Friday, September 13, 2013

We had a great meeting in August with Aaron Fuhrman demonstrating and talking about the new Google Glass product he is using.  Great turnout!  Additionally  - we discussed the topic for September's meeting which is coming up here on Monday September 16th from 7-9PM at the St. Louis Artists Guild in Oak Knoll Park!

If you have not already done so - be sure to download and enhance 3 or 4 of the photos from the collection which can be found here:

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We had three people show for our rescheduled shoot at City Garden on Monday the 17th.  Although it was a little misty, the showers pretty much ended and moved off allowing us to shoot in calm weather until after 9pm.  The sunset was beautiful, the parking was no problem and City Garden was mostly empty.  It was a great time to shoot and feature all aspects of City Garden itself.  Some images will be posted shortly.

Please review the updated schedule in the blog as there are changes.  In addition, we will be sending out an email with all the details for the August meeting challenge.  Michael Daft will be moderating this meeting.

For July - I am checking to ensure that Aaron Fuhrman is still available to present to us.

As always - if you have any questions about our schedule, activities or the Guild in general, please feel free to email me (Randy Allen) at:

Sunday, April 07, 2013

April Artists' Guild Photography Section Meeting

The April 15th St. Louis Artists’ Guild Photo Section meeting will be a model shoot at Studio 314 in midtown St. Louis. Find them at or (directions are available on their site). The meeting will start at 6:00 but please be there a bit early so we can take money and fill out appropriate model release forms. We will have a short meeting, explain the rotations, and tour the studio. Shooting will begin at 6:30 and end at 9:30.

Studio 314 is graciously providing 6-8 models, makeup artist (MUA), hair stylist, and their facility. You will have at least three hours to learn about shooting models and lighting. Professional lighting setups are provided and it should be a really great time and a good opportunity to get to know the folks at Studio 314! Thanks so much to Steve Grappe for his support of the Photography Section.

Please RSVP to Randy Allen - (636) 675-1258 only if you are definitely attending. We will be collecting $20.00 per photographer for Guild Members and $30.00 each for non-members. If you are a non-member the additional $10.00 can be applied to a Guild membership.

Some of this will go to pay the MUA, stylist, and models. The rest goes to the Guild. We are inviting anyone and everyone who is interested to this event and it will be posted in many different areas. We have four studio setups spread over 5080 square feet. Folks will rotate from one to another and have an opportunity to shoot all the models if you so desire. There will be 6-8 models with one model per location. Extra models will be changing outfits or makeup.

You should bring your money (cash preferred) to the event and ensure you RSVP to reserve your spot. We will limit the number attending so that each photographer will have dedicated one-on-one time with each model - no "Hey, look over here...", trying to attract the model’s attention...

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Dave Groen and Randy Allen

Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 Schedule of Meetings & Events

Thanks to everyone who attended the February meeting!  We had a good time reviewing images that were shot around the home and we effectively planned our schedule from March forward to September of this year.  Hear are the details of the schedule:

March 18:  Location:  Trotter Studios - Address: 12342 Conway Road, St. Louis, 63141
                  Time:        7pm-9pm
                  Info:          Jim will be giving us a tour of his studio and discussing the business side of
                                   photography.   We will learn much more about Jim, what he does and the
                                   services he provides to his customers and to the photographer community.

April 15:   Location:   Studio 314 Photo Shoot.  Dave Groen is in charge of setting this event up.  There
                                   will be a fee specified for members and non-members.  This was a great event
                                   last year and we look forward to a great turnout again this year.  More info will
                                   follow as Dave plans this event.  Be sure to keep track of our Facebook page too!

May 20:    Location:  City Garden shoot. This event was cancelled because of inclement weather.
                 Time:        7pm-9pm

June 17:    Location:  City Garden Shoot.
                 Time:        7pm-9pm
                 Info:          We had 3 people show and were able to shoot after a few minutes of light drizzle.
                                   It turned out to be a pretty good shoot, with not many people at City Garden and
                                   the sunset was amazing.  We'll be posting some of the photos shortly.

July 15:    Location:  St. Louis Artists Guild
                Time:        7pm-9pm
                Info:          Aaron Fuhrman - Local landscape photographer will be showing his images and
                                  discussing his work and marketing methodologies with the group.  Aaron does
                                  some really beautiful work.  Look him up on Facebook and visit his website at:
August 21: Location: St. Louis Artists Guild
                  Time:        7pm-9pm
                  Info:         Michael Daft - Moderator.  There is homework to be completed before this
                                  meeting.  We will provide some RAW images and we will all go about
                                  editing them before we get to this meeting.  We ask that you take notes and show
                                  significant intermediate steps you took to get the results.  Each member
                                  participating will have an opportunity to discuss the methods used to obtain
                                  their results.  This should prove to be a very interesting meeting!

The rest of the year's schedule will be published in a later post.  We look forward to seeing you all at these events!  Please encourage other photographers you meet to come to a meeting / event too!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First meeting of the Year!

Had a good section meeting January 21st as Jim Trotter demonstrated a program called Art Rage, and David Coblitz demonstrated the use of Adobe Lightroom while Randy Allen later demonstrated Aperture with a brief demo of Portrait Professional Studio.

Note: All of our meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend and contribute. All Artists Guild Photography Section members are encouraged to bring a guest.  Our meetings are now being posted to all of the area Patch websites as well.

Our February meeting will start with a challenge.  Shoot an interesting photograph of something around your home.  Bring it on a thumb drive (USB Key) or compact disc so we can project your image and be ready to discuss your photo.

During the second half of the meeting we will be planning our activities for the rest of the year. Please bring your ideas for speakers, shoots and other activities you would like to do as a section.

See you there!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Just updated the calendar for 2013. Give me some dates to highlight throughout the year - special events that you believe other Guild members may be interested in planning to attend.

for instance,

Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day
May 18 - June 9, 2013.  10 AM - 6 PM.  Rain or Shine!