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Holiday Card Sale!

19 Oct

What better way to make your holidays happy and personal than by making great use of your favorite photos! As the holiday season approaches Maggie Medema Photography will be offering a series of sales to help you send happy wishes, deck your halls and put fabulous gifts in the hands of your favorite people.

Keep an eye on the blog and the Facebook fan page for the latest!

We’ll begin with some casual . natural . happy holiday cards!

This offer gets you 50 5×7 flat cards, printed front and back for $60. That’s a $20 saves off the regular price!

Sale ends October 31, 2011 – so don’t wait!!
Offer available to anyone who has had a session/wedding in 2011.
Photo session not planned until after that – get in touch for details on pre-ordering and locking in the sale price.

You’ll select from five fun designs, all featuring an awesome chalkboard design made to compliment your photos. We can customize the greeting with your names and alter the colors to match your photos. Some may say Merry Christmas but we can customize messages to fit your personal celebrations. Festivus cards anyone?

Check out all 5 designs. Fronts are on the left, backs are on the right. You can even mix and match the various fronts and backs to make the perfect card!

Click to view larger!!


Sneak Peek: Adam + Sheena = Amazingness

3 Oct

Do you know what happens when I really love a photo? My chest tightens up and my eyes sting and I feel like I’m going to hyperventilate. (Yes, I am the most dramatic person you know.)

I may or may not have been breathing into a paper sack while preparing these photos…

Hope you love them as much as I do : )

The next 2 are my favorite. Ever. In life.

And just to prove that my randomness knows no bounds…I give you…a dog on a chair:

Dogs are people too. And people need portraits.

There will be many more where those came from…

Sneak Peek: Baby Mason

3 Oct

Check out this handsome little man…

He arrived while we were in Ireland, so a day or 2 after we got home we went to visit Melanie and Brian and their new addition, Mason. Lucky for Mason, I bought this awesome, warm, cuddly scarf in Ireland. He liked it : )

Nothing more personal than newborn photos at home! It captures such a cool memory for everyone.

More to come soon!

PS – If you came here wondering when the heck I’m going to post another Ireland segment, do not fret…there’s more coming soon! The blogs are written…it just takes a reallllly long time to sort and prepare the photos. So hang in there with me!

Holiday Card Mini Sessions!!

26 Sep

Tis the season to start thinking about photos for Holiday cards (and holiday gifts)!

It’s one of those things you always say you’re going to do next year, right? You get a holiday card in the mail of the beautiful, smiling, family next door or your cousin sends a card with her gorgeous kids on the front. This, of course, is just days after you hastily stamped the envelopes of some mass produced cards with snowmen on the front. Snowmen no one even knows. Instead of the beautiful faces of your family. Sigh.

But this is the year to make it happen!

I’ve put together a great little package to make it all tidy and easy for you. I’ll be offering a full day of Holiday Card mini sessions in the Edwardsville area. You’ll get a nice selection of photos of you and yours, a set of awesome Holiday Cards (pick from 5 designs), and a bit of print credit too.

Check out the details below and then contact me ASAP to sign up! There’s only room for 5 sessions so act fast. Samples of the card designs follow. Be sure to check out the Things to Know and Fine Print at the bottom of the post : )

Holiday cards are also available for any client who has had a photo session since April 2011. You’ll just select from your finished photos. Rate is $40 per set of 25 cards/envelopes, $50 per set of the tri-fold.

Cards are printed on a flat 5×7 card, front and back. Front is shown on the left, back on the right. Colors can be customized!

(Click to view larger!!)

(Tri-fold, outside on top, inside on bottom.)

Don’t forget that beautiful framed photos make wonderful (and affordable) holiday gifts for your family members!

Things to know:
It will be late October, so dress appropriately and take advantage of the chance to show off great chunky sweaters or tailored pea coats, hats, scarves, etc. Rock those layers baby!

You’ll be able to select 1 of the 5 pre-made holiday card designs to be personalized with your names and selected photos for the included set of 25 cards. Additional sets will be available for $40 (may choose different design for each set purchased if you like). There is a 6th design option which is a tri-fold card. Add $10 for this option.

Fine Print: Rate applies to groups or 5 of less. Email for details on larger groups, additional fees will apply. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold a spot, the remaining balance is due at the session. A rain date has been set in case of inclement weather. Due to the “mini” nature of the sessions, DVDs of all finished, high-res files with print release will be sold for the “mini” price of $80.

