We are a group who like to go out and photograph nature or whatever. We are here to provide a safe place to learn and grow our skills as photographers. All levels of photographers are welcome, point & shoot, film and digital. We have decided to start this group because we have a wealth of great places to go to take pictures but it is no fun to go alone and the cost of fuel etc. is at a point where sharing the cost is a good idea. Also, it is a great way to get information out on local events and classes in photography. Anyone who wants to get out and take pictures or improve their photo skill should join.
History of Tehama County Photo Club
The Tehama County Photo Club was organized in June 2005 with nine local photographers** meeting in a member’s living room. By November, the group–having grown to more than 20 members--began meeting at the Family Resource Center on Sycamore Street, where they continued to meet until 2013. The group currently meets at the Red Bluff Community Center.
The name was formally adopted in November 2005, and members decided that the club’s primary goal was to provide an avenue for photographers to network with each other through sharing knowledge, participating in club activities, and enjoying social interaction (or, as founding member Danny Rabalais said, “look at pictures and eat snacks”). There were no plans to either charge dues or elect officers--that continues to this day. The first “coordinator/facilitator” was Tony Maxey, also a founding member. When he stepped down in 2007, Karen Roy Crockett and Vikki Bettman agreed to serve as “Co-Queens.” Bob McConnell came on board in 2008 and assumed the title of club President. He continues in that role.
Originally, the group consensus was that members value the group’s informal, unstructured nature, especially through advice, demonstrations, member-led workshops, and sharing of equipment and techniques. This has expanded to include more group shows and exhibits, field trips, and workshops given by non-members. In 2010 the club started the Images from a Glass Eye International Photography Contest with founding members Bob Grace and Barbara Luzzadder, along with McConnell, serving as the Steering Committee.
From the beginning, membership has been open to anyone regardless of skill level, and membership has included people from surrounding counties. The use of the words 'Tehama County' in the club name is not intended to limit or discourage anyone from surrounding counties from participating. The TCPC meets at 6 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Red Bluff Community Center. More than 100 photography enthusiasts are on the club’s mailing list.
**Founding Members: Tony and Beth Maxey, Bob Grace, Melissa Mendonca, Danny and Dianne Rabalais, Barbara (and John) Luzzadder, Judi Richins, and Dave Figoni.