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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Join us as we meet-up at Atlanta's Church of the Sacred Heart!

This beautiful church has everything a photographer dreams of to make a great photograph: color, texture, wood, plaster, fabric, art, sculpture, lighting, leading lines, similar shapes, symmetry, patterns, to name a few. You can almost just point and shoot anywhere in this building and come up with a great photograph. Check out this wonderful structure at Often referred to as “the best kept secret in Atlanta”, the current building was built in 1898. It was thought by many to be “too far outside the city.” My, how things have changed. In an answer to the growing needs of the Catholic population in Atlanta, Sacred Heart parish, originally called Saints Peter and Paul, was founded in 1880 as the second Catholic Church in Atlanta and the third in Georgia. The current building was built in 1898 and the name was changed to “The Sacred Heart of Jesus.” In 1976, this French Romanesque building was scheduled for the wrecking ball. Unbenounced to the archbishop at that time, several parishioners and the parish priest went behind the then archbishop’s back and got the church entered into the National Registry of Historic Places. The archbishop had no choice but to restore the building. In a campaign called, “Come Home To Sacred Heart”, the pastor played on the heart strings of the former wealthy parishioners who had abandoned the parish for Buckhead back in the 1950s. Due to their unselfish efforts, the church was restored to its original beauty and is a thriving parish today boasting over 1200 registered families. An outstanding feat for a downtown parish. Come join us for a few hours in this historical place of worship and experience its beauty in a way only a photographer can appreciate.

This meetup will be held from 1:45p to 4:30p. We will have the church all to ourselves during this time. Please arrive promptly as per church rules, doors will be locked at 2:00p and late entry will not be allowed. Free parking is available in the lot behind the church. Directions and parking info can be found here: ;

Please note that the church has asked that only paying meetup members attend so children and extra guests will not be allowed to attend this meetup. 

Please bring your tripod, lenses, remote, cable release, or timer controller, fresh batteries, and memory cards. No flash photography please.

Note: $10 of each paying meetup attendee will be donated to the Church of the Sacred Heart.

Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have.

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  • David "Spooky" C.

    Attendees were very friendly. Staff was extremely accommodating. Dean was a very helpful instructor on shooting with ambient lighting and ideas for shooting. Makes me want to go back. HA!

    October 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great opportunity for a photo shoot! Many thanks to Dean (and David, too) for coordinating such a beautiful place to take photos. I also enjoyed learning about an important piece of architecture and history that I had seen hidden from my view for years. I look forward to our next gathering.

    October 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    .Great group of Photogs, very serious and respectful of eachs others shots.

    October 9, 2011

  • Tom H.

    Good way to pass on information.

    October 9, 2011

  • Dean S.

    Hi Michael. This is not a workshop although I will be there with ideas and hands-on help. Thanks!

    October 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a workshop? Or paying 49$ to church and host?

    October 7, 2011

  • David "Spooky" C.

    The lighting in this church was designed to show off the altar area. Flash is not needed. The beauty of this church is breath taking.

    September 9, 2011

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