About - Cheryl McDonald

About Cheryl

I am a California girl raised in the Mojave Desert.

I started out as a painter using watercolor and pencil to create images from my mind as well as locations I lived in.

I discovered the camera in 2008 while living in San Francisco. And although I still paint and draw, photography has become my primary medium for being creative.

I now live at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with access to desert landscape as well as the mountains and I find that the camera helps me capture the many faces of this landscape and it's many facets. I love exploring abandoned places as well, taking photographs of things left behind in another time. My photographs are layered compositionally and I love to focus in on details. My goal is to draw you in and give your eyes and your senses a feast.

My repertoire has expanded over the years beyond just landscape and fine art photography. I now also cover local events, festivals, and conferences as well as private events for small groups. I also photograph architecture and gardens for clients such as hotels, housing developments and garden designers. You will find a little bit of everything on this site, if I can be of service please contact me!


Published Works

February, 2017 and November 2017: Ridgecrest to Death Valley a visitors guide for those traveling along highway 395, photo editor and contributor.

2016: Contributor to the Kern County Visitors Guide and Sunrunner Magazine.

August 2015: Scenic 395 and Beyond, for the web edition go to http://scenic395.com/

July 2014-2015: free-lance writer and photographer for the Daily Independent Newspaper contributing stories and photos of day trip get-aways up and down the HWY 395 Corridor.

August 2014: Scenic 395 and Beyond, the official guide to highways 14, 58, 178, and 395 for the web edition go to 

Photo Book published by the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert: Abandonment Issues, Images of our abandoned past, 2013 Photographic exploration of 7 desert abandoned places.


Contact Information:

Phone: 562-810-4076

email: cheryl@cherylmcdonaldphotography.com

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