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What we're about

Are you in your 20’s and 30’s and passionate about photography or modeling? This meetup is for you, regardless of your experience level!

There are no membership fees or hidden costs, and if payment is required for models, make up artists, event tickets, etc, we will make sure that all details are provided well in advance of the meetup.

When you join the group, please upload a real photo of yourself so we know how to recognize you at a meetup!

All our meetups (workshops, sessions, portfolio reviews) will be at an affordable rate and we offer free Water, Coffee and Snacks in the studio to keep you fueled whilst you are shooting! So come along and have fun!


Our Portrait Shoots:

To keep things interesting we always think about a “theme” and come up with interesting backgrounds and props. If this doesn’t fit to your portfolio you can always shoot “normal” fashion portraits and’s up to you how many and which props you’d like to use. If you don't like a specific set-up you can skip it or challenge yourself how you would make it work for the client, but you can't change the lighting set-up.

Experience Level:

For anybody - however if you are a beginner you need to know your DSLR (How to shoot in Manual, Focusing, How to adjust settings).

How it works:

One person shoots at a time and has 3 minutes "1-2-1" time with the model. Don't worry, there will be more than one round, (usually 2-3, depending on time) so you will end up with a great variety of pictures for your portfolio.

Don't be rude - just shoot: Please be respectful to your fellow photographers and model during the shoot. You can't touch or film the model. Share your opinions and advice in a nice and friendly manner, help your team members and have fun!

You don’t have to pay extra for a commercial model release, however you have to provide your own one. If you don’t have one, you can easily download a model release app onto your smart phone.


In the studio we have 4 strobes with modifiers (softbox, stripbox, beauty dish) and those are set-up depending on the theme we are shooting. We will share our studio trigger, you don't need to bring a pocket wizard.

Lenses: For full body shots you will need a lens between 24mm and 50mm. For close-ups you will need a lens between 70mm and 200mm.

If you want to shoot with a big aperture (4.0 and lower), you need to bring your filters as we will measure the lights in a way that even kit lenses can be used.

Things you will learn:

Creating the Scene

Metering the Light

Directing the Model

Limited: 5 photographers only, so everybody has enough time to shoot. All events will be co-hosted with our sister group (, so I will adjust the RSVPs between the two groups to keep it at 6, so don't wait to sign-up just because it looks like there are still a few spots.

No minimum attendance, I will shoot so or so. The fewer members sign up, the more shooting time you’ll have. The more members sign-up the more knowledge and ideas we can share. Win-win :)

Location for our studio shoots: Downtown San Jose, 95113, 12 South First Street, #702, opposite the VTA and Walgreens, corner of First and Santa Clara.

The front door will most likely be closed. Please arrive on time so we can let you in. We will also send you a contact phone number the evening before the shoot, if you arrive late, text us so we can let you in.

Street Parking is free after 6pm and Sundays. Safeway on 2nd street validates parking ($6 flat rate) and is only one block away. (Avoid the outdoor parking lot right next to the studio, it's expensive with $6/hr.)

Snacks and Drinks will be provided. Just come along and get creative!

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