People’s Choice Contest – Best of 2017 | Holly, Michigan Photographer

So I admit – I’ve been dragging my feet a bit in doing this blog post! Why, you ask? I just always have such a hard time narrowing down my photos from the previous year and picking “my favorites.” Because truly, all of my images are “my favorites!”

And every year, I just can’t believe ANOTHER year has gone by. It has now been 11 years! Huh? How did that happen?

I can’t believe a little girl with a neon green, Teenage-Mutant-Ninja Turtle camera took an interest and made it into a passionate profession! It constantly and consistently blows my mind that each person wants ME to take their photos and capture their precious memories. It really means the world to me. I feel so very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with people who value my work and trust me to capture the most important events in their lives

When those people step in front of my camera, whether it be for a half hour or a whole day, they become my everything. I want to give the very best photos possible!

And here is a little way for me to say THANK YOU!

Voting will begin today and end at 11:00 a.m. on January 23rd – exactly 7 days. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places :)

Whoever receives the most votes, will receive a 16×20 canvas of the winning image as well as a free full in-studio or on-location session of their choice! The winning image will also be used on my Web site – www.photosbymcdonald.com – as well as be used for my business cards!

The second place winner will receive an 11×14 mounted print of the winning image and half-off an in-studio or on-location session. Third place will also receive half-off an full in-studio or on-location session as well!

So get out there and tell all of your family and friends to come over and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! It’s my way of giving each and every one of you a great big hug for all you’ve done. I can’t wait to see who wins and what the next year will bring!

(Now keep in mind, voters can only vote ONCE from each computer, so it’s fair. And I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a message or subscribe to receive my blog updates (over on the right-hand side under “email subscription”.) I’d love to keep in touch with each and every one of you!

So I’m calling this a highlight of 2017 … images that I chose that reflect what type of photographer I am as well as images that simply make me smile. I simply can not wait to see what 2018  will bring.   Thank you to my sweet clients of 2017! Your unbelievable support has been absolutely priceless.

Here is last year’s winner, sweet Hadleigh:

1. Michaela

2. Ella

3. Petey

4. The Krot Family

5. Jesse

6. Amelie

7. Crystal

8. Meredith

9. Zoey

 

10. Reid

11. The Severnak Boys

12. The Bottos boys

13. Gordon wedding

14. The Crane girls

15. Matt and Rachel

 

16. Syndey

17. Tabitha and Mike

18. Meila

 

19. Kristi and Steve

20. Addy and Logan

21. Ella

22. Stacey and Robert

23. Tamara and Nathaniel 

24. Joshua

25. Eric and Lauren 

26 Matt and Amanda.

27. Courtney and Taylor

28. The Hale Family .

29 Logan .

30 Ricky and Melissa .

31. David and Samantha

32. The Curtis boys

33. JP and Zara

34.Anna

35. Rylan

36. The Zerwick Family

37. Cameron

The Engagement of Tabitha and Mike | Meres, Michigan Wedding Photographer

I’m going to have to apologize right now for the serious over-sharing that will be happening of this engagement session! But seriously – who gets to take photos at a lighthouse off of Lake Michigan every day?! Not me!

This place was extra special to them – not only does Tabitha’s family vacation there every year, but it’s the very place Mike proposed!

We also hit up a local vineyard and lavender farm for some fun, romantic photos!

If this is any indication of how their wedding is going to go next September – it’s going to be amazing!

 

Andrew and Emma | Port Huron, Michigan Engagement Photographer

I just love this couple! And I can hardly wait to photograph their wedding this November!

We met up last week in Marysville and Port Huron to do their engagement session – what a blast! These two are the BEST snugglers 😉

I met Andrew a few years back when he was a groomsmen in a friend’s wedding. I am so honored he remembered me and wanted me to take his wedding photos!

 

People’s Choice Contest – Best of 2016 | Holly, Michigan Photographer

The title is a bit deceiving! How on Earth can I pick just a few favorites from the whole year?! ALL of my photos are my favorites, so this is always a hard task! If it was up to me, I would choose them all but then there would be thousands of photos on here, and I’m pretty sure I’d crash everyone’s computer!

But  here we are again staring a beautiful new year in the face. 2017! It’s been 10 years – yes, 10 – since I started down the path of owning and operating my own photography company. And it sounds so simple when you say it like that. But really, we all know, it’s become so much more than that.

From weddings to babies, high school seniors and families, I’ve met so many wonderful people and have become friends with those I am lucky enough to call my clients. I feel so very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with people who value my work and trust me to capture the most important events in their lives. Because when someone says “Yes I want you to photograph my wedding!” (Or newborn or family for that matter.) Those moments will never happen again. And I am the girl that gets to record it forever. WOW. What an amazing charge.

And honestly I still get a little thrill that someone wants me – ME! – to take their photos! That’s very serious business. When those people step in front of my camera, whether it be for a half hour or a whole day, they become my everything. I want to give the very best photos possible!

So these are a few of my favorites from last year. It’s always so much fun to go back through every client’s files, revisiting them and hold a little contest. It’s one of the things I look forward to each  year.

Voting will begin today and end close at 1:30 p.m. on January 21st – exactly 7 days. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places :)

Whoever receives the most votes, will receive a 16×20 canvas of the winning image as well as a free full in-studio or on-location session of their choice! The winning image will also be used on my Web site – www.photosbymcdonald.com – as well as be used for my business cards!

