Showing Angus Cattle ~ Western National Angus Futurity

Last weekend we loaded up our family and headed down to Reno, Nev., to attend the Western National Angus Futurity. Our oldest daughter would be showing Angus cattle there for the first time and our ranch also had several animals to exhibit. We raise registered seedstock cattle and show them at fairs and national shows to advertise the genetics we offer for sale. I hadn’t been to the show since I was 8 months pregnant with our second daughter, which was eight years ago, so I was excited to go, as were all the kids. We enjoyed the weekend seeing old friends, meeting some new ones, hanging out with my inlaws (who we raise cattle with), and relaxing a bit. I tend to hang back and take it all in as there is plenty of help to get the cattle ready, and I don’t want to be in the way. Plus, I love seeing my husband and daughter interact and share bonding moments while she prepares to go in the ring. This was definitely the biggest show she’s been to and she learned a lot. It’s always neat to watch my brother-in-law and his crew fit the animals and get them looking their best. Cattle people are really like family and even though we’re all competing for the same awards, there is a lot of respect throughout the barn for fellow breeders. Here’s a little glimpse of how I captured our lifestyle!
showing Angus cattle
stock show girla girl and her heifer
Malson Angus & Herefords
Junior Bull Division at 2015 WNAF
showing Angus cattle

Malsons Sure Deal 184A

My brother-in-law showed our bull to Reserve Junior Champion.

showing Angus cattle
Black Angus
show cattle

I love watching my husband show cattle!


There are two things I love about photography—creating artistic images and capturing life moments. While I strive to do both at the same time, sometimes I would rather have my “mom” hat on than my “photographer” one, so I put my camera down plenty of times and captured moments with my iPhone.
Moments like:
– driving through Nevada and trying to appreciate the wide open space and cows grazing in the sagebrush.
– the kids walking into the huge hotel/resort/casino for the first time and riding in the elevator to the 21st floor.
– my son helping his Grandma sell raffle tickets and Angus memorabilia for the Western States Angus Auxiliary.
– seeing my youngest get all excited about the cattle and saying, “Bull, Cow, Heifer” anytime she saw them.
– taking my kids swimming and enjoying playing with them in the pool.
– watching my son start cleaning the stall area less than 5 minutes after we arrived at the barn.
– enjoying a meal out with my hubby (and our youngest) while the big kids were bowling with friends.
– admiring the fitting crew, especially my newest sister-in-law, who are all incredibly talented at getting animals looking their best.
– my kids wearing their new Malson Angus & Herefords sweatshirts, which my second daughter never wanted to take off.
– taking selfies (or us-ies as my friend calls them) with my kids because I’m not in photos with them nearly enough.

What a fun weekend spent with my family and cattle friends! What does your family like to do for fun?

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  1. Leslie Lukens Martin

    Awww…so many great pics! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time in Reno.

  2. Mom

    Love all the pics! Can’t wait to see you next week!

  3. I love this for so many reasons! Thanks for all the amazing pictures Maggie!!!!


Pretty in Pink ~ 6 month old Baby Plan Studio Session

6 month old baby plan 6 month old baby girl 6 month old baby girl 6 month old baby plan 6 month old baby plan 6 month old 6 month old 6 month old baby plan 6 month old baby planOne of the reasons I love my baby plan clients is getting to see a little one as they first enter the world as a tiny newborn, then again as a squishy 6 month old. They have grown and changed so much in half a year’s time. By 6 months old, babies are usually smiling, laughing and babbling, grabbing fingers and toes, and are sharing their personalities. Your baby’s milestone moments are definitely worth capturing because as any parent knows, they grow so fast in the first year!

I loved having this little peanut in my studio for her 6 month old Essence mini-session. She is just the cutest! It’s been fun watching her grow!


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Beauty Within

her beauty within beauty within the shadowsI was looking through personal photos the other day and came across these. We were vacationing last summer and I was playing around with a new lens. I have to admit I had certain expectations for myself, even though this was my first time with it out of the box. I wanted to create perfection.

When I took them all I could see was all the technical things that weren’t quite right. But, taking a second look at them, I realized there is still beauty within. There is beauty in imperfections. Of course, I see beauty when I look into my daughter’s eyes. She radiates true beauty and joy. She challenges me and makes me want to be better.

I feel like this has been a theme for me all of my life. I have always had high expectations for myself, in everything I do. I don’t necessarily need to be the best nor am I overly competitive with other people, but I do want to be MY best. And for some reason, my best doesn’t always meet MY expectations. I’m working on it. I’m working on letting go of reaching perfection because quite honestly it will never happen while I am on this earth.

I can find beauty in the messiness of life, in the chaos of raising a family, in the constant struggle to balance work and family life. I’m striving to find the real, authentic ME, to accept who I am now, but moving toward who I want to be. My beauty within. The beauty God gave me.

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  1. Tina

    Great message for all of us. Thanks, Maggie! You bring so much beauty to our world through your photography, your family and your grace.