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Jim Miotke
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3nd Annual BetterPhoto Photography Weekend - 2007


Thanks to all participants for making the 2006 BetterPhoto Photography Weekend a huge success. Next year, we are looking into holding our 3nd Annual BetterPhoto Photography Weekend on September 29th and 30th, 2007.
Since many of our members live near the East Coast and have been patiently waiting for us to come to them, we are looking into taking this show on the road! The New York area is looking very likely but we are open to suggestions.
If you have any suggestions as to where to hold the 3nd Annual BetterPhoto Photography Weekend, or suggestions regarding venues near the New York / New Jersey area, let us know here.
Again, thanks for helping us make the 2nd Annual meeting this September such a fun-filled, high-energy event. It truly was fantastic!


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10/24/2006 11:32:24 AM

 
George Schaub
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  NY is great but oh so expensive for hotels. DC might be better, but you know nyour demographics.
Hope all's well
george


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10/24/2006 11:38:51 AM

 
Marcia L. Getto
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  I agree that NYC is too expensive. My choice on the East Coast would be in a picturesque area in New England, Georgia, or the Carolinas. If people could combine this weekend with additional vacation/shooting time to justify the expense (especially airfare) for more than a few days they might be more likely to sign up for the weekend event. (Since I'm from the Midwest, my first choices would be Chicago, Minneapolis, or even Denver!)


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10/24/2006 11:52:22 AM

 
Penny l. Haviland
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  Hi Jim, How about twice a year? One on each coast. By the way George, we missed you this year at the summit. penny haviland


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10/24/2006 11:52:44 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Hi Jim, I for one would go to NYC as the urban sites would be amazing to capture. However, I know the cost is high for many people.

I'm with Marcia, I'm from the Chicago...so that would be my choice! Nice happy medium for both coasts.

I haven't been able to make either of the past events, but have it marked on my calendar for next year. Thanks so much for everything you do!


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10/24/2006 11:56:42 AM

 
George Schaub
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  I missed being there but had to be in Europe for biz (shucks). Chicago would be fine with me. Haven't been to that great city for a while, and there's plenty of hotels right at O'Hare for meetings.


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10/24/2006 12:01:49 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Okay, NY would be fun, and obviously a great spot for pictures, but what about having the weekend in the South - then we can all meet in the middle!

Just a thought!

Take care,
Michelle


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10/24/2006 1:57:07 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  I'll throw my two cents in following George's suggestion, for D.C.! I'd have no excuse not to attend, were it in my own backyard ;) Jim, feel free to talk to me about the possibility for arranging a private photo tour of the National Cathedral ;)
Other east coast options---Philly? Richmond/Williamsburg? Atlanta or somewhere near the Outer Banks region?


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10/24/2006 3:49:17 PM

 
Nancy Lynch
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  I was able to attend the Seattle Summit by combining it with visiting friends. New York would be too expensive. For me it would need to be somewhere cheaper. Since I live in MN, I vote for Minneapolis or Chicago.
Be sure and pick a hotel that has everything at hand, like your Marriot's Redmond, fantastic location.


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10/25/2006 10:51:00 PM

 
KV Day
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  I suggest if you are going to use the NYC area airports (Laguardia, JFK, Newark) Have it in the Ft Lee area. Its just across the river from NYC off the George Washington Bridge, skyline views of NYC are incredible and the Hudson area is stunning for photoshoots. Ft. Lee has some lower cost hotels that I think woud be more reasonable. If it was in NYC area, I would not stay in NYC anyway. Just a thought.


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10/26/2006 4:29:08 AM

 
George Schaub
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  Fort Lee is right over the GW Bridge and very trafficky.I vote for a smaller city like DC. Lots to photograph and easy to get in and out of. You might opt for Crystal City Marriott. Or Chicago. (Hey, how about New Orleans!)


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10/26/2006 6:00:56 AM

 
Angela K. Wittmer
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  I wasnt able to attend this year as I had to use the money I saved for a down pay on a new car! I would say have it be more centralized such as Minneapolis or Chicago. Smack dab in the middle of the country! Chicago would have some amazing sights!


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10/26/2006 8:28:49 AM

 
Karen Orr
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  Hi Everyone,

I'm hopping into this link so I can keep track of all these great location suggestions for the 3rd Annual Summit. I also wanted to share part of a comment I posted in the BP Summit II thread:

We have the most fun, warm and delightful members at BetterPhoto – it was a blast to meet all of you! The interaction between the attendees looked more like a reunion, and as we took the final group photo, it felt more like summer camp! The weekend was packed full of presentations by our amazing instructors and from what I read on the surveys from attendees, their generosity and openness was felt by all.

… the Summit survey responses were overwhelmingly positive and reflected the feelings from our instructors. As much as you loved chatting with them, our instructors loved meeting you! Please feel free to email me directly with any other thoughts that come to mind on how we could improve the Summit experience for you.

At the risk of gushing further, I feel very fortunate to be working for such a great group of people - our members are fabulous both online and in person. BetterPhoto is the wonderful community it is because of you!

