Magical Morning Light | Cover Artist Carole Shepardson
Carole Shepardson’s clever shutter captures the magic and the mystery embedded within life on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.
To photographer Carole Shepardson, the mountains are one stunning photo-op after another.
That’s why she keeps her camera, charged and ready, in the front seat of her truck. Mother Nature’s stunning compositions rarely escape Carole’s eye.
“Every time I catch a glimpse of a valley, I feel like I am looking down from heaven – it’s breathtaking,” she says.
After graduating from Auburn with a Master’s Degree in Education, she married, raised a family, completed a successful career in pharmaceuticals, then retired and settled in the area, a place she delights in now calling home.
Carole is a nature girl, living on a small farm with horses, bees, chickens, and a garden. While mountain vistas and wedding settings are a delight to capture, her own backyard and horses are favorite subjects.
When asked what a typical day looks like, she replies, “Each day is different. Every morning I tend farm duties, the animals, garden, etc. Sometimes I’m shooting, catching that magical morning light. If I’m not working with animals or shooting, I’m doing post-processing. I’m always learning. Like many others during Covid-19, I go online to research and study, occasionally take a class. Tech is constantly changing, so I gather different perspectives. There’s so much out there.”
After studying art at Auburn she was a photographer for collegiate lacrosse games. It ramped up her game, as it were.
“I was on the sideline with my monopod, camera in high-speed shooting mode, and a high-powered telephoto lens. In a split second I had to capture four things: the essence of the play, the teammate’s number, the ball, and the player’s eyes. It’s lightning fast. Compared to that, any other shooting is easy.”
She’s excited to announce the opening of her new office above Sweet Treats Ice Cream & Deli, across from Old Edwards Inn on the corner of Fourth and Main. The address is 119 South Fourth Street.
If you’re having a party, wedding, or event, she’s your go-to picture pro. Carole is full of creative surprises. She can even zoom in on the groom and bride with a camera-drone.