And the winner is …. | Holly, Michigan Photographer

Congrats to Hadleigh – the winner of the Best of 2016 contest with 123 votes! They will receive a free 16×20 canvas of the winning image and a free session!

The winning image will also be posted on my Web site – www.photosbymcdonald.com – as well as be used for my business cards!

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Special congrats also go out to Tom and Tommy who won second place with 115 votes! They will receive an 11×14 mounted print of the winning image and half off a future session!

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And finally, congrats to the Kiehl wedding party, who received third place with 86 votes! They will receive half off a session as well!

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Thank you to everyone that participated and voted! Looking forward to this year and all that it brings! Happy 2017!

DPPA Print Competition Award Winner 2016 | Holly, Michigan Photographer

So excited to be the recipient of a blue-ribbon, merit from the Detroit Professional Photographer’s Association for my image: “Sensitive Soul!”

Competition each year is always a nail-biting, heart-pounding, sweaty palms, kind of event. Some of the most esteemed, master photographers from around the country judge the organization’s best images and you never know what’s going to happen! I’m so proud and happy to say they thought one of my images was good enough for a merit!

Looking forward to the next step, when this image moves on to district competition in April!

 

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DPPA Best of Show Folio | Holly, Michigan Photographer

When I say I’m blessed and it couldn’t get much better, something happens and it DOES get better! What a wonderfully, beautiful world!

I love my job. I say it time and time again. It’s not really a JOB to me. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And blows my mind.

I feel so lucky that people call me and email me and want ME to take their photos. Sometimes it doesn’t feel quite real.

And then I get a kicking award for it. OMG. Really?! Me?

Let me tell you, I feel so incredibly lucky, happy and over-the-moon to be recognized by my fellow photographers at the Detroit Professional Photographer’s Association with a Best of Show folio.

Does it get any better than this?!?!

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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!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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Black Friday 2014! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

BLACK FRIDAY 2014!

Portrait Packages Special:
THREE available!
The first 3 people to comment below will receive a full session (in-studio or on-location) and disc of images ($550 value) for only $225. The $225 must be paid before midnight EST on 11/30/14. The session must be used by December 2015. Can be used for a family, child or senior session, in-studio or on-location. This is a 50% discount! You can purchase this as a gift.

Portrait Packages Specials:
THREE available!
BOGO – place a print order at normal print price and I will double it for FREE!

Mini Session Special:
THREE available!
BOGO $124.99 Mini Session package. Buy one Mini Session disc package get one FREE! This package includes 10-20 JPEG images from mini sessions I offer: Valentine’s Day, summer, fall and Christmas. (Sorry not valid with the Easter Mini Sessions or Reindeer Mini Sessions!) Must be paid for by midnight on 11/30/14.

Print/Product Specials:
THREE available!
The first three people to comment below will receive 30% off your total print/product order! Must email me your print order and pay by midnight on 11/30/14.

Disc/Digital Image Special:
FIVE available!
30% off discs of images from past OR future sessions (Normally $318 on sale for $222.60 – includes 6% sale tax)You must email your order and pay by midnight on 11/30/14.

Gift Card Special:
Unlimited available!
Receive $10 off for every $50 spent on gift cards. You must email me the amount you would like and pay by midnight on 11/30/14.

Wedding Collections:
Only TWO available! New inquiries only! Receive 30% off the Digital Starter wedding package! Deposit of $500 must be paid by midnight on 11/30/14.

Fine print: These deals cannot be combined with any other offer from McDonald Photography and do not include package session fee deals including “Baby and Belly,” “Growing Up Fast Plan,” or “Next Step Plan.” First come, first serve.

They can be purchased for yourself or as gift. All deals must be claimed by 11/30/14 and paid in full by midnight on 11/30/14 or they will no longer apply.

To claim, please email me at jennifer@photosbymcdonald.com or call 248-760-7959.

*These prices DO NOT include tax or shipping. 6.0 % sales tax applies to all of the above. Shipping to your home is $7.99.

Happy shopping everyone!

