shenandoah valley fenceline


This was taken during the day trip my Mom and I took this summer. We drove up the Shenandoah valley from Charlottesville to Strasburg, stopping to take pictures of civil war memorials and battlefields, wander through our favorite antique store, and make a quick visit into camp.

It’s also one of my recent attempts to learn about the many options available for taking/editing photos on an iphone/ipad/etc… My Mom took an iPhoneography class this summer, and I’m picking some of it up from her! You can see some of her work here:

sifting through old photos

IMG_0535.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_0535.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Sometimes, sifting through old photos is like finding old friends.

From 2007-2009 I took thousands of photos while living and working at the Farm School–a Montessori program in Northeast Ohio. I was fresh out of college, with my first SLR camera, my dog, and a campus built for photography.

Autumn? Gorgeous. Yellows and oranges and reds like nothing I’d seen before–probably in part because of the carefully tended sugar maple section of the forest… And when it snowed? Well, I’d never been in snow like that before. REAL snow. All winter long.

Plus farm animals, a garden full of flowers, and various creeks, fields, and fencelines.

So working through these old photos–all of which were taken before I started publishing this blog–is like finding old friends, dusting them off (and editing them with lightroom instead of iphoto), and bringing them back out into the light.

I could get on a roll with this…


2014_RedHill_LilyNikon-2-2 by Lily M-C
2014_RedHill_LilyNikon-2-2, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

This is the face of patience.

Hopefully I don’t make him too crazy with my continual “wait, I’m still focusing,” and “hang on, one more photo” moments. Not to mention the frequent, “shoot, forgot to change my shutterspeed/aperture/ISO/you name it–let me try again.”

This particular photo was actually taken with my Mom’s camera–a Nikon. I’m a Canon girl, but I was experimenting with hers to check out lens-lengths. We’re taking a big trip (read, delayed honeymoon) this summer, and I’m trying to figure out what to bring with me!

I have a fondness for primes, and keep a 50 mm 1.8 on my camera pretty much all the time. But I know I’ll want something more for our weeks in Ireland/Scotland. If you have any advice please feel free to share! I have a pretty good long zoom, but it’s a bit heavy to haul around with me… And I’m thinking maybe something wide angle?

Went a little photographer talk crazy in this post–apologies if that isn’t your thing!

Family portrait in shadows


Took the camera on a walk down to the lake yesterday and am so glad that I did!

Beautiful strong light and shadows everywhere meant lots of photos to take back home.

I loved this small series (more to come on Flickr soon): all three of our shadows standing on the lakeshore. It took a while to get the dog in the right place, but tennis balls make excellent bribes for pet photographing!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now, onto Christmas!


IMG_9254.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_9254.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Ok world–you’re just going to have to bear with me through a short series of posts of horse photos.

I’m still collecting my thoughts on weddings–and sorting through photos–and I’m in horse mode right now, driven by finally uploading and editing this summer’s camp photos, and starting to learn natural horsemanship techniques through my new job.

This pony’s name is Rainbow. If you were curious.


IMG_9258.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_9258.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Oh man guys.

I have this wonderful bit of free time right now. The wedding planning is over (and was all worth it, by the way), my new job is just beginning to start up and is super flexible, and I am officially, finally done with graduate school.

So what am I doing with my time?

Photo editing! And re-organizing files! And revamping my website!

I should be unpacking–and I am, slowly but surely–but mostly I’m sitting at my computer, psyched beyond belief that I can finally get things back in order and up to date.

here’s one option for the new website, if you’re curious:

I’m hoping to use this influx of free time to really get myself set up to take on more clients, invest a bit more in this photo business, and take on some personal projects. As such, I’m trying to make myself post more–using photos from this summers travels and weddings!

This is a photo from my couple of weeks at camp this summer. I didn’t take as many horseshow photos as I usually do–but some of these ones of the horses grazing turned out kinda cool, especially once I threw them into black and white.