Q: What is "Guerrilla Photo Group?"
A: Founded by Rip Williams in 2006, we're a FREE ongoing creative collaborative focused on making photographic art in a social, fun and safe environment. In 2011, GPG expanded into a second "division" hosted by Steve Groves in Seattle, WA. Both "divisions" are comprised of Photographers, Models, Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists of skill levels - from working pros to people just getting started.
Q: Is there a schedule? How does it work?
A: The doors open at 5:30pm. A lecture is usually given from 5:30-6:30pm each week. After that, the studio is booked in 30 minute time slots until 11:30pm (with a quick cleanup-break at 8:00pm.) Sceduling requests are completed via the online scheduling form here (NOTE: you must be logged into the website.)
Q: Awesome. What does it cost?
A: Nada. Ziltch. IT'S FREE. Occasional attendees can contribute anytime to the "backdrop fund" if they choose to. Regular attendees are encouraged (but by no means required) to contribute monthly (or even Sponsor) GPG!
Q: Where should I park?
A: Parking is in the back lot on the east side of the property.
Q: Can anyone join?
A: We welcome almost any creative, energetic and interested adult who is into learning/teaching something related to photography, modeling, makeup/hair styling, set styling/production, etc.!
Q: Are there "rules" at this event?
A: Yes. Read a complete list of the rules here. The biggies are:
- Everyone who attends must be over 18.
- Everyone works and learns for free.
- Commercial work is not allowed (the group's resources can't be exploited for paying jobs of any kind.)
- We have zero tolerance for physical violence, drug use, underage drinking and other similar asshatting.
Q: What are the benefits of attending?
A: There are lots of them...
- Creating Art
- Portfolio development
- Networking with other people in your field of interest.
Q: Can I just come and check it out (observe?)
A: Of course you can. Please do. Drop by and meet the group. We're a friendly bunch! Once you've visited, we encourage you to get involved!
Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: Yep. Note, however, that space in the studio is limited, so groups of folks who aren't participating in shoots are discouraged (we have regular social meetups, BBQs, etc. for larger groups.
Q: Sounds fun! Can I bring anything else?
A: Come prepared to shoot, even if you don't plan to (i.e. always bring your "kit/gear!" More information about recommended "kits" can be found in the various FAQs. Additionally, t he group always welcomes things to share - beer and cupcakes seem to be the current favorites :-)
Q: I want to develop my portfolio. Is this a good place to do it?
A: Yep. That's why we're here... so everyone can build materials and refine their skills.
Q: Do you allow nudity?
A: Yes, tasteful nudity is allowed. However, we insist that models and photographers treat each other with a very high degree of respect at all times. Nudity is not allowed outdoors on the surrounding property.
Q: Do I get copies of the photos to use in my portfolio, on Facebook, etc?
A: Yep. Everyone involved (photogs, models, MUAs, stylists, designers,etc.) gets the photographer-selected images to use in their portfolios, etc.
Q: I'd like more information. How do I make contact?
A: The FREE website registration lets you contact anyone directly via phone/email. Alternately, drop us a line anytime: Albuquerque GPG or Seattle GPG.
Q: I am a ___________ and am interested in more specifics.
A: Great! Check out more FAQ's using the menu on the right!