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Bryce + Jesse

I photographed Bryce and Jesse a few months prior to their wedding to capture engagement photos for them.   They looked very happy together and the smiles continued on their wedding day.   Many family members and friends put forth the effort to make this the best day for the newlyweds.

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Scheduling Summer Portrait Sessions.

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Portraits (Family, Newborn, Senior, and pets)

- Mini Session – This option is $25.00 for a 30 min session at any predetermined location in Richmond County.  The photo file CD for mini sessions is available for $50.00. Photo file CD consist of all edited  files cropped and prepared for unlimited printing up to 11×14 in size.

- Option A -$60.00. This option includes a one hour session at a predetermined location. I will direct and shoot several different poses. *(travel fee may apply to . surrounding counties)

Fee includes print package containing prints of client selected pose.  Package consists of – One 8×10, two 5×7′s, and a set of 8 wallets. Photos are printed in a professional photography lab using Professional Digital Paper.

The remaining poses will also be available for ordering from an online gallery.

MOST POPULAR!Option B – $40.00 sitting fee up to one hour. This option does not include prints. An online gallery will be setup for unlimited print ordering. *(travel fee may apply to surrounding counties)

A photo file CD with copyright release is available for one hour sessions.  Photo file CD consist of all edited  files cropped and prepared for unlimited printing up to 11×14 in size.  The photo file CD for hour sessions $100.00.

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Studio Sessions are available.

*Add $20.00 for travel for locations outside of Richmond County – Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Scotland, Marlboro, and Chesterfield Counties.

The above sessions are available for outdoor and studio sessions.   Jimmy McDonald Photography Studios is located inside Art’s Richmond Center in downtown Rockingham, N.C.  Various backdrop colors are available for studio photo sessions.  Visit Jimmy McDonald Photo Studio for additional details.

Call or email to schedule an appointment.

 

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2013 RSHS Prom

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For several days the forecast called from thunderstorms during the time I had several prom photo session scheduled.  Even the morning of prom night rain was predicted.   I wasn’t happy about having to go to Plan b and shoot indoors.   Fortunately the skies remained partly sunny and the sessions proceeded as planned.

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Adrienne’s Cap & Gown

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The cap and gown session fee is $15.00. I’ll photograph up to 5 different cap & gown poses. The proofs will be posted online for print and CD photo file purchasing. The CD ($35.00) will contain a high resolution file of all of the poses with copyright release for printing. You will need your own cap & gown set with applicable club sashes and stoles. Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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Tyler’s Cap and Gown Session

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Tyler came to the studio Yesterday to have his cap and gown pics made.   This was a short session, approximately 15-20 minutes.  The guys prefer it this way and I don’t waste time getting several poses.

The cap and gown session fee is $15.00.   I’ll photograph up to 5 different cap & gown poses. The proofs will be posted online for print and CD photo file purchasing. The CD ($35.00) will contain a high resolution file of all of the poses with copyright release for printing. You will need your own cap & gown set with applicable club sashes and stoles.  Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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New location for Jimmy McDonald Photography Studio

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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 www.jmacphoto.com 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 www.jmacphotostudio.com

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Kaitlin and Ryan’s Engagement Session

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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

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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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Great advice from other wedding professionals.

wedding day photographyI do not usually link to other blogs here, but the following links are a must read for engaged couples planning their wedding day.

-The first has been a favorite of mine for years as I have seen “Uncle Joe” in action during several weddings that I have been hired to photograph.

“Why Hiring Uncle Joe to Photograph Your Wedding Isn’t Worth the Savings”

-The next link is very special since it does not come from another photographer.   A wedding venue owner notes her reasons for hiring a professional photographer based on her experience with wedding events.

“Why You Never Skimp On Wedding Photography!”

-This article has some great advice on cost and what to expect regardless of the size of your wedding.

“There Is No Substitute For a Professional Wedding Photographer”

-This next link is a horror story from a couple who thought that they had hired a pro.  This is a great reason why you should ask to see a recent complete wedding collection and printed samples from your photographer.  BTW – I have a collection of my most recent work available for viewing HERE.

