(Photo by CT Hall)
Photography runs deep in my genes: both of my grandfathers were photographers during their time in the military, one amateur and one drafted to document the movements of the 3rd infantry in World War II. I've been playing with and using cameras from a very young age. My passion for photography as an art form came into focus (pun intended!) when I took a high school photography class instead of the theatre production elective that semester, unheard of as the Drama Club President. These two artistic pursuits have been honed and developed in tandem: photography informing tableaus on stage and theatre reminding me how to tell a story between shutter clicks.
Trained on film, I am most comfortable as a natural and available-light photographer. Now wielding a digital camera, I still strive to create my images in-camera and not rely heavily on post-production. This means that my clients get more useable images, even if they don't go through my editing software.
I also believe that having photographic evidence of the unique part you play in the world should not be cost-prohibitive. I strive to meet my clients' budgets while still delivering excellent products. I invite you to e mail me to learn more.
What people are saying:
"...if you're looking for an affordable photographer [Margaret] managed to get Jacob in some pictures where he's not even scowling--which is a feat given his distaste both for being photographed and for the institution of marriage." - Jacqueline Burchfield on August 17, 2018
"Thank you!!! Taking me longer to pick my faves than I thought lol. Everyone I show them to thinks they are great!" - Laura Marx on November 15, 2017
"These are fantastic! Can I pay you more money for these?" - Dianne Pederson on November 14, 2017
"Okay…thank you! These are wonderful! I see many we can use for memes and future marketing that are not best for press….so…lots of great stuff to use." - Corey McDaniel, Producing Artistic Director of Theatre22 on October 27, 2017
"Thank you so much!! They look fantastic. Can't wait to send them to our family and friends." - Erika Dowd on October 26, 2017
"These look so awesome." - Corey McDaniel, Producing Artistic Director of Theatre22 on October 14, 2017
"Beautiful Margaret! Thank you!" - Jojo Abaoag, PR Manager for Sound Theatre Company on July 13, 2017
"YOU'RE MAGNIFICENT! My favorites list has 14 in it.... Also, the individual bell pictures are *lovely* and I would love to have them to use on my website at some point.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! " - Casey Middaugh on June 25, 2017
"Hi Margaret - Thanks for these and they look great!" - Julie Beckman on June 15, 2017
"Looks great, thanks again Margaret!" - Daniel Stonington on January 22, 2017
"These are fantastic! Thank you so much again for the photos and the quick turnaround, and for doing such a great job of keeping Lukas engaged in the shoot!" - Erika Dowd on October 10, 2016
"You, my friend, are really good at this whole headshots thing. Seriously." - Phil Lacey on July 7, 2016
"Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to printing these and sending them everywhere :). I especially like the one with Daniel and Edward looking at each (I'm sure you know the one I mean). They're lovely. Edward is 5 weeks old and is already looking a bit more mature than he was when those were taken, amazing how quick an infant will change." - Marian Kensler on June 17, 2016
"Margaret, thank you so much for taking our pictures! They are so cute and the idea of capturing the famous Seattle weather was perfect!! You were so good with the kids too, Rosie really took to you and she is still talking about how you let her hold the umbrella! Thank you so much for capturing my family!" - Posted by Cindy Ubilla on December 11, 2015 on Facebook
"These are fabulous, thank you!" - Erika Dowd on November 27, 2015
"The photos you took turned out amazing! Well worth getting up that early to catch the sunrise. Thank you so much for taking the photos for us!" - Posted by Josiah Wedgwood on September 7, 2015 on Facebook
"Thank you so much, Margaret, for our amazing sunrise photoshoot! You are such a joy to work with and made us feel so at ease in front of the camera. Furthermore, the photos are absolutely GORGEOUS and you did an amazing job of capturing the stunning Seattle sunrise and working with the early morning light. Sunrises have special signifigance to us; thank you so much for capturing such a beautiful moment. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" - Posted by Christina Nofziger on September 7, 2015 on Facebook
"We had a great time with Margaret over at Discovery Park the other day! She made the process so easy for me and my 4 year old daughter. As I typically feel very uncomfortable getting my photo taken, it was a wonderful experience. Also I have never seen my daughter respond to well getting her photo taken. I would definitely recommend MR Toomey Photography for any family portrait. She is great with children and making them comfortable, which can make the biggest difference in your photoshoot!" - Posted by Kaitlin Brown on March 22, 2015 on Facebook