About Us - Candlewood Camera Club

In 1948, Hasselblad offered its first medium format camera, Edwin Land first marketed the Polaroid camera and the Candlewood Camera Club was established. Since that time, we have seen the invention of TTL metering (1964), the C-41 color process introduced (1973), the introduction (and later the failure of) the disk and APS film cameras, the first autofocus SLR system (the Minolta Maxxum in 1985), the release of Adobe Photoshop (1990) and the first digital SLR (the Kodak DCS0100, a modified Nikon F3 in 1991).


While the photographic world has changed dramatically since 1948, one thing has not; the members of the Candlewood Camera Club continue to gather on a regular basis to learn new skills, share the results of their photographic efforts and their love of photography. Just as photography has changed, the club has also changed through the years. Our use of darkrooms has become virtually extinct and most are now using some form of the digital "lightroom." We have endured the fun (and yes, sometimes contentious) transitions from black-and-white to color (although black-and-white is still alive and well!), from slides and color negatives to digital images and digital projection. We have also had our share of discussions regarding how much digital optimization (or dare I say "manipulation?") could be done in a darkroom.

Through it all, we still love the magic of creating images and sharing them with our friends, families and the world via the Candlewood Camera Club. We continue to be excited as our images appear (perhaps on a screen rather than in a darkroom tray) and we behold our creations at our regular meetings and competitions, which persons of all photography skills are invited to attend.

Candlewood Camera Club meets twice each month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, from Late August through June.

The first meeting of each month is set aside for competition between members' color and black & white prints and digital images. Knowledgeable judges from outside our club critique the photographs and provide helpful suggestions. The photos are presented anonymously and only the winners names are announced. Members are free to join in the competition or simply enjoy the other photographers' work.

The second meeting of each month varies, ranging from instructional sessions to field trips to photo shoots and workshops.

Please be our guest at any of our meetings. Regardless of your photographic skill level, you will learn, become a better photographer and make new friends along the way.



The Officers of Candlewood Camera Club

President - Mark Howarth

Mark became the club's President in the 2016-2017 season after being a club member for several years. He looks forward to helping the club grow and provide the members with photographic education and opportunities.

The President presides at all meetings of the Club and its Executive Committee and administers the Club’s affairs. He/she makes all committee appointments, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee and appoints officers as required to fill vacancies until the next regular election.


Vice president - Cindy Garnett

Cindy became the club's Vice-President in the 2014-2015 season.

Serious amateur photographer always on the look out for new techniques to try and perfect. Love to share tips, thoughts, and ideas related to various types of photography.


The Vice President performs all the duties of the President in his/her absence, or if the President is unable to continue in office. The Vice President assists in welcoming guests.


Secretary - Loure Shaw

Loure is a long-time member of the club and has previously been responsible for arranging exhibits to showcase club members' photography.

The Secretary shall maintain such records as may be pertinent to the organization (e.g., Bylaws and blog. The Secretary shall send out calls for special meetings of the Club, email correspondence and maintain digital files of such correspondence.



Treasurer - Candi Valeri

Candi is a long-time member of the club and a past-president.  

The Treasurer notifies members when dues are payable and acts as custodian for all monies and securities of the Club, depositing them in a banking institution; paying all valid bills; keeping a detailed account of all receipts and disbursements and submitting an annual fiscal report. The Treasurer maintains a roster of all paid members.




Committee Chairs of Candlewood Camera Club

Judges - Neil Zobler

Responsible for all arrangements to provide well-qualified judges for Club competitions and to respond to requests from other clubs for judges.

Prints - Rocco Valeri

Responsible for registering, organizing, presenting, safe-keeping and returning all prints entered in Club competition.

Responsible for appropriate organization of prints to assist the Organization Chairperson in the selection of entries for outside competitions.

Digital Images - Ed Simmons

Responsible for receiving, registering, organizing, presenting and safe-keeping all digital images entered in Club competition.

Responsible for appropriate organization of digital images to assist the Organization Chairperson in the selection of entries for outside competitions

Outside Competitions - Ken Kurzweil 

Responsible for bringing to the attention of the membership all available opportunities for outside competition activities including the coordinating of the NECCC (New England Council of Camera Clubs), CAP (Connecticut Association of Photographers), and PSA (Photographic Society of America) events reported by their respective representatives, and for entries in competitions sponsored by these organizations, including timely delivery and return of entries and awards in cooperation with the Competition and Awards Chairperson and the Print Chairpersons.

Outside Competitions - Kathleen Skandera

Responsible for bringing to the attention of the membership all available opportunities for outside competition activities including the coordinating of the NECCC (New England Council of Camera Clubs), CAP (Connecticut Association of Photographers), and PSA (Photographic Society of America) events reported by their respective representatives, and for entries in competitions sponsored by these organizations, including timely delivery and return of entries and awards in cooperation with the Competition and Awards Chairperson and the Print Chairpersons.

Refreshments - Allison Hansen

The Refreshments Chairperson is responsible for ensuring coffee and hot water for tea is available for memebers and guests and to ensure that someone is responsible for bringing the edible refreshments and milk, to each meeting. This includes collecting donations and purchasing necessary paperware and food items, and for clean-up and storage at conclusion of meetings. They are also responsible for coordinating food and drinks for annual holiday party in December, and year-end Banquet in June.

Membership/Visitor Host - Loure Shaw

Responsible for all activities affecting the membership aside from the duties outlined in other standing committees (e.g., public relations, publicity and advertising).

Responsible for attracting new members, greeting and introduction, and outside liaison.

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