Archive for January, 2008

{kidlets in action}

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

 Had a great day at the park today.  Lovin’ this perfect AZ weather.

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I {heart} this picture.  For some reason it just really pulls at my heart strings.  She’s so into it and cute.  

I love the background and framing by the tree to the right.  The colors of the horse and her shirt pop just enough. 

It’s just a snapshot of what she’s like in real life.  No “say cheese” portrait smiles (like those hat ones a couple days ago).  This is just me capturing her inner child.  And that, is my true goal.  If I could capture each child’s essence, I’d be an in-demand lady!  Better keep practicing…

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A recent goal of mine is to improve capturing action in photos.  So, I set off to do just that today.  What I really wanted was some jumps, twirls and leaps by Peach, but she’d rather swing, slide down the pole, and ride the horsie.  Fine by me!  Little Fella loved the sand, swing, and a couple pine cones (“paaa”) he found on the way to the car.  We had a great time together.  :)

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^ Lotsa funny faces lately. 

Okay…if you’re looking for the winner of the Starbuck’s gift card….look no further!

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Congrats PHIL, you lucky duck!  Card is in the mail!  <—OOPS…the winner isn’t PHIL!  It’s JESS!!!  Yeah, Jess!  Send me your addy girlie and I’ll get one off to YOU in the mail.  Funny that the Starbucks gift card is going to the coffee addict in Seattle.  I remember you and your coffee at Skye’s workshop, girl!  :)  

I was THRILLED with all the comments on the blog.  Thank you all so much for participating and be on the lookout for more freebies!  And what a treat to have Carole stop by.  {mwah…miss you!!!}

~m

A Logo, baby!!!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

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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

{A Cotton Field}

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Just playing around a bit more (above) with texture.  I could really do this alllll night (and pretty much do)!  :)  

Found a fun cotton field.  Added a crisp (yet sunny) AZ day, a super cute coat, and an adorable (sure, I can say that about my own kiddo) but fidgety little girl to the equation, and we were able to come up with some cute stuff!!! 

 As many of you moms know, it’s sure not easy to take pictures of your own child.  I just keep taking pics and hope for the best!  Bribery can help in moments of desperation, too.  :)    Did I just say that???  :)     

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Be on the lookout for some changes tomorrow!  :)    ~m

Hat-tastic!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Had a little fun in the backyard the other day with some hats we have for photo sessions.  They look pretty cute on little kid noggins.  I like the splash of color and texture.  :)  

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Have a colorful day!  :)    ~m

~Peace Out~

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Isn’t this funny? 

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It’s all about the hands today and me trying to capture some up close action.  I’m taking a class right now through BetterPhoto* and our lesson is on close ups….thought I’d show you some of mine.  :)   Still working on editing some more (of course!) but I thought these were blog worthy. 

The Little Fella still has blanket marks on his head from his nap.  :)   Too cute. 

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I like the little fiber he’s playing with in this last one. 

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I’ve always loved those extreme close up shots.  Can’t wait to learn more and get creative with it.  Have a good rest of your weekend.

~m

By Popular Vote…

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

more images of J for your viewing pleasure!!!  Soooo many people wanted to see more (including me!). 

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{I’m so used to photographing kids, that all this editing of an adult has been a nice change.  I’m already looking forward to editing and taking more images of kiddos though.}

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img_7163defshexbrnnvltbwweb.jpg <–Lastly, I like how she’s just peeking from behind all that’s going on here.  The diagonal lines are nice, too. 

Still have many more J images, but I can’t spoil them before I meet with her and show her a slideshow.   I have a lot of simple, classy, typical images, too…just want to show you guys some that I think are fun and different. 

Does anyone have a fav here???  My fav is #2 (for now)!  I like the texture of the whole building paired with her skirt, how she’s posed, her look, etc.  It just works!

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I got some props for newborn/baby shoots today.  A SUPER fun, vintage wicker bassinet and a wide vanity chair for placing a newborn on for a fun look.   Also bought a cool mint green chair for some toddler/kid photoshoots.   It’ll give some extra style and color to an image for sure.  Just let me know if any of those interest you before your scheduled shoot!

The blog’s gonna have a *new look* pretty soon here, so be on the lookout! 

Stay tuned for some images with cotton (?), pettiskirts, an adorable baby belly, and MORE!  AAAAnnnd have a great weekend.    ~m

{the snazzy hat}

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Took these pics of my sis when she was out here for Christmas.  I’m totally missing her!  :)  

I’m crazy busy editing, but wanted to leave you with a couple interesting pics…

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Accessories can add SO much to a photograph.  I love the look in the above picture.  The hat is terrific (and full of texture!) and her hands are so delicate.  Lovin’ it!

Accessorizing for a photo shoot is fun and you can even get ultra-creative!  Some options are:  hats, scarves, purses, tights, belts, jewelry, etc.  Go colorful, do something different!  It’s amazing how one little thing can change so much about an image.   I can’t imagine what the above pic would look like without the hat…all I know is that it’s SO much better/more dramatic with one.   Off to edit…  ~m

Congrats, Mommas-to-be!

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

 Ahhhhh…wrinkly newborn feet, complete with ink, from footprints, in all those cracks and crevices. 

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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.  maggie@maggiemcdonaldphotography.com

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!

[WOWza]

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

A real moment.  A spontaneous, gorgeous, in-the-moment smile.  :)

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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. 

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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. 

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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!!!

The Silent Session

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

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When you think of a photo session with a three-year-old you think wild, zany, on-your-toes fun!  Tonight, however, I got to capture my little cutie sleeping.  Chapped lips and all.

The little lady is under the weather and kept coughing and waking herself up, so hubby brought her downstairs so she could fall asleep next to him (and be upright for that cough!) while he watched tv.  Before he took her up to bed, hubs summoned me in there with my camera.  I just had to switch my lens to my new macro since she was holding oh so still.  :)  

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I treasure these.  It’s funny because these are all the little parts (lips, eyelashes, that little spot between her nose and lips) I remember on her as a baby.  They’re just a little more grown up now.  :)

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Only TWO more days until the winner of the FREE maternity/newborn photo sessions is revealed!  I am SOOO excited to get started!  If you’re still wondering if you should enter –  do it!  Until tomorrow…