Family Affair! | Dexter, Michigan Family Photographer

There’s nothing I love more than photographing families! And when they all get together for one big photo session, that makes me even more happy and excited!

I first started photographing Ben, nine years ago when my business was brand new, and since then, I’ve had the joy of photographing his two younger brothers, his aunt and uncle’s wedding, two of his cousins, and countless other family members! What a blessing! 

Just check out a quick peek from their latest session, held on grandma and grandpa’s gorgeous property!  

Parents Unite! | Holly, Michigan photographer

Can I be absolutely and honest candid here? I’ve been toying with the idea for a while of posting this, and maybe it’s more like therapy for me, but I know there are some out there who can relate. This is definitely not my regular kind of photography session or blog post. 

Moms unite! And not just moms – dads too! Let me just say, being a parent is HARD. I don’t care if you’re a working mom, stay-at-home mom or (like in my case) a combination of both, it is so freaking hard. 

Have kids, they said. It’ll be fun they said. 

I feel like my life has become an endless chore of picking up dirty socks, cleaning up wrappers, loading Nerf guns (over and over and over) and filling toy boxes only to have them dumped out approximately five seconds later. Anyone else feel me? 

I work in five-minute increments, between my two-year-old’s melt downs for something he can’t have to being a short-order cook for my almost-nine-year-old. It’s amazing I get anything done at all! 

(Bring me the wine! WHERE THE HECK IS THE WINE?!)

Everyone says “The days are long but the years are short.” And I know this has to be true. But man the days are LONG. 

Who else counts a trip to the Goodwill store alone a vacation? My gym days are my saving grace.

And then there’s the endless “experts” on parenting or people who think they are experts telling you how you should do things and why. I count my day as a win if I’m not rocking back and forth in the corner by bedtime and no one is yelling or crying. 

But in the quiet moments, when my son is snuggled into my side sleeping peacefully, and my daughter still wants to sit on my lap while we’re watching TV, I see the reason the long days are worth it. 

I hope they know they are loved more than I can ever express. That they are the center of my world and I would do anything for their little faces. When Cora tries on 15 pairs of soccer cleats because none of them “Feel just right” and when Austin is freaking out because he wants apple juice BEFORE his milk in a RED cup, I hope they know mom is trying. 

I want to do the very best I can with them, because no matter what occupation I hold or what I do for the rest of my life, they will be my biggest accomplishment, my proudest endeavor, my largest loves. And for for the rest of my life, I will do everything I can to show them how much they mean to me. Because I am so blessed just to call them my own. 

(Just as a disclaimer, these photos are severely over-dramatized. However, on occasion, my house has looked like this! HA! Special thanks to Julie who took the photos and didn’t think my idea was crazy. 😉 )

Austin is like, “What the heck? “

This is my “Mom Zombie” photo lol! 

 

Now reserving for 2018 Easter Mini Sessions | Holly, Michigan photographer

McDonald Photography presents 2018 Easter Mini Sessions with bunnies!

When: Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th

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

Cost: $150 plus tax
(Includes 15-20 images on disc with printing rights, digital download from gallery)
Disc can be mailed to your home for $5
USBs are available for $10
Sessions are for 1-3 individuals. $15 per extra person.

A NON-REFUNDABLE RETAINER OF $50 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 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, March 17
10 a.m. – Haley Day
10:30 a.m. – Wendy Tottingham
11 a.m. – Sands
11:30 a.m. – Shelby Holland
12:00 p.m. – Gardner
BREAK
1:30 pm. – Malenfant
2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – Jennifer Albee
3:00 p.m. – Banks*
3:30 p.m. – Pete
 
Sunday, March 18
10 a.m. – Erin Mele Wendt
10:30 a.m. – Richey
11 a.m. – Sage Bowers
11:30 a.m. – petrilli
12:00 p.m. – petrilli
BREAK
2:00 p.m. –
2:30 p.m. – Smith
3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – Jillian Powers
4:00 p.m. – D’Aigle

 

* pending deposit

This year’s set:

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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

Baby Benjamin | Holly, Michigan Newborn Photographer

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

  

Evan | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

This little cutie came to see me for his first birthday mini session! Isn’t he the sweetest?! Just check out those little teeth! I really love photographing this age!

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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The C Family at University of Michigan | Holly, Michigan Family Photographer

The campus of the University of Michigan is one of the most beautiful places to photograph! When the C family asked if I was willing to travel there for their session it didn’t take me two second to say “YES! Of course!”

We started out at the Law Quad before heading over to the clock tower and the Arb. What a gorgeous day! We initially had to cancel our first day due to rain. I’m so glad we held out, because the day we picked was 70 degrees and sunny! The colors on the trees were at peak color – what more could a photographer ask for? Add a cute baby and two amazing parents – viola – perfect session!

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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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