Archive for January, 2008

 Ahhhhh…wrinkly newborn feet, complete with ink, from footprints, in all those cracks and crevices. 


I’m SO excited to see more newborn feet!!!  🙂

Okay, onto the Fresh Faces Promotion…

I got so many emails about the free maternity/newborn sessions it was overwhelming!  After reading about each woman and why these sessions would make her day, I decided there was NO possible way I could choose one.  Then, I decided there was no possible way I could choose just two.  SO, there are three lucky winners.   Even narrowing it down that much was really hard — believe me, if I could, I would be working with all of you.  

Thank you all for your openness, candid and touching stories, and willingness to open your home to me and my camera.  I wish you all the best of luck throughout the remainder of your pregnancies and beyond.  

I really want to show my appreciation to those who entered, so I am offering a complimentary 8×10 image (a $25 value!) with any paid session booked before Sunday, January 27th.   I know you can’t “book” a newborn session for sure, but we can tentatively schedule something so I can at least have you on my calendar.  Remember —  it’s best to photograph newborns before they are 10 days old (they still like to roll up in those cute balls and sleep a lot!).  Just email me if you’re interested and we’ll set something up.  maggie@maggiemcdonaldphotography.com

Oh, and I plan on offering specials every once in a while (the next one will be for a child session), so check back!  Sorry…onto the exciting stuff…

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The awesome session winners are:

{Geneva + baby boy}     {Amber C. + baby girl}     {Alisha + baby girl}    

Congrats ladies, and I can’t wait to meet you all in person!  I’ll be sending you an email shortly to schedule your complimentary maternity session (and we’ll talk about the baby sessions, too). 

And for all of you site readers, THANK YOU for sending referrals.  That was SO super sweet and wonderful.  🙂  Be on the lookout for lots of great bellies and babies in the future.  Can’t wait!

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A real moment.  A spontaneous, gorgeous, in-the-moment smile.  🙂


Maybe some of you remember…a  while ago I asked if a female would be interested in being a model for me.  When I wrote that post, I ALSO said that a *hot* image or two would be a great gift for a husband.  So a week or two went by and then I got an email from J.  She mentioned that if I still needed anyone, she would love to give her husband some photos for Valentine’s.  Hooo-ray!  I was SO excited. 


Fast forward to today…we went out on a photo adventure to a *top secret* location.  🙂  J COMPLETELY shocked me in the daring department… she climbed on dead trees in skirts, jumped over irrigation ditches in heels, squatted down in abandoned buildings (one of which had a beehive!) with random debris everywhere…the list goes on!  She was willing to do anything and everything to get some images that were nontraditional and fun.  She had some killer ideas, too.  Here are just a couple…be on the lookout for many more super fun images from this shoot. 


J-I had SO much fun with you today.  You are quite a gorgeous momma.  I know this was out of your comfort zone and you completely went with it and blew me away!  I can’t wait to show you the rest (there are SOOO many more)!!!   ~m

****If anyone wants some *hot* Valentine’s photos, let’s set up a session!  We need to schedule something this weekend or early next week to get prints by 2/14.  What an awesome treat for a hubby. { J kept saying that her husband was going to be shocked and how NICE it was to be dressed up and doing something so very different! }****

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Stay tuned for the winner(s) of the maternity/newborn sessions!  Check back Thursday for the reveal!!!

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When you think of a photo session with a three-year-old you think wild, zany, on-your-toes fun!  Tonight, however, I got to capture my little cutie sleeping.  Chapped lips and all.

The little lady is under the weather and kept coughing and waking herself up, so hubby brought her downstairs so she could fall asleep next to him (and be upright for that cough!) while he watched tv.  Before he took her up to bed, hubs summoned me in there with my camera.  I just had to switch my lens to my new macro since she was holding oh so still.  🙂 


I treasure these.  It’s funny because these are all the little parts (lips, eyelashes, that little spot between her nose and lips) I remember on her as a baby.  They’re just a little more grown up now.  🙂


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Only TWO more days until the winner of the FREE maternity/newborn photo sessions is revealed!  I am SOOO excited to get started!  If you’re still wondering if you should enter —  do it!  Until tomorrow…

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Hats on Kids…

are just too cute for words.   He has a cold, so he doesn’t quite look like himself here.  🙂


Little Fella used to have a habit of throwing off anything we put on his head.  Now, he wants to be like his daddy. 

Tonight on the way home from my parent’s house, hubs put one of his hats on the little dude and when we got home, he was still wearing it.  I had to laugh out loud because his little head was swimming in this thing.  I don’t think he could even see!  Adorable.


We went out into the desert today for a little mid-day photo shoot (not an ideal time, but we made it work!).  ‘Twas fun.  More super fun images later on in the week!  ~m

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I LOVE taking pictures of kids.  It’s great fun.  I love connecting with them and building a trusting photographer/kiddo relationship.  Kids are just incredibly unpredictable and hilarious –I find it so entertaining and rewarding! 

