FAYETTEVILLE
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

WWC (Walk with Camera)

WWC (Walk with Camera)

Saturday 01 June
Downtown Fayetteville - 10am - 2 Hours
Cheryl Vandegrift
Talk a walk and learn how to "see" great opportunities for unique, beautiful pictures in a typical, everyday landscape.
book now
$43      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 15 June
Spring Lake - 10am - 2 Hours
Cheryl Vandegrift
Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 13 July
Belvedere Avenue - 5pm - 3 Hours
Cheryl Vandegrift
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.

NOTE: The instructor will provide handouts.
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$106      

Lifestyle/Candid Style Portraits

Lifestyle/Candid Style Portraits

Saturday 27 July
Spring Lake - 5pm - 2 Hours
Cheryl Vandegrift
Learn how to take pictures of people and families that are more natural than posing. Capture them being themselves and interacting with each other. We will talk about how the normal "rules" of photography don't always apply here. Learn to catch them being silly, loving, mad, inquisitive, etc. We will learn prompts to help them act naturally.
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$47      
WWC (Walk with Camera)

WWC (Walk with Camera)

Saturday 10 August
Downtown Fayetteville - 10am - 2 Hours
Cheryl Vandegrift
Talk a walk and learn how to "see" great opportunities for unique, beautiful pictures in a typical, everyday landscape.
book now
$47      
Pictures of People in Nature

Pictures of People in Nature

Saturday 24 August
Spring Lake - 10am - 2 Hours
Cheryl Vandegrift
Come learn to take beautiful portraits of people in beautiful locations. We will learn how to use natural light and the given landscape to create great pictures. We will talk about flattering lighting, angles, and how to have a creative eye for almost any situation. DSLR camera is desired, though a nice phone should work.
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$47      

ABOUT FAYETTEVILLE
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Fayetteville (North Carolina).

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Fayetteville Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Cheryl Vandegrift had great teaching strategies: printed visuals with verbal communication and hands on work, which tapped into the visual, audio and tactile learners. She gave us individual attention and inspired us to go beyond the print also by thinking about the end result of our photographs. She was able to challenge all the different learners in the group.
    5/5
    Kathy
    2024-05-12
    Great instruction at a great level of useful information. A hands on practice then tailored to our needs and wants for any other questions. Highly recommend for photography instrcutions in the Fayetteville area..
    5/5
    Darin
    2024-03-31
    I enjoyed the class structure. I liked how we had a small class time and then hands on
    5/5
    Jamie
    2024-03-18

    It was a great class, my daughter came out with some great experience from the instructor.
    5/5
    David
    2023-10-23
    It was very informative. I learned a lot about my camera and how to take better pictures.
    5/5
    Billie
    2023-09-18
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Cheryl Vandegrift
    Cheryl is a professional photographer with around 6 years of experience. She originally arrived in Fayetteville back in 1994, stationed at Pope Air Force Base, and decided to make it her home after her service. Cheryl is a dedicated homeschooling mother of twin teenagers, and she's proud to have an 18-year-old graduate.

    Specializing in capturing the essence of couples, maternity, and families, Cheryl's portfolio also includes headshots, branding photos, and coverage of special events. As a natural light photographer, she relies solely on the beautiful light nature provides, without the use of off-camera flash. Her signature style leans towards lifestyle and candid photography, favoring genuine moments over overly posed shots. Cheryl is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and experiences with others. She's eager to connect with you and explore the world of photography together.

    Cheryl Vandegrift is available for private bookings

    I am available every day but Mondays. Individual days may vary due to teens' activities and jobs. I can teach you beginning photography, as well as how to shoot and pose portraits, nature, or city backgrounds. I can also instruct you on lifestyle photography and how to get real, natural reactions rather than relying on posing.

    PHOTOS
    Fayetteville Photography Group
    2024-03-12
    Title or Location: Camp Mackall, NC
    Little Muddy Lake is a reservoir in Scotland, North Carolina. Little Muddy Lake is situated nearby to the hamlets McFarland and Pine Hill.
    Credit: Fredrick Myers

    Fayetteville Photography Group
    2024-03-11
    Title or Location: Grand Canyon
    2011 Grand Canyon - View 4 from Plateau Point on the Bright Angel Trail
    Credit: Joshua Caldwell
    Fayetteville Photography Group
    2024-03-11
    Title or Location: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a lack Walnut Tree
    Credit: Jim Smith
    Facebook: Jim Smith
    Instagram: jimsmithdraht

    Fayetteville Photography Group
    2024-02-23
    Title or Location: Spring is in the air
    Visiting your local nursery was able to capture this busy bee at work pollinating.
    Credit: Reba Lane Photography
    Facebook: Rebalane2008

    Fayetteville Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Grand Canyon
    2011 Grand Canyon - From Plateau Point on the Bright Angel Trail
    Credit: Joshua Caldwell
    Facebook: Joshua Caldwell
    Fayetteville Photography Group
    2024-02-16
    Title or Location: Carver Creek State Park
    Ive spent a lot of time lately exploring the various State Parks that North Carolina has to offer. While hiking one of the trails at Carver Creek State Park there must have been a controlled burn nearby which filled the forest with smoke for the added effect!
    Credit: Ryan Mabe
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093380680832
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rhmdigitalmedia/

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography
    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558842215195
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Cremorne Point
    Cremorne Point is always a favourite choice to capture the southerly sunsets with the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline in the frame. This isn't a long exposure shot but a motion blur added to the water in post production.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks

    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto
    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric

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