This past year (2017) I set out to be more active in local photo events. The goal was to meet new photographers and talent. For me the easiest way to do so was to attend a local photography event. I attended my first one back in June put together by a local Facebook group called Orlando Meet and Greet and it was held at the fantastic Studio One in Orlando, Florida.
I felt a bit overwhelmed when I first arrived at the studio. So many photographers all over the place shooting over each others shoulders. Soon after I rolled with the punches and started setting up shoots too. All it takes was a hello, my name is ( insert name here ) do you want to shoot? Yes. That simple.
This was a good way to set up new talent contacts for projects in the future. Getting to work with new people is always good even though not everyone is going to be a good fit to collaborate on future projects. I say collaborate because I dont expect the talent to become my client. Still , it's good to have a network of talent for projects that prove to be benificial to all parties involved.
Currently as I write this, I am struggling to set up shoots for the ideas that I have. I need to be a bit more selective on who I collaborate with on these projects. Not everyone wanting to collaborate on a project is professional and by that I mean wont be beneficial to the project. In reality they may only looking for someone to take "good pictures" of them for their socials and most likely neglect to even give you credit.
These events are also a great way to meet more photographers. Networking with your peers is a great benefit of attending such events. This can lead to possible jobs. Sometimes you can even learn a thing or two from them ( there is always room for learning something new ) .
If anything get out there and meet your "competition". You will be surprised at how nice they really are in person. Also , if your into gear, it's a time to chat it up with others about the gear they use or you may be using.
Since my first social event I attended last year, I have made it to several more. I plan to attend more this year ( 2018 ). Network. Get out there. Collaborate. Is all part of the plan for me this year.
Is there a local photo event coming soon to a town near you? If so, get out there and get social!