Mandi McDougall Lifestyle Photography | Children, Family, Maternity, Senior and Newborn Portraits | Centralia and Olympia Washington bio picture
  • Have a look around you will find my life. I have found that the wonderful thing about a blog is that it has become a place for me to document my own life, while I document your's. 

    My name is Mandi, and it is my passion to capture life's moments. From the cry of a newly born baby, to the happy tears of an adoption story, all the way to senior portraits that won't go out of style. Behind the camera, I prefer to capture the moments and not create them. I will offer suggestions and be available to you along the way so that you get the most out of your custom portrait experience. On the other side of the lens, I simply love life. I have an amazing family, wonderful friends, and can often be seen reading or crocheting (yep, I have a little old lady down deep in my soul!)

    Take a few minutes to check out my blogsite, catch up on the goings-on of a photographer from little ol' Centralia, and look at some pictures. If you are interested in a portrait session, all the necessary information can be found at the top or the bottom of the page. Contact me via the form, at, or at 360.827.1609.

    Real. Life. Captivating.

Jessica + Kurt {MARRIED}

We could not have asked for a better day for a wedding! From the sunshine outside, the gorgeous location and the incredible, beautiful, sweet people getting married, Jessica and Kurt’s wedding was all around a winner! So many great details, including a first for me: bride and groom portraits with a golf cart!

Reghan + Jonathan {Chehalis Wedding}

What a gorgeous day we had for their wedding! I’ve had a great time getting to know Reghan and Jonathan, and one of the things that struck me about their wedding was the caliber of people that surrounded them on their special day and worked hard to make their wedding happen! You can definitely tell a lot about a couple by the company they keep, and in this case the day was full of love and fun from all directions!

LOVE this fireplace inside Bethel Church!

How cute are these robes Reghan got for her bridal party?!

A stolen moment during their First Look

Simply perfect! Reghan, you were one gorgeous bride!

the full bridal party – love that the girls wore print dresses and the guys wore bow ties!

I mean…. just so cute!

I will be the first to admit that most photographer would rather shoot in a pretty outdoor venue with natural light – but there was definitely something about the feel of this sanctuary that I appreciated!

Finally, the first kiss! Woo-hoo!

The happily married couple!

First dance as husband and wife <3

the gorgeous (and tasty!) wedding cake

I really loved their bubble exit from the first reception! (Yes, I said first reception! Reghan and Jonathan decided to have a big cake and punch reception at the church right after the wedding, and a smaller reception with dancing and food after that!)

What will a photographer do when given an extra hour in between wedding festivities with a bride and groom?! MORE PICTURES!

Thank you Reghan and Jonathan (and families!) for such a wonderful day! I wish you many years of happiness!

Jessica + Kain {Country and Lace Wedding}

It’s not every day that you get to shoot a wedding on your own anniversary! And to be honest, I wouldn’t do that for just any couple – but getting to know Jessica and Kain over the last year, it was a day well spent! They picked the most gorgeous venue, Country and Lace in Toldeo – and the owner, Michelle, insured that no detail was overlooked! Jessica and Kain have such a sweet love story, it really was my pleasure to spend their magical day capturing all the details!

A gorgeous gown and the perfect spot to show it off!

I have a weakness for Willow Tree figurines, so of course I loved their cake!

Jessica told Kain no kisses before the wedding, but he did his best to convince her otherwise!

We had such great weather! Look at how perfect they look, too!

I love Jessica’s tattoo – in memory of her grandparents.

BOOTS! Perfect footwear for a country wedding!

…a little stolen kiss, or not?!

See, told you this barn is incredible!

Beautiful blue skies for the ceremony

The first kiss! Finally married!

Loved their first dance

Their gorgeous rings, so pretty and unique!

Oh, yes. The cake smash. His handful mostly ended up in her mouth, while he wore her’s….

So when I asked them to have a little kiss, he made up for it!

The picture-perfect end to such a great day! Congratulations Jessica and Kain!

Clarke {family travel portraits}

I’ve known Heather, Jeremy, Liam and Hadley for several years now, and even had the honor of taking Hadley’s newborn portraits. This last month they set out on quite a big adventure; they sold their house, bought an airstream and are on the road trip of a lifetime! I had thoroughly enjoyed living vicariously through Heather’s facebook posts documenting the process before they left and their journey since! You can find out more about their crazy amazing adventure at

Before they left, we got together to take some pictures for their new site – and I love how they turned out!

I love a family that is always up to try new things and have fun!

Sabella {newborn portraits}

This little sweetie slept like a champ for us, and I just love her name! She had perfect, dainty little features and we had a lot of fun styling her session!

One teensy little smile for me!

I love how she sucked in that corner of her lip! Another detail we were able to capture before those short newborn days were done!

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