Serving the Suncoast of Florida since 2004

Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Woodland Community Church. Meetings begin at 6:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.
Our monthly meetings include guest speakers, demonstrations of techniques, print of the month competition and share your work.
We welcome potential members to attend our monthly meetings but ask that they make a $10.00 donation that helps us pay for our meeting room. If a guest chooses to become a member by the end of their first meeting we will apply the $10.00 donation to the cost of membership. However, guests are not permitted to participate in field trips or other special club events.

Thursday, November 16,2017 – Monthly Meeting

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 is a self-taught professional nature photographer living in Sarasota, Florida. He began photography as a hobby, but has decided to devote his passion, time, and energy to his craft full-time. Through photography, Maxis discovered a medium that enables him to express his creativity and use his skills to teach and educate other photographers. Gamez is capable of capturing wonderful images through his unique perspective. His images have been featured in local parks, galleries, published in magazines like AudubonShutterbugOutdoor Photography MagazineNature Photographers Magazine, and now published by National Geographic in Bird Coloration and Birds of North America Pocket Guide.

Gamez offers a mentorship program and field instructional photography workshops for anyone interested in learning his experienced techniques. If you would like to schedule a private class or would like to participate in one of his workshops, you may contact him directly here.

Specializing in bird photography, Gamez captures images of nature such as wild birds and landscapes. He takes full advantage of the beauty of this wonderful state.

On this day Erik Bunch will again be coming from Tampa to offer same-day sensor cleaning service to our members. The cost will be $45 for each camera. Drop offs will be between 9:30 and 10:00 am on Thursday, November 16th. Pick ups will be from 5:30-6:30 that evening before the regular monthly meeting begins. To sign up email Mindy Towns at Please include the make and model of each camera you will be having cleaned. A sign up sheet will also be available at the October monthly meeting. Pre-registration is required.

THIS IS ALSO THE MONTH THAT WE ASK OUR MEMBERS TO BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS TO DONATE TO THE WOODLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH FOOD BANK. We appreciate the church allowing us to use their beautiful facility and this gives us a way to show our thanks. Items will be collected in the lobby area.

This service is for MEMBERS ONLY

The meeting begins at 6:30 sharp. But we invite members and guests to come as early as 6:00pm to socialize and sign up for upcoming events!

The 8×10 Print-Of-The-Month Contest (members only) theme is “Black and White.” One print per person.

Members wishing to submit (3) photos for share your work need to email them to Tim Wahl at no later than Monday, the week of the meeting.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – October Monthly Meeting

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SP LF Portrait_webAre you having trouble figuring out if your photo will fit on paper? Does the file have enough pixels? Why doesn’t my camera file relate to print sizes? These are all common issues that many photographers encounter. During this presentation, we’ll talk about how to know if your camera file has enough data to create a gallery quality print. Another topic we will cover is why the file that is generated by the camera, generally does not come out to the popular print sizes such as 8×10 or 16×20. There are times when you may want longer lenses or cameras with more megapixels to get that portrait of a bird or wildlife. This is not always practical, therefore some techniques will be shown on how to get a bigger print size without adding or subtracting pixels (no plug-ins required). If there is time permitting, we’ll cover the process of making a print from checking the file’s size to setting up the print options with ICC profiles.

IMPORTANT!!!!! Please click on the link below, open the pdf file and print a copy for yourself. Take a few minutes to review before attending the meeting. Bring the booklet with you so you can follow along with Spencer’s presentation and take notes.

LWRDPC_Pixels_Print Size_Booklet

The meeting begins at 6:30 sharp. But we invite members and guests to come as early as 6:00pm to socialize and sign up for upcoming events!

The 8×10 Print-Of-The-Month Contest (members only) theme is “Forced Prospective.” One print per person.

Members wishing to submit (3) photos for share your work need to email them to Tim Wahl at no later than Monday, the week of the meeting.

Thursday, September 21,2017 – Monthly Meeting

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11921789_10153634714959669_3601914805159957844_oGigi O’dea specializes in newborn and infant photography in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. There is nothing sweeter to her than a baby’s smile, or the look new parents gives when they see their newborn go through a variety of facial expressions. It’s moments like these that make her think that she has the greatest job in the world. She’s always known that babies would be a major part of her life, that is why she chose to be an NICU nurse, where she took care of sick and premature babies. It was after the adoption of her first child that she discovered her love for photography. Ten years in business, another child and lots of beautiful babies photographed, and she is still as excited about photographing babies as ever.

