Smile for the camera

A look into the Snap Happy Photography Club

By Erika Walker
On October 10, 2014

If you have a love for the camera, whether it be in front of or behind it, ASU’s Snap Happy Photography Club, also known as SHPC, may just be the organization for you.

SHPC is a club in which students can learn the fundamentals of photography in both theory and practice.

The goal of the club is not to just have its members learn about photography, but to provide and stimulate leadership among all people, serve as a campus clearinghouse for information pertinent to students, faculty, and staff interested in photography, stimulate creative and experimental techniques for photography, enhance the role of student photography for the campus community and more.

“What we do in the SHPC is take pictures of events on campus, train students in becoming better photographers and models and bring together a community of individuals who share this interest and passion,” Adriana Ibarra, president of SHPC, said. “We are looking for anyone and everyone interested in this line of work. We enjoy different models of all shapes and sizes, people at different levels of photographic experience and all forms of photography. “

The club has been active for a little over a year now, and was founded in Sept. 2013 by Ibarra.

She said that the members truly are the driving force behind the club because without their creativity and dedication to SHPC, the club would not be at ASU for its second year.

“We started out small and are growing more than I had ever dreamed and I am very proud to be the President,” Ibarra said.

“It was started as a way to bring people together to share this love of photography, this art form of capturing something beautiful in a split second. Also to improve the college experience by showing students all of the wonderful things that happen at ASU,” Ibarra said.

Being a member of the club can also be extremely beneficial for anyone pursuing a career in photography or modeling.

“The club benefits its members by providing an environment that presents multiple opportunities to train in the craft that is photography,” Ibarra said. “They get a chance to learn how to direct models, the ins and outs of DSLR cameras and they have a chance to showcase their work on our Facebook page to get their names and work out in the world.”

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