I apologize for being so late in responding directly...
First, I'm willing to be a photographer in any of the areas needed. As Bob may know, I have done portraits, both formal and environmental.
If it's feasible, I can set up a workshop (I recommend some Library) where we can go through some lighting and posing basics. I had suggested this at one of the Capital area meeting groups, but nothing came of it.
I see, from the comments, where there are a few volunteers, but not with real experience doing portraits...
Judging from what people said at the meeting, I think I probably have more time than most anyone else to really contribute to planning and overall event coordination. I might be the only one of us who is currently completely unemployed. (and also has no family to care for)
I would also like to take on responsibility for my own selfish purposes.. as I try to find my way to a new career, this will give me the opportunity to take Project Coordination skills I used in my last job and put them to use in a completely different industry and type of activity. This might help me both in figuring out what type of fields I can go into that could use someone in that kind of role, as well as determine how to market those skills beyond just the industry I was previously working in.
I originally wanted to participate because I like doing Portrait work, and was interested in taking pictures. But one of the things I realized in the meeting was that the lead photographers need to be able to get quality images with a higher ratio of keepers to rejects than I currently do, and in a smaller time frame. As I mentioned last night.. I can take some beautiful portraits, but about 10% of my shots are keepers and it takes me a couple of hours, and even the keepers need editing work that I do not do quickly at my current post-processing skill level. That won't work in what we are planning.
So I think I would be more useful to the group in a project coordination role both in the planning stages and on the day of the event. Being the "glue" (my nickname in my last job) or the person who keeps info flowing and all the plates spinning can be very time consuming and Bob has said he can't guarantee his consistent availability to be our leader. Something that I CAN commit to is Time. I also have Stage Management experience of running a "show" which may be very handy the day of the event.
So I think I should leave the camera work to those with more experience (if things are slow, I can always take time to learn from the pro's who are taking the lead) and use my OTHER abilities for this project. I think it will be a learning experience for all of us no matter what role we take on, and once we get rolling, we will have photographers galore.
I may regret this on the day itself, and be wishing I was behind a camera (and of course, I'll have it with me!) but I think I will be more useful doing other stuff.
See you all Monday at 7pm at the Photocenter for meeting #2.