What do you get when you mix pink, motorcycles, two outrageously fun, outgoing parents with their new baby, and a camera?
Well, you get one heck of a photography session.
With a breathtaking baby that you just know was born to be wild, free-spirited and full of joy.
And while babies and motorcycles may not seem synonymous, once you meet Derek and Jodi you’ll see how beautifully matched they truly are.
Umm, hello you stunning trio!
And a little smile from little miss herself to boot.
Loved Jodi’s natural, easy-going personality and genuine smile.
Dads and their babies.
Is there anything sweeter?
I had actually put my camera down when Derek did this initially and I asked him to repeat it. Sometimes some of the best poses come from merely watching your client interact with their newborn. Such a heartfelt, honest moment.
Miss H. was fortunate to have her grandparents here during the session. Generation images get me every time – how much will she adore this later in life? I imagine most of us would love to have a photograph like this with our grandparents.
And as for Miss H. herself? I almost have no words. She was a dream baby to photograph.
Perfect in every squishy way – hair the color of midnight, luscious lips and chubby pink cheeks.
You might have been wondering where the motorcycle reference came from. Dad is part of a local motorcycle club and both parents are avid riders. The helmet seemed only fitting.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Baby H. will live a life full of adventure, love and wonder. A lucky lady indeed.
Derek and Jodi, thank you for the privilege of photographing your lovely family! I had a wonderful time with the 5 of you and can’t wait for your next session!
Whew! I am squeezing this June newsletter in right before we slide into July, huh? I hope you are all enjoying the dog days of summer. My family, like yours I’m sure, has been crazy busy! Hours spent splashing in the pool, gobbling up popcorn at the movie theater, playdates, VBS, day camps, popsicles, Bible studies, even celebrating a birthday. Hard to believe we are just about half-way through and fall will be nipping at our heels soon. What have you and your family been up to?
May was quite the month for MMP, as we were recognized as “Best Photographer” in the Best of Bryan Awards for 2015. Joining with other winners and friends and family, we enjoyed a low-country boil at the scenic Fish Tales restaurant here in RH. It was the first time I’d ever had low-country boil, and it was delicious! Many thanks to Fish Tales for hosting the event! I was honored and humbled to receive the award, thank you to all who voted for me and my studio. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t fully acknowledge that it is my loyal and trusting clients who keep me (and Lauren!!) busy and employed. We look forward to providing you years of unparalleled service, quality, and commitment to excellence.
For many of us our first instinct is to zoom in on our subject and start snapping away – it’s so easy to do, right? Our children’s bright, inquisitive eyes, pouty lips and small, turned-up noses are all things we want to remember. And while these pictures are wonderful and produce great up-close details, how many things did we miss around our subject by zooming in? A big part of photography is capturing the memories that are happening at a specific time. The setting of your picture and the environment around you all add to the feeling an image has. For example, imagine taking a picture of your son or daughter sitting on the rug playing with his/her toys. Instead of focusing up close, take two steps back and capture the moment around them. You never know in 10 or 20 years from now how much you both will enjoy looking back at all of the surroundings that helped to create your son or daughter’s childhood. Even if the surroundings aren’t “cute” or “neat” enough for you now, it will be a journaling moment you will enjoy later. Ignore the dust bunnies, the laundry piled up on the sofa, dishes in the sink. Backing up and adding depth to your pictures allows more details to enter the frame, and gives a true picture of what it was like on that day. These are memories that will become more valuable to you as the years go by.
I am an unashamed quiz taker. Always have been. Whether it’s online or in a magazine, I love filling out the little questionnaires or darkening in a bubble only to find out 10-20 questions later whether I’m an introvert or extrovert, a summer or a fall, whether my IQ is above “normal”, or be told what my name really should be. So, in the spirit of summer and all things fun, out of the ordinary and zany, I give you the “Color Temperment” quiz. Have you ever heard the expression, “You are a red personality all the way!” and thought to yourself, “I wonder what color I am or what’s my dominant characteristic?” Chances are you too have seen personality quizzes floating around the internet or maybe you have taken a couple of minutes to actually find out what color/personality you are, but when’s the last time you actually did this? Do you think you’ll get the same result? Below are links to some fun personality quizzes you can try. Let’s see what color personality you are today! Have fun! 🙂
It’s no surprise that my clients are the best. Hands down, no questions asked, the best. And the clients that refer their friends and family to me? Well, they mightily surpass that bar. MMP lives and breathes by client referrals and I am deeply touched and grateful for each and every one.
