Tips on Preparing for Your Maternity Photo Session | Richmond Hill, GA Maternity Photographer

 

“You will never understand life until it grows inside of you.”

-Sandra C. Cassis

To me, pregnant mamas are some of the most beautiful women in the world, and pregnancy is a wonderful life event that should be captured. Pregnancy is a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity session, then the following tips should come in handy as you prepare for your session.

Schedule your session between 31 and 36 weeks as your tummy will have “popped” and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in  pregnancy.

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We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly (especially while pregnant),  but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shiny skin or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin. For portraits, minimal jewelry is always best anyway.

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Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure (and pedicure) 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy. A neutral nail color also offers more flexibility in clothing and wardrobe choice, besides being timeless and classic.

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If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or a copy of an ultrasound picture, bring them along as they make for adorable, personalized props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket or photo that you would like to use, bring it along too.

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Take the time to pick the right outfits for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops, cardigans, scarves, lingerie, and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape.

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Or, if you’d rather, choose items from MMP’s extensive curated wardrobe closet. Pieces include tops, skirts, and flowy dresses. A maternity dress fitting is included with your session.

Be sure to think about your undergarments as well. It’s smart to bring white, nude, and black underwear to your session, especially if you haven’t finalized your wardrobe. A well-fitting strapless bra is a must! Strapless bras eliminate unsightly bra straps and bra strap indentations while still allowing for proper support.

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MMP offers two types of maternity sessions. Our Simple & Sweet session is a half hour session either in the studio or on location and includes access to our curated wardrobe.

Our Pampered Maternity session includes a full hour session either in the studio or on location, access to our curated wardrobe, professional hair and makeup artistry, and a complimentary 30 minute prenatal massage at Joberson’s Day Spa in Richmond Hill. It is the perfect session to feel refreshed and gorgeous!

Learn more about our maternity sessions here.

Enjoy this special time in your child’s life! We’d love to help you capture it!

April Newsletter | Richmond Hill, GA Photographer

Welcome to your April newsletter! Hope all of our local friends enjoyed their spring break! Only a few more weeks until summer!

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April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

Here are a few adorable images from our 3rd Annual Love Your Pet Event! These sessions take place every February, so be sure to mark your calendars for next year! 🙂

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April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

April Newsletter | Megan Myrick Photography | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

This is one of our favorite events of the year … I’m sure you can see why! 🙂 Hope to see you and your pet(s) next year!

Please excuse the cell phone quality, but I want to thank you again for voting MMP your favorite Bryan County Photographer! It means so much and I love serving you!

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Here are some recent blog posts you might have missed:

Ashley’s Maternity Session

MMP Wing

The Chu Family Session

Mommy & Me – April 22nd SOLD OUT

The Business of Maternity & The Business of Newborns (PPA classes) – May 17 & 18

Dad & Me – June 2nd

Tea with a Princess – July, date TBA

Back 2 School Portrait Event – September 8

Limited Edition Halloween Sessions – October 13

Santa Experience – November 16-18

The word “photography” is created from the Greek words for “light” and “drawing”; so basically the art of photography is drawing with light. With that being said, one of the best ways you can improve your photography is to learn and understand light.  Most beginners are unaware, but the ideal time of day for portraits is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  The sun is softer and illuminates your subject straight on, which helps avoid dark under-eye circles.  Shooting in the middle of the day casts deep shadows under the eyes and nose and the available light is too harsh for portraits.  Photographing people in the shade is another way to escape harsh light and shadows because it creates an envelope of totally even light, but watch out for “dappled light.” Dappled light is produced when light filters through the leaves or branches of a tree, creating a “zebra” effect across the faces of those you are photographing (probably not the look you’re going for!)

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When photographing indoors, position your subject close to a window or open door. Place your subject where their face is turned slightly towards the window or door, all the while looking for light that is soft and directional. Be sure to use only one light source at a time, meaning do not turn on your overhead lights and lamps. Utilizing just one light source will create more flattering light and eliminate crazy temperature shifts in your images.

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Hopefully these tips will help take your photography to the next level! Got questions? Feel free to email me at megan@meganmyrickphotography.com

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I recently came across this sweet little quote on Pinterest and knew I had to share. Helps put things into perspective, doesn’t it?

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Wishing you all a wonderful April!

