What's a SMUG?

Do you dream in megapixels? Would you consider giving up a kidney for a Canon 5D Mark III?

You're not weird. You're one of us.

And we think you'd fit right in at a SmugMug User Group (SMUG), a mug-to-mug gathering of photographers like you.

A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It's also how we can tell you what's happening in our world and discover what's happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.

It's a great time to be Smug. Join in.

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Things to Expect at a SMUG

You Learn: Guest speakers will light up the room with their wisdom for shooting great images and making money with photography.

You Talk: Make contacts and connect with other pros in the know. Monthly meetings set the stage for infinite opportunities.

We Listen: SMUG leaders stay in close contact with SmugMug and share your requests and gripes with our team. We also love photography as much as you, so be prepared to spot a Smugger at your local meeting.

Things You Will Never Do

• Sign up for anything: There are no commitments, no requirements and no vacation timeshare offers here.

• Hold hands and sing Kumbayah: We love ya... but not that much.

Things to bring to a SMUG

• Photographer friends.
• Ideas: Good. Bad. Crazy.
• Toys: Make us drool.
• You: Drop in. Talk shop.


Great gear at the Seattle SMUG.

How it Works

After the initial launch meetings, local volunteers will take over as SMUG Leaders. They will organize and announce monthly SMUGs times, locations and topics.


Dawn McCarthy, Jacksonville SMUG leader

See you there

Become a charter member and show up to the first SMUG meeting in your area. Get ready to make new friends, learn new tricks and stay ahead of the business.


Roberto Valenzuela at the SF East Bay SMUG.