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whoa. Every time we announce mini sessions, I say something about time flying. It did it again.

We’re ready to fill up one weekend of McG mini sessions, on our family property in the country. We have about a dozen spots to fill, and will look at adding another date in the metroplex after these fill up.

as always, mini sessions are booked first-come, first-served. Use the contact form here or email chelsea@mcgowanimages.com to book your spot.

Our Spring 2017 Mini sessions will be held Friday, March 31st

Saturday, April 1st

Sunday, April 2nd

Start your engines… we’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new friends this season!!

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See you soon!!

  • Shelley Pierce - I’d love more info on your mini sessions and what times you have left. Love your work!

There are a lot of reasons we didn’t end up getting the “time off” we’d planned for this season. And that’s ok… it happens. The bummer parts of this life are so many times outweighed by the good. We’ll be back in just a couple weeks with the first wedding of 2017, and while there will be a slowdown somewhere in our future, right now, we’re going to focus on this week or two we get to spend focused entirely on these children. They’re the most important thing we can do, and while we (especially I) admit that work-life-balance is hard sometimes, it’s never a contest as to what’s ultimately the most important.

It’s also never a contest anymore as to whether or not we’ll go for some kind of strange family picture for Christmas. We didn’t start off that way, but…. well, just take a look at the progression and see for yourselves:

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And in 2016, Mack decided that what we REALLY wanted for Christmas was a little bit of quiet. And his idea for for securing that was… unorthodox, but totally worked. 😉

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Merry Christmas, friends. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our business, our art, and of us personally. We never take that love for granted, and even when being a creative small business owner gets a little scary, we are blessed to know we have a cheering section with years of happy clients spreading the word, and making each new year amazing in a whole new way.

See y’all on the other side. 🙂

This is, without question, our favorite blog post of the year. These are moments we were excited to capture, that we know mean the world to our clients, that really tell the story of these incredible days we get to document. It’s the moments… the quiet ones, the loud ones, the public ones, the ones no one ever sees… that’s what makes the day special.

The best plan seemed to be arranging the photos in a vaguely chronological order, so that’s what we’ve done. And because there are so many of these moments we love so much, this blog post is… let’s just say it’s not short & sweet. It’s long & wonderful. And we hope you agree.

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This blog post, and the individual wedding day collections we pulled from for it, are why we do what we do. It’s these little things that remind us that what we’re doing matters, that the work is worth it, and that future generations will be able to know these love stories in part because of what we’ve captured.

In starting a new year, our biggest business goal for 2017 is that we don’t ever forget that the moments are what matter the most.

Just as a matter of clarification, we don’t go out of our way to photograph each other when we’re photographing our clients. But sometimes what we see each other do, or the results of a light test, are the makings of a picture just too ridiculous to keep to ourselves. We know without a doubt that McG couples aren’t surprised by our particular brand of weirdness, so we might as well show the NEW ones what kind of shenanigans they’ll be getting into with us. 🙂

There are fun cameos in this post by a few wedding vendors who are… let’s just say they’re on our level of weird. And we love them for it.  Feel free to laugh at our expense… we’re doing the same thing!mcgowanimages_2016bts_01mcgowanimages_2016bts_02mcgowanimages_2016bts_03mcgowanimages_2016bts_04mcgowanimages_2016bts_05mcgowanimages_2016bts_06mcgowanimages_2016bts_07mcgowanimages_2016bts_08mcgowanimages_2016bts_09mcgowanimages_2016bts_10mcgowanimages_2016bts_11mcgowanimages_2016bts_12

This next photo is fun all on it’s own. But I don’t mind showing it as evidence that our super-cool clients sometimes meet us at the door with cocktails before a newborn session. Not mad at it.

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  • M-Dawg - God I love you guys!!! It’s so nice to catch this glimpse of how your amazing art is made. Chels, your hair looks AMAZING in every.single.photo! And Mack is a total stud. Y’all are awesome! ❤

We don’t get too terribly long with our couples after the I Dos. There are events where we get more time than others, and no matter what time we have, we work to make sure our clients have portraits that they’re excited to hang on their walls forever. And this year, we got some serious doozies…

This is a shorter blog post, since we focus more on moments on a wedding day (spoiler alert! Tomorrow’s blog post is MOMENTS!). But we love every single one of these, and the dozen that surrounded them on each side. When going through the collection with ice-cold harsh pickiness, these were the images that stood up and yell “YOU CAN’T NOT BLOG ME”.

So here we are… take a look at the pictures that yelled at us. 🙂

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It’s probably a good thing we don’t do that contest anymore… making the universe pick between those images would just feel mean.

  • Joanna - I am so so glad that you featured my beautiful friends! Awat, you and Rachel have the most beautiful pictures! If I ever get married there is no reason to search for a photographer, because I have found mine!!