About Nancy McPeak

I have a passion for photography! As a wife, mother, and young grandmother, living in a picturesque location, I find endless reasons to bring my camera everywhere! I am enjoying attending photography classes and workshops, learning ways to polish my craft. I am looking forward to sharing snipits of my life with you.

Hope you don’t mind…


I just want to share this with everyone!
I am so excited!  One of my photos was selected by Fro as the photo of the Day.  Jared Polin, photographer extraordinaire, has an amazing business, website, and social media presence.  He is from right here, in Richboro, Pa!  He has a following of over 50,000 people on Facebook and I have been a fan for a long time.  Every once in a while, I will upload one of my photos to his Flickr group for consideration as photo of the day.  To my surprise, my photo of the white pelicans in Cape Coral, Florida was selected.  My sister, Pam and George took me on a boat ride and George turned around for me to get this shot.  He kept easing the boat closer and closer to the birds until they all started to take off.  I was happy with the shot – of course, it would be hard to get a bad shot with so much beauty everywhere.  
Thanks, George and Pam!

Fro Knows Photo Dot Com!

Chat soon!



By the Sea

This past Sunday, Sharon and I headed to the ocean, just to see.  There were so many people like us who went there – all for their own reasons.  Hurricane Sandy had stressed everyone on so many levels.  Mostly, we all just needed to be there.

As we parked the car near a hotel on Main Street in Ocean Grove, a man sitting there on the porch greeted us and shared his story.  He was from Avon by the Sea and they were hit hard.  He wanted to know where we were from and our story.  Our story?  We are photographers who love the sea, needed to be close to it and record it.

In Ocean Grove, the electricity went on the night before.  People were just coming out of their homes and sharing stories.  We stopped in the bakery for coffee and a croissant.  Most people spoke of their gratitude.  They were grateful to be alive.  They were grateful that their home or their business was still standing.   We sat outside and there were people cleaning up debris in the streets and boarding up broken windows in stores.  Businesses were starting to open – an art store, a hotel, a restaurant.  Someone said, “the sooner we get back to normal, the sooner it will be normal.”

On the way to the beach, there were bulldozers and mounds of sand along the curb.  The boardwalk had been pushed up by water and sand and was broken into pieces in a few spots.  The fishing pier was shorter – the little shack at the end was gone.


Strangers talked to each other to share stories.  One woman with misty eyes told me her husband proposed to her under that fishing pier.  She said she needed to walk on the beach and to feel God’s presence.

One man said that he couldn’t believe how he could look up and down the coast and it looked so different.  The usual structures, the ones that he looked for, were all changed.   What he looked for just wasn’t there.  He had tears in his eyes.

What I was looking for was there.  That beautiful ocean – shades of blue and green – was there with the rhythm of the waves gently rolling over the sand.  This day, the water was so calm.  Everything was so quiet.  The sky had so many shades of blue – it was periwinkle in some areas.  The clouds were fluffy and white with shades of pink.  The light on the beach was beautiful.  Even the seagulls were quiet, standing strong on the ocean’s edge.

Those times in my life, when I have looked for God, I could always find Him here.  Today was no different.  God is good.  He is present and loving and He gives us hope.  There is His promise that he will always be with us. We know that life will go on.  Our beloved Jersey shore will be there and life there will return to normal – maybe even better than normal.  I am so glad I went – just to see and to feel.  Strangers were reaching out to each other, rebuilding had already started –  signs of hope and God’s presence were everywhere.

I was so glad I went to spend some time by the sea.

Chat later.

Snapshots of a Good Life –

This is a photo of my brother Jeff and Gina – at a restaurant on the bay near Fort Meyers, Florida.  Really, this post is about the class that helped really solidify my photography skills and knowledge.  Not only did it teach me so much, I have made some wonderful friendships through this class.

So, if you want to take your DSLR out of auto and really see what you can do, sign up for this class – you will be so happy that you did!

Edited to add:  Karen Russell, the instructor/owner of Snapshots of a Good Life – my teacher added a comment on the blog and said my photo was fabulous!  That makes me happy!  I didn’t even say what a wonderful teacher and all-around good person she is – you will love her!


ImageMary Kate turned one year old!  What a special little girl to celebrate a wonderful day!  Her mom (my friend Katie) and her brother, Brandon went right down the street to the Delaware River and tried to capture just how beautiful this family really is.  Katie wasn’t planning on being in the photos but really, I couldn’t leave her out!


Even when she isn’t “photo ready”, she looks beautiful!

Here are a few more of little MaryKate and her family.


I loved our time together.  I hope to someday live in the nursing home right there on the river – it was such a beautiful area!  Then, Katie and I will be neighbors!

Thanks for letting me photograph your family, Katie!

And, while I was there…I had to capture this beautiful yacht club that was in the background.


My Review of B + W 77mm 6X Cross Screen Glass Filter

Five stars for this star!

By Nancy from Churchville, PA on 9/24/2012


5out of 5

Pros: Easy To Use, Clear Optics, Firm Mount

Best Uses: Image Manipulation, Lens Protection

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Have used this filter for typical night shots and get great star effect (surprising to me, with a little bit of color) on the lights in the photo. It also seems to reduce some of the blow out that is hard to avoid with some night time shooting. Have also used to it shoot a live show – gave an already artsy production and little more bling. Really adds a a different dimension to your photo. Fun to use.


Amy and Mike


After months of preparation – their’s and mine – the big day finally came!  It was a beautiful day in every way.  I couldn’t have asked for a better couple or better families for my first wedding.  Everything about the day was wonderful.  I even found myself dancing on the dance floor, taking photos, enjoying myself completely!  I received the most gracious email from Amy saying how happy she and Mike are with the photos – it made me want to shoot another wedding!  Soon! (Before I forget everything I learned!)  Here is a little sample from the day.


I wish them many, many years of happiness and love.

Walk with me…

in Central Park!

A few weeks ago, our photography group Pa/NJ Photo Tour Enthusiasts (http://www.meetup.com/PA-NJ-Photo-Tour-Enthusiasts/) went to Central Park for a photo walk.  I love Central Park!  Now, don’t laugh, because I really didn’t know that until last year.  I thought Central Park was a dark and scary place – you know, where they find bodies on Law and Order and CSI.  But, it is full of life and rich with photography opportunities.

So…walk with me and see some of the sites I saw.  You can do so much in Central Park…

There is fishing…

Imageand there is a big cityImagethere are friends posing for self-portraitsImageand friends helping with self portraitsImagethere are musicians…Imagethere are comediansImageand musiciansImageyou could be fully incased in a bubble!ImageThere is music that is spiritual…Imagethere are make-up artistsImageand more musicians – and more music…ImageI could continue my pursuit of brides and all things wedding.ImageImageImageI could meet up with a friend from Chicago!  Hi Cristina!Imageon the way home, I was rubbing together my sore feet.  But, I had an amazing and happy day.  I just love photography!  It makes me look for beauty and there is just so much, everywhere.  God is good.Image