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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
By Melissa Murray
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How do we style a Valentine's themed photo shoot? 

Well...

Last Sunday we were laying around the house being lazy. Like you should on a Sunday afternoon.  I was snuggled in my bed checking for lint under my eyelids when Jason snatched the covers off the bed and said, "It's perfect outside, lets go do a shoot."  Grumble, grumble, glare, glare....  Oh fine. We had been talking about a Valentine's Day themed shoot, so why not?  Knowing we needed to hurry to beat the sunset, I went flying through the house trying to put together outfits in my head, while formulating a tempting bribe to lure my girls out of their pjs and away from their Barbies. {Yes, they were still in their pjs at 4:00. I did say "LAZY Sunday". Yes, I also said "bribe". Don't judge me. Ya gotta find their currency. I'm a realist.} Pink and white. Hair brushed. Shoes. Blanket. Activity. Done and done.  We were off to Old Town Spring. Jason wanted to find a field that matched their hair, and Old Town Spring, TX is the place for golden fields.

 

Valentine's Day Silly Sisters, Spring Texas Child Photography

Valentine's Day Silly Sisters, Spring Texas Child Photography

Valentine's Day Silly Sisters, Spring Texas Child Photography

Valentine's Day Sisters holding hands, Spring TX Valentine's Day Daddy and Children Spring TX

Valentine's Day Daddy and Daughter, Spring Texas Family photographer

Valentine's Day Daddy and Daughter, Spring Texas Family photographer

Valentine's Day Girl 7 years, Spring Texas Valentine's Day Girl 7 years, Spring Texas

Valentine's Day Girl 7 years, Spring Texas

Valentine's Day Daddy and Daughter, Spring Texas Family photographer Valentine's Day Daddy and Daughter, Spring Texas

Valentine's Day Girl 4 years, Spring TX

Valentine's Day, Girl 4 years, Spring Texas Child Photographer Valentine's Day Girl 4 years, Spring TX Child Photographer

Valentine's Day Daddy and daughters, Spring TX

Valentine's Day Sisters holding hands, Spring TX Valentine's Day Silly Sisters, Spring Texas Child Photography

 

And that is that. No muss, no fuss. I like to keep it simple. It's beautiful out, Houstonites. No reason to put off photos 'til spring. 

 

 
Friday, January 22, 2016
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Oh, Netherlands. How I miss you.    

One day, before I became a family photographer in the Spring TX area, we decided to leave our little life in The U.S.ofA. and head out on an overseas adventure to the Netherlands.

 

{This little story will include both DSLR pictures and Instagram snaps.}

 

On the way we stopped off in Iceland.  The Blue Lagoon is super cool. {All the square photos are Instagram photos. You can click on them to see my whole Instagram feed.}

Our time in Assen, The Netherlands was lovely.  If you have a chance to visit, DO IT!  Don't just do Amsterdam. The country side is unbelievable. We lived in a little town about 2 hours from Amsterdam. While it required that I do some adapting {I became a wiz donut and Mexican food chef, and had to get comfortable on a bike.}, it was such a lovely place to live. I was unable to really pick a very satisfying array of pictures to represent our two years.  Here's a sampling. {Check out my Instagram feed for a more comprehensive look.}

 

 

 

 

 

I started a little project called "Doors of Assen". Click on image to see them all.

 

 

 

I got to take some glorious personal photos with my big-girl camera (Canon 7D):

 

 

 

Me and Stinker - Houston Child Photographer

 

Me and C and E at Keukenhof

 

Jason and Caitlin in the tulips at Keukenhof - Houston family photographer

 

Caitlin in Grongingen - Houston Child Photographer

 

Caitlin and Eleanor - Houston Child Photographer

 

Caitlin in the crocuses - Houston Child Photographer

 

C and E frolicking - Houston Child photographer

 

Seriously, I can't say enough about our time there.  My only regret was that I wasn't able to do much "work" as a photographer.  I did a few shoots, though.  I'll be featuring those in the next few blog posts.  

 

 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Melissa Murray
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Hi! I have decided to revive my blog. It's been 4 years.  I think it's time.  I hope to be able to showcase my work here.  Maybe talk a little photography and life, from time-to-time.  My New Years Resolution, if I made them, would be to blog at least once a week.  *fingers crossed*

I think a new beginning should start with a look behind you, at where you've been.

Who the heck are you? How did Ooh La Posy come to be?  What's up with that name?  What's been going on for the past 5 years?   Well, please have a seat and grab a snack, and I'll tell you all about it.  

 

Our lives in a nutshell:

I grew up in Tulsa, Ok, and attended the University of Tulsa.  I moved to Harrison, AR to live with my grandparents when I was almost finished with college.  There, I met my husband {and occasional photography assistant}, Jason.  We got married in 2003, and moved to Fayetteville, AR. I finally graduated.  Then we moved to Geneva, IL, where my parents had settled.  Jason graduated from Northern Illinois University's ROTC program in 2007 and we moved to Fort Lee, VA for training. Then we moved to Fort Lewis, WA and had a baby.  Her name is Caitlin and she's fabulous. Then Jason was deployed and Caitlin and I moved to Delevan Lake, WI while he was gone.  And then we moved back to WA when Jason returned home.  Then in 2011 we had a second baby.  Eleanor.  She's amazing.  Then we moved back to Fort Lee, Va for more training.  And then on to Fort Campbell, KY. I finished my MBA. Then Jason made a career jump out of the Army and we moved to Assen, The Netherlands for a couple years. Caitlin learned Dutch. The rest of us did not. We landed in the Houston area in the summer of 2015.   "And then, and then, and then, and then"... I'll just leave it at "we've been busy".  