We are so excited to be planning for 2007 and we welcome your suggestions. Post your location ideas here and feel free to email your ideas on the Summit to me directly karen@betterphoto.com


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10/26/2006 12:37:37 PM

 
Kathy Radford
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  I think the Boston, MA area would be an ideal spot. Many great photo ops in New England. Kathy in NH


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10/26/2006 1:38:20 PM

 
Irene Troy
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  I certainly second Kathy's suggestion of Boston! New England has so much to offer - and I'll even offer to help set up some photo ops for anyone interested in some nature work. I know many of the prime birding spots on the North Shore about 40 mins North of Boston and also know of many great photo op places that are easy to access. Lots and lots of variety. The plus is that Boston is not as expensive as NYC or DC. Well, at least if you know where to go. That's my two cents!

Irene


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10/26/2006 2:06:12 PM

 
Brenda M. Wolfensberger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/29/2004
  I have missed both of the first two summits, just because I was busy. I already am planning on attending in 2007 regardless of where it is! I can't wait. I've already told my hubby he's packing his bags for a getaway with me. :)

NYC, would love it!

DC - you bet!

Chicago - sure thing, never been there!

New Orleans - even better, my husband can spend the weekend writing music with his friend who lives there!

Midwest - great idea!

New England in September - think of the great foliage shots!

Although, I do still want to see Seattle so I'm with Penny, do two each year, like you don't have enough to do. :)

As you can see, I'm good with anywhere. Just tell me where to unpack!

Brenda


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10/28/2006 12:38:48 PM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  Come on... you all know the obvious place to have the next one is none other than Pittsburgh, PA. Plenty of hotels...well priced. Lots of beauty with all the bridges, skyline, mountains, beautiful seasons and wonderful meeting facilities.
It doesn't hurt that downtown is a 1/2 an hour from my house!
lol!!!
Debbie


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10/28/2006 6:41:53 PM

 
Peggy D. Odegard-Coleman   I'd like to see the summit possibly somewhere in the Carolina's, Charleston SC is beautiful, also Atlanta, Or Nashville. Okay, somewhere that's not so typical of the "EAST COAST" I live on the Gulf Coast near Mobile, so I'd really like it nearby. Thanks for letting your readers have some input and suggestions.
Peggy Coleman


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10/31/2006 4:13:11 AM

 
Robbie E. Hickman  
 
 
I would like to nominate Va Beach, VA into the possibilities. Mid September in Va Beach is fantastic! Still have warm temps but for the most part, the tourists are gone and the beach is phenominal. Great photo ops (Seashore State Park, Oceanfront, Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, just to name a few), great restaurants (gotta eat) and unlimited varieties of lodging options. The Convention Center is a great place to hold the actual event and then go from there. Thanks for asking!


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10/31/2006 5:22:00 AM

 
Robbie E. Hickman   I would like to nominate Va Beach, VA into the possibilities. Mid September in Va Beach is fantastic! Still have warm temps but for the most part, the tourists are gone and the beach is phenominal. Great photo ops (Seashore State Park, Oceanfront, Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, just to name a few), great restaurants (gotta eat) and unlimited varieties of lodging options. The Convention Center is a great place to hold the actual event and then go from there. Thanks for asking!


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10/31/2006 5:28:52 AM

 
DiAnna F. Paulk
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  I really hope one year you'll bring it to Atlanta so some of your southern participants can make it! I'm really jealous of everybody getting to go these past two years while I sat at home!! :)


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10/31/2006 6:42:05 AM

 
Carolyn L. Russell   Hi Jim

How about Newport, Rhode Island.
There are so many ocean views in the Ocean State and the near by Islands of Mass. It will be the beginning of Fall when the leaves begin to turn all beautiful colors.

Carolyn


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10/31/2006 6:51:05 AM

 
Judy A. Lawhon
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  HI JIm......YOu know we who live in the midwest are always slighted.....so I vote for Chicago or Nashville.....we could have it at the beautiful Opryland Hotel in Nashville....great place. by the way, I live in Indianapolis ...also a great town!!


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10/31/2006 10:51:19 AM

 
John W. DeHority   How about meeting at the George Eastman House and Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY!


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10/31/2006 11:08:33 AM

 
Deborah A. Ciullo
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  How about Cape May N.J.?! Cape May is a barrier island off the Jersey coast. It is a beautifully preserved, quaint, Victorian beach resort with many historic sites. There are impeccably restored homes and Inns with charming verandas, intricate ornamentation, vibrant colors, and gingerbread & lace trim. All photography here is incredible with the spectacular beaches, sand dunes, farms, wildlife, historic sites, and a lighthouse with unbelievable views of the constantly changing coastline. Cape May offers this and much more. There is the Cape May Zoo with over 170 species of animals, Physick Estate, a beautiful restored German mansion, Winery and Vineyards, Sunset Beach, famous for it's quartz pebbles that are known as the Cape May Diamonds, Lily Lake, with the ducks, swans, gardens, & tranquil park and Poverty Beach, a famous surfing beach. There is also Cape May Point State Park which you will see is a beautiful quiet paradise. Here you will find a fresh water coastal marsh, ponds, dunes, forested islands, and hundreds & hundreds of birds & wildlife. This is one of the most popular sites in North America for viewing the fall bird migration & September is the time! There are plenty of platforms to view & photograph the hundreds of Hawk that pass through. Ther are 16 different species of Hawk counted each fall including the Peregrine Falcons. September is also the perfect month for seeing the Dragonflies & Monarch Butterflies that are so numerous in Cape May at summers end. There are of course the Whale & Dolphin boat tours and even an Alpaca Farm.
Cape May is visited every year by many many photographers and photography schools. It is a beautiful spot with SO MANY wonderful & diverse photographic opportunities. The best part is that all of this is available in one great town! Bad weather not a problem either. Many indoor things to photograph. If you like architecture, all types of wildlife & nature, surfing, ponds, lighthouses, incredible beach & coastal photography, IT'S ALL HERE! Do I sound like an adverisment?! Sorry but I have visited Cape May before and it sure is beautiful. I would love to go back there for a visit and learn some photogrphy tips with everyone at the 2007 BetterPhoto Photography Weekend! Thanks for listening.
Debbie


