When I talk about Meetups at my real job, a lot of people ask me, what is a Meetup? I am really surprised, because Meetups have been around for quite some time, since 2002 to be exact. I guess the best way to describe it is. A web-site where liked minded people can get together to share and collaborate. I more simpler definition would be a place to meet people and enjoy your hobby.
What do you mean by this? Let me explain. Let’s say for instance, you enjoy basket weaving and you really enjoy it. You go to Meetup.com and create an account, which includes setting your location, adding a bio and uploading a picture of yourself. Once this is complete you are free to browse the many, many different groups of basket weaving in a set distance from you. It is a great concept to kind of get you out of your shell. There are Meetups for pretty much any activity you can imagine. Here are some additional tips that might come in handy:
- Look for groups close to you or your work. You don’t want to join a group, just to discover that you have to drive 2 or 3 hours to get there.
- Be sure to read the groups rules in its entity.
- You may or may not have to pay annual dues.
- Some Meetups are free, while others may have a fee associated with them.
- Keep an open mind when attending a Meetup; you never know you may enjoy it.
- Be nice to everyone, you never know who you will meet.
- If you promise something to someone deliver. It’s a very simple concept.
- And for those attending photography Meetups; don’t be that creepy guy that shows up to a Boudoir shoot and uses his smart phone.
I belong to a couple of photography Meetups. One of the reasons, that I attend Meetups is that I am able to practice my profession. Because I believe that practice makes perfect. I don’t always get to photography models, just corporate events and headshots, so this works great for me. Another reason is that I am able to build my photography portfolio, as well as increase my model database for future gigs that come my way.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.