Gigi made headlines a few months ago when she caught an unusual shot of a newborn during a photo session. Visit this link to read the whole story.

The 8×10 Print-Of-The-Month Contest (members only) theme is “Color.” One print per person.

Members wishing to submit (3) photos for share your work need to email them to Tim Wahl at no later than Monday, the week of the meeting.

Thursday, August 17th – Monthly Meeting

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TedProfilePicTed Davis is a nature and travel photographer based in Sarasota, FL . A world traveler from an early age, Ted has been studying the art of photography since his introduction to film cameras and the darkroom in the ’90s. Over the past few years, with exhibits in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toyko, and London, Ted has emerged as a leading voice of young photographers all over the globe. Now, with on-location photography workshops (Vistas Revealed), he teaches the tricks of the trade to his clients — helping to grow their own vision through the lens.

Born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of beautiful upstate New York, Ted spent the majority of his youth enjoying the outdoors — hiking, biking and playing sports. During the summer months, it was camping along the shores of Lake George and during the cold snowy winters – skiing throughout the New England Mountains with his older sister leading the way. In 2000 his family relocated to Cape Porpoise, a small fishing hamlet in southern Maine, and mountain hiking was replaced by kayaking, swimming, and the “backshore” – walking between the coastal islands when the tide was out and the mudflats accessible. Cape Porpoise has and will remain one of Ted’s most inspiring locations for photography.

During the time he was attending high school at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Ted was first introduced to a purer form of photography. Armed with his father’s Nikon FG, Ted partook in a photography class offered as part of the art curriculum. Located on the bottom floor of the Academy building, the photography department was complete with its own darkroom, multiple processing areas, and even loaner cameras for students to borrow. Spending hours every week taking shots for assignments, pleasure and just experimentation, Ted ran through rolls and rolls of film chasing something he didn’t quite understand. Maybe it was capturing a moment in time, taking something in the world and forever memorializing through the lens…Ted can’t even explain his infatuation with photography to this day. Coming to photography so late in his high school career, Ted was already committed to running the Fencing team and Culinary Society as well as playing club squash and varsity soccer — it wouldn’t be until a chance trip to Europe nearly 8 years later that photography would again play such a major role in his life.

While backpacking in Europe during a summer in law school, Ted rediscovered his love and passion for photography in the pastel colors of Cinque Terre, the ancient strongholds of Rome, Munich, and Dubrovnik and the beautiful lavender fields of southern France. Amongst all the history and beauty,Ted vowed when he returned back to the States, he’d continue pursuing photography as much as he could. But with only one year of school left, and a promising legal career in front of him, Ted accepted a position at a firm in New York City, while photography remained a passionate hobby.

Shortly after graduating law school and moving to the city in 2011, Ted received a Canon DSLR as a gift from his parents to help build memories while living in New York. What they didn’t foresee was that within 2 years, Ted would take more than 10 trips across the United States from Maine to Hawai’i, all while continuing to work in the legal and banking profession. It was at this point that Ted began to realize his real passion was traveling, photography, and building his own business.

In September of 2013, Ted left New York City and his position at the consulting firm to pursue his dreams. Now operating out of a studio only a few miles from the Gulf Coast in sunny Sarasota, Ted continues to travel extensively in pursuit of those eternal moments that can only be memorialized through the lens. Ted hopes his passion for capturing some of Mother Nature’s most amazing spots, at gorgeous times, will move others to see the true beauty of the world. Whether he is capturing the glorious sunset on a beach in Hawai’i, or the massive strength of a river eating away at a canyon, Ted hopes that his passion will touch each person who sees his photographs.

The 8×10 Print-Of-The-Month Contest (members only) theme is “Artificial Light.”  One print per person.

