Devyn and Tyler are planning a wonderful winter wedding and so I couldn’t have been more pleased with the perfect, incredible, magical spring weather we had for their engagement session! Two cold shooting dates would have been much too much for me! Ha ha! After shooting a bit in my studio we ventured out to this amazing outdoor location Devyn and Tyler found. It went perfectly with their love of nature and their adventurous personalities! These two were seriously up for anything. I love when I suggest things like “how about you climb that giant dirt mound” and the couple has started hiking before I finish my sentence! This was Devyn and Tyler for sure!! I’m so excited for their December wedding and am very excited to share their engagement pics with you! Here are some of my favs…enjoy!!

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Devyn chose the best fashion for their session!

Devyn chose the best fashion for their session!

How beautiful is her ring?  Well done Tyler!

How beautiful is her ring? Well done Tyler!

Great fashion, great blanket, great couple!

Great fashion, great blanket, great couple!

They are the best snugglers!!

They are the best snugglers!!

Love the "almost kiss"! <3

Love the “almost kiss”! <3

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Seriously...she

Seriously…she’s so pretty!

LOVE this!!

LOVE this!!

The light at the end of the session was to die for!  This is why I suggest scheduling sessions for just before sunset. LOVE.

The light at the end of the session was to die for! This is why I suggest scheduling sessions for just before sunset. LOVE.

Sunset that evening was OUT OF CONTROL AWESOME!!!  Thanks Devyn and Tyler for climbing that giant dirt pile...I think it was worth it!!

Sunset that evening was OUT OF CONTROL AWESOME!!! Thanks Devyn and Tyler for climbing that giant dirt pile…I think it was worth it!!

Janel and James are two of the sweetest people on the planet. I was so hoping that their wedding day would be as beautiful as they are…also because the day we shot their engagement session was the coldest day I can ever remember, like ever. Their wedding was just perfect! Perfect dress, perfect weather, perfect laughs, perfect love! Here are some of my favs from their wedding…enjoy!

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How handsome!!!

How handsome!!!

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LOVE THIS ONE!!!  She's what I call 'Shut it Down' beautiful!!

LOVE THIS ONE!!! She’s what I call ‘Shut it Down’ beautiful!!

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Love these two!

Love these two!

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Sunset light is perfect light!!

Sunset light is perfect light!!

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A little night time love!!!

A little night time love!!!

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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!

  • Jessica Kolodgy - I’m so in love! I have been telling Jason I want to come see Iowa…now I know exactly where in Iowa I will sight see! Exposed brick, graphic rafters, gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

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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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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  • Teresa Trimpe David - Katie McDonald Photography…I can’t wait to meet you on the BIG day! The photos you took of Abby and Ohmar are stunning…and to see them as some of your favorites makes my heart soar!ReplyCancel