addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscontroller-playcredit-cardcrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobe--smallglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1launch-new-window--smalllight-bulblinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonprintShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Houston Portrait Network Pages


As part of a human experiment, made some changes recently.  Now a feature exists that allows *any member* to create events rather than waiting for "organizers" to accept an "idea".  

Most photography group organizers immediately turned that feature OFF! is going to exploits that feature!  Starting tonight, anyone in the group can create an event.  There are just 4 simple rules:

  • If you create an event, you are in charge and responsible to make it happen!
  • Limited to 10 people max (for now).
  • A date and location must be specified.
  • Keep it clean -- no nudes or undies please.  We have a family-friendly policy, that means kiddo friendly.
This is a RADICAL departure from other photography groups.  So to help answer some questions, behold a FAQ:

Do I have to quit my other groups?

No way!! Not at all.  This is another fish in the sea of photography options.  Join every group that fits your interest.

Who's in charge here?

For the most part, you are.  Jonathan Knoblock and Jennifer Chase are handling organization, I'm just a guy that writes emails.  :)

What about "NO SHOWS" or last minute cancels? :(

When you have a group of only 5 people, there is a higher expectation for each person. If someone habitually no-shows or flakes out on small events, their reputation in the group will suffer. Members may ask the model not to RSVP for their events anymore.

The same goes for Photographers that don't provide images.

Why Small Groups?

The large-group workshop events are FANTASTIC opportunities for practice and portfolio building.  Photographers and models get a wide range of people to work with and we learn from each other.

But sometimes, there are unique, specific ideas or situations that won't work in a large group.  There hasn't been a unified way to organize and manage small-group TFP events -- until now.  This group aims to provide a networking system for 5-person to 10-person small groups -- like the good old days of TFP.    

Have a specific idea and need an extra photographer and couple of models to pull it off?  Post a meetup.

What if I post an event without a Date/Location?

You might get a reminder from group members/organizers asking you to finish your post or delete it.

Can I post an event 2 months from now?

Sometimes events posted too far in advance will fill quickly, and then people forget or make other plans.  You can plan for something 3 months from now, wait to post it for a couple months.

I'm a model (or MUA, or stylist, or Studio Owner), can I post an event?

Of course!  Got a new outfit and need a couple of photographers for TFP?  Post a meetup with date / time / location and poof, you're in charge!

Can I charge for my event?

If you incur expenses (make up, studio rent, prop rental, etc), be sure and specify in your posting that everyone will be splitting the cost, and how much they are responsible to pay.  

What if I post an event and I'm the only person who RSVPs?

Make your next idea more interesting.  :)  Or if there's costs involved, agree to increase your percentage.

Will there be a single location for uploading/downloading images?

TFP is a transaction, and the models and photographers should get to know each other, exchange contact info and do what's needed to make sure the TFP transaction is completed.  We won't be mandating a specific TFP workflow for photographers or models.

What is "TFP"?

In the good old days, photographers and models would enter an arrangement: model would contribute their "time" for a portrait session, photographers would provide "prints" in return. Photogs and models (and MUAsand stylists) used this to build their network and build their portfolio. It is called "TFP" or Time For Paper.

What about safety?

Use your head on this one.  Don't go blindly with people you don't know, bring a friend, etc.  Parents MUST attend when shooting with children under 18.  Parents won't have to be counted as one of the "RSVPs", but they must attend.

Does this mean no more large-group events?

The age of large group events is not over. Soon we will be supporting large group events for those volunteering to lead them; those volunteers will have shown they are leaders by executing several successful small group events. (Successful = completed TFP transaction)

We all love large group events. But running around trying to photograph (or get photographed) by 40 people doesn't contribute to every aspect of our growth. Sometimes we need to focus on a specific goal(s). In small groups, everyone can take their time and focus on making outstanding portraits as models, artists and photographers.

Relying ONLY on a small group of organizers to create events limits your opportunities. Its also very time consuming for the organizers, stressful, and usually expensive. In this group, you won't be limited to just events organizers arrange.

For some, this will be uncomfortable -- at first.

What next?

Sit down with a map of Houston, a calendar, and your best ideas -- head for Houston Portrait Network and post an event and limit it to 10 people.  Then we'll let this experiment take it's course!

More details to follow as questions come in.

Have fun, shoot often.


Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
About Houston Portrait Network March 7, 2011 6:31 AM former member

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy