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My 365 Project: February Top 5 | Savannah Child Photographer

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It was difficult to choose this month’s favorites. I had it narrowed down to eight and really struggled to pinpoint what I loved about each image and why. I guess that’s a good thing – but when you’re staring at images of your babies those emotions just kick in and you lose your ability to be rational sometimes. Now I know how my clients feel during their viewing appointments. 🙂

This month seemed to focus a lot on the details. I like details because they are often forgotten – and I don’t want to forget.

Without further ado, here’s February’s Top 5, in no particular order.

1. Goldfish

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If you have littles, chances are you have goldfish in your house. My kids love them and choose them several times a week for a snack. I know there will come a day when I no longer buy these colorful crackers as they will be seen as too “babyish” or “only for little kids, mom!” I also love that C. is still in his pajamas. These were M.’s and it brings me so much pleasure to pass clothes on to C.

2. Valentines

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M. is in kindergarten this year and he didn’t complain once when I asked him to write his own Valentines. He carefully checked the spelling of each friend’s name and dutifully crossed it off the list when finished. M. is doing so much more than I ever did as a child, even more than what kids were learning when I was teaching. I love to listen to him read, work out simple addition problems and now, write. The earnest concentration, sometimes pausing to consider how to write a particular letter and the gradual slope of his handwriting as he grew tired. I’d probably be remiss if I didn’t mention his eyelashes, too. So unfair. 😉

3. Curl

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I have naturally curly hair and M. did too, at birth. His hair eventually fell out and grew back blonde and straight. I have to admit I was a little disappointed because I think curls are just fabulous on boys. Thankfully C. has kept just a hint of his mama’s locks. He’s also a hair-twirler … when he’s tired or needing to self-comfort … and this little pop of hair always has this perfect, simple curl.

4. Waking Up

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It’s the first thing I hear every morning. The quick pitter-patter of feet, although the sound seems to grow louder by the day. Oftentimes I’m awake, just lying in bed thinking about my day ahead, or already showered and dressed when the familiar sound comes calling. But even when I’m fast asleep the drumming permeates my dreams and I can’t help but smile. To feel my heart swell with warmth, knowing that their toes will perch just outside my warm cocoon and then dive under the blankets and snuggle close, bringing a dash of cold air with them. For now, those precious feet lead my children to me. I want to remember because I know there will be day those same feet take my loves away.

5. Beebo

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If you’re familiar with Sandra Boynton (love, love, love her!) than you know all about beebos and we go crazy over beebos in our house! To me, belly buttons are such a perfect piece of childhood – playful, innocent and insanely ticklish – before they become buried under the weight of stress and adulthood. There are a number of things I adore about this image. The lighting, C.’s chubby preschool fingers, and yes, even the diaper peeking out from atop his pants (ugh, don’t judge … potty training has been a nightmare. I just keep telling myself that he won’t go to high school in pull-ups, so we’re good for now).  I admit that to you it may only be a “belly button,” but to me, it’s another simple detail that will fade from my sight and recollection, no matter how hard I fight not to let go.

Thanks for sharing these moments with me.

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Ann YoungMarch 7, 2014 - 5:56 am

Dear Megan, I love to look at your photos. You catch the spirit of the of whoever is in your photos. I can feel the love for your boys. My favorite of your photos are the ones with your boys. Best of luck with this adventure. My best to you always, Ann Young

{You ‘da Man!} | Savannah Child Photographer

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Oh, sweet baby J. One of the happiest, nicest little guys I’ve ever met. His fabulous  mama, Renee, booked me weeks out because she was just that excited for J.’s 1st birthday session. Her excitement is understandable though, 1st birthday sessions are among my favorite. One year olds are incredibly curious, bubbly, friendly and those smiles!!!! What’s not to love?

Did I mention friendly? Curious? Smiley?

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I love to capture detail shots … I think it’s the little things we often most forget.

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I wasn’t kidding when I said this kid had personality. It was literally oozing … 🙂

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A favorite milestone to capture at one … the wave. Babies are so pleased with themselves when they wave. Well, that and cheering.

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So this is the reason for the blog title. Baby J. had recently been taught this little quirk. You ask him, “Who’s the man?” and he’ll point right back ‘atcha … “No, no! YOU ‘da man!”

Seriously, I love this kid.

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Details my friends, details.

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And then the smash cake.

It started off calmly enough. J.’s amazing cake lovingly prepared by his mother, a pastry chef. (Renee actually happens to be a darn good one apparently, because she often flies back home to work in a family friend’s restaurant. Impressive!)

Anyway, a little taste, a bit of painting with frosting …

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And then, Renee and I both drew our breath, just waiting.

Would he really do it?

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Wait for it, wait for it …

(And just for the record, Renee was totally standing off to the side, begging J. to stick his face in his cake. I could barely contain myself enough to hold the camera steady).

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Ok, so Baby J. didn’t end up doing a face plant, but he certainly got messy enough to tickle the sprinkles off any cupcake. He looked rather adorable doing it, too.

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Mama, you’re awesome and I had so much fun with you and J. You are totally someone I could hang out with and I know we’d never have a dull moment. 🙂

Can’t wait to see you and J. again!

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Road to Congress | Savannah Portrait Photographer

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My phone buzzed with a FB message notification.

I’ve got big news and I’d love your help! What’s the best number to reach you?

It was from Amy Tavio, a Richmond Hill real estate agent I’d met while searching for a studio location a few months prior. I’d been instantly drawn to Amy – her bright smile, cheerful disposition and contagious enthusiasm. Deeply passionate about her job and earnestly  wanting local businesses to succeed, she’d outline a vision she had for me at each particular space. Brilliant suggestions for co-marketing  came quickly to her and I could feel myself growing excited, too. I honestly felt like she had my best intentions at heart, that she truly believed in me and wanted my business to be an outstanding, successful pillar in the community.

As soon as I dropped off my littles I called her.

I knew it was big before she even picked up. And it was.

“Megan! I’m running for Congress! And I want you to take all the pictures for my campaign publicity!”

I’m fairly certain I lost my breath, or my heart came up in my chest.

Words rarely escape me, but how do you properly respond to all of that? Such amazing, inspiring news?

I congratulated her repeatedly, acknowledging she’d be a worthy contender, and then double checked a couple of times to make sure she wanted me to do the job?

She was sure.

Smile.

Amy knew of the perfect spot, so a few days later we rode together with her fabulous beau, Brian, out to Sunbury. Representing the citizens of Georgia, Amy wanted to be sure to include some of Georgia’s beautiful landscape, and beautiful it was. I’d never been, and was blown away by the gorgeous span of water, smooth like glass.

In case you can’t tell, Amy is a natural in front of the camera; poised, elegant and simply stunning.

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It was extremely important to Amy to have the US flag in several of her pictures. She is a true patriot and a stanch supporter of our military. Just love this one of her.

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This is one of the last frames I captured, just before the sun dipped below the horizon. Another favorite of mine, I feel this image sums Amy up so perfectly. Polished, confident, highly intelligent, gracefully approachable, kind and sincere.

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If you’d like to read more about Amy, her beliefs, or to donate to her campaign, please visit her website or Facebook page.

Amy, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your courageous journey. It was such an honor for me.  I wish you all the best.

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Megan Myrick Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, child and family photography in Savannah, GA and surrounding areas including but not limited to Richmond Hill and Pooler.

LaDonFebruary 28, 2014 - 4:46 am

These images are stunning! What an awesome opportunity for you. One of these days I’ll get to visit my BFF in Fort Benning, GA and maybe get to see some more of the beauty GA has to offer, first hand.

Best of Luck, Amy!!

Angel Whispers | Savannah Newborn Photographer

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“These belonged to Murphy.” She looked at me, her eyes searching. “We’d like to include as much as we can in F.’s session.”

I ran my thumb over the smooth leather.

“The vest he never got to wear.” You can hear the sadness in her voice, a weariness no mother should ever have to experience.

“And his Bible.”

I read the name engraved across the front, Murphy Foster McKeel.

Of course I’d never met him, but I felt myself longing to; to hold his tiny body, photograph his perfect fingers and toes.

Wanting to turn back the clock for this sweet family.

I swallow the lump in my throat. “Of course! I love everything you’ve brought, so perfect.”

The loss of Murphy wasn’t new to me. During Erica’s maternity session we had talked at some length about his tragic story. But it pained just the same, seeing tiny pieces of his life laid out in front of me, in front of his parents.

An expectant mother. A car accident. The NICU. Glimmers of hope. Then a sudden, heartbreaking loss.

Now Erica and Caleb sat in my studio, still grieving for the son they lost, but fully ready to celebrate the birth of their beautiful, healthy baby girl, Baby F.

Of course we’d include Murphy in his sister’s session. Siblings are always welcomed and included. In fact, those images are often some of my favorites. Why should this be any different?

