T-Minus 4 Weeks and counting

As the title suggests, I am drawing frighteningly near the end of my internship with McGraw-Hill Companies. I honestly cannot believe it’s already been two months, and now there’s only less than four weeks remaining. What direction my life will take after those four weeks are up, I have no idea, (which is absolutely terrifying to put it mildly).

Anyway, on to less depressing stuff. I have been BUSY! Since my last update, I have been working hard on a large variety of photo shoots. Like I mentioned in my last installment, I am able to post a couple images from my shoots as a part of my portfolio. McGraw-Hill Companies own the rights to these images though. I can’t post all my photos, and there are some shoots I can’t show you at all, so here’s just a little sampling of what I’ve been up to since my last update.

My parents and uncle came out to visit me during the first week of July. It was really nice to see them again, and fun to actually have someone I know here to talk to. I had to work during their visit, but we were able to combine some of my work trips with family time, which was nice. On the 2nd day they were here, we met my sister and brother-in-law (who were visiting my brother-in-law’s family in the Cleveland area). We met at Mansfield, Ohio, which is half-way for both of us. My mom and sister took my nephew shopping while my dad, uncle, brother-in-law and I toured the Ohio State Reformatory, better known as the prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed. I actually own the rights to these images as I didn’t shoot them for work.

© Holly Hildreth 2012

Looking down the row of empty cells


© Holly Hildreth 2012

An actual escape attempt by inmates. They tried tunneling out of the chapel.


Of Course I had to snap a picture of my nephew!


I had to spend some time in the office, but I was then able to go with my parents to the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Work was happy, as I was able to photograph things for them while spending time with my family. It was a win-win. Museums are pretty difficult to photograph, though. You have a problem with people standing in the way of your shot and you can’t arrange the objects the way you want to. Always a source of pain for photographers!

Naval Medal of Honor



The next morning my parents, uncle, and I took off for Niagara Falls. None of us had been there before, so we were all pretty excited to see the area. I decided that a photographer could easily spend a week there and still not get all the shots they wanted. When we got there the first night, we did a little exploring and my parents and I went into Canada. I was entirely too excited about that. It was the first time I had left the country. I got a passport  5 years ago and never used it until now. Hindsight, I feel un-American for going to Canada on the 4th of July.

Me and the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls in the background. This is on the Canada side looking towards the US


My parents on Rainbow Bridge, which is the pedestrian bridge that connects the US and Canada.

I spent about 90% of the vacation taking pictures. I wasn’t brave enough to take my camera on the tours with us, as you got soaking wet, and I didnt’ want to risk it, so I took a few images on my mom’s cheap point-and-shoot. I REALLY wish I had brought my good camera though, because the views were absolutely incredible. Next time I’ll know better.

Downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, at dusk. The Skylon Tower is on the right side of the frame.


Fireworks over Horseshoe Falls


The edge of Horseshoe Falls at sunset


Looking down through the mist at the Hurricane Deck at the base of the Falls


Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist Observation Tower at sunset



After Niagara Falls, my parents headed home and it was back to work for me. I have been shooting a ton of different things, so instead of listing out everything that I’ve been working on, I’m just going to throw down a few images for your viewing pleasure.

Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot


Flagship Detroit at the Vectren Dayton Air show


Skywriting at the Vectren Dayton Air Show


Madison County Fair



A cowboy prays before riding a bull


Bull-riding in Ohio–who would have thought?!


Anyway, there are images I WISH I could post, but unfortunately can’t. Stay tuned, as I will hopefully have more shoots to share with you soon.


On Wednesday, I traveled to Decorah, Iowa, with my sister and the news station for a story they were doing on the community and what it has to offer Eastern Iowans. My dad used to always take us girls to Decorah for fun when we were kids, but I hadn’t been there since I was in elementary school. We used to always visit Dunning’s Spring and the Iowa State Fish Hatchery. I followed my sister around while they were filming her segment and got some great photos while we were up there. Decorah, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, is about 2 hours northeast of my home town. It’s probably about 20 miles from the Minnesota border. It’s a quiet little town of Norwegian ancestry with a lot of character. Anyway, here are a few photos from the day. I took a ton of pictures, so if you’d like a more in-depth look, check out my flickr by clicking: HERE

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Panoramic of Dunning's Spring

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

After shooting the falls, we headed to the Iowa Fish Hatchery. This is where they raise fish to be released into the wild. While Jen did her story, I wandered around the grounds. It was tough to get good photos of the fish, as they had to put covers over all the tanks since the eagles that live on the edge of the hatchery keep stealing all the fish.

Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Iowa Fish Hatchery Holding Tanks

Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Trout at the Fish Hatchery

Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

The Natural Spring that provides the water to the Fish Hatchery

Eagle's nest across the street from the Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Eagle's nest across the street from the Iowa Fish Hatchery

Eagle's nest across the street from the Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Mother and Baby Eagles

Like I said, there are MANY more photos from this shoot. This is just a small sampling of the day’s activities. Head over to my flickr for the rest.

Also, my family and I are leaving in the morning for a family vacation in Atlanta. I should be posting more photos from my adventures as the week rolls on.