Waiting out the rain… | Colleyville Family Photographer | Maggie McDonald Photography

May 19th, 2012

The gray clouds on the morning of our session looked worse and worse as I headed out to our location.  As soon as I arrived the downpour began, so we all got to know each other in the car.  So, so glad mom wanted to wait out the storm because after about 5 minutes of pouring, it tapered off and we were able to head out and have some f-u-n.  It’s been simply impossible to narrow down images from this session, which is definitely a good thing!   Check out all this laughter and love!

This fam was constantly smiling, laughing, playing…we all had such a great time.  It was super special that “Nana” was visiting, so we made sure to include her in some portraits, too.  SO important to have grandparents in pictures!  Off to edit the rest of my faves….

Thanks for SUCH a fun morning, B and family!

Hope you have a wonderful day~


Hayden (of Hayden’s Hike) and his cutie pie sister | Grapevine Family Photography | Maggie McDonald Photography

May 15th, 2012

Met up with these sibs last week and they sure made me laugh — I just loved their interactions as we explored and had fun together.

What a beauty.

Love these!  :)

I first met this handsome fellow (and the rest of his fam, of course) when I photographed Hayden’s Hike on April 1st.  Hayden’s Hike was an event sponsored and coordinated by Scott LeMaster Salon, where friends, family, and other giving and supportive individuals in the community came to raise money for Hayden and his family.  You can read more about the hike {via NeighborsGo}, {Facebook}, and {the Irving News}.


Obviously it was TONS of fun.  :)   If you’d like to see a slideshow of the whole event, please click {here} and turn your volume up.  If you attended the event and would love and image or two, feel free to comment below and I’ll hook you up!

Totally honored to photograph this event and SO so happy I was able to meet and photograph these kids.

Hope you have one lovely day!





{together again & loving out loud} | dallas / fort worth family photography

April 9th, 2012

Capturing families is one of my most favorite things to do.  I love being able to record the little glances, squeezes, and spontaneous smiles that just seem to happen when people that love each other are together.  I was honored to photograph this family last week — three family members were in Dallas from other states and I had a lovely time with them exploring a more urban setting and then wrapping up in some gorgeous Texas Bluebonnets.  We had fun chasing little “D” around as he explored his surroundings.  Three year olds are always incredibly curious and quick, which definitely leads to spontaneous FUN!

Can’t wait to make my way through all of these — LOVE them all.  :)

Hope you have a lovely day!




Magoose is 3 Months! | Dallas / Fort Worth Photographer

March 29th, 2012


Isn’t “Magoose” the cutest little nickname?  :)

Oh how I loved this session.  This little lady was such a BIG DEAL, she had her mom, two sisters, and her little brother along to watch her be cuter-than-cute.  She got tons of lovin’ from her mom and sisters, got to relax in a little vintage crate in a stunning green field, “hopped” her first fence with us, and checked out some horses at the stable.  Mom scoped out this lovely outdoor location (she was SO excited for the long green grasses/weeds JUST like me) and we worked together to get everything just right.  LOVE working as a team with clients to bring both of our visions to fruition!

I see this cutie pie quite often (I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph this lovely family numerous times now!), so everything about our day was extra relaxing and fun…    One funny little factoid is that little L discovered her tongue earlier in the day, so MOST of our shots had her little tongue sticking wayyyy out.  These smiles were the in-betweens.  :)

Hope you have one lovely day!



{beauty all around us} | Maggie McDonald Photography | junkyard session

February 16th, 2012

Ahhhh…stunning, stylin’ clients at one incredible location.  A total recipe for success…and a major photographer high!  :)

I’ve photographed this family several times now, and it truly makes a difference with the comfort of the kiddos!  Because they’re used to me/my camera and how things work, the love I am able to witness and capture is so genuine.  I see this through their physical closeness in group pictures and support of each other when it’s time for individual portraits.     It also totally helps that mom comes completely prepared with snacks & movies to keep the kids entertained before, during, and after the session.    When there are four kiddos, there’s a little down time, which helps them recharge!

