I have some of the best friends. Seriously. In this industry, it’s fairly uncommon to have true friends who are also photographers for the same market of clients (I don’t know why!). But this group of gals is all about #communityovercompetition. Nicole from Nicole Wasko Photography, was the master mind of regular meetings to glean ideas and share techniques with each other. We met Nicole and her husband, Scott, a few months ago when they moved here from Southern California. We adore their love for the outdoors, and their adventurous spirits. Scott is always right there cracking the same corny jokes as Mike, and Nicole and I simultaneously roll our eyes and shake our heads. It’s a perfect match up. Ashley Nicole is equally amazing, and also moved here from Wisconsin with her hubby, Bryan, about a month before Nicole. They are also small business owners of Alacrity Photography. We love meeting new people from out of town! We love Ashley Nicole and Bryan’s easy going ways, and their thirst for new photography locations, and drive to be unique. It’s VERY refreshing! Not to leave anyone out, we also had two other photographers who I hadn’t met yet, who are also part of our group, Samantha (with Samantha Shannon Photography) and Renee (with Renee Tophia Photography). I feel so lucky to have such an amazing group of ladies!
Anywho, Nicole and Ashley Nicole organized our first “shoot out” (ha! I’m so dorky). We used Facebook to find two couples who were our test subjects and allowed us to practice some posing techniques. We met at Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton, just steps away from the Nike campus, where Nicole’s husband works. It was threatening rain as Ashley Nicole and I arrived a little early. Ashley and I wandered around to figure out the best lighting, while trying to stay out of the way for runners and bikers alike. Of course, I just had to capture a shot of Ashley Nicole, and she finally allowed me to frame her up. She’s great in front of the camera.
Shortly after, Nicole arrived, and just behind her, Kyla and Alan arrived, followed by Leah and Quentin. Kyla and Alan were referred to me by our mutual good friend and amazing hair and makeup artist, Aryka with Vivid Chromatic’s. Aryka worked her magic on Kyla and her bridal party for her wedding and they also become great friends in the process. Leah and Quentin are friends of Ashley Nicole, and also moved here from Wisconsin (apparently Oregon is a popular place to move to!).
We ended the day with some great photos of both couples. We finished the night off just across the street in an open field, which was close to a fairly busy road. Drivers were slowing down trying to figure out what all the cameras were for. I’m sure our couples felt like celebrities with all the cameras flashing away. It was so much fun!
We’re planning more shoots in the future and I can’t wait!