Yampa Valley Photography Club offers gift to community

Audrey Dwyer
Danny, Mindy, Lleyton and Deegan Tea smile for their holiday photo that will be an example of the photography session available by the Yampa Valley Photography club this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Courtesy Photo

If You Go...

What: The Gift of Photographs from the Yampa Valley Photography Club

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

Where: Near Bank of the West, 555 Lincoln Ave.

— When asked what makes a good photo, local photographer Danielle Zimmerer said it’s those snapshots of a candid moment that capture spontaneity and genuine expressions.

“When people are natural or comfortable and interacting — not overanalyzing their smiles or poses — that’s when the photo comes across as genuine,” Zimmerer said.

If You Go…

What: The Gift of Photographs from the Yampa Valley Photography Club

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

Where: Near Bank of the West, 555 Lincoln Ave.

Zimmerer along with other photographers from the Yampa Valley Photography Club, will give back to the community by offering “The Gift of Photographs.”

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the lawn near the Bank of the West, the photographers will offer free photography sessions to area residents or visitors.

“It’s exciting to be able to give portraits that capture memories for families and friends,” said Tracy DelliQuadri, co-founder of the Yampa Valley Photographers Club. “Anytime you can help create a family memory is a great thing, especially during the holidays.”

The club was started three years ago as a community for people who share a passion for photography. DelliQuadri said the group welcomes photographers of all ability levels and those who hope to grow their expertise in the field.

Each year, the club chooses one or two community projects. In the past, club members have done a photography session with Partners in Routt County. This weekend will be the first time they have offered free photos of people with their families, significant others, dogs and friends.

The event offers photography services to those who may not be able to afford a full-price holiday session with a professional photographer.

“I think photography is such a unique way to remember periods of your year,” Zimmerer said. “We are living in such a beautiful location where people love the scenery and lifestyle and they want to document that. I think it’s important to make sure you are documenting that and the different seasons of your life, how you, your family or kids are growing up.”

Five photographers from the club will be capturing those moments and then uploading the photos to the club’s Facebook page for participants to scroll through and decide if they would like prints or other services from the featured photographers.

“I think everyone is going to have a lot of fun out there,” Zimmerer said. “We are excited to offer services like this to everyone and sharing our passion with the community.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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