VIRGINIA
BEACH
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Cypress Forest Nature Photography Meetup

Cypress Forest Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday the 1st of October
First Landing State Park - 9:00am - 2 hours
The Cypress Forest and Swamp in First Landing State Park is a beautiful area to observe nature all dressed up with no place to go. Cascades of Spanish moss hang from the cypress trees rising up from the water. On the right day, a rainbow effect covers the surface of the swamp. Turtles sun themselves and dragonflies play in the light on sunny days. The leaves on the vines that trail up the cypress trees start turning colors in October. After an opening discussion on what we might encounter, how best to capture images of skittish things, and working in low light without flash, we'll head out on Bald Cypress Path to see what we can find!
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$39pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday the 15th of October
Brock Environmental Center - 9:30am - 3 hours
This class will cover the exposure triangle and the part that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed play individually in achieving the perfect exposure. We'll delve into how to choose which setting to prioritize based on the image you want to produce, and how lighting and composition impact those choices. There will be practice activities, and plenty of time for one-on-one coaching. Please bring a camera that can shoot in manual mode, and if you are not familiar with where the settings are on your camera, please also bring the user's manual for your camera.
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$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
B&W Photography Walk & Talk Meetup

B&W Photography Walk & Talk Meetup

Saturday the 29th of October
Elmwood Cemetery - 3:00pm - 2 hours
Black & White photography is a study in contrast, shadows, and interesting shapes. Without color to help tell the story, composition and lighting are the stars. This meetup is for all skill levels and any camera type, including cell phones. Scheduled later in the afternoon to take advantage of long shadows, and in a setting that lends itself perfectly to monochromatic images, this two hour meetup is an informative and fun way to explore the role of mood in photography. Elmwood Cemetery was established in 1853 when the city's first municipal cemetery, Cedar Grove (adjacent to Elmwood), ran out of space. It features a tremendous variety of markers, stones, family mausoleums, and free standing sculptures in a park-like setting. Incorporated into Elmwood grounds is West Point Cemetery, which was established in 1875 for African American burials, including 58 Union Army volunteers.
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$39pp     9 places left
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday the 12th of November
Brock Environmental Center - 10:00am - 3 hours
This class will cover the exposure triangle and the part that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed play individually in achieving the perfect exposure. We'll delve into how to choose which setting to prioritize based on the image you want to produce, and how lighting and composition impact those choices. There will be practice activities, and plenty of time for one-on-one coaching. Please bring a camera that can shoot in manual mode, and if you are not familiar with where the settings are on your camera, please also bring the user's manual for your camera.
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$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Beginner's Photography Next Steps

Beginner's Photography Next Steps

Saturday the 19th of November
Red Wing Park - 10:00 am - 3 hours
You've taken our Beginner's Photography class, now what's next? This companion course covers composition, the RAW v. JPEG image format debate, editing, file storage, and lots of practice using your manual mode shooting skills. Even if you haven't taken our Beginner's Photography class, as long as you know how to operate your camera and want to improve the quality of your pictures, this class is for you! During our three hours together, we will have several activities to practice what we're learning, and plenty of time for individual and group feedback.
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$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
ABOUT VIRGINIA
BEACH
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 across the region.

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 Virginia Beach Photography Facebook Group to share your photos after the session.

We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID.
Keep 6 feet away from others.
Wear a suitable face mask or show a valid vaccination card indicating that you are vaccinated.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitizer.
REVIEWS
Dawn was a wonderful instructor. She explained photography concepts in easy to understand terminology. She made herself available to each student for questions or advice. She and the students all shared real life stories of their experiences making pictures. It was a very fun and informative class.
5/5
Susan Oakham
September 4th 2022
Very informative. Dawn was very knowlegdeable and the way she explained made it so much easier to understand.
5/5
Terri Giles
August 14th 2022
Very helpful to me, lots of good info !
5/5
Thomas Tye
August 13th 2022
The time was perfect. The content was presented in an understable manner. The instructor was patient and willing to take questions.
5/5
Andrew Schaufler
August 13th 2022
It was a great refresher course and loved the hands and availability of the instructor.
5/5
Ian Chapman
August 13th 2022
I learned a ton from the instructor and seeing what everyone was doing. I can't wait to do this again and I recomend this to anyone who is looking for ways to make thier pictures more interesting to the viewer.
5/5
Linda Sherman
July 27th 2022
very good.
4/5
Greg Frederick
July 25th 2022
Learned a lot -and fun. Nice instructor
5/5
Lynda Stafford
July 23rd 2022
Dawn was a great instructor and really enjoy taking her class. Look forward to many more !
5/5
David Lauthers
July 11th 2022
Awesome Dawn is great she is able to break things down In a way I could easily understand photography
5/5
Katie Hagan
July 9th 2022
I learned a lot and I enjoyed it!
5/5
Lauren Sheehan
July 2nd 2022
The class is formatted and paced well, and goes over sever different types of shots I was interested in.
5/5
Martin McDonald
July 2nd 2022
INSTRUCTORS
Dawn Rykheart
Dawn Rykheart is a Virginia Beach photographer and owner of Awestruck Photos, LLC. She has lived in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia since 2004 and was drawn there by the abundance of natural areas to explore. She spends her summers taking family portraits on the beach and has worked as an event photographer for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, CVS Pharmacy, SunTrust Bank, and other local businesses. For several years she was a contributing photographer to the Hampton Roads Health Journal. She has also volunteered her photography services for the VA Heart Gallery, Sentara Hospice Services, and numerous non-profit fundraisers. Her go-to equipment set includes a Nikon D7100, Sigma 18-35mm lens, and Nikkor 28-300mm lens. She enjoys sharing her love of photography with others, and delights in helping people capture their own unique view of the world!