Yesterday marked the two year anniversary of my first experience within the London photography community. I have been to loads of events since, made new friends and started making money from photography.
A massive thanks goes to the UK Shooters team that started me on this journey. Another one to Abu for introducing me to these events and to my first client, Reo, for trusting me to shoot her.
If you want to get involved in the London photography community you should follow UK Portraits, Capital Ports, The Portrait Mission and Lensminds. If you live outside of London, some of these pages also organise events in other UK cities.
I have met photographers outside of the community that struggle to build a portfolio as they have no models to shoot. Honestly if you live in London you have no excuses! There are meetups happening all the time with amazing models you can shoot for free. So just get involved.
In the beginning I was super anxious about being around so many strangers and having to be social with people outside my circle of friends. I was also super shy to just go ahead and shoot models before meeting them properly. But once I got past all of that I was fine.
People are generally super friendly and welcoming and sometimes they are just as uncomfortable as you are.
After two years of events I sometimes just join to see my friends and to socialise. I definitely don’t shoot as much as I used to. Guess once you have your portfolio sorted you don’t have to get all the shots.
I am super grateful for everyone that puts in the effort to get everyone together and to grow the photography community in London.
Leaving my comfort zone again and again was super stressful but this journey has been an enjoyable one. In the end it was all worth it!
In the featured photo, Shio (as shot on my first meetup)
Thank you for reading and please come back next week for another post!
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