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

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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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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Courtney – Lakeland Class of 2015 Senior | Highland, Michigan Senior Photographer

Please say hello to the gorgeous Ms. Courtney – a Class of 2015 Lakeland High senior and McDonald Photography Spokes Model!

Courtney was everything a photographer could dream of when it comes to photographing high school seniors – beautiful, sweet and excited about having her photos taken 🙂 We did a little bit of everything last spring, summer and fall – country, urban and sports! How fun is that?!

(PSSSTTT …. if you’re interested in becoming as spokes model visit this link: https://photosbymcdonald.wufoo.com/forms/mcdonald-photography-2016-spokes-model-application/ Spokes models get a ton of extra fun stuff – including additional photos, locations and more!)

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People’s Choice Contest – Best of 2014! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

So here we are again staring a beautiful new year in the face. 2015! It’s been eight years – yes, EIGHT – 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.

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 noon on January 8 – 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!

I hope wherever you find yourself this New Year’s day, you take a moment to dream. Dare to wish for the impossible…then hope for more.

Here’s to new beginnings, taking risks, and dreaming out loud … Happy 2015!

Here are last year’s winners Melissa and Matthew:

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Without further ado, here are the nominees for Best of 2014! (Click on the photo to see it larger.) Good luck!

1. Danielle and Reagan

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2. Samantha

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3. Wendy and Joe

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4. Jenna and Mason

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5. Serena

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6. Andrea and Preston

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7 .Veronica

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8. Ben and Logan

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9. Addi and Logan

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10. Andrea and Tony

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11. Victor

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12. Emilia

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13. Kristie, Jessica and Raelyn

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14. Jennifer and Anthony

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15. Courtney

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16. Jennifer and Chris

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17. Ayden

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18. Sarah and Brandon

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19. Peter

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20. Brock

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Samantha – Fenton High School Class of 2015 Spokes Model

Samantha is one of this year’s gorgeous spokes models for Fenton High School. She is a natural behind the camera and had so many ideas! I love that!

Last spring we met up for her first session in-studio and just a few, short weeks ago we got together for her outdoor session. She chose the locations and she did an awesome job! There was so much creativity flowing. And I’m pretty sure she can’t take a bad picture 🙂

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Class of 2015 High School Senior Spokes Models! | Holly, Michigan Senior Photographer

It’s that time of year again – high school senior spokes model time!

I always have THE best time with my models and this year has been no exception!

For the Class of 2015, four lovely ladies and one handsome guy have signed on and I couldn’t be happier!

If you know any of this year’s spokes models, feel free to ask them how you can receive 16 free wallets with your session 🙂

Morgan – Holly High School

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Courtney – Lakeland High School

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Samantha – Fenton High School

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Tyler – Holly High School

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Emily – Holly High School

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Class of 2015 High School Spokes Model Search! | Holly, Michigan Senior Photographer

Are you a high school junior or do you know a high school junior that would like to be a spokes model for McDonald Photography?

We are currently searching for juniors from area high schools to earn free prints and products!

Spokes models receive double the photos to choose from and receive TWO FREE SESSIONS! They are first photographed in late March- April. (This session is done to have photos ready to put together your spokes model cards and proof book.)

A regular senior session will take place in summer or fall – whenever you choose! Senior portraits orders may be chosen from either session.

Benefits include your portraits on Facebook, MySpace, McDonald Photography’s web site and business materials.

You’ll receive $20.00 in print credit for each qualified referral!

Additionally, the spokes model that refers the most students (a minimum of 10 referrals) will get their portraits FREE! (*A $500 value!)

Currently we are taking applications! Visit HERE for the application or contact Jennifer at jennifer@photosbymcdonald.com or 248-760-7959.

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Chelsea – Holly High School Class of 2014 | Holly, Michigan Senior Photographer

After this post I’ll be all caught up through September! Woo hoo!

Here is the lovely Chelsea – a Holly High School Class of 2014 senior! A cross country runner and member of the basketball team, Chelsea was also one of my 2014 spokes models!

With plans to go into the Air Force, Chelsea is definitely an amazing girl and I wish her all the luck into the future!

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