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10/31/2006 11:44:23 AM

 
Martinez Dupaty  
 
 
Chicago , Chicago has everything , Have you been there or seen it ?
it's the city with a heart of Gold .


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10/31/2006 12:31:32 PM

 
Lois Latraverse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2006
  Hi everyone,

Anyone interested in Southeast CT? The Mohegan Sun Casino is a great location. There are many restaurants in all price ranges and free parking. It's situated in the otherwise quiet and scenic area of Preston, CT. It's just a few minutes to Mystic Seaport...lots of photographic opportunities there and in the surrounding areas of Groton and New London. There are state parks, Gillette Castle, and many quaint little towns. The foliage is absolutely beautiful in mid-September to mid-October.

I'd opt for Boston too...great photographic opportunities there too.


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10/31/2006 1:18:00 PM

 
Janet L. Poole   Jim

New York is great. The Smoky Mountain National Park area in North Carolina and Tennessee or the Grandfather Mountain area in North Carolina is better and great for picture taking. It is also a lot cheaper. These areas have the highest mountain peaks on the East Coast nearby.

Janet


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10/31/2006 6:35:35 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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  I just moved from the Mid-West about a year ago and have lived in Chicago and also Michigan. Chicago is a wonderful city, I will say that. But all that is there is the city and anywhere else outside the city is flatlands. I have lived in VA for about a year now (Fredericksburg) and there is an amazing amount of locations around this state that are close to DC for some great shooting opportunities. First, Washington DC is just an amazing city, with wonderful eateries, theater, museums and all the monuments. It has one of the best subway systems in the country! Only a few hours from DC, you can get to Shenandoah National Park in the Appalachians Mountains. And a few hours south of DC are some of the most wonderful historical sites, all that depict the beginnings of our wonderful country. Did you know that 2007 is the 400th anniversary of America's first permanent English settlement, Jamestown? It is a big celebration this coming year! Along the Eastern Shoreline, also only a few hour from DC, is some great places for wildlife photography. There is Chicoteague National Wildlife Refuge where wild horses roam, Kiptopeke State Park which is a major flyway for migratory birds, and Wreck and Bone Island Natural Preserve consisting of dunes, beaches, maritime grasslands, salt flats and salt marsh habitats. DC is also in close vicinity from all the other major cities, such as Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Baltimore. I am thinking too that Washington DC would also be more of a Central location for both the Northern and Southern States. I believe that the DC area has alot to offer and I would recommend it highly, Jim. And since it is the Nation's Capitol, I am sure there are probably some primo convention centers available, too. Well, good hunting and I am looking forward to being able to attend next year's convention!


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10/31/2006 7:28:10 PM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  I'm with the votes for the Chicago area. There is so much to shoot in this area, with a lot of variety! Of course, the city is nice, but I don't shoot there too often. I'm everywhere else in the sumburbs!!! My favorite shooting spot is Morton Arboretum (www.mortonarb.org). I earned a Nature Photography Certificate from there last year. Also Cantigny Park (www.cantignypark.com) is nearby... Robert F. McCormick, first publisher of the Chicago Tribune lived there and it has beautiful formal and informal gardens, the beautifully restored mansion, and a war museum with real tanks on the grounds. Not too far from that is Kline Creek Farm (http://www.dupageforest.com/education/klinecreek.html), which is a working lving history farm with people dressed in period costume. Then there is the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glenview, IL (http://www.chicagobotanic.org), full of beautiful flowers, gardens, waterfalls, including a Japanese Garden and an English Garden. Many of the surrounding Chicago suburbs are full of intersting archhitecture and historical buildings. About 4-5 hours west of Chicago is Galena, a town where history has stopped. All the homes have been restored to the exact way the house was in the 1800's. President Grant's home is there... This only a small part of places I go to shoot in this area... and I shoot about 1000 images/week! Chicago is easy to get to and not as expensive as the east coast. Check out my website to see some photos from these places.


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11/1/2006 11:12:38 AM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  wow Jim... sounds like Chicago might be it!


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11/2/2006 4:58:19 AM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Thanks, Deborah. Forgot to mention great sunrises at Illinois State Beach Park and the nearby marina in Winthop Harbor! And, we have a great state park, Starved Rock, with canyons, near Ottawa IL.

Give me more time and I'll remember more places!!! Don't think a weekend will be long enough!!!