 

 

The Chu Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer

Living outside of Savannah, GA definitely has its perks. Quiet, suburban neighborhood for most days, but the energy, color, and ambiance of gorgeous Savannah only a few miles up the road. If you’ve never visited Savannah, I urge you to add it to your vacation list. This city is packed full of incredible American history, breathtaking blooms every spring (truly, it’s magnificent), and awe-inspiring architecture. As your Savannah, GA family photographer, I feel the texture of exposed brick, lush green foliage, and bustle of the city make Savannah a perfect backdrop for portraits.

Clients normally defer to me for suggestions on where to take their family portraits, but the Chu family already had a pretty good idea of a location choice. I’d never photographed around the SCAD museum and was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up in late March. With fun, modern plastic chairs and couches, walls of exposed brick, and freshly bloomed flowers, the area had a multitude of ideal places for a family session.

A family of four, the Chus are sugary sweet and their daughters overload on spunk and cuteness. I won’t expend a lot of words here since the imagery will do most of the talking.

But I will preface all of this by saying it was a gorgeous evening and a favorite session from 2017.

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The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

We even had time for a few games of “Ring Around the Rosie”.

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

The Vue Family | Savannah, GA Family Photographer | www.meganmyrickphotography.com

Linxia and David, it was truly a pleasure meeting you and working with your adorable family. Thanks so much for choosing me to document this little piece of your history.

5th Annual Mommy & Me Sessions | Richmond Hill, GA Family Photographer

I can’t believe this is the 5th year of our popular Mommy & Me Sessions! And we are so excited to be partnering with The Love & Legacy Project!

The Love & Legacy Project is a faith-based organization whose mission is to support families experiencing medical or socioeconomic hardship by providing complimentary maternity, newborn, and family sessions. Participants receive complimentary hair and makeup services, and use of a studio’s exclusive wardrobe and props. Professional photographers not only donate their time and expertise but also 10 heirloom quality prints to help document a family’s story.

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When? Sunday, April 22nd from 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Where? MMP’s RH studio, 128 Frances Meeks Way, Suite 3 in Richmond Hill. Right off Ford Avenue, across from the Catholic church.

What’s included? A 20 minute session of up to 4 people ($15 per additional) and use of studio’s exclusive props and set design. Packages begin at $99.

When will I receive my images? Digital images and products will be available within three weeks of full payment.

What is this year’s theme? Sticking with the popular floral theme, this year’s backdrop is a cascade of pink, orange, lavender, and green flowers, with a delicate painted effect.

What is the investment? $99 is required to secure your booking, with that amount being applied to the collection of your choice. Collections range from $99-$399. 10% of all collections purchased will be donated back to The Love & Legacy Project.

I have been looking forward to this event! Where do I sign up? Click here to reserve your booking.

See you soon!

MMP Wing | Richmond Hill, GA Newborn Photographer

Nicolas and Becky were word-of-mouth referrals from previous clients, which is always the best type of referral for any business owner. Becky happens to be a nurse and after photographing several of the nurses’ and doctors’ babies from this one particular floor at a local hospital, one of them joked about renaming it the “MMP Wing.” I could definitely get on board with that! 😉

In all seriousness, current clients passing on our name and referring us to their family and friends is the ultimate compliment and what we strive for every day. It’s true … referrals are the best compliments!

And of course we have a pretty terrific referral program, one that benefits you and also the person you are referring.

The youngest of three (with two older brothers), delicate Baby A. came to see me in late May, one of the tiniest little babies I’d every worked with. But oh! How precious she was!

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And Baby A. did have some of the sweetest lips. I enjoy adding macro shots to a baby’s gallery as they are some of the most precious and delicate aspects of our babies that are so soon forgotten.

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Even at this young age, many newborns can be quite particular and Baby A. was no exception. She definitely preferred to have her hands close to her face, and we were happy to oblige. 🙂

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The happy new parents.

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And big brothers! I swooned when mom brought the seersucker Peter Rabbit outfits for the boys … love classic and timeless looks.

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Along with family images we capture each parent with their new baby individually. These are the moments that your child will look back on and appreciate. Remember these memories aren’t ours to keep, they belong to the generations.

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My all-time favorite mom and baby pose, and mamas adore it, too. The closeness, innocence, and simplicity perfectly represents a mother’s love.

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My hands down favorite image from Baby A.’s gallery. Isn’t she lovely?

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Thank you, Nicolas and Becky, for choosing me to capture your sweet young family.