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Taking it all in… | Southlake Family Photography | DFW Holiday Mini Sessions

Monday, September 19th, 2011

My two were walking along a log in Yosemite National Park, taking it all in. Peach grabbed a branch and checked out the leaves, while the little man was watching carefully where to step. This picture takes me back to a time when I truly felt FREE and disconnected, as did they. We hiked, splashed in water, camped (?! — well, sort of), and were just allowed to breathe. We’ll be heading back there sooner than later…or maybe do a National Park tour (Glacier or Denali, perhaps?)and hit up a gorgeous spot every year. That’s on my bucket list. What’s something on yours?

We’ve been busy bees lately.  Soccer, cheerleading, Drama Club, Tae Kwan Do…Yearbook Club starting soon.  This time of year makes me smile as the leaves change and the breezes get cooler, but I also have to remember to take some deep breaths in preparation for…(dun dun dunnn)…the BUSY SEASON.

I’ll be headed out to Phoenix soon for a packed schedule of beautiful people to photograph.  Some clients I’ve seen before (can’t WAIT to see how much all the kiddos have grown!) and some very new families (can’t WAIT for those either).  Before Phoenix, I’m heading to Florida to meet my twinsie niece and nephew and to help my sister-in-law…a new mama, who is super excited for some extra hands around there.  AND my little guy’s birthday is approaching, too.

Oh man…a packed October, an ultra busy November…and then Christmas is here.  :)   Are you ready for the next couple months to whizz by?!

If you’re considering holiday portraits (these puppies come with stunning cards that you don’t have to worry about–that’s MY job!) contact me ASAP (dates on there are all full, so let’s chat!). Seriously, only a couple November weekday spots left.

Hope you have a lovely day! I’m off to finish up client holiday card examples (coming SOON) so I can cross another thing off my growing “to do” list…

Holiday Mini Sessions | Dallas / Fort Worth Family Photography | Maggie McDonald Photography

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Great news… long last, dates and collections are here for the 2010 Holiday Mini Sessions!

So, here are the details…


Included with each session are the items clients *love the most* for the holidays:

  • Gift Prints (your choice of an 8×10, 5×7, 4×6 portrait or 8 wallets)
  • Three web-sized, watermarked files for sharing online (*new from last year*)


  • A holiday card option (custom holiday cards created FOR and with you including envelopes, 4×6 prints to include in your own cards, OR a high-resolution digital file for those that would like to create a card on their own.

I know it seems early, but the end of September will be here in a flash, then we’ll all be busy with trick-or-treating…Thanksgiving…and then Christmas!  You’ll be SO glad you got this done ahead of time.  :)

And…2010 holiday card choices have been designed/purchased and are being finalized with images from sessions throughout the year — they will be displayed on the blog in the next two weeks.   I always LOVE to give clients variety and can’t wait for you to see this year’s cards!  Gorgeous.

If you’ve decided you’d like to reserve a mini session, please email me at and I’ll send you a link to the holiday session booking form. Payment is due at the time of booking (I’ll send a PayPal invoice) to hold your spot.

There are a limited number of spots available, so book now before it’s too late — last year there was a wait list!

Hope you have a lovely day — I’m excited about the prospect of working with so many gorgeous couples, kiddos and families again this year and sure hope you (and yours) are on the list.  :)    ~mm


Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

{Edited to add:::I’m keeping this post up one more day so that everyone can view it for sure.  Pics tomorrow!  ~m}

Remember the other day I said I had some exciting news??????????

Check out the following “card” below and THEN keep reading for ONE incredible deal for you photo lovers (and super original gift givers) out there!!!

Here’s the deal.

I’m SO excited to be a part of this open house (with other local businesswomen, including  As I pondered what to sell or do at this awesome get-together, I decided that I’d LOVE to give past clients, new clients, EVERYONE quite the deal.

SOooo here it is.

I will be selling session gift certificates (even though YOU can get them for yourself/your family) for HALF off!!!! Yes, you read that right.  HALF off.

That means, if you stop by this holiday open house on November 6th between 4pm and 8pm, you can purchase a future photo session (as a gift certificate) for yourself OR a friend or family member.

Session Prices are as follows ON November 6th at the open house ONLY…

Just Me Session (1-2 people)   $125 for the low price of $63!!!!!

*Great for 1-2 kids, a maternity session, a senior portrait session, engagement, couple, etc.

Newborn Session $150 for the low price of $75!!!!!

