5 Ways to Collaborate This Year


As a photographer, business owner, or creative entrepreneur it can be extremely lonely working from home if you are still in the beginning phase of growing a team. As a one woman (or man) show you are the business, everything falls on your shoulders, and that pressure can weigh a heavy toll after a while. It’s become a popular concept in the industry to engage in the spirit of #CommunityOverCompetition and find ways to meet fellow creatives. You can count on us here at The Shootout Society as a big supporter of that since everything we do is to encourage others to create + collaborate + connect. Today we are going to explore a couple ways you can collaborate with others and step outside of your comfort zone.


The easiest and most beneficial way to collaborate with other photographers is to take headshots for each other! It’s a simple and easy way to get fresh images for your branding while having some fun with another photographer. It’s a win win for both of you!


Now this is both helpful to gain experience and save your budget. If you are a wedding photographer and constantly looking for second photographers to shoot with you on the wedding day try swapping services! Instead of paying someone you can offer to second shoot for them on one of their wedding days too. It’s always a fun experience getting to work with different creatives and see how they interact with clients and their process during the wedding day.


Now this is one of our personal favorites! What better way to partner with other photographers or any type of creativepreneur than to feature them as a guest writer on your blog and they do the same for you. It’s an easy way to get exposure for your brand from an entirely new audience and you’ll both have new content to highlight and show credibility in who you are as a professional.


One of our personal favorites is to build up new content and capture the work of talented vendors that are part of our shootouts! We think it’s a pretty easy way to build up connections in the industry! All of our shootouts feature a unique team of vendors from all over the country and it gives you the perfect opportunity to include new styles into your work and expand your reach as an artist.


Sometimes you just need a time to relax and unwind with people that get you, right? Hosting a meetup, editing session, or dinner party in partner with a venue or local coffee shop is a great way to meet new people!

Have you tried any of these methods to make new industry friends? Let us know your favorites!