a chance meeting | dallas family photographer | maggie mcdonald


Meeting Jen Fox in 2007 ranks up there with one of my lucky life experiences.  We met at a photography workshop (actually in the line to the restroom!  ha!) and we’ve pretty much been inseparable communicators since. Email, text, phone – it’s been SO awesome and fun. We chat about all things business-related, as well as the ups and downs of our crazy life experiences.  Babies, kiddos, friends, family, pets — you name it.  She’s my voice of reason and my memory in most cases.  :)

Last year, when Jen said that she would be honored to photograph my sister’s wedding, I was blown away. She is fabulous and has an incredible eye. Her attention to detail and artistic edge really set her apart. I’ve loved seeing her wedding images for quite some time and I just knew that she’d be an awesome fit for my sister and her new husband (some of those images coming soon…).

A couple days before the big wedding, Jen, her family, and I met at the Santa Monica Pier so that I could once again capture her family. The little guy sure has grown from their trip to Dallas {here}.  We played in the sand, on the boardwalk, in the waves, AND took an exhilarating ferris wheel ride (I got to ride with Jen’s awesome sis).    Definitely my kind of session!

Anyway, here’s a peek at Jen and her gorgeous family having an amazing time in the golden California sunlight. I am so fortunate to know such an amazing woman and be a part of watching and documenting this fun family.


AND as a side note, this week her hubby deployed to the Middle East. I really felt like I needed to capture their love as-is so that T could enjoy these images while he’s away and Jen and their little guy could enjoy them as well.   These portraits ooze happiness and love and I hope that they serve as a little light during hard times.   Thank you J and T, and little W, for being SO darn fun and stunning AND easy-peasy. Your love just floats and dances and cartwheels all over the place.


(((Stay safe and come home quickly T)))

Have a lovely day…

11 Responses to “a chance meeting | dallas family photographer | maggie mcdonald”

  1. Laura Says:

    Awww, what a sweet and heartfelt tribute to your beautiful friend. I just love meeting amazing women and feel blessed to have so many like your Jen in my own life. :) What an awesome session!

  2. tami Says:

    THESE are gorgeous! well done everyone!

  3. Trev Says:

    Awesome! We had so much fun. Thanks so much Mags for these killer pics of my two favorite people in the world. :)

  4. julie b Says:

    Awww! These are amazing!!!! Jen you look beautiful – I love the headband! What awesome family pics for sure! :)

  5. Stephanie Says:

    SO much fun!!! They look awesome!!!!! Friends are such treasures :) Good luck to her hubby and hope he comes home very soon!!! Can’t wait to see wedding pics!!!!!!!

  6. Leah Says:

    Maggie…I think it is so wonderful that you have such a beautiful friendship. These pictures are priceless and how wonderful that she was able to come photograph your sister! Love all the images!

  7. Jen Says:

    crazy that meeting in the line to the bathroom sparked this pen pal friendship and now you are one of my dearest! thank you for these-I’m in love with them! more plastering of my walls with your work! i adore you and your whole family.

    ps, my husbands hot! and w loves him some mcdonald girls!

  8. Michigan Mom(alias M.G.) Says:

    These are all so wonderful ;but have to wonder, what was happening with Walker, in the Ferris Wheel photo? Lol

  9. Mimi Says:

    Wow! Great pix of this cute family. And I love the way you sneaked a little of the pier (scary ferris wheel) & beach in them for that vacation mood.

  10. Jen's mom Says:

    Sometimes it overwhelms to try to take in that much happy… I’m overwhelmed. Thank you Mags.

  11. manda Says:

    mags – thank you. they are pretty great aren’t they? :)

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