Photography: Organizer Interview
With over 1,100 members and a leadership team of 14, the Pacific Photographic Society Meetup Group boasts a large community of shutterbugs. Organizer Walter chatted with us about Meetup venues, the power of a leadership team, and the widespread impact of his Meetup Group.
How do you pick Meetup locations?
We have had photo shoots in locations as diverse as banjo factories, water treatment plants and the Gemological Institute of America, as well as more “standard” locations such as the San Diego Zoo, Beaches at Sunset and Studio Photography.
We want members to state what they liked about an event and what could be improved. We also encourage members to suggest venues for future events.
What tips would you have for a new Photography Organizer?
We scout out all venues beforehand and try to give as much information about the event in the announcement and update as necessary.
I have drawn up a “Guide” for Organizers which covers everything from choosing a venue, posting and event and leading it. All 14 Organizers of our group have excellent people skills, are well-organized, reliable and are knowledgeable photographers.
How has your Meetup Group impacted your members?
I have seen many friendships form that go beyond our events. I have also seen many photographers improve their skills and their confidence.
We have also done charity work for the San Diego River Park Foundation, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park, and others.
Our members come from many different countries and backgrounds. We have complete novices and professionals in the group, but everyone gets along!
Lisa Marie is always looking for Photography Meetups to help her remove a lens cap.