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

Baby Benjamin | Holly, Michigan Newborn Photographer

Is there anything more precious than a brand, new baby?  I think not!

  

Family of the Civil War | Holly, Michigan Family Photographer

When someone you know does Civil War reenactments and wants to have photos taken, this photographer girl jumps for joy! Quite literally. Just ask Christa! 

Her and her children travel Michigan throughout the year, attending these reenactments, including those at Port Sanilac, Greenfield Village and historic Fort Wayne. I can’t imagine how much fun that must be!

I admit, I’ve never been much of a history buff, but there’s something about the Civil War that’s so intriguing.  

I can’t even begin to imagine how different things must have been and all of the hardships people went through.  Four years of intense combat left 620,000 to 750,000 soldiers dead, a higher number than the number of American military deaths in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan combined! Not to mention, much of the South’s infrastructure was destroyed.

Naturally, when we set a date to do these photos, I was super pumped. I love doing something different and something I can be creative with. I was online researching the Civil War and looking up old photographs for inspiration. I think my husband through I had gone batty!

Thank you Christa for sharing this amazing experience with me. I hope you all had as much fun with it as I did! 

   

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!

The Wedding of Tamara and Nat | July 29, 2017

Sweet! That’s all I have to say about this amazing July 29th affair! What a sweet couple, bridal party and family!

With the wedding held at Guardian Angels Church in Clawson and the reception at Paint Creek Country Club in Rochester Hills, everything was picture perfect on Tamara and Nat’s special day!

We even were able to capture a few images at Leon and Lulu, a fun store in downtown Clawson, featuring one-of-a-kind home furnishings, playful gifts and clothing! I always love when a bride and groom have unique places or ideas for their photos and this definitely fit the bill!

Thank you so much Tamara and Nat for having us capture your special day!

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The Wedding of Jackie and Andy – July 8, 2017 | Plymouth, Michigan Wedding Photographer

There definitely is always a lot of anticipation when it comes to a wedding day. It’s amazing when all the time and energy that is spent on something finally happens and it turns out to be everything you ever dreamed it would.

I’m pretty sure Andy and Jackie’s wedding was just that – everything they had dreamed.

The ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth. Everything about their day was gorgeous and classic – her dress, the chapel, the flowers, and the entire bridal party and family! So many memories were made I’m sure that will never be forgotten.

Thank you so much Andy and Jackie! It was a joy to photograph your beautiful wedding! God bless!

    

 

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!

 

Ayden and Natalya | Fenton, Michigan Children Photographer

Oh this family! Not only are ALL of the kids photogenic, but super sweet too! I think they should all go into modeling and make a million dollars 😉

And last week I had the pleasure of taking Ayden and Natalya’s birthday photos! They are growing up right before my very eyes – so crazy to see the changes in each of their faces every year!

Both of them have a MAD sense of style, and I was delighted to see the outfits they picked out for their photo shoot. Natalya had all of the “cool” accessories, of course, and Ayden was rocking his new hair cut. I just love them.

 

The Wedding of Angela and Lance – June 10, 2017 | Clarkston, Michigan Wedding Photographer

This gorgeous wedding was held at Shepherd’s Hollow in Clarkston! Lance and Angela said they liked the “up north” feel it gave them! And when I arrived, I could certainly see why!

Shepherd’s Hollow is surrounded by beautiful, tall pine trees and the ceremony patio is just outside the reception location. There were so many wonderful, unique little touches, which included Angela’s love of purple! I loved the fact that Lance bought all of his guys unique Converse and his sister even got herself a sparkly pair!

It was clear that they loved Star Wars – my kind of bridal party – with the usher’s tie and a special cake for a groom men’s birthday! Angela even had a  “wifey” Moscow mule cup for her special evening! And the bag piper – so cool!

Watching the bride and groom sit together – surrounded by friends, family, and great love – was an amazing thing to witness. They are both so perfect for each other, and I wish them the absolute best! Congratulations!

The M Family | Holly, Michigan Family Photographer

Isn’t this family gorgeous? They came all the way from Australia to have me take their photos!

Ahem … OK, not REALLY, but they were in Michigan visiting family and came to see me too!

The first time I met them was four years ago and Mackenzie was only one! Time sure does have a way of running away with me. Last time I saw Sailor, she was not even walking! Just look at her big grins! Adorbs. 

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