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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.

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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Richmond County Chamber of Commerce holds 30th Meeting and Recognition Night.


I attended the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce 30th annual Meeting and Recognition Night at Cole Auditorium in Hamlet, N.C.  The Hollywood themed event rolled out the red carpet for attendees.  I was able to play a familiar Paparazzi role during the night to capture the event.

The 2012 Citizen of the Year award went to Dr. Masoud Ahdieh and John Jackson was introduced as the 2013 Chamber Chairman. Congratulations to both!

After the meeting guest moved to the banquet rooms for food and drinks.

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Autumn’s Last Storm – Hinson Lake


Another photography goal has been met. Our State Magazine selected one of my photos for their Tar Heel Image page of the November 2012 issue.

Hinson Lake is a beautiful place and I shoot portrait and landscape photos frequently at this location.  I was lucky to catch this scene on a cloudy day.  It’s one of my favorite landscape photos and have a print of this pic hanging in my office. This photo was submitted for the annual photo contest but didn’t win. However, I was excited when Our State contacted me in September wanting to use the photo in the November issue.

Our State is my favorite magazine and I’ve wanted to see one of my photos printed in this publication for a long time.  My next goal will be to earn an assignment from Our State.


This scene and various others are available for print purchasing from my Website.


Autumn’s Last Storm – Hinson Lake, Rockingham, N.C.

The Rotary Lodge and Hinson Lake is open to the public. Rental fees and regulations are posted below on downloadable PDF files.  Also, all reservations for the Rotary Lodge can be made through the Parks and Recreations Departmentlocated at Browder Park in Rockingham (910) 895-6810.

Hinson Lake is a lovely city park located within the city limits of Rockingham NC. The city has prepared almost 3 miles of walking trails looping around the lake just underneath a shady canopy of trees with numerous wooden bridges including one that is 300ft long with a nice gazebo in the middle  Picnic tables and benches are located around the lake.

Hinson Lake hours of operation (Effective June 11th, 2010)
M-F 4pm- 8pm
Saturday 12pm-8pm
Sunday 1pm-8pm


(Hours of Operation contingent upon the weather and demand.)

Call Parks and Recreation for facility and equipment rental pricing at 895-6810.

Rules and Regulations for Rotary Lodge and Hinson Lake

Click here to download a map of Hinson Lak

152 Hinson Lake Road
Rockingham, NC 28379


11/2/2012- I received the following letter in the mail and it made my day!

Jene’s Senior Portrait Session



Elizabeth’s Senior Portrait Session



Jacob’s Senior Photo Session


Rock n roll Bride


NASCAR Returns to The Rock!


I was excited about helping the local newspaper photograph one of the biggest events to take place at the legendary Rockingham Speedway.  The last NASCAR event at “The Rock” was a Cup Series race on Feb. 22, 2004.   Current track owner, Andy Hillenburg, purchased the track at auction four years ago and has done an amazing job of restoring the track and promoting the return of NASCAR. This was the first Camping World Truck Series race to be hosted at Rockingham Speedway and I doubt that it will be the last.  The April 15th event drew the second largest crowd of the season and fans were provided a great race.  Congratulations to Kasey Kahne for winning the race, but the real winner is Hillenburg.

Working with Hlee.


Hlee contacted me several weeks ago requesting that I mentor her during her Senior school project.  After finding out about her topic and research I was happy to say “yes” and make arrangements to begin working with her.  Her project of comparing the tones and reactions between color and black and white photos sounded interesting to me.  After reading her initial report I could tell that Hlee had spend some time working on this project.  We planned several meeting to discuss various photos, shooting procedures and techniques.  Hlee also made herself available to assist me with several photo sessions to pick up some pointers in preparation for her project photos.   The session with her as the model allowed her to be in front of the camera while I explained, in detail, various methods for obtaining the desired photos.  We still have more work to do as Hlee finalizes her presentation and I look forward to seeing the final product.



Kierstan’s Senior Portraits


Kierstan met me at Hamlet Depot one evening to pose for her Senior Portraits. The days leading to this day were very warm and comfortable. However, the night before saw a cold front move in and it brought wind with it. Regardless of the unpleasant conditions, Kierstan hung in there and followed direction without any complaints. We were fortunate to be able to enter the Depot to warm up and capture a few additional shots.




Hanging out during the Belk “Engagement Party”


I usually enjoy meeting new people and seeing familiar faces.  Tonight provided the opportunity to do both.  The Belk “Engagement Party” allows me to display some of my favorite wedding prints and speak with brides and grooms to-be about their wedding plans and photography needs.

