9 Ways to Be Part of (and Create) a Photo Community
September 1, 2015
A community is a safe place, full of support from like-minded individuals, in which not only business relationships but also friendships are made and nurtured. Becoming part of a community can seem daunting, especially for new photographers and even more so for introverts, but it really is just a matter of knowing how to put yourself out there, and where to connect with others. Here is a list of the top nine ways to be part of and create a photography community.
1. LOOSEN UP
Don’t let other people's success make you jealous; celebrate in their success and push yourself to work harder. Share your knowledge with others and don’t be afraid of others copying you. You are unique and no one can take that away from you.
2. BE A LEADER
Encourage new photographers who are just starting out. Remember that you were once that new photographer looking for help as well.
3. MAKE FRIENDS
Once you have connected with your local photographers, host a get-together!
4. JOIN IN!
Groups like Mentor Me, Advanced Wedding Photographers, and VSCO Film Users are all examples of wonderful communities in which questions can be asked and answered without judgement.
Although conferences can seem intimidating, they are full of photographers just like you, looking to network and create friendships. Mystic Seminars, Canada Photo Convention and WPPI are among some of the most popular conferences in North America.
Not only are you educating yourself, you are making more connections, in a smaller, more intimate setting. Oftentimes, post-workshop groups will pop up on Facebook as a referral network for the attendees.
If one has not already been started, create a local Facebook group or referral group for photographers in your area to share thoughts on locations, sell equipment, refer weddings to each other and get to know one another.
Don’t just post a photo and wait for interaction. Be active and interact with other photographers, compliment their work if you like it. Getting involved in Instagram communities like Portrait?Collective and PostThePeople is a wonderful way of finding others and having others find you.
Have your photo taken and offer to do the same for other photographers. Not only is this setting a great example to others, but you are also educating yourself, collaborating and nurturing your new photography friendships.