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One of the best things about being an Asheville family photographer is that I get to capture those priceless moments with my own family. I also get to bless them with the photos I capture.

My brother Jim was away all last year serving our country in Afghanistan. He missed most of his son Liam’s first year of life. (Remember that when you are thinking about our soldiers and all that they sacrifice for our country.)

Ally, Jim’s wife, who is also my sis-in-law did an incredible job raising a boy by herself last year. I am truly in awe of her strength and amazing mothering skills!!! Now that Jim is home it has been amazing to watch him be with his son and teach him “man stuff.” Liam is learning all sorts of manly things. Skills such as peeing off the porch, throwing a football, and, of course, fishing!

Here are a few priceless moments with my brother as he teaches my nephew how to fish.

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Today for our “Wednesday Wisdom” we are going to talk about how to choose your photographer. Being an Asheville wedding photographer I know how difficult it can be to decide on a photographer for your wedding or family photos. There are so many of us and there are some amazing ones at that!

Now, let me say this! I am not here to talk about why you should pick Mozingo Photography as your wedding or family photographer. As much as I would love to work with you I understand that Mozingo Photography is NOT for everyone. We have a style of our own that may not suit you. That is totally cool! My goal is to educate you on what I think you should look for in a photographer. Be it Mozingo Photography or someone else.

This is the first part in my series of “How to choose your photographer”. I am going to share them on my “Wednesday Wisdom Days”. I really don’t know how many “parts” we will have. I will just share what’s on my heart and go from there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I believe one of the things that sets the photographers of today apart from your more traditional photographers is their ability to do post production editing. With the digital age comes the ability to do just about anything to a photo that you can think of. When I first got into photography I had to do a lot of post production work to my photos to make them look right. I now try to get the exposure and colors right in the camera so I have to do little editing later. However, I do believe that adding that little something extra to all of the photos can really make a difference and add a professional touch. It is one of the things that sets modern photographers apart. Mozingo Photography takes the time to edit most every single “keeper” photo from a wedding, portrait, or family photography session. When I produce a product for my clients I want it to be the best it can possibly be. If I know that a photo can look better if I do a little something extra then I will do it!

For example, the first photo here is a well exposed photo. This is what it looks like coming out of my camera.

Here is what it looks like after I pop the color and add a little contrast to the image.

This next photo needed some love. It was over exposed in some areas, yet I wanted to get the amazing sun in the background. So I fixed most of it in post production.



Here is an example of how you can really change the color to bring out a certain element in the photos. (Such as the red flowers and those adorable feet!) I don’t do this often. However, in certain photos it can look cool.



This is a sample of how you can make a regular photo look vintage. Many people love this effect. It works with some photos but isn’t necessarily good for all of them.



Then there is black and white. I love black and white. I use black and white most when I am doing a shoot inside. If there ISN’T any real colorful aspect to a photo then I will usually throw it in black and white. I believe it can make a photo sing! On the other hand, when I am outside and there is a lot of color going on in the scene then I usually use color. Here is an example of a photo that I thought looked incredible in black and white.



Yes, I take some bad photos. Thus why I also love my post production software! In this next photo Erin and James were having a “sweet moment”. I didn’t have the settings just right in my camera yet, and the sun was making them look yellow, orange, and pink. Eeek! I am glad that I was not messing around with my camera when they were having this moment or I would have missed it. With a little love and some black and white, I took this very orange and pink looking photo and made it look 10 times better.



So when choosing your photographer, I believe it is important to make sure they have the ability to edit their photos well. I DO NOT believe they have to edit all of the photographs. Sometimes with additional lighting, a photo can look great right out of the camera. I DO believe that all photographers need to have a healthy grasp on editing. They need to have the ability to make a photo look amazing even when it may not look like that coming out of the camera.

For you photographers out there. I use adobe Lightroom3 for about 95% of all of my editing and Adobe Photoshop for the other 5%.

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I had the awesome pleasure of getting to photograph one of the coolest families ever. What made them cool? Their ability to obtain joy during unbelievable hard times.

I entered the Coffey home having never met any of them before. Angel, the mom, hired me to capture some photos of the family with her husband John. John is a native of Queens NY, and is a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant with the 7th Special Forces Group. Angel told me that John was disabled. I did not realize, as did the family, that he had little time left on this earth. The photo session was on Saturday and John entered the hospital that next Monday, never to return to their home. On Monday May 9th John passed away after a long and courageous battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

As hard as this must have been on the family you would not have known it during the session! They were an absolute joy to be around. They would laugh and cut up. The kids would wrestle and show great affection for each other. The more I hung out with the kids I realized that they are JUST like me and my siblings with their affection and rough housing. The house was a joy filled house and you could tell there was never a dull moment. They shared a unique love for each other that I just adored.

The family loves to watch TV together. They all hung out in the living room with Dad. The kids would pile up on the couch and often times had their arms around each other or they would sit next to dad in his wheelchair. It was enough to just be with each other. One of my favorite moments was when we all had Farina to eat. I had no clue what Farina was until I visited to the Coffey home. I didn’t realize that my life was missing something ๐Ÿ˜‰ Angel made this family treat for everyone and we all hung out in the living room eating it till the plates were licked clean.

My time with the Coffey family touched me so much. They truly are fighters. I am blessed to have met them and to have gotten to know them.

My heart and prayers go out to my new friends as they go through this difficult time. I feel honored to have captured these moments for Angel and her kids to cherish forever. What a blessing to know that I was given this gift of photography to be able to share it with others.

Here are some of my favorite moments from the day I spent with the Coffey family.

This is Angel’s amazing mom, who moved here to help Angel with her husband. It was obvious that they have an amazing relationship.

  • nicole riley - this breaks my heart! how wonderful you were able to share your gifts, and give them such a keepsake to have forever. thinking of them, and you, during this time.

  • Athena - Meriah, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful memories with us. I know this family will cherish these for a life time.
    We are so blessed to do the job we do and personally I don’t even look at it as a job, just sharing the gift God gave me and I can see though your photos you are doing the same thing.

  • sharon l shuster - You never cease to amaze me. These are precious, beautiful, sweet, priceless. You captured the love in this family. I love this album. All of it.

  • Brandy - Beautiful!

  • Starla - Good job! Beautiful family captured so well. What a priceless time and priceless pix!

  • Karen - Beautiful photos!!…Just shows you how much they really love & care about each other,& they are truely an amazing family!

  • Connie Fogle - another amazing session by Meriah! what a beautiful family! Great job Meriah at capturing these joyful moments.

  • Colleen - Meriah,
    You absolutely did capture beautiful moments at the end of my brother’s life. He was my best friend in the whole wide world and unfortunately living in NY, I was unable to get down to Asheville prior to his death. Words can’t describe the hole I have in my heart and it has been over a year. I couldn’t say goodbye to him but I was able to go to the crematorium prior to his cremation. I held him and cried like a baby.
    What you don’t realize, John and I had a very difficult life, losing our parents in 1965 in a horrific car accident prior to Christmas. Our life was not easy but we had some of the best times together before he moved so far away, he was so much more than a man sitting in a wheelchair. I just feel like there was just so much more of him than the pictures depict despite the loving and caring family they were and still are.