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The ever so sweet Ava is here!  She held on just long enough to make sure the family was home from a long road trip, and safely to the hospital.   Isn’t she so sweet?

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phoenix photography

phoenix photography

phoenix photography

Just got my hands on my own copy of this month’s 202 magazine, where I was lucky to work with editor Sondra Barr on a fashion editorial and the cover shot!  It was tons of fun coordinating with the girls, meeting the great ladies involved.  Brooke at Blossom Salon and Boutique, Ashley Nicole with Makeup and Casey Brough and Katie Bonn who both do hair at Blossoms were are amazing to work with!  The girls were all gorgeous and fun and of course I took way too many pictures, Sondra selected what she wanted for the editorial, and I’ll show you some of my other fave’s here.  Grab a snack, there is lots of images…

Here is the cover shot, we took this in the hallway at Westwood High School, I love the old look of that school and it fit right into our concept.  The next few shots are the pieces for the editorial….

We had put together 3 outfits for each girl, one vintage, one bohemian, and one skater/beachy.  The piece worked in just the boho which is crazy popular this season!

The rest of the images are some of my favorites from the rest of the shoot.  Blossoms Salon is in downtown Mesa, which is frequented by photographers all the time, so I tried to work with things in the area that I hoped hadn’t been used before so that it was more original.  Arizona is not the nation’s hot spot for locations, so lately I’ve been really working on making something out of nothing.  It has stretched me creatively and some of my favorite shoots have been behind a Walmart, and in some bushes in some random parking lot… you’d be amazed!  So, for those of you asking about locations, those are my newest favorite spots!

This darling vintage bike was a 3 wheeler!!  Loved it!!

Once we got to this part of the shoot, we wanted everything FUN, so these last shots are all my favorites!

Umm, Green Caddy???  Yes!!!

With School starting just around the corner, it’s a great time for all you Mom’s to start a new hobby just for yourself!  Learn all that your camera can do so that you can capture the best memories of the coming year!

Photography 101 and 102 – $190

Class 101 – Thursday Aug 18th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Composition

Lighting

Creativity

Toddler tricks

Clarity and focus

Using the Creative modes (not Auto); aperature priority, shutter priority

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Class 102 – Thursday Aug 25th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Lenses – why, which, when

Depth of field

White balance

Focus points – toggling

Exposure = ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode

I am also offering another Lightroom class, I myself have been using more and more of Lightroom lately and I am love, love, loving it!  The tools are so great and you can get through many many pictures in a small amount of time!

To register, email me at amy@amyfraughtonphotography.com

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Summer in Phoenix means that half the town is gone for half the summer to escape the heat, and we are in that half.   We have traveled to Pinetop to be in the cool pines, to St. Martin to explore the Caribbean fish in the turquoise waters, and to Utah for the best place to celebrate the 4th of July and be with family.  So, my blog has been severely neglected, a big no-no for any photographer.  However, I am going to try to redeem myself with the images from this family shoot.  With seven kids, you would think they are crazy all the time, and maybe they are, but they are also one of the closest families I know, and the kids are all BFF’s with each other.  I got some wise advice from the darling Mom on her views of parenting and raising kids and love that I had the opportunity to do the shoot.

In an effort to simplify this contest, the entry requirements have changed.  Thank you to everyone who has entered so far and left a sweet comment, I will be giving you each an extra entry.  I have loved your stories and would love to shoot all of you someday!  I will announce the winner on Friday!  Thanks for following and supporting my photography, your the best!

Hey there everyone, with summer fast approaching, the weather is beautiful, and I’ve had many requests for this class, so I am finally getting it out there.  This is open to anyone in the Phoenix area that loves photography, knows how to shoot in Manual mode, or has been through my Photography 101 and 102 classes!

Here is the details for the next class:

Creative Lighting Class/Understanding Lighting
Photo Shoot included!!
This is a 3 hour class – we will spend the first 1/2 of the class learning about all the different types of lighting, how to make the best of them, and when to try what. We’ll spend the second 1/2 of this class shooting with models, trying all of the concepts that we’ve just learned. We’ll have at least 2 models, so you’ll also gain some insight on posing. You must be able to shoot in Manual Mode to attend this class or have attended my basic photography classes before! All lighting techniques will be done with natural light.

Here is what we will be studying in depth:  front light, side light, back light, full sun vs. shade (when and how to use both), window light/indoor light, silhouettes, moody lighting, artistic, lighting, sunsets, and achieving fantastic “sun flare”

Tuesday, June 21st, from 4:30 to 7:30
$125.00

To register, either email me at amy@amyfraughtonphotography.com.

This was totally fun!  When the Phoenix Zoo called for me to do the images on the cover, they told me how great this shot was going to be, and to be honest I was wondering how in the heck do you compose 2 one year old twins in the same picture as a horse, but they can’t sit on his back…???   We figured it out, and the boys were so good for the shoot!  Aren’t they so cute?

