September 5, 2011
if you know anything about me, you know that i love people and love bringing them together!
and doing it again here in manila - by pioneering the first SMUG group in the philippines!
i cannot tell you how excited i am! i am co-leading the group with renowned philippines travel photographer ferdz decena and our first meet-up is sept 30! we are still canvasing for a venue to hold SMUG in - if you know of one in either makati/pasig/mandaluyong/san juan areas, PLEASE contact me…(see below) thanks!
what is a SMUG group you are asking? well i’m glad you asked. :)
their website simply puts it as this:
Do you dream in megapixels? Would you consider giving up a kidney for a Canon 5D Mark II?
You’re not weird. You’re one of us.
And we think you’d fit right in at a SmugMug User Group (SMUG), a mug-to-mug gathering of photographers like you.
A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.
and so what will happen at these SMUG meet-ups? well…..
Things to Expect at a SMUG
You Learn: Guest speakers will light up the room with their wisdom for shooting great images and making money with photography.
You Talk: Make contacts and connect with other pros in the know. Monthly meetings set the stage for infinite opportunities.
We Listen: SMUG leaders stay in close contact with SmugMug and share your requests and gripes with our team. We also love photography as much as you, so be prepared to spot a Smugger at your local meeting.
sounds pretty amazing, right? now what is the catch? well here is what is NOT the catch:
Things You Will Never Do
• Open your wallet: Save your money for new gear. SMUGs are free.
• Sign up for anything: There are no commitments, no requirements and no vacation timeshare offers here.
• Hold hands and sing Kumbayah: We love ya… but not that much.
so what will you bring to SMUG other than yourself and maybe a friend or two? let me tell you:
• Friends. Relatives. Strangers.
• Ideas: Good. Bad. Crazy.
• Toys: Make us drool.
• You: Drop in. Talk shop.
we will be announcing our scedule for the year…what SMUG is all about and what you will be getting from it this coming year. plus, there’s always merienda. :) HELLO! sign me up! :p
stay connected with us to hear where we will be meeting up on SEPT 30.
for more info, feel free to email me at tracey [at] traceylheppner [dot] com