I looked over at Baby F., nestled deep in  her carseat. The fairest most delicate skin I’d seen, cute button nose, long graceful feet, healthy chubby cheeks.

Simply stunning.

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I didn’t even realize I’d captured both Erica and Baby F. smiling together until I uploaded all the images. Sometimes we just get lucky like that.

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Murphy’s precious quilt and his lovely baby sister.

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Can you guess what the theme is in Baby. F.’s room? 🙂

And those fine wisps of hair. Love.

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I like to think she’s wrapped in her brother’s arms.

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A few weeks later, as we were designing Baby F.’s book, mom asked me if there was a way to incorporate a quote onto one of the pages.

“Babies smile in their sleep because they are listening to the whispering of angels.”

I have a feeling Baby F. will have many nights filled with smiles.

Mom & Dad, thank you for sharing your brave story with me. It has been such a pleasure working with you. I can’t wait to see Baby F. again in a few shorts months.

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Megan Myrick Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, child and family photography in Savannah, GA and surrounding areas including but not limited to Richmond Hill and Pooler.

HeatherFebruary 26, 2014 - 3:47 am

Absolutely beautiful. I was brought to tears immediately, what a beautiful family. The words escape me this time, wonderful job Megan. <3

Anna Maria ButterhofFebruary 26, 2014 - 4:51 am

Can’t find words to describe my feelings …. Sad for the loss, grief, pain this beautiful family had to endure! Happy for the hope and dreams baby F. bring!
Love!!

Jennifer BalduffFebruary 26, 2014 - 9:56 am

Megan,

Bravo! Baby F Is gorgeous and the shots are Amazing! The Story Had Me Crying And Smiling Through My Tears.

Jennifer

Debbie FloydFebruary 26, 2014 - 12:27 pm

This is amazing. Just absolutely beautiful and a treasure beyond treasure for Erica,Caleb and sweet little F.I know sweet little Murphy is smiling from heaven. May God bless you all.

Nichcole Pritchett (DeKok)February 26, 2014 - 1:15 pm

I know this couple personaly, These pictures bring out the love they have for both Muphry & Baby F. They are a very strong couple and now family. Great work in capturing the love they have.

adminFebruary 26, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Nichole,

They are most definitely a strong couple! Thank you for leaving your thoughts.

Megan

adminFebruary 26, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Thank you Debbie! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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Thank you Jennifer!! <3

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Anna Maria,

It is hard to find the right words, isn’t it? Thankful we have images to do the talking sometimes. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by!
Megan

adminFebruary 26, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Thank you Heather, xoxo.

Sharon DeVaultFebruary 26, 2014 - 5:54 pm

So very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us all

adminFebruary 26, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Thank you for stopping by Sharon!

Why Me? | Savannah Newborn Photographer

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Ask almost anyone these days what they do and I bet 80% of the time you’ll hear, “I’m a photographer.” It’s true, photographers are becoming as commonplace as 7-11 stores back in the 80’s and 90’s (did I just date myself, lol?)

With the lowering cost of decent entry-level DSLR cameras, it is becoming more affordable to jump into the world of photography. I don’t blame anyone for doing it, either. Photography is awesome. I loved taking pictures as a kid and would create rudimentary scrapbooks with local newspaper clippings and snaps of middle and high school friends. My dad was an avid photographer himself, although it wasn’t a hobby we shared together (which I deeply regret – he would have been a wealth of information).

Like a lot of pro photogs, the birth of my children truly began to fuel the flame. We spent bushels of money on professional photography for our boys and not one dime do I regret spending on those precious memories. However, I was scrapbooking a lot by that point and was growing more and more frustrated with the quality of my images. Hubby gifted me a Canon Rebel for Christmas, and that was pretty much it. For the next year and a half I studied, practiced, posted my work in forums, took critique that stung to the bone and bettered myself as a photographer.

When friend after friend started calling wanting me to take pictures of their children, I decided to get legit and hang out my hat.

So, with an over-saturated market, how do you, as a consumer, find the perfect photographer? And why should you choose me over that other guy?

