DogTalk Membership Application


There are more reasons than ever to become a member.  The dogtalk forum membership is only offered to an exclusive group of professional photographers & artists, rescue/shelter photographers, students and serious amateur animal photographers needs.  Each applicant is carefully reviewed by the dogtalk admin. The applicant must exhibit a passion for animals, technical skills, creativity, a desire to challenge themselves, learn and share. 

The dogtalk membership offers you resources that specifically cater to and are designed for the intermediate - advanced level photographer specializing in animal photography;  dogs, cats, equine, exotic, wildlife, fish and livestock.  Once your application is approved you will become a member of the dogtalk forum community.   

Exclusive membership offers you:

•  access to the private dogtalk forum community to share, ask questions, learn, be challenged and grow as a photographer and business owner.  

•  participate in the dogtalk monthly challenges, image critiques and print competitions.

•  read and discuss articles, plus view tutorial videos exclusive only to dogtalk members by barbara breitsameter's and guest photographers.

•  be inspired --  dogtalk best in show photographer featured.  Six photographers are chosen per year, a exclusive interview article with their work is featured.  You never know --- you may be one of the best in show feature photographers chosen.

•  be chosen as topdog of the week on the dogtalk fb page with a gallery of your work with your bio.  The new dogtalk fb page will go public for all to view about you.  

•  a drama-free, private place to connect with other animal photographers, share your work, be inspired, be challenged, grow, learn, create, build friendships, and have fun!  

New members must apply first by completing the application form below and submitting 10 images of your best work for review.  The dogtalk administration carefully reviews each application and portfolio image submission.  We have specific criteria each member must meet to become and remain a member of dogtalk. 

  1. READ and follow instructions carefully.
  2. Choose your 10 best images for review
  3. Size the image files 1200px on the long side, 150dpi, level 10 .JPG
  4. NO watermark on your image
  5. Name your file with your name on each file - example:  bob_Smith_4515.JPG .  The number is that specific image file number.  
  6. Save your files in a Separate Folder with your full name on the folder name..  
  7. Email your folder to:  Dogtalkphoto@gmail.com with your name on the subject area
     

For The Professional Photographer You Must Have:

•  A registered and licensed business
•  A website and/or blog
•  A portfolio specializing in the subject of animal, reptiles, fish and birds that demonstrates excellent technical skills, artistry and consistency.   
•  A desire to improve, share, grow and learn.
  

For The Professional Artist You Must Have:

•  A registered and licensed business
•  A website, blog, on-line gallery, on-line store front gallery and/or art gallery exhibits.
•  A portfolio specializing in the subject of animals, reptiles, fish and birds that demonstrates excellent technical skills, artistry and consistency.   
•  A desire to improve, share, grow and learn. 

For the rescue/shelter photographer you must have:

•  Submit professional references that you are a photographer volunteering/offering pro-bono services for an animal rescue or shelter organization.
•  A portfolio specializing in the subject of animals, reptiles, fish and birds that demonstrates excellent technical skills, artistry and consistency.   
•  A desire to improve, share, grow and learn.  


  For The Student or Hobbyist Photographer You Must Have:

•  Submit professional references or documentation that you are a photographer attending classes, workshops, PPA or other organized photographer group/club sponsored events or competing in print competition.
•  A portfolio specializing in the subject of animals, reptiles, fish and birds that demonstrates excellent technical skills, artistry and consistency.   
•  The Student or Serious Amateur applicant candidate must have work that stands out and showcases your talent   A desire to improve, share, grow and learn.
  

Before completing this application read the DogTalk Terms of Agreement and code of conduct.  

 

*All fields must be filled out on the contact form to send request.   As soon as we review your application we will send you a payment link.

Name *
Name
Are you already a member of DogTalk ? *
Are you a Professional Photographer with a legal business? *
If you answered YES - do you have a:
Are you a Professional Artist with a legal business? *
Are you a Shelter/Rescue Photographer? *
If you Answered YES - Are you a Member of HeARTs Speak?
Are you a student majoring in photography? *
Are you a Serious Amateur Photographer? *
Are you a member of:
Are you a:
I have read the Terms of Service Agreement carefully before completing your registration for our Services. I have agreed to adhere by the terms and conditions of this agreement. *

DogTalk Terms of Service Agreement

Please read this Agreement carefully before completing your registration for our Services.  By accessing the DogTalk Forum, you agree to adhere by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the DogTalk forum.

We ask every DogTalk member to contact the Admin immediately if they see any post that does not comply with the terms of service.   If a member is harassing you or their behavior is inappropriate to another member contact us immediately. 

Your Account Responsibilities:
The Account information provided is complete and accurate when registering.

You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under your username.

You are responsible for keeping your password secure.

You have agreed to not share your username and password with others who are not a registered member of DogTalk so they can access the forum. 

Payment & No Refund Policy:
DogTalk member subscription fee is $19.95 for a period of twelve months.  The fee is paid at the time of registration and by agreeing with the terms of service.  Any PayPal fees or international transaction fees are your responsibility. 

Subscription fee will NOT be refunded for cancellation of subscription or termination of membership.

The subscription fee is subject to change.

Copyright:
All images and content that you post on the DogTalk forum must be your own unless you have permission by the “maker” to post their image with print credit.


Forum Participation and Posting Content:
We encourage you to contribute by participating regularly on the forum.   There is so much to gain in your growth as an artist and business owner by being an active member.

Keep Forum Discussions relevant to the specific category topic. 

Please share about any awards, degrees, publications, and accomplishments that you may have received. You should be proud and it's okay to toot your horn!

Posting content that is offensive, indecent, disrespectful, critical, hurtful in any form is strictly prohibited. Read Conduct terms below. 


Advertising:
Posting advertisements, referrals, soliciting and self promoting workshops, mentoring, classes, services in any form is strictly prohibited.  

In advance all Vendors and members must send in a request to the DogTalk Administration for approval to:

barbara@poppybluephoto.com

Anyone violating this policy will be notified that his or her account is temporality suspended or terminated immediately.

Solicitation:
Soliciting donations or otherwise collecting money is strictly prohibited.

Conduct:
Treat all DogTalk members with respect and kindness. We are here to grow as photographers and support one another.

Absolutely NO bashing, harassing, insulting or personal attacks are tolerated on the forum in any form by posting and private message. Anyone doing so will be notified that your membership account will be temporality suspended.  After careful evaluation you may be placed on probation or membership will be immediately terminated.   There is a no-refund policy for all DogTalk Memberships for termination.  DogTalk is a Drama-Free forum.

Do not share your personal views on politics, religion, challenging rescue verses breeder, immunizations verses not, posting images or links of abused animals.

You have agreed to not share images and information posted by other DogTalk membersoutside of this forum to non-registered members.

For any complaints notify the DogTalk Admin immediately by private message or email:
Barbara@poppybluephoto.com

CRITQUES:
Post your images on the critique forum category.

Critiques posted are constructive and will help you improve. 

Do not take critiques personally, become defensive and upset. 

Unsolicited critiques are not always appreciated.  Only critique images that are posted in the CRITIQUE forum category. 

Indemnification
You agree to indemnify and hold DogTalk harmless, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of our Services, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.

You agree that the DogTalk administration has the rights to delete and remove any posts on the forum without your consent that does conform to the terms of service. 

I have read the Terms of Service Agreement carefully before completing your registration for our Services. I have agreed to adhere by the terms and conditions of this agreement.