Okay, time to view…

Seriously…did you see how gorgeous mom is?  :)

Each family member is SO fun, unique and sweet in his/her own way.  I was totally blown away with their attire , too — the mix of the color pop with subtle grays, browns, and denim.  Mom threw in several accessories like a bow tie, scarf, and fur hat to add a little extra flair.   Made SUCH a huge difference.  It was a particularly windy day. so at the end of our session we even used the fur hat on the little lady  – it really helped with her hair and looked adorable.

I had such a hard time choosing only six portraits to showcase here, so there will definitely be more images of this wonderful bunch making an appearance on the blog or my Facebook page in the near future.

Thrilled to work again with this family very soon…can’t WAIT, actually!

Have a lovely day,


***We were VERY fortunate to have the lovely and (always cheery) Savanah from Scott LeMaster Salon & Spa  to work her hair and make-up magic on this special day.  Savanah is incredibly talented and so much fun to have along on a session !

Cutie on a Trike | Grapevine Family Photographer | Maggie McDonald Photography

February 3rd, 2012

Oh did we have fun on this windy, windy Monday!  Mom and Dad were all smiles as their little guy checked out everything along the way.  The vintage trike, rustic trains, a construction cone, and a kid-size wagon for his “guys” (little doggies that he loves to carry around) were big hits!   Can’t wait to share the rest…

Hope you have a lovely day.  :)


{Her Perfect Little Lips} | Dallas Family Photography | Maggie McDonald Photography

January 9th, 2012

Wow…it’s been a while!  I’ve been crazy busy (just not the best at blogging) with all the editing, holiday card designing, and family festivities going on.  SO sorry!  :)

I have so many images to share from lovely sessions that took place from October through January with happy families from Phoenix and Dallas — definitely the busy season!   It was incredibly exciting to see past clients and meet many new ones.  I’m always honored to be chosen to photograph loved ones and recommended by past clients, too.  Thank YOU so much for your support!             …and now onto some portraits….

I’d love to share this little lady!   I met her when she was 15 days old and she was the perfect little sleeper.   We even got some smiles.  :)

We started the session with a bottle (for a full tummy, of course!), a little laughter with big sis, and family cuddling…

Then we moved on to cute baby poses.

She tried to stay awake and look adorable…

…but quickly fell asleep looking just perfect.


Big sis checked in on her several times while her parents relaxed — it was so cute!

Before some family portraits, we captured mom and dad with their newest addition.  Definitely one of my faves!

SO many more lovely portraits from this session.  K and K — your gallery should be ready in no time.

Hope you have one terrific day!


Smiles and smiles and even BIGGER smiles! | Colleyville Southlake Family Photography

October 6th, 2011

Oh boy was this little man cute, smiley and fun.

He showed us all of his big boy tricks (clapping, standing, the speed crawl, the sitting spin-around (I was impressed), and some cute little clucking sounds) and smiled throughout the entire session. WE couldn’t help smiling the whole time either…

He had such adorable, tender moments with his parents, too…

And then went back to smiling…

(even bigger!) in his little birthday suit.

Definitely a happy cake face!!! Oh what fun we had.

S&K–Thank you SO so much for trusting me to capture your little man for his 1st birthday session! Can’t wait to see you guys again soon for holiday portraits. :)

Have a lovely day!

The Center of their World! | Colleyville Southlake Grapevine Photographer

October 5th, 2011

I met this super fun family bright and early Sunday morning.  The light was soft and golden — just the way I like it — and the weather JUST perfect!  We planned this session around both sets of grandparents being in town for some extended family pics, too.

Although extended family portraits are sometimes hard to coordinate, they are SO so worth it.  LOVE the love pouring from their faces.  :)

SO handsome and sweet.  I have lots of smiley ones, but this one really stuck out to me as being extra special.  :)

Loved the “real” interaction with mom and dad.  :)

And we’ll end with this.  Love him throwing his head back in laughter.  His two front teeth coming in remind ME of first grade…what a fun shot.

AND so, so many incredible shots that I didn’t want to reveal in case they’re going to use them for holiday cards. . . wouldn’t want to spoil it!

Thank you SO very much P Family (and extended family) for trusting me to capture your time together. I’m truly honored and hope you’ll cherish these for a long time!  Gallery coming sooooon!  Yay.

Hope you have a lovely rest of your day.


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

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…