Thank you for your interest in this group. What follows are some important announcements as well as some information to make your interaction with this group more fun and educational than you might imagine.
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Provide and support a community of photographers that want to learn from one another in a low-pressure no-bs attitude, and non-commercial environment in an around the Monterey Bay Area and select locations throughout the state.
We provide photographers at varied levels of experience and medium preferences with either free mentoring or low cost workshops to learn from one another and the group's organizers. We are NON-PROFIT and do not replace learning all the nuances and elements of photography that can be obtained from formal training.
Strict Ban on Marketing Commercial Services
We have a strict ban on members marketing for-profit or other commercial services to our members. Our Non-Commercial Policy is available here
RSVP Policies, Excessive No-Shows & Etiquette
We have a cliff notes version of our RSVP policies here, but the following covers everything on RSVPs in extreme detail.
Excessive No-Shows: 3 Strikes and You're Out!
- Don't sign up if you don't think you can actually go! We all get excited in the moment, but the MBPMG cannot absorb last minute cancellations as it prevents other people that would like to attend from going. Bottom line, check and mark your calendar before signing up and don't be a last minute flake
- If your plans change, you must change your RSVP before the no-harm/no foul cancellation period expires.
Unless otherwise specifically called out in the Event description, the following rules apply:
- If a meetup is within Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties a standard 72 hour cancellation applies
- If an event is outside the local area, we enforce a standard 2 weeks prior to event cancellation policy. This is strictly enforced.
- Cancellations that occur outside of our no-harm/no foul cancellation period are marked as a No-Show and are counted against our 3 strikes policy (listed below)
- If you cancel outside of our no-harm/no-foul cancellation policy and refunds were offered to participants, you FORFEIT your right to an event fee refund.
We enforce a very strict 3 Strikes and you're out rule. We are pretty mellow, but with many of our field trips at far flung locations often very early in the morning or late in the evening we can ill afford to be waiting on people that aren't going to show up!
RSVP Etiquette (sadly we need to post this):
- We count on having people show up. After 3 no shows, your membership will be suspended or terminated at the discretion of the Leadership Team.
- If you cancel outside an event's published cancellation window or no-show for an event you will be given a strike. When you reach 3 no shows, we will suspend or remove you as a member no matter what your membership level is with us. We're friendly and understanding, but with this we are very serious.
- Please be courteous to your members by carefully reading over the meetup or calendar information before deciding to RSVP. We need your cooperation in gathering the details needed to make each event successful. Some events have access restrictions and fees so we need to have accurate counts.
- Please make sure your "Yes" really is a Yes. We notice it when you say you're coming but don't show up - in fact we keep track and may bar you from attending future events. It deprives others of a chance and we are never quite sure if we will be able to head out to shoot for fear that we've left you behind. If you have an RSVP and realize you will not attend, please update your RSVP so that others may have a chance to take your spot and we will know we don't have to worry about you. We are also alarmed when you come without securing an RSVP or bring an undeclared guest.
Frequentyly Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Why do you charge to RSVP for some of your events?
For some of our smaller events or long distance travel events we may impose an Event Reservation fee. This is to encourage people to really think and check their calendars to make sure they can come and hence reduce no shows. For some events, we provide materials, arrange for reservations for participants, or use the funds to secure a meeting location. When we charge we clearly state the reason why in the Meetup Event description.
NOTE: All of the funds collected go directly to cover expenses and contribute to the operating fund for this group--which all of our members benefit from. The MBPMG is 100% non-profit. The decision to impose a fee is at the sole discretion of the event organizer and all funds collected go to the central PayPal account for the group with Leadership Team oversight.
- I'm on the wait list, can I come anyway?
In a word, No. You are good to go only when you're a YES RSVP. The wait list is just that ... a place to WAIT in the hope that someone who has a place will give it up for you.
- I'm a Yes RSVP can I bring a friend?
If in your Yes RSVP you included your friend, sure. Otherwise you may be taking a seat, place, or reservation away from someone else. Do read the event description, however. If it says "non-photographers not counted as guests" then your significant other is welcome to carry your tripod, etc.
- That's a big place, why restrict the RSVPs to only X people?
There are MANY reasons to restrict the number of attendees. In most cases it is because the hosts know the capacity of the area. It may also be that the host knows that they can not shepherd more than the stated number of folks. If you really want to attend a hosted event that's full - volunteer to host the event on another day.
- The event is in a public place why can't I go? Who is going to stop me?
See the prior question. Those who crash events will be recorded in the same way we record "no shows" and may eventually be banned from the group.
- Meetups are always full. How can I attend?
First, don't be the kind of person that complains often and don't have excessive no-shows. Second, be a supporter. Third, if you REALLY want to attend and don't have the patience to wait for an event with open spots become a HOST.
- Will somebody pick me up / carpool with me / drop me off?
State your need in the comments or in the message board... but be reasonable and be clear. Where SPECIFICALLY can you meet a carpool? Are you willing and able to drive? Is your pickup/drop off place convenient? If you drive, how many can you take?
- Somebody else on the waiting list got in ahead of me - why?
There are different kinds of waiting lists. For paid events a reminder goes to everyone on the list and the first to sign up gets in. Most of the time we use a "Automatic" list where people are automatically moved to YES when there is space based on the order they RSVP'd.
However there are many reasons why people may go ahead of you:
- If you declared a guest and there is only space for one additional person you'll be passed over.
- If you've failed to respond where requested, failed to pay, or have a history of no shows you may be skipped over.
- People who are supporters are often given preference to those who are not as described in "What do member titles mean?"
- I was a Yes but a host or organizer changed me to a "No" - Why?
Did you answer all of the questions (if any) at sign up? Did you comply with a deadline to send payment, a liability waiver or respond to an email? Do you have a history of being a no show? Does you profile include a real name and a photo? Is your name identical to someone else who has a checkered history? Did you sign up for two events at the same date and time, if so we reserve the right to drop you out of one or both events.
- I have a great idea for an event, what should I do?
We suggest you get a discussion going in the discussion forum and see if there is interest. Or, you can just suggest it via our calendar. It only take 3 people to vote for it to make it an active event! Alternatively, contact the leadership team and suggest it. We are ALWAYS looking for new field trip ideas and people to lead them!
- Do you ever ban people from this group?
If you frequently wander off topic, post abusive, profane or vulgar comments, stalk, try to market commercial services or otherwise make trouble you very well may be banned. If you keep marking yourself as Yes but never show we may ban you. If you make a habit of showing up without a Yes RSVP, we may ban you.