Penn {family lifestyle session}

Oh where to start… I first met Jenee, Dan, Maddex, Amara and Libby when Miss Libby was only a few months old. I have photographed them several times since then, but this one tops the rest! A few months back I ran a giveaway for a styled photo session. Styled sessions often revolve around an idea or an emotion, and are a great example of lifestyle sessions, where we focus more on the connections in a family and their unique story, rather than a more a more traditional family session. (Nothing wrong with those sessions, just different.) So, during the giveaway Jenee posted a link on my Facebook that featured a family painting a canvas during their session. Knowing Jenee’s heart as a mother, having spent some time with her and heard feedback about what past images she loves, I knew we could rock out this idea for them no questions asked.

I can say, without question, that this is one of my favorite sessions I’ve done all year. I left and pretty much floated home, my creativity tank full to the brim and just happily reminded why I do what I do. Sessions like this, that create joy-filled memories for families, that capture moments these kids will always remember, that stop these precious days that slip by so fast for a split second, this is why I am a photographer.

Dan and Jenee, thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a great evening! I always want to be along for the ride!

Be sure to leave some love for the Penn 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 If you are a friend of Jenee’s and mention that when you book, you receive a $50 print credit.

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  • AnnaJuly 14, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Love the Penn family!! So creative with their family session!! Love, Ananna

  • JeneeJuly 14, 2012 - 10:41 pm

    Thanks for an absolutely amazing photo shoot! We are so pleased with how all of the images turned out. Again you were able to capture each of my children’s individual personalities. My kids had so much fun that they asked to splatter paint again tonight!

  • Andrea WilliamsenJuly 14, 2012 - 11:13 pm

    Love it! all these pic make me smile!!