What it's like to go to an Instagram Meetup.

Hey, ya'll I'm back! A few weeks back I was able to go to the #WWIM16 or in non-web speak, one of the Worldwide Insta Meetups going on in my area. So what is an Instagram meetup exactly? It's essentially where online friends or people in online communities meet in person to do something together. This meetup was photography based, so everyone there was either a photographer, a model, or a lovable ball of fluff like this guy here!

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 ©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Taylor Stone, @taytayboxing

©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Taylor Stone, @taytayboxing

The organizers were just everyday people who happened to love photography and wanted to get together a group of other photographers and models to go shoot with! Advertisements were posted on the accounts of the hosters on Instagram and word spreads throughout the social media community.

I was invited by one of my awesome photographer buddies, Arman, A.K.A. @Visulux, to this meetup with his friend who he had met at another meetup, a model, Taylor or @taytayboxing according to her handle. These two humans are seriously awesome so I had to give them a shoutout! Go check out their pages and show them some love!

 ©Moments In Time Media 2017  Shown: Arman Sanie, @Visulux

©Moments In Time Media 2017  Shown: Arman Sanie, @Visulux

Prop and stickers were brought by the organizers, massive golden balloons in the characters #WWIM for the group photo, several large red and yellow balloons, and a few bouquets of flowers were all provided as props, and there were also 5-8 models in attendance throughout the meetup. 

The main point from the meetup was to pick a location that had lots of different locations for several groupings of models and photographers to work together with, and Mount Davidson, in San Francisco, CA was a great choice! There was a cool fallen tree, vistas at several points, trails that wound down among a forest of ivy and greenery. Massive Redwoods and several other kinds of tall trees stretched towards the skies and provided a perfectly creepy backdrop for our early morning shoot complete with the fact that we were in the thick of Karl. If you don't know Karl, he's San Francisco's fog. 

 ©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Sophia Scarabosio, @Sophiagracesf

©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Sophia Scarabosio, @Sophiagracesf

 ©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Taylor Stone, @taytayboxing 

©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Taylor Stone, @taytayboxing 

When we first broke apart, it seemed as though there were about 3-4 photographers for every model, so we were all able to take turns working with the models asking them to pose certain ways or work with the props that several people brought. The models were all dressed differently. Some had spoken with their friends beforehand and hand planned looks and costumes, and some people were meeting for the first time. Most models simply wore basic but interesting modern outfits that you would see in any downtown shopping area.

Other models showed up in more creative costume than street fashion, and I think I even saw a unitard at one point. Not for me, too chilly! 

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The most creative prop that I saw being used was actually someone's vape mod crazily enough. It was definitely unexpected, but it worked out for some really cool shots. Here is the behind the scenes from some group work we did at the end of the meetup.

Unconventional, but it definitely worked! Here is my shot from the other side of things. This kind of effect makes for a much more creative shot than a typical headshot for sure! 

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 ©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Ayla

©Moments In Time Media 2017 Model: Ayla

Overall, I met some really awesome people, and got to take some really fun and different for me photos! I got to connect with a lot of other people in my industry, get creative with my trade, make a few new friends, and plans for collaborations in the future. If you're thinking about going to an Instagram Meetup near you, I highly recommend it! For me, it was definitely a good experience! 

If you've been to an Instameetup, let me know in the comments down below whether your experience was positive or negative and why, I'd love to hear from you! Till next time, 

                                                                                                                             Love Hailey

P.S. Here is a galley of some of my other favorite images from the meetup. If you're not already, go follow me on Instagram @MomentsinTimeMedia to see my work in your feed! 

 

 

Hailey Hotfelter