Email to secure a spot!

Baby Jack & Family ~ O’Fallon Newborn Photography

25 Sep

Whoa buddy have I gotten behind on full blog posts! Time to play catch up and we’re starting with a teeny tiny redhead…

and everyone’s favorite blond…

That’s right! Mya is back! And she has a baby brother and she loves him. Actually, while I was doing the photos, Mya looked at Jack and then told me “He really loves me.” No comment on her feelings about Jack : )

Little Mister Jack was wide awake for most of the session. I know people love them some sleeping baby photos but I have to say I love them either way. You’ll agree when you see these expressions…

Bebe faux hawk : )

Jack was the star of the show for this session but you know I couldn’t leave without getting a few of Mya : ) We spent a few minutes playing the backyard and here’s what we came up with…

These next two are favorites. Not like – favorites from this session – but favorites in life. They’re similar but I love them so you get both…

There’s still time to get fabulous photos of you and yours before the weather changes! Get in touch now to get on the fall schedule, or take a look at the special below to see if you can take advantage of some discounted dates.

And remember…gift certificates for photo sessions are available and make a wonderful gifts for adult children, expectant parents, or for your own parents. Nothing says Happy Holidays like a gift they’ll cherish for generations. (Whoa. I’m sending my resume to Hallmark right now.) Contact me for details.

Oh hey, while I’m promoting things… Baby Jack’s family got a great deal on this newborn session because they took advantage of the Oh Baby! Package. If you’ve got a bun in the oven or a stork on your doorstep or….um…you’re pregnant, you might think about doing the same : )

Joe & Sarah’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

30 Aug

It’s preview time for Joe & Sarah! I’m only sharing the more posed photos for now…I’ll be back later will a full post dedicated to their whole wedding day, so you’ll have to wait until then for the details and story-telling shots.

So here we go….

Loved the color of those nasty old garage doors!!

After the ceremony, we made a visit to Twin Creeks where I saw this structure and said “What the hell is that??” (Apparently, it’s a scoreboard of sorts.) And then someone else said, “Can we get up on it?” Well, why not?!

This bridal party was a blast! It’s a very unique, very cool thing to photograph weddings. But it adds a whole different level when the you’ve known the bride and groom and most of the bridal party since high school. Then it’s just kind of surreal.

Check those studs out! Love it!!

Getting some attitude from the ladies : )

Love! They’re so easy to be around and to photography because they’re so easy together. It isn’t hard to tell when a couple has been together for-ev-er, and Joe and Sarah have. I – not surprisingly – am a big fan of high school sweet hearts : ) there is something to be said for a relationship when people grow up together and not apart.

Gorgeous!! That dress was perfect for her!

And one more of the bride because I’m loving this picture…

Stick around, lots more to come in the next several weeks.

Now is the time to book 2012 weddings! Packages are all inclusive, include not one but two fabulous photographers and the guarantee of having a kick ass time while you get your photo taken. Email for pricing and availability!

Jude & Co. ~ Edwardsville Children’s Photos

9 Aug

We’re skipping the sneak peek on this one and going straight for the cake…literally…

Introducing Cake Smash Sessions! Oh yes, it’s as fun as it sounds. Little Jude here was willing to be the first to pose for a cake smash session in celebration of his 1st birthday. I hope you’re prepared for serious cuteness…


He begins by gently poking the cake.

Then he samples a small taste of this cake business to see what he thinks. Everyone waits in silence for a reaction…

Eureka!! This cake is AWESOME!

Nom nom nom.

This frosting is so good I’ll put some right here for later…

Stickiness can be verrrrry confusing…

Uh oh. Looking like he’s about to pop!

Bringing in the backup…

Ah well, you know what they, it’s your party…

So what say you? Best 1st birthday pictures ever? I think so too! So here’s the skinny – Cake Smash Sessions are available for 1st and 2nd birthdays. Sessions also include time for non-cake photos in a regular outfit. Like all my other sessions, cake smash sessions take place outside in natural light. Check out the deal and email with questions or requests for bookings!

PS – Attention Grandmas, Grandpas and spoil-them-rotten Aunties…gift certificates are available : )

We also got some great shots of Jude pre-cake and some shot of the whole family.

This family – like so many that we’ve worked with in the last month – were complete troopers about the heat. This was the most uncomfortable session I’ve ever shot. It may not have been the hottest but the humidity was about 110%. Kudos to them for putting up with it in the name of capturing fun memories!!