What we're about
Participants only need an interest in photography and a desire to improve their skills or help others.
Join similarly creative and passionate individuals who love Vermont and seek opportunities to show off this beautiful state. Our members range from novices to professional photographers, each bringing different perspectives, experience, and knowledge.
Together, we gain photography experience, enjoy Vermont's uniqueness, and best of all, make new friends!
We meet at least once a month to talk and share stories, photograph unique locations, catch dramatic sunsets or sunrises, mountain views, architecture, or events in cities and towns close to Burlington and throughout Northern and Central Vermont.
During and after each event, you're welcome to (optionally) post your photos to social media and photo sharing sites.
Most events wrap up over food or drink and discussions recounting the day, sharing photos, (optional) constructive critique, and exchanging photography tips and knowledge.
Membership is FREE and the majority of our events will be FREE to our members and their guests.
All members can also receive discounts from our sponsors (http://www.meetup.com/VTPhoto/sponsors/), who also occasionally supply FREE giveaways at some of our events. We might occasionally offer some optional workshops and classes which are fee-based due to their higher costs or complexity but we strive to keep their cost low and affordable. Since Meetup.com charges us to host our group, we occasionally might do a fundraiser or ask for donations (https://squareup.com/store/vpm) to offset the cost. We greatly appreciate and thank you for any support you may offer.
We encourage anyone with an interest in photography to join and will welcome you regardless of your skill level or equipment.
Since, everyone starts with an inexpensive camera, or one that was already at their disposal, any type of camera is welcomed with open arms and without judgement...even camera-phones and pocket-cams!
Our group's organizer and leader:
The group is lead by Vermont Photo Tours (http://www.vtphototours.com/) founder and Instructor, Steve Mermelstein (http://stevemermelstein.com/) and is a marriage of Steve’s passion for photography with his love for Vermont. Steve’s award-winning photography has appeared in magazines, newspapers, calendars, ads, and web sites. In 2013 and 2014, Samsung USA named Steve one of the Top 50 US Photographers and contracted him as a Samsung Imagelogger.
When you RSVP "Yes" to an event please follow through with your commitment to attend. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP to "No" at least 48 hours prior to the event. "No Shows" hurt the trustworthiness of the group and can disrupt our plans. If it's a limited attendance event, it could also prevent other Members that can attend from RSVPing "Yes" or not correctly move members on the waitlist to attending! We understand if emergencies and last minute situations happen, but please be diligent of your RSVP status. Thank you!