Exclusive Photo Tour: Moody Mansion in Galveston - Limited to 20 People!

The Moody Mansion

The Moody Mansion is a 100% Photography Free Zone -- except for our event!  We have been invited to an exclusive tour of this beautiful property in Galveston for a 1.5-hour tour, and cameras are invited!

This is an extremely rare event, and they are testing-the-waters for a photography tours in the future.  HoustonPhotowalks is very lucky to get this opportunity to impress them!

About The Tour

Update: Our tour guide says since we promise to be out of the house before regular business hours, she's happy to increase the group size to 20!

The agreement we were able to secure with Moody Mansion is a group walking tour, not "self-guided tour" for this visit.  This means you'll get to practice your "take pictures quickly and keep moving" skills.  Unfortunately, we won't be able to stop and linger in one place for very long.

Also, we MUST be out of the building before their 10am regular opening.  After the walking tour, you can photograph the outside of the building and gardens.

This special event is pre-pay, $17 per person.  Please make sure and secure your RSVP by paying before midnight.

Caution READ THESE TWO BULLET POINTS: 

•  NO No-shows, only 15 people can go, we want to see 15 people there!

•  We need to make a GREAT impression on this venue so they are willing to do this again, both for us and other groups in the future.

We REALLY want to make a great impression.  If you felt "called out" at Bishop's Place or prefer to do-your-own-thing rather than follow a tour guide, then this event is not for you, don't sign up.  

I will go Hulk on you.  

I'm going to skip my "have more patients" medication that day. You've been totally warned.  (Sorry guys, I'm just really excited about the opportunities this may open up for photographers -- and want this to go really really well).

RSVPS WILL OPEN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT.

RSVP / PAYMENT / EVENT FAQ:

(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)

I am all signed up, when do I pay?

Before midnight tonight.  Folks that haven't paid by end of the day are removed to make room for other folks wanting to join.

I am all signed up, how do I pay?

Check out this quick walkthrough: How to use Paypal to pay.

I had an emergency / my fish tank went green / I have to change my RSVP.  / I had to no-show / I need a refund.

We always expect people not to show up for various reasons.  Life happens.  Unfortunately we have to pay for your seat if you are there or not.  Refunds are not available for this event.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

Please change your RSVPs with plenty of time for someone on the waiting list to attend.  RSVP changes with less than 24 hours notice will be considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely.  The more people on the waiting list, the more likely we will repeat the event.  Also, many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list moves rather fast.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope.  Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please.  Also, make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group.  That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No.  The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis.  Please respect the RSVP list.  Unexpectedly showing up creates havoc and confusion of epic proportions that usually lead to being marked as a 'no-show' even though you didn't RSVP.

I was on the "List" yesterday, but I just got an email saying I've been removed!

HPW does not require people to instantly pay to secure their initial RSVP.  This gives folks the ability to quickly RSVP for a spot, even if they are on a smart phone and cannot paypal the funds.  However, we do like to see the money within 24 hours.  After 24 hours, if your RSVP isn't paid, we hand your spot to someone on the waiting list.  (NOTE: I'm flexible.  If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot.)

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope.  I love you like family.  And just like family, I hate drama.  The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted.  Its the only fair way.

I have a complaint and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email.  If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP.  The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event.  I don't understand what to do next.

No problem.  A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates".  This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup.  If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal.  What are my options?

Start using paypal.  Unfortunately people who pay "when I get there" rarely show up.  RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment.  Paypal is a big part of how we manage this group.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here: http://www.houstonphotowalks.com/about/

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really.  I wrote it and didn't bother reading it.  But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link: "How do I contact an organizer?"

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  • Stacey Savage S.

    Soooo bummed I missed this!

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tremendous opportunity! I enjoyed it immensely. I wish there had been some type of social gathering afterwards so I could have gotten to interact with some of the photogs a bit more.

    August 19, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    I had a great time with the other photogs there. 20 seemed to be about the optimal number for this venue. People were not stepping into your frame, we had the leisure to set up for a good shot. Way to go Calvin and Joe for snagging this for us.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Saundra S.

    Wonderful opportunity for the lucky 20 of us.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Lori H.

