Maggie Takes Pix: Blog http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog en-us Margaret McCanna (Maggie Takes Pix) Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:42:00 GMT Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:42:00 GMT http://www.maggietakespix.com/img/s/v-5/u62711802-o1063903939-50.jpg Maggie Takes Pix: Blog http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog 80 120 Can I Just Get The Digitals? http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/can-i-just-get-the-digitals I offer digital image files, sized for social media sharing or gift prints, with each purchased photograph. I even offer a phone app with select images from your session! But please don’t let them be the only format you get from our session; get prints, too. Check out this short video from photographer Bryan Caporicci: https://youtu.be/Cw3UGdC63Gc.

USB available for large number of image files purchased.Crystal USBDigital images are available for social media sharing and gift prints.

If you are ordering just a few, image files are delivered via Dropbox. Wedding, folio, and book or album purchases include image delivery on a crystal USB... until that format changes.

Learn more about my printed images here.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Professional Wedding Photography http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/professional-wedding-photography What’s a wedding picture worth? After months of planning, the flowers are gone and the dress is packed away. You’ll still be looking at your photographs. Make sure they are captured by a professional.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/2pgkFbD9Zkw

Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

Find out more about my wedding packages at www.maggietakespix.com/weddings.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer wedding http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/professional-wedding-photography Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Your Privacy and Model Releases http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/your-privacy-and-model-releases I would love to share your beautiful images with others on my website, in social media, and in sample physical products. I will not do so, however, without your written consent.

Here’s my Model Release, section by section, and what it means:

I authorize Margaret “Maggie” McCanna, the Photographer, to use and to create images for promotional material, online usage, and other areas of marketability. I further authorize the distribution of photographs to potential clients of the Photographer for portfolio purposes. I agree and understand that the photos will be taken digitally.

If you step in front of my camera, I’m going to take pictures of you, and this authorizes the photos and their use however I’d like.

I further acknowledge that I will not be compensated, either now or at any time in the future, for any use of marketing, and that the Photographer of such photos exclusively owns all rights.

In other words, I will not pay you for the use of your image, should it bring me more business. Also, I own the copyright to the images (even if I grant you print/reproduction rights).

I also hereby waive all rights and release the Photographer, and shall neither sue nor bring any proceeding against the Photographer or her agents for any claim or cause of action whether now known or unknown, for defamation, invasion of right to privacy or personality or any similar matter based upon or relating to the use and exploitation of the photos.

If you allow me to take your photos and agree to let me use them, you cannot sue me for taking your photos and using them.

I also consent to the use of my own name or any fictitious name which may be chosen in connection with the aforesaid photographs. I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect and/or approve the photographs or any advertising copy that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

I may use your name, or I might make up a name… and I don’t have to ask you first how I use any of the photos. [As a side note, I do not tag clients on social media unless you want me to; you are welcome to do so yourself, however.]

If you are a Boudoir client, I also ask that you initial one of the following:

Boudoir clients, initial ONE:  _____ All photos may be used      _____ Anonymous photos only

In other words, I will not publish any image that is identifiable as you without your permission. This means I may use images from your session, but will not show your face, any birthmarks or tattoos, personal jewelry, etc. I’m open to discussing a limited model release, as well: you may decide which select images (of those I wish to share) are able to be used and which are not to see the light of day after delivery to you.

I agree that I have read and understood the contents hereof, and that I have the right and authority to execute this release.

If my model is under the age of 18, I not only ask the child to agree, but also ask that a parent or guardian provide their consent for my use of images of their child(ren).

Most importantly, if you do not want to sign a Model Release for use of images from your paid session, that is perfectly acceptable, and I will abide by your wishes to remain anonymous.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Natural to Cat to Smoky Eye Makeup http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/natural-to-cat-to-smoky-eye-makeup When it comes to portrait photography, the eyes are it: the point of focus, creating the connection. We want your eyes to stand out! There are a few ways to do this, from posing (yep, that’s important) to lighting (“catchlights” bring eyes to life) to enhancing them with makeup.

