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How to Organise and Run a Creative Photowalk

13th October 2016
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Creative photowalk

I love meeting new people, taking photographs and chatting over tea and cake. I’m also a huge fan of creative photowalks because they combine all three. They’re a great way to connect with like-minded folk, make new friends, see cool places, indulge in a little creativity and get some exercise. Pretty good, eh?

I organise seasonal Oxford Instameets with Independent Oxford and this year I led photowalks at Blogtacular and the Gathered Cheer Social. In fact, looking back I recall attending the first Worldwide Instameet in 2011, numerous Flickr walks and wandering around the streets of Oxford, Brighton and Worthing when I studied art. So today I’m sharing my tips to organise and run a creative photowalk. A day of fun, friendship and creativity.

How to Organise and Run a Creative Photowalk natashadenness.co.uk

How to organise and run a creative photowalk..

Things you might need

Your camera!
An umbrella
Sunglasses and sun cream
A drink and a snack
A pen and paper for people to list their names and social media handles
An event hashtag

Advertise

Once you’ve decided on a date you can start advertising. Consider the places you’re most likely to find your target audience. I tend to use social media, encouraging people to sign up on Facebook or Eventbrite. It’s wise to have an idea of how many people are coming in advance of the walk.

Plan the route

I plan my route in advance and establish safe places to cross the road! I also check we’re not going to encounter any disruption on the day.

Consider interesting places to photograph including beautiful architecture, attractive shop fronts, pretty streets, seasonal colours, street art and possibly even a place for a group shot. It’s lovely to take people to places they may not have been before.

Meeting place

It’s good to meet somewhere undercover should it be raining. I tend to book a large table or area in a cafe which enables people to relax and chat before we head off. I budget for an hour of socialising and plan a second meeting spot for later in the day.

The creative photowalk

Head off, have fun, take group shots, inspire, learn and share stories. Get the most out of the walk and try to chat to everyone who’s there. It’s kind to ensure no one is getting left out or left behind!

Extras

Always alert the venues in advance of your visit. If you’re running a photowalk for a business or organisation they may brief you on safety. Ask questions if you have any concerns. For large groups, you should ideally have a few organisers present and alert people to any potential hazards. If you’re running regular photowalks as part of your business, you may wish to consider getting insurance.

After the event

Sharing photographs is a lovely way to engage after the event and it’s fascinating to see how everyone captured the day. Just don’t forget to use the event hashtag! There’s often a buzz when the event is over so it’s great to send a save the date for the next photowalk.

Further reading

Seven of the most colourful London streets

If you’re planning a walk I hope you have a fantastic time!

How To Organise and Run a Creative Photowalk natashadenness.co.uk

Blogtacular 2016 photowalk led by me and Kristabel. Image credit: Will Ireland for Mollie Makes.

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16 Comments

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    Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 13th October 2016 at 8:52 am

    Brilliant info and tips, thank you. That photo at the end is so clever I love how everyone is looking at there phones! Xxx

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 13th October 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Ashley. You should come along to the next Oxford Instameet!

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    Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) 13th October 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Love this Natasha! I think its on my list of things I want to do, so will be referring back to this

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 13th October 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks Sue. I definitely think Manchester needs an ‘Old Fashioned Susie’ photowalk. Good luck!

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    Reply Lucy 14th October 2016 at 8:43 am

    I am actually planning one of these next year so this is really helpful … X

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 16th October 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Lucy. Good luck with the photowalk!

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    Reply Ravi Roshan Jaiswal 14th October 2016 at 11:27 am

    Hi Natasha,

    Wonderful tips to organised and run a creative photo walk. If you want to become a perfect photographer then a powerful camera is must which captures photo very well. Advertising is the best way to connect audience so it needs an effective and unique advertising. I highly agree with you in this tips.

    One important tips which you have mention here that is sharing the photographs is an effective way to engage. Also using hashtag of an event is necessary highlight the event. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good day.
    – Ravi.

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 16th October 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Ravi for your kind comment. I hope you had a great weekend.

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    Reply Geraldine 14th October 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Looks so fun but indeed lots of organising. Hope to attend one of yours soon x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 16th October 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Geraldine. That would be lovely!

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    Reply Abi 15th October 2016 at 10:37 am

    This is a great post and I’ve been on your photowalks! They are always great!

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 16th October 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much Abi. I hope to see you on another photowalk soon!

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    Reply Karen Knox 15th October 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oooh I wish we had more of this stuff up North. Looks like a great event!x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 16th October 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Karen for stopping by!

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    Reply The White Approach (@Mrs_Karen_Jones) 15th October 2016 at 3:51 pm

    What a wonderful idea. Must be so interesting and such a great way to meet like minded people. Might have to organise a Devon one. x

    • Natasha
      Reply Natasha 16th October 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you Karen. You should organise one, they are great fun!

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