Throughout this whole photography journey, I have found that I LOVE shooting adults, too.   It’s amazing to see a woman’s comfort and confidence build throughout the session.  It’s fascinating that one intentional move of a woman’s hand or foot can take an image from being average to dramatic.  How one glance can go from peaceful to sultry in a matter of seconds.   {and I get to capture that!}

Anyone watch America’s Next Top Model???  I love watching the transformation of the contestants — they go from young girls to confident models in a matter of weeks.   Of course, there’s all that drama sandwiched in between, but it really is fun to watch these women change. 

I’ve been taking pictures of my sister for several years now.  At first, it was just headshots for dance.  Within the last three months though, we’ve branched out and have done some pretty fun and funky stuff.  Our transformation together has been HUGE!  Even now, it takes a while for the both of us to get comfortable and find that groove, but once we’re there, it’s magical. 

The promotion I have going on for maternity/newborn photos is incredibly exciting for me.  There have been lots of applicants (still have time to apply if you’d like!) and it’s going to be a tough decision.   [Here’s a little secret…I don’t think I’ll be able to pick just one…:) ]  Anyway, as I’m looking through these emails from women all over the valley, I’m looking for a match for my style and/or a story that moves me and/or an appreciation for photography.  I’ve been really impressed and so honored that these moms-to-be want to work as a team.  I can’t wait!!!

Anyway, here are a couple more images taken of my sis in the desert before Christmas…didn’t get to them until now.  


^I think this is one of my favorite pics of her.  I love the curve of her body and how her red hair is just glowing in the sunlight.


^ Her body here is SO different than we’re used to seeing.  The tight jacket and full skirt work so well together.  I like the placement of her hands, making the feel of the image a bit more stiff.  Her focused stare is the best part (IMO) though.

If any of you out there want to rock a photo shoot –pics for you, your husband, etc., let’s set something up!  There’s still time for a Valentine’s present!  🙂   It’s fun to work together and come up with some cool and VERY different stuff.   Can’t wait to show you what I have up my sleeve THIS week.  Have a super day!  ~m

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:: shadows ‘n pals ::

We had so much fun at the Phoenix Zoo last Sunday.  We went with my pal K from choir and her two super sweet boys.   Here are some pics, guys!  I really never take pics of animals or landscape, so these were a bit of a stretch for me.  🙂

I just love this flamingo picture because I like the profile shot AND I think it’s fun to see the shadow on the ground. 


I was so excited when I started to edit the image below. I loved everything going on with the light and various trees — it’s so dramatic.   Here are K and her two cute boys looking at the rhinos (which makes it EVEN more special because that is one of the boy’s absolute favorite animals). 


The patterns on the giraffes really “popped” when I converted the picture to black and white. 




Little Peach playing princess near the water…love the innocence captured here (I’m sure she’s singing!).  The kiddos spent most of the day playing here.  🙂


Waiting for someone to loan them money to massage their feet.  🙂


 Little Fella working on a box of raisins.  He’s such a good little guy. 


Do YOU have a favorite???  There are some different images today…I think my fav is either the giraffes or the 3 of them looking at the rhinos… Dang, I just looked again and really like the flamingo one a bunch, too.  I’m gonna have to get back to ya.  🙂      ~m

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There’s something magical about the hands and feet of a little person — I just can’t get enough!!! 

I am just starting to experiment with my new macro (close up!) lens.    This is only the beginning…

With the blog promotion going on, I’m REALLY excited to take macro photos of a sleepy newborn…and maybe a prego belly button?  Oh, the possibilities.  🙂 

The sweet one-year-old pictured here was SUCH a busy little crawler.  She was tearing up the sidewalk and even my keys didn’t keep her still for very long.   I got lucky when she paused for a moment. 

In this picture above, I love the texture of the ground with the various nooks, crannies, and shadows & think it adds so much to the image.    I think her hand, all stretched out, is super cute, too (those tiny wrinkles and dimples always get me).   

Thanks, C, for letting my borrow your little cutie for a couple minutes.  🙂

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{UPDATE on BLOG PROMO}  Thank you everyone for your submissions.  I’ve read though them and really appreciate you taking the time to write a little about yourself and send pictures.  I don’t know HOW I’m going to decide at this point because all your emails have been super sweet and interesting.  Pics great, too.  🙂 

For those of you that did not send pics with your submission, please do.  Your picture, along with your written portion, will help me decide whether our personal styles will mesh.  Some of the pictures taken at the free sessions with me will go on my website, so I really feel like I need a grasp of “you” before I decide.   I’m going for unique!  

If you’d still like to send in a submission, just check out the post below this one and follow those directions — you have until next Wednesday night.  Can’t wait to hear from more fabulous moms-to-be.     ~m

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