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11/2/2006 5:05:18 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Illinois Beach State Park and Winthrop Harbor are in my neck of the woods.

So, I guess if it's in Chicago...party at my house!


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11/2/2006 5:44:30 AM

 
Irene Troy
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  I don’t know guys – Chicago is nice, but I still vote for New England! Boston has incredible history. The Old North Church; Bunker Hill; The Arnold Arboretum; New England Aquarium; etc. And then there is the North Shore for places like Gloucester (Perfect Storm); Rockport (artist’s dream place); Salem (Witches and history galore) and around where I live, Plum Island and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – considered one of the best birding sites in the US. In September we have the raptor migration with hundreds of hawks and other raptors flying around; also the swallows are mobbing and that is amazing with thousands of swallows in the air. There are also many places both in Boston and in the surrounding areas that offer real opportunities for nature photographers. Oh yeah, we also have whale watches! Final pitch: Boston is actively seeking groups to hold conventions in the city and is offering some pretty good incentives to bring groups to the city. I would suspect that the Boston Convention/Visitors bureau might be able to offer some very good rates for even our smaller type convention. So, there’s my pitch for today!


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11/2/2006 5:48:28 AM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Looks like we have a competition going now!!! Maybe BP can do more summits!!!!

Chicago is still my choice and would be even if I didn't live in the area!


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11/2/2006 5:51:27 AM

 
Judy A. Lawhon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/16/2004
  The Boston area is very expensive, also.....Chicago, here we come!!


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11/2/2006 6:59:36 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  I'll get my house ready...what do you all drink?


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11/2/2006 7:00:34 AM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  I'll help you Margie!!!


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11/2/2006 7:07:30 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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  Count me in for Chicago too!!!!!
There is so much to photograph here!!!


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11/2/2006 8:12:11 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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  Well, here, I'll suggest something else. An awful lot of your folks at BP are in the Midwest because we AREN'T on either coast where everything seems to be held. You're our lifeline to photo stuff because there just isn't so much available to us. Come here.


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11/2/2006 1:21:37 PM

 
Irene Troy
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  It's funny that Boston is considered more expensive than Chicago. I guess it is all what you know. I find Chicago expensive because I do not really know the area and every time I go through the area (which recently is at least several times a year) I have trouble finding a decent and affordable place to stay and to eat. Whatever the choice of place, it will help if one or more people who live in the area can help make suggestions as to places to stay/eat and things to do. Tourist bureaus are great, but there is nothing like a resident (photographer is even better!) to find the real bargins and off the map great spots. Maybe it can be a BP member assignment pre meeting with a discounted fee for those who help plan places for great shooting. Of-course if you want a place where a nature photographer can have a field day ...where I am right now would be fantastic - way Northern Minnesota! What an amazing place! Of-course, getting here is interesting and for those who do not like cold…


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11/2/2006 3:45:38 PM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Hi Irene.... you are indeed in a beautiful area. Was there a year ago and loved it!!! Got some great waterfall shots!!! And, the cold? Well, in my nature photography classes, we were up shooting at -6 degrees at 7 am!!! Got great pix then too!!! And, you do have a good suggestion about finding places to stay, eat, etc. Staying in Chicago is expensive, but there are places in the suburbs that are much more affordable! I never eat in Chicago!!! Stay away from there as much as possible... too crowded. That's why I loved northern Minnesota!


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11/2/2006 3:51:06 PM

 
KV Day
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  I hope there is serious consideration to one on each coast. 5 hours for me to fly east.

I think you should all come to Utah and shoot the canyonlands, Bryce, Zions, Arches, Monument Valley. My sister and I will be tour guides, if nothing else, we will all be laughing.

No matter where its held, sounds like fun.


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11/3/2006 4:57:52 AM

 
Irene Troy
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  Wow, Pat! -6 degrees, not in September in New England, I hope! Right now I am in Northern Minnesota and it is really cold, about 25 today with a stiff wind off Lake Superior. This is a wonderfully beautiful area, and I usually don’t mind the cold, but when I am out at 5:30am trying to capture beaver pics and it is about 9 degrees, well…

You know folks; I see no reason why we could not plan sort of mini-gatherings of BP folks in different areas of the country. A regional convention once a year, planned by the BP staff, is a great idea. However, perhaps the members could plan informal gatherings also. I don’t know what it is like where you live, but despite the fact that I live in area that is full of artists, I find it difficult to meet up with like-minded photographers. I have belonged to a writer’s forum for years. They hold an annual convention, usually in San Francisco or Chicago; however, about three years ago several members decided to hold mini-conventions in their area every 2 years or so. We get together, offer face-to-face support and generally have a blast. There are no classes, as there are at the real convention, but it seems to be helpful to most of us who attend. Anyway, that’s an additional 2 cents worth of opinion for today.

Irene


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11/3/2006 2:00:30 PM

 
Charles J. Kelly   All great suggestions so far...I'f add the Hudson River valley area, West Point (USMA) and north, Chesapeake Bay area, Cape May NJ is unique, Gettysburg battlefield, DC & NYC are great spots but traffic and costs are factors to consider. Good luck !
Chuck J.


