Before "Butterfly Reflections Photography" opened, I loved (and still do) to shoot everything around me, I had a gallery/website "Matthews Creative Photography" which reflects the -portraits, boudoir, landscapes, waterscapes, old buildings, abandon vehicles in the middle of nomads land, abstracts, pretty much anything classic. It also reflects oddities and random situations- natural or man-made I have come across over the years. Whatever catches my eye, my camera catches the picture or scene too. I am always prepared to search for and capture the "Best" image I can. When you look at an image, no matter how many times, you will see something new or different that wasnít seen before. This not only amazes me, but it excites me as I attempt to capture the beauty and emotion that can be seen everywhere and in anything...as long as one chooses to see it, with endless possibilities. Photography is a wonderful tool to express those choices. I will continue to capture it for as long as I am allowed to do so. You will find samples of those pictures at http://www.betterphoto.com?bonniejmf. I am dedicating this site to portraits, relationships, families, love expression and life.
I believe beauty is all around us and there are always shots to be captured. I love sharing moments with others as I view the world. I want my photography to reflect beauty through expression. Moments slip by us so fast and I want to catch each moment through expressions to be passed on to the next generations.
Life has taken me in many directions but led me back to photography. I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember, but was introduced to digital photography well over 14 years ago. When I discovered this fantastic world of digital, I decided to take photography to the next level. I joined our local camera club LPA, Betterphoto.com, and then NYI School of Photography. Photography not only became my passion but became my obsession!
I belong to Lancaster Photography Association (LPA) where I have learned so much through their programs, guest speakers, workshops, competitions, weekly discussion groups, a monthly newsletter, field trips and most importantly, the wonderful members ranging from novice to master photographers. I have been a Master Photographer for about 6 years now. The Masters give back to other members by sharing their vast amounts of knowledge. I would highly recommend to everyone if they have a local camera club, to get involved. If it isnít "all it could be," then step up and help make it what you want it to be.
I actively participated in Local, State and International Competitions where I have won many Awards, Medals and Accreditations. I feel this level of participation has made me a better photographer. The quality of my work has increased and I constantly challenge myself for these competitions. I would advise everyone to take that first step and enter your first competition, don't be afraid, use it as an educational tool, not as a way to receive an award. Yes, the awards are nice but the knowledge is the true reward!
Call me for more information M,W,F, 10am-4 pm, (661) 406-1292 or you can send me a message under "Contact Us" and I will respond promptly.
~Bonnie J. Matthews-Franke
PPA ~ Professional Photographers of America
PSA ~ Photographic Society of America
PPC ~ Professional Photographers of California
S4C ~ So California Council of Camera Clubs
LPA ~ Lancaster Photography Association
BetterPhoto.com ~ Certified Better Photographer!
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