Idea Jam

Contributed by: Atlanta

Description of program: Its time for us to share some passion. Personal projects are a great way to get some inspiration or tips we’ve learned to help stoke the fire. Let’s share among ourselves the depth of expertise that this chapter offers, and find a way to make it work for your creativity or problem solving.

We will be meeting in one of the private rooms. Manuel’s has a great menu with fair prices.

Below is information about the program.

  • Stephanie Roberts has just returned from Rwanda with her shutter sister Jen Lemen. She will be sharing her work and experiences along with her future plans for Picture Hope.
  • John Slemp will be filling us in on the progress of his aviation work. His project, presented two years ago at the first Idea Jam seems to have taken on a life of its own.
  • Paul O’Mara, yes it’s that same guy that got this program started, has been bitten by the personal project bug. He will be showing work from his 2.8 Project. See what you can do with a 50 year-old Leica and trip to Wal-Mart.
  • Stan Kaady is learning about his Powder Springs neighbors. “The goal of the of this project in its most literal form, is to create a historical visual document of long time citizens and to give future residents a glimpse of the people who helped shape Powder Springs into what it is today. Some of the subjects have been leaders in our community, some are volunteers and others have simply gone unnoticed by the world except for family and a few close friends, which is as they like it. Many of those pictured are neighbors and have become friends over the years. Some I’ve only met recently. The working title is The Seven Springs Project.”

Here’s the plan: The presenters set up what they want to show. Those attending spread out and grab a seat with our presenters. After 15 mins. you’ll move to the next presentation. When we finish with the presentations drop back by and have a chat with Stephanie, John and Paul…

House rule for this program is no whining, come and enjoy.

How many people were needed to produce the meeting, and what were their tasks?
Just one, who made arrangements with the speakers, secured a private room at a pub, and sent out the notices. Not much else is needed.

Describe the type of location needed for the meeting.
For this event, we held it at a welcome pub in ATL. Due to the casual nature of the program, this works for us. One year we held it in a club area of a high-rise condo overlooking midtown-Atlanta.

Break down the costs associated with putting on this type of meeting.
No cost to the chapter. Attendees purchase their own food and refreshments.

Describe the attendance and the fee structure used for this meeting.
About 35 people attended. There was no charge to attend.

What was done to market or publicize the meeting?
Several email blasts.

Was this a public meeting or a chapter only meeting?

Is there anything else we should know about this meeting and why it was so successful?
Programs where photographers share and interact with each other arealways a hit and are very successful. An intimate venue helps. Someone’s house could even work if it was large enough.