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!
February 6th Our guest speaker and presenter is Rebecca Benoit. Rebecca is an award-winning photographer and Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom. She has been teaching photography since 2002 for private groups and clients as well as for Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Sherwood Foundation for the Arts and several other camera clubs and Meetup groups. She is an Assistant Organizer for the Portland Vancouver Photography and Women Learning Photography Together Meetup groups in Portland. Her photography has been shown in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Rebecca has agreed to do a presentation on photo editing using Lightroom.
March 5th 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.
April 2nd 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!
May 7th 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 to be announced.
July and August There
will be no Photo Society meetings
September 3rd to be announced
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