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Shutterbugs Camera Club is a gathering of photographers who meet for instructional sessions and friendly critiques. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in The West Woods Nature Center.

All ages and experience levels are welcome completely free of dues, though members sometimes volunteer to bring refreshments. The only terms of the club are in regards to Competition Nights and shows; to submit for Competition Nights, you must have attended
at least one meeting in the past six months.

No registration is required, but we encourage you to bring along a photo you've taken according to the meeting's "Optional Assignment/Critique" topic so you can participate in the critique.

Questions? Contact Sandy at or 440-279-0803.

Bird photo by Janice Katz; pink flower photo by Lori Roach; fawn photo by Katrina Musgrave. Thank you, Janice, Lori and Katrina!

Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m.

Program – Competition Night
(Photographer's Choice, 1 B&W/1 Color; guidelines, labels)
Optional Assignment/Critique – None

Upcoming meetings

Participants are each invited to bring one 5x7 or larger print for critiquing by members; it's OK to bring a couple more for display on a separate table. Scheduled activities are subject to change except for potlucks and Competition Nights.
May 1: Close-up & Black Light Photography Photo Shoots w/ Richard States & Scott Theus (no critique)
This session will begin at 6 p.m. for those interested in spending more time with the clinic before the official meeting begins! Bring camera, lens, tripod and cable release (if you have them), as well as objects you'd like to photograph close-up (flowers, jewelry, etc.) or under black light (clear decorative glass, such as vases, clear plates, figurines, etc., or colorful everyday objects like tennis balls, marbles and jewelry).
A Note from Richard: Bring whatever camera and equipment you have, but I suggest the following if you have them: camera with lens to get up close (macro lens, lens with macro mode, or longer zoom lens), tripod, cable release, lens hood, polarizer, reflector. Also bring an objects you'd like to shoot, i.e. flowers, background material, jewelry, a pocket watch or objects for a still life set-up. I have two tripods you can use if you don't have one.
A Note from Scott: Did you know using a black light as a light source for your photography adds an entire new spectrum to your tool kit and opens new and exciting doors to your creative images? Click here for some samples.

June 5: Critique - Photo Taken During May's Program or With Its Techniques
July 10: Critique - Around the Geauga Parks
August 7: Critique - Burton Historic Village
September 4: Critique - Birds

Things you should know

Tourism Request – Geauga County Tourism would like your help promoting Geauga by way of supplying photos (with credit given of course). Click here for details.
Leadership Changes – Nominations are still being accepted for Shutterbugs leadership: president, vice president and committee chairs. Scroll down this page to "Stepping up" for details.

Upcoming photo shoots

Lakeview Cemetery
Saturday, May 3
*Stay tuned to this website for a potential date change so our field trip does not conflict with the annual Daffodil Hill Tour.
Let's meet at 9 a.m. at the James A. Garfield Monument (section 15), where there is ample parking. Hopefully the large magnolia tree nearby will be in bloom. Click here for details about this interesting and beautiful annual photo shoot location.
Directions: Drive West on Mayfield Road (US-322) about 7 miles from 271-N to Exit 34. Mayfield Road Lake View Cemetery is at the intersection of Mayfield and Kenilworth roads. Turn right into the cemetery's Mayfield Road gate immediately before you reach the Mayfield Road hill going down into Little Italy.

Blossom Hot Air Balloon Glow
Thursday, May 22

Balloon events take place in the back fields of Chagrin Falls High School, 400 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, weather permitting. The event starts at 8:30 p.m., so let's meet at the hot air balloons shortly before that. The balloons will be fired but remain tethered to the ground.
(Also: Blossom Hot Air Balloon Races
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 23, 24 & 25

The races are not an organized field trip, but they will be a good additional photo shoot for those who are interested. Note the time of these is also early: 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.)

Photo shoot participants must sign this waiver, which covers all outings for the calendar year. Sign and return it at one of the meetings or shoots. And when no photo shoots are scheduled, consider Geauga Park District for its own wealth of photo opps – ferns, flowers, fields, forests, wetlands, wildlife, park users and more!

See Shutterbugs' work

If you know a member is showing photos somewhere, please email Sandy at so she can post the details to this page.

Stepping up

Nominations are still being accepted for Shutterbugs leadership: president, vice president and committee chairs. An election for the top two positions will be held in May. Send nominations to Sandy at

PRESIDENT – Conduct meetings; make announcements; do introductions or guests & presenters

VICE PRESIDENT – Assist president; fill in; go between for committees

Will you consider joining a committee? Involvement energizes, de-stresses, offers a sense of belonging and meets just a couple times per year (before or after regular meetings). Volunteer by contacting Sandy at or 440-279-0803.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE – Select program topics for educational sessions for monthly meetings; recruit presenters

COMPETITION AND CRITIQUES COMMITTEE – Select assignments; help educate members on the criteria; organize and oversee monthly critique sessions; plan and execute 2 club competitive sessions per year with outside judges

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE – Serve as greeters for meetings; welcome guests; provide name tags; arrange for refreshments (sign-up sheets); organize annual potluck/picnic

FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE – Plan and facilitate photo shoots (dates, times, locations and number to be determined by the committees)

SHOW COMMITTEE (bi-annual) – Set parameters and rules for contests; plan method to accept and label submissions; recruit judges for jurying; hang and take down photos; design and distribute flyers and other publicity; work with Hospitality Committee to plan and execute the show opening events