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From: Mike L.
Sent on: Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:04 PM

Photographers,

I apologize for any confusion.  I'll start by introducing myself.  My name is Mike Lloyd.  I'm a professional photographer, born and raised in San Jose.  I've traveled extensively in North America and Europe and have shot many a fine art piece across 9 time zones.  I have worked for a nationally published advertising company, similar to Groupon, and I have work on display in San Francisco.  Currently, I teach workshops and host group shoots for photographers ranging from amateur/hobbyist to pro.  I also work with new models to help build their portfolios and find them business opportunities. 

I was up late last night doing my last minute prep for a shoot I had this morning and I got the email that this group was going to disappear if no one stepped up as moderator.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity.  I run another meetup group, South Bay Fashion Photography, and I host shoots at least once a week.  When I saw that this group, with almost 1300 members, only had 1 shoot scheduled each month, I was shocked.  

Let me continue by saying that as per your old organizer's request, he is an organizer again.  Secondly, I am not ending any future meetups.  I host shoots weekly already and and am happy to do them several times a week if everyone is as excited about attending these as you all seem. I am also very open to suggestion.  If you have an idea for a shoot or event, send me an email and I'd be happy to make it happen. 

My reason for this new approach is that I have experience putting on shoots for a meetup group and know what it takes to make them successful. I know the types of permits needed to shoot on location.  I have my own lights and studio access.  I have a large network of models, hair stylists, and makeup artists who are asking to come back and shoot with us.  I'm not looking to be a dictator, just a facilitator. 

Keep an eye out over the next couple of days for a few meetups to pop up.  I am already talking to a few of my favorite go-to models to schedule shoots for the next month and you will know the details as soon as I get them in writing.  I am also doing some scouting over the next few days and we will have a few photo walks around the Bay Area in the coming weeks as well.

Again, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

I hope to shoot with you all soon,

Mike Lloyd

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