{ Old-fashioned Little Gal } | Dallas Fort Worth Child Photography / Southlake Child Photographer

September 12th, 2011

Oh how I adore this family and…isn’t she the CUTEST??!!  Mom and Dad decided to have JUST her photographed this year (even though I DID have them squeeze in for a family photo at the end) and we had a blast letting little M lead the way and do her thing!

{B    E    A    U    T    Y}

This session was a special gift because, not only have I photographed this family numerous times (see herehere, and here! ),but this fam has referred many clients to Maggie McDonald Photography!  Word of mouth is such an incredible compliment  and I SO appreciate their numerous kind words and referrals…plus, it means I get to hang out once more (and create stunning one-of-a-kind portraits) with them!

Mom always comes full of fun ideas, so for this session we started with a vintage look (an old car was a must) and then we moved to a golden field with sunflowers, hay bales, round balloons, a baby carriage AND her kitten on a LEASH..you’ll see those in a day or two.  Good times, good times!

In the portrait above, I just love all the line (the wood + the building, + her!) and how content she looks…just seems peaceful.

Until the next sneak peek…

Hope you have a lovely day!


{ from four to…FIVE! } Dallas / Fort Worth Family Photography | Celebrating Adoption Photographer

September 7th, 2011

Gorgeous,     G O R G E O U S      family !!!

I feel incredibly fortunate when I am contacted by a family to photograph them for an organization called Celebrating Adoption.   Celebrating Adoption sessions are always great fun and more rewarding than I can even explain.   I always get teary when I see the “complete” family  (so, so much love) and I just love hearing the stories of each child and family.

Check            out             this          SIBLING             SQUEEEEEEEEEZE!           Love it!!!

When I heard from the E family mid-July, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph them.   This family had a Celebrating Adoption session for their son, when he arrived home, and now, this session was to celebrate the adoption of their adorable, SWEET, cutie-pie youngest daughter, who came home in January.

We met up on a cooler-than-usual sunny morning and they all popped out of the car with big smiles, ready to have some fun.  We went on a mini nature walk, ran, explored, did a bunch of smiling and laughing, and chatted about lots of kid-related things!

So, here she is, Little A. I loved her sweet demeanor…she was an observer for quite some time, and then slowly but surely, she came out of her shell.  Her more outgoing siblings definitely helped her along…      And oh, did I mention her smile….absolutely stunning!

Her older sister (have you SEEN more beautiful hair?) was so smiley and full of personality — she glowed in that golden sun! I cracked up when we discussed having lollipops at the end of the session — she was SO excited and talked and talked about how much she LOVED candy! ;)

Their athletic older brother was kind-hearted, SO well-mannered, and F U N !

The girlies REALLY look up to him!

Ridiculously      cute.           Incredibly       happy.

{ F   A   M   I   L   Y }

Thank you SO very much, E Family, for letting me be a small part in celebrating your adoption of sweet Miss A.  It was such a pleasure to work with you and meet all of your children!

Hope you have one lovely day.  :)


e m a i l:   maggiejmcd@msn.com
f a c e b o o k:   click here!
c h a t:   817.455.6756

{shoe envy} | Dallas Fort Worth Family Photographer | Southlake Family Photography

September 5th, 2011

Oh the heels! Aren’t they snazzy? :)  LOVE these mother/son portraits…

I was so impressed with this mom because literally two days before our session we chatted about a totally different what-to-wear idea. Twenty minutes after our conversation, she called me back, ready to go with this great ensemble! I absolutely LOVE how she put these reds, blacks and whites together with denim. The best part? She found all these clothes at home! No shopping involved! :)

Fun times, gorgeous fam, & superb styling! :)

Hope you have a lovely day…

* * * Oh, and please contact me ASAP if you’d like a holiday mini session for you, your children, or your family.  October is completely booked!  Only a handful of September and November spots are available for DFW peeps…don’t wait if you want to impress friends and fam this year with stunning holiday cards and portraits — all done in a way that compliments YOUR fam  ! ! !  :)

f a c e b o o k:   click here!
c h a t:   817.455.6756

{Sweethearts} | Colleyville Family Photography | Dallas / Fort Worth Holiday Portraits

September 2nd, 2011

I had a seriously WONDERFUL time with this family of four.    Time flew as we explored, played, talked about trains, sampled delicious lollipops, and even did some arm swinging.  :)  We were lucky to have a more mild-weathered day with a slight breeze, too.  A big YAY for the last day of August!  :)


The boys were sweeter than pie and cuter than cute…


and the parents?  AMAZINGLY fun!

I LOVE that they wanted to celebrate their lives with current portraits, so the boys could look back on these pictures and see how much they love them (that’s what mom told me!!!).  The boys’ grandparents even came along so that mom and dad could have some couples portraits, too.   Speaking of mom and dad…they met when they were 16 in high school!


I loved this candid shot here…SUPER comfy/natural in front of the camera. I have a kazillion stunners of them! :)

Seriously love these!

And this one…

definitely a FAV.  Look at his cutie pie smile.  :)

Have TONS of faves I couldn’t even show you because they changed into equally adorable outfits in a totally different color palette…stay tuned!

Hope you have one super day…and thanks SO much D family for trusting me to capture your love.  I think it’s crazy CRAZY evident.  Thanks for being “you”!


