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Sunday, June 22, 2014


When I first discovered Wild Northwest Beauty Photography, I knew the breathtaking work of photographer Meg McDonald—who lives on Vashon Island, in Washington State's Puget Sound—was a perfect fit for my Good Life Northwest blog. What you will see here is actually only a tiny glimpse of her vast portfolio, organized into 15 different galleries and encompassing this entire region of the country.

McDonald states on her website: "All of my photographs are single exposures— not HDR and not layered or combined multiple exposures. I believe that combining images through software such as Photoshop is graphic art, not photography. What my camera sees is exactly what you see." 

And what you see will amaze you. I'm also offering a glimpse into the heart and mind of this talented woman, who was kind enough to answer a few questions.

Candace Brown for Good Life Northwest: When did you first become interested in photography?

Meg McDonald: I’ve always been stunned by the natural beauty around me, but I didn’t pick up a camera until a few years ago.

GLN: What kind of camera do you use?

McDonald: I use the Sony a77 because of its uniquely useful viewfinder.

GLN: Do you have any tips on nature photography?

McDonald: Definitely! Remember that you’re photographing light, not just objects...and the sky is most of what makes landscape photography work.

GLN:What are your favorite aspects of life in the Northwest?

McDonald: My favorite aspects of life in the Pacific Northwest have always been its amazing scenery and wildlife, and the beautiful clear air and stunning skies.

GLN: What’s your favorite subject to photograph?

McDonald: That’s a tough question, actually. I love to photograph the infinitely variable beauty of landscapes and the powerful appeal of wildlife; however, landscapes don’t require as much expensive, heavy glass as does wildlife photography, so I tend to do more landscape work.

GLN: Do you do any portraiture, weddings, anything like that, or just nature?

McDonald: I’ve done a few outdoor portraits but mostly work on capturing the natural beauty around me.

GLN: In addition to selling the actual photos, do you do notecards or other possible gift items? 

McDonald: My images are available as prints, gallery canvases, aluminum art panels, note cards, and other display forms, including downloads, at my website (

Many thanks to Meg McDonald for the generous use of her photos in this post.* 

The Facebook Page for Wild Northwest Beauty Photography is and the Facebook page for Good Life Northwest is  I hope you will "like" both of them. Thanks for visiting.

*©Wild Northwest Beauty Photography. All rights reserved. Please do not use my images without my written permission. Do not download my images. (You are encouraged to share this blog post, or you may share individual images posted on the Wild Northwest Beauty Photography Facebook page, by using the "share" links shown below the photos, but please respect this creative property.

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