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Lunchbox Chronicles | Week Two

I’m kind of obsessed with packing lunches for my boys. I know, I know, it’s only the 2nd week of school and if you ask me again in about 6 months how I feel about packing lunches I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune. But, until then, I’m going to rock packing my loves some truly bodacious (is that even a word anymore? or did I just date myself?) lunches. And since I can’t get enough lunchbox ideas from Pinterest I figured there might be a few others who feel the same way – thought I’d throw myself into the mix.

Now, here comes the HUGE caveat!

Yes, I’m a professional photographer. However, I photograph PEOPLE not FOOD. I haven’t mastered the pack-all-the-lunches-a-week-before skill, so I am packing and photographing these masterpieces at about 0630 in the morning y’all. It’s dark. And we’re kind of rushing. So, I’m snapping somewhat technically correct images of food in crappy overhead lighting while my children are rushing around looking for matching socks (just kidding. every single piece of clothing is folded neatly in their drawers. ok, no, it really isn’t. but we try).

SO, please don’t judge me by these images. I’m not dragging my studio lights down to my house to take smashing photos at 0630 each morning. 🙂

Day One

We had tacos the night before so I prepped deconstructed tacos/nachos for them. Taco meat, tortillas chips, cheese, tomatoes, and olives. My youngest has a side of sour cream. And I suffered a huge mom fail during the second week! While I did manage to place a little love note inside their lunch boxes, I totally did not pack either boy a DRINK! They do take water bottles to school each day, but neither brought it to the cafeteria thinking, surely, mom wouldn’t forget a milk or juice! Yeah, I totally did. Miffed it so early in the year! 🙁 Sigh. Y’all, none of us is immune!

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Day Two

Our kind neighbors brought us dinner the night before (rotisserie chicken, salad, bread, and cherry pie) so I packed the boys leftover chicken with bread and organic butter, mixed berries, cheese stick and a Red Velvet Oreo (oh my – have you tried them? Dangerously delicious!) My oldest opted for juice instead of milk.

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Day Three

Leftover egg salad with lettuce, mixed fruit, cheese stick, chips and organic chocolate milk. We drink strictly white organic milk at home, so I like to “treat” the boys with chocolate milk at school.

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Day Four

Today was a touch on the sugary side, but we had brinner (breakfast for dinner) the night before and I wanted to utilize the extra cinnamon rolls. No panicking please, these are the mini rolls! Low sugar strawberry yogurt, summer sausage, organic hardboiled egg for my oldest and my youngest had an apple with peanut butter. My youngest also had granola for his yogurt (in the green lidded container). A little brunch at school! 🙂

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Day Five

Whew! Made it through the 2nd week! Leftover chicken pasta salad (mayo, vinegar, pasta, chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion), biscuit with organic butter, mixed fruit. I used up the rest of the rotisserie chicken to add to the pasta salad – it’s a huge family favorite. I like to make it a day before and chill. The flavors are always better after chilling for 12+ hours!

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Lunches were fairly successful this week. My youngest didn’t quite understand the deconstructed taco/nacho idea:

Him: Mom! You forgot my tortillas for the taco!

Me: Honey, you were supposed to dump your meat on the tortillas chips, add the toppings.

Him: Oh, yeah! I forgot!

Thankfully, everyone in my family likes leftovers so I am able to use them quite a lot which helps cut down on food waste and prep time in the mornings. What did you serve your littles this week? I’m always open to suggestions!

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Barbara A SorensonAugust 24, 2016 - 8:03 pm

This is wonderful! I wish you were packing my lunch. 🙂

adminAugust 27, 2016 - 12:16 am

Thanks, Mom! 🙂

Richmond Hill Family Photographer | Go Hawks!

