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Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #15!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #15!

We are here to serve up another weekly dose of random facts from Megan and James Land that we just want you to know about! Basically we do these recaps so you don't have to Facebook-stalk us all week like a bunch of weirdos! Although, we are total Facebook-stalkers too, so I guess we'll jump on board the weirdo train with y'all and enjoy the ride!  

First off, Eli had his first soccer game of the season last weekend. Poor guy was recovering from a cold/virus/death-plague/James Earl Jones as Darth Vader voiceover kinda thing, but he still went out and gave it his best! His team won 4-0 which was fun to watch and he thought it was the best thing ever. He didn't score goal, but there may or may not be a $5 pay out if he does this week. In other news, children's sports are always such a refining process for the parents. I keep reliving my old soccer days and trying to help but then I get scowled at and told to "be quiet" by my kid. Doesn't he know I'm just trying to help??

Second fun Fri-yay fact...this weekend were getting our family photos done and I've been in stress mode trying to find outfits for everyone. I try my hardest to follow all my rules, especially the one about not stressing out, but somehow I still found myself running through 3 stores the other day in the 45 minutes I had until the kids got off school to find just the right shirts for the boys and dresses in the right sizes. In the end though, I only bought Eli's shirt and Olivia's dress, pretty good if you ask me! 

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Speaking of what to wear, this week we finished up our final blog post in our series "What to wear Wednesdays." It was all about letting your kids personality shine through in your photos. We love kids, we love their spunk, and we want to see it on camera! We also talked about the importance of matching your outfit colors to your house colors. Pretty genius if you ask us! When you get your photos back and you put them up on your walls, it becomes your art in your home. You invested time and money into it, so you should be proud to throw those beautiful images up on your walls! We want to make it easy on our clients to figure out what to wear so if you want a copy of our Portrait Session Style Guide we would love to send it to you! Just write us at hello@meganandjamesphotography or sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage and we will gladly send it your way! It's our free gift to you just for signing up! 

That's it for now! We have another exciting weekend ahead with soccer games, weddings, and sessions. It's going to be a good one! Be safe and have a great weekend! 

What to wear Wednesday - Final Edition!

What to wear Wednesday - Final Edition!

Check it peeps...our last what to wear Wednesday is happening! By now you all should be pros! Everyone should be able to dress to impress without any of the stress! (We get a little carried away with the rhymes sometimes.) So far we've talked about, wearing what fits, colors, layers, and then last week we talked about maternity and newborns! We have thrown a lot of information at you but hopefully you were able to just take away a few golden nuggets of photography fashion wisdom and use them to help you plan your next session! 

Today we want to talk about dressing in the colors of your house as well as making your child's personality shine! The most important part of putting together your child’s wardrobe is allowing their personality to come through in what they’re wearing. If your daughter has a favorite pair of boots, let her wear them (at least in a few pictures). Our daughter Olivia is a shoe girl, she loves her cowboy boots, her tall brown boots, her light up shoes, and her "high heels." (She might have a slight addiction...) When it comes time for photos she always has an option (not to mention an opinion) and we love it!  If your son has a favorite stuffed animal that he NEEDS, let him bring it. We can throw it in to a few photos then have his stuffed friend help me "take" the photo so we get a few with just him!  If your child loves to wear hats and sunglasses, bring them! Whatever little "everyday" items that make your child who they are just add to the feeling of fun and normalcy during your shoot. Of course, we all want our children to look perfect and put together for their photos. I’m not saying don't try, let them choose clothes that don't match, or choose clothes plastered characters and logos. Seriously, Mickey Mouse is famous enough...he doesn't need any more publicity. What we're saying is to let your kids have a little bit of say when planning what they want to wear. And remember, it's ok to say “YES!” when they want to bring their favorite things along. We want to capture those, too! Trust us...you'll forget about the blankey or the favorite doll one day and you'll be glad to have a photo or two to help your remember! Not only that, but it helps them feel comfortable and secure...both things that make for great pictures!

Finally, we want our clients to start thinking ahead when it comes to photo shoots. We want them to put some thought into what you want to do with your photos after you get them. When you print them up to put all over you house are the colors going to match your decor? Your wall color? That centerpiece on your mantel? Is your house mainly blues? Greens? Reds? Use that to your advantage when dressing for your shoot and wear colors that compliment! IF you wore brown, but your house is mostly yellows, that might clash and make your house look like a moldy old banana. Just sayin'...no one wants moldy banana house. So put a little extra time into your next photography session and pick out colors that you will want to display in your house. This is your families art work. You've invested money and time. It only makes sense to show off that investment to everyone who walks in your door. 

This family told us their house is all blue and green and they are huge Seahawks fans (we won't fault them for that...well maybe a little...), so they picked out blue shirts, we went to a green area and now when they hang those prints it will match their colors, their personality, and their style. It's a match made in heaven! 

We hope you loved our little series, we actually have all this information in a little booklet and we would love to send it to you! When you sign up for our newsletter we will send it to you for free, so just ask! Also, please never hesitate to send us photos of what your thinking, ask questions, or get opinions! We are here for you and we LOVE to help! 

That's it for today! Happy shopping and see you at your family session! 

Why we have a passion for printing our photos and why you should too.

Why we have a passion for printing our photos and why you should too.

Happy Monday!! We have been hard at work this year, making a TON of changes to the way we do things around here and we are seriously on pins and needles ready to share them with you. There are a couple of things we love about photography that really get us fired up...

 

The first is our beautiful, amazing clients. For us, photography is more about the relationships we build and the people we meet than the pictures we take. We have so much fun meeting all of you and your beautiful families. It seriously is what keeps us going everyday and it's why we do this photographer thing in the first place.

The second thing that we LOVE about photography is when people use their photographs to turn their house into a home. If you've ever been to our house, you will have seen that we have pictures of friends and family EVERYWHERE. This is so important to us because it takes those beautiful images off of your hard drive and puts them up on your wall where everyone can see them.

So often we hear about clients who get their pictures taken and they post a few on social media where they eventually get lost in the unceasing cascade of cat videos and political posturing on their newsfeed, never to be seen again. Then they fall into the black hold of your hard drive, never to be seen again. This breaks our hearts. We have a passion for people and their families and we want you and your family to be HONORED in the photographs we take. Every family has a story and we want those stories to be put on DISPLAY for everyone to see and hear! That is why, in the very near future, we plan to transition to more of a print-based photography business. Never fear, we will still offer some digital images for you to share on social media (because online sharing is fun too)! But going forward we are really going to encourage our clients to print and frame their images.

We would absolutely love to sit down with each and every one of our clients and hand them beautiful, unique, colorful, framed, hand-crafted images that they can showcase in their homes. This is so important to us that we are working OVERTIME to make this happen as soon as possible. We hope you will see the importance of telling your families' story through the pictures we take and displaying them prominently in your home.

Every family has a story worth being told. We want to help you tell yours.

If you would like more information about package changes or printing options, don't be shy! Send us a quick reply email and we'd love to get together over coffee or wine to help you SHOWCASE your images in your home.