Rain fell across Washington DC on the Saturday of the PortraitMeetDC event, but it would take more than that to stop models and photographers from coming out. Portrait meet-ups have become a common occurrence throughout the United States, if not world wide. Offered as an opportunity to network and build portfolios, PortraitMeetDC aims to involve the local community by providing rotating local spaces as the epicenter for events. It’s an innovative tool to provide photographers a space to push their creativity, but it also gives back to the business owners by providing a source of advertisement as images are posted to social media channels.
This particular meet-up was held at CAMPspace, a co-working building that offers unique rental packages for photographers. Although small, the space offers a plethora of mid-century modern pieces that mix well with the clean, modern aesthetic of the rest of the interior. Moreover, CAMPspace provides a wonderful patio area with plenty of seating draped in shade. The walls of the patio have streams of ivy blanketing many of the concrete walls, providing a beautiful color palette that’s sure to make headshot sessions stand out.
As for PortraitMeetDC, the organizers offer time slots for both photographers and models, which helps to deliver a more robust networking and portfolio-building experience for everyone. Limiting seating adds competition to land a spot and encourages people to show up when the time comes. It would be great to see organizers offer a way to review clothing options, models, and space photos prior to the event, as this would give photographers more time to develop a plan ahead of an event. Despite this, the community comes out strong by actively engaging one another throughout the time.
My participation in the latest event was minimal, as it was hard to spend time coaching individual models to fulfill my vision. It’s an unfortunate downside to community events, particularly when hosted in smaller spaces. Nevertheless, I was able to capture one image that I’m happy with. Moments after everyone left the scene, I asked the models to pose in a specific way, and although I was only able to capture a single frame, I think we were able to capture my vision. Check out the image below.