Archive for March, 2013

Happy Easter


I could not resist taking a camera to photograph the beautiful flower covered cross at my church this morning followed by a trip up stairs to snap a quick pic of the sanctuary before service started.

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First Presbyterian Church

904 Fayetteville Rd

Rockingham, NC 28379

(910) 895-6335


New location for Jimmy McDonald Photography Studio


artscenterI’ve had a pleasant couple of years located on the third floor of Leak Wall Home and Gardens.   Increased studio sessions and a third floor climb directed me to find a location that was more convenient for my customers.  Jimmy McDonald Photography Studios is now located inside Art’s Richmond Center in downtown Rockingham, N.C.   The Art’s Richmond Center seemed like the best location since I teach classes and arrange for monthly photo group meetings.

Although a large percentage of my sessions are planned for outdoor photography with natural backgrounds, there a many instances where the client requests a studio session.   Newborn, maternity, commercial head shots, passport, cap and gown are just a few of the type of sessions that can be scheduled in the studio.

Various backdrop colors are available for studio photo sessions.   All sessions are scheduled in advance.   See the prices section of this website for additional information.

Bridal sessions and wedding photography services are available.  Please visit my main website at for additional information in the Wedding Section of the website.   I also schedule free wedding photography consultations with clients at Art’s Richmond Center.

Additional information including pricing can be viewed at

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Spring Bridal Show at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst


This was a fantastic event planned and the turnout was great!  I was a bit worried that the cold, rainy weather would keep attendance low, but this worry was for nothing.  The attendance was steady for the first two hours and several brides trickled in during the final hour of the event.   I enjoyed speaking with dozens of potential new clients as they viewed my photo samples.   I have photographed several events at the Fair Barn, but have never seen it setup in this format.  The venue is very spacious and with all of the vendors, mingling brides and their guests it never seemed crowded.  I am thankful for the invite to exhibit and look forward to next years bridal show.

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Built in 1917 for use at the Sandhills Fair, The Fair Barn is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina.

This beautifully restored barn is equipped with a state-of-the art kitchen, dressing rooms, and beautifully tiled restrooms. From receptions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars, The Fair Barn provides the perfect setting for any event.

For further information or to reserve The Fair Barn, please contact our Events Coordinator at:

(910) 295-0166

A division of the Pinehurst Parks and Recreation department.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc


I had the privilege of photographing the local Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc chapter at Cole Auditorium in Hamlet, NC.  I enjoyed talking with several of the members and finding out about their sorority.  They were excited about celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Sorority and some were planning a visit to Washington D.C. for the celebration.  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the single largest African-American women’s organization in the country, will celebrate its 100-year anniversary beginning Jan. 1, 2013 and continue throughout the remainder of the year. Several centennial events have been scheduled across the country to commemorate the Sorority’s founding on Jan. 13, 1913. Events include, but are not limited to: participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.; a Delta Torch Tour across 22 cities; Centennial Founders Day Weekend; Reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March; and the 51st National Convention. The festivities will allow more than 250,000 initiated members, representing over 900 chapters in the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to observe the Sorority’s Centennial year.


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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust:

  • Economic Development
  • Educational Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Political Awareness and Involvement

The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.

The organizational structure and governance of the Sorority is invested in the Grand Chapter, which meets in National Convention biennially. Regional Conferences are held in the seven geographic regions of the organization during non-convention years. In the interim, the Executive Board, consisting of elected and appointed members, acts to establish and implement policies, as needed. A paid professional staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, operates the National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C

A quick tour of Downtown Charlotte


I take a few trips to the Charlotte area each month and took a few moments this day to capture some pics as I traveled through downtown.  My original purpose was to get a reflection shot for our local photography group assignment.  I knew the location and the sky was perfect for the reflections on the skyscrapers.

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Spring Bridal Show at the Fair Barn


Jimmy McDonald Photography will be exhibiting during the Spring Bridal Show at the Fair Barn Sunday, March 24, 2013, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Bring your Bridal Party and the GROOM!



Kaitlin and Ryan’s Engagement Session


I’m looking forward to Kaitlin and Ryan’s May 2013 wedding day. If there engagement session is any indication of the fun that they will have on their wedding day, I would hate not to be a witness.  I photographed Kaitlin’s sister’s wedding a few years ago and remember the family very well.  Fun was had by all, including the photographer.  I enjoy seeing people have a good time and I have no doubt that Kaitlin and Ryan’s wedding day will be very similar.

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Emily Senior Portraits


Emily was kind enough to hang out and pose for several hours while I mentored another photographer.  We met in downtown Raleigh to roam around and shoot under various lighting conditions.  We ended the day of photography at nearby Pullen Park beside N.C. State Campus.  As the day passed I learned that she had been in front of the camera many times per her mother’s request.  I imagine that she has a great collection of photos documenting her youth.   Best of luck to Emily as she continues her education in college next year.


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