“My Wedding Photography Nightmare”

Here are the top 5 reasons for hiring an experienced wedding photographer: (From an article at Today’s Bride)

  • A professional wedding photographer knows how to capture every single moment of your wedding in all its glory. They can give your photographs a polished look.
  • An experience photographer should suggest some unique ways to photograph your wedding. For example they will assess the location and suggest good areas in which to take the photographs so that the scenery will enhance the images.
  • If you are also employing a videographer then the photographer can take photographs that work well with the narrative and editing techniques chosen by the videographer.
  • Your photographer will have different ideas on how your final images can be presented. It is your special day so let everyone know how beautiful you looked and fun the day was.
  • Depending on your requirements then an experienced wedding photographer can usually bring along a second photographer so you can capture multiple angles, or at least recommend a photographer who they can work in tandem with to produce a great result.

Make sure you book your photographer well in advance. Just know that the best wedding photographers are being booked months in advance. Their reputation often precedes them and couples are clamoring to book their services. So get your date in early.

-This final link is my own two-cents about hiring a professional.

“Experience is important when hiring a wedding photographer.”

Congratulations to Cheanna and Brandon

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I remember the spring evening when I received the first call from Cheanna concerning her wedding photography needs.  I could tell in her tone that she was excited about getting married in November.   The fact the her wedding venue recommended me, my website appeared first in her online search and I was planning to be visiting near her Wedding location during the wedding date was all of the confirmation that Cheanna needed to select me as her photographer.  I enjoyed the meeting with Cheanna during the following eight months and my excitement grew as the big day grew near.  As expected the wedding ceremony was great.  I have to compliment the musician and vocalist who performed during the ceremony.   They were both very good.  After a great session of formals we traveled to Pinehurst to the Fair Barn to proceed with the reception.  The decorations and food were very good as was expected.  I was impressed with the many toasts and wonderful words that family and friends had to say about the newlyweds.  The planning was very successful and I wish Cheanna and Brandon a very happy future together.

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December Photography Class

12/5/2012 Thank you to everyone who attended last nights class at Arts Richmond, Downtown Rockingham.  We covered a lot of information in a short amount of time.

The following topics were discussed:

1- Getting to know your camera and learning how to find the correct functions for your photography needs.
2- Composition (8 techniques will be discussed) and shooting for web display, e-sharing, printing or all of the above.
3- Three main camera settings that you need to be aware of and understand.

More information about future classes will be posted HERE in January

Scheduling Fall Photo Sessions

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Photos make great gifts.  Call or email to schedule your photo session.

Portraits (Family, Newborn, Senior, and pets)

- Mini Session – This option is $25.00 for a 30 min session at any predetermined location in Richmond County.  The photo file CD for mini sessions is available for $50.00

- Option A Cost-$60.00. This option includes a one hour session at a predetermined location. I will direct and shoot several different poses.
*(travel fee may apply to surrounding counties)

Fee includes print package containing prints of client selected pose.
Package consists of – One 8×10, two 5×7′s, and a set of 8 wallets. Photos are printed in a professional photography lab using Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper. With this paper don’t worry about prints fading. The standard archival value is 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage.

The remaining poses will also be available for ordering from an online gallery.

- Option B – $40.00 sitting fee up to one hour. This option does not include prints. An online gallery will be setup for unlimited print ordering.  *(travel fee may apply to surrounding counties)

A photo file CD with copyright release is available.  Photo file CD consist of all edited  files cropped and prepared for unlimited printing up to 8×10 in size.   CD for hour sessions $100.00.

*Add $20.00 for travel for locations outside of Richmond County – Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Scotland, Marlboro, and Chesterfield Counties.

Jimmy McDonald Photography
Rockingham, N.C.
(910) 995-3569
www.jmacphoto.com

Autumn’s Last Storm – Hinson Lake

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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!

Rock n roll Bride

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NASCAR Returns to The Rock!

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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.

The Brinks family at OBX

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During a visit to the Outerbanks of North Carolina is was out during sunset capturing the clouds of a storm moving to the north.  The wind was swift, but helped keep the storm away and let the sun peep in and out of the clouds.  As I had my tripod positioned on a dock a gentleman approached me to ask question about photography.  After a brief introduction and conversation about my setup he asked if I would be willing to shoot some photos of his children.  Unfortunately it was too dark and I didn’t have my flash set up with me at the time.  However, we made plans to meet the next morning for some photos on the beach.   I was more than happy to spend some time shooting beach portraits of this family from Richmond VA.

The Fifth Generation

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Miss Chloe

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