Fresh, Natural Lake City Wedding Photography by Dawn McKinstry Photography
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Dawn McKinstry


A little about me… I’m a small town girl who loves to travel and is a bit on the shy side.  ;)  That may be mostly due to the fact that I am a twin, and she was the talkative one growing up. But get to know me – and I’ll chat up a storm.  I love talking photography and weddings, so give me a call and we’ll chat!

A little about my experience… I’ve been shooting weddings throughout Florida and the Southeast US since 2008.  I am also a PPA Certified Professional Photographer.

Email or call me and we’ll chat!




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Family session (with a surprise!)

January 26th, 2015

I love this family. So far, I’ve photographed Jhanna & Ryan more than any other family (outside my own ;). When Jhanna called me to schedule this session, she said she had to tell me a few details. Her in-laws were here from out of town and they wanted to get pictures with everyone while they were here, including her brother and sister-in-law. And she said that they would be surprising their family with some news. Great! I love photographing surprises.

outdoor family pictures

Then, her sister-in-law Kaila called me and said that THEY would be surprising the family with some news too!

Oh boy! This was getting complicated!

But we worked out a plan, and pulled it off. This is definitely one of my favorite moments I’ve photographed so far!

First… Jhanna and Ryan told his parents they were expecting baby #2.

pregnancy announcement photography

We let that sink in… Kaila was a little excited…

professional photography of surprise

Then she said they were expecting too!

surprise pregnancy announcement pictures

I think mom wanted to be mad at her sons for keeping the secret… but she was just too happy.

loving family pictures

outdoor couples picture

professional picture we're pregnant



Crow Family

January 19th, 2015

Family sessions are fun ways to preserve memories. And they don’t have to be for families of little ones (although those are usually especially important to capture those moments as they are so fleeting as they grow so quickly). If your family is getting together, think about having a family session to capture the memory of you all together, and a snapshot of your lives right then. You don’t have to have a special reason other than being together with your family.

I shot both Abigail & Katelyn’s weddings and later shot marketing images for Abigail and her in-laws of their cattle and farm for their new store Fifth Generation Farms in Lake City. This cotton field was planted and (later) harvested by her husband Matt. I loved all the texture from the cotton!

picture in cotton field

girls in cotton field

portrait in cotton field

couples picture in the woods

husband and wife portrait in forest


Holiday Card Sessions

October 10th, 2014




2014 Holiday Card Sessions are here!

It’s that time of year! While it may seem early here in Florida where the temperatures are still reaching near 90*, it is time to book your session for your holiday cards.

Sessions are limited this year. Slots are available on October 17th, 18th, & 19th.

$300 includes:

  • 30 minutes per session
  • 25 prints
  • 20% off prints and products (including custom designed greeting cards)

Contact me now to reserve your spot!


holiday card, holiday cards, Christmas cards, portrait session, greeting card session


Aletha – One Year

March 1st, 2014

This is an older session, but I had to share these cute images from this family session!frog wall with family

casual family session

baby smirk

family pictures under oak tree


Print Sale!

September 24th, 2013

My online galleries finally have a shiny new look!  Go check them out here. To celebrate, I’m having a sale! I don’t do sales very often, but for a limited time everything is 20% off, including all client online galleries! If you’ve ever been in front of my lens go visit your gallery at to view and order prints, downloads, and products for 20% off!  And feel free to forward this to friends and family, prints make great holiday gifts.  ;)

Don’t miss this sale!