Who we are: The Friends Photo Society organizes monthly meetings focused on nature photography in the North West. These meetings typically consist of a presentation by a professional photographer, followed by a sharing of nature photos made by the attendees. In addition to guest speakers, we are planning to organize photo walks on the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge led by experienced photographers. The Friends Photo Society is a great opportunity to improve your photography skills, to network with other photographers and meet like-minded folks!
All Photo Society meetings are free and open to both members of the Friends and non-members. Monthly meetings are held at the Visitor Center at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood, OR 97140. on the first Thursday of every month at 7 PM .
The Friends Photo Society also offers some wonderful volunteering opportunities with the Refuge such as leading of photo walks at the Refuge, creating photo journals of major restoration projects at the Refuge, having your photos enhance our web page and social media, and others.
Do you enjoy taking nature photos? Would you like to improve your photographic skills? Come to one of our monthly gatherings to learn from the best!
April 2nd No meeting due to refuge closure.
May 7th No meeting due to refuge closure.
TBD Our guest speaker and presenter is Irene Vlach. Irene is a store volunteer and also a member of the FOR board. She has offered to share with us her photo impressions of a recent visit to Patagonia.
June 4th Our guest speaker and presenter is Susan Dimock. Susan Dimock is a retired clinical social worker and psychotherapist who quickly channeled her energy into a second career as a fine art nature and travel photographer. Based in Bandon, Oregon, she specializes in wildlife and seascape images of the coast where she and her husband have lived for 16 years. Her travel images of Oregon are seen throughout the world in print and in on-line publications due to her tourism contract work and her affiliation with Circles in the Sand of Bandon. Due to the uncertainty of the availability of the Visitor Center, this time the photo society meeting will be virtual: Susan will use Zoom to present her photos at 7PM June 4th. If interested, please send and email to Willem Stoeller (firstname.lastname@example.org) to indicate that you will participate. We will send All who registered an invite to the virtual meeting.
July and August There
will be no Photo Society meetings
October 1st Our guest speaker and presenter is Mike Dimock. “Back in the early days the medium format film camera I used limited me to working with landscapes. Once I was unencumbered and found the flexibility of more modern equipment I found that I really was more interested in photographing wildlife than landscapes. While I love working great sunsets or waterfalls, it is lying in the mud trying to work with a small shorebird or sitting in a meadow with a Savannah Sparrow that really gets me going.” Mike has offered to focus his presentation on shorebirds