Studio688er, Caitlin Horton joined local graphic designer and photographer, Khara Woods, for Worldwide InstaMeet 12 (#WWIM12) on October 4th.

Here’s the short tale of how #WWIM12 came to Memphis.

Photo by Adarryll Jackson.

Photo by Adarryll Jackson

Khara Woods follows @TheOnlyTennISee Instagram account. On Friday, October 2nd, she saw a montage of photos promoting @WorldWideInstaMeet12 (#WWIM12) on @theonlytennisee account. She also noticed the events were to occur that very weekend in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. Khara thought to herself, “What about Memphis?”

Photo by Johnny Meant

Photo by Johnny Meant

Feeling as though she’d “missed the boat,” she replied to the post, noting how she wished she’d known in time to organize a Memphis #WWIM12 event. Only moments later, other IG-ers seconded her sentiments and encouraged her to “get one organized,” despite the short timeline she had in which to do so.

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Photo by Josh Savage

With so little time to put this thing together, Khara initially intended to let the idea go this time around. However, when @TheOnlyTennISee commented they’d post her event to their feed if she agreed to hold one, she went with it.

She contacted Rosemary Dunn (@rosemarydunnn), who’d previously held the first InstaMeet Memphis in Overton Park. She and Rosemary quickly got together, finalized the details, and set the meet for Sunday, October 4th at 4pm.

Photo by Adarryll Jackson

Photo by Adarryll Jackson

They chose the Broad Avenue Arts District for their meetup. “We picked this spot because it’s a Memphis landmark. There’s so much texture, history, and color on Broad. I thought we’d get some great photos there,” said Khara.

Khara anticipated that only she, Rosemary, and one or two other people would show up. She was “pleasantly surprised” when around 20 people showed.

Photo by Johnny Meant

Photo by Johnny Meant

“There was even a couple from Brazil who visited our group. It was so nice to meet people I’d been following on IG for awhile. Our tour of Broad Avenue was incredibly inspiring and made me appreciate our creative community here in Memphis even more. I cannot wait for the next meetup,” said Khara.

Photo by Josh Savage

Photo by Josh Savage

Next for InstaMeet Memphis is, of course, more InstaMeets. Khara and the crew are also working on a directory of photographers. She’d like to keep everyone up to date on photography jobs that will allow InstaMeeters the opportunities to stretch themselves, get inspired, learn new skills, and get paid!

Photo by Adarryll Jackson

Photo by Adarryll Jackson

Finally, InstaMeet Memphis is also looking for interested and enthusiastic volunteers to host events and help out with social media. If anyone out there wants to learn more about how they can help push InstaMeet Memphis to the next level, email Khara and the team at instameetmemphis@gmail.com.

Photo by Josh Savage

Photo by Josh Savage

Finally, to see many more photos, from @JohnnyMeant, Reid Mitchell (@beidly), Eric Janssen (@webraw), Adarryll Jackson (@adarrylljacksonsr), Nicholas Warden (@_ncwwcn), Josh Savage (@savage_artist), Ziggy Mack (@fomoloop), @mercedeem, and many others, check out this Storify we put together on InstaMeet Memphis’ edition of #WWIM12.

Finally, run on over and follow InstaMeet Memphis on Instagram at @InstaMeetMemphis.

 

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I'm a native Memphian, a University of Memphis alum, and a writer. I enjoy taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes our wonderful city has to offer. Pros: I'm bookish and fancy myself a good conversationalist. Con: I talk about cats and Crossfit more than most might appreciate.

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