The Tondreaus are an awesome family that lives around the circle from me. With three boys herself, Dana and I like to laugh about the antics of being “boy moms” – which is never dull, I assure you. 🙂  We also have a love of Washington State in common, tremendously fun considering the geographical distance from Georgia. And while my family naturally supports our home state football team with admiration from afar, the Tondreaus have what I might lovingly call a wild and crazy passion for the team, the Seattle Seahawks. Which, you’ll see, we made sure to add to their hilariously fun family session.

We met up at one of my absolute favorite outdoor locations in mid January (yeah, we can comfortably shoot outside in the dead of winter here, lol).

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Dana did a perfect job of coordinating the family’s outfits throughout their session. I know that is one of the most difficult aspects of planning, but we are here to help! We always provide wardrobe advice and suggestions to all of our clients.

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Y’all know I adore the littles, but it’s just downright fun to work with the big kids, too. And all boys at that. 🙂 

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One of the cutest couples I have ever worked with. Hands down … so much love here, guys.

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These brothers are best friends, too. So inspiring. My two are incredibly close now and I only wish they continue to be so, like these three.

Did I mention we have loads of fun during our sessions? Capturing natural, relaxed smiles is our ultimate goal.

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Ahhhh! This location!!! Historical plus gorgeous = happy heart.

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During Dana and Eric’s pre-session consult we discussed incorporating their love for the Seahawks into the session. This always makes me excited because including relevant items/props/activities creates a more meaningful, unique experienced tailored just to you. I suggested playing a little skirmish, to which the Tondreaus eagerly agreed.

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Team Tondreau.

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Eric, Dana, Jacob, Sam and Isaac, thank you for trusting Megan Myrick Photography with your precious memories. You are a beautiful, kind, encouraging family. Much love to you always.

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Richmond Hill Photographer | August 2016 Newsletter

Unbelievably, August is here! How was the rest of your summer? For us it seemed like the last few weeks just flew by. Our family didn’t complete everything on our summer Bucket List, but we tackled quite a few … guess we already have the start to next summer’s list! 🙂

And with August, back to school we go! I hope everyone’s littles and bigs enjoyed the first week of school and are adjusting well. Here are my two on the first day … 3rd and K (sniff, sniff) … Anyone else having trouble letting go?

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A July newsletter wasn’t sent as my family was on vacation for most of the month, but rest assured the newsletters will be like clockwork now that school (and our routine) are back in session! 😉

Inside This Issue-July 2016

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First, a HUGE shout-out to everyone who attended our 5 year bash on July 16th. Lauren and I were thrilled with the turnout. We know it’s faithful clients like you who keep us in business! The food was delicious thanks to Ates’ Bakes & Cakes and the photo booth was a hit! Take a look at some of my favorite images:

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Thank you again to everyone who came! We just love our clients and friends!

Recent blog posts include the following. Click on the link to read more!

Baby Malin

An interview with Mike of Tech Smart

Born to be Wild

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How many of you know the history of photography? If you’re a nerd like me, you’ll love the 10 fun facts* below ..can you imagine what the inventor of the camera would think of today’s variety of cameras?!?

  • An Arab physicist, Ibn al-Haytham, published his Book of Optics in 1021 AD. He created the first pinhole camera after observing how light traveled through a window shutter.
  • The earliest cameras were room-sized, with space for one or more people inside (ok, this is crazy, right??)
  • The first camera that was small and portable enough to be practical for photography was envisioned by Johann Zahn in 1685; however, the first photograph was clicked by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in the year 1814. Sadly, there was no way to save the image.
  • The first partially successful photograph was made in approximately 1816 by NicĂ©phore NiĂ©pce, using a very small camera of his own making and a piece of paper coated with silver chloride, which darkened when it was exposed to light. This too would eventually darken and the picture would be lost.
  • View from the Window at Le Gras is a heliographic image and the oldest surviving camera photograph. It was created by NicĂ©phore NiĂ©pce in 1826 or 1827 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France, and shows parts of the buildings and surrounding countryside of his estate, Le Gras, as seen from a high window.
  • The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman, who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889. His first camera, which he called the “Kodak,” was first offered for sale in 1888.
  • A number of manufacturers started to use 35mm film for still photography between 1905 and 1913. The first 35mm cameras available to the public, and reaching significant numbers in sales was in 1913.
  • The first TLR camera came out in 1928.  The first SLR camera debuted in 1933 and instant cameras hit the market in 1944.
  • The first digital camera ever sold was in 1987.
  • In 1991, Kodak brought to market the Kodak DCS (Kodak Digital Camera System), the beginning of a long line of professional Kodak DCS SLR cameras that were based in part on film bodies, often Nikons. It used a 1.3 megapixel sensor, had a bulky external digital storage system and was priced at $13,000.

