photographer meetup

Back in October, I met up with two friends (Lisa and Jenny) who share my interest in photography. We thought it might be cool to meet up and have a bit of fun taking photos, then grab a drink and chat about our mutual interest.

Ideally, this would be the first of many meetups. For this first one, however, we decided to keep it simple and just have fun. We chose a meeting place, then spent about half an hour walking around and exploring the light with our cameras.

It was such a great experience, and I'm really looking forward to the next time we meet up. It's so great to hang out with other photographers, play around with light and locations that we would not necessarily choose for our respective projects. It also really refreshing to step out of my own work and just experiment.

When I was a grad student, some of my colleagues and I started a "thesis club," which basically entailed meeting monthly over drinks to throw around ideas, discuss the challenges we were facing, set goals for ourselves, and both encourage and hold each other accountable. Thanks to those regular check-ins, we were all able to finish our master's on time, and some even finished up ahead of schedule.

When you're in a field that can be solitary and requires a lot of self-discipline, I can't emphasize enough how helpful it is to be able to check in with peers. In talking with others who share some of your interests, passions and ambitions, you quickly realize that you are not alone.  If you're a photographer, I'd strongly encourage you to connect with others in your city. Get together and have some fun!

Thank you, Jenny and Lisa, for your lovely company. Here are a few photos from the first unofficial Montreal photography meetup.