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*2011 Holiday Mini Sessions* | Maggie McDonald Photography | DFW Phoenix Photographer

Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Holiday Sessions??!!!  I realize it seems WAAAAY too hot to think about the holidays, 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 scheduled a session and designed your fabulous cards ahead of time!  :)

Check it….  ;)


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, Facebook files (with a small logo) for sharing online


  • Custom holiday cards created for you with your stunning portraits OR 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 (top two packages).
Add-ons to packages are quite a deal, too (portraits, disc of images, canvas), so send me an email and I’ll fill you in!

And…2011 holiday card choices are currently being designed/purchased.  They will be displayed on the blog in late August/early September.   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.   Last year there was a wait list, so don’t wait too long!

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

My best,


i love fall | dallas / fort worth family photography | maggie mcdonald photography

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

{Golden Leaves PLUS a stunning mom and her adorable, impeccably dressed son — L.O.V.E!}

Changing leaves mean cooler weather is right around the corner and I just LOVE the four seasons. If it was up to hubby, there would be maybe TWO seasons, but the rest of us at home (dogs+kitties+kiddos+me) really love the varying weather the Texas seasons bring us. Hey, at least it’s better than Arizona! :)


I met up with this incredible mother and son pair last week and we had a great time experiencing all the teachable moments and fun nature brings. We saw bugs, fish, changing leaves, berries, and there were LOTS of sticks. Almost two-year-olds LOVE sticks…

…and vintage trikes that just happen to pop up on the path.

Thank you so very much, T, for trusting in me to capture you and your handsome little man again — it was SUCH a pleasure!

*****I am longing to get my kiddos out amongst the leaves, so stay tuned for a McDonald kiddo session coming SOON!*****

Little Red Wagon | Dallas / Fort Worth Photography | Holiday Mini Sessions

Friday, November 5th, 2010


The stylin’ K family got out of the car ready to go!  They had super cute coordinating clothes, an adorable hat and wagon for the blue-eyed li’l guy, and most of all, carefree personalities and trust that the session and location would just work.  And, of course, it did!


Mom and Dad loved on little C the whole session and he just grinned from ear to ear.  He proudly showed off his walking skills and had quite a fun time being airplaned through the air by his papa, and snuggled by mom.


OH so fun!  I just love how his little arms are going straight up.  :)


What a handsome, handsome little guy — an absolute a delight to photograph!

Hope you have a lovely rest of your day!

Oh do I love color… | Dallas Portrait Photographer | Holiday Mini Sessions

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

And ruffles on the buns of girly outfits.

And sweet families.

And very well behaved cute doggies. Check out Izzy on the right, zooming into the shot!

And girlies with rosettes in their hair who give their momma love just because…

I’m honored that this family chose me to do their very first family portraits! Their little lady is almost 11 months and wanted to be on the GO!  Can’t wait to show you all the rest.  :)

Hope you have a lovely day!


my OTHER two almost-kiddos | dallas / fort worth portrait photographer | holiday mini sessions

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


It’s always SO much fun to see these two. I love it because they make my kiddos grin from ear to ear, whether it’s conversations on the telephone from Texas to Arizona, or they are playing in person. Our kiddos pretty much grew up together, so every year (and hopefully more often than that) we get the gang together to create some sort of ruckus. ;)

This image above really GETS me! It’s how I see them most of the time…


And these portraits just show how beautiful and handsome they really are.

This series is just SO cute. It was T’s idea to sit on this tree and I think it was the absolute *perfect* spot!

SOOOoooo many more to go through and edit. I LOVE love L.O.V.E the adorable outfits their momma chose. The bold pink/orange combo looks AMAZING with the blue plaid amongst all the greenery. Some good ol’ color pop in nature just makes me sing and dance!


