Stylized Shoot at Waldenwoods Resort | Hartland, Michigan Wedding Photographer

When Crystal of Floral Sense put out a call for vendors interested in doing a stylized session I jumped at the chance! I’ve been itching to get back to wedding season and what is a better way to scratch that itch than by doing a session with a beautiful bride, gorgeous flowers and all the trimmings?!

Our idea for a stylized shoot was for our model, Amanda, to channel the feeling of spring, with natural colors and sentiment. The color palette was light green, lavender & gold with elegance mixed with nature.

Crystal brought that to life with her arrangements featuring bouquets with garden roses, branches, moss, lotus pods, sweet pea and lavender flowers.

The dress was a perfect fit from The White Dress in Brighton and makeup was provided by Rebecca Pierce who flawlessly perfected soft glam with tones to create an enchanted, natural look. 

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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 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 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!

Stephanie and Chris – May 27, 2017 | Sterling Heights, Michigan Wedding Photographer

What an amazing wedding! That’s really all I can say about Stephanie and Chris’ big day!

From the get-go, these two were so much fun and the party never stopped! My assistant and I had THE best time celebrating with their entire family!

We began the day at Strands Salon in Holly, before heading down to Freedom Hill Banquet Center where the ceremony and reception took place. It was a gorgeous sunny Memorial Day weekend – perfect for outdoor nuptials!

It was really hard for me to choose just a few to post, because I wanted to post them ALL. There are so many fun details not shown here – from the baseball cookie favors, the gorgeous table center pieces and cute cake – their wedding was to DIE for!

Thank you so much Stephanie and Chris for having us capture your big day! It means more than you will ever know!

 

 

Meredith and Rob | Waterford, Michigan Wedding Photographer

I just loved Meredith and Rob’s style! So sweet and kind, this couple’s wedding celebration was so much fun to photograph!

Opting to have a small civil wedding in the spring, this was the big party for family and friends, and I was the lucky girl chosen to photograph it!

We took photos just outside the Waterford Oaks Activity Center, where the celebration took place. I just loved all the special little touches they added to their day and Rob’s grandmother made their wedding cake! How awesome is that?

Thank you Meredith and Rob for having us! It means so much to me and I hope you cherish the photos for years and years to come!

 

The Wedding of Tina and Jack | Rochester, Michigan Wedding Photographer

I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding and couple to kick off my 2017 wedding season with! Tina and Jack were everything a photographer could hope for: so incredibly sweet and kind as well as easy going!

Their ceremony and reception was held at the gorgeous Royal Park Hotel that gave us so many opportunities for beautiful photographs!

Tina almost didn’t want “getting ready” photos and I basically begged her to let me do them! I’m so glad she did! I love detail photos and we had so much fun with her, her daughter, mom and friends before the “first look” and ceremony. I was pretty excited to catch some special moments between her and her daughter that I hope they can cherish forever.

All three of their children were involved and I found myself taking almost as many photos of them as the happy couple! Such cuties!

Thank you so much Tina and Jack for having us photograph your wedding! Congrats!

   

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!

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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