The Photographers of SaddleBrooke Club has joined forces with the SaddleBrooke Photography Club to become one club in 2024.
Mark Guinn, president of the SaddleBrooke Photography Club, and Jim Hagedon, president of the Photographers of SaddleBrooke Club, have joined forces to bring knowledge and expertise in all things related to photography and digital art to the newly formed organization. The complementary pieces of each club will serve to form one club with shared goals, a desire for increased collaboration, and the exploration of evolving industry dynamics to include interests in smartphone photography, DSLR and mirrorless technologies, as well as artificial intelligence (AI)-driven software to enhance creativity. “We all believe that the consolidation of our respective clubs will create a more complete and comprehensive offering to the SaddleBrooke photography community, thereby providing a one-stop shop for all levels of photographers looking for a place to meet and mix with like-minded neighbors,” shared newly elected 2024 president Mark Guinn.
The anticipated benefit of this merger rests in the ability for both photo groups to leverage the combined knowledge base. Mentoring those who are working to improve their skills by offering a wide range of workshops and special interest groups is key to assisting beginning photographers with building their skill level through the intermediate stage and beyond. The club believes that offering a learning environment such as our weekly Open Studio meetings encourages members to get out there and try new techniques while building camaraderie and trust amongst our members. We offer field trips to local venues as well as other destinations around Arizona. As a member of the Arizona Camera Club Council (ACCC), our members participate in photo competitions twice a year. We also bring in guest speakers to share their perspectives, tips and tricks, and photographic journeys to further promote and enrich the learning environment.
We encourage SaddleBrooke residents, regardless of skill level, to join us at one of our Open Studio meetings to get a sense of what the club has to offer. The meetings are held on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Topaz Room, located in the SaddleBrooke TWO Arts and Crafts Center.