We have photographers of every level in this group, from beginners, semi-professional, and professional. This is a fun group with many talented and wonderful people that are just having fun sharing in our mutual passion of photography.
As organizers of this fantastic group of photographers we want to make this as dynamic and active a group as possible, in order to help all of us get what we want out of the group. In order to do that we need to.. well organize it, that unfortunately means we need some policies and “rules”, but we are trying to keep it as minimal as possible.
Public Event Policy: When at a public place, in addition to a good description of where we are meeting, organizers should have a sign with our Meetup name and the Meetup.com logo (on the reverse side) on our person so that you may find us easy enough (organizers note: there is a sign to print in the files section of our meetup, click here to view or download it).
Attendance Policy: We are here to have fun and enjoy our shared passion of photography but to be fair to others who sign up for an event we need to set a level of expectation for attendance out of respect of all members. If you sign up for an event it is assumed you will show up on time. If before the day of the event, if you are no longer able to attend, please update your RSVP. On the day of the event, the organizer will wait for 15 minutes at the meetup point before proceeding to conduct the event. If you have a last minute emergency, then please follow-up with the even organizer as soon as possible so that you have an "excused" absence. If you continually have "excused" absences it will be assumed that they are actually "unexcused" and will be treated as such. After three "unexcused" absences in a calendar year you will be removed from the group.
Communication and Participation Policy: In order to run an active group it is important that we as organizers be able to communicate to our members, if you are set to not receive these emails and are not attending Meetup’s it is assumed you do not really want to be a part of the group. If you want to participate but do not see events in the times/places or subjects you need then please make a suggestion in the discussion boards or by posting a Meetup idea, so that we may possibly meet your needs. We also recognize that some members may only participate on-line with this group, with this in mind we will be removing members that do not attend events OR participate on-line through the discussion boards and photo contests after 3 months of inactivity.
Classes and Hands-On Workshops: We are trying to keep all the costs down so that everyone can spend more money on their camera gear; however classes and workshops cost us in both money and other resources. Because of this we charge a nominal fee for classes to cover our overhead.
Classroom style sessions: Will have a $5 fee associated with them if in a “free” facility and is conducted by a group member. If the facility cost is very small we will keep it the same cost. If however the facility costs more or there is a guest speaker then a session could run more and it will be noted in the Meetup description.
Hands-on Workshops: Will have a $10 fee associated with them if in a “free” facility and is conducted by a group member. If the facility cost is very small we will keep it the same cost. If however the facility costs more or there is a guest speaker then a session could run more and it will be noted in the Meetup description.
[a]Group Profile Picture: We recognize that some people do not feel comfortable posting a picture of themselves on-line; however since this is a group that is designed to be both active and we meetup in “real life”, it makes it much easier for us organizers if we know what you look like and you as members know who you are meeting up with. As such we ask that you please have a fairly recent photo of yourself as your profile picture so that we know who to look for when we have an event you are attending.
Discussion Board: We have re-organized the discussion board area to allow us all to communicate better for helping this group to grow, helping one another as photographers, sell your old gear, have fun for all, etc. etc. please go here.
Meetup Ideas and Help: If you have idea’s for a Meetup please just go ahead and post it, if at least three members are interested it will automatically become an event, that you are hosting (so include date/time and where it is). If you are not willing to host the event then you can make a suggestion too, it will be considered as the organizers schedule events, but hosting it will guarantee it being scheduled.
If you have skills and abilities that you are willing to share we can always use more class and workshop “teachers” as well as event organizers. Please use the “Contact Us” button and let us know how you would like to help.
We appreciate all of you and hope that we are able to meet your expectations for this group, and we look forward to the many fun times we have together as a group.
Southeastern Mass Photographer’s Organization Team
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