Photography by Cynthia Strain

Welcome! Thirty years’ worth of photographs are gathered here for your enjoyment or purchase. Most are from the Highlands area (western N.C.), where I have lived since 1982. Additionally, there are images from the American Southwest, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Florida, Kenya, Mexico and Guatemala. While I am basically a nature photographer, my subject matter covers the waterfront, with landscapes, wildlife, birds, flowers, portraits, and abstract subject matter.  

Prints are available on standard photographic paper, rag paper, watercolor paper or canvas. Giclee prints are of the highest quality with archival inks and acid-free paper. At Mill Creek Gallery & Framing we offer all framing options, including gallery wrap for canvas photos (or paintings), so please inquire. These images will look different on every computer monitor. Be assured that all prints are made with attention to color, saturation and light so that no matter how they may appear on your monitor, they will look beautiful on your wall.

Stock photography is also available for advertising, print or web usage. I have far more photos than can be placed on this web site, so if you have a specific need, please contact me.

Wedding, family and individual portraiture in a natural setting is available (in the Highlands/Cashiers area only). Please contact me for more information and pricing. Packages start at $350 and go up to $1500.

Aerial photography services in the Highlands-Cashiers area are provided as well--shoots generally cost $450 to $600, including prints.

My latest book, "Highlands Through the Seasons,"  is a 192-page coffee table book that celebrates the beauty of Highlands. It is priced at $49.50 and will be available at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing as well as select retail outlets in Highlands and vicinity. Click on the link to see a preview of images.

I hope that the passion and wonder that I felt when making these photos translates to something that moves your heart and stirs your soul.

- Cynthia Strain

Photography by Cynthia Strain
"Highlands Through the Seasons" coffee table book

A book devoted to Highlands came off the presses and onto the shelves of Highlands stores in September 2012. "Highlands Through the Seasons" celebrates the incredible beauty of the Highlands area as well as the town itself. Photographs and text (all by Cynthia Strain) highlight our lush mountains and valleys, rivers and waterfalls as well as some of the flora and fauna throughout the four seasons. There are photos of some of our local churches and historic buildings and shots of downtown as well. The book has two poems; "My Hemlock Tree Drips Diamonds" by celebrated Highlands poet Virginia Fleming, and  "I Am Home" by the author. The book's foreword was written by Highlands historian Ran Shaffner, author of "Heart of the Blue Ridge," whose book cover features a photograph of Highlands taken by Cynthia Strain.

"This book has been thirty years in the making. Since moving to Highlands in 1982 I have been documenting the beauty of the area on film and digital files. The process of creating this book has been incredibly satisfying, as my passion for the outdoors, conservation work and photography have been able to coalesce in this project."

To view images from the book, please click on "gallery" and look for the book title.

The 192 page full-color hardbound book retails for $49.95 and is available at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing on Oak Street as well as select stores in Highlands and the area. You may order here by selecting "buy now," or contact Cynthia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Shipping will be $6.00 for book rate, $11.50 for first class.

Media Mail +$6.00 = $55.95 USD 1st Class +$11.50 = $61.45 USD


Decorative License Plates

Decorative License Plates

Decorative license plates are available for Highlands, Cashiers and Franklin. Each 6 x 12 inch plate is made from high quality recyclable aluminum and with a protective UV coating. Note: click image to see the full selection.

    Price: $16.95

    Shipping: $4.50