Here are a few questions to consider when making your decision:

1. Do they offer a personalized session and service?

Your family and my family are extremely important to me, so I take a limited number of sessions per month, by appointment only. You can be rest assured that you will be provided with exceptional service before, during and after the session. Your trust in me is of the upmost importance and I do not ever want to tarnish our relationship. Each session is guaranteed a pre-session consultation in person, on the phone, or via email so that together we can create your dream shoot. 2-3 weeks after your session we will meet again for your in-person viewing appointment. I want to help you make the best decisions on how to display your legacy. Your order will come beautifully packaged … I want it to feel like Christmas. 🙂

2. Do you connect with them?

I always, always, always want to speak to you on the phone. Do you like me? Do I like you? Will we be a good fit? Choosing a photographer is an extremely personal choice and I want to be your photographer for the long haul … that only works if we make a great team.

3. Are they good with kids & adults?

Seeing that I specialize in newborns and kiddos (and their parents), this is a big one. I genuinely love people, littles most of all. I was an elementary school teacher for 10 years and cherish the opportunities to meet and snuggle kids, photograph their laughs and tiny frowns. People always used to tell me that children grow up way too fast … didn’t really get it until I had my own. Guess what? It’s true. These moments matter and are fleeting.

4. Are they legal?

Yes, I am a licensed business owner not only in the state of GA, but also in the city of Richmond Hill. I belong to the Chamber of Commerce and Professional Photographers of America. I pay taxes, have insurance. Some may not find the legal-stuff important, but I sure do.

5. Have they received any education or training?

Don’t let it fool you, good photography is hard. Once you take that camera out of auto, it’s up to you to make all the right decisions and then use Photoshop to make images sing. I didn’t go to school for photography, but I’ve sure made up for it. I have spent thousands over the last several years attending workshops, taking online courses and investing not only in my business, but also myself. I still have a lot of growth to make, but that is one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy photography … there is always a new skill to master, and I want to tackle it.

6. Do they give back to the community?

God has blessed me with a remarkable passion and talent. It is my duty and pleasure to give it away. Fund-raisers, silent/live auctions and complimentary gifts of photography are all ways I love to give back to my community. I also buy local when possible; it’s important to support other local businesses.

7. Do they offer heirloom quality products?

I hear you, digital images are important and I want you to have them. They are not the main bulk of my collections, though. You are spending your hard-earned money with me and I want you to have gorgeous artwork for your walls and beautiful tabletop albums and books … heirloom quality items that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren. As I mentioned before, your legacy. Do you really want your precious memories to be trapped on a disc in your desk drawer?

8. Do they fit your budget?

Money is last because I honestly feel it shouldn’t be your first deciding factor. A photographer’s style, attention to detail, service, professionalism and knowledge should come before the bottom line. My clients become friends and most like family, which only deepens the desire to provide unmatched quality for them. With that being said, everyone does have a budget. Considering that professional photography is a luxury, it is definitely something to save for. You are showcasing, enjoying and ultimately passing down remembrances of full pregnant bellies, new life, perfect fingers and toes, dimpled elbows, budding teeth, first steps, knobby knees, milestones, celebrations, families and love.

I hope to welcome you and yours into the MMP family for years to come. Current and past clients, leave a little comment below about your experience with me, I’d love to hear it. 😉

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”  -Ansel Adams

See you soon.

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Megan Myrick Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, child and family photography in Savannah, GA and surrounding areas including but not limited to Richmond Hill and Pooler.

CassyFebruary 21, 2014 - 2:38 am

Ok…this is so on the money! I couldn’t agree more. I first met Megan back in Missouri through mutual friends. I was so excited to know a professional photographer and started booking sessions left and right; a first year cake smash, family portraits, my three year old’s birthday photos and finally a newborn/family session over a 8 month span of time. Megan was MY photographer and I couldn’t have been any happier! We came back time and time again because we loved her, had a good relationship with her, and were so impressed with her professionalism and quality of work. I have large photos framed of all three of my children hanging in our entry that were all taken by Megan, and honestly not one single person comes in that doesn’t gush over them! I’m happy to say that although the Army has taken us our separate ways, we are still friends and I still love seeing her work. I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional photographer in the Richmond Hill area. You won’t be disappointed!

adminFebruary 21, 2014 - 2:41 am

Awww, Cassy! And to think I didn’t even pay you to write that!!! 😉

You know I love and miss you guys like crazy! xoxo

HeatherFebruary 21, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Great read and I agree 100%!! Professional photography is definitely a luxury…and a luxury I value a TON! The pictures you did of my daughter are a focal point in our home and everyone comments about how well you captured her personality. OH…and I love that Ansel Adams quote! 😉 You’re a great photographer and wished we lived closer to do my daughter’s pictures every year!

LaDonFebruary 23, 2014 - 5:34 am

I also agree with everything stated above. Could not have said it in any better way!