Black Friday Specials! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Feeling so happy I thought I’d post a sneak peek into my Black Friday sales!
Sales starts at 12:01 a.m. tonight and runs through midnight on 12/1/13! I only offer deals like these once a year on Black Friday!
Here are the deals:
Wedding:
  • 1. Receive 30% off the Digital Starter wedding package! Deposit of $500 must be paid by midnight on 12/6/13.
Portrait Packages Specials:
  • 1. BOGO – place a print order at normal print price and I will double it – for FREE!
  • 2. 30% off discs of images from past OR future sessions (Normally $318 on sale for $222.60 – includes 6% sale tax)
  • 3. 50% off a regular in-studio ($75) or on-location ($125) session fee for future session.
  • 4. BOGO $124.99 Mini Session package. Buy one Mini Session disc package get one FREE! This package includes 10-20 JPEG images from one of five mini session I offer: Valentine’s Day, Easter with LIVE bunnies, summer, fall and Christmas. (Sorry not valid with the Reindeer Mini Sessions!)
  • 5. SPECIAL FOR BLOG VIEWERS ONLY – BOGO Fine Art Canvas! Buy one canvas of any size, get one FREE!
These deals cannot be combined with any other offer from McDonald Photography and do not include package session fee deals including “Baby and Belly,” “Growing Up Fast Plan,” or “Next Step Plan.”
First come, first serve.
They can be purchased for yourself or as  a gift. All deals must be claimed by 12/1/13 and paid in full by midnight on 12/6/13 or they will no longer apply.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jennifer@photosbymcdonald.com or call 248-760-7959.
I will answer emails and phone calls as soon as I can because I will be out of town through 12/1/13.
And since no blog post is complete without a photo, here is one of little Reid, who was in studio this week – what a sweetie!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Thankful! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

With Thanksgiving just a few days away I thought this would be a fitting blog post – I really have so much to be thankful for and I never want to forget all of the things that make my life extra special.

Not only do I have wonderful family and friends, a roof over my head and food to eat, but I also have a job that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It’s not really a “job” to me. I have amazing clients who have become friends that entrust me to capture the most special moments in their lives. That’s pretty incredible.

That being said, each year I love to take some of what I feel is my best work and enter it into the Detroit Professional Photographers Association Print Competition. My main goal is to go and learn about what official master photographers have to say about my  images and how I can improve my work. I’m always looking to grow and find better ways to capture those special moments.

Last week I had the distinct honor of being recognized by the DPPA with not only a Blue Ribbon Merit “Award of Excellence,” but also a Best of Show in the wedding category. Never in a million years did I think I would receive a Best of Show in my second print competition. Needless to say, I was a little shocked and quite speechless. To receive a blue ribbon is an honor in itself.

So on top of everything else this week I have to be thankful for, I have this distinct award that has humbled me and made me very proud.

And I have a million people out there to thank and be thankful for –  without my teachers, those that believed in me when I wanted to quit, and those that entrust me to capture those memories, I would never be here today. THANK YOU!

Here is the award-winning image:

 

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And me with the judges:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

New USB drives! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

I am so excited to show off the new McDonald Photography USB drives! These beautiful packages are what your wedding images will be on for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014!

I decided to switch from CD’s to USB’s – why you ask? Well technology changes fast, and it’s my job to keep up to date with the best way for you to get your images. I do offer online galleries via Zenfolio, but you also will receive one of these with your images. Included are your images, instructions on how to care for the drive, and print release.

I’ve been noticing when several Apple computers have been introduced, NONE of them came with CD drives … WOW! So I have a feeling that eventually (years down the road), CD’s will be a thing of the past. Kind of like floppy discs.

Can you imagine if your wedding images were on one of those?! If your images are on a CD, don’t panic! I would suggest downloading them to your computer and backing them up on a separate drive. Then of course store the CD somewhere safe. 🙂

Until January 2014, I will still be offering the option of having your images on a CD. So my current couples will have a choice of either a CD or USB drive. However, once the new year hits, USBs will be it!

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