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© 2012 Daniel MacDonald photographer | Fair Oaks, CA (916) 342.4413




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Daniel MacDonald is a professional photographer based in Fair Oaks, California, and he serves the photographic needs of diverse clients throughout Northern California with an emphasis on Weddings and Portraits.  Based in the Sacramento area, he is available for commissions from the rugged coast of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, through the Napa Valley wine country, and up into the mountains around Tahoe.    

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With over 25 years of photographic experience, Daniel's expertise is in natural, people-focused photography.  Whether you need a family or senior portrait, photos for your business, or coverage of a wedding or event, Daniel excels at capturing the ephemeral essence of the occasion with the finest level of quality and greatest attention to detail.  Please contact him for an idea of how this master craftsman can serve your photographic needs.

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<p>My stock photography images available...

My stock photography images available for licensing can be seen on the Getty Images website.

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Suzanne & John - Sea Ranch, California

Suzanne and John are from Austin, Texas, but through the magic of the interwebs they found me, and I was fortunate enough to photograph their wedding ceremony at the quirky and atmospheric Sea Ranch Chapel, on the wild northern coast of Sonoma County.

"We got married in July 2014, and Daniel was an absolute joy to work with.  He was very professional, but also had a great sense of humor.  He made our wedding ceremony even more special with his ability to take intimate photos and not make us feel nervous or distracted.  He took traditional portraits, but also got some photos of amazing moments in the ceremony that were spontaneous and very sentimental.  He captured all the special moments and more.  We have so many favorite photos from that day.  We feel so lucky that Daniel was our photographer, and we would recommend him highly to anyone who wants a really special photographer at their wedding."


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Lindsay & Frank - Albion, California

This lovely couple came to the Mendocino Coast from Ohio, along with most of their friends and family, to celebrate their wedding by the spectacular Pacific Ocean.  Their ceremony took place at a private home, and the reception was held at the Albion Schoolhouse.  The flowers were created by the inestimable Rosa from LR Farm, and the fantastic food was made by Karina's Catering.  The mood was light and joyful and easygoing...  After our portrait session at the beach the groom remained barefoot for the rest of the evening!  Truly a wonderful event of which to be a part.

"I just wanted to tell you that Frank and I absolutely love love love these pictures!!!  They came out amazing!  Thank you so much for everything, you did such an amazing job!"

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Erin & Jeremiah - Napa, California

This dear couple were married on the bride's family property among the vineyards in Napa, California, on a lovely summer day.  A relaxed atmosphere and simple elegance marked the event which was produced with the help of a wide variety of family and friends.

"OMG!  The photos are amazing, and the book is so sweet!  We are so grateful for your skills and generosity and love.  You are a great man and a great friend."


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Rain & Loren

I had the great pleasure of doing a maternity photo shoot for my pregnant friend Rain (who happens to be a phenomenally talented hair stylist at William Charles Salon in Fair Oaks village), and her sweet beau Loren (who is a personal trainer).  We were able to capture the warm glow of their excitement and expectation at the impending arrival of their baby boy Liam, and to accentuate Rain's swelling belly, while still showing off their mutual hotness!  My very best wishes to them on their new adventure together.

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The Carlson Family

One of my favorite commissions is the family photo shoot... especially when I have the opportunity to work with friends in the community.  Paul Carlson is the Administrator at the Sacramento Waldorf School here in Fair Oaks, which is where my daughter goes to school.  His wife Margie is a talented massage therapist, and their adorable children also attend the school.  

Their family portrait session took place at a local park near Fair Oaks, but I enjoy traveling to various locations throughout the area, either in a public natural space, or at the client's home.  I regularly work in Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, etc.  And I will gladly travel to desitinations further afield (like Tahoe or Napa).




© 2012 Daniel MacDonald photographer | Fair Oaks, CA (916) 342.4413


Michael Potts, webstersite design:
Daniel MacDonald &
the Caspar Institute
12 September 2013