in which style changes quickly, and commonalities also change frequently. It seems like the one constant in photography style is black and white- which is a way to essentially “remove” the style and leave the moment. Many people refer to black and white as “timeless”. This is because when you take out the color of a photo, it takes your focus off of what the subject is wearing, the stylistic aspects of the photo, and helps to bring attention to the emotion and feel of a picture, rather than details that will soon become irrelevant. Black and white portraits are an excellent choice for display in houses because the beauty of them seem to last longer, and the importance of the image is increased because the focus is on what matters … you and the ones you love.

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Thank you for reading! Hope to see many of you at our 2nd annual Santa Experience next week! Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

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

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.

https://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!