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**Facts and Pictures provided by wikipedia**

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Dinner time!  Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a part of our daily life.  With the advent of back to school and (soon) fall, I thought you might enjoy trying out a new recipe. Many of us (me included) fall into the routine of ‘Taco Tuesday’ or ‘Pizza Friday’. Break the cycle and try one of the yummy recipes below.  Click on the links and try one tonight!

 

Warm Spinach Salad

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Lemon Grilled Salmon

Churro French Toast  (it’s ok, you can have breakfast for dinner)

Slow Cooker Low Mein

Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cheese Sauce

Spaghetti Carbonara

 

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*Images provided by DamnDelicious.net and FoodNetwork.com

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Are you looking for a new way to display your photographs? Have you heard of metal prints?  According to Bay Photo Labs, “MetalPrintsℱ represent a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Your images will take on a magical luminescence. You’ve never seen a more brilliant and impressive print! Colors are vibrant and the luminescence is breathtaking. Detail and resolution are unsurpassed.”

MetalPrintsTM  offer durability to withstand scratching and wear over time. They can also be easily cleaned with any glass cleaner.   They look great on the wall, offer a variety of finishes from floating edge, creative edge, framed and more.  They also come in five different surfaces, from high gloss to sheer matte. How great is that!! I especially love metal prints for senior and pet photography.

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***Photo provided by www.bayphoto.com

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Are you in the market for a new digital camera, lens, or accessory? You’ve probably asked yourself these questions:  What should I get? Is now a good time to buy? Am I getting a good price? So many of us fall victim to the cycle of manufacturers. For example, you want a new camera but learn a newer version is coming out in a couple months. So you wait. Then you wait for the sale on that camera to get a better price, only to find out a newer, better version will be released at the first of the year! So aggravating! Try asking yourself these simple questions:

  1. Do I need it now?   If you have a special occasion around the corner, don’t wait for the newest model and then the sale price. Buy it now!
  2. Is price what matters most to me?  If price is what matters most to you, take your time and shop around. Take advantage of the holiday sales or even last years model.
  3. Do I know what I want?  Knowing the type of camera, lens, or accessory you want is a big part in making your purchase…and will save you hours at the store. If you’re not sure, ask a professional.

Remember, before purchasing, think of what you will be shooting the most and choose the best option for that type of photography. Need help? Feel free to reach out! Choose the “contact” button from my website or call the studio at 912-200-5284. 🙂

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Cheers

A quick message to all my teacher friends:

Thank you for all you do! You are appreciated more than you know. Thank you for loving our children, being patient and kind, tough when you need to be. Your job is one of the hardest there is – thank you for for helping to mold and nurture the next generation.

Well, that wraps up this month’s installment. Here’s to a wonderful school year!!

Chat soon!

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Richmond Hill Newborn Photographer |Baby Malin

The adorable Malin family was another amazing referral from a client, thankfully trusting me to capture not only the beauty of  Audrey’s pregnancy, but the newness of their sweet baby boy as well. There is no doubt we here at MMP absolutely live by word of mouth referrals, but happily those referrals create an instant bond as we share in a familiar friendship.

A sample from Audrey’s lovely maternity session.

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First official image as a family of four. Love their genuine, heartwarming smiles. Babies are pure magic, aren’t they?

