One of the very first things I noticed when I moved to the United States was how people with common interests would get together and share their thoughts about their hobby or passion. I would go to a coffee shop and find groups of people knitting or playing chess. Almost every single women I know has joined a book club at one point (I am one of them). If you are into running, riding your bike, gardening or doing crafts chances are there is a group for you just down the street.
Photography is the same. First, there is Instagram. I have met a wonderful group of ladies who post their daily captures, just like me. Although I have never met them in person, I feel that I know them. We are a group called "Clickin' Friends" and, just like friends do, we help each other. We share our images and give each other feedback and provide advice. The group has helped me grow so much. I am very thankful for that.
On a much bigger scale, there is the international community of Clickin' Moms. We learn and chat about photography-related topics on an online forum. Last week, the annual Clickin' Walk took place and I had an opportunity to get together with other New York-based photographers. We met in Manhattan and enjoyed a 'kids-free' street photography evening and dinner. I had such a wonderful time. I cannot begin to express how thankful I was to meet with other ladies who have the same genuine interest in photography.
Here are some of the pictures I was able to capture on that day.
After our walk we shared our pictures. Here is one of me taken by Claudine from Claudine Williams Photography. How sweet is that!
I would love to hear about how you connect with your community!