We know you have questions, here are a few answers!
Does Education Membership have a one-year commitment?
Yes. It is only with this level of commitment that SOPHA is able to operate at a sustainable level.
How can I start my Education Membership?
Starting on January 1, 2017, SOPHA will be accepting new Education Members. Let us know you want to sign up by using the Membership Form, and we will send you the link to start your PayPal Subscription on 1/1/17. Note: you will need to sign up after 1/1 but before the first scheduled class to make full use of your membership. The subscription link is here.
I am an existing SOPHA Member. What changes for me?
Nothing changes except the name of your membership! You are now a “Studio Member” of SOPHA. Easy! All of the levels, included hours, price, etc. remains unchanged.
As an existing SOPHA Member, can I add the Education Membership to my current membership on 1/1/17?
You sure can. The fee is $40 and paid with a PayPal Subscription. This subscription will run at the same time as your existing Studio Membership subscription. (Example: you are a Gold Member now paying $89 per month. You will start a new $40 per month subscription to cover the Education benefits).
As an existing SOPHA Member, can I switch my current membership over to the new Education Membership on 1/1/17?
If you have completed your one year commitment with us, you sure can! If you haven’t completed your year, we can switch you over directly if you are a Silver Member ($59) but your one year commitment “clock” will reset. If you are at a higher membership and want to switch, please contact the office so we can look at your situation on a case-by-case basis to best meet your needs.
Can I be BOTH a Studio Member AND an Education Member?
Sure you can. You simply select the Studio Membership level of your choice and add a $40 monthly fee to cover the Education Membership portion. Yes, this represents a Hybrid Membership discount!
Can I use the studio if I am an Education Member?
Yes, you certainly can. Your rate will be our regular rate (currently $75 per hour) and you will need to have completed our orientation requirements. If you have done our orientation in the past, it remains valid.
As an Education Member, can I trade my classes for studio time?
No. If you need studio time, you will need to pay the full rate or become a Hybrid Member (both Education and Studio Member)
As an Education Member, can I trade my two Education Membership Program classes for other SOPHA programs, classes, or events?
No. The included classes are only the two two-hour programs offered each month. We don’t allow trades, swaps, changes, or modifications to the program. Your membership only covers your participation and your seat cannot be given to anyone else.
I haven’t read all the information here, so can I just call and have you explain it all to me?
Sure! We think SOPHA has a lot to offer our area’s photographers and we will be glad to tell you all about it. Our phone number is (603) 782-8403. Operators are standing by.