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11/6/2006 6:03:11 PM

 
Deb James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2006
  Chicago? Yikes! Nice city, but the traffic!! By the way, for those who said "Chicago is smack dab in the middle of the country"...um not exactly. Kansas and Nebraska are, but not much to shoot there. Okay that will tick someone off...no offense intended though! :)

NYC is great, but expensive...so is D.C. I've always wanted to visit anywhere in New England in the Fall for the autumn colors so I'll vote for any place in New England.

Of course, if you want to have it in Denver, I could drive... :)


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11/8/2006 11:38:42 AM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Deb... I said Chicago area... not in the city... Heck I haven't been in the city since my aunt's funeral... and I had to go!!! Stay out of there whenever I can!!!

Maybe BP, should see which area has more population...


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11/8/2006 11:53:18 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  I would take Chicago suburbs AND the actual city. Both have so much to offer for shots. Even in the city itself, there are neighborhoods like Lincoln Park that offer the zoo, parks, architecture...just to name a few. There is so much more to the city than just the downtown.


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11/8/2006 11:57:31 AM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  COME TO MONTREAL!!! I'll host everyone (ha ha!!!) But seriously folks - I'm so glad to hear you're having one on the East Coast!! I love Boston - not too far a drive - although for this I'd probably go all the way to NYC too! How about Toronto? Can't wait to hear what you decide!!!


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11/8/2006 4:32:40 PM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/17/2003
  I'd vote for New England myself.


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11/8/2006 4:38:43 PM

 
Adrian M. Benson   Boston would be a great choice (I'm just outside 128, so of course I think so!) but shares NYC's problem...i.e. it's realllly expensive. Anywhere in NH or ME would be better if you're considering New England.


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12/1/2006 11:46:28 AM

 
Karen Orr
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  Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for your suggestions for the 3rd Annual BetterPhoto Summit! We appreciate your ideas and are very excited about the program for next year. After careful consideration, we have made a decision on the date and location for 2007. Drum roll please…

3rd Annual BetterPhoto Summit
September 29th & 30th, 2007

Chicago

We will post detailed information on the site after the holidays. For now, I am your official “Summit Sounding Board” for ideas and questions. Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email anytime:

karen@betterphoto.com

I will post frequently asked questions here in The Forum so everyone has the benefit of early bird information. We are looking forward to meeting you all as we take the show on the road!


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12/4/2006 8:23:00 AM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Great!!!! Thank you!!!! See you in September!!!


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12/4/2006 10:24:27 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  WONDERFUL! OK...does this mean you are taking me up on a party at my house?


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12/4/2006 10:33:58 AM

 
Nancy Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/6/2004
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  The Midwest thanks you.

Margie, we are ready to party. We are from Minneapolis.


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12/4/2006 11:03:21 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2003
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  YIPEE!!!!!!!!


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12/4/2006 11:06:52 AM

 
Judy A. Lawhon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/16/2004
  Finally, a good workshop in the midwest!! Margie, I would love to party at your house.....what can I bring? I live in Indy.


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12/4/2006 11:56:44 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  While that is definitely closer for me than the west coast, it turns out to be the weekend of the National Cathedral's 100th birthday celebration... So you know where I'll need to be ;)
(And I'd so like to go to Margie's party, if for no other reason than to photograph glassware with her!!)


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12/4/2006 12:08:00 PM

 
Penny Steiner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/16/2002
  Well I don't know if it definite that it is Chicago, but having lived there for 22 years before we moved, it would be my vote. There are so many areas just in the city itself besides the burbs to shoot. Let's start with the "BEAN" at Millunium Park;Wrigley Field;Marina Towers;Buckingham Fountain;the El;Chicago Theater;the skyline;Sears Tower;Lincoln Park and zoo. And that is just the city. Chicago Botanic Gardens was in my backyard in Glencoe. So if it is in Chicago, I will be really excited and will hopefully be able to attend.


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12/4/2006 12:31:58 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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  Awright!! I'm in. My husband loves Chicago, and he'll have lots to do while I'm photo-involved. Hey, Margie and Judy, I'll be driving in from Missouri and you bet I'll help with the party! I'd really like to plan for more photo time there then just the weekend and hope all you Chicagoites (Chicagoans?) will help out with suggestions. What I don't know is if tours and get-togethers and such have been planned for the other summits for before and after the weekend or how all that works. Mitch


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12/4/2006 1:01:44 PM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Keep in touch with me... I'd be happy to give you suggestions or go out shooting with you or anyone!


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12/4/2006 1:27:07 PM

 
Penny Steiner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/16/2002
  Pat...after all these years being in different parts of the city, do you think we could finally meet and shoot together? That would be really sweet.


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12/4/2006 1:49:33 PM

 
Marcia L. Getto
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  I attended the post-summit tour after this year's summit, and I highly recommend it if the BP team decides to schedule another one. It was great to spend two very full days with Jim Motke and Kerry Drager, as well as Bruce Smith and other photo-holics. The big advantage was that Jim and Kerry knew the Redmond/Seattle area very well and were familiar with the best places for good photo ops, regardless of the weather. So, I'm sure the BP staff will be counting on recommendations from anyone who lives in this area.