    Had a great time. I realize after this and the Bishops palace how much practice I need regarding indoor low-light images.

    August 18, 2013

  • Darby D.

    Having a small group made this work. The Bishop's Palace had more to photograph however. Would I do this type of meet up again absolutely! Thanks, Joe and Calcin!

    August 18, 2013

  • Margaret R.

    It was great. The guide allowed us to tour both the 1st and 2nd floors on our own pretty much. She was always available to answer questions and she was a treasure trove of information.

    August 18, 2013

  • Brenda Whitmire S.

    So sorry I did not get the message in time to make the walk this morning!! I checked my email last night in hopes of going, but it musy have come in really late!! Hat that I missed it!

    August 17, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    Great walk and our tour guide was very nice. She actually let us explore a bit on our own which was very nice of her!

    August 17, 2013

  • Alex

    Great! not too many people so there was no crowding and I was able to get some good shots!

    August 17, 2013

  • Alex

    Can I bring a monopod?

    August 16, 2013

    • Joe L.

      **No tripods, no monopods.** We want to make a good impression so we can have another group go back someday. Having 15 people with 'pods banging into stuff is not going to help with that. This question was asked in comments before and I should have put it in the event description. So no, everyone please do not show up with tripods.

      1 · August 17, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Baou Ta didn't pay, so Brenda Whitmire Seelbach got moved up. Sorry for the last minute notice.

    August 16, 2013

  • Joe L.

    More spots opened, did some RSVP shuffling. We have now have four spots that need to be paid.

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Removed several people who haven't paid. If you plan to attend, please buy a ticket to the venue. There are a lot of people on the waiting list, so people are getting rotated out quick if they don't commit with their paypal payment. Thanks.

      August 8, 2013

  • Vandhana R.

    I am planning to bring a couple of guests to the sunrise walk and hence wont be able to join for this :(:( I will change my RSVP.

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Bummer Vandhana. Well the morning should still be fun! :)

      August 6, 2013

    • Vandhana R.

      last tym was wonderful and wanted to bring the family!!!

      August 6, 2013

  • Joe L.

    WOW! We filled up in 6 minutes! That's awesome, but I think we can do it faster. I'm going to clear out everyone and start over -- go for under 5 minutes. Ready, set, ...

    2 · August 3, 2013

    • Darby D.

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I HAD TO LEAVE MY DATE TO MAKE THIS APPOINTMENT! LOL

      August 4, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Hey, if your date was understanding about the situation, then they're a keeper!

      2 · August 4, 2013

  • Margaret R.

    Yippee, I got a spot. I feel like I have won a contest. Can't wait to go.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    RSVP'd and paid. Now can you play Sunshine Superman for me?

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Alex

    Can't wait!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Alex

    Can't wait!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Darby D.

    Joe, I have a "date". Don't laugh....at my age that is a miracle! I will have my ipad and a way to connect to the internet at 8:00 just don't think I can pay with my paypal via my ipad. Help!

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Don't worry, thanks for letting me know, I won't drop you unless I don't hear back by monday or tuesday. Does that work? When folks let me know they need an extra day or two, I'm happy to do it. Some folks have to "fund" their paypal account before paying, so as long as they let me know, its no big deal.

      1 · August 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      And hope everything goes well with your date! And remember, in today's society its totally acceptable for the girl to make the first move. Chicka chicka wa wa!!

      August 3, 2013

  • Alex

    I am so there!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    8PM? damn

    2 · August 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Sometimes I really hate the way meetup's RSVP system works. Hang tight, only 12 hours to go. Calvin may be hosting this one, so the number of available spots will probably go up by one when I drop out.

      August 3, 2013

    • Lori H.

      tick tock tick tock

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    I'm hyper, it's 8:02AM and the RSVPs are not open yet.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    This should be fun, kinda like calling a radio station for a contest.

    2 · July 29, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Be caller 1 through 20!

      2 · July 31, 2013

  • Calvin H.

    joe ?

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • Calvin H.

      Joe I see when it will open up now. Setting a reminder as I type.

      1 · July 26, 2013

    • Lori H.

      Will it open at midnight or 8am LOL :) setting an alarm

      July 28, 2013

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