Candice MacDonnell Photography specializes in documentary and lifestyle photography in mid Missouri.
I am a documentary and lifestyle photographer and film maker. I seek beautiful light and honest emotions. Instead of recreating Pinterest photographs, I tell your families unique story with candid moments. Our sessions can take place in your home or at a special location and don't require any "say cheese". I look forward to meeting you!
I have always been an artist. I started out selling drawings for .25 in first grade, and continued perusing painting, drawing, pottery, photography, mixed media, music, and digital arts through college. While I worked many "9-5" (and 5-2am) jobs, I never lost my passion. Now I am lucky enough to create amazing artwork for families that will last generations.
My most valuable possession is a (huge) plastic bin full of the outtakes from my parent's family albums. I love pulling it out and looking at what my parents looked like 20 years ago. The hair styles, our vacations, ice fishing- it's like being transported back in time. I capture our lives candidly as often as possible, so I can pass these memories down to my children one day.
What are your favorite moments? What do you want to have your family remember 5, 10, 20 years from now? Contact me about your family and how awesome you guys are!
When we first got orders to Hawaii, I was secretly a little bummed. Coming from Florida, I was looking forward to living somewhere with seasons and snow. Plus it's super far away and expensive.
I didn't expect it to grow on me like it did! I'll always feel like Hawaii is home. It's the most beautiful place, with crystal clear teal waters, soft sand, and lots of aloha. The FOOD to die for, and there's always a gentle breeze. Getting off the airplane you immediately notice the smell of flowers everywhere.
Have you ever wanted to bottle up a moment and keep it forever? That's basically how I've been feeling ever since I had our third child, Madeline. She's spunky, spirited, and OH SO sweet. And gosh darn, the kid keeps growing right before my eyes!
I'm so excited to share my own birth story with you guys! If you go way back to THIS POST, I talked a little about my first two birth experiences and shared the few photos I had. This time, when my baby-fever having husband finally convinced me to have another one, I knew I wanted to do things differently.
One of the benefits of having a homebirth was no immediate bath. Madeline was dried off and the vernix was rubbed in. Some benefits to allowing this is reduced risk of infection, improved temperature control, improved maternal bonding, no baby lotion required (vernix is natures baby lotion), and stabilized infant blood sugar. (article here: Delaying Baby's First Bath)
We finally decided it was time, and BOY did she have a lot to say about it!
Yup, we are heading to Missouri!
Movers are scheduled, plane tickets confirmed (still waiting for confirmation on our tortoise's ticket), hotels booked. We are so sad to leave beautiful Oahu, but I'm excited to enjoy a real fall and show the kids some snow this year.
I look forward to seeing as many Hawaii friends before we leave, and visiting Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida during our move. <3
The St. Louis, Missouri Gateway Arch and skyline
I had much larger ambitions (day in the life films for both kids) but faced with the reality of how HARD video is, I settled for a short film of Nathan going to school. He LOOOVES preschool and the ASYMCA on Wheeler has been great for us.
Hindsight is 20/20. When I had my (2) children, I never even considered a birth photographer. I'm sure they existed, but in the area we lived in it was unheard of. Plus, at the time, I was pretty non crunchy about birth and just wanted to cook the kiddos and be done with it- no birth plans or thoughts about natural anything.
Now that it's been almost 5 years since I had my youngest, my views on a lot of things have evolved. I really really do with I had had documentation, at least for my first. If we ever decided to add another one to the line up you bet I'll have a photographer!