As a Photographer, If you go online and do a search for different organizations or guilds that may interest you; you will see hundreds of them. There are photography guilds practically for every state and local city within those states. Most people I talk with, join these guilds in hopes of making more connections to further their business. Do they really work out for you, or do they just accept annual dues?
People all over, walk around with their cell phone calling themselves photographers. You'll see so many people snapping photos and posting them online but have never held a professional camera. Many will argue, that you don't have to know anything about a camera, but are you really considered a photographer?