Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum bring photography enthusiasts to annual ‘InstaMeet’

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OKLAHOMA - Most of us have a smartphone, making it so easy to share our experiences to the world, but are you showing your life in the best light?

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum invited experts and amateurs to come out for the second annual 'InstaMeet.'

"It gets me out of the house. You see lots of new stuff and also the memorial, so it's a great opportunity to meet people," said Tom Joe Finnin.

InstaMeet happen all over the world.

The coordinator creates a hashtag to spread the world.

More than 600,000 posts are on Instagram using #InstaMeet.

This is the second year the memorial has put on an event like this, bringing out amateur and professional photographers to meet and share ideas.

"Of course, just to meet up with everybody. Your own kind get together, and it's a lot of fun," said Christian Bruggeman with Bedford Camera & Video.

And, the experts said it's all about practice.

"Just keep on shooting. I mean, it really is. Sometimes, you just have to keep on shooting. Work your craft. Sometime,s you just have to try different angles. Not matter what camera you have. Get down low, or get up high or move around,” Bruggeman said.

Lauren Long is a professional photographer.

For her, it's a way to pay tribute to a family member no longer around.

"My love of photography really started from my grandmother," Long said. "She's no longer with us but, everywhere she went, Grandma had a camera. Grandma was ready to take a photo."

And, for Eddie Hagler, it's an important piece of history.

"Moments change, and those photos are a way to help you remember people and events of your life. Nothing can replace them,” Hagler said.

You can check out the photos taken from the InstaMeet using #InstaMeetOKCMemorial.

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