Happy First Day of School! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Happy first day of school everyone!

Have fun sharpening those pencils, coloring, playing on the playground and seeing old (and making new!) friends!

My big girl heads back today as a third grader!

Happy 8th Birthday Cora! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Happy birthday to my bright shining star; my strong-willed, first-born child.

I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years since you came into this world, kicking and screaming for all you were worth. It’s quite fitting your personality – you wanted the world to know you had arrived!

To this day, you’ve kept me on my toes – horse back riding, jogging, bike rides, baseball – and I’d have it no other way! I find such joy sharing in the activities you love and watching you grow.

You have schooled me in all things 8 and second grade: Pokemon, Star Wars, Five Nights at Freddies, Breyer horses, fidget spinners and slime! What an incredible journey and I’m so thankful you show me things through your eyes. McDonald’s is your favorite restaurant and all-things chocolate reign supreme. I’m pretty sure you got your sweet tooth from me, if nothing else 😉

I have no doubt – you are a force to be reckoned with and will achieve any goal you set your mind on! And I couldn’t be more proud to be your mom! My sweet, beautiful tomboy – don’t ever change!

  

Austin is TWO! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

How can this be? Two wonderful, crazy, fun-filled years have passed since my little auburn-haired boy came into this world.

I remember praying for him and when I finally became pregnant could hardly believe how blessed I was. He arrived at 2:25 p.m. with hardly a peep and a quick, intense, five-hour labor. My little man that was completely content and right with the world.

I can’t imagine our lives without him and his crazy curls; his deep, chocolate brown eyes and his little elf teeth and cute pudgy toes.

I love that he has me kiss ALL of his boo-boos, big or small and it makes it “all better.” He adores his big sister and would follow her to the ends of the Earth. Daddy is his hero and I hope I’m the mother he deserves. Because he fills my heart in a way that I never thought was possible.

Happy 2nd birthday “little” man. I consider myself the luckiest person in the universe to call you my son and be your mother.

Happy Halloween! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

 

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you get more treats than tricks!

(Aren’t my kids cute? I love their Halloween costumes this year. Austin didn’t really have a choice! LOL!) austinweb-1 austinweb-5

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Aleria and Ian | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

I feel so lucky that families choose me over and over again to take their family photos. And it takes on a whole new meaning when I get to photograph my very OWN family members.

Aleria and Ian are my niece and nephew and just as cute as can be. While I was doing this photo session, I had flashbacks of taking Aleria’s newborn photos in the bedroom of my house with my old Canon AE-1 film camera! She still has the same eyes and soulful expressions.

Needless to say, she’s not a baby anymore, but almost a teenager! And Ian is almost 6! I remember taking his newborn photos as well and he was such a great sleeper! I’m happy to say he still has the same squeezable cheeks he had when he was a sweet baby.

Maybe I’m just a little sentimental these days, or maybe it’s just dawned on me, but I feel like time has been going WAY to fast. These sweet babies (as well as my own) will be teenagers then out of the house before we know it! I’m trying not to think that far ahead!

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Cora turns 7! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Seven. Why does 7 seems so much older than 6?

I’m not sure if it’s how much you’ve grown over the last year, or how much we’ve been through, but it seems we are at the crossroads of a baby face and young girl. I can still see a few traces left of the tiny baby I wanted so badly and was given so many years ago on a hot humid June day. But I can also see traces of a little lady who will grow into a young woman before I can even blink my eye.

Everything you do, you do wholeheartedly. If you love something, you love it with your whole heart. If you dislike something, the same goes. You are so kind and patient with your little brother, who absolutely adores you. You want to grow up and own a horse farm. You love math and to read us books. You want to go on runs with mommy, even though she may make you go further than you’d like.

You still love your blankie and sleep with it every night. You still ask me to rock you to sleep, though it’s for shorter periods of time now. You still have my heart and you squeeze it tight every day when you get on the school bus and leave for big adventures. But you still lay your head down next to mine every night and for that I’m thankful.

You make 7 look good sweet girl! I learn more from you than I could ever teach. And I’m holding on to every precious second. CoraWEB-1 CoraWEB-2 CoraWEB-3 CoraWEB-4 CoraWEB-5

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Austin turns 1! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

The first time I held him I knew he was the final piece to fully completing our family. Little Austin came into this world at 2:25 p.m. one year ago and changed me forever. He’s as adorable as they come, with big brown eyes that pierce your soul, chubby little thighs that are so ticklish, and wispy auburn hair that is feather soft.

When I think of him, the phrase “Though he be little, he is fierce” comes to mind. He definitely has his own ideas and knows exactly what he wants. He loves to cuddle and gives “kisses” by offering each of us his forehead. There’s nothing I love more first thing in the morning than when he wakes up, gives me a sleepy, crazy-haired smile and lays his head on my chest.

Though his birth and the aftermath were a bit scary and definitely a very humbling time in my life, I would go through it all again 100-times over just to have him.

Happy first birthday little man. I am so lucky and very blessed to call you my son and be your mother.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from McDonald Photography and our sweet, little leprechaun!

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2016 Easter Mini Sessions with bunnies! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

McDonald Photography presents 2016 Easter Mini Sessions with live bunnies!

When: Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28

You will receive a 20-30 minute portrait session with no session fee!

Session is $150 plus tax and shipping ($164 total). You will receive 15-20 images on disc with unlimited print release.

Sessions are for 1-3 individuals. $15 per extra person.

A NON-REFUNDABLE RETAINER OF $75 IS DUE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING TO SECURE YOUR SPOT, EITHER BY CHECK OR CREDIT CARD THROUGH PAYPAL. THE DEPOSIT WILL BE APPLIED TO YOUR CHOICE OF PACKAGE. THE BALANCE IS DUE THE DAY OF YOUR SESSION.

IF THE RETAINER IS NOT RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS, THAT SPOT WILL BE OPENED UP TO OTHERS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS, NO EXCEPTIONS.

IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION, THE RETAINER WILL ONLY BE REFUNDED IF THE SPOT CAN BE FILLED.

Please contact Jennifer with any questions – 248-760-7959 or jennifer@photosbymcdonald.com

Times Available:

Saturday, February 27:

10 – Derwin
10:30 – Jessica ‘Smith’ Pete
11 – Erin Mele Wendt
11:30 – Haley Day
12 – Emily Genoff
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2 Kristie Sands
2:30 – Vaishali Dlugoss
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Sunday, February 28:

10 Michelle Fitzpatrick
10:30 Catie Smith
11 Mary Lyn D’Aigle
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2 Brian Malenfant
2:30 Cassandra Wolford
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*Pending deposit

Contact Jennifer at jennifer@photosbymcdonald.com or 248-760-7959 to reserve or for more information!

This year’s set (bunnies will be included the day of the sessions):

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Photo of last year’s set with bunny:

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Merry Christmas (a little late!) and happy New Year! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

How do you tell when your local photographer is busy? When their social media sites go completely silent! And for this I am so sorry!

It was a CRAZY fall season, for which I am extremely grateful! It means so many of you out there chose me – ME! – to capture all of your wonderful families and nothing makes me happier!

Unfortunately, I was low on time, so my blog did suffer. However, things are starting to slow a little bit with the winter season, which means I can play catch up very soon!

And I will begin by saying a late merry Christmas and early happy New Year!!!

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Stay tuned for my annual people’s choice “Best of 2015” contest on my blog – which will be posted soon! Voting will take place for 3 chances to win a free session, 16×20 canvas and 11×14 print!

Just a little way to say ‘thank you’ for allowing me to capture all of your special memories!

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