“So basically I stumbled upon a silent dance party, live music, and delicious food all within 30 minutes
of being outside, and in a 10 block radius of my house. Portland knows how to do summer." -Olivia
Contributing photographer, Olivia Ashton, hit the streets of NE Portland with some of her favorite Will products and her friend Sophie last month. We asked her about her hometown of Portland, OR and what inspires her to be a photographer.
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What was your favorite part of this photoshoot?
Ah, definitely running around Portland chasing the sun with miss Sophie! We had been following each other on Instagram for a while, but this session was the first time that we met in person. She's incredible; kind, hardworking, compassionate, hilarious and effortlessly fashionable. Such a honey!
Did any funny things happen on the shoot?
Oh gosh! So many goofy little things happen during these shoots! Specifically at the food carts, there was a little 4 year old boy dressed as Batman that kept photo bombing us and then asking to see himself flying though the background of the shots. What a little legend!
How do you choose your locations?
I first chat with the client about the overall mood/vibe/feeling that we're looking to portray, and then start visualizing specific little scenes, colors, landscapes, lighting and outfits that will create that through imagery. I then start driving and carefully observing! Location scouting is one of my favorite aspects of photography, it helps me become more intimate with the area that I'm in. I love that about photography in general -- it's taught me to view the world in a different way. I'm more observant because of it.
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What led you to become a photographer?
People. I've always been fascinated with the fact that we can't see ourselves. We gaze out