The G Siblings | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

What a beautiful family this is! Such sweet siblings and I’m fortunate enough to see them at least once every year! 

I’m hoping there are still a few more beach sessions left in my future this summer, but if not, this one is a great way to end the the season! 

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!  

Watermelon/Fourth of July mini sessions!

McDonald Photography presents 2018 Watermelon/Fourth of July Mini Sessions!

Saturday, June 16th 

Watermelon sessions will be held in the morning at our local beach and Fourth of July sessions will be held in the evening behind my home/studio. 

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:

Watermelon sessions: 

10 a.m. –
10:30 a.m.
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12 p.m.: 

Fourth of July sessions: 

5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

*Pending deposit

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 S Family | Rochester Hills, Michigan Family Photographer

Have I mentioned how much I love candids?  I think I may have mentioned that a time or two before 😉 

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE when families are relaxed, interact and let me do my thing! 

The S Family was amazing! It was like a little get-together and I just happened to be there to document it. 

We let the kids play and just snuck in some photos here and there. What a wonderful afternoon! 

Ava and Abby | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Just check out these two little cuties! Oh my, their daddy is going to be in trouble in a few short years! 

We had a fun beach session and they had the most adorable outfits. But lets be honest – I think they could have worn paper sacks and been cute!

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!

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