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The “Moms with a Camera” photography club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the evening.  We now meet in the Community Room at Thrifty Foods in Abbotsford (Parallel Marketplace – #101 – 1888 North Parallel Road).  Most  months we also have a photography challenge. When we have a photo challenge, each group member is requested to bring their 5×7  challenge print to the meeting.

The club’s purpose is to connect moms with a common passion for photography.  Our goal is to gain knowledge and experience behind the camera in order to take better photographs of our children and family.  It is also seeks to provide an opportunity for women to invest in themselves, giving them a “time out” from the demands of family and home.

For the duration of the 2012 season we focused on Manual Exposure and understanding how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together.  At the start of our 2013 season, we  focused on indoor, low-light, and artistic photography. We then moved into Lifestyle Photography and Creative Visions and Finding Your Style.   The 2014 season will be led by a wide variety of Club Members, and will have a wide range of topics, including different genres of photography beyond children and family.   While you are still welcome to join the club if you have a point and shoot, you may find some of the tutorials and topics challenging, as the skills you will learn will not be completely transferable to a point and shoot camera’s capabilities.  To get the most out of the club, you should have a DSLR camera and a lens such as a 50/1.8.  The 50/1.8 lens allows more light than the standard “kit lens”, which allows you to take photos in darker situations (such as indoors in the winter months!)

This is an amateur photography club and therefore not a place to learn how to start or grow a photography business.  If you are a professional photographer and/ or operating a photography business we welcome you to contact us about being a guest speaker.  We define professional as mastery of the craft of photography (strong understanding of exposure and white balance, cohesion in post processing, demonstration of creative composition and artistry and polish of images).  A “professional” is not necessarily someone operating a business.

The club is was founded by Shari Saysomsack, and is led by Sonja Dyck, Melissa Toews, and Anna Hurley.  To learn more about our Admin Team, please click here.  

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    June 19, 2012 11:31 pm

    Hi There,

    I came across your group on Facebook. Just curious if it is to late to see what your group is about. I have been looking for something to help me learn and be more creative with photography. Does this go all year round or are you breaking for the summer? I would love to check this out.


    • June 20, 2012 2:48 am

      Hi Alison! Thank you for your inquiry! I e-mailed you with some more details about the club. Membership is open at all times. We are meeting twice in June, twice in July, once in August, and then back to twice a month in September. We will take a break for the month of December. We hope you are able to check us out!

  2. Judy permalink
    March 17, 2013 6:22 pm

    Do you have any grandmothers in your group or is it mostly for young moms?

    • March 26, 2013 3:02 pm

      At the moment there are no members that are grandmothers (that I know of). A couple have come to check it out recently but I’m not sure if they were just visiting or planning on joining. Regardless of age, all are welcome!

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