Everyone Starts Somewhere - {Houston Child Photographer}
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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. }

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