Category Archives: Just Because

Banner Giveaway!

I can’t get enough cardboard banners lately! I have Valentine’s and Easter themed ones, Family ones, Senior ones, Newborn ones… a whole wall in my studio will soon be covered! I got a box of custom orders the other day from Oh What Joy and I just couldn’t be any happier! In the midst of MY order, was one I got special to be able to give away to one lucky blog reader! I keep thinking how great these would look as decor, for a special party or for every day!

*** Jamie from Oh What Joy is giving my fans 20% off their order if they mention they heard about her from me! What a great deal!***

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Youth Art Showcase

I am super excited to be hosting a Youth Art Showcase in my studio the weekend of July 28th and 29th. I am active in bringing a great event to town that weekend (JazzARTique, more info at and thought this was the perfect way to incorporate our local families in the event (and put my awesome studio to use!)

I cannot wait to see all of the great art that is going to come in! Do us a favor and pass along the word to your friends and family, and submit some art, then come down that weekend to have a look, enjoy the outdoor festival just a block over, and vote for your favorite art to win some sweet (and tasty!) prizes from Santa Lucia!

To download the entry form, click here.

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Digital Files {how-to}

I have gotten lots of questions about hi-res(olution) Digital Files, and thought I would do a post that covers how to get the most out of your digital file purchase. It is always my hope that after a session, your beautiful images get into albums that you love to show off and onto your walls as a daily reminder of the memories of life. Don’t just let them sit on a disk in your desk drawer!

When you get the DVD, it comes with reprint rights. What that means is that you can print your portraits up to 11″x14″, but I ask that you don’t edit them. Pretty simple. Now, let’s figure out how to get them off that disk and in your home!

What can you use your DVD for?

Awesome photo Christmas cards! I certainly offer them, but if you want to do the ordering yourself, I LOVE the products at and

Fun gift ideas! Try

How about Mother’s Day?

What Mom wouldn’t love a custom phone cover featuring her favorite little people? My favorite site for these is

What Dad wouldn’t want to rock one of these in his office? Sure beats a freebie from his insurance agent! I adore all the great calendar designs has, and am considering adding these to my gift giving next year!

What to purchase a digital file or the complete DVD from your session? E-mail me at!

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Jan {just because}

I often leave a session inspired about photography; today I left this session inspired about life and reminded how important it is to be genuine. I spent this wonderful, warm spring day photographing Jan at her friend’s beautiful house. And while we walked around and found our favorite places to take pictures, she shared a small piece of her journey of love, loss and how she has remained strong through it all. Because she shared openly about why these pictures are important to her, why the yoga poses she did are special to her right now, I was able to delve below the surface of great portraits and capture some really beautiful, poignant images for her. I think my soul needed this reminder about why I do what I do.

Jan, thank you for a wonderful day and a gentle reminder about being present in the moment.

Be sure to leave some love for Jan (add a comment below) to help her win a free 8×10!

If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at If you are a friend of Jan’s and mention that when you book, you receive a $50 print credit.

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