*Up to 3 hours of relaxed, creative photo fun sprinkled with lots of cuddling & breaks for the new baby

Family Session $175 for the low price of $88!!!!!

*Up to 2 hours of giggling, light posing, and awesome family candid moments captured.

Duo Session — Maternity + Newborn $225 for the low price of $113!!!!!

*Stylin’ and fresh maternity mini session + newborn session (described above) PLUS 24 birth


SO, if you’ve been THINKING about a future session or need the *perfect* gift for someone, this is the time to purchase a custom photo session in advance while the weather is lovely.   Plan in advance to capture that special milestone — a fun photo session with your hubby, your baby who is turning one in April, your junior in high school who needs senior pics, your sister who is having a baby, your picture-loving best friend who has never had a family photo session, or a session JUST BECAUSE.

WHY half off, do you ask? I know a session would be an amazing gift for someone to receive and reducing the price makes a session more giveable!  Times are difficult right now, and everyone is looking for ways to conserve a bit.  If you’re a planner and have been thinking about a session in the future, now’s the time!  If you are ready to think out of the box and give the gift of photography to someone, that’s SUPER cool and original!  :)


*The half off deal is only valid at the holiday open house on November 6th for a photo session.

*There are a limited amount of session gift certificates — one they’re gone, they’re gone!

*You may purchase the session certificate for you or someone else.

*Sessions must be booked (and take place) between January and June of 2009 (I book 4+ weeks in advance at times, so book your date now!!!).

*Must have gift certificate at the time of the session

*Gift Certificate cannot be redeemed for cash/no refunds

*Maternity, newborn, and family sessions include immediate family members only. Any other family members are extra because this takes extra time! :)

*****OKAY, so you’re wondering…WHERE is this holiday open house???*****

It’s located at a private residence in Paradise Valley AND if you send me an email with the words “holiday open house” in the subject line, I’ll send you your very own Evite!

This way, we can keep track of who is coming and who can’t make it — lots of wonderful valley residents have been invited and I hope that you can come, too!

If I’ve met your family behind my lens, if you’ve commented on the blog a time or two, or even if I’ve never met you before, it would be just terrific to see you there.  :)   Please stop by and see me & grab a lollipop!  :)

Have one super day!


Holiday Minis!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

At long last, info for the super fun holiday minis is here!  I can’t wait to start taking holiday pics, designing cards, AND help you in creating lasting images of your family!  Photos are awesome gifts, too!  :)

I know it’s incredibly hard to think about the holidays right now when it’s 111 degrees here in Phoenix, BUT there are only 18 more weekends until Christmas — that makes me shake in my boots!!!

Why are we scheduling holiday shoots now???  Not only do I need to shoot and edit sessions (a 2 week process) but it takes a bit (2+ weeks) to order/receive cards and images, too.  I’m sure my photo lab is going to be feeling the pressure because holiday cards are the IN THING right now!  And BOY do I have some incredible cards for you (a weakness of mine–options will be posted throughout the week!).  :)

Here’s the info you’ve been waiting for…  (OH, and read allllll the way down for a super offer for 1 lucky fam!)

There are only a LIMITED NUMBER OF SESSIONS available throughout the next 3 months (whether you choose a mini session or a full session), so if you’re interested, make sure to send me an email and sign up before they’re gone! Speaking of gone, once the minis are booked in September the month is full!  :)   I try my best to keep the “Availability” portion of this blog (look up top) current if you have a date in mind.

A little more info on the minis…

Saturday, September 20, 2008

3 times available — incredible location in Gilbert (email me for details!)

3:30pm, 4:10pm, 4:50pm (booked)

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

3 times available — rockin’ location in Tempe (email me for more details)

3:30pm, 4:10pm (booked), 4:50pm (booked)

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*Rain date scheduled for Oct 30th.


  • those who email with date/time preferences first get the first slots
  • payment, in full, must be received within one week in order to hold your date and time
  • sessions prices are up to 4 people ($25 extra per person)
  • $50 mini session print credit may only be used toward gift and wall prints
  • additional holiday cards, prints, and digital negatives may be purchased
  • all final print orders must be made by 11/28 to receive prints before Christmas

If you choose to have a regular session (more time + images than a mini), it needs to take place by 11/9 to receive holiday items (gift prints, cards, etc).   Session prices are located on my website under “investments.”

Oh, and if you’re doing a mini, since these sessions are so short, in your email to me with your preferred time(s) and date(s), please choose whether the session is a family session (only images of the family are taken — no individual shots of family members) or a child session (focus is on up to two children and sibling groups).  The goal is for you to have an incredible image (or two or three or…) for your holiday cards, as well as amazing images for your walls (+ gifts for friends and family).

