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 Photo Club of The Grand in Surprise, AZ


Photo Shoots

For those who have not been on a photo shoot before it is truly one of the highlights of Grand Photo Club membership. When Club members come together for photo shoots, their individual creative energy is multiplied. This page has examples of images taken by club members on some of our recent photo shoots.  

Do you have an idea for a photo shoot?  Would you like to lead a photo shoot?  Contact Dennis Hilgar

Photo Shoots Post COVID-19 Onset

Covid-19 changed many things in our lives but it did not diminish Grand Photo Club member's will to continue to find interesting places to photograph. This section will showcase those creative photographer's images.

PS Sunday Shoot Roosevelt Murals Repeat

On March 29, 2023 a large group of artists traveled to Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix to capture images from the murals, people  and surrounding area.  

Matsuri Festival of Japan

In late February, 2023, artists from the Grand Photo Club traveled to the Matsuri Festival of Japan at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix to capture images of this beautiful festival's activities and its people.

Sunday Shoot Roosevelt Murals

Artists traveled to downtown Phoenix to capture images at Roosevelt Row, a walkable arts district, which is home to art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutique shops in a landscape dotted by colorful street art.

Whitewater Draw and Bisbee

A January trip to SE Arizona found 8 photographers seeking images from Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near McNeal, AZ and the nearby town of Bisbee.

Rancho Rio Team Roping event

In November, 2022, photographers traveled to Rancho Rio in Wickenburg, AZ to capture photos of women, men and children working in and around the huge team roping event held Saturdays during the winter.

Mesa Temple Holiday Lights

Ten photographers traveled to the Mesa Temple in mid December to capture images of the Temple lights and the beautiful surrounding area.

Bosque del Apache NWR

Twelve hardy photographers spent  most of a week in late November and early December, 2022 in Socorro, NM at the NWR working all day each day from sunup to sundown to capture images of wildlife. Of particular interest were the Sandhill Cranes.

Canal Convergence-An EveNing of Light

Photographers traveled to the canal area in Scottsdale in November to capture images of the 10th anniversary of Scottsdale's Canal Convergence. The goal of the Canal Convergence was to present sustainable displays of Art + Water + Light.

Sunday Shoot: Downtown Phoenix Architecture

Artists traveled to downtown Phoenix on October 16, 2022, to obtain challenging and artistic images to share with their peers.

Dwarf Car Museum in Maricopa

Photographers traveled to Maricopa, AZ to capture images of “Dwarf Cars” created by Ernie Adams.

Peridot Mesa Wildflowers, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Historic Miami

An overnight stay in Globe, AZ allowed photographers to spend quality time in three locations to capture images of varying landscapes, interesting historic buildings, wildlife and wildflowers.

White Sands, Silver and Surprises

Artists traveled to New Mexico in mid-February to capture images from the White Sands NP, historic Las Cruces and Silver City.

Desert Botanical Garden and Chihuly Exhibit

Photographers gathered at the Phoenix Botanical Garden in early February of 2022 and created images of desert flora and glass art created by Dale Chihuly, a well known glass artist from Washington state.

Edward S. Curtis: Light and Legacy

Photographers traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to enjoy the Scottsdale Museum of the West’s collection of Edward S. Curtis’s work on display. These images reflect some of what the photographers appreciated.

White Water Draw and Historic Bisbee

Attendees traveled to McNeal, AZ and Bisbee, AZ to capture images of wildlife and historic places.

Historic Yuma, Algodones Dunes & Cibola NWR

Photographers traveled in early December, 2021, to enjoy and capture images from a variety of venues in SW Arizona and nearby California.

Out of Africa

Artists submitted images created during a photo shoot at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, AZ on October 29-30, 2021.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Artists submitted images created during a photo shoot in Cottonwood, AZ on October 20, 2021

Introduction to Photoshoots

Photographers were introduced to the art of Photoshoots in Wickenburg, AZ on October 12.

Birding in Sierra Vista

Grand Photo’s artists braved the August heat to travel to Sierra Vista, AZ to capture images of birds and other wildlife.

Cave Creek Ranch

Grand Photo’s artists traveled at the end of May 2021 to the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, AZ for a four day photo shoot to capture images of wildlife, birds and the beautiful area.

10th Arizona Balloon Classic

Grand Photo’s artists traveled to the Goodyear Ball Park on May 1, 2021 to enjoy an afternoon and evening capturing images of the 10th annual Arizona Balloon Classic.

Watson and Willow Lake; Prescott, AZ

Artists from Grand Photos traveled to the Prescott, AZ area to capture images of the beautiful scenes  around Watson and Willow Lakes in mid-April, 2021.

Roosevelt Row

Grand Photos artists traveled to the Roosevelt Row district in downtown Phoenix to capture images of the varied and unique art found in this historical area.

Vulture City Ghost Town

Fifteen dedicated photographers traveled to Wickenburg, AZ to create images from scenes found in Vulture City Ghost Town in mid-March 2021.

Jewel of the Creek

An almost flowerless spring 2021 season did not deter photographers from creating images of the beautiful areas along Cave Creek near Spur Cross Ranch Regional Park.

Tempe Beach Park

Fourteen artists traveled to Tempe near the end of February to create images of wildlife, people and structures around the park area.

Waterfall Trail

In mid-February 2021 photographers gathered to create desert images from the Waterfall Trail in White Tank Regional Park.

Pioneer Living History Museum

The fourth photo shoot in January took artists to Anthem, AZ to enjoy the Pioneer Living History Museum and to create images of their favorite subjects.

Hassayampa Preserve

A rainy day in late January 2021 failed to keep four brave photographers from traveling to Hassayampa River Preserve with the mission of creating images of flora and fauna found in this Maricopa Park.

Wickenburg Town Center

Nine photographers traveled to Wickenburg, AZ in mid-January 2021 to create images from the interesting opportunities found in this small western town. 

Gilbert Water Ranch

In early January 2021 club photographers traveled to Gilbert, AZ to enjoy the scenery and create images from the broad range of birds and waterfowl found at this beautiful riparian preserve. 

Jewel of the Creek

In mid-November photographers gathered to enjoy the scenery and create images from the Jewel of the Creek Preserve near Cave Creek, AZ.

Rancho Rio Barrel Racing

Photographers gathered at Rancho Rio in Wickenburg, AZ to enjoy and photograph the barrel racing events held there in late October.

Sedona Autumn Colors

Eleven Photographers arrived in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona on this Tuesday in late October with a plan to capture images that showed the autumn colors of the area.

Surprise Library Circuit Photo Shoot

Participants traveled to the three local Libraries (the new Asante, Surprise, and White Tank) to photograph unique views of the architecture, surroundings, landscaping (form, line, color, texture) and ephemeral features distinguishing their visits.

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