Monthly Archives: November 2011

Logan {newborn portraits}

This little cutie was only 11 days old when he came to visit me, and he was not only adorable but he slept like an angel! He is the youngest of six kids, and I see a lot of love (and a lot of noise!) in his future! I am super excited to debut one of my favorite props, the super cute Owl hat! I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect boy hat, and I found it!

Heather and David, what a precious blessing you have here!

Be sure to leave some love for the Cook Family (add a comment below) to help them win a free 8×10!

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

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Kendall {6 month portraits}

This adorable little cutie and her family have graced my blog many times, and I swear each time I photograph them is just as much fun as the last! 6 months old is such a fun time, just look at all the expressions we got from her!

Jen, what a lucky mama you are! Kendall is SO adorable! (and did I mention spunky?!)

Be sure to leave some love for the Coiteux Family (add a comment below) to help them win a free 8×10!

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

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Bali {Travel Thursday}

One day on our trip we set out to snorkel. Now before this trip, I’d never been snorkeling, and this one day ruined me for snorkeling pretty much anywhere else (hear this Mexico? you paled in comparison.) First, we got on a boat that had stabelizers on each side (think this should have been the first tip-off?) Then we set off to our destination. Little did I know, but our destination was just off to a little island named Nusa Lembongan TWO hours away in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Shut up. Our two hour trip was filled with a lot of picture taking, laughs, and holding on tight as the rain came down and we found out just what those stabilizers are there for!

Here we are waiting for our boat.

Another boat we passed on the way.

So after two hours we finally arrive here…

We settle into our spot, get our snorkel gear, and head out into the water. Jan and Jeff are avid scuba divers, so this was second nature for them. Even the boys jumped happily in, and got to snorkeling. I, a little more warily, got in the water. Confession time. I’ve always been a teensy bit afraid of water that is open like this. When you can’t see what’s around you. So down I go into the water, put on my mask and tube… and stick my head into the water.

and that, my friends, is when I freaked out.

I think I kept it together pretty good, and no one was really paying attention, but what I saw was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. The ocean floor, which looked to be about 50 feet down (I think they said it was a little less, but don’t remember anymore), was covered with the most beautiful, colorful coral. However, what caused me to almost stop breathing was what I COULD see. Fish and sealife, all around me. They were not within touching distance, but water does funny things to our visual perception, and they looked CLOSE. I took a few breaths, got myself under control, and stuck my head back in. After doing that a few times, I calmed down enough to swim around and actually enjoy what I saw. A few minutes later and we were joking around, pointing out different things we saw to each other and truly enjoying ourselves.

We spent about two hours out there, before we started the sun-filled journey back. I didn’t want to leave, and I cannot wait someday to go back.

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Plaid Friday Sale {2011}

*Plaid Friday Sale*

This year, instead of shopping big box stores, I’m going to challenge you to do what I plan on doing: shop local, shop small, independent businesses that belong to people just like you and me, working hard to make ends meet and brighten up the holidays for everyone. Did you know that if you shop at a locally owned independent store, $64 out of $100 you spend stays in your community? If you shop a big box store, only $43 stays here. Off my soapbox and onto the sale…


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Giving is Awesome {2012}

This is now my fourth year participating in Giving is Awesome. I can’t speak highly enough of the people I’ve met through doing GIA, and I am thrilled to be doing it again this year! I love how my clients have huge hearts and are willing to take the time to share all the touching stories they do!

{One of last year’s runner ups. Love this family!}

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.
You know someone. I guarantee it.
I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography – $1000 worth, to be exact. Whether it’s canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or a slideshow to watch over and over, it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.
Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $250 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?
The rules:
* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)
* The nominee must reside in Washington or Oregon (within 30 miles of Portland only). Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.
* You must e-mail me the full story : mandiraemcdougall@gmail.com
*All nominations must be in by December 20th, and the winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!
Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

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