A “natural” look is sometimes anything but natural. To help enhance the eyes, we’ll still apply a bit of liner close to the base of the lashes, to visually fill in any gaps. Black or dark brown mascara will help those lashes frame your eyes.

A step up is the classic cat eye, bringing a bit more attention to the eyes with this simple finished look. We can build attention all the way to a full-on smoky eye: shadow, fuller liner, and even false lashes – so much drama! There are a number of “in between” looks, too, which we’ll discuss at our consultation, with a chart in your preparation guide, and as we work with your different sets at the portrait session itself.

Remember: what you see in the mirror is going to look different on camera. Trust us (the professional makeover artists and me) to make sure you look great in the final images.

* We always give you the option for wearing false lashes, too… or not. You do not have to wear them, of course, but I will ask that you please give them a try! The kind we use look so good, especially in those close-ups.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information style tips http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/natural-to-cat-to-smoky-eye-makeup Fri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Bridal Photography http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/bridal-photography Many brides choose to have a bridal session - an unrushed opportunity to have beautiful portraits taken in your gorgeous dress. This session is also a great opportunity to follow up a trial run with the hairdresser and makeup artist who will be creating your look on your wedding day. Still made up, wearing your gown, and fully accessorized, we can see what you’ll look like in photographs of your big day.

Boudoir sessions are quite popular, with brides presenting an album or collection of photos “for his (or her) eyes only.” All photos will be tastefully done (suggestive, but not sleazy), and at your level of comfort. I’m happy to help with lingerie selection and can offer a few items from my shooting wardrobe.

Consider a Day After session (which can be any time before the tuxedo is returned, actually) - a chance to have a couple’s newlywed session without the stress of trying to fit in portraits together on the wedding day. You’ll be able to focus on each other during the session, instead of worrying about your guests.

Some brides are also scheduling Glam the Dress or Trash the Dress sessions. These can be as tame as a bridal session “after the fact,” without the worry of messing up your gown before the big day… or you can full-on play in it (and “trash” it). Think: wading in a lake, climbing a tree, playing paintball or with tempera paint, running through a field, going muddin' on a four-wheeler, smashing your cake, standing under a waterfall… or simply walking through the woods or along city streets.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Image Books and Albums http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/image-books-and-albums Press Printed Books offer a beautiful and fun way to share your favorite images. This option offers dozens of hard cover choices (fabric, leather, photo, or combination). Hinged to offer a lay-flat page design, the standard matte paper is thick, and printed with liquid inks to enhance the look of your photographs.

Press printed image booksPress printed image booksPress printed image books with lay-flat hinged pages. Albums are an upgrade, offering a more seamless hinge and additional cover choices for a slightly higher investment.

Either option includes your choice of up to 30 images on 20 pages.

I generally create my book and album spreads to look like scrapbook pages, with layered photographs and added “textures.” If you’d prefer a cleaner look, with simple white pages and separated images, please let me know before I begin the design phase.

I can't wait to create your session memory book with you!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/image-books-and-albums Fri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
What does a professional photographer do differently? http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/what-does-a-professional-photographer-do-differently Why hire a professional photographer? If it’s important, you want someone who knows what they are doing.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/1S9GSOnnHDo

Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/what-does-a-professional-photographer-do-differently Fri, 04 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
What to Wear http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/what-to-wear When selecting your session day outfits, think about your style sense and what you envision for the shoot. And don't forget: from head to toe, details matter! Thoughtfully select the perfect shoes, accessories, jewelry, and layering details when putting together your outfits.

Try to select colors you know look good on you (when you wear them, people compliment you) or, if you just have no idea, match your eyes. Avoid logos or prints, as they tend to be distracting. Bring several (3-5) outfits. Got a beautiful dress hanging in the closet with nowhere to go? Now would be a good chance to celebrate with it! I also have a small “shooting wardrobe” of formals, semi-formals, lingerie, and accessories to supplement your choices, too.

Choose what you love and what fits your body. If your clothes aren’t comfortable, it will show, no matter how much posing direction I give you.

