Meet Up Review: Specialized Photography Workshop May 2014

WARNING– this was a photography workshop event which means this post is about to get picture heavy! All of the pictures below were taken by team members of the Portland Bloggers’ leadership team and not a professional photographer. You might even be able to see us trying to utilize the photography tips we received during the event!


portland photography workshop teachers

In early May the Portland Bloggers hosted our annual Photography Workshop at the amazing studio space of Favery and Elli. This year’s event was taught by three local photographers, Margaret Jacobsen Photography, Linnea Paulina Photography, and Aubrie LeGault Photography. We are always trying to offer Portland Bloggers opportunities to learn and build on their skills. So, while last year’s event focused on photography basics, this year’s event was much more specialized.
portland bloggers may meetup
elli office space
swag bags portland bloggers

Photography Workshop Focused On Close-Up Shooting and People Photography

The opportunity to teach bloggers more about the type of photography that they actually use in their lives and their blogs was too good to pass up. Thankfully, we had some of the most talented Portland photographers volunteer their skills and a really beautiful space to work in. We covered SO much material in two different break out sessions and a photography panel that we are actually going to break these posts up a bit. Check back often over the next few weeks to see photography tips and what other bloggers learned at this event.

Classic Vintage Rentals Portland Bloggers Meet Up
Favery Jewelry
Elli Paper Goods Design

About the Venue— and offered up their beautiful studio for the event which helped shape our goal for the specialized photography workshop. is a private-sale site that brings members jewelry at member-only prices. They also provide styling ideas and inspiration in their How To Wear section of the website. helps brides style a uniquely personal wedding by offering a full suite of customizable products that includes everything from invitations to day of décor to favors and gifts. The Elli blog is a treasure trove of ideas for any type of party. 
Favery set out a variety of jewelry pieces that bloggers were able to use as props while they learned about how to improve their people photography. Elli created small vignettes utilizing their printed products for bloggers to practice their close up photography. Florals are the work of Swoon Floral Design and chairs are from Classic Vintage Rentals.

Photography Lessons

Blogger Photography Workshop

Blogger Photography Workshop

About the Photographers—

There is no lack of creative talent in Portland, Oregon. Though, to be able to have some of the BEST Portland area photographers to teach photography tips… WOW. Don’t believe me? Check out there websites and come back over here. Linnea Paulina and Aubrie LeGault taught bloggers tips for photographing still life, close-up shots. This session was built for bloggers who often photographed food, DIY projects, or vignettes. Margaret Jacobsen took a group of bloggers outside to work on people photography, learning how to focus on details, step out of their comfort zone, and be more bossy to get the shot that they want. This session was perfect for bloggers wishing to improve their photos of fashion, DIY clothing items, and portraits. After the two break out sessions, the photographers gathered in the venue to answer photography questions.

Portland Bloggers Photography Workshop


Photos: We’ve got a TON more photos up in our Facebook photo albums. We’d love to add your favorite photos from the event as well! Send us your favorite photos (up to 10) with your blog logo and URL and we will add them to the album with a link back to you! Send via Dropbox or GoogleDrive to

Blogging Tip: Check out the Elli.Com blog posts using the set ups that they created for this event. This is a perfect example of how to use one event/photo set up for several different blog post ideas without boring your readers. Posts: Favor Gift Bags for Your Dessert TableHow to Style a Dessert Table,  and Wedding Trends We Love: Florals and Stripes

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  1. June 2, 2014

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