And, here's a travel tip from a Milwaukeean -- If the summit hotel is in the northern suburb area, the Milwaukee airport may be a good alternative to flying into O'Hare.


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12/4/2006 1:58:48 PM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Penny... we will definitely meet and go out shooting... pick a place, mf!!!


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12/4/2006 2:00:52 PM

 
Karen Orr
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  Hi everyone!

It's great to feel all the excitement here! We will be considering another Post Summit Tour and do welcome your suggestions. Marcia is right - it's more challenging to plan this from afar so hearing from the locals really helps. This year, we will post details very early so that you can all plan well ahead. Stay tuned!

karen@betterphoto.com


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12/5/2006 7:08:29 AM

 
Leigh Lopez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/1/2006
  I would agree with two summits a year.

Chicago or Boston would be great for me and my wife.

May I also suggest having mini summits throughout the year in different locations.


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12/7/2006 8:59:15 AM

 
Jack Diamond
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  Washington, DC would be IDEAL.

Three airports.
Accommodations in every price range.
Monuments and historic sites. Urban and Countryside, Chesapeake Bay, Mountains, etc. All within 1 hour of DC.

"Come on down!!"


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12/10/2006 6:20:03 AM

 
Randall Randall Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/13/2004
  Only let's be practical for the post-summit shoot. Let's go somewhere that the weather will most likely be good for the shoot. I went on the shoot in Seattle, we had gray overcast sky. I would like to attend the shoot again...but with favorable conditions


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12/11/2006 11:22:38 PM

 
Marcia L. Getto
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2004
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  Yes, we had overcast skies, rain, and mist...and a little sun. But the situation pushed me to keep shooting in an environment where I would not have otherwise experienced. And that's what's so great about going somewhere unfamiliar! (Thank goodness for hotel shower caps!)

If anyone would like to attend a 3-day winter photography workshop in January in northern Wisconsin, I'd be glad to send you the link. :-)


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12/12/2006 11:30:39 AM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Marcia - I'd be interested in hearing about the workshop. I will be doing a writing job on the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota sometime either in January or February and am looking for other activities in that general area. Let me know what this workshop is about - thanks!
Irene


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12/12/2006 12:34:05 PM

 
Patricia A. Cale
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  Marcia... send me the link too!

Thanks, Pat


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12/12/2006 4:43:52 PM

 
Marcia L. Getto
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2004
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  Here's the link --

https://www.peninsulaartschool.com/Photography.html

Hope to see you there!

M.


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12/12/2006 6:11:34 PM

 
George Schaub
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  OK I'm going to throw another hat in the ring. A betterphoto cruise. Alaska out of Seattle would be exciting.


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12/13/2006 4:11:33 AM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  OH WOW! Now that would be something! I'm not really "into" cruises; however, the cruise from Seattle to Alaska is very near the top of my "must do" list. Just think of the photo ops for that one! Maybe this could be planned for next year???


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12/13/2006 5:34:46 AM

 
Randall Randall Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/13/2004
  Hi Marcia,
How are you? I am still going off the energy from the summit and post summit shoot. I wonder how every one else is doing?
Do you plan on going on the post summit & shoot next time. If so I will see you there.
rrj


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12/13/2006 9:51:38 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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  A cruise sounds great, George, and I would love to go to Alaska! In fact, it's always been my dream to see the glaciers. However, aren't Alaskan cruises a little pricey? It may not be the best option for those who may need to watch the pennies. I do believe that Carribean Cruises tend to fare a little better when it concerns price and there are lots of options concerning where to go. All in all, I think this is a great idea--for one thing, the food on a cruise is fantastic! Atmosphere festive! And calls of ports could be looked at for the best photographic opportunities.

On another note, I grew up in the Chicago area, have been there several times and know that it's a wonderful city! Great food, museums, zoos; it's just fun to walk around in! I have very warm memories of my times there. So, I am looking forward to possibly making the summit this next year. And for making it to one of those parties I keep reading about, Margie! Let's go!

Now, for the next summit after Chicago, I would still like to make one more pitch for the D.C. area. Most of the museums, the zoo, Arlington cemetary, cathedrals, botanical gardens are free to the general public. Not to mention Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Chinatown, and Alexandria. And also, all the great architecture this city has to offer! There is something for any photo enthusiast!

My own experience in D.C. has not found the price for anything (from hotels to food) to being any higher than what Chicago has. Especially if you get a hotel in the Arlington-Alexandria area. In fact, because there are so many free things to do in D.C., it can really make a trip affordable. It's also fairly easy to get around the city, too. Most of the hotels offer free transport to the nearest subway station (which makes a stop at Reagan International Airport) and one low price will get you a daily subway pass anywhere you want to go (including all the above locations mentioned).

Out of the city, there are mountains to the west and Baltimore (an hour away) and the ocean to the east. If you want a Post Summit destination, New York City is only a four hour drive away. In fact, there are bus tours to New York City that make the trip daily for about $35 round trip (I do believe that's how much it is to take the taxi ride from O'Hara Airport to get into the city of Chicago). The weather in this area, for the most part, tends to be great, too! All in all, I honestly don't think it would not be a disappointment to anyone to come to D.C. and take in all this wonderful place has to offer in photographic opportunities!

