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

Abigail – Class of 2018 Fenton Spokes Model | Fenton, Michigan Senior Photographer

I was the lucky photographer that was able to take Abigail’s photos not once – but twice – this year!

She was my Fenton High School spokes model and a beautiful one at that! We did her first session this spring in the wild flowers, then got together later in the fall for more fun!

I just loved taking her photos and she braved freezing weather in some seriously cute outfits for those fall photos! Anything for a great photo, right? I love my seniors! They are amazing.

Jessica – Holly High School Class of 2018 | Holly, Michigan Senior Photographer

Check out this little preview of Jessica – Holly High School senior!

We had originally planned to get together on that crazy hot weekend last month and decided to wait until last week to get together. I’m glad we did! Jess had some of the cutest fall outfits – and I’m sure it wouldn’t have been very comfortable in 95-degree weather!

Jess is on Holly’s swim team and I was super excited she wanted to take some photos reflecting that! Everyone knows how much I love to take sport photos!

Thank you Jess for having me take your senior photos!

   

Introducing McDonald Photography’s 2018 High School Senior Spokes Models! | Holly, Michigan senior photographer

I am so excited to have these 2018 high school seniors in my corner! They are amazing and I had a blast photographing each one this past month for their first modeling session!

If you know one, be sure and ask them how you can receive discounts on a senior session!

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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Rachel – Lake Fenton High School 2017 Senior | Holly, Michigan Senior Photographer

Here’s a little peek from Rachel’s senior session last week! We had perfect weather and she’s just as gorgeous as can be – plus, just check out that back bend?! Holy moly – who does that? My back hurts just looking at it 😉

Good luck this year Rachel and thanks for coming to see me!

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Emily – Class of 2017 Spokes Model | Holly, Michigan High School Senior Photographer

I don’t think anyone could take a bad photo of Emily! Basically, all I had to do was tell her where to stand and snap the shutter!

Senior season is really starting to pick up, and Emily’s session is already one of my favorites from this year!

Emily is one of my super fabulous 2017 High School Spokes Models, so if you know her, be sure and ask her how you can save money on your senior portrait session!

 

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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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Class of 2016 Seniors | Michigan High School Senior Photographer

So I realized, looking back, I definitely haven’t shared even an iota of the sessions I had the pleasure of photographing during the past year. And they all definitely deserve to have their own blog post!

That being said, it would literally take me FOREVER to share each and every one, so I’m going to have a few mass blog posts with my favorite images from each one. Hey, at least I’m trying, right?! 😉

I love you all and keep on smiling! Can’t wait to see what this new season and year of photography will bring!

Here are a few of the awesome high school seniors I worked with last summer and fall:

Zach, Holly High School

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Rochelle, Waterford Mott High School

 

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Kaitlyn, Holly High School

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Elizabeth, Holly High School

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Spencer, Stevenson High School Spokesmodels-6BW Spokesmodels-9

Mikayla, Clarkston High School

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Brandon, Lake Fenton High School Sharpe-1 Sharpe-2

Amanda, Holly High School

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Michael, Bloomfield Hills High School

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Legan, Holly High School Rose-1 Rose-1-2

Ashley, Plymouth High School

 

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Peyton, Holly High School

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Dilon, Holly High School Lemond-3 Lemond-2

Hannah, Holly High School Landwerlen-1 Landwerlen-2

AJ, Swartz Creek High School Kenner-3 Kenner-2

Matt, Huron Valley High School

 

Jamison-3 Jamison-2 Bradley, Holly High School  Hoffman-1 Hoffman-3

Andrew, Holly High School Hartig-3 Hartig-2

Kristin, Holly High School Hansel-2 Hansel-1

Caylin, Holly High School Caylin-1 Caylin-2

Madison, Holly High School Brack-5 Brack-1

People’s Choice Contest – Best of 2015! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

GASP! SAY IT AIN’T SO! Has it really been nine years?

And believe me there have been lots of changes – mostly good – over the last 9 years. When I look back, I can hardly believe that a fresh-faced, wet-behind-the-ears 24-year-old girl, took a little dream and made a go for it in a really big way.

Now – 9 crazy years, a husband, home, and two kids later – I’m still as amazed as ever to be meeting such wonderful people to photograph. Weddings, babies, high school seniors, families – you name it, I’ve captured it! And I just count myself the luckiest gal in the land to spend so much time with people who value my work and trust me to capture the most important events in their lives. In doing so, you have helped me realize my biggest wish and helped it to come true.

Each year I go back through every client’s files, revisiting them and the portraits I’ve captured and hold a little contest. It’s one of the things I look forward to each  year. Every year it’s so hard. They all hold a special place in my heart.

Voting will begin today and end close at 6:30 p.m. on January 22 – 7 days from now. 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!

I hope wherever you find yourself this New Year, you take a moment to dream of the impossible – then make it happen. Quite often what we think is impossible can happen if we want it bad enough! Happy 2016!

Here are last year’s winners Reagan and Danielle:

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Without further ado, here are the nominees for Best of 2015! (Click on the photo to see it larger.) Good luck!

1. Maria

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2. Payton

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3. Vaishali and Randall

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4. Kaitlyn

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5. Abby

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6. Reid

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7. Mackenzie

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8.Dilon

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9. Haley and Ella

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10. Madison

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11. Rylee

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12. Sara and David

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13. Stacey and Theron

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14. Matt and Dean

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15. Melissa and Jordan

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17. Jorden and Paul

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18. Allisen and Dan

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19. Carla and Chuck

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20. Zachary

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21. Ryan, Riley and Reese

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22. Lauren and Brandon

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23. Caylin

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24. Ashley

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25. Kristin

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26. Lola and Pete

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27. Peyton

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28. Heather and Nate

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29.Brantley

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30. Samantha and Jason

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