AND if you made it this far (thank you, thank you!!!) I have two offers:

1) if you or your family have been photographed within the last 6 months by moi, you may purchase holiday cards with a favorite image from your session for $8 off a set (that means 24 gorgeous press-printed 5×7 flat cards for $42).  how cool is that!?

2) And the best part….SEEKING one adventurous, spirited family to do a mini session trial run on Sunday, August 31.  The first fam that I get an email from will get 50% off the session + all the other perks that come with the mini (it’ll cost ya $100 for all that!).  Doesn’t matter who you are or if you’ve ever had a session with me…friends/fam are just fine, too!

Okay, I think I’ve covered just about everything.  Thanks for your interest!  My email is if you’d like to reserve your session!  I will do my best to get back to your emails promptly and keep the availability page updated.  Have a GREAT Friday!  :)

My best,


the whites | baby announcements

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

(in case you can’t see)

A — tag reads “pinned to our hearts”

B — tag reads “Adorable”

E — tag reads “hand wash only”

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Your options:

All text (including tags) is customizable (color and font).

All colors are customizable.

Artistic embellishments can be removed if that is your preference.

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Cards include envelopes and are printed on your choice of:

high quality photo paper

high quality art paper (linen or watercolor)

high quality pearl paper (metallic-like sheen)


::: One very important detail:::

Cards must be ordered in packages of 24 (same card)

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{For a limted time, ALL types of cards are $2 each!}  Lovin’ it!!!  :)

Fresh Faces | Mom

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Today was extra-special.


{that pregnant glow!}

I met with one of my awesome “Fresh Faces” blog promotion recipients to do her maternity shoot.


AND it was her birthday!   Happy Bday!!! 


{little girl booties on an adorable round belly}

I had so much fun with A.  She was super relaxed, sweet, and so proud of her perfect belly.  She was 100% willing to go along with all my (sometimes crazy) suggestions, too.  :)   I just had the most relaxing time and enjoyed comparing stories and second-time mom worries and celebrations.  Her 14-month-old son slept through most of our time together, but when he woke up, he was a total gem.  I am thrilled for A, her husband, and little son.  Their soon-to-be born baby girl is already SO loved…I can’t wait to meet her in a couple weeks. 


{i LOVE this pic — i love his little face as mom hugs and kisses him with all her might.  she completely adores this little man, and it shows}


{stunning midnight blue eyes — mom says they change with what he’s wearing}

A–Thank you so very much for having me today.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself!  I have SO many more images that I just love!  I can’t wait to show you them all.   ~m

[ Petti Glow ]

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008


{More pettiskirt images for your viewing pleasure}   

This bright orange and hot pink pettiskirt is a guaranteed day brightener!  Can’t wait for some more little ladies to give these a whirl.  :)  

In May, be on the lookout for a Fresh Faces search for a 1-5 year old pettiskirt model.  I am soooo excited!   But first, Fresh Faces mommas-to-be and their babies…COMING SOON!    ~m




A Logo, baby!!!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008


I’ve been waiting forevvvver for my logo to arrive and it FINALLY did.  I think it’s pretty fresh and fun.    Yea!

I wanted something that would span all ages, be fun, colorful, creative and different.  [Pretty much sums up what I want to be as a photographer] 

 —>So, to celebrate this “Crowning of the Logo” special day, I’m going to give away a $15 Starbucks card to one random, lucky, super-fresh commenter.  I’ll put all the numbers (in order of your comment) in a hat and have Peach pick one out at her bedtime  (Wed., 1/30 at 7pm).  It’ll be in the mail to you the very next day.  Yippeeeee!   You can tell your pals (or significant other!) to comment to get the gift card or just keep this little secret to yourself.   *****All you have to do is tell me what your favorite color in the lollipop is and why!*****    You can leave your email in your comment below (if I don’t have it) or wait to find out the results on Thurs (and then send it to me)!  Whether you’re a regular blog reader or totally new to the [blog o' pics], doesn’t matter!!!    

Gooooooooooooooood luck and can’t wait to hear your favorite colors.  Oh, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see if some Starbucks slurping is in your future.

I’ll start:  {Red} I love bold, bright, cherry-red, flowers, nail polish for toes, bricks (and their many shades of red), hearts, and fruit punch.     ~m

Congrats, Mommas-to-be!

Thursday, January 24th, 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.

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!


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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!!!