Elena Thornton - Photographer   

Photographer, Artist, Educator, Published Poet, Community Volunteer

Elena has been a photographer since 2010. She has covered many social and nonprofit events in the valley.  

Elena has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in the education, business and the nonprofit sector. Founder/CEO - Arizona Consortium for the Arts Charity:. Publisher: "The Blue Guitar", “The Blue Guitar Jr.”  and “UNSTRUNG” = Literary and Arts Magazines.

Arizona Consortium for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, an all-volunteer, community organization.  All the programs, events and activities are free to the community. The consortium's vision is to establish a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts space/center with an open door policy. The center will provide a home for all creative and innovative activities and will foster artistic growth for people of all ages through the participation in the arts. It will be a home for many wonderful community organizations and groups representing and celebrating our diverse community. Visit

Jim Thornton - Photographer

Photographer, Artist, Musician / Singer, IT Professional, Community Volunteer, DJ (DJ Thordy)

Jim has been a photographer for over 30 years. He has covered many social and nonprofit events in the valley.  

Jim has been in the computer technology field for over 30 years.

Jim is one of the founding members of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts charity and is instrumental in the organization’s continued growth. Jim is  a drummer and singer in a local band.

A Representative List of Clients and Media/Press at events

Clients and Events


AlmostBlu Band

America’s Little Miss Arizona Benefit Party

Annual Black and White Masquerade Charity Ball


Arizona Asian American Association

Arizona Asian Festival
Arizona Citizens for the Arts
Arizona Consortium for the Arts
Arizona Heritage Center (Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park)
Arizona Women and Men Networking Events

Art Battle - Phoenix

Art Festival of Scottsdale

Art from Lana’s Heart Event
Art Renaissance Celebration of the Holidays at Vincent's
Asian Pacific Community in Action (A Taste of Asia Fundraising)
Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona
ASU Lodestar Center's Annual Nonprofit Conference
Author Alan Black's Book Signing
AZRedbook Magazine
Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction
Baylight Institute for Creative Arts S Charity
Bees Jewelry
Bella Denise Ceballos-Vee (special events)
BellaFabulous Women of AZ
Blazing Curves Fashion Show
Business United for Scottsdale Schools (special event)

Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art and Crafts

Charter 100 Arizona

Child & Family Resources

Chin Family

CLAXXY Women's Club

'Deadly Sanctuary' movie premiere
Evans Communications
Evans Family
FAB Weekend - Fashion Against Bullying Fashion Show
Fawn Chang
Film Preview: Beth Ames Swartz/ Reminders of Invisible Light
Frontdoorsnews Magazine
Gabriel's Angels - Unleash the Love Benefit
Gary Herkimer - actor
Governor’s Arts Awards
Hands On Greater Phoenix (A Taste of Volunteering events)
Haught Family
Heard Museum(special event)
Herberger Theater (special events)

Holiday Prelude

Holly Mulder - model

IFP Phoenix

IndieAZ Movie Festival
International Women’s Club

Jonathan's Walk

JP Bouvet & Drew Ofthe Drew - drum clinic and concert

Kaity's Way Fundraising Luncheon
LB (actor)
Make Up Your Life - benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona!
Musical Instrument Museum (special events)
Mystery Con
NFL Experience and Flag Football
North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (special events)
PACC Business Networking Events
Phoenician Awards
Phoenix Art Museum (special event)
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Film Festival (special events)
Phoenix General Opening
Phoenix Public Library (special events)
PlanPHX Summit
Platform Scottsdale
PROMISETHETRUTH - Music Video Release Party
Red Rocks Musical Festival (special events)
Savory Faire events
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce (special events)
Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Services (STARS)
Scottsdale Women's Connection
Sisterhood Extravaganza
SMOCA Mix 2016
So Scottsdale Magazine
Super Run for Pop Goes the Classroom

Switch, Ditch and Dine

Tanisha: CD Cover Photo shoot

TEDx Fountain Hills  (behind the scenes)
Tempe Festival of the Arts
The Art Fashion Show
The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business events
The Performers Institute
The Phoenix Barangay Lions Club
The PHX Arts and Culture @ 30 Years Celebration
thekards CD RELEASE Party 
TributeArt Live benefiting Care Fund
Triumph Over Tragedy Pageant
Valley of the Sun United Way
Valley Voice Magazine
Vee Family
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West (a special event)
Yelp Phoenix (special events)
You Can Be Anything Arts Foundation - Red Carpet Masquerade Ball Fundraiser
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