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Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

Who We Are

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The Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is a group of dedicated photographers both amateur and professional that meets monthly to learn about photography and share images. Our members are from Santa Clarita and adjoining communities. Besides our monthly meetings the group takes field trips such as the Death Valley excursion, the Cambria excursion and participates in expositions at the Valencia Town Center and City Hall. Print and digital image competitions are held at least twice a year. The majority of our members are amateurs at all skill levels of photography however some members belong to the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and other organizations.Whether you are just starting out with your first camera or are a seasoned professional, SCVPA has much to offer.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45pm until 9:00pm (or so.)

We meet at:
         Sierra Hills Clubhouse
         28616 Kenroy Ave.
         Canyon Country, Ca. 91387
Guests are always welcome, come to a meeting and check us out!

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2024 Photo Collection

On Location - May 2024 Colorado Street Bridge
This slideshow shows images from member meetings and On Location

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President's Message


President’s Message
June 2024

So, it’s been awhile! I will try and keep my messages up to date. I am sitting here in the studio, waiting for a client to show up. I’m not really sure why people make an appointment, then not show up on time. I understand, sometimes things get delayed, or you get hung up at an event, or stuck in traffic. We have all sorts of technical devices that enable us to contact just about anyone, anytime. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. 

     Today is June 1st, we are almost half way through the year. Hopefully the second half of the year is better than the first. It has been a struggle to say the least. However, the SCVPA is doing well. We are a group of about 50 members (give or take). We normally have about half our members show up for our monthly meetings. That is awesome! 

     Last month, we held our Spring Digital Image Competition. In years past, this was always a “Print” competition. We’d have anywhere from 70 - 100 prints, live judging, then a celebration at night showing all the prints and the award winners, Best Of Show and such. This was also opened to the public and we used it as a fund raiser for the club. No one wants to print their images anymore. Which is really a shame. Prints last, they are put up on a wall, put into a frame and put on a counter, etc. How many of you have your work on the walls of your house, office? If you don’t, you really should. Share your work!

     I want to congratulate all the category winners of our last competition. Michael Bowman came away with the “Best of Show” with his image titled “Tree Aeonium in Green”. Mel Carll received all three Judges Choice Awards. We had 48 images to judge and of the 48 images, 24 received a Merit score of 80 or above. That’s half of the images! What an awesome job everyone! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Our group of photographers are just as talented as the other photography groups out there! You should all give yourselves a pat on the back! 

     I was elected president back in May of 2014, I can’t believe that was 10 years ago! We still have our core group of photographers that we’ve always had. We have lost some members, those who have moved away, died or just haven’t renewed their membership. We have several new members (new in the last 10 years). I have made many wonderful friends during the last 10 years, friendships that will last a lifetime. My photography has grown so much, I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the SCVPA! I have learned so much, I thought I was pretty good before I joined the club, but what did I know? During the last 10 years, I have named the “Photojournalism Photographer of the Year” for the Professional Photographers of California, twice been named a “Top 10” photographers of PPC, I’ve received my “Master” of Photography degree from PPC and Professional Photographers of America. I have also received my Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA. I’m in my third term as President of PPC, been named Photographer of the Year in the Open and Photojournalism categories of Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County. None of this would have been possible with the SCVPA! 

     We may be a small photography club but being a member does have it benefits and the above story confirms that. This month, we will not meet in person, because “West Coast School of Photography” is being held at the Valencia Hyatt Regency. West Coast School is put on by the Professional Photographers of California, and is being held June 9 - 14. Which means that on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 is the third night of WCS. So we will hold off a week and have a Zoom meeting on the 18th, starting at 6:45 pm. Our guest speaker is Jim Tomcik. He will present “Astro” photography, which he shoots from his front porch at his San Diego home. His work is awesome and I really look forward to seeing his presentation. 

     I will be sending out the Zoom link on Sunday, June 16th. So keep a look out for the link. Last month we also went to the Colorado Street Bridge for our “On Location” assignment. Several members went and shot the bridge and came away with some really good stuff. Even if you don’t shoot the assignment, join us on the last Tuesday of the Month for the “On Location” image review and support your fellow club members. This month (June) we will be visiting the Skate Park at Venice Beach. The Skate park will be what we are shooting, however, there will be tons more to photograph. Venice beach is such a great place to make images. So I hope you will join us by getting out to the beach and photographing the people at the Skate Park. 

     In closing, I’d like to say that its been an honor leading our club and I look forward to leading it for another year. Thank you all for your continued support!

Keep Shooting!


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