New Studio!!!!

We are still very much in the process of building things out at the studio, adding backdrops, posing furniture, etc…but I simply couldn’t wait any longer to share images with you of my new space!!!  I am so very proud of this new venture and couldn’t be more excited!  This studio is the perfect place for both natural light indoor sessions and traditional studio portraiture…I can’t wait to capture some great memories for you!!  If you have any questions or would like some info about new session options please contact me at katie@katiemcdonaldphotography.com…enjoy!!!

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Here’s the hallway!!

How fab is this dressing room?!?!?

How fab is this dressing room?!?!?

This will be the natural light room at the studio.  In the next few months There will be some neat posing furniture, upgraded flooring and some fun backdrops!

This will be the natural light room at the studio. Shortly there  will be some neat posing furniture, upgraded flooring and some fun backdrops!

This studio will feature the opportunity for natural light shooting as well as a traditional studio experience!  Over the next few months there will be backdrops, furniture, flooring and studio lighting equipment added in!

This room will feature the opportunity for natural light shooting as well as a traditional studio experience! Soon there will be backdrops, furniture, flooring and studio lighting equipment added in!

Here is where we will meet from now on, no more Starbucks!!!  There

Here is where we will meet from now on, no more Starbucks!!! There’s a projector system on the way for use in portrait viewing sessions and wedding slideshows!

One of the coolest features of the new space is this AMAZING natural light loft!  It

One of the coolest features of the new space is this AMAZING natural light loft! It’s perfect just about any session and adds that industrial chicness to any image!

The loft is so big, even the largest bridal party could be photographed here with no worries!

The loft is so big, even the largest bridal party could be photographed here with no worries!

The light in here is gorgeous pretty much all day!

The light in here is gorgeous pretty much all day!

Favorites from 2014 | Family and Portraits

Things have been crazy lately….a whirlwind of lease signing, painting and construction!  I’ve officially opened my studio and have started taking studio sessions!  I’ve had some clients ask if I will still be taking on location and outdoor sessions, and the answer is YES!!  I will be offering both studio and location sessions as well as combination sessions!  In the next few days I will be sharing photos of the new space but in the meantime here are some of my portrait favs from 2014…enjoy!!!Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0001Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0002Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0003Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0004Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0005Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0006Katie McDonald Photography-family-2014-portrait-des moines- iowa 0007Katie McDonald 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Favorites from 2014 | Engagements

Having an engagement session is a great way to practice being photographed before your wedding!  It’s also a great way for me to get to know my clients better and understand more of what they’re looking for on their big day!  I was blessed with some AMAZING clients in 2014 and fun sessions all over the state!  Here are some of my fav engagement images from the past year…enjoy!

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Governor Branstad’s Inauguration Ceremony and Ball

I get to do a lot of cool things as part of my job, but one of the coolest experiences I’ve had  was getting to photograph the inauguration ceremony and ball for Governor Branstad and Lt Governor Reynolds this year at the Iowa Events Center.  As a former Political Science student (yes, that’s for real… it’s a long story) it was especially fascinating for me to see all the people whose faces had graced my television during the campaign season in real life.  I even got to meet Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is sounding like a potential presidential candidate!  I was super grateful for this opportunity and hope that this is just the beginning of a whole new area for my business.  I could very much get used to having an all access press pass!  Here are some of my favorite images from Iowa’s historic day…enjoy!

 

Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst

Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst

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The Governor

The Governor’s grand kids were clearly not as in awe of the pomp and circumstance as I was!

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Governor Chris Christie being present was an amazing addition to the day!

Governor Chris Christie being present was an amazing addition to the day!

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, the Bishop of Des Moines gave some wonderful opening remarks!

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, the Bishop of Des Moines gave some wonderful opening remarks!

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Love this shot!!

Love this shot!!

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Naturally Governor Christie was bombarded by press after the ceremony had ended.

Naturally Governor Christie was bombarded by press after the ceremony had ended.

The decor for the ball was lovely!

The decor for the ball was lovely!

Overview of the ballroom at the Iowa Events Center...from a very scary catwalk!

Overview of the ballroom at the Iowa Events Center…from a very scary catwalk!

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I was very impressed with the fashion at the event!

I was very impressed with the fashion at the event!

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Lt Governor Kim Reynolds and her husband Kevin being announced into the ball.

Lt Governor Kim Reynolds and her husband Kevin being announced into the ball.

Governor Branstad and his wife Chris after being announced.

Governor Branstad and his wife Chris after being announced.

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The Governor and his wife danced along side the Lt Governor and her husband for the opening of the 2015 Inaugural Ball.

The Governor and his wife danced along side the Lt Governor and her husband for the opening of the 2015 Inaugural Ball.

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Favorites from 2014 | Weddings

2014 was one of the busiest years of my career and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I love my job, love my clients and love, LOVE weddings!  People say all the time how surprised they are are to hear how much I love weddings (obsessed is probably the more accurate term ;) ).  People assume that after a few years of photographing weddings I’d get tired of doing the same things every Saturday: white dress, family formals, kissing and crying and dancing to the Cha Cha Slide.  Truth is, I just don’t get bored of it and I’m not sure that I ever will.  Every wedding is different in some way and even if they weren’t, I consistently get to watch two people celebrate their love and to me there’s nothing better than that.  I am so excited for 2015 and the amazing clients I’m going to get to work with!  I’m excited for the venues, the tears, the laughs, the flowers, the rings and yes, even for the Cha Cha slide…because even when I think I’m over it, I’m still totally singing along!  Here are some of my favs from my 2014 weddings…enjoy!

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