The little momento on the left is a gift from the Zoo for providing this image for one of their billboards.  I took this picture last year, during my Phoenix Zoo photo shoot when I ran up to the Giraffe area just before sundown to grab some quick pics.  I had no idea that their tongues were 5 miles long!!  I am always laughing at my 7 year old daughter because she can touch her tongue with her nose.  She would be a great Giraffe!   The image was used on a billboard here in Phoenix, and I have no idea who the father and son are, but wouldn’t that be fun to be driving down the freeway and see yourself on a billboard?

Hey Everyone!

I finally got my calendar in front of me to get these classes out there again!   I have had some requests for another Creative Lighting class, and this is a great time of year to do it, since the sun is going down so much slower and that gives us time to play alot!  I am thinking the first part of June for this class, but if you are interested, please comment when would work for you.  I know that the summer is kind of crazy for everyone!

Photography 101 and 102 – $190

Class 101 – Tuesday May 17th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Composition

Lighting

Creativity

Toddler tricks

Clarity and focus

Using the Creative modes (not Auto); aperature priority, shutter priority

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Class 102 – Tuesday May 24th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Lenses – why, which, when

Depth of field

White balance

Focus points – toggling

Exposure = ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode

I am also offering another Lightroom class, I myself have been using more and more of Lightroom lately and I am love, love, loving it!  The tools are so great and you can get through many many pictures in a small amount of time!

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Lightroom Class:  Wed.,  May 18th   8:30 – 2:30
Lunch will be served.   $250

Topics covered include: Understanding Lightrooms tools and layout

Organizing your photos

Basic editing

Powerful portrait retouching

Presets and speed editing tips

Printing, slideshows and web.

To register, please email me at amy@amyfraughtonphotography.com

Before I learned photography, I was a point and shooter and just candid stuff.  I had no idea to look for the light and know what it means to understand light.  The golden hour (an hour before sunset) is prime shooting time for many reasons.  One, the sun is lower in the sky, bigger and softer.  Another reason is it does not cast harsh shadows on faces and subjects.  The color of the light also changes as the sun rises and then sets, and it is always better to get shots where the subject is not squinty.

It is my favorite time to shoot… see why?

Another blog post from my trip with Hope Arising to do humanitarian work in Ethiopia.  I thought I would share some images of the people at the clinic, waiting to be seen by the medical staff.  There is no doctor.  The day we arrived in Dera, we dropped of the dental team to their clinic (pictures coming soon) and then were on our way back to the bus to go to visit the schools when my friend and volunteer found out that there was a baby being born right that minute in the clinic.  Being a nurse, she quickly ran to the deliver room and ditched the rest of us for the day.  She ended up assisting in 3 deliveries that day and stayed late into the night.   The delivery room was awful.  Two rusted out tables for the women to lay on and a small table of instruments.  The floor was so bad as well.

I could just stare at these pictures for hours.   The people are so beautiful.  All of the Ethiopians, just beautiful features.  I love the one above since the fly is still on his nose, they barely bother to shoo them away.

I told you, isn’t she beautiful?

You have to wonder what is on the other side of those eyes?  What is she thinking?  What is she needing?

The children were where my heart truly swelled, individually like with this girl, and at the schools where we were swarmed by hundreds of children.  They were so happy, so beautiful.  Maybe it’s because I am a Mother, maybe it’s because they had such a loving energy about them and wanted to be with us and around us so much.  It was a feeling I will never forget.

This building was the labor and delivery rooms.  At the time of this visit, there was a baby that had just been born and in the recovery room, the mom lay on a plastic mattress, with only 1 blanket wrapped around her, and no sheets.  The baby was also wrapped up and so beautiful!  In the room with her were 2 other women and they were sitting and visiting and although I couldn’t understand their words, a sense of joy filled the room and I could tell it was happy talk.   We are different in our clothes and our resources, but as humans we are the same.  When a baby is born, there is such joy and love and it is shared with your loved ones.

This baby had just been brought in by her parents for malnutrition.  At one years old, she weighed about 12 pounds.  Her skin was loose off of her legs, and we wondered if her jewelry weighed more than she did.  The parents would be allowed to stay in this room pictured above for 2 weeks while the baby is provided treatment.  The room was filthy.  It had a mattress on the floor, and the floor hadn’t been mopped in years.  My initial thoughts were this; “oh my gosh, if I worked here, I would get this floor cleaned immediately!”  But then I remembered, oh yeah they don’t have running water.  Even while serving and working for these people, I caught myself judging them unfairly.  It made me realize how easy it is that we judge and wonder how much do I judge at home?  It was a refining experience.

In this image, they needed to weigh the baby, so they took us outside and put her in a little baby hammock attached to a scale that hung from the branch.  The baby was so great.  Her Mom and Dad are on the right of the frame, they live out in the country and had brought her in.