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Santa Experience 2022 | Richmond Hill, GA Family Photographer

Santa

When?
This year we have three weekends to serve you!
November 4-6: our traditional Santa Experience
November 11-13: our workshop Santa
November 19 & 20: *NEW* Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen

Traditional Santa Experience
Friday, November 4: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 5: 10:030 am – 3:00 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 6: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Santa Experience Workshop (recommended for children ages 4 – 10)
Friday, November 11: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 12: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 13: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen (recommended for children ages 4 and up)
Saturday, November 19: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm TWO SPOTS LEFT
Sunday, November 20: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Where?
Megan Myrick Photography – 10384 Ford Avenue; Richmond Hill, GA 31324

What is included?
Our traditional experience includes a scheduled, one-on-one 10-minute appointment with Santa in his family room; cookies and small gift, and a print package. You will view your portraits immediately after the session and may upgrade to any of our other packages at that time. The print package includes (1) 8×10, (2) 5x7s and (8) wallets of one pose.

The workshop experience includes a scheduled, one-on-one 20-minute appointment with Santa in his workshop; a wooden toy “built” together with Santa, cookies, small gift, and a print package. You will view your portraits immediately after the session and may upgrade to any of our other packages at that time. The print package includes (1) 8×10, (2) 5x7s and (8) wallets of one pose. Due to small parts, this experience is recommended for children ages 4-10.

Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen includes a scheduled, one-on-one 20-minute appointment with Mrs. Claus in her kitchen; cookies “baked” together with Mrs. Claus, a small gift, and a print package. You will view your portraits immediately after the session and may upgrade to any of our other packages at that time. The print package includes (1) 8×10, (2) 5x7s and (8) wallets of one pose. This experience is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

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 we see?
Due to the nature of this event and how children may react to meeting Santa & Mrs. Claus, 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 will Santa’s room look like this year?
We don’t want to give away too much of the fun or spoil the surprise, but with us, always think of classic Christmas. And of course, Mrs. Claus will be in her wonderfully splendid kitchen. 😉

What is the cost?
The Traditional Santa Experience is $125 for the entire experience and print collection. The Santa Experience Workshop and Mrs. Claus’s kitchen are $150 for the entire experience and print collection. Additional collections begin at $150 (your initial investment of $125 is deducted from your upgraded package).

How do I sign up for the magic?
Click here to reserve your booking. Hopefully, you’re on the nice list! 😉

Choosing the Right Camera for your Child | Richmond Hill Family Photographer

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent, you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week, or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.

Here are our top 7 tips for choosing a camera for your child.

Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read, and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.

Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry-level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential for a beginner.

When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright, and have excellent color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight.

Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger-size images. In most cases, a 10- 14 megapixel camera is sufficient for an entry-level photographer.

As a first-time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s essential that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using an SD/SDHC memory card.

Next, come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable or card reader will be an essential accessory. Also, keep in mind that editing software will be required. Good choices include inPixio Photo Studio Pro Photo Editing Software, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and HDRsoft Photomatix Editing Software.

Here are our top camera recommendations for the beginning/novice photographer: Lecran Digital Camera, Kodak Pixpro, Canon EOS Rebel T7, and the Nikon D3500.

If you aren’t sure that a brand-new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their
interest in photography, you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead. Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older model camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements.

Enjoy nurturing the love of photography in your child, and reach out to us with any questions. We’re here to help!

7 Ways to be in More Pictures With Your Child | Richmond Hill Family Photographer

All too often, moms look back on their family portraits only to realize they are actually in very few of them (who can relate?). You know portraits are important, both for your own enjoyment and for future generations to look back on, but it’s not always easy to be IN the pictures when you’re always the one taking them. So we decided to put some of our top tips together.

Use Mirrors to Your Advantage. Whether it’s a mirror in your home or the one in your hotel room, hold your child in front of the mirror and snap a creative selfie.

Get Your Kids Involved. If they are old enough, ask one of your children to take a photo of you and your partner or you and each of their siblings. Kids are usually more than happy to help out if you are willing to give them control over a camera.