Couples engaged to be married were invited to Belk store in Rockingham on Thursday, February 16, for a signature Engagement Party event that offers engaged couples a fun-filled evening with food, beverages, entertainment, and fabulous prizes. The event kicked off at 6 p.m. in the home department.

If you did not receive an invite and need to discuss photography for an upcoming wedding, I would be happy to meet and have a conversation with you.  Meanwhile, my current wedding packages with pricing and links to prior wedding galleries can be viewed HERE.


Participating couples will receive a Wedding Registry Planner and those who open a new gift registry or add to an existing one will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:

1. Two travel vouchers for airline tickets or a cruise ($1,200 value)

2. $1,000 in cash

3. One of five $1,000 Belk Gift Cards

A million dollars later…


I saw a news article about the million dollar renovation at the Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro, N.C. and knew that  I had to see this place.  I called to make arrangements for a tour and asked a friend of mine, David Ariail, to join me.   David was the director at Richmond Community theatre for 30 years before retiring several years ago.  I thought that he would like to see how a million dollars was spent in the nearby town.  We met with the Arts council director and after several hours talk of their first community production began to evolve into a done deal.  On the way back to Rockingham and for several days following the idea of another run of “A Christmas carol” became reality and the show was moving forward.  I’ve worked behind the scene in Theatre for about 17 years and jumped at the opportunity to work with David Ariail who came out of retirement for another show.  The quality of Ariails work and direction of other people has been a learning experience for me that I continue to benefit from everyday.  Besides designing the sound plot and training the Ansonia sound guy, I had the privilege of arranging the production and promo photos for the show.  The entire run was a huge success for the theatre and many new friends were made in the process.

Anson County Arts Council
Promoting the Arts in Anson County, NC

P.O. Box 332
110 S. Rutherford St.
Wadesboro, NC 28170
Phone:  704-694-4950

The Thompson family in and around the studio.


I was lucky this fall to have so many warm days available for photo sessions. Frequent clients of mine, the Thompsons, always have some neat ideas for their fall sessions.   We got some new ideas for the next session wile we were shooting.  I’m looking forward to more time with this family.

Jimmy McDonald Photography Studio is ready for clients!


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. Per request, studio sessions are now available in downtown Rockingham!!!

Jimmy McDonald Photography Studios is located on the third floor of the Historic Leak Wall House in downtown Rockingham, N.C.   The studio is setup with various backdrops and lighting and related items to offer clients a quality photograph.   I recommend that clients bring props, baby toys, blankets, team/fan gear, holiday decorations…etc to help make your photos unique.

Various areas of the house as well as the Wall Gardens are also available for photo sessions.   All sessions are scheduled in advance.   See the prices section of the studio website for additional information.

Bridal sessions and weddings are also available at Leak Wall.  Please visit my main website at for additional information in the Wedding Section of the website.

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Congratulations fo Sanford and Robin!!!


I was pleased to say “Yes” to Sanford when asked to photograph his wedding day.   A long time friend and great guitar player was very excited about the preparations made for his special day with, wife-to-be, Robin.    The day was beautiful, the ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a very nice event.  Best wishes to Sanford and Robin!


Brian, Sherrie and the “Vi” Car.


Sherrie called be to shoot a few promo pics for her for being awarded a new BMW as National Sales Director for Visalus Sciences.  I enjoy having a large prop, such as a car to use during a photo session.  We also took the time to get some shot of her and her husband Brian, who is also very knowledgeable about the Visalus products.   The looked great, Brian and Sherrie looked great and this made it easy for me to produce some nice photos for them.


Hillary and Monroe


Hillary and Monroe contacted me about shooting photos of them for their parents Christmas present.   We had to keep things on the down low and chose to meet at Weymouth Gardens in Moore County.  The fact that this took place late fall, the gardens are still beautiful and offered a good assortment of areas for us to use.  The lack of blooming plants and warm air didn’t prevent people from visiting the gardens.  Several people were walking pets and two other photo sessions were also taking place.  Hillary and Monroe are a great sister/brother combo and I enjoyed working with them.    Since Christmas, I have had the chance to visit their father’s office and view several photos from this session around his desk.

Canon 50d with 17-40mm. Canon 50d with 70-200mm, Pocket wizard mini TT1 controlling a pair of Canon 580exII flashes on pocket wizard FlexTT5 receivers.

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