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.

LAUNCHING Fresh 48 sessions!!

Finally, ready to start taking bookings for these! Only accepting a few of these each month, so the time to get on my calendar is before your little bundle of joy arrives! Call, email or message me for more details!

First 4 sessions booked will get a 50% portfolio-building discount!

Fresh | 48

Perfect for those prefer not to have their whole birth story documented, these 45-60 minute sessions capture all those little details of your new bundle of joy within their first 24-48 hours. For hospital births, we arrange a time before you leave for me to stop in – in most cases, it can be arranged that this also includes older siblings’ first time meeting baby, too. For home or birth center births, I will come to your home for the session, usually the next day.

Fresh | 48 sessions are:

-short and sweet, just long enough to capture the newness of baby

-more lifestyle than posed

-focuses on those details that change so fast (toes being my personal favorite) as well as your bonding and connection with baby

-take place during daylight hours

-includes all edited images as a digital download with a print release

What this session is not: a traditional posed, styled newborn session. Those take place in my studio when baby is between 5-12 days old.

I take on a limited number of Fresh | 48 sessions per month, so please contact me before delivering (if possible) to get your due date on my calendar!

Jubilee Rose {fresh 48}

Getting to photograph these new little souls right after they are born is such a magical thing. So many of the characteristics of newborn babies – the curly poses, the skinny legs, the wrinkly  the way they yawn, stretch and squeak – and don’t even get me started on their toes! – disappear so quick! It was so wonderful to visit Jubilee and her family in their home less than 24 hours after she made her grand arrival and get to capture their new life as a family of four!

Pacey June {fresh 48}

I love this sweet little thing, her adorable features and her NAME! Suits her so perfectly! And watching her brothers meet her for the first time was seriously the highlight of my day!

Alene {fresh 48}

Meet Alene – my first Fresh 48 session! I am super excited to launch these very soon, the perfect alternative to birth photography that still captures the unposed, raw moments that happen in the first 48 hours of your little one’s life!


{Five years ago I decided to take at least one picture a day of Landon, for the whole month of February in celebration of his birth month. I borrowed this idea from Kerianne Brown, a fantastic photographer. Over the last five years, this compilation of pictures has become one of my most cherished possessions.}


And just like that, another 28 days worth of pictures is over. We had a wonderful day celebrating our favorite five year old! That big smile on your face says it all – you had a most wonderful birthday party day!

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