Being an independent event photographer doesn't have to mean getting every gig on your own. By partnering with professional event planners, you can ensure far steadier streams of work while still working (mostly) on your own terms. Plus, the right event companies can help you to find the gigs you like and ultimately improve your portfolio and potentially your profitability. However, there are a few things you need to know going forward. Here are five top tips on creating lasting, lucrative partnerships with event planning companies.