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. Examples of volunteer opportunities include, leading of photo walks at the Refuge, creating photo journals of major restoration projects at the Refuge, and others.
November 7th our guest speaker and presenter is Patricia Davidson, a professional nature and landscape photographer based in Oregon. She spent over twenty years on the southern Oregon Coast developing her landscape photography skills on the beaches and in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, she set off in an RV on an epic four year journey to photograph the American West. She will entertain us with photos from her travels for 4 years as a nomadic photographer visiting national and state parks.
December 5th our guest speaker and presenter will be Andrew Studer. Andrew is a professional commercial photographer and timelapse cinematographer based in Portland. With a huge passion for the outdoors, Andrew is constantly seeking out adventure and unique and engaging ways to capture what he sees. His work has been features in National Geographic, CBS news, BBC and many others. Andrew will present a selection of his nature photos and as a bonus also regal us with his incredible “Faces of Bhutan”.
April 2nd 2020 our guest speaker and presenter is Jennifer Costello. She has been a wedding and portrait photographer for 18 years, capturing 500+ weddings and 200+ portraits. In 2011, Jennifer created Portland Photo Tour as a different way to learn photography than was traditionally being offered. Since then, she has had the pleasure of instructing 2000+ students and still counting!
Jennifer offered to teach a class on the more technical aspects of photography, camera settings, etc.
If you want to take control over your camera instead of relying on automatic settings, you should attend!