Cutest “We’re Having a Baby” Announcement EVER! | DFW Family Photographer

January 4th, 2013

The grand plan was to design holiday cards for this terrific family from their earlier 2012 session, but when the mom let me know a big secret (they were expecting!), we did both!  This was a HUGE secret — nobody was to know until the big reveal (the announcements in the mail!), even the kiddos.  How’d we pull this off??!!  Well, let me tell ya…

First, mom found an adorable idea on Pinterest (this card/session is based off that!).

Second, we assembled the participants – Mom, two ADORABLE kiddos, me, and a blank vintage chalkboard…some colorful & delicious lollis at the end always help, too!  ;)

(here the kiddos are before we REALLY got started…)

Third, we got all crazy cute and funny — the whole session took us about 8 minutes (yay us!!!).    I asked the kids to do various silly things and they were just perfect.  We did a whole lot of laughing (see below)…

The mom and I met several days afterwards to decide on the perfect pictures for the text…didn’t take us long at all.  I digitally placed the text, we found a card to compliment their cute little outfits, and we were finished.

Here’s their gorgeous announcement…

(names blurred out, of course, for their privacy!)

Mom and I were practically on the floor laughing as soon as this happened…

Still makes me laugh out loud every time I see this picture.  :)    A HUGE congrats to the fun, spunky, & oh-so-cool D family…can’t wait to meet the new baby in June!!!

And…Happy New Year!!!


{ Vintage Summer Session } | Colleyville Family Photography | Maggie McDonald Photography

September 11th, 2012


Immediately after Girl Scout Camp, a lovely friend and I took our two girles out to a fanTABulous lot/junyard for some summer portraits on the way home.  I called her a couple hours before we left for them and told her I had a “vision”).  <–ha!    I passed by this location several times in the past and was just itching to have a session there.  The fun part was that I KNEW that these two girls would look VERY mangy after two nights at summer camp and…THEY DID.  These two usually have their hair in very neat french braids, buns, and side ponies (ALL with coordinating bows)…and when we picked them up all we saw were knots — P.E.R.F.E.C.T.  :)

I brought along two cotton summery vintage-looking dresses and we were set.   All it took was about 8 minutes of hand games and smiles and it was a wrap.  Until next time, S!  ;)


2012 Holiday Sessions | Stunning Holiday Portraits | Dallas Fort Worth Photography | Phoenix Photographer

September 10th, 2012


Just here to say that there are only a FEW remaining spots for 2012 Holiday Mini Sessions with Maggie McDonald Photography!  Details have already been posted on Facebook and past clients have been contacted/booked, SO…if you’re thinking about a session for Dallas / Fort Worth (Sept/Nov sessions) or in Phoenix (Oct 5-7), don’t wait!   SOME of the DFW dates have some wiggle room, so if none of those dates work for you, let’s chat!

Please email maggiejmcd {at} msn {dot} com or call 817-455-6756 to book a session or have any questions answered.  It’s going to be a fun, FULL portrait season, so call now for your stunning, golden family session, complete with posed, as well as candid portraits!    Looking forward to photographing YOU and your family — you’ll even have portrait gifts and cards ready WELL before holiday time, so you can breathe easy this year.  :)


Hope you have one lovely day.


ashlee | grapevine high school senior | colleyville senior photographer

August 25th, 2012

Photographing seniors is SO much fun.  I loved this session with Ashlee, a Grapevine High School senior, who came to her morning golden sun session smiling, along with her mom and brother.  Their support and love (and strong arms to carry all the goodies we had) were SO helpful.

Ashlee is beautiful, sweet and outgoing — we really had fun zipping to a couple locations and I love how she changed things up with different outfits and accessories.  She plays softball for Grapevine High School and I just can’t wait to hear all about her senior year as it happens.   School starts in two days, Ashlee — hope your senior year is most amazing!

Hope you have one lovely day.


Little Miss in a Vintage Crate | Maggie McDonald Photography | Dallas / Fort Worth Family Photographer

August 21st, 2012

So, so fun to see this cutie pie and her family again.


I last saw her as an itty bitty newborn and now she’s sitting, crawling, and standing with some help from mom.  :)  How time flies!

I just love that her mom, dad and sis came along for her six month portraits — so much love and laughter make me one happy photog.  PLUS, mom and dad love all things vintage, so my wooden crate, heart quilt (LOOOOOVE this new find!), and her cutie-pie old fashioned dress (brought by mom) were perfect additions to our session.  LOVE getting to know parents and what they love!

So incredibly honored to capture this little lady once again…

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have one incredible day!


P.S.  If you are interested in booking a holiday mini session in the DFW area or in Phoenix, please click {here} for more information on my Facebook page — info will be on the blog soon.  Slots are going quickly!

Summer brings…

July 25th, 2012

Summer brings big WET raindrops on rusty cars…IF you’re a photographer’s kid, that is.  :)  Raindrops are a pretty welcome sight (smell and feel) in Texas these days!

