-comfort zone-

Let’s be honest here… “posing” for pics, or being one of the subjects in a photo shoot, isn’t the most comfortable activity.  Believe me, I know how hard it is to move out of your comfort zone when a camera is in front of you for an hour.  It does, however, get easier.  And more fun.  AND the images you receive of you and your loved ones are totally worth it.    Tooooootally worth it.  :)

When I’m doing a newborn shoot, older siblings aren’t too sure what to think of me when I show up at their home with a big black scary thing around my neck.  When you add the excitement (& trauma!) of a new little baby at home (who loves to cry and take away all of mom and dad’s attention), things become well…interesting!

^ Love the color.  Like seeing action vs. asleep, focus vs. out of focus.  

{From a photographer perspective, I definitely wasn’t ready (settings-wise) for big bro to appear in the picture above, but I was super happy he did!  Traditionally, this pic would all be in focus, BUT I love how it’s drastically different.}

^ I always make sure and take some pics of siblings at a newborn shoot, because they’re part of this whole event, too!  The little guy here looks up at me –very curious and playful.  He’s starting to get closer to that camera!  

Even though most of the time Dads aren’t very thrilled about getting in front of the camera, I try and convince them to do something like this (below) and then slowly we work into family images.  I think the dads that have been through a photo shoot realize that it can be fun and not so uncomfy.  All I’m looking for is natural interaction:  fun with spouse, tosses (big kids) into the air — ya know, real moments! 

^ Little Lady hangin’ out in dad’s strong arms.  Look how giant his hand looks, in the shadows, compared to her little body!

I truly feel lucky when asked to take pictures of an individual or family.  It’s extremely flattering and something I take very seriously!  I try my best to make those of you that aren’t always lovin’ a camera nearby, to feel at ease and take some baby steps out of that comfort zone.   And usually by the end of the shoot, the person who wasn’t so crazy about the camera in the first place, is doing some incredibly fun & wacky stuff!  LOVE it.  :)

Can’t wait for all my upcoming photo shoots!!!  The next couple weeks are BUSY!!!

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On a side note, I want to thank all of you blog readers out there.  Monday was a RECORD DAY at this blog! 

It’s so fun knowing that peeps from all over the world come here to see what’s going on!  Thanks, also, to the commenters, frequent or not-so-frequent.  I love your feedback, support, sweet words for the individuals in the pics, etc.  I TOTALLY appreciate you.  :)    ~m

8 Responses to “-comfort zone-”

  1. Tami Says:

    OMG! I LOVE the picture of baby in daddy’s arm. The lighting just put this picture over the top…amazing.

  2. jen Says:

    ditto to tami! awesome work!

  3. Mimi Says:

    “Daddy’s Big Strong Arm” — wonderful image, with the strong light contrasts matching the subject matter.

    I also love the little brother looking up. The lighting and the focus make it almost 3-D. You could reach out and touch him!

  4. Jill Says:

    I also like the little guy looking up. He looks so sweet and I love his curled up toddler hands.

  5. ~ A ~ Says:

    Maggie, you continue to amaze me!

    I know I’ve said it a million times, but there will never be enough “thank yous” to express how much I appreciate you sharing your gift with me an my family.

    You’ve perfectly captured my little ones. I LOVE them all! That one of T looking up is awesome! I LOVE the way you captured the light with hubby’s arm. And the focus/out of focus of both kiddos is the uniqueness that I truly enjoy about your work!

    I wish I had half the talent that you do!

  6. Amy M Says:

    Speechless! Totally speechless. God has given you a gift! Although, I know you have also put in a lot of hard work over the course of many years too! I look forward to logging in every morning to read your blog and view your pics. You are absolutely amazing! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the babe in dad’s arm. Precious! Wish I could rewind the clock and have you take newborn pics of my babies!;-)

  7. maggiemcdonaldphotography Says:

    {Mwah} to you all!!! Seriously. I mean it. :)

  8. Sherry Says:

    Great pics! Love the red blanket w/that little cutie. Love the dad’s arm holding his baby. So sweet.

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