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Richmond Hill Child Photographer | Fortunate Enough

There truly aren’t words to describe how I feel about this sweet girl and her equally fabulous parents and grandparents. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph Miss H. since birth, and she’s graced my studio multiple times since then. Her family is a fun-loving, kind, gracious, wickedly funny, motorcycle-driving, adventurous bunch and I consider them friends. A huge perk of my job is being afforded the opportunity to watch these babies grow up.

But no matter how wonderful it is to be a part of these children’s lives, the first birthday session is always bitter sweet. It almost becomes a habit documenting these babes every few months, and the first birthday session almost feels like an end of an era.

Catch Miss H.’s newborn session here.

Miss H. is a treat to capture, even if the lack of smiles say otherwise. I’d struggled to capture a smile out of Miss H. for months and we’d all joked that perhaps, finally, at her first birthday session she’d crack a few … and Miss H. beautifully delivered.

Grandma purchased the gorgeous multilayered tulle dress specifically for this session. As much as we loved it, Miss H. wasn’t quite so sure. 😉

(And yes, the wonky crown perfectly matches Miss H.’s fiery personality.)

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A tree stump, “plush” cupcakes, and costume jewelry win over every little girl’s heart.

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And then, all of a sudden, you’re over it.

In full disclosure, I completely missed focus on this shot. Normally I’d toss such an image, but I gave it to her parents anyway, letting them know about the flaws. There are instances when the story of an image trumps technicality. This was definitely one of those times. Despite the missed focus it remains one of my favorite captures.

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Miss H. was all about her cake. I actually posted the first image as a sneak on my Facebook page with the caption, “Don’t touch my cake!”

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The only thing dainty about this cake smash was Miss H.’s outfit, lol.

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When the cake hits the floor it’s quittin’ time!

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Derek & Jodi, thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with some of your most precious memories. I’m thankful for you.

 

 

 

 

Jo Ann ChasonSeptember 2, 2017 - 1:46 am

I had a poster size of the one in her big dress where she is looking down playing with the tulle. Megan, you do beautiful work. Thank you so much.

leighSeptember 4, 2017 - 2:23 am

Thank you, Jo Ann! I so enjoy your family!

Choosing the Right Props | Richmond Hill Family Photographer

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Choosing the right props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session. Be sure to let your photographer know that you are interested in incorporating props into your session. We here at MMP have quite an extensive prop closet, and if you book with us you may not need to bring too much (if anything) with you.

Avoid trends.

While you might have recently seen images that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years time. MMP definitely follows the adage that classic is best and there are many fun options to choose from.

Baby A. is showcased here with her family Bible.

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Be realistic.

It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that particular season as they’ll be easier to find. And before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

Morgan & Nikki chose a classic, fun picnic basket theme for part of their couple’s session.

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Size matters.

There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa’s farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn’t detract from it. In our experience we have found that larger props – headbands, big letters and numbers, etc. usually take away from the image.

These three littles live on a real, hard-working farm, so incorporating the family tractor into their session was a perfect prop choice.

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Make it meaningful.

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family. We LOVE it when clients bring these types of props, especially for younger children.

Miss E. came to her family’s session complete with stylish jewelry and her stuffed rabbit – props that perfectly capture personality and style at this specific time in her life.

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Use what you have.

Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall and flowers in the spring make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing!

Miss C.’s personality is as sunny as the flowers!

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Using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t distract from the main star … YOU.

If you’re ready to book your session, please click the “Contact” button, call the studio at 912-200-5284, or email me at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com.

Hope to see you soon!

 

Richmond Hill Child Photographer | All That Glitters

I met sweet Baby H. in early January 2017 … she was the perfect way to ring in the New Year and to celebrate being your Richmond Hill Child Photographer for another year!

With her big blue eyes, delicate features, and creamy skin, Baby H. reminded me so much of a porcelain doll.

Her disposition was purely delightful, too.

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This petite makeup set from Melissa & Doug is always a tiny-client favorite. With mini brushes, pretend lipstick, nail polish, and a hair dryer to boot, little girls could spend hours lost in imaginative play.

And Baby H.’s lashes? Swoon.

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Baby H. wasn’t sold on her smash cake or the pink tutu … you can see the skirt didn’t last too long! But no worries, we aim to please at MMP!

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After a few bites of her cake (made by the amazing Ates’ Bakes & Cakes) Baby H. decided to call it quits. Ya know, the whole “It’s my party” thing …

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Michelle, thank you for bringing your baby girl to me. I loved meeting both of you and celebrating her first birthday!

Lunchbox Love Notes

It’s no secret that I enjoy packing my boys’ lunches. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that they will actually eat, lets me know how much they did eat, and helps me to use up leftover meals. And I’ll admit that my boys have money in their lunch account for those rushed mornings, but I do send a lunch most days during the school year.

I love to include little “notes” in their lunch boxes, a small surprise to greet them halfway through the day. I quickly discovered during my oldest son’s kindergarten year that I was burning through sticky notes and shaped notepads like a crazy woman, and was running out of original things to say besides, “I love you!” and “Have a great day!” Always looking to improve my efficiency (I’m so Type A), I jumped on Pinterest and starting pinning free lunchbox notes. Like a giddy child I printed them out on cardstock and began including them in M.’s lunchbox. Insert another dilemma … after spending all this time, energy, and printer ink, the notes were coming home crumpled and sometimes wet and dirty. Insert sad face.

Then I had a eureka moment.

Wanting to reuse the lunchbox notes for future years, I dug out my Xyron Creative Station. It’s a pretty awesome tool to have and you can find one here. With multiple cartridges, you can laminate smaller items or make stickers and magnets with ease! It was a life-saver when I was teaching, and has come in handy more than once as a mom, too.

Starting the process over I printed off a bunch of lunchbox notes on cardstock paper and cut them out.

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I then ran the lunchbox notes through my Xyron Creative Station, laminating them for durability. The laminate also makes these cards super easy to wipe off, which means I can use them year after year.

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I printed off various types of notes – fun, silly, jokes, Bible verses, and some with uplifting messages. I divided the notes up based on age appropriateness and placed them in separate envelopes for each kiddo. The envelope system makes it easy for me to grab a lunchbox note and slide it into a lunchbox in the morning. Once the note is used I flip it around backwards and return it to the same envelope, as I try not to repeat during the year.

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Planning ahead, I printed and laminated several for upcoming holidays as well. It seems like holidays always creep up on us, doesn’t it?

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With M. entering fourth grade I’m fixing newer ones that focus more on positive thoughts and fun jokes, instead of the “cutesy” ones. I know both kids enjoy receiving the notes in their lunch box and want to make sure that M. isn’t mortified by what his mom throws in his box! Embarrassment by mom is not what any 4th grader needs! 🙂

Once the boys have outgrown the Lunchbox Love Notes (not for years and years, right???) I’ll donate them to a “younger” mom. It’s always a joy to spread the love around.

Have a wonderful week, friends!

 

 

 

 

Finding the Perfect Location | Richmond Hill Family Photographer

Finding the perfect location for your family portrait session might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location and be sure to discuss it with your photographer:

  1. What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas, too.

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  1. Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.

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  1. Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.

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  1. How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

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  1. Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location.

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Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. And remember, your photographer is a perfect resource! Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.

We take great pride in the locations we select for each and every photography shoot. Rest assured we will help you decide on the best location(s) for your upcoming session. Clients often choose us because we “hold” their hands through the entire process, making your family portraits an easy and stress-free experience. Ready to book? Call the studio at 912-200-5284, or email me at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com I can’t wait to see you!