How To Get Great Photos of Yourself Visiting Portland, Oregon!

August 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Portland gets lots of visitors.  Many of them post pictures of themselves on their blogs or social networking sites. The vast majority of these images are poor cell phone pix.  Sometimes, in an effort to create a better image, they will hand their phone or point-and-shoot camera to a stranger to photograph them in front of a local landmark.

There is a better way!

 

If you wish to do something special and stand out from the crowd, consider hiring a good, local photographer.   Look for one who knows the city and is willing to spend an hour or two driving around with you to the special scenic spots that say Portland!   It's not as easy as it sounds.  Good photography depends on good light and the light in Portland changes constantly with the time of day, the weather, and the season.   If you don't know where to shoot when, you can waste a lot of time and create a lot of boring photos.

Get some shots showing you (and your companion?) doing Portland.   For example, you can pose in front of the Portlandia statue:

 

Stand in front of the "Keep Portland Weird" sign:

The "keep portland wierd" sign, by Beyond Boudoir Photo, Beyond Boudoir Photo is a discrete, private photography service for women and couples in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington area.  Keep Portland Wierd

Pose for photos along the famous Willamette River: Hawthorne Bridge, Portland Oregon, girl posed on bench with coffee and cellphone

 

 

 

Visit Spartacus:

Posing in front of Spartacus, Portland, OregonPosing in front of Spartacus, Portland, Oregon

 

Stroll through Chinatown: Pose in front of the statue in Chinatown, Portland, OregonChinatown in Portland

 

Sit next to former Mayor Vera Katz:

 

 

 

Drink from the famous Simon Benson Bubblers!

 

 

The trick is finding a photographer who knows their way around the city and is flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions.  Remember to ask how you will receive your images.  If they hand you a disk or memory card at the end of the shoot, it may be difficult for you to process the images and post them to your page/blog quickly.  I think it is best for the photographer to go home, process the photos right away and email them to you the same day.  You can then simply select the images you wish to post or send to friends via your mobile device.

Imagine how impressed your Facebook friends will be!   Drop me a note if you will be visiting Portland and would like to commemorate your stay with professional photos.

 

 


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