As we approach the date of the third Clickin Walk, I am filled with anticipation for what our next walk will bring. Beautiful fall colors, crisp late September air, and picturesque river town scenes are what I am envisioning for this year’s Clickin Walk. One thing I am certain of – I will see old friends and make new ones, share a love for photography with other photographers who live in my area, push myself to creatively capture the world through my lens, and spend an afternoon indulging in photography, friends, laughter, and fun.
Tips for a successful photo walk:
- Dress comfortably (and cute!). There will be a fair amount of walking while hauling a heavy camera bag so be sure to dress comfortably and in layers. Be aware, though, that with so many cameras you will certainly be the subject of at least a few photos!
- Bring a water bottle. Hydration is key for top performance.
- Take time to build relationships and network. I’ve met really amazing women at previous Clickin Walks, so take time to have conversations and begin new friendships.
- Ask questions. See someone using the lens you’ve been coveting? Go ahead and ask how they like it. Want to know what settings someone is using to capture a silhouette? Go ahead and ask. The Clickin Walk is about sharing and shooting together, so don’t be afraid to jump right in.
- Shoot for yourself. Go ahead and explore whatever catches your eye. You may be very surprised at how much you love the photos you take when you let yourself to get creative and try new things.
- Have fun and take lots of pictures. Obviously!
Here are what some of my favorite Clickin Walk attendees from previous years had to say.
“I wouldn’t miss the Clickin Walk for the world! I met so many wonderful women and had the best time getting to know everyone. My whole family enjoyed it and we are anxiously awaiting this year’s Clickin Walk.” – Caroline Jensen
“Last year was my first year participating in the Clickin Walk. It was so fun to get together and meet other photographers that share the same passion as I do: taking pictures. There were momtographers, hobbyists, professionals, and paparazzi! (Wait, aren’t we all that one? ) :) The women I met are truly amazing and I have to say that no one really understands your passion unless they share that passion. What better way to spend an afternoon than to have time to shoot together at a various spots along our walk, chatting away and giggling. I found that I had to push myself to new avenues of photography and searching for the beauty in my surroundings. If you get a chance to go to a Clickin Walk, go for it!” – Courtney Karban
“Last year I was so nervous to go to meet all of the ladies on the Clickin Walk. I am a shy gal and was fairly new at my photography business. I was so happy I went though…..me and my “boot” (from a sprained ankle) met some of the most fun and helpful ladies! It is important to get yourself into a photography community, for bonding and to find resources for improvement. I have found that through Clickin Moms this past year!”
- Jennifer German
“I absolutely LOVED being a part of the Clickin Walk. It blows my mind how people who have never met one another before can come together in one setting and bond and connect because we all share the same true love, whether it’s fine portraiture, storytelling, lifestyle, macro, etc. While I love all my virtual friends to pieces, there are times that I long to be with people in person who talk my language, who understand my passion for what I feel with every click of the shutter. If any of you are on the fence about participating, please give it a shot. I didn’t know a soul last year, but I developed some friendships with women now who are truly blessings. No one is going to judge you based on your skill level or what type of camera you have. The bottom line is the fun, awesome relationships that are created based on the same true love – photography.” - Krista Resnick
Amy Lucy Lockheart, Minnesota
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Residing in Minnesota with her husband and three children, Amy has “always had an appreciation and interest in photography, but my beautiful children inspired me to pursue photography and for that I am so grateful.” Shooting with a Nikon D4 and varying prime lenses her “first priority is capturing the fleeting moments of childhood. I love photographing my own children and showing them how much I love them through the images I create. I also enjoy capturing the connections between family members as they interact in unique locations.” Picnicking in a state park with her family or searching for vintage treasures at antique shows is how she likes to spend her day off but she also enjoys volleyball, gardening, a good book, compassionate people, and watermelon. Amy is also the instructor for one of CMU’s newest workshops, Shooting 101: First Steps With A DSLR.
Thank you ladies for sharing your perspectives from past ClickinWalks! Would you like to participate in this years walk? Find a location near you and sign up today here! And thank you to our incredibly generous sponsors below who are offering up over $6,000 in prizes!