Photography is not a collaborative medium. Just look at the tools of the craft. They’re all made for single operators.
Unlike musicians, there’s no “sitting in” with another photographer during a gig. Sure, you can drop by and help move sandbags or fetch coffee, but your creative input won’t be welcomed.
That’s something you save for your own sessions.
For those that choose this path, it’s easier if you understand the difference between being alone and being lonely.
One is not the other.
Self-selecting as an artist in any medium is going to take you out of the mainstream.
That’s why I love it so much.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.