Class and Tutorial FAQs


(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)

Can I bring a guest / date / significant other?

The restaurant's meeting room is just small enough for those who RSVP.  Please do not bring adds.

Do I have to eat at the restaurant?

The meeting room fee is based on food sales.  If you choose not to eat, bring an additional $10 with you (cash) to contribute to pay for the room use.

I had an emergency / my fish tank went green / I have to change my RSVP.  / I had to no-show / I need a refund.

We always expect people not to show up for various reasons.  Life happens.  Unfortunately we have to pay for your seat if you are there or not.  Refunds are not available for this event.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

Please change your RSVPs with plenty of time for someone on the waiting list to attend.  RSVP changes with less than 24 hours notice will be considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely.  The more people on the waiting list, the more likely we will repeat the event.  Also, many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list moves rather fast.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope.  Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please.  Also, make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group.  That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

Do I need to bring my camera?

Never hurts to bring your camera to a camera event.

Do I "really" need to pay?

This class will also be taught on our Mayan Photography Cruise in November.  If you are paid up on that cruise, please email me after you RSVP, you will not need to pay twice.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No.  The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis.  Please respect the RSVP list.  Unexpectedly showing up creates havoc and confusion of epic proportions that usually lead to being marked as a 'no-show' even though you didn't RSVP.

I was on the "List" yesterday, but I just got an email saying I've been removed!

HPW does not require people to instantly pay to secure their initial RSVP.  This gives folks the ability to quickly RSVP for a spot, even if they are on a smart phone and cannot paypal the funds.  However, we do like to see the money within 24 hours.  After 24 hours, if your RSVP isn't paid, we hand your spot to someone on the waiting list.  (NOTE: I'm flexible.  If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot.)

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope.  I love you like family.  And just like family, I hate drama.  The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted.  Its the only fair way.

I have a complant and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email.  If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP.  The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me.

I want to post a complaint in open-air comments!

Long time members will tell you, I respond to unfriendly or cranky public comments in the sharpest way imaginable.  My apologies for offending you in advance.  I suggest you email me complaints directly; I tend to be less over-reactive when I'm not responding to the entire group.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event.  I don't understand what to do next.

No problem.  A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates".  This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup.  If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal.  What are my options?

Start using paypal.  Unfortunately people who pay "when I get there" rarely show up.  RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment.  Paypal is a big part of how we manage this group.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here:

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really.  I wrote it and didn't bother reading it.  But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link: "How do I contact an organizer?"

I can't attend.  Will you be recording the event and making it available?

This is a social photography group, so we try to do everything while actually rubbing elbows.  However if there are enough people on the waiting list, I'm happy to do repeats of most classes and photowalk location visits.

Can I record the event?  Can I scan the hand outs and send it to my friends?

Well, that wouldn't be too friendly.  We can't be cranky about people stealing our images and reuse them while stealing someone else's voice and documents, right?  A lot of work and effort goes into any class, book, and instruction materials.  Don't rob me.  :)


Joe is a User Experience Engineer, Front End Specialist and Application Developer for Bridgeway Software, Inc and part-time consultant for NGO and non-profit organizations in the Houston area. Joe is also a part-time Portrait Photographer at and organizer of the photography club. He and his wife Marty run the Support and Playdate group.













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