There’s a first time for everything right? It’s already been a month, but February 8th marked the first time I set foot inside a studio, to shoot portraits.
Looking at the studio we were working with for this “Instameet” I’m thinking we had a pretty nice place thats way above average on what to expect from a studio. The studio is called Studio34x and you can find out more about this place by clicking on the name here.
Together with CameraNU and Nikon we set up this Instameet focussed on studio and portrait photography. We brought in a group of like 30 photographers and instagrammers with most having little to no studio experience. So this makes the results the more interesting i’d say. Next to that we had some expert people in the CamerNu crew, the studio owner and Nikon people to help us all out. And of course some models. Models of the fun and open kind which you find on Instagram who put in effort to join us, are low maintenance and who pose for everyone during the entire meetup. So my biggest gratitude goes out to those ladies. Especially with a bunch of other models cancelling last minute, or just not showing up and / or responding to messages after committing to being present.
With the studio set up having three locations that were “specified” shooting locations with lighting set ups whenever a model would step in front of someones camera here, a crowd gathered, which was great to see. A few creative minds also used the other parts of the studio to create images that most likely will be a bit more original.
These Instameets are such a great opportunity to learn from each other and meet like minded people. Next to that its an insane networking opportunity for everyone. And I must admit, it takes a lot of time, talks and emails to set up one of these but the pay off is huge. So much fun maximising what Instameets bring to everyone involved. The new found Instagrammer who just started using the platform, the skilled professional photographer, the brands involved and everyone else there’s something valuable to be gained for everyone.
For example with our previous meetup with Nikon focussed on night photography we had a reach of 1.1 million. I’m sure this should sound good to any brand looking for some exposure on Instagram. Whatever brand this is, your personal brand, or a huge brand like Nikon. (Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to see what we can do for you in maximising your potential and exposure on Instagram / social media.)
Back to the CameraNu portrait meet. Even though I spend 80% of my time talking to everyone, I did manage shoot some images.
I must admit I love some of the lighting effects and the options that a studio brings, but for me using the city and all it has to offer as a backdrop still has my preference. But I surely would be willing to experiment with studio photography a little more!
So again thanks to CameraNU and Nikon for working with me on this great meetup! I have been hearing so much positive feedback which is amazing while bringing people new aspects go photography and challenging them to step out of that comfort zone and evolve. I’m happy to be able to give back to this Instagram community and love all the newbies that join us and those that turn into returning faces. I don’t need a network that consists of a list of some people that need to feel special by personal invites, the network of people who join with a passion for photography, for networking, for learning new things are the people I want to reach and unite. These are the people that bring true value.