MMP Is Hiring! | Richmond Hill Photographer

I am thrilled to announce that Megan Myrick Photography is hiring! After much thought, prayer, and consideration, I have decided to link arms with someone who will add value to my life, business, and non-profit organization. MMP has grown so much over the past few years, and I am excited to move forward into the next phase of business. As I am at the place where the workload is beyond my ability as one person I have created the position of a Studio Assistant: a part-time position that will help to efficiently move my business and non-profit forward.

Applicants must be self-starters, motivated workers, and eager to learn. As a Studio Assistant, you will be involved in the daily work of a photography studio: corresponding with clients via email, scheduling appointments/sessions, fulfilling print orders, delivering client orders, keeping packaging supplies fully stocked, running personal and business errands, managing client folders, learning studio-specific software and tasks, and assisting with certain photography sessions. This position is an office position only, not a shooting position. If you are an aspiring photographer or know how to work a camera, that’s great, but not required for consideration. I may or may not expand this position to include photography training in the future.

This is not the same as an internship. I am looking for someone to join my team year-round with the Studio Assistant position.

Qualifications
Professional, friendly demeanor
Self starter, motivated worker, eager to learn and grow
Experienced with Word and Excel (not a requirement)
Experienced in the basics of Photoshop (not a requirement)
Must not only be organized, but also have a love for organization
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Working knowledge of social media including FB, IG, and Pinterest
Must love dogs
Personal/administrative assistant experience a big plus

Logistics
Part-Time Position
Works with Megan at her RH studio and/or home
Occasionally works on weekends

Compensation
Contracted position, $8-10 per hour based on experience
Bonuses available
5-20 hours per week (this profession is highly seasonal)
Must be available weekdays, weeknights, and occasional weekends

To Apply: Complete this form and return NLT than February 28th.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Baby Boy Evans | Richmond Hill, GA Newborn Photographer

When I received the message from Callie letting me know she was pregnant again, I truly couldn’t contain my excitement. I’d photographed their first baby, a girl, a couple of years prior. (See her session here.) It’s an honor and privilege when clients return. We work hard here at MMP to gain trust and create a client experience that is too amazing to pass up!

The Evans family are genuine, kind-hearted people with a gentleness about them that is hard to resist. They also have a wonderful sense of humor and our sessions together always fly by. The conversation is easy, the laughs overflow, and my heart always feels fuller after being with them.

So clearly I’m a fan of the Evans’. But I haven’t mentioned how stinkin’ gorgeous these people are! In all seriousness, the camera loves them. I’m fairly certain not a one could take a bad picture … which I only tell you because of the incredible image overload I’m about to share. But I can’t help myself.

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Big Sister was SO proud and her smile … well, it’s contagious.

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Gorgeous Callie, motherhood looks so good on you.

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Gah! What is it about dad and baby images? They get me EVERY time. And Baby P.’s smile? Shut the front door.

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Speaking of dad, Tyler is a huge football fan. I definitely don’t mean little, I mean HUGE. And I love that he brought back the same jerseys we used for little Miss C.’s session. Classic.

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(Although Tyler did bring a new one to Baby P.’s session)

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Such a love bug.

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I distinctly remember Baby P. doing so well that we were able to do a few extra setups. He slept like a champ.

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This one, though … definitely a favorite! Isn’t he just the cutest? This is an image mom and dad bought big for their wall. I certainly didn’t blame them.

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 Tyler & Callie, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for trusting me to capture the two most precious things in your life. Thank you for your loyalty, your friendship, and for being part of our MMP family.

 

Why Your Photographer Loves What They Do | Georgia Photographer

If you have ever wondered what spurs on a photographer’s passion, you are about to find out! Below are just some of the many reasons why I wouldn’t change my job for anything in the world.

Photography changes how you see things. You notice colors, textures, flowers, trees, people, shapes and light in a way most people never see them, like Baby Ava’s sweet toes.

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You pay more attention to the beauty around you. Even the most mundane object can become beautiful when you photograph it in a creative way. Many photographers love their job because they develop a fascination with the world around them by viewing it through new eyes. For example, the below image is of my youngest son, taken 3 years ago during a personal endeavor, Project 365. The way the light was falling across his face immediately caught my eye. While playing with legos may not be inherently beautiful, this moment most certainly was.

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It’s an amazing creative outlet. You get the chance to put a little bit of who you are into each photo that you take. Anyone can click a camera’s buttons but not everyone can truly make a photo come to life.

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It’s a challenge. Creating amazing photos that capture the magic of everyday life doesn’t come without hard work, dedication and imagination. There is always something new to explore and a new way to take the same photos. It’s definitely a job that never gets boring.

