Instameet, 2014 by Katie Reahl

On November 2nd, I did one of the most amazing things I've done with photography so far. And that my friends, was attend an Instameet. For those of you who don't know, an Instameet is an event where photographer, models, and general Instagrammers meet in a given spot at a given time and hangout/take photos. I had been wanting to go to an event like this for awhile, but I had never had the time before. However, when I saw that some of my favorite photographers were hosting an Instameet in Portland, I flipped out. "There is nothing that is going to stop me from going to this event," went through my mind as I asked my parents if they could drive me to a sketchy part downtown to meet up with people I've never met from the internet. By some miracle, I convinced them to let me go and at 2:00 pm, I was standing in front of VooDoo Donuts with a camera in hand and butterflies in my stomach. When I arrived, there was a group of people standing in a circle, all with cameras around their necks; a dead giveaway that these are the people I need to be talking to. The weather was perfect except for the sky threatening for rain. While I was second guessing that I should go, this was one of the arguments I thought up as I walked towards the group. However this argument was rapidly brought down; I'm a Portlander - I can handle rain. When I approached everyone, we exchanged names and usernames (@katiebug_photography) and quickly grew comfortable around each other. After standing for a few minutes, the hosts of the Instameet came and I was pretty much dying inside because these people are good -- like really good. These hosts included : (Left to right) @photo_wzrd, @the.brink, @pnh_, @davis.hilton, @sun_whisper, @kykythebutterfly, & @teapalm.


All amazing photographers, all worth checking out. Anyways, we all traveled down to the waterfront near the Portland Saturday market, took a group shot, and were on our way. The hosts got us all started and began photographing immediately which definitely helped us all get in the photographing mood. I was snagged to model in a few here and there: Here is a shot of @davis.hilton photographing me, photograph him. 

After photographing in this section of the downtown, we all ventured along downtown. By chance, one of the people attending the Instameet (@demurela on instagram) knew of a helicopter landing pad nearby that is accessible to the public. So, none of us saw a point in not going to the super cool place that we probably would never get a chance to photograph again, so we all followed her there. On our way of corse we got stopped by a few cool buildings and alleys that were screaming to be photographed, but we arrived around sunset. After climbing 9 flights of stairs, we arrived at the top and discovered the phenomenal view. The sun was just beginning to set over Portland and we could see the bridge from where we were. There were building surrounding 3/4th of the building so the lighting was absolutely perfect because it was reflecting off all the glass. When we were finishing photographing, we all walked towards the food carts, got food, and I said my goodbyes and headed home. 

I can't get over how absolutely cool it is that people from all over, with no connections other than a common place they call home and a common passion, can meet up and have a spectacular evening. I loved meeting everyone and I can't wait for the next Instameet. If you'd like to see more photographs from the shoot, you can look at the hashtag #pdxinstameetup on instagram and see photographs from everyone that was there!

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Until Next Time,