One of the things I enjoyed the most about photography school was being around other creative photographers and getting to share ideas and techniques. Its the thing I miss the most. Fortunately those opportunities still arise from time to time at large events such as the recent Imaging USA, PPA's huge convention for photographers held this year in Atlanta. Smaller events such as meet-ups offer another chance to enjoy the company of peers and last night was such a time. The Georgia Professional Photographers Association offers up small gatherings every so often and last nights shoot though lightly attended because of the weather was well worth dragging myself from my warm home.
Led by Augusta photographer Kevin Jiminez, we had a beautiful young model to work with on some senior photography style shots. It was rainy and cold so we were forced to spend most of the time indoors but we made the most of it, borrowing a photo studio in downtown Norcross and a cool little shop nearby. Kevin braved the drizzle for some stunning shots out on the street after dark, but I was a coward and chose not to subject my gear to the rain.
Photography meet ups are available to everyone, pro or amateur. i belong to a couple of others that meet often at interesting locations around the area. Check out the Decatur Digital Photography Meetup or the Southeastern Photographic Society Meetup. These groups have events every month and often get together afterwards at a nearby place to eat or have a drink.