Being photographed with someone? Coordinate; don't match. You don't all need to be wearing the exact same thing. What works better is everyone coordinating in a beautiful color palette. Choose colors that, when all worn in one outfit, would look good together. Also choose similar styles. Make sure everyone is on the same page about how formal or casual their outfits are. Someone in jeans or shorts will look out of place if everyone else is in suits and skirts.

Also, keep in mind the decor of your home. If you plan to have a photograph enlarged for your living room wall, you'll want the subject matter to look like it belongs there. Choose locations and colors appropriately, e.g., bold colors in an urban setting work better with modern decor, while neutral colors set in nature will work better with a vintage or rustic home.

I’m happy to help you with your styling needs! We’ll talk about it at our pre-session consultation, but I’m also available to meet you at home and go through your wardrobe options with you – all part of the service I offer. I’ll even tag along on your shopping trip to offer my advice, should you decide you’d like to invest in something new!

* Want some tips for dressing for your body type? See my blog post here. Lingerie fit tips? Here you go.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/what-to-wear Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Couples' Sessions http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/couples-sessions I love shared sessions! A couple’s session gives you the opportunity for a lovey-dovey few hours with your partner; you can relive the memories of your “date” every time you look at your photographs. As with any other session we will work together to create a customized event for the two of you. For example, we can shoot at the place you two had your first date, head to your favorite park, or go somewhere that makes you just bubble with love from the inside out. Want to theme it up? Multiple outfits? Traditional, casual, or boudoir? Just about anything is possible!

Not that kind of couple? Shared sessions with mothers/daughters, or besties, or siblings are still fun and worth celebrating!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/couples-sessions Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Framed Prints http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/framed-prints As much as I love canvas gallery wraps, frames are a beautiful finishing touch to a special photograph. While I am a fan of white matted photos in a simple black frame, a number of options are available, from traditional to modern to rustic – all expertly hand-crafted. My standard Framed Prints are available in sizes ranging from 5x7" to 20x24”, and arrive ready to display, with a finished backing and hanging hardware (an easel back is available for sizes 10x10” or smaller). The prints inside are mounted to fit perfectly (and prevent wrinkling), with a half-dozen colors for optional mats. If none of my standard options fit your aesthetic, I’ll find what you are looking for. Let’s create your custom framing together!

Frame your photographsFramed portraitFrames are a classic finishing touch. As a twist, we can arrange for a hand-drawn version of your favorite image.

* The photo shown here features another product option I offer: a hand-drawn portrait based on your favorite image. Learn more about the artist at www.caitlinangulo.com.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/framed-prints Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
High School Senior Sessions http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/high-school-senior-sessions Senior photos are about more than the yearbook picture that looks like everyone else’s. These sessions are about capturing who they really are.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/LIdVLAlm55w

Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

More about my Senior Portrait Sessions can be found here.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer senior session information http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/high-school-senior-sessions Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Copyright vs Print Rights http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/copyright-vs-print-rights There is a difference between copyright and print rights. As part of my contract:

Any duplication or alteration of original images is strictly prohibited {Copyright Law Title 17, Appendix V. Additional Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 2005, Section 102} without the written permission of the Photographer.

All photographic materials, including but not limited to negatives, proofs, and previews, shall be the exclusive property of the Photographer.

In other words, I retain the copyright to all photographs created. I own them, but you get to use them… and I do grant you print rights.

The Client shall only use the prints, including digital files, in accordance with the permissions within this agreement. The Client’s prints are for personal use only and shall not be submitted to contests, reproduced for commercial use or authorized for any reproduction by parties other than the Photographer. If the Photographer provides a digital file print release, the Client must act in accordance with the release.

You are free to make gift-sized prints (8x12 or smaller) for your family and friends as much as you like. Larger items will not print correctly, so I ask that you order them through me (using a professional print lab that will create quality items with proper color/sharpness).

Want to submit it for a contest? Please ask; I’ll probably agree to it, especially if it helps you win something awesome!

Want to use it in your advertising or as a book cover? That’s commercial use and requires my permission… and a limited license fee.