 

How I started out:

When I was pregnant with Eleanor, I got a major craving.  A craving for a camera.  I don't know what the deal was, but I was relentless.  Poor Jason. I HAD TO HAVE a better camera.  We'd always owned cheapo point-and-shoot cameras, and I wanted something that would provide more quality images.  I didn't want something large and extra expensive.  Just something better.  It was a must.  I researched and researched, like only an insomniac pregnant gal can {amiright, ladies?!}, and I landed on a Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-5 point-and-shoot camera.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  Something relatively powerful that would fit in my jacket pocket.  

I had always taken lots of pictures. Having this new camera in my hands made me want to take even more photos. {Must. Photograph. AAAALLLL. The. Things.}  I loved taking pictures of my toddler and newborn.  I really was a Mom With a Camera (MWAC).  Here's a sampling of some of the pics that lit that little photography flame in me:

 

Yep. The quality makes me cringe now. {This is why I'm only posting personal snaps in this throwback post.} But everyone starts somewhere, right? It was leaps and bounds better than any photos I'd taken before.  Funny thing, these images are some of my very favorites, grain and beginner execution and all. Those pictures led me to doing some casual photo shoots for friends and family.  Eventually, I realized I wanted to do photography as more that just a hobby.  So we decide to upgrade to a "big girl" camera: the Canon 7D and a couple quality lenses.  I knew pretty much nothing about the technial aspect of photography or using a DSLR. I had just been "shooting from the heart".  I read a couple books and researched online {like a pregnant gal}.  I took some photography workshops.  And gradually my skills improved.  

Around this time, we decided that if we were going to make a go at a photography business, I needed to change the name.  "Junebug Photography" was a mash up of my girls' nicknames.  It was cute, but it's also pretty common.  Google it, you'll see.  "Melissa Murray Photography" was too bland, and we were also interested (and still are interested) in eventually providing resources for other photographers.  We noticed that many photographers, who also provide photographer resources, use a unique name other than their own.  So, after a lot of brainstorming for a memorable business name, "Ooh La Posy Photography" was born. Quirky, but I like it. 

 

 

And I kept taking pictures. As we moved around, I'd start my little business all over again in the new place, and then we'd move again. But I kept working at my skills and slowly seeing improvements and a style emerging. 

 

 

I'm really excited to see where 2016 will take me. In December we upgraded to an even more powerful camera, a Canon 5D iii and a new 35mm lens.  I can't wait to see how the new tools enhance my photography.  I'm proud of my past work. I like that it shows a trajectory. My technical stuff and equipment may have improved, but my goals have remained. I've always wanted my photos to capture my family and my clients just as they are. My goals for 2016 are to continue to keep improving. Take another workshop. Capture my family with my big camera, not just my iPhone. Grow my business.  


And this is me, with my Cailtin.  We're pleased to meet you.  




{ This blog post contains older photos taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and a Canon 7D.  To see more up-to-date representations of my skill, including work with my new camera- the Canon 5D iii, please check out my Facebook page. }

 
Friday, June 22, 2012
By Melissa Murray
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Almost four years old. Life is good.

 

Caitlin bed collage 06192012 blog

 

{This post is from 2012, exibiting work with my Canon 7D. For a more up-to-date representation of my skills and current equpment (Canon 5D iii), please check out my Facebook page.} 

 
Saturday, March 17, 2012
By Melissa Murray
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This is my 3rd week in Brooke Snow's Photography Workshop and this week we focused (pun intended) on Composition.  Our assignment was to post 3 photos using different elements of composition: lines, shapes, color, patterns, framing, simplicity, texture, etc.  I had a photoshoot this week with our babysitter, so I tried to be mindful of our assignment during the shoot.  

 

Framing:

Hope 1 web wm

I was trying to frame her with the red flowers.  Not sure if I actually achieved that or not.  I do think it was a good use of color with the red of flowers echoing the red in her hair.  

 

Lines: 

Hope 3 web wm

This image is a decent representation of "lines" in a photo.  I like how the swings lead to her.  Plus the chains on the swing she's sitting frame her face, in a way.

 

Rule of Thirds:

Hope 2 web wm

I think this photo uses the rule of thirds pretty well.  Her pretty face is right in the crosshairs of the grid.  I use this element of composition a lot, and I have recently been getting better about composing the shot in camera, rather than by cropping in editing.  All of the pictures I submitted today were composed in camera.  (Yay!)


{This post is from 2012, exibiting work with my Canon 7D. For a more up-to-date representation of my skills and current equpment (Canon 5D iii), please check out my Facebook page.}