S T U N N I N G (in all caps!) | Grapevine / Colleyville Senior Photographer

August 19th, 2011




Thrilled to photograph this simply stunning teen in Florida this June. She was sweeter than Florida sweet tea (and WHOA it’s sweet!) and just such a natural beauty. Her golden hair blew in the beachy breeze as we talked about her plans for the future (loves to dance) and explored the gorgeous setting. A perfect afternoon!

I’ll let her portraits do the talking…

Hope you’re having a spectacular day!

P.S. Phoenix HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS are totally booked! If you’d like to be on a wait list, email me asap! :) Dallas peeps still have some MINI SESSION slots available, but they’re going quickly! {click here} for info!

Let’s REWIND to the beginning of the summer… | Colleyville & Southlake Family Photographer

August 19th, 2011

So, pretty much the summer has flown by and YUP, I’ve been a terrible blogger!  We’ve been vacationing AND when we’re not away, I’ve been shuttling the pumpkins to various camps around town.    And believe it or not, I’ve actually been having some sessions in this crazy TX heat!   I seriously can’t believe that next week, I’ll have one in school again…and the other kiddo the following week.  I miss ‘em already.

I’ll be sharing some peeks into our summer, but wanted to put this storyboard up from a *FUN* farm session at the beginning of the summer.

I love tractors.   Tractors and kids = a guaranteed awesome time!

These active cousins kept us on our toes!  It was fun watching them discover together and separately!  The little lady was tentative at first, wanted nothing more than to be holding her grandma’s hand, while her older cousin was off to the races, with a big smile on his face.  They would keep checking in on each other with quick glances throughout our time together — too cute.

I’ll be back SOON — first up, pics from Long Boat Key, Florida!

Have a lovely day,


P.S.  Grandma got this storyboard as a stunning 20×20 Museum Mount (portrait mounted on a 3/4 inch board, ready to hang!) — it looks INCREDIBLE!!!!

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

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 maggiejmcd@msn.com 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,


Heat of the SUMMER {August} and NEW WEBSITE Sale!!!

August 1st, 2011

You read that correctly!  I am actually having a sale for all the DFW peeps that want to brave the heat in the early morning (8ish!) or late, late afternoon (6:30/7ish) for an August session.  I am rolling out holiday session details later this week and there are only a few dates (some happen in early September), SO now would be an awesome time to hop on board for a session at a super discounted price…why not have your HOLIDAY session in August??!!


OH, and I totally revamped my WEBSITE! (another reason for this August crazy deal SALE!)!!    Stop by, and have a little visit!   I’d love for you to let me know what you think.  :)  I am SUCH a lucky gal to have such gorgeous, creative, colorful, fun-loving clients!

If you’ve been thinking about a session…now’s the TIME!!!!!!    We could have a juicy watermelon, chilly sprinkler, or messy snow cone session!   Can’t wait to collaborate, see old clients and meet some new ones along the way…lemme know soon, as there are a limited number of spots available.

Hope you have a lovely day!


{from the past to to the present} | Colleyville / Dallas / Fort Worth Child Photographer

May 22nd, 2011

I love a golden field just before sunset, especially when there’s a dear, sweet, smart beauty to take it by storm! This cutie did a spectacular job hunting for flowers, bugs, and doing lots of spins for me in her mom’s First Communion dress. This dress was made by a family friend in the 70s and we all smiled HUGE when C put it on. What fun! ***I’m dying to see pics of her mom in it — hint, hint! :) ***

The bell sleeves, eyelets, and big yellow bow are such incredible touches!

A natural beauty, inside and out.

I am incredibly honored to be asked to capture this special time in C’s life, as she prepares for her First Communion. We started our day out at her family church in Colleyville, where we took many traditional portraits and details of her dress (see below), a beautifully beaded flower girl dress from her parent’s wedding. Then we headed to Fort Worth, to the church where this little lady’s mom and dad got married. I absolutely love it when families tie in parts of their past with the present and future. It truly makes sessions more meaningful as familiar places, and items from the past are are revisited and celebrated.

Truly a magical afternoon.

Hope you have a lovely day!

{ Eleven years } | Dallas / Fort Worth Couples Photographer

May 19th, 2011

I just love when couples can open up, have fun, share ideas, and lastly, be themselves!  This session most definitely had all of the above — S and M completely rocked it.   :)

These two have been married for eleven years — almost twelve (see the shadow smooch above???).  I love getting to know a little more about them each session (check our last session in a junkyard *here*) and look forward to many more sessions together. ;)   It’s always incredibly flattering to take portraits for peeps multiple times — we fuel each other, especially since these two are amazing artists/creatives!

LOVE the candid smooch above!

Savanah is one uber-talented stylist at the Scott LeMaster Salon and Spa in Las Colinas.  Seriously, if you need anything chic and stylin’ in the hair department (translation: if you want to look TOTALLY snazzy!), schedule with Savanah.    She has quite a long wait (muy popular!), so make an appt now…  :)    I could go on and on describing her credentials and experience, but I’ll let her tell you all that…   ;)

Back to these two…

Ahhhh, color is so thrilling!  LOVE this wall — I had it chosen for them over a year ago and am SO glad it worked.  :)

See their reflection?  :)

It’s impossible to put into words the feeling a photographer has after a fulfilling session like the one above — the creative energy and love was flowing (and still is as I edit the rest of their portraits with perma-grin)!!!  :)

Hope you have one wonderful day!