Why should you collaborate with other photographers?

As a school, sports, and dance photographer, it is easy to view everyone else as the competition. You’re all vying for the same clients, right? Why would you share your secrets with them, and why would they help you?

While this seems logical, there’s a much more productive approach: to collaborate with other photographers can significantly expand your professional network and elevate your business.

Some of our most successful changes in business or systems upgrades have been the result of collaboration with other volume photography businesses.

We hosted a conference that had speakers from all over the world, to offer different perspectives on approaching school, sport and dance photography. I think we learned as much knowledge as we shared that day!

CloudPics was launched shortly after.

Here’s why treating your peers as resources, rather than competitors, can be a game-changer.

➡ Collective Learning:

When you collaborate with other photographers, it provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences. You can learn new techniques, tricks, and best practices from those who have different styles or specialisations.

Whether it’s mastering the art of capturing the perfect dance move or perfecting sports action shots, there’s always something to gain from your peers.

➡ Cross-Promotion:

Working with photographers in the same or a similar niche to you allows you to tap into their existing client base. When you collaborate on a project, you gain access to their network, potentially attracting new clients who appreciate your unique skills and perspective.

Cross-promotion can be mutually beneficial, as you introduce your clients to your collaborators’ work too.

➡ Resource Sharing:

Equipment, props, and locations can be expensive. When you collaborate, you could potentially pool resources, reducing individual costs. This not only helps you save money but also opens up opportunities for larger, more ambitious projects that might have been beyond your reach alone.

➡  Creative Inspiration:

Being surrounded by like-minded individuals can ignite your creativity. Brainstorming ideas, sharing concepts, and bouncing thoughts off each other can lead to groundbreaking projects that set you apart in the industry.

Collaboration can breathe new life into your work, making it more appealing to clients.

➡ Building a Support System:

In a competitive field, having a support system of fellow photographers who understand your challenges can be invaluable. They can offer advice, lend a listening ear during tough times, and celebrate your successes with genuine enthusiasm.

A Word on Trust:

Trust is the cornerstone of successful collaborations in the world of photography.

Once maintained, trust goes beyond sharing ideas and plans.

You must believe in each other’s professionalism, respect each other’s creative visions, and have confidence in your ability to work together seamlessly.

When trust is present, you can overcome challenges, navigate disagreements, and produce outstanding work as a team.

What’s more, trust extends to how you represent each other to clients, ensuring that the collaborative efforts enhance your collective reputation and further strengthen your professional network. So, remember, in the realm of photography collaboration, trust is the glue that binds creativity and success.

How to get started

There are several options for collaborating with other photographers or businesses, depending on what you want to do and/or learn.


  • Looking for Facebook groups dedicated your area of expertise (e.g. Volume Photography Workflow Help & Tips) for online networking
  • Following other sports, dance and volume photographers in your wider area on social media to get to know them and their style
  • Attending trade shows and exhibitions to network and keep up-to-date
  • Reaching out to photographers for advice, and giving it out too. For example, offering a photographer new to the industry a chance to shadow you for a day.
    Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It doesn’t need to be. You’re only sharing knowledge that they’ll find out sooner or later anyway and this way, they’ll remember your professionalism and, usually, not compete directly with you.

Let’s get better

Rather than seeing fellow photographers as only competitors, embracing them as collaborators can be a transformative approach.

You can not only enhance your skills and creative potential but also broaden your professional network. This ultimately leads to increased success in the world of school, sports, and dance photography.

So, reach out, connect, and discover the incredible benefits of working together in this exciting industry.

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