A favorite client of mine reached out to me in late 2015, letting me know that she was sending a potential client my way. She spoke so highly of this couple, rattled off how she knew them and that, fingers crossed, they would choose me to be their photographer.
When Bonnie and James first walked into my Richmond Hill studio, my heart skipped a beat. Not only are they a simply gorgeous family, but the pair were expecting twins to boot! I adore shooting multiples and definitely do not get to photograph them as much as I’d like.
The more we chatted the more I felt myself getting drawn to this family, as so often it does for me. I truly love my clients and working with them on an intimate project, such as a newborn session, deepens the bond. James and Bonnie are kind, God fearing, easy to chat with, hard-working people. The love they already felt for these sweet babies radiated like rays of the sun, and younger sister K. was made to feel like a very important part in the entire miracle.
Thankfully James and Bonnie chose me to document the beginning of their soon-to-be larger family.
And the rest, as they say, is history. 🙂
Did I mention how stunning this family is??
Sweet Miss K., so proud to be a sister to these handsome boys.
Here they are … Baby K. & H. It always strikes me how much better twins do while together. And to watch them interact – fingers in each other’s noses, a poke, a hand in the face – goes quietly unnoticed by the other. For a moment, you can picture them before their birth, warm and snuggly together, safe in each other’s embrace.
Do profile shots make anyone else swoon?
This shot gets me. Every time.
Tell me. Who looks this amazing after giving birth? To twins!!
One of my all time favorite images. Right here.
And my PSA for the day … Dads, if you have stellar tattoos and you are investing in a newborn session, I implore you – show those tattoos off!
P.S. Thanks, James, for being such a good sport.
I’ve truly always been fascinated by twins. The incredible, inseparable bond that no one quite seems to understand unless they, too, are a multiple. The tiny nuances, small glances and gentle tilt in a voice that only a twin might notice of their other half. They do, after all, lovingly know each other before ever touching the world outside – from that beautiful, singular moment when one became two – the ultimate birth of a friendship. A bond woven so tightly that they will intimately sense when the other is sick, afraid, joyful or hurting. A mirror to oneself, a glimpse of a soul that once was shared, all within the confines of their mother’s womb.
Welcome to a new monthly installment, “Around the Hill”! As your Richmond Hill photographer and a local business owner, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of my favorite fellow local businesses in and around Richmond Hill with a short Q&A session (plus some images, of course)! Considering this awesome guy is my biz neighbor, I figured he would be the perfect business to start with.
Introducing the fun, exuberant, incredibly talented, energetic Jim Leahy of the Leahy Art Gallery!
How long have you been in business? 14 years
Where are you located? Leahy Art Gallery is located at 11258 Ford Avenue, across from the Ford Plantation, in Richmond Hill Court.
Describe your business. What service(s) or product(s) do you offer? Everything art related: commissioned art pieces, custom picture framing, art installation services, free in-home framing consultations, or you may visit the gallery and frameshop.
How did you get started in this business? My father was a famous Marine Corps combat artist who taught me everything I know about the principles and elements of design. Additionally, every job I’ve ever had has been art related, including technical illustration, art supplies, framing, art acquisition, delivery and installation.
What is unique about your business? The in-home designed, custom framing option includes free pickup, delivery, and installation of all framed pieces. Just call 727-5330 to schedule a visit.
To what do you attribute your business success? Having worked with literally hundreds of very talented interior designers, art consultants, gallery owners and framing decorators since I opened Leahy Art Installation 20 years ago in the San Francisco/Bay area.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Right where it is. Perfect.
What do you enjoy most about what you do? People are generally very happy when I’m done. Whether it’s painting a commissioned artwork, framing a special piece of art or photo, or installing the artwork for a new homeowner. Also, there’s no such thing as an art-emergency.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? If possible, buy the gallery, don’t rent.
