Why Networking With Other Photographers Is Important

Why Networking With Other Photographers Is Important

Running a photography business can be a lonely job. When you take the plunge into running a small business full-time, you quickly realize how solitary the work can be. Here’s why it’s so important to meet and build relationships with other photographers.

Networking for Sanity

I’m a homebody. One of the perks of running a photography business full-time, for me, is the ability to stay home and stay content in my introversion. However, when you drop the 9-to-5 job and go full-time, it can be lonely for even the truest of introverts. Finding and meeting other photographers can help with the loneliness. Even if you have a partner or spouse to confide in, you still need people who can appreciate the unique circumstances and problems that may arise while running a photography business. I didn’t understand how much I craved having someone to relate to and get advice from until I started building relationships with other photographers. 

Not only can other photographers become close confidants, they are also a source of information and help. If you’re needing advice about your local photography market or need technical advice, knowing other local photographers can be invaluable. 

Networking for Referrals

Beyond the personal perks of being able to establish relationships with other local photographers, you’re also able to gain client referrals from photographers who’ve learned to trust you. After building a network of photographer friends in my city, I now receive several client inquiries on a monthly basis from clients who were referred to me by photographers that are unavailable.

Likewise, I love being able to offer inquiring potential customers solutions if I’m available for the photo session date they’re requesting by referring them to other photographers who I know and trust and know will take care of them. Not only does this help out your fellow photographers, it gives you a little extra clout with clients, who, though you may not be able to book at the time, may come back for a different photo session or refer family or friends to your services in the future.

photographers learning together with their cameras

Not only does knowing other photographers keep you from feeling lonely while running a business, but they can be a valuable asset for your photography business as well.

Networking for a Backup Plan

Lastly, having stable relationships with other photographers within your local market can be excellent if you’re in need of a backup plan for a photo session. Since most photography businesses are a one-person job, one of the biggest fears for photographers and clients alike is that something unexpected can happen that inhibits the photographer from making it to a photo session. This is especially scary for wedding photographers. Knowing other photographers in your city and having well-established relationships with them can help you to have a backup plan in place should you need to have another photographer swoop in to shoot a session for you. 

How to Meet Other Photographers

Social media is the champion of bringing people together, and that is no different for photographers looking to meet other photographers. Searching Facebook for local photography or entrepreneur groups is a great way to start networking. Another fantastic resource for photographers are local meet-ups. National groups like The Rising Tide Society hold monthly meet-ups across the world for creative entrepreneurs (like photographers) to not only network but learn valuable business topics (full disclosure: I am the local Rising Tide Society leader for Las Vegas).

The key to networking is to make sure that you push yourself to get out and meet others. Networking can be an often scary topic, but you won’t regret it when you start establishing strong relationships with other people who can relate to you on a personal and professional level. Challenge yourself to get out and network more. The new year is just around the corner, and it may be a great resolution for the upcoming year.

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4 Comments

Linnea Lenkus's picture

I agree that being a photographer can be a lonely job. You do have to get used to being alone quite a bit. If you know other photographers of like mind, then it can be fun.

Elan Govan's picture

Hi there Danette, the first thing I did after reading this article is to look up your profile and I am rather curious that there are 68 people following you and you are following none.

I once wrote a 5 page article relating to "Networking" as an employee in a large organisation in 1996. Times has changed,but the basic principle remains the same.

Enjoyed reading your article especially when so many years have passed since I wrote mine article and it is here again. Good luck.

Kirk Darling's picture

There are also PPA and WPPI, both of which have extensive business services as well as all kinds of networking events and social media nodes.

Amp Lighter's picture

if your topic is true, why bother meeting others, as I have no desire to wade though their gibberish nonce when dealing with useless topics. The only thing that would impress me, is if their images are not edited or enhanced. So I really doubt anyone here would be willing actually wanted to work with me on a shoot. However, if they wanted me to teach them specific skills I'll gladdy add them to my itinerary. Patron Saint to few, Cold hearted SOB to many.