How to grow your photography community
February 5, 2016

Confession Friday / Importance of Community

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How to grow your photography community

com·mu·ni·ty

kəˈmyo͞onədē/
noun
  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Surrounding yourself with fabulous people that build you up and are there to make you laugh when you really don’t want to. These are the people I have found in the photography community – one of my dearest and closet friends is an uber talented photographer in Wausau Wisconsin. She is someone that does it all, mentors, photographs, makes stickers and even sell the most amazing make up. Without her I think I would have lost my mind a few times over. Along with this rad lady I have gotten to know some amazing woman and men throughout the years, some have been in business for 10+years other for just 1 year. What do we all have in common? A massive desire to capture beautiful memories and have a successful business.

It’s hard for me to put into words the love I have for the people who have helped build this photography dream of mine with me. The freak out messages in the wee hours of the night, the deep hugs from friends when they know I am stressed to the max, and the tough words that helped me get out of the darkness and finally see the light. I owe so much to the community that is continuing to grow – my heart is bursting with love and appreciation of each and every one of these people.

How do you surround yourself with amazing people to build you up? Here are a few tips I do that may help you!

1 – Contact your favorite photographer or business owner and invite them out for coffee, or if they are a distance away have a Skype coffee date! I have done this with so many vendors, it’s amazing the conversations and relationship you can build over coffee. I have met some of my dearest friends this way! Or if you are both beer or wine lovers, ask them out to your favorite place 🙂

2 – Look up for local TUESDAY TOGETHER group put together by THE RISING TIDE SOCIETY – this is a group of small business owners. These amazing groups all over the country are great for meeting new people from all walks of life. Some of these people have been in business for year or just starting out. Plus, with the monthly get together it is easy to meet someone new every month. Along, with the get together the online groups are amazing for asking advice, venting or finding a referral. These groups are amazing – find one near you!

3 – As a photographer are there any vendors or businesses that you love and want to work with? Contact them to set up a styled shoot together, this is an amazing way to build a community. It forces you to get outside your comfort zone and work with some amazing people doing what you all love most. And who knows, that shoot may get you new clients, get published or an amazing bond with a business.

4 – Sign up for the RAD PHOTOGRAPHER RETREAT – where we will have 2 amazing photographers leading their industry & 2 marketing gurus. These people have worked their butt off to get where they are, but they didn’t do it without having a community of supporters behind them. I have designed this retreat to be a comfortable and safe environment for anyone in the photography community – doesn’t matter if you have been in the business for a few months or years. You will leave feeling refreshed and ready to kick ass – along with leaving with a ton of new friends who are their to back you up!

5- Sign up and attend the best thing since you were a kid – A Camp for Adult Creatives — YEAH FIELD TRIP! This was the best thing I attended in 2015 – I arrived alone and with a dozen or more new friends! It is a meeting of creatives who love photography, community, to party and to learn from the very best! Check out my BLOG to see my experience and words for my 2015 trip! Seriously it is freaking awesome! I hope to attend their India trip someday!

These are just some of the ways I got out there and met more people – a strong community is how we grow, learn and build a successful business and strong life.  No one can go about it alone!

if you are int he area and would like get coffee, talk shop or just laugh or butt off – contact me! I am always up for meeting new people!

with love & cannot wait to meet you – christine

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