Since the pandemic, my life has changed quite a lot as such this post seems more appropriate now, more so than when I first wrote it in 2015.
So here are some of the reasons that I like going out with people to take photos.
There seems to be this idea that if you are a serious photographer that you should go out on your own to take photos. I have never believed this or thought I was any less of a photographer because I don’t like going out by myself. It’s not that I don’t, I just prefer to have company when I do. Maybe I think I’m a boring person and talking to myself all day wouldn’t be that great.
I do understand why some people prefer to go alone and I know that who you go with is very important. I thought I could go through why I like company, beyond just having someone to talk to. Perhaps I will do it in a list.
1- Gives you Inspiration
I find when you go with someone else we almost feed off each other, making suggestions to one another. I know that I have many photos that I would never have taken if I hadn’t been with another photographer.
2 – Gets Me Out of the House
I have a terrible habit of talking myself out of going to places when I am on my own. Before I am supposed to go somewhere the excuses start about why I shouldn’t go, and usually I just don’t. If I’ve made a date with someone to go then I do. I don’t like disappointing people so I just pack my gear and get ready to go. For me this is a massive advantage.
3 – It is Safer
We go to some places that if I hurt myself I may never be found. Yes, I’m being a little over dramatic, but I could be there for a long time. Knowing that someone else is there means that if one of us hurts ourselves then the other can go and get help. Phone reception is often non-existent in many country areas and if you get into trouble you can’t phone for help.
4 – Someone to Scout for Locations
It isn’t safe to drive and look for places to take photos so having a passenger makes it much easier, and safer.
5 – More Fun
I just think it is so much more fun when you have someone to laugh with. I enjoy laughing and it is good to have someone to have one with. It is so boring when you are on your own and having someone with you means that you can entertain one another.
Picking the Right People to Go With
This is also very important. I don’t like going with my husband or daughters because they aren’t interested in photography and they just want to leave. I feel rushed to get my photos. The best thing is to find some people that you enjoy going out with and want to spend time with.
It is best if they enjoy the same sort of photography as well so you will want to take photos together. There is nothing worse than going out with someone to take photos and you don’t want to photograph the same things. If you are both there to capture the same thing then you will have a lot more fun.
It is also nice to have someone to have a coffee with and just relax. I like being with others when I go to eat at restaurants, it is much nicer.
I have been very lucky and I have a number of people to go out and take photos with. I have built up quite a few friendships through teaching and through this blog. It has been fantastic meeting people through WordPress and then having the opportunity to go out and take photos with them.
It doesn’t really matter whether you prefer to go on your own or with other people, the most important thing is getting out to take photos.
All the photos in the post today are from excursions where I went with other people.