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sandi croanSeeing creatively before and after (7:30 PM EDT)
Sandi Croan is an independent photographer from Centreville who has been living in Northern Virginia since 1978. She specializes in landscape, nature, and travel photography with an eye for capturing the unique and creating fine art for homes and offices. Sandi has won numerous competitions and awards for her fine art photographs including: Photographer of the Year and Print of the Year numerous times as well as Versatile Photographer of the Year at Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS); 1st Place at the 2016 Art Space Herndon Fine Art Photography Exhibit, 2nd Place at Reston Artists PhotoArt 2015, Best Landscape and People's Choice awards at Nature Visions Photography Expo; and Best in Show and 2nd Place at the juried Meadowlark Photo Expo in Vienna, VA. Her images have been selected to be put on permanent display at the Fair Oaks Hospital Cancer Center, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. She has been juried into numerous art shows including; the prestigious VisArts of Rockville Exhibitions, Fairfax County Council of the Arts Show (Unlocked), and The Fraser Gallery International Photography Exhibition, Art Space Herndon Fine Art Photography Exhibit as well as many others. Sandi was a featured artist in Elan Magazine, and her photograph “Blue Lagoon” was on the cover. She has also had photographs published in other local and national magazines. Sandi has sold many of her photographs to private, corporate and government clients, and does shows for businesses and other local events. In addition, Sandi has recently/or currently is displaying her art at Broadway Gallery, The Blue Iguana restaurant in Fairfax, Meadowlark Gardens, Cub Run Recreation Center, Trummers on Main Street Restaurant, and the Fairfax County Government Center. Sandi has been an active member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2004 and has served in a variety of board positions since 2005. She served as President delete
April Field Trip: FREE Nature Photography Workshop at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (6:30 AM EDT)
Tom Stovall, Resident Photographer in Nature & Landscapes at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia will lead the workshop. The gardens will have a special early opening that day at 6:30 am. Members are welcome to meet early and photograph in the soft early morning light. Tom will begin his presentation at 8:45 am. Members are encouraged to email 1-2 nature images to kswoboda2421 at gmail.com to share at the meeting for feedback. Please send images by Sunday, April 8. Cost: The workshop is FREE but entry to Meadowlark is $5.00 or $2.50 for 55 years plus. Where: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA When: Sunday, April 15, 8:45am. Meet at the visitors center at 6:30 am if you wish to photograph early. Tom Stovall will speak at 8:45. Stay after the talk and photograph the gardens with Tom and other members. Who: All VPS members are invited to hear Tom Stovall, Resident Photographer in Nature & Landscapes at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. See Tom’s website at www.tomstovall.com. You must be a member of Vienna Photographic Society to attend this event. Why: Improve your photography and learn about Meadowlark Gardens from its resident photographer. Learn about typical camera settings Tom uses based on the subject. He will give details on how he gets certain images. Learn more about opportunities for nature photography in the DMV.  Get feedback from Tom on 1-2 of your nature images, please email them by April 8 to kswoboda2421 at gmail.com. See Tom’s website at www.tomstovall.com. delete
Club Comp. monthly themes: Things that Fly; Photojournalism 7:30 pm
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Competition Judge Sandy Croan (7:30 PM EDT)
Sandi Croan Sandi Croan is an independent photographer from Centreville who has been living in Northern Virginia since 1978. She specializes in landscape, nature, and travel photography with an eye for capturing the unique and creating fine art for homes and offices. Sandi has won numerous competitions and awards for her fine art photographs including: Photographer of the Year and Print of the Year numerous times as well as Versatile Photographer of the Year at Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS); 1st Place at the 2016 Art Space Herndon Fine Art Photography Exhibit, 2nd Place at Reston Artists PhotoArt 2015, Best Landscape and People's Choice awards at Nature Visions Photography Expo; and Best in Show and 2nd Place at the juried Meadowlark Photo Expo in Vienna, VA. Her images have been selected to be put on permanent display at the Fair Oaks Hospital Cancer Center, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. She has been juried into numerous art shows including; the prestigious VisArts of Rockville Exhibitions, Fairfax County Council of the Arts Show (Unlocked), and The Fraser Gallery International Photography Exhibition, Art Space Herndon Fine Art Photography Exhibit as well as many others. Sandi was a featured artist in Elan Magazine, and her photograph “Blue Lagoon” was on the cover. She has also had photographs published in other local and national magazines. Sandi has sold many of her photographs to private, corporate and government clients, and does shows for businesses and other local events. In addition, Sandi has recently/or currently is displaying her art at Broadway Gallery, The Blue Iguana restaurant in Fairfax, Meadowlark Gardens, Cub Run Recreation Center, Trummers on Main Street Restaurant, and the Fairfax County Government Center. Sandi has been an active member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2004 and has served in a variety of board positions since 2005. She serv delete
Monthly Theme - Photojournalism (7:30 PM EDT)
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Monthly Theme - Things That Fly (7:30 PM EDT)
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Open Digital (7:30 PM EDT)
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Newsletter Deadline (but earlier submissions preferred)
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Open Prints - April
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April Forum (7:30 PM EDT)
Abstract photography & Creative Challenge (May digital Art theme) delete
laura goyer studio photography (7:30 PM EDT)
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laura goyertips and tricks on portrait photography (7:30 PM EDT)
Welcome to Laura Goyer Photography
The best parts of being a photographer to me are creating tangible artifacts of emotion and the preservation of those individual glimpses. In photographs, you can live moments over again, savor details lost and even include others in your memory with such rich visual reminders that they can imagine (or believe) they were there.  My children never really knew my Mother in the way I had hoped; she died when my oldest was an infant. But, we celebrate my Mother’s birthday every year. We sing, eat cake, and share the few pictures and many stories of her life. At one celebration, my heart was filled with joy when my youngest asked “how old was I again, when your Mom died?” He has a real relationship with her, built through the images and stories we share.  I’ve had a camera around my neck for most of my life. For 25 years it hung alongside a stethoscope. While my tools have changed, my focus remains: combining keen observation, deep interest and compassion, and long-practiced skills to create catalysts for stories. The majority of my work is people and places (and water, but there is no market in that for me, yet). The images I love best involve unscripted, spontaneous moments captured as they evolve naturally either at events or portrait sessions.   As a visual storyteller part of my job is to stand back, a delete


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