As for altering, I will allow cropping for social media use, but NO, you cannot add a filter or vignette or otherwise “dress up” the images I’ve created. If you have a particular look you’d like, talk to me.

Speaking of social media:

The Client may share blog post links and Facebook albums through use of the share functions and dissemination of direct links.  Client shall not copy, download, screen shot, or capture the photographs in any other fashion.

Share away, but please do it correctly!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) legal http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/copyright-vs-print-rights Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Dress for Your Body Type http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/dress-for-your-body-type Looking your best in photos can be helped by selecting outfits that suit your body type. Some general tips:

  • If you have a straight body (shoulders and hips are about the same width, and your waist doesn’t have much definition to it), you may be able to create a more “shapely” figure by wearing snug (not tight) clothing. Color-blocking may work well for you, too.
  • If you have an hourglass figure, with a very defined waist, play up your shape with form-fitting V-neck tops and pencil skirts.
  • If you have a pear-shaped body, with wider hips, an A-line dress is a good choice. Tops that draw attention upward are best (think: interesting necklines).
  • If you have an inverted triangle shape (shoulders wider than hips), you may want to enhance the hips with a flounce or peplum, or an A-line skirt with a simple, fitted top.
  • If you have an oval (or apple) shape, with a waist at least equal in width to your shoulders and hips, you may want to add shape with a deep-V neckline. A belt might help create the illusion of a more narrow waistline.

Regardless of the shape you choose, it is more important that your clothes fit properly, not too snug nor too loose. If you aren’t comfortable, it will show in your photographs. Wear what you love, and your true beauty will shine!

Interested in learning more about lingerie fit? See my post here.

Now that you've got the perfect outfit, find out more about a session with me here and here. No perfect outfit? We can play "dress up" with items in my studio wardrobe.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) glamour style tips http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/dress-for-your-body-type Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Teen and Tween Photography http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/teen-and-tween-photography I love to photograph women of all ages, but particularly enjoy working with young women in middle and high school.  

Do you remember being a pre-teen or “tween”? I was a freckled carrot top, desperately in need of braces. Babies are new; little kids are cute. But once they hit age ten? They aren’t really children any more, but not quite teens, and being in-be“tween” can be hard. Let’s give your girl a record of who she is, right now, before she changes again. Let’s show her she’s beautiful and capture her personality. Let’s give her a boost of self-confidence, and at the same time, create a reminder for you about what she was like at this stage.

Seeing your teen daughter mature into a young woman is joyful, yet bittersweet. No longer a little girl, she’s bloomed right before your eyes. Celebrate who she was, who she is, and who she is becoming at this special time in her life. Before you know it, she’ll be grown up and going places, stepping out into the world.

Take a look at your photo albums. Are they anything like mine? After elementary school, the number of pictures drop off dramatically…. Imagine the impact a single, beautiful image can have: to be able to look at a photo and not see too skinny or too fat, too many freckles, too short hair… but to just see yourself as beautiful. Let’s do this for your “baby.”

* I would love to photograph her Bat Mitzah, Quinceañara, or Sweet 16. I’d also like to photograph her with her mother.

Find out more here and here.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) girls senior session information http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/teen-and-tween-photography Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Gallery Wrapped Canvas http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/gallery-wrapped-canvas If you are choosing wall art, I recommend a gallery-wrapped canvas print. The product I’ve selected to offer are solid-faced (mounted on a high-density wood fiberboard) and warp-resistant, with a full frame inside, keeping them taut and flat. Printed on genuine artist canvas, the inks used are fade-resistant, with the corners are pulled super tight. With a sealed, finished backing, they come ready to hang, and are made in the USA. Canvas prints wrap the photograph around the edges, so no frame is needed; that said, a floating frame (that does not hide the edges) is available in black, white, or walnut, as an upgrade. Dress up your walls with one or a grouping!

gallery-wrapped canvasCorner of gallery-wrapped canvasThe canvas product I use is tight yet warp resistant, with quality inks that resist fading.

