Thank you for your interest in GMS Photography Club! We are so happy to lead GMS into our fifth year, as we have lots of new things planned for our photographers!
About GMS Photography Club: Our club is part of a larger non-profit organization called “i.imagine,” which provides photography education after school programs to students in NKY and Cincinnati. Shannon Eggleston is the founder of i.imagine and teaches the GMS class.
Class Description: Each class will touch on three basic principles. First: the fundamentals of photography. We pack a lot of science, technology, math, and of course art into our instruction, helping the students get familiar with the cameras and start to take good photographs. Second: the artistry of photography. We discuss how the human eye is naturally drawn to particular artistic elements and help the students develop their own artistic vision. Third: social issues. Every class will cover a relevant social issue facing teens, exploring how these issues and the emotions/feelings they generate can become stories told through photographs, rather than words.
GMS Photography Club is a judgement-free zone. It’s impossible to feel free to create and express yourself if you feel that others might criticize you. We are a family of photographers that focus on the beauty in the photos we take, and more importantly, who we are as human beings.
Meeting Date/Location/Time: Students that are brand new to GMS Photography Club will join our "Juniors" class, which meets right after school in the library from 2:40 - 3:30pm every Wednesday from September until early May. Students that have participated actively in our club in the past have the opportunity to move up to the "Seniors" group, which also meets in the library on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30pm. If your child is a "Senior," they are more than welcome to stay after school during the "Juniors" class and quietly work on homework or even lend a hand to our new students.
Parent/Student Communication: Primary communication will come via email. I will use an app called "Band" to communicate directly with your child and others students. Students will receive an invite to the band app via email.
Cost: GMS Photography Club is broken into two sessions throughout the school year. The first session starts at the beginning of the school year and ends in December. The second session begins in early January and ends in early May. Each session costs $75, which includes exhibition supplies and prints, camera equipment, exhibition venue fees, and grand opening reception refreshments. The total cost for the year, if you participate in both sessions, is $150. Cost will never be the reason that your child can’t participate. Please contact Shannon Eggleston or Mr. Novak and we will confidentially accommodate your needs. Students can turn money in to me during our regular photography club instructor during the first three weeks of class. Please make checks payable to "Gray Middle School."
Do I need to bring my own camera? If you have a DSLR camera, I highly encourage you to allow your child to use it! We will cover care and maintenance, and your child will likely be able to teach you how to get the most out of your camera. If you don’t have a DSLR camera, no worries! We have camera kits available for your child to borrow, which they’ll get to keep at home and take on trips. There is no additional cost to borrow.
There are many different brands and models. The most important element for our class is that your camera has “manual exposure.” If you have questions about this, contact Shannon Eggleston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (859) 801-1045.
How do I sign my child up? You can enroll right here on our website!
Thank you for sharing your child with us! We are so excited for another great year of GMS Photography Club!
Gray Middle School Photography Club
Minor Release Form
I hereby authorize i.imagine, Inc., to publish photographs taken between 10/5/2020 and 5/30/2021 (as part of i.imagine’s photography education outreach program) by the minor child or children listed below, as well as their first names and likenesses, for use in the i.imagine’s print, online and video-based marketing materials, photo book, exhibitions, as well as any other of its publications.
I hereby release and hold harmless i.imagine, Inc. from any reasonable expectation of privacy or confidentiality for myself and for the minor child and children listed below associated with the images specified above. Further, I attest that I am the parent or legal guardian of the child or children listed below and that I have full authority to consent and authorize i.imagine, Inc. to use their likenesses and names.
I further acknowledge that participation is voluntary and that neither I nor the minor child or minor children will receive present or future financial compensation of any type associated with the taking or publication of these photographs or participation in company marketing materials, photo books, exhibitions or other i.imagine, Inc. publications. I acknowledge and agree that publication of the photographs confers no rights of ownership or royalties whatsoever on me, the minor child or minor children.
I hereby release i.imagine,Inc., its contractors, its employees and any third parties involved in the creation or publication of its publications, from liability for any claims by me or any third party in connection with my participation or the participation of the minor children listed below.
Permission to Borrow Camera Form
Agreement to Borrow Equipment Release of Liability
I will be borrowing the following equipment from i.imagine, Inc., for the purpose of i.imagine’s photography education enrichment school programs.
The rental Period of my equipment is from 10/13/20 - 5/25/2020. I understand that it is my responsibility to pick up the equipment, and return it to the same location at the end of the rental period unless otherwise agreed by both parties. I agree to return the equipment to i.imagine, Inc. in the same condition that it was in on the day I rented it, normal wear and tear expected.
I understand that there is no charge for the rental of the equipment, however, in the event that the equipment is lost or destroyed during my rental period, I agree to replace the equipment at my own expense. Also, if the equipment is damaged during my rental period, I agree to have the equipment fixed or replaced within 30 days.
I understand that i.imagine, Inc. is not warranting that the equipment is fit for use or for any particular person, and that I am solely responsible for the selection of the equipment.
Camera kit valued at: __$200___
I HEREBY RELEASE FROM LIABILITY AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS i.imagine, Inc. AND ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR VOLUNTEERS REPRESENTING OR RELATED TO i.imagine, Inc., FOR ANY LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR POSSESSION OF THE EQUIPMENT.