When I moved to Maine six (!) years ago, I was surprised to find but a few wedding photographers who were interested in establishing relationships- not just on a surface level as acquaintances, but as friends- with one another. Having just come from a very supportive and collaborative newsroom at the Washington Post and a large circle of wedding photographers in Washington, DC, I craved those interactions. Told people "keep their cards close" in New England, I was up for the challenge of breaking that reputation and getting photographers to let their guards down and chat with (gasp!) the competition.
In 2007 I started a women's group that I decided would have a minimal commitment: two luncheons a year and access to a database of these women should an emergency arise. There were 12 of us in the group at it's inception, and now our list has grown to more than 60. We may have a speaker or we may not, and when the need arises, we're there for each other be it large or small. Fairly simple, no?
Sure, we'll all in the same business but at the core, we are in the relationship business and we all seek connections. And altho there are some women who no longer attend and, conversely, new faces at the table each time we get together, the premise remains the same: an open atmosphere where all are welcome and egos are not. The way I see it, there's plenty of work to go around so why not link arms and elevate the industry together?
Our most recent luncheon at Pier 77 Restaurant in Cape Porpoise, Maine.