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Parents are always most eager to see what sibling images I capture during their session. Big sister M. just couldn’t hide her love for Baby C., so I knew it would be a piece of cake this time around. 😉

And catching a little eye contact with baby? Well, that’s just icing on said cake, don’t you think?

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One of my favorite images from Baby C.’s session. There is just something so undeniably precious watching Dads interact and love on their babies, then capturing that relationship on camera.

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So tiny and perfect, restfully sleeping in the hands of his father.

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While MMP’s prop closet is fully stocked for any and all items you might need, making sessions meaningful and memorable to you is what we are about. Whether it’s supporting your favorite team, incorporating a family Bible or the quilt that Grandma made, feel free to bring items to include in your child’s session.

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Kyle and Audrey, thank you for the privilege of photographing your family. We look forward to watching your little man (and his big sis) grow.

If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn session, please click the contact button or call the studio, 912-200-5284.

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Richmond Hill Photographer | Around the Hill | Tech Smart

As a photographer, my computer is a pretty darn important part of my business. And when computer troubles hit, the results can be disastrous. Thankfully, Mike of Richmond Hill’s Tech Smart is the perfect person to seek around the Hill when electronic strife ensues. Mike has personally helped me multiple times with computer issues, including faulty memory and a failing hard drive (yikes!!). Mike is hard working, efficient, highly knowledgable in his field, and a genuinely nice guy. I would unwaveringly recommend him to any of my clients and friends.

      1. How long have you been in business? 2 years
      2. Where are you located and what are your hours of business? 2465 US Highway 17, Richmond Hill. Our hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm.
      3. Describe your business. What services or products do you offer? We offer computer sales, service, upgrades and repair as well as onsite and remote online repair services. We are able to convert videotapes to DVD and also replace screens on iPhones and tablets.
      4. How did you get started in this business? My Dad was an electronic/appliance repairman when I was growing up. He brought computers home and I got to “test” them after he repaired them. I always had an interest in electronics of all kinds. My Dad taught me how to solder circuit boards about age 8. 
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      5. What is unique about your business? We consider ourselves a one stop shop for all computers and electronics. We work on Mac and PC. We aren’t limited by brands and we aren’t limited to only computers. That’s why we chose the name Tech Smart, because we’re more than just computers. We repair most electronics.
      6. To what do you attribute your business success? We offer good service and pride ourselves on customer satisfaction. We know from time to time things can go wrong, but we will do whatever is needed to ensure our customers leave happy. We try to take time to talk to our customers, to hear them out, and earn their trust. We try to stand out from our competition, we want our customers to recommend us to their friends and family.
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      7. Where do you see your business in 5 years? As technology changes we will expand our services accordingly. One of our newer services is online remote repair and I feel that will expand in the future.
      8. What do you enjoy most about what you do? I enjoy problem solving. Working on really tough computer problems and resolving them is highly rewarding. The best part is when a customer calls you after their repair to tell you how great their computer is running or how good the service was.
      9. What do you love most about Richmond Hill? How nice the people are. Most everyone I’ve met through the store have been so friendly and appreciative.
      10. Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? My wife said, “Take a leap of faith and trust that it will work out,” and it did!
      11. Worst? “Try wasabi.” 
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      12. Favorite quote? “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
      13. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to do what I’m doing.
      14. Anything else you’d like to share? We don’t charge for diagnostics, we offer free advice whether you bought from us or not. If you have any random questions about electronics give us a call at 912-756-TECH (8324). We’re always happy to help!

Mike, thanks so much for sharing your talent and knowledge with our Richmond Hill community. You may reach Mike at Tech Smart by: phone (912) 756-TECH, website, or Facebook.

Have a business you’d like to see featured? Please contact the studio at (912) 200-5284.

Next month’s Around the Hill feature is one of my family’s favorite places to eat in town … The Slide Shop! Stay tuned! 🙂

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