FAYETTEVILLE
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

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.
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$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
    2024-06-12
    Title or Location: Photo was taken in Aberdeen, NC from my backyard
    I have been patiently waiting for several days due to adverse weather conditions to capture this specific shot. Earlier that day, the sky was overcast, but once the sun had set, the sky miraculously cleared up. I strategically waited until after midnight for the Milky Way Core to perfectly position itself between the tree.My settings:Sony A7iii 35mm f1.4ISO 40030 sec
    Credit: Fredrick Myers

    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

    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-06-20
    Title or Location: Uxbridge, Ontario
    ?This past Father?s Day I went to a family farm cidery with my oldest daughter. The drinks were good, the company was great, but the best part was the farm?s commitment to keeping wild, native plants for pollinators. This little bee found a delicious clover and I got this macro shot.?
    Credit: PGC Photography
    Instagram: @valle6500
    Baton Rouge Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Plaquemine LA
    This was the backside of a passing storm system while I was at work in a chemical plant. Capture was made on my iPhone 15 Pro using the Lightning Cam 2 app.
    Credit: Christopher Fontenot
    Bell County Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Nolanville
    A few years ago the field on FM 3219 used to be full of sunflowers. Not anymore. Good thing I took the photos when I did...
    Credit: Bambi Altman

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Southsea
    Red arrow display for the 80 tribute to the fallen.
    Credit: ian gray
    Facebook: Ian Gray Promotional filming and photography
    Instagram: iangrayimages
    San Francisco Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Arches National Park-Moab Utah
    Arches is considered a dark sanctuary meaning using light painting is not allowed. I went to do Astro Photography in June of 2021. This was taken approximately 2am when the Milky Way rose to the center of the arch. While it is a dark sanctuary, someone was hiking on the other side with a headlamp giving me just a touch of light painting to outline the arch. I held the wide angle lens open approximately 13-seconds, ISO 1600.
    Credit: Terry Enlow
    Instagram: @terryenlow
    Murrieta Photography Group
    2024-06-17
    Title or Location: Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA
    Long Exposure Christmas at Bainbridge Circle - 134 sec f/11 iso400 50mm (DEC 2020)
    Credit: Charles Grandin
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charles.grandin
    Instagram: @ctgrandin

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