What we're about

Do you like taking pictures?

Do you like the idea of learning more about photography?

Are you ALWAYS the one behind the camera and not in front of it?

Would you like to make new friends who love photography as much as you do?

Welcome to RPMG! We meet several times a month to go photograph fun events and places! We talk about equipment, and concepts behind photography, as well as socialize with others who love their cameras as much as you do!

Come join the fun!

Welcome to Richmond Photography Meetup Group

Who We Are:

The Richmond Photography Meetup Group (RPMG) is a social community of photographers, amateur to professional, who want to learn photography, expand their photographic skills and to enjoy recreational and creative opportunities in photography.

What is Expected:

Each member is expected to have a camera. Any camera will do, even a smart phone. Digital cameras are the norm, mostly dslrs and mirrorless with interchangeable lenses. Digital images taken at meet ups should be processed and edited and uploaded to the event album, 20-25 photographs is usually the max. This is how we interact and learn, by commenting on each others images. Film cameras are also welcome, but images need to be posted to the event album for viewing which will require scanning. Upon joining your profile picture should be a recent one where you are recognizable.


Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”. When you RSVP for a meet up it is very important that you come. You benefit as well as the other participants when you come. Of course, there are times when you cannot make it. Please notify the meet up organizer as soon as possible by RSVP “no” and/or leaving a message. If you really want to attend a meet up event, but are not sure you can, RSVP “yes” but put in the comments “MAYBE”. That way the organizer will accommodate for you but not expect you.

There are three categories of meet ups:


A scheduled meet up is the most common. This meet up is where the is no limit to numbers of attendees, but your attendance is expected by the organizer. Organizers need to know how many people are going to come so they can make plans for that amount of people. If you don’t show up the organizer will be looking for you and will mark you as a “no show”.


This is a meet up where all that is required is that you attend at some point. No meet up place and time is required. They are usually fairs, festivals, parades and the like where making a specific time and location for a group to meet is impractical. If you want to meet up with others at the event the organizer will make a suggested time and place or you can work something out with other attendees.


A limited meet up is where only a certain number of members (paid members only) can come. Due to the nature of the event, such as visiting historical buildings, models shoots, ect, having unlimited attendees is impossible. It is normally a first come first serve sign up for these events and organizers will open the sign ups between the hours of 5pm and 10pm. They may set up the meet up event a few days before and keep RSVP’s closed until a designated time to let people know about the event so they can get ready to sign up when it becomes available. Because of the accommodations and the waiting list a “no show” without valid excuse at a limited meet up could lead to termination of membership.


Manners and respect. We are a diverse group of people. We have people of all ages, genders, races, cultural and religious backgrounds. All people deserve to be treated with kindness, respect and dignity. We are a community. Many people have made life long friendships at RPMG. This is what we are about. In our conduct there is to be no profane talk or abusive behavior allowed. Anyone who engages in verbal or physical abuse or makes unwanted advances will be removed and banned from the group. All organizers reserve the right to remove members if they see fit to do so.

Membership dues:

As of June 7, 2017 the leadership of RPMG voted to charge members $20/per year dues. This covers the cost of using Meetup.com’s web site and enables the organizers to do events that require money up front, such as private and historic buildings, theaters, etc and occasional models. We also have an annual Holiday Party. The fees not only do this but have been effective in making members those who are truly serious about attending meet ups. All money collected will be invested back into RPMG. Upon acceptance as a member there is a 60 day trial period to check out RPMG and decide if you like it before making a commitment to pay dues. Payment should be made within that time period if member decides to join.

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Richmond Folk Festival

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The Richmond Folk Festival has been an RVA favorite for almost 20 years! It features all genres of music, art and dance that have influenced American music. 3 full days of entertainment from around the world that promises something for everybody. Great opportunities for candids, music performances and street photography! Come and go as you please.

Updates for performers and times will be added to the Richmond Folk Festival website and Richmond Folk Festival Time Capsule group on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Kemp Davis taken as he volunteered all day on Saturday in Virginia Folk Life.

Gallery 5 Carnival of Fires

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Many of you may be going to the Folk Festival Friday night but if you are not this is definitely something you shouldn't miss. Very talented dancers and acrobats will be spinning fire! They will do all kinds of great acts with fire that will amaze you! This is a fantastic opportunity to get unique, dramatic and artistic images. It's free, but there will be a bucket for donations. It's from 5-11pm. Things get going at around 7pm. It's in Jackson Ward/Arts District of Richmond. Plan for parking. It's worth going to just to watch too. Come for an hour or for the whole show.

First Friday : Carnival of 5 Fires — Gallery5 (gallery5arts.org)

West End Virtual Breakfast Meeting

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Friendly weekly Zoom chat about photography and everything else.

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West End Breakfast - Friends, Food and Photo Shoot

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Due to the pandemic and rising cases, we are requiring that you either be vaccinated or sit at a table away from the group. We are all older and being very careful not to get Covid if at all possible. Beginning Feb. 16, tables will be limited to 4 each, 2 per side.

Meet us just outside the back doors of the restaurant. We have an enclosed outdoor space with a propane heater to keep us warm while we stay safe. We are the only ones utilizing this space.

West End Breakfast/Networking is held on Wednesday mornings at Boychik's Deli near Innsbrook, located right next door to Capital Ale. This is a time to connect with other members. Great way to start out your day talking photography! If we finish up early, we could plan head out from there for a shoot. Bring ideas for any photo shoots or meetups you might want to have us add.

This is a great introduction to RPMG for your friends interested in photography. Bring a guest!

Please sign up if you plan to attend so that we can have plenty of space to spread out.

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West End Breakfast - Friends, Food and Photo Shoot

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