Members wishing to submit (3) photos for share your work need to email them to Tim Wahl at no later than Monday, the week of the meeting.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Monthly Meeting

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SP LF Portrait_webSpencer Pullen has been taking photographs since he was six years old. He stared out with a small “110” camera and took photos of landscapes and the family. Once he was in high school and started working at a local newspaper in the graphics department, he discovered digital. Digital photography is a great tool as it allowed him to hone his photography skills and receive instant feedback.

After freelancing for magazines, real estate clients and private corporations, he felt as if something was missing. Over the past few years,he was looking for a way to allow the viewer of his photographs to feel as if they were standing in that environment with every minute detail preserved in the scene. he realized one way to do this was a very large print.

He looked over the modern digital cameras, and none of them offered the resolution that he was looking for. He also really liked the look of film over digital. After much research, he made the plunge and he bought a large format field film camera. These types of camera were used by some of the most famous photographers in our nations past. Currently, he using 8×10 black and white film. He develops and process’ his own negatives. This gives him total control over the final print and how it is presented to the viewer. Having to load the film, compose the scene, take the photograph, develop the film, and create the print, this hands on process makes him appreciate every photo he takes.

The main subjects that he likes to photograph are landscapes and Americana. Preserving our nations history in black and white, one click at a time makes it all worth while.

The 8×10 Print-Of-The-Month Contest (members only) theme is “Ambient Light.”  One print per person.

Members wishing to submit (3) photos for share your work need to email them to Tim Wahl at no later than Monday, the week of the meeting.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Monthly Meeting

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23_20150507104519_4792122_largePete Wright is an international award-winning Master Photographer and writer based out of Bradenton, Fl. In his 18 years in business, he has photographed everything from professional sports, to weddings, to portraits. Through his experience growing up in the darkroom assisting and learning from his father, he truly fell in love with black and white photography. This ultimately led to his passion for recreating timeless Film Noir style portraits as an homage to his favorite photographer, George Hurrell.

Pete leaned on his experience as a professional and college sports photographer to transition to wedding photography in the late 90’s. He still leans on his ability to capture great sports moments to help him anticipate great moments at weddings. He is also known for finding unique locations and ways to photograph brides and grooms on their wedding day to give them powerful images to remember their wedding day.

In 2014 alone, Pete’s work was recognized with Best in Show honors in both Virginia and Southeast PPA (SEPPA), multiple category First Place awards in Virginia, SEPPA and North Carolina and also won the prestigous Canon Par Excellence Award, the Fuji Masterpice Award, LexJet Sunset Best Portrait Award and Lexjet 3rd place nationally, as well as a 3rd place PPA Grand Imaging Award and had multiple images not only merit, but also entered into the International Loan Collection at PPA. Pete has been awarded PPA Photographer of the year 8 times by meriting all four of his images in IPC.

In May 2015, Pete’s First Book “Cinematic Portraits, How to Create Classic Hollywood Photography” was published by Amherst Media and is soon to be followed in the Spring of 2016 by his Wedding Photography book co-authored with his wife, Liliana. His work is also featured prominently in the Amherst title “500 Poses for Photographing Full-Length Portraits: A Visual Sourcebook for Digital Portrait Photographers” Additionally Pete has been a regular contributor to Professional Photographer Magazine, Action News Magazine, Richmond Weddings Magazine and others.

Pete has been lecturing around the world since 2005 in both platform and hands-on environments. He has spoken four times at Imaging USA, six times at WPPI and at both has given hands-on programs. He has also taught around the U.S. at other workshops like After Dark, PSD Experience and various other state and regional conventions. Additionally, Pete has lectured in the Philippines, Grand Cayman, Bermuda and Jamaica and is scheduled to speak in 2016 at SWPP in London, England. You can also see Pete speak twice at WPPI in 2016 along with several times around the US in state conventions and workshops.

Pete has also been a huge advocate of print competition and works hard to not only encourage photographers to enter so that they can grow, but to also educate them on success in print competition. He has judged and chaired in state print competitions around the U.S., at IPC for PPA and for the last 6 years at WPPI, including chairing for WPPI in 2015 and is scheduled to chair again on 2016.

The 8×10 Print-Of-The-Month Contest (members only) theme is “Contrast and Tone.”  One print per person.

Members wishing to submit (3) photos for share your work need to email them to Tim Wahl at no later than Monday, the week of the meeting.


See the Photographs here.