Thank you, J, for trusting ME to capture your two adorable pumpkins. I loved everything about this session…all the way down to the hula hooping at the end. ;)

I hope you have one lovely day!

now THIS is THEM | Dallas Metroplex Photographer | Holiday Mini Sessions

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Ahhh…gorgeous loving family. Super fun, sweet, funny, relaxed. These are the shots we get at first…
(i just love baby girl in her wrap all snuggled close to mom)


And thennnnn…things get fun, lovey-dovey and just a TAD crazy. We like real smiles over here, that’s for SURE! :)



It’s so awesome that they can 100% be themselves with a camera nearby! Guess it helps that I’ve been photographing them for years….sheesh…I just said YEARS!
LOVE the orange, pink and blue mix of clothing here, too. The colors just pop enough to give their portraits some oomph! Plaids, flowers, and solids have all been put together flawlessly. LOVELY job, C!

Hope you have one super day.
The B siblings will grace the blog manana! Yesss! Thx for stopping by…

{do this for them} | Dallas / Fort Worth Child Photographer

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I kept going back and forth about which images to post from this session…should I post the one with dad throwing the littlest lady up into the air, where you see her little belly-button and toothless grin, the portrait of the family by the colorful barn, where they’re all staggered and the middle sis looks sneaky-suspicious (a look I ADORE), the pic of the big brother that makes him look like a total tousled-hair 5-year-old Abercrombie model, the portrait of the family as themselves…looking at each other and loving through their eyes and arms, OR this portrait. It’s so simple.

Tonight I can only post this.


It’s a stand-alone image to me.

A portrait that any mom truly wants, BUT the most important thing is that this momma did this for her daughter. Her little “N” is going to look back someday and absolutely cherish this image and just know how much her momma loved her that very moment. I mean, LOOK at this mom’s love! (I just can’t get over it…)

While we, as parents, sometimes struggle with fitting in portrait sessions (the time, the money, the clothing, the image we want to present, etc), it’s important to just do it. For the kids. For our kids!

I’m realizing how truly precious life is as we approach the one-year anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. What I wouldn’t do for more pictures of my children with HIS grin and loving arms wrapped around them.

I promise you’ll see more of this fun bunch tomorrow…

a flower makes a happy girl | dallas / fort worth photography | holiday mini sessions

Monday, October 25th, 2010


As soon as little C found this flower there were smiley talks of surprising mom with it. After she fully studied it, of course!
***I love how flowers can break the ice and brighten up a day!***


I could photograph this sweetie everrrrry day. :)


Dad was so willing to be photographed with his little lady, so I went to town on images that captured their closeness. LOVE these.

More of the whole fam to come at a later date…. ;)

J…I’m so glad I was finally able to capture your beautiful family — we’ve waited a long time for this. Can’t WAIT to show you your images (coming soon).

More Phoenix family portraits coming tomorrow…and the next day….and the next! :) Gotta love it!
Thanks for stopping by…

happy girly explorers | colleyville family photography (on the road in Phoenix!)

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Here are two other little beauties that I have been able to watch grow up behind my lens! We always have such fun together. :)


They are smiley and silly and definitely into exploring. I love girly explorers! We found lots of citrus, an old barn, some chickens (+ a rooster!) AND they always seem to find my lollipops at the end pretty well. They’re always a hit, of course!

LOVE these sweet family portraits. :)

Hope you all have a super rest of your weekend! I’ll appear tomorrow, same place (ha!), with some S family portraits. F family…you’re next! :)

Taking Time | Maggie McDonald Photography | Dallas / Forth Worth Photographer (on the road in Phoenix!)

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Gorgeous, gorgeous young lady…

I had SUCH an incredible time with this family. After a previous day of mini sessions, where I definitely did my share of kid-chasing, it was a breath of fresh air to just slow down and take the time to capture what makes this fam unique. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE photographing little kiddos more that you know…this session just took me from my norm into another realm of photography that I really enjoy.

She knew JUST what to do in front of the camera and had lots of fun ideas for me, too!


LOVE this family portrait! :)

So, so so many more. I’m still deep inside my editing cave (and smiling!) getting all these fab images ready for clients. I’ll return tomorrow with a sneak peek of some portraits from the G Fam!
Hope you have one lovely weekend…