Springtime is especially wonderful in the D.C. area, due to the Cherry Blossoms, magnolias, dogwoods, and other blooming spring flowers. Has a Springtime Summit ever been thought about? One that would coincide with the public school's spring breaks?


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12/13/2006 11:52:01 AM

 
stacey c. damon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/12/2004
  Maine in September...southern Maine...not expensive, full of photo opps with the coast, woods, wildlife, artist and people, art gallery's/museums-I can go on and on...WE have it all here!! Please come!! LOL


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12/30/2006 12:03:15 PM

 
Susan Brown
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/18/2000
  Ok...I'm voting for Boston. But my heart would say east coast Canada.


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1/3/2007 3:59:28 PM

 
Joe Barrett   I would like to vote for Cape May, NJ also. I agree with Deborah C, there are so many photographic opportunities. I don't think anyone will be disappointed if that's the destination.


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1/8/2007 12:00:23 AM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  3rd Annual BetterPhoto Summit
September 29th & 30th, 2007

Chicago


(See Karen's message above)...
No more voting on cities - now it's time to plan the parties!


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1/8/2007 3:11:37 AM

 
Jessica L. Blackburn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/27/2006
  Atlanta is a BEAUTIFUL city! =P I'd really like to attend this year wherever it is.


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1/10/2007 10:23:01 AM

 
Christopher Delaney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/17/2006
  Was Chicago decided to be the place for th BP weekend? Just joined 2 months ago, but I feel like ive been hear forever! I look forward to waking up now and seeing the photo of the day. I beleive by the time the BP weekend comes around I would like to attend if its not limited to finalist or winners? Could anyone tell me more about it? Thanks.


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1/10/2007 1:07:23 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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  Chris--I am fairly sure it is open to any member that wants to attend. Sounds really fun and Chicago ought to be great! We've all been just pondering where the next one will be after the one in September 2007. I'm not sure about the logistics as to the weekend as I couldn't attend this past years. Maybe some of those who have been could fill us in on what they are like. Anyone willing to help us out?


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1/10/2007 7:27:49 PM

 
Karen Orr
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  Welcome to BetterPhoto Chris! We are so pleased that you are starting your day the BetterPhoto way ;) We’re also excited that we may be able to meet you, along with other BP members, at the 3rd Annual BetterPhoto Summit in Chicago.

Happy New Year to everyone else here as well!

There has been a lot of input on the location for this year’s Summit since 2007 is the first year we are taking the show on the road. We have decided to hold the event in Chicago at the beautiful Westin O’Hare. We chose the Westin for the convenience to O’Hare for our international and out of town members, as well as accessibility to suburbs and downtown Chicago. We are also very excited about the Westin’s many amenities and special event space that will enhance the Summit experience for all of you!

Also, in case you didn’t see this promotion yet, we are offering free admission to the Summit with enrollment in any of our ClassTracks™ We will be sending out information soon to secure your spot at the Summit as well as a fantastic rate at the Westin.

To avoid any confusion, I am going to start a new discussion thread about this fantastic Photography Weekend that is open to the public. Everyone is welcome and early bird registration will be open very soon. Once again, thank you all for your suggestions and offers to help – you are a great group and I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful weekend again this year.
Karen Orr
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1/11/2007 10:48:22 AM

 
Christopher Delaney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/17/2006
  Thanks Karen! As long as the weekend does not conflict with my timeshare weekend I will most likley attend! I just bought into one and I am still waiting for my info on it!


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1/11/2007 11:11:18 AM

 
Marcia L. Getto
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2004
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  The dates are September 29th and 30th, 2007. I attended the Seattle summit last year, and I highly recommend it. Not only do you get a chance to network with many other photographers at every skill level, but you get to meet many of BP's instructors and experience their various styles of photography and presentation. This is also a great chance to meet the BP staff who makes this all happen. I came home with a notebook chock full of great ideas and new contacts. I'd also highly recommend the post-summit shoot if BP decides to do it again. Jim Motke and Kerry Draeger bussed us around to their favorite photo op places in the Seattle area. In spite of the typical Seattle weather, we had numerous opportunities to try out the new techniques we learned during the conference. It was definitely worth the investment.

Marcia Messman-Getto, Cedarburg, WI

(Karen, you can send the check to my home address. :-) )


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1/11/2007 11:39:21 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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  Thanks, Marcia, for your input on the Seattle summit. At this time, I am planning on attending and am really excited about meeting the people and instructors from BP.

And Karen, I am so glad that the location was chosen in consideration of the vicinity to O'Hare. Especially for those who may get into O'Hare during late hours. I once traveled to Chicago through O'Hare and arrived there very late. It was not a fun experience trying to get into the city at that late hour. So, I really do appreciate the thought that went into setting summit close to the airport.


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1/11/2007 3:44:11 PM

 
Karen Orr
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  Hi Everyone,

In case you haven't seen it yet, the 3rd Annual BetterPhoto Photography Conference (formerly known as the Summit) is open for enrollment! Save $60 with early registration here:
http://www.betterphoto.com/conference.asp

If you have taken a course with us, you will qualify for special discounts - watch your email for an exciting promotion!

