New Membership Guidelines, December 2015

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Membership is closed right now, although you may still submit an application, which will be held, in the order received, until a slot opens.)

The ImageMakers is a membership-based organization of fine art photographers. We provide a supportive and interactive atmosphere for nurturing both the photographer and this type of art on the Monterey Peninsula. Our purpose is to constructively critique, and inspire the work of our members at all levels, with an eye to helping each person move forward and/or refine his or her art. In short: help us all grow as photographic artists.

In order to achieve these goals, membership is reserved for those interested in furthering these goals. A steering committee comprised of representative members meets three times a year to address and resolve evolving issues, as well as to help maintain standards that reflect group opinion, and review/approve membership applications.

Imagemakers is limited to 65 members, and if that is our current status, your active participation may be held until we can fit you into the membership total. Membership dues are $50 per year, payable during the month of January. There are other optional expenses, such as for member's parties, but the annual dues is the only mandatory fee.

When considering new members, the steering committee considers the quality of work, dedication to, and passion for the craft, and ability to actively participate in the dynamics of the group.

Photographers wishing to become members:

We suggest you first visit one or more of our regular meetings and see if you think you'll fit into our organization. If you are still interested, you will be invited to show a few of your images to the Steering Committee, at the end of our regular meetings, held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. (See the meeting FAQ.) To be considered for membership, you may be asked to show samples of your images at subsequent meetings.

If you want to be considered for membership, it would be wise to contact our membership coordinator, Tom Schleich at tschleich@me.com in advance, so he can let the steering committee members know, and they can make sure to attend.

Once that's done, please provide a letter of request to the Membership Coordinator via email to Tom Schleich at tschleich@me.com . Attached with the request (preferably a Word or pdf document) should be a short biography including a history of photographic exhibits (if any), interests, endeavors, and website URL, if available. Please let us know your photographic ambitions, and how you feel that you will benefit the group, and how the group will benefit you.

Steering committee meetings will be held every 4 months to consider new applications for membership. A majority of committee members will determine if an invitation for membership is to be extended. (Membership is based on the decision of the steering committee, and mentoring of beginning photographer/applicants may be considered at your request, although it is not assured. In short: membership in ImageMakers is "invitation only."

We thank you for your interest.

The ImageMakers Steering Committee:

Richard Cannon, Dixie Dixon, Dick Garrod, Jerry Ginsburg, Chester Ng, Tom Schleich, Brett Thomas, Tracy Valleau, Jack Wasserbach

Simple (and we'd be delighted to see you) - just contact us through our contact page. A member will contact you and extend an invitation to be our guest at the next general meeting.

Meetings start at 6PM on the third Tuesday of every month, at the McGowan house in Monterey. Members frequently arrive at 5:30 or earlier, to socialize.

Click here for a Google map to our meeting location.

You may download an excellent primer here courtesy of ImageMaker Tracy Valleau. This should give you a basic understanding of preparing digital image files for contests. (These instructions are not for images you'd show to gain membership in ImageMakers. We'll want to see prints, please.) There are many ImageMakers that are well versed in all things digital so we encourage you to reach out to the membership for any help you might need. Member links may be found on our Members Page.

Thank you for your interest! These exhibit catalogs are available through Blub books and may be purchased directly from Blurb here.

...membership? Tom Schleich is the membership coordinator.
...the website? Tracy Valleau is webmaster.
...emailings? Jim Kasson is in charge of email communications.
...everything else? Jack Wasserbach is our director and fearless leader.