UPDATE on me…

Our summer has been most fabulous.  Busy traveling and then busy swimming and wrapped up in smoothie making and playing at home.  We’re having a BLAST!

I’m in the process of editing a HUGE session (3 days worth of lovely creative portraits) from a trip to the drop-dead gorgeous state of Tennessee  earlier this month with a beauuuuutiful family.  I am forever changed by their love + the beauty of the Smokey Mountains.  Should be done this week with that, so be ready!

I have some more fun projects up my sleeve, my little lady’s birthday, and have several sessions and a WEDDING in the next two weeks…this gal is EXCITED.  I don’t typically shoot weddings, but am excited about this fun-filled opportunity with a stunning, smiling, sweet & happy couple and their families.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT…. I’m gearing up for upcoming holiday sessions!  IF you’d love holiday portraits this year, make sure to be on the lookout at the beginning of August (yipes…that’s next week) for some dates and details.  Sessions were totally booked (and then some) last year and I’d love to see past clients and new ones, too.  AND get this…our tickets are already purchased for going to Phoenix in October!   If you want to be on the first- to -know list for DFW or Phoenix sessions, please send a quick little email or Facebook message to me with your name and email addy and you’ll be notified BEFORE details are posted online.  How’s that for being on top of things?

Have one super day and hope YOU are having a beautiful summer!


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{Little Smiler} | DFW Family Photography | Maggie McDonald Photography

July 5th, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this sunny morning session.  This beautiful little lady got out of the car full of smiles — she was ready from the get-go!  I loved every minute of this sweet family’s interactions.

This momma was given a gift certificate for a mini session from a lovely friend and I have had the best time watching her grow up via Facebook, just knowing we’d have a session in the future.  I love this age and the moments we captured — her reaching for her mom’s face as she puts her in the air just melts my heart.   :)

Hope you have one lovely day!  Be on the lookout for more summer sessions coming up…


Sisters & Besties | Maggie McDonald Photography

June 11th, 2012

Ahhh…the special relationship between sisters.  There’s really nothing like it!

I was SO thrilled to be contacted by S (the big sis) to do a sister’s session before M (little sis) left for college in the fall!  These two super sweet gals admitted that the last time they really had portraits taken together was six years ago…it was definitely time!   We had such a nice time together early Saturday morning in the golden sun (my fav!) for our Mini Session.  I enjoyed hearing about their hobbies, jobs, jobs-to-be, and their close relationship.  After I got home, I received a really sweet ‘thank you’ email from S that also included a picture of a grasshopper that rode home in her boot.  Her dog had quite a blast watching the little guy hop, apparently.  LOVE it.

Thanks, you two, for really making my day.  Your smiles and genuine love for each other were an honor to capture.  I only wish you both the best and can’t wait to show you the rest!

Hope you have a lovely day!



Abroad…in just a few short days! | DFW Family Photographer | Maggie McDonald Photography

May 30th, 2012

Do I get nervous when photographing?   Yes!  Typically, on my way to a session, I get “that feeling” and then when I meet my client(s) and we get started, the nerves just melt away.  Ummmm…but what  happens when I photograph a fellow photographer’s family?  TRIPLE/QUADRUPLE  those nerves!!!  :)

Please meet fellow photographer Kelly Holder, and her lovely, hilarious, spirited, sweet family.  They traveled to the DFW area for their session from Killeen, TX, and are leaving on another more permanent adventure (moving to GERMANY!) in several days.  I LOVE that amidst the stresses of a move (and boy, moving stresses are endless–I know from experience!), Kelly decided that she wanted to remember Texas and capture her family in their “now.”  Even though it took a lot (travel, hotel, packing, wrangling dogs, time, etc), they’ll have these portraits to look back on to remember this time in their lives…before their European adventure began.


These portraits will help them remember their little lady’s big smiles at her parents (when she wasn’t putting her fingers into her mouth), their little guy doing an awesome Moonwalk for us, AND the GIANT fuzzy caterpillar that tried to made a beeline for their oldest son’s toes (he may or may not have let out a little yelp).  ;)

What an honor to capture this family, and oh what FUN I had.  Safe travels, H Family — cannot wait to hear all about your journey!  I’ll be in touch with all your stunning portraits soon.

Hope you have a lovely day.


He’s Home | Celebrating Adoption Session | Maggie McDonald Photography

May 22nd, 2012


This family met me with all smiles.  Their little man, adopted from China about a month ago, fit into their family just perfectly.   I absolutely loved being able to witness their family love and the tenderness his sisters had toward him was incredibly touching.

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the organization, Celebrating Adoption.  I have met incredible families and children through C.A. and just treasure sessions that I am able to photograph.    Thank you, W Family, for choosing me to capture your love.  It was an honor!

Hope you have a lovely day!    ~mm