Take selfies. This is still one of the best ways to be in more shots with your loved ones. Plus, smartphone cameras are really impressive, so the photo quality is much better than it used to be. If you want to change things up, don’t look at the camera for every selfie, this will give your shots a more candid look and feel. Struggle to hold the camera steady? Get yourself a selfie stick.

Take advantage of group gatherings. Find yourself at a get-together with family or friends? Use this as an opportunity to be in a shot with your partner and kids. Ask a friend or family member to help you with a few shots.

Use that interval timer. Your phone and camera have an interval timer, so use it to your advantage. A tripod will make things a lot easier, but it is still possible to get great shots without one.

Add a touch of you. Photos don’t need to include your face for people to connect the dots. We love snapshots of parents holding hands with their little ones, like above. There are ways to infuse your personality into family photos, too. What are some of the things you like to do? What are some of your favorite items? These can all be worked into your images.

Hire a professional. Even though it is possible to be in more images with your loved ones, hiring a professional for an hour or two is the best way to update your family portraits. If you’re ready to schedule, please give us a call at 912.200.5284 or email us at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com. Our fall calendar is booking up quickly, so don’t delay.

Fun Back-to-School Portrait Prop Ideas | Richmond Hill Child Photographer

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and kids in our area are heading back to school! We all know what that means … it’s time to get your camera ready for those back-to-school photos.

With so much that needs to be done in the week leading up to the first day of school, it helps to start thinking about the first day of school portraits now. How are you planning to tell a story about the new school year and how will make this year’s photos stand out?

Props are still a classic way to create unique and memorable photos. What’s more, these items are usually lying around your house anyway – you only need to get creative! To get those creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a few prop ideas for this year’s back-to-school pics.


1. Use your child’s school

What better way to highlight the start of a new school year than by taking a few shots outside your child’s school building? You can even take a photo in the same place every year to document your child’s growth – the front door is always a good spot!

2. Add a playful pop of color using a backpack

A backpack is probably something your child already has and if it’s playful and colorful, use it as a prop in your back-to-school photos. In fact, this is the perfect excuse to purchase a new backpack and get your child excited for the school year at the same time! Plus, getting your child to pick out a new backpack will ensure you’re incorporating their unique personality into the portraits.

3. School supplies do the trick, too

While notebooks and glue don’t seem like exciting props, with a little bit of creativity, they definitely can be! Get a close-up shot of your child writing their name on their new notebook or capture them lying flat on the floor surrounded by all their new school supplies. If you are going to add these photos to a growing album, take some shots of supplies, such as pencils, to add character to the layout.

4. Tell a story using words

Signs and letter boards are timeless props for back-to-school images because you can do so much with them. Whether it’s a chalkboard, piece of paper, or canvas, get creative and have some fun telling a back-to-school story with your child.

5. Add an apple (of course!)

An apple is not necessarily something that pupils give to their teachers anymore but it can still be a cute and creative prop that screams school. Apples are simple and inexpensive but they can add a touch of color to a few of your child’s back-to-school photos.

If you’re looking for more than just your usual back-to-school memories, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our annual Back-2-School Portrait Event coming September 10!

Negative Space is Positive | Richmond Hill Photographer

If you have any experience in the field of art, you might be familiar with the term negative space.  Negative space is all the space that surrounds the subject (the positive space), and when taking pictures you can use it to help bring more attention to your subject.

When taking snapshots, most people simply have their subject in the middle of the frame.  This is one way to focus on the subject.  But why not increase the negative space to actually draw the eye to the subject even more?   In the picture shown, the negative space is clean and uncluttered so the eye is quickly drawn to dad and baby.  This example shows how the negative space highlights the positive space (dad and baby), ultimately keeping the focus on the subject. 

To get the best use of your negative space, be sure it is clean and uncluttered.  Also, play with the placement and size of your subject within the frame of your picture.  You’ll be surprised at the many different looks you can create!