Last night Shaun and I met for drinks at Tesoro with some other people involved in Edmonton’s wedding industry. It was great. The majority of people there were Photographers but we were able to connect other wedding planners, designers, as well as make up artists.
Edmonton has quite a strong photography community in my opinion. Facebook and Twitter serve as powerful tools that help us connect and communicate. There are support groups, fan pages, referral programs and many educational forums out there for us. All of these are right at our fingertips just waiting for us to take it in! We’re supportive of each other’s work and really try to push each other. The goal is to continually raise the bar in our photography knowledge, passion, creativity and business. Why wouldn’t we want to be the strongest community providing the highest quality possible to all of our clients? The PPOC has served as a life line to us literally. When our family was hit with a crisis this past year, there were upwards of 100 people at our side ready to help us out. Many of them were good friends from our photography community. Another studio stepped into shoot and take phone calls for us that week, and an event planner helped us arrange a funeral extremely last minute. It was incredible. We’ve been able to help our photog friends out too at various times and it really makes a difference to know there is quality professional help right in our back pockets.
Elizabeth of ENV photography has been putting together various events for edmonton photographers lately, its been a great way to actually meet all of our new Facebook friends and contacts. As great as it is to use social media sites as a resource and starting point, meeting people and talking to them is vital to starting relationships, as well as trust. Getting to know others in our industry gives us a real perspective for the dynamics behind the scenes. It also helps us develop a trust for others in our field of work. If we need to recommend clients to people its important to really know who they are, how they work, and if their personalities will match with our clients. Its hard to make an informed decision just by viewing a website or blog. Thanks to everyone who showed up. I’d say it was a first of many industry nights to come.