The second place winner will receive an 11×14 mounted print of the winning image and half-off an in-studio or on-location session. Third place will also receive half-off an full in-studio or on-location session as well!

So get out there and tell all of your family and friends to come over and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! It’s my way of giving each and every one of you a great big hug for all you’ve done. I can’t wait to see who wins and what the next year will bring!

(Now keep in mind, voters can only vote ONCE from each computer, so it’s fair. And I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a message or subscribe to receive my blog updates (over on the right-hand side under “email subscription”.) I’d love to keep in touch with each and every one of you!

So I’m calling this a highlight of 2016…images that I chose that reflect what type of photographer I am as well as images that simply make me smile. I simply can not wait to see what 2017  will bring.   Thank you to my sweet clients of 2016 … your unbelievable support have been absolutely priceless.

Here are last year’s winners Sara and David:

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Without further ado, here are the nominees for Best of 2016!  Good luck!

 

1. Madison and Owen

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2. Adam and Owen

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3. Jackie and Dan

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4. Aimee and Chris

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5. Teagan and Tessa

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6. Reid

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7. Rachel K.

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8. Logan

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9.Ava

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10.Peyton

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11.The Fitzpatrick Family

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12. Rachel S.

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13. Clara

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14.Stephanie and Chris

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15.Hale Family

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16. Charley

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17.Hannah

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18. Jessica and Clay

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19.Allison

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20. Emily

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21. Kiehl wedding party

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22. Jenna

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23. Tom and Tommy

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24. Angela and Jordan

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25. Megan and Eric

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26. Jorden and Paul

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27. Rebecca and Ryan

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28. Allie and Erica

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29. Colleen and Brendon

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30. Jackie and Andy

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31. Tommy

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32. Brady

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33. Erika and Silas

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34. Lauren and Eric

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35. Niemic Family

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36. Stellan

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37. Jovanni

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38. Hadleigh

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39 .Cooper Family

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40. Victoria

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Lauren and Eric engaged! | Holly, Michigan Wedding Photographer

Eric and Lauren are engaged to be married next summer and we got together for some snowy engagement photos this month! They picked Seven Lakes State Park for the location, and I cannot say I would have been happier with anywhere else!

The sun was shining, we had just been blanketed with about 8 inches of snow, and it was absolutely breath-taking. These two were real troopers – even sitting in the snow when I asked! Thankfully, with the sun, it wasn’t terribly cold – but I can only imagine how chilly their bums were after this session!

Thank you Lauren and Eric! It was amazing to finally meet you both and I look forward to your barn wedding in September!

 

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Amanda and Matt | Fenton, Michigan Engagement Photographer

Amanda and Matt are soon to be married and I am the lucky girl that gets to photograph their wedding next fall! I can hardly wait! These two are amazing and make my job so easy! Just take a look for yourself: wonsowiczweb-1 wonsowiczweb-2 wonsowiczweb-3 wonsowiczweb-4 wonsowiczweb-5 wonsowiczweb-6 wonsowiczweb-7 wonsowiczweb-8 wonsowiczweb-9 wonsowiczweb-10 wonsowiczweb-11 wonsowiczweb-12

See! I told you. Gorgeous aren’t they? 😉

Elise + Edward | Frankenmuth, MI Engagement Photographer

What do you get when you take a beautiful private farm property in Frankenmuth and combine it with the love and adoration that Edward and Elise have for each other?

A stunningly beautiful engagement session of course!

I was so excited when I pulled up to the location of their choosing, having no idea I was stepping into a beautifully landscaped and sculpted wonderland! Add in a little cuddling and kissing and voilà! Perfect engagement session!

Plus, now that the trees have some leaves I was able to break out my infrared camera! (YAY!) Can you tell I’m one one happy photographer?

Thank you so much Elise and Edward!

 

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The engagement of John and Cara – Eastern Market/Belle Isle | Detroit, MI Wedding Photographer

Let me tell you – I can’t stop drooling over John and Cara’s engagement session! And it took me FOREVER to narrow it down to publish a blog post. Everything mixed so beautifully for their session in Eastern Market and Belle Isle this weekend – the lighting, the colors, the weather. Not to mention this gorgeous couple who are both so natural in front of the camera – I’m convinced they should both be models!

Thank you so much John and Cara for sharing this exciting time in your life with me! It was an honor and pleasure to photograph your engagement session and I’m looking forward to your wedding this fall!

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The engagement of Dom and Maria | Ortonville, Michigan Engagement Photographer

Taking the blog back a bit to the fall when I took Maria and Dom’s engagement photos! These two are absolutely the best and so much fun! I can hardly wait until their July wedding! Not only are they full of life but they are having their big day at the Old Town Marquee in Lansing, right in the heart of its old town. What a beautiful place for a beautiful event!

We hit up Seven Lakes State Park in Holly this past October before heading into downtown Holly for it’s old-time charm 🙂 Two of my favorite places for some gorgeous photos of two gorgeous people. I’m a lucky girl!

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Sara and David – Engaged! | Milford, Michigan Engagment Photographer

Sara, David and I got together when the gorgeous fall colors were at their peak! Since our fall season was so short this year I count this as a major victory!

Kensington Metro Park was full of colorful trees and I had a great time with them walking, talking and taking photos.  Their wedding next fall will be equally as gorgeous!

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