These days almost everyone has a camera available to them.  Most of the cell phone cameras have actually exceeded the first digital camera that I had and the newest slim digitals can easily fit into a purse or pocket.

So what does that have to do with networking?

The next time you are at an event, pull out your camera and snap a few shots around the room.  Maybe catch a few people deep in conversation or get a few pics of the speaker in action.

Then find out who they are and what they do.

Later, when you get back to the office, download the photos to your computer (or send them directly from your camera, if you’re able).  Send them to those pictured with a quick note saying how you caught them in action and to feel free to use the photo any way they’d like.

It’s a slightly different way of coming to their attention (or furthering an existing relationship) and it let’s them be the focus of attention for a while.  If they are particularly savvy, they could even pop the picture up on their favorite social media site to show off what they’ve been up to.

So, have you ever used a camera for networking?