Archive for the ‘baby’ Category

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Sunday, February 15th, 2009

This handsome little guy was born just six days ago. What a little sweetie!

Here he is in a blankie that his grandma made for him. I think it’s really fun when families have blankets, hats, or outfits that mean something to them photographed. Keeps my job interesting AND I love seeing what beautiful pieces these families have. :)

Look at those newbie feet! :)

I *love* photographing this family. They’re so carefree, fun, & in love! Remember our fun maternity shoot??? They’re so relaxed in front of the camera and really can let that guard down and enjoy the moment.

I got some of my FAVORITE images EVER today when we decided to brave outdoors with the little guy for a couple minutes…you’ll have to stay tuned to see some sneak peeks of those. {colorful blanket, wagon, outside, bundled baby, happy family…can’t get much better than that!}

Have a great rest of your weekend! ~m

=slowing down=

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

“The poet Billy Collins once laughingly observed that all babies are born with a knowledge of poetry, because the lub-dub of the mother’s heart is in iambic meter. Then, Collins said, life slowly starts to choke the poetry out of us. It may be true with music, too.”
from Pearls Before Breakfast by Gene Weingarten The Washington Post Sunday, April 8, 2007

I recently received a forwarded email — those I rarely read.   I started skimming it and couldn’t turn back — I got sucked in.   After I noticed my body responding to what I was reading (chills + feelings of sorrow, empathy, disappointment, passion),  I re-read it and thought about my own life.  I’m a lover of music.  I have children.  I’m often rushed to get from one place to the next.  SO many things in the following forward applied to me. It really, really made me think and reflect on my life with two young, inquisitive kiddos.

Here’s the forward:

A Violinist in the Metro

From The Effective Club

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother dragged him along hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.   All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32.  When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.  No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

(end of the forwarded email)

To read the Washington Post article about the experiment in its entirety, click here.

Hope you have a super day — I know I’m going to slow down a little and try and do things a bit differently (okay a LOT differently) in 2009.  ~m

.together twins.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

These cuties were totally on the go. It’s cute because I have three images where they’re doing the exact same thing (both with 1 hand lifted, heads down, heads up, etc). It’s almost like one of those little flip books where you see action with one image right after the other. Love it! :)

Twins are so much fun! :)

Have a super weekend — we’re pretty chilly here in Colorado, but having lots of quality time with family & friends. You can’t ask for more than that. :) ~m

{on the modern side}

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

When I arrived at the S family home, I couldn’t help but notice pictures everywhere. There were so many moments of their lives celebrated on the walls — it was lovely! As we chatted about how M and A met, the pictures took on more meaning and I learned about their engagement, wedding, honeymoon, and new life together in Arizona.

What stuck out to me were large, framed wall portraits from an obviously fun engagement session in San Francisco. The images were incredibly colorful (an electric blue wall or an assortment of colors at a wall of graffiti) and expressive.

Once I saw this, my mind started spinning from the possibilities. I could tell this family loved colorful wall art, not necessarily typical wall art! And while we did take many traditional images at their newborn session, I wanted to incorporate their fun, edgy, more contemporary side.

Around the middle of the session, I suggested using a beautiful Pram they had sitting in their front room. This front room just so happened to be a purple color WITH great words on the wall…SO even though we were losing light by the second, we went into the front and made it happen. :)

And lastly, I couldn’t decide which pics to post today…the incredible pink nursery OR the more modern pics we did in the S family’s front room. The front room won out because it was so different and fun. :) But…bedroom pics will be coming soon! Here’s a sneak peek of the little beauty up close in her room. :)

Have a great day. ~m

=changed i am=

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I attended an incredible eye-opening workshop all day today with Jesh de Rox.  I’ve never experienced such a workshop and was *so* glad I did — I am truly a changed woman.