Find out more about a session with me - and get the perfect image(s) for your canvas - here.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/gallery-wrapped-canvas Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Hiring a Family Photographer http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/hiring-a-family-photographer Capture your family’s unique personality and preserve those little moments you want to remember. It’s something that requires a professional photographer who knows what to look for. You can’t do this yourself, and still be in the photos….

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/cBCMytOw0oU.

Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) family professional photographer http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/hiring-a-family-photographer Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
My Top 5 Skincare Tips http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/my-top-5-skincare-tips Here are a few tips to get your skin ready for your great portraits:

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrated, healthy skin will always look better – in real life, as well as in photographs. Even if your skin is oily, a good moisturizer will teach your skin not to produce so much. Massage it in to help circulation. Don’t forget your neck!
  • Eat a healthy diet. Experts have recommended avoiding dairy, caffeine, and sodium (and enjoying items like citrus, avocados, and almonds) for healthier, better-looking skin. Drink plenty of water to moisturize from the inside.
  • Exfoliate gently to reduce flakes and reveal brighter, newer, more evenly-toned skin. Once or twice a week with a physical scrub is plenty for most people.
  • Avoid the sun! Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection (and reapply often) if you can’t. Sun rays lead to premature aging and other skin damage. The week or so before your portraits, especially, please avoid tanning… and a potential sunburn! Retouching tan lines and reducing the red (or orange from a spray tan) will require an added processing fee.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Experts recommend 7-8 hours a night for proper rest, de-stressing, and rejuvenation.
  • Should you choose to get a facial, make sure it’s ten days to two weeks before your session, so any reactions have a chance to clear up.

While I am not a dermatologist, these are tips I’ve found helpful for me. Please conduct your own research to find what works best for you. 

Find out more about portrait sessions here, now that you're ready!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/my-top-5-skincare-tips Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
High School Senior Photography http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/high-school-senior-photography While a high school senior’s yearbook photo will show what they looked like, Senior Session photographs will show who they really are. These sessions are designed to commemorate this special time, with photographs that explore her interests and personality, creating timeless keepsakes before she heads out into the world. We can keep it as simple as a Signature Portrait Session, but I really encourage Couture/Creative Sessions for seniors. Couture/Creative Sessions take place over the course of her Junior and Senior years, and include photographs of her in her favorite outfits, showcasing her interests and hobbies, remembering her childhood, and more formal “model” events. Each of these multiple events is custom-designed to match your desires, and I’d love to meet with you to see what we can create together. 

* On a personal note, my own (and only) daughter graduated high school in 2013, and I crave every photo I can get of her, now that she’s no longer living under my roof. With 200+ miles separating us, I’m so glad for the pictures I have to look back on and remember details of life when she was still home with me.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) senior session information http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/high-school-senior-photography Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Folio Boxes http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/folio-boxes One of my favorite products for keeping and displaying your printed photographs is a Folio Box. These boxes offer the best of all worlds, holding up to 20 matted prints that you can flip through like an album, but with pages you can rearrange and remove for display elsewhere (on a stand or in a frame). The boxes I’ve sourced for you are also quite beautiful displayed on your coffee table or book case, with a luxuriously soft faux-suede finish and velvety interior. The 11x14 beveled mats for your prints are made of conservation-quality board that is alkaline-sized, acid-free, lignin-free, and calcium carbonate buffered for enhanced durability and longevity, meaning they and your photographs will last without discoloring or other deterioration. Your treasured photographs deserve a treasure box worthy of them, and I believe this is it.

Folio BoxFolio BoxOne of my favorite all-in-one product options is the Folio Box.

Want to know more about the prints that go inside? http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/professional-photograph-prints.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/folio-boxes Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Invest in a Professional Wedding Photographer http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/invest-in-a-professional-wedding-photographer At the end of the day, photographs are what’s left to remember your big day. They are worth the investment in a professional photographer, and allow those well-intentioned friends and family members participate fully in your wedding celebration. I specialize in smaller events; if I can’t meet your needs, I will help you find someone better suited, because these images are really important.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/KrpuD9OL07U

Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

Find out more about my wedding photography at http://www.maggietakespix.com/weddings.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer wedding http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/invest-in-a-professional-wedding-photographer Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT