Posted by: photosbymcdonald | June 18, 2013

New blog and web site! | Holly, Michigan Photographer

Change is good!

Come check out McDonald Photography’s new blog and web site at !

Everything is now in one place – the web site, the blog, my galleries – to make it super easy!

There are still a few things that need to be done, but I couldn’t hold off any longer! Chad at Conte Media has done a fabulous job!

Also, if you’ve already subscribed to this blog and have been getting email updates, you’ll need to change your subscription HERE. 


Posted by: photosbymcdonald | June 6, 2013

Four? OMG. Four. | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Today my daughter turns four – yes, four! I can hardly believe it! It seems like just yesterday she was a tiny little baby, born at 5 pounds 15 ounces.

Now she’s all legs and long hair (which I probably won’t cut until she forces me to!) She’s my everything. My sunshine in the dark. My rainbow in the rain. I cannot imagine a life without her and I wouldn’t want to.

I love how she wants to be by my side through everything. I absolutely love when we’re in a crowd and she still looks for me when I’m not with her. I love listening to her pretend as she plays with her Barbie dolls and My Little Ponies. It’s a riot to hear her sing along with songs by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

I’m trying to hold onto every little moment – like reading her books before bed and tucking her in at night. Like when she climbs into our bed each morning and kisses my cheek. Like when she wants to help me garden and dance at Zumba.

I don’t know how or why I am so lucky to have her as my daughter, but I am and always will be grateful for her.

Happy birthday sweet pea!


Posted by: photosbymcdonald | June 1, 2013

Drew | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

I am proud to say that this handsome man is a regular of mine and I love when his mom calls me to set up his next photo session!

His personality lights up the room! When he’s over it’s more like a play date than a photo session. We always have a blast!I can honestly say that my job is not really a “job” to me – especially with little ones like Drew to photograph. Feeling very blessed!



Posted by: photosbymcdonald | June 1, 2013

Natalya – 9 days old | Highland, Michigan Newborn Photographer

Nothing – and I truly mean nothing – is sweeter than a brand new baby.

And Natalya has everyone in her family wrapped around her little finger already! I spent most of an afternoon with her and she had me equally smitten🙂 Such a little sweetheart – she let me pose, photograph and set-up shots to my heart’s content!

After two little boys, I am pretty sure her mom and dad are in heaven – now that they have their little girl – and who wouldn’t be?!

Congrats Julie and Eric – she’s absolutely precious!





Posted by: photosbymcdonald | May 21, 2013

Pipsqueak Boutique | Fenton, Michigan Children Photographer

When a friend of mine told me that the owner of Pipsqueak Boutique in Fenton may have been possibly looking for a photographer to take some photos to feature in her store I seriously was giddy with excitement. It’s the little things, right?

And after I talked to Kerry about the photos and she said she’d let me use her outfits for them I quite possibly was jumping up and down with happiness.

So I sat down and issued a model call for several little girls and had absolutely no idea the amount of interest this would attract! How wonderful!

Let me tell you, it was SO SO SO hard to turn people away after I already had five little cuties lined up (six including my daughter🙂 ) for the shoot.

However, for those of you out there who expressed interest, we plan to have another shoot hopefully this fall!

Here is a little preview of what is featured at Pipsqueak Boutique this season, including Smitten petti skirts and Mudpie and Giggle Moon clothing brands.







Just in case you’re curious, Pipsqueak Boutique is located at 208 N. Adelaide St. in Fenton. Check them out at

The wedding celebration of Dan and Jamie took place February 2 at the beautiful Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Troy.

I’ve known Jamie for a super long time. We met when I was sophomore in high school and I started working at Fashion Bug and she was my manager! Pretty crazy! Who knew some time later I’d be photographing her wedding celebration?!

She has two sweet little ones – Danny and Vanessa – that I’ve been photographing along the way as well.

But it was especially wonderful when she called to tell me last fall that she and Dan had gotten married! So of course I had to be at the celebration and document it!🙂

They were one of the most laid-back couples I’ve ever photographed. I don’t think I  saw either one of them without a smile on their faces all night long!

  • Reception location: Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, Troy
  • Dress: David’s Bridal
  • Cake: Pete’s Bakery, Waterford
  • Florist: handmade


















Check out a few photos from Steven’s second session with me as a 2013 senior from Lake Fenton High School!

Steven was a 2013 Spokes Model for McDonald Photography, so we not only got together last year for a quick mini session, but met up in Fenton to finish his senior photos.

And let me tell you, we must have picked THE coldest day to work with. The poor guy. He was a trooper and we got some pretty awesome images for him and his family🙂




Posted by: photosbymcdonald | May 7, 2013

Mason turns 1! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Check out this handsome, little fella just one year ago:


And look at him now!


Mason has to be one of the happiest babies I’ve ever photographed! I’ve seen him quite a bit during the last year and each time he’s always full of smiles for me! What a sweetheart!

Mason’s dad was such a trooper and helped me haul this chair up and out of my studio so we could take a few photos outside🙂 Well worth the effort I’d say?


His mom brought along the cutest props for his first birthday session and some of the cutest monster-themed clothing! I love it!



Michelle and Jason were overjoyed to welcome their first, sweet baby in March🙂

Not only did we get together to take some maternity photos before she made her debut, but I photographed Jason and Michelle’s wedding several years back. It was so awesome to see them again and cuddle little Jillian at just 17 days old!





Some of my favorite mom/baby and dad/baby photos EVER🙂 She looks like such a tiny peanut in dads arms!




Posted by: photosbymcdonald | April 23, 2013

2014 High School 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 2014, six lovely ladies have signed on and I couldn’t be happier!

If you know any of these girls, feel free to ask them how you can receive 16 free wallets with your session🙂

Kristen – Lake Fenton High School



Hannah – Holly High School



Heidi – Holly High School



Lauren – Linden High School



Alyssa – Holly High School



Chelsea – Holly High School



For more information about being a spokes model please visit HERE or message me at

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