thoughts and images from out of the way places



I’m Melanie Cantrell, the face behind Chasing Carolina~

I am a  mom to two amazing teenage daughters. I’m married to a really cool and talented wildlife biologist ~ They are my pride and joy… I love being with them more than anything else in the world~the defining relationship in my life is with Jesus Christ~

I love to hike in the beautiful  {  Great Smoky Mountains National Park  } Before I had children I worked as a National Park Ranger in this beautiful park. I became familiar with every corner of this area  as I worked with black bears and wild hogs.  I actually got paid to hike and camp in the backcountry. I’m so blessed to live next door to this incredible place~

I { Travel } every chance I get and I love to discover new places~

One of my favorite things to do is  {  Explore  } out of the way and abandoned places.  The history behind old buildings fascinates me. Stepping into one of these structures is like stepping back into a simpler time and I can just imagine what it was like to live or work there~

I’m a {  Freelance  Photographer  } who enjoys meeting new people and helping  them preserve their favorite memories~ I specialize in outdoor photography and would love the chance to get together with you in your favorite location in and around Asheville, North Carolina.  Of course, if you have a special event coming up someplace special, for example… Maui, Hawaii,  I could be persuaded to travel!

For some of my work check out my link at  Melanie Cantrell Photography.  If you think I could help you, give me a call or drop me an e-mail.  I’d love to meet you!

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