We are a community of photographers who share a passion for learning and sharing information about photography. Our members have diverse levels of experience and interest in different photography genres. Our goal is to improve our skills collaboratively through coaching, discussions, demonstrations, education, exhibitions, field trips, and workshops. We strive to help our members grow in their craft while fostering strong friendships within the group.
There are 28 categories of photography, so whether you are interested in people, animals, nature, food, or fashion, there is a type of photography geared towards your specific subject matter. With so many options, it can be overwhelming, but you are sure to find like-minded members in our club who share your interests. Our meetings feature guest speakers, participation in the buddy program, field trips, and collaboration sessions to help you discover your path in photography.
Our mission is to foster club members’ photographic development through coaching, collaboration, discussions, demonstrations, education, exhibition, field trips, and workshops. All with the side benefit of members making friendship that helps to sustain as they continue onward on their journey.
Digital Dimensions and Beyond got its start in 2006. Dave Bryan, Bruce Bean, and Beth Dawson were students in a photography class at Johnson County Community College. Along with Dennis Chapman they would meet at Borders Bookstore on Metcalf to discuss their photos and aspirations. In order to share their joy of photography with other like minded enthusiasts, they decided to start a local club and coined the name Digital Dimensions and Beyond. They passed out flyers and spread the word – the rest is history. The goal of the club has always been to provide knowledge and inspiration. Dennis has often reminded us “Photography is always changing. If a member gets one concept or technique it is well worth his/her investment in club membership.”
Some have wondered about the term “Beyond” in the club’s name. That was the brainchild of Dennis Chapman. He wanted us to keep focused on what is next – what does the future look like? “Beyond” continues to be part of the club’s DNA.
Throughout the club season, we strive to offer unique and meaningful events under these categories: Monthly Meetings, Buddy Ups, Exhibits, Field Trips, Socials, and Workshops. All except the Buddy Ups, you’ll find on the Club’s event calendar.
Occurs on the third Thursday of the month. Sign in and social time opens at 6:00 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m and ends around 8:30 p.m. If you are planning to visit, see the Events page for meeting dates and latest information.
Monthly we coordinate with members to buddy up with another member to get out and shoot together. Aimed at fostering friendships and promoting one on one collaboration. Sign up occurs at each meeting or through an email to the coordinator. The coordinator then emails out pairs and allows those paired members to arrange time and location. So these are the only events that you will not see on our event calendar.
As shown on our home page, collaboration from club members help to identify exhibitions and photo hosting situations. Yearly we host an exhibit at the Lenexa City Hall under the club’s name. Routinely, club members will also share about small shops, galleries, or shows that are looking to offer up wall space to enhance their ambience and customer experience.
These differ from our Buddy Up events in that it is at a set time and location along with a larger group size. Some common field trips examples include Christmas Lights at the Country Club Plaza, Powell Gardens flowers, and Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in the late fall or early winter. Some field trips are same day and considered local while others entail an overnight stay. But these are a mainstay and popular events that always yields great photos and post event remembrances.
Annual Membership Dues
Senior (60 & over)
Student (25 & under)
Mail Club Membership dues to:
Digital Dimensions and Beyond
P.O. Box 4221
Overland Park, KS. 66204-4221
(make checks payable to Digital Dimensions & Beyond)
While the true value of membership is just that, you’ll be a member of a community with similar interests and pursuits. In additions to that valued opportunity there are the following these other benefits.
- Attendance at all monthly meetings
- Subscribed to receive the monthly Newsletter
- Ability to synchronize club events into your personal calendar
- Access to the members only portion of our Website
- Access to our members only Facebook page
- Authorization to sign up and participate in our Buddy Up sessions
- Authorization to participate in field trips
- Authorization to participate in the year end holiday shoot
- Invitation to club social events and your year in holiday party
- 10% discount on most items at Overland Photo Supply
- A Swap & Shop table
- Use of the 7x Sensor Loupe and Giottos Rocket Blower (available for use before meetings.)