Made up of both amateurs and professionals, the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is a group of dedicated photographers that meet monthly to learn about photography and share images. Members are from Santa Clarita and adjoining communities. Besides monthly meetings, members plan day trips and quarterly overnight excursions for the purpose of exploring and expanding their skills. Those have included an excursion to Death Valley, a trip to Cambria, and participation 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 SCV Photographers Association members are amateurs at all skill levels of photography, while some members also 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 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m. (approximately). The group meets at the Sierra Hills Clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave. in Canyon Country. Guests are always welcome.
The club is “dedicated to advancing the art and business of photography,” said SCVPA President Kevin Karzin. “Our purpose is to create an environment among photographers that will inspire each of us and to help one another grow as business professionals and/or artists.”
The club was started in 2002 by a small group of professional photographers as the Santa Clarita Valley Professional Photographers Association. After a few years it was opened up to non-professional photographers and the name changed to SCVPA.
The club is both social and professional. The bylaws say that the objectives are to “advance photography in all its branches, both as an art and as a profession” and “create, foster and maintain cordial relations, cooperation, and interchange of thoughts and opinions among its members.”
All of the approximately 60 members are invited to the meetings, and about 35-40 attend on average. The general public is invited to attend as well, and the first meeting is free.
The SCVPA 2017 Spring Print Competition winner images will be on exhibit from now through November 21, 2017 at Santa Clarita City Hall. The annual competition is open to the public. It takes place every May and the rules and entry information are uploaded to the website by March.
The club also sponsors two digital competitions and a folio competition annually that are open to members only and take place during the monthly meeting. Monthly meeting agendas are a mix of guest speakers, workshops or one of the competitions. All events, field trips and meetings are posted on the SCVPA’s website calendar and on the Facebook page.
For more information, visit the group’s website: SCVPhotographers.com or find the organization on Facebook, where many members post their photos.
Photos by SCVPA members: top, “The Poppy Eater” by Denise Jensen; left, “Smattering of Wildflowers” by David Green; right, “Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk” by Chris Hoefflin