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You get to meet new people all the time. I am fortunate enough to work with people from all walks of life. Getting to know someone new is a part of the process of bringing individual personalities through in a photo. It also makes my job a lot more fun!

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The flexibility is great. Being a full time photographer means I am able to work my own hours, which is imperative with two little boys. This doesn’t mean it’s a laid back profession though. A photographer is always aiming to perfect their craft, take on new challenges, and help their clients achieve the perfect images.

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When you decide to pay for me or another professional photographer, know that you are hiring an individual who is passionate about what they do and is willing to go the extra mile to help you create beautiful imagery that you will treasure forever.

How about you? What in your life are you passionate about?

February 2018 Newsletter | Richmond Hill, GA Photographer

Hello 2018!

Your February newsletter is arriving just in time, unlike December & January’s newsletters. While it may have appeared I took those two months completely off, nothing could be further from the truth. We wrapped up November with 40 (that’s right, forty) Santa sessions and December saw a maternity session, studio family session, two newborns, a headshot session and a milestone before closing up the studio for some well-deserved R & R … whew!

Now that the busy-ness of the holidays has passed, it feels good to return to writing the monthly newsletter.

As mentioned, we topped Santa of 2016 with a total of forty Santa Experience sessions in 2017. And while we more than doubled the amount from the year prior (which was amazing), it was also a huge learning opportunity for MMP. I am genuinely thankful for all the feedback and have already been brainstorming ways to make the experience even better for you, including viewing your images immediately after your session and additional package pickup days/options. It isn’t just “talk” when we say that customer service is our #1 priority. Here are a few images from the incredible 3-day event.

*Warning … image heavy.* (unapologetic)

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January saw me traveling to Nashville, TN to Imaging USA, the world’s largest annual photography convention and expo. I travel and room with 3 other photographers who have become among my closest friends. In addition to top-notch photography training and expo, I was able to see my two winning images, Golden Oldie & Reflections of Love, from last year’s International Print Competition. Please excuse the cell-phone snaps. 🙂

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Mark your calendars!

 3rd Annual Love Your Pet Event – February 24 (SOLD OUT)

 Limited Edition Easter Sessions -March 10

 Tiny Clicks  – March 18

 Mommy & Me – April 28

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

 Tea with a Princess Sessions – June (exact date TBD)

Back 2 School Portrait Event – September 8

 Limited Edition Halloween Sessions – October 13

 Santa Experience – November 16-18

For the past several years I have enjoyed creating custom valentines for my two boys to pass out at school. From unique coloring pages to fun props, M. & C. have loved sharing valentines with their picture. Here is a set we did two years ago:

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I’ve rounded a few of my favorite custom valentine ideas on Pinterest. Take a look!

“School” of Fish

You Color My World

Have a Sweet Valentine’s Day

I Like You Beary Much

I Like You S’more Every Day

Scrabble Valentine

Which one is your favorite? I’ll be sure to share with you next month what the boys and I came up with for this year. 🙂

This was my weekly quote last week and it’s definitely a favorite. Hope it inspires you, too.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! If I don’t see you at our Pet Event this month, hopefully I’ll see you soon!

 

 

How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer | Richmond Hill, GA Photographer

These days, it seems like professional photographers are a dime a dozen. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve told someone I’m a professional photographer only to hear, “Oh! My Aunt Linda/Uncle Bob/Cousin Fred/neighbor/friend is a photographer too!” Google “(your area) photographer” and find yourself inundated with literally pages of possible choices. Ask for photographer suggestions on online yardsale sites? Oy vey.

I might be dating myself here, but photographers nowadays truly remind me of the old 7-11 stores. Do you remember those? Yup, you’d find one on every corner.

So what is an inquiring client to do?

What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are wanting. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate sessions. Check out a photographer’s website and social media accounts for examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

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Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look at their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Expertise. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  2. Location. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  3. Quality. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.
  4. Personality. Is this photographer someone you generally like? Are they an outstanding member of their community?
  5. Legality. Is this photographer a legal business? Does this photographer carry insurance?
  6. Budget. Lastly, do their services fall within your price range?

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Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you speak with the photographer over the phone, if not in person, as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to have a working relationship. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad images. Here at MMP, we ask all of our potential clients to come visit the studio and chat for a quick pre-session consultation. This consultation thoroughly introduces you to our brand and our products and pricing, allows you to select any wardrobe or props you’d like to utilize during your session, and confirms whether or not we are a good fit together. It is our goal at MMP to not be your photographer for just a season, but for a lifetime.

It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos will last a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out (we’ve all been there), it is best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.

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Hopefully these suggestions will help you narrow down your photographer list. Of course, we’d absolutely LOVE for you to choose MMP! Give us a try. Reach out and we will meet up. We guarantee you’ll be impressed.