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Hi! I’m Kris, OCUS’s community builder. I recently spent my day with one of our most experienced photographers and wanted to share how much I learned and how good it felt to go on the field. Read on for more!

One of my main goals as a community builder is to create a strong relationship between photographers, videographers, and OCUS. And for me, the best way to do so is to get my hands dirty and get out into the field. That’s why as soon as my second week hit, I reached out to Robin Clouet, one of our most active photographers here in Paris, and arranged to tag along with him during his next OCUS photoshoot. This first experience was incredibly enriching...so much so that I actually decided to shadow him during a second photoshoot he had later in the day.

Being new to this role, I really wanted to get a feel of what a typical workday looks like for our photographers and learn more about their day-to-day. I don’t know about you, but for me, building a strong community comes with understanding what the people we work with actually do on the field!

Here’s how it went...First stop: Sam Thaï

This restaurant is part of a Thai chain with several restaurants in Paris. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a hiccup and when I arrived at the given address, Robin gave me a shout and let me know that there was a mixup and that the address was adjusted on our platform!

Although this wasn’t a massive change it added a bit of disruption to my day and gave me insight into the challenges faced by our community! I did think it was weird when I googled it the previous day and saw no sign of a restaurant on the “street view”, but I’d figured the owners had booked a studio or a specific venue for the photoshoot.