I've been here in Oregon for just over a week now, and this past weekend, was my first free time from working on my place! Saturday I got booked for two senior portrait photoshoots! I was super excited for that...
But since I've been constantly working on my place, I just never had the chance to go around town to search for places to take pictures at for Saturday! Mid week, I emailed a handful of photographers that I found online, that had some awesome locations in some of their shots, that was similar to what my the girls wanted for Saturday for their shoots! So, I kindly asked for some help with locations and such. To my surprise, I was not told any locations by anyone who I asked! Every email I received back where all kind of rude and simply no one wanted to tell me anything!
I immediately started thinking of home "cali" and how much different it is there! All the photographers out there that I look up to, have met personally... like: Jasmine Star, Bobby Earle, David Jay, Becker, etc at the smugmug meet and greets are all so kind, willing to help you out, share experiences, etc!
I felt so disappointed, or let down....im not even sure of the exact feeling I was feeling at the moment, but sad for sure! After hearing over and over from all these amazing, talented pro photographers, and them talking about having a close community, talking, sharing, etc...I had the expectation that I was going to have that here in Portland! And boy, was I wrong! I immediately looked up to see if there are any smugmug meetings in or around the area,so I can possibly have the opportunity to meet some nice people in the area, and to my luck, there was none! I was totally bummed out!
As bummed out as I am, I am going be the change that I can be, here in Portland! Its such a great city, I am not going to be like all the rest of the photographers out here! I am willing to lend a helping hand and talk to others, etc! I will be nice and definitely not rude to other photographers! My only fear is of moving here, is not getting clients so easily...because I am new in town...but new or not I know I will treat everyone with the kindness and respect everyone deserves!