August Meeting Notes and Upcoming Happenings…

August Meeting Summary:

Emily Naff led an outstanding summer reading book discussion of David Ulrich’s Zen Camera.  One of the quotes she used to get our conversation rolling was early in the book: “Creativity, like Zen, can make us more present, awake and alive.” Through the following candid discussions of these ideas and of example photos some had sent in ahead of time, we learned where some of us feel more Zen/creative, how we consider “mistakes”, and how we can be open for “luck.”

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Call for Submissions – Gordon Jewish Community Center Exhibition

Call for SNAP Submissions – 2019|Annual JCC Show

SNAP would like to invite each of our active members to submit entries for our annual JCC show, to be held at the Gordon Jewish Community Center ( on Percy Warner Blvd during the month of October. See more about eligibility below. This has traditionally been a major exhibition for SNAP each year, so we want to encourage everyone to participate.

Theme: There is no “theme” for this show, but the JCC can reject photos with images of full-frontal nudity, violent subject matter, and religious symbolism. They are looking for “family friendly” images. Past shows have highlighted a broad variety of subjects and styles. Continue reading

Call for SNAP Submissions – 2019 HOTEL PRESTON | “Sense of Connections”

SNAP invites each of you who are currently active members to submit entries for our annual Hotel Preston show, to be held August – December 2019. This venue encourages artistic creativity within the bounds of “family friendly” photography. The theme described more fully below will be “Sense of Connections,” building on the 2018 show, “Sense of Place,” but from a broader perspective. Be sure and read the description carefully to see what the juror and the hotel are looking for with this show. Continue reading

Upcoming May Meeting and Summer Reading…

Great meeting coming up in a couple of weeks:  May 28, 6:30-8:00, AMANDA MCCADAMS -Prospering as a Photographer through Social Media.

 see  Her topic, will be richly grounded and informative for all.  Plus she’s another fun speaker!

May 28 6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingAmanda McCadams – Prospering as a Photographer through Social Media

And thanks for everyone’s input re our book we’re reading this summer.  There were 4 top contenders, which our esteemed Discussion Leader Emily Naff reviewed – all looked worthwhile, and may be contenders for next summer, but here’s what we’re reading now (before August 20th meeting – yes, that’s a 3rd Tuesday, but need to schedule around Emily’s teaching schedule): Continue reading

March Meeting and Calendar…

We thank Audrey Molloy for a most stimulating evening last week, hearing about contemporary trends in photography.  Detailed notes are below and attached.  Please mark your calendars for all the events in the calendar, but especially:

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 – Beth Gorham, curator for NSCC current show

THURSDAY, April 25, 6:00 – Frist guided tour on Dorothea Lange’s work (different date!  different time!!).  We’ll do a sign up sheet in March. Continue reading

Monthly Meeting Reminder…


Next Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-8:00, we’re delighted to have Audrey Molloy join us to talk about Trends in Contemporary Photography/Visual Storytelling. Audrey is not only a photographer but also an arts writer, independent educator, and critic currently based in Nashville.


>> ALSO, remember to bring a few prints of your current work/projects to share informally with the group – a chance to get feedback and share ideas.

Good news – Beth Gorham, the curator for our current show at Nashville State Community College, will be able to speak with us at our March meeting (3/26). Plus, the show will remain on display at their art gallery in the “H” Building through March 27th. Dates to pick up your work are Thursday/Friday, March 28 & 29, from 8:00 – 5:00.

Jerry Park will be speaking to us about his new book and publishing this summer.

Finally, the Frist outing for April has been confirmed – mark your calendar for Thursday, April 25th, at 6:00pm (different day, different time). More details/sign-up to follow.

Reminder from Emily…



Just a reminder to everyone that SNAP will not have a November meeting, AND that our December meeting is on a different date/time.

Monday, Dec 10 6:30 – 8:00 Holiday Gathering, at TECA –will include our traditional Dirty Santa photo swap, as well as potluck food and beverages..  For all ACTIVE snap members. 

Address:  2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.  Park out front in visitor’s lot, or around to the side/back where the TECA has private parking which is okay after 5:30.  Entrance to the building is at the front, at the visitor’s lot. Avoid any parking spots with the neighbor design company’s signs.

More about the holiday gathering:  We welcome everyone who has been coming to SNAP meetings, even if this is your first year to start participating with us.


* Food and/or drinks to share  (SNAP will provide paper goods, cups, utensils – but if your dish needs a serving spoon/fork/knife, please bring that as well)

* Food  – it always works out that there is a great assortment of appetizer/finger foods, “main” and “side” dishes, and desserts – just bring whatever you’d like to share and it will work out.

* Beverages – adult beverages as well as non-alcoholic drinks are needed; it seems that “enough” people seem to bring  drinks so that it pretty much always works out in this department too.

* One great photo, wrapped or in an envelope, with nothing to identify the photographer

* The photos are piled on a table for a swap.  Each of us who brings a photo gets a number, and gets to pick a random photo – which, in the Dirty Santa Swap style, may get “stolen,” in which case you get to pick another photo, and so forth and so on.  Rules will be more clear when you are there.  The point is, everyone who brings a photo gets to go home with a photo by someone else.

* What do we mean by a “great” photo?  Bring one of your best photos which not only is a good example of your best work, but which has also been printed nicely.  You don’t need to mat it, and you certainly shouldn’t frame it. It should be at least 8×10 in size.


Fri, Dec 7 Last day to get Tamra a portrait photo (see discussion below)
Bill Lund - Mikenzi

Bill Lund – Mikenzi

Finally, don’t forget about the portrait challenge!  Those on our Portrait Panel last month challenged the rest of us to get out of our comfort zone and take portraits between now and our holiday meeting in early Decembr.  We accepted!  So, send Tamra Stallings a jpeg with ONE portrait before December 7th.  While you’re at it, send her your Instagram account name so we can extend your/our followers: .  These will be posted on our Instagram account, and compiled to show during the party.