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.

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!

Luke {newborn portraits}

Getting to photograph a newborn is always a pleasure, but getting to photograph multiple babies in one family is really an honor! Luke came to visit the studio last week, and just like both his sisters before him, was a TOTAL and COMPLETE love! And boy, oh boy, do Hannah and Colton make adorable babies!

Favorite baby in dad’s hands picture. ever.

I’m not sure which feature I love more, his lashes or lips!

Alex {Montana senior portraits}

If you saw the blog yesterday, this face may look familiar – while visiting Montana I also got to stop in Livingston and meet up with Jen’s oldest daughter for a portrait session! We hit up some really pretty locations, including this gorgeous park, their downtown area and this cool old house that Alex really loves. We were definitely lucky that evening, as all around us was a major storm and we somehow managed to just sneak in each location before it hit! So hard to pick a favorite when I’m getting to shoot in such a gorgeous state – a nice break from my regular spots here in WA!

I totally should have taken a pull back of this log shot – this thing was HUGE!

Freckles are my favorite! Thanks for being amazing, Alex!

Estes {Montana family portraits}

About 6 weeks ago we had the opportunity to vacation in Montana for my cousin’s wedding – and while I was there I happened to shoot two sessions for a dear client/friend of mine! I just love Jen, and her family is no different! Jen and Lee are blessed with four beautiful, sweet daughters and while we dodged quite a storm that night there was no shortage of gorgeous pictures and laughs!

I loved getting to shoot at their house! We were able to incorporate some of their favorite details, like this wagon wheel and sign.

I LOVED the fence that lined their driveway! What a picturesque site to wake up to each and every day!

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – I’m a sucker for sibling shots!

A little wind, some tag-alongs and those horses in the back…. this is their life!

Jen and her girls <3 them!

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