Favorite quote? “Water off a duck’s butt.”
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Seriously? An artist, of course.
Jim, thanks so much for your time and for sharing your talents with the Richmond Hill community. You may reach Jim at the Leahy Art Gallery by: phone (912) 727-5330, website, or via Facebook.
Have a business you’d like to see featured? Please call the studio at 912-200-5284.
Yay to May and your May newsletter! 4 days of school left … anyone else counting down? I know I am! And while summer days definitely require a little more creative coordination to get work done, I have to admit I do love spending endless days with my boys. At the pool, bowling, the library, the beach, sleeping in (staying up late), s’mores, playdates with friends, rounds of baseball after a dinner made to perfection on the grill, and star gazing as the sun goes to sleep. What are your favorite parts of summer?
The 3rd Annual Mommy & Me event was a huge success! Thank you to all the wonderful families that helped to support the Pay It Forward Foundation of Bryan County. Here’s a sneak at some of our favorites from the day. Hopefully you and your child(ren) will be able to join us next year!
High speed photography sounds complicated, but it is only a form of photography used when trying to capture something in fast motion. This can be people playing a sport, cars moving quickly, people walking in a street, anything that doesn’t involve holding still and yes, toddlers most definitely count! To do this, you need to have a high shutter speed on your camera. A shutter is what is inside your camera – it opens and closes to catch a moment, turning it into a picture. The longer it is open, the more light can be let in, and the more still your subject needs to be. In order to do high speed photography, your camera’s shutter speed needs to be fast, so it can capture a moment quickly without catching motion blur. This can be adjusted on any DSLR camera, and with some point and shoot cameras as well. It’s an awesome thing to learn how to use, especially when wanting to photograph anything in motion.
In the image below, my shutter speed was at 1/640 of a second to capture my youngest jumping off the fence. Any slower, and I would have increased the likelihood of motion blur. Another tip, keeping your camera at a higher shutter speed allows for you to “open up” your lens during a sunny day like this, creating a more shallow depth of field and keeping the sky that gorgeous hue.
So many times we look for that “perfect” picture – everyone smiling, looking at the camera, bodies positioned appropriately, everything appearing juuuuust right. This however, is not always the best image. The purpose of a picture is to remember a certain point in time – maybe your wedding, a graduation, your child’s first birthday, a particular milestone, or a special vacation. Sometimes, a photograph that captures that specific point in time the best is the one that is off-center, or one that you are looking away and laughing. These pictures can be perfect without being posed! The most important aspect sometimes is the memory, capturing that true moment, and the feeling that one picture can bring with it. The English idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? It’s true. Embrace the silly, the imperfect. Because chances are, you’ll look back and realize how just how “perfect” the not-so perfect truly is.
Are you sick of displaying your pictures in the same way? Picture frames and canvases? Try shaking it up this time!
Take an old, larger frame, and use it to frame a bunch of smaller pictures. Start by attaching string, jute, or wire horizontally from side to side on the inside of the frame with masking or duct tape, or small screws. Do as many rows as you can, or will fit. Next, get some clothespins, or even colored paper clips to hang the pictures from the wire by. Smaller pictures work best, so that you can get the most in a frame. Polaroids are an ideal size, or 4×6 prints. I love this idea from Little Inspiration on creating a photo frame for all your Instagram images! This might be come a summer project for me, and would be perfect for our playroom!
For fun, try hanging up other things instead of just pictures. For example, if one frame is just displaying pictures from a trip to New York, also hang up a ticket from a broadway show, or cute napkin from your favorite restaurant. Small keepsakes that go along with the memories can make a great addition to your frame.
Mark your calendars! The summer Tiny Clicks class will be held Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 at my RH studio. Cost includes the class, light snacks/drinks, our private FB group, and an extensive workbook to take home for $125. To sign up you may email me or call the studio at 912-200-5284. Learn to rock your camera this summer!
That’s it for May! I want to wish all of you a wonderful last week of school and an amazing start to summer!
Thought this was an appropriate quote to kick off the end of school …
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