See you in Chicago!
Karen
Karen@betterphoto.com


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2/19/2007 1:50:13 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  So, where are the hoorahs, the accolades, the stories from Summit 2007 attendees????????????????


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9/30/2007 5:10:31 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  Bob, we are just now getting back to reality as the summit ended about 2 1/2 hours ago. I live in Chicago, and attended the summit, but unfortunetly am so wiped out that my "full" comments will come in more detail tomorrow when I am much more awake.

However, let me quickly say, even as tired as I am I'm standing on my chair screaming a HUGE hoorah and thanks to ALL of the BP staff for a wonderful weekend. (And trust me, that probably wouldn't make a pretty picture...me standing on my chair screaming...LOL!) I had a fantastic time!

More to come!


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9/30/2007 5:34:25 PM

 
Marcia L. Getto
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2004
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  The conference was fantastic, but like Margie, I'm (happily) brain dead tonight. And, congrats to Margie for your winning photo!


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9/30/2007 5:47:02 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  Thanks, Marcia!


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10/1/2007 4:58:08 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I haven't been to any of the summits either, but if it was in Nashville, you can sign me up right now.....or how about somewhere around the Blue Ridge Parkway area...Asheville, maybe?


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10/1/2007 6:11:20 AM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
  My vote goes to Charleston South Carolina. Great old town and lots of beaches plus it's close to me ;-)

Asheville isn't too far either but I'd rather go to the beach than the mountains :-)


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10/1/2007 5:27:11 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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  Asheville or Charlotte. Both are great places! I would go to either. I love Charleston, too! So, any of these on the list would be great. I like both the mountains and the beach--hard for me to choose sometime. I really do hope they will do an east coast summit next year. It would be especially inviting to those who live in the European countries.


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10/1/2007 9:52:25 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Did I miss something? Wasn't this past weekends summit in Chicago? My vote, hands down, is Washington DC. But the other places sound good, too.


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10/1/2007 9:55:42 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  Yes, Sherry, the summit was this past weekend, and in Chicago. I think everyone is voting for next year's summit!


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10/2/2007 4:57:38 AM

 
Lois Latraverse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2006
  My husband and I are very interested in attending the 2008 summit. New York City would provide not only wonderful photo opportunities but may be the draw that brings in a greater attendance. For a more natural site, the Lake George area is beautiful at this time of year and offers convention lodging at all price ranges. It is a picturesque area.


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10/2/2007 6:06:18 AM

 
Girish Vaghela
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  Where can I see conference-2007 contest entries and winners?


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10/3/2007 7:26:17 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  They haven't been posted yet. From what I understand this as well as handouts should be posted.


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10/3/2007 7:38:01 AM

 
Karen Orr
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  Hi Everyone - thanks for updating everyone Margie - it was great to see you in Chicago!

We are home from a fantastic time at the 3rd Annual BetterPhoto Summit! It was well worth the effort to “take the show on the road” and fabulous to meet those of you who could come to Chicago! We are working to get some pictures up as soon as possible. We will email all attendees a link to the Summit archive page when it goes live and post a new thread as well.
More to come soon!
Karen Orr
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10/3/2007 8:05:45 AM

 
Susan Patton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/1/2004
  I'm glad to hear the BetterPhoto team made it home. A big thank you Karen to you and the rest of the crew for an indescribably fantastic weekend. Thank you again for moving east and making the trip easier for some of us east coasters. Can't wait to see the pictures.


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10/3/2007 9:51:28 AM

 
Sanaz Fahimi   Hello Jim,
it was a great summit this year in Chicago. I really enjoyed and I have learned alot from all of you. a huge thank you to you Jim for putting this to meet all of the photographers. I also enjoyed the live critique which was amazing and big help for me.
I am from Northern Virgnia and I would suggest DC area or NYC....
so, hope you make DC as your Decision!!!
how about WESTCOAST? ARE YOU PLANNING anything soon in California?

THANK YOU ALL!

Sanaz


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10/7/2007 9:29:54 PM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Hi everyone,

I have some great news for you...

So many BetterPhoto members have emailed us, expressing their wishes that we do a BP Summit this year... we're going to do Summit!

Where: Monterey, California (how's that for West Coast, Sanaz?)

When: October 25th, 2008 (plus optional workshop day on Sunday the 26th)

Who: Jim Zuckerman, Vik Orenstein, Lewis Kemper, Sean Arbabi, Ibarionex Perello, Kerry Drager, yours truly... and YOU! ;)

I wanted to give a first peek to all of you good friends and previous Summit attendees. Here's the link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/Conference.asp

We have great speakers, a beautiful location, a fun post-Summit workshop, a bargain of a price... and it gets even better. Sign up this month to get a $20 discount on the already low price.

I'm so excited because this Summit is going to be the best yet! I already can't wait.

Looking forward to the possibility of seeing you in California,

Jim Miotke


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8/14/2008 4:51:04 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
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  Wish I could make it this year, but unfortunetly too far for me to travel this year. Enjoy the summit!


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8/14/2008 4:55:51 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  I'll be there !! Wait a minute...I LIVE there....errrr...here.
M.


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8/15/2008 5:28:13 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/30/2007
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  Mark! Can't wait to meet you face to face :) Your posts are such fun to read. Leslie


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