Jesh had such a positive, loving outlook on life (which I try to mirror most of the time!) which was totally contagious.   Pair that positivity and love with the passion he has for what he does and he can do anything! He gave us the tools (and insight) needed to start really building meaningful relationships and finding joy in all aspects of our lives. I appreciate that (and was on the edge of my seat for…OH…6 hours!).

And THIS is “baby.”
Love her!!!

Have a super day!
~m

look who’s growing up!

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

I photographed this cutie when she was only a couple days old…and now she’s sitting up and looking as gorgeous as ever. :) {click here , here, and here to check out her newborn session}

LOVE the tutu with her STYLIN’ vans. :) And her gaze up at mom.

Have a super day…stay tuned for some engagement session awesomeness manana.
~m

two brothers + their princess

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Had a wonderful time with the A family this evening. I’m going to keep their family shots under wraps for Christmas cards, BUT thought I’d share some of the gorgeous kiddos. I just couldn’t get enough of their CUTEness!!!

Maybe you remember the little princess from her newborn images taken SIX months ago!!!??? Check her out [here.] Her skin is sooo incredibly perfect — I’m constantly telling her momma that! :)

Hope you had a fab weekend! ~m

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

This little gal’s gallery is ready today!  :)   Couldn’t resist posting some pics from our session.  I love how incredible the wrap looks in black and white…so much texture!

I don’t think I can ever get enough newborn sessions.  They’re SO incredibly special to me.  :)
Have a nice day!   ~m

:baby toes:

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

SOOO many more from this session with cute baby J. I’ve been super busy with sessions, editing, & being a mom…LoTS to share from recent sessions, just not enough time in the day to narrow down all my choices. :)

:::::UPDATES:::::

I just ordered some “props” for newborn sessions, so be on the lookout for some interesting items appearing on the blog!

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I am totally booked for the holiday season (wooo hooo!)! IF you’re looking to get holiday pictures taken, please email me and I’ll put you on a wait list for a session. There are always openings for newborns, however. I always allow extra time for the little cuties.
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Celebrating Adoption sessions are booked for November and December. If you’d like to schedule one for January let’s chat!
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If you’re looking for a session for 2009, give me a jingle! I’m currently booking sessions for the new year (AND selling gift certificates for the new year, too!). Please send me an email at maggiejmcd@msn.com and we’ll get you in OR get a gift certificate to you in the mail! What an awesome gift for someone special.

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I have some exciting news to share soon about an awesome opportunity in November! If you’re in the Phoenix area, keep November 6th open (4-8pm) for something VERY special.

Have a super rest of your weekend. ~Maggie

.all things vintage.

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Lucky for me, my mom loves to antique.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve heard the squeal “antiiiiiiiques” when we’ve passed a new store somewhere.  Now we just squeal whenever we see an antique store because it’s funny.  :)

Anyway,  I definitely benefit from her love for all things vintage and now the kiddos and I enjoy accompanying her every once in a while.  I got a call one weekend about 4 months ago, from my mom in Show Low.  She found this fun wagon and wanted to know if I was interested….YEAH!!!!!!!   She brought it over later that weekend and it sat in my garage until today…it’s been waiting for the perfect kiddo. :)

I love when clients want to think out of the box with me.  I knew the P family had a large yard with trees, so I mentioned the wagon to the mom via email several days ago and she was definitely interested.  After our typical indoor photoshoot this morning/afternoon, we ventured outside, found some shade and a lovely tree, and mom put a bundled up little guy into the wagon.  He took our breath away.  :)

What’s even more fun, is that little J is swaddled up in his daddy’s old blankie.  Mom said she wanted to incorporate the blanket into the shoot somehow and I thought it’d be perfect here.

Isn’t he just precious???  :)

And a more traditional image — love his hands and strong gaze.  The little guy was really awake for the beginning.  Mom worked SUPER hard to get him to sleep for a bit and then he was O.U.T. OUT!

G–I had an awesome time with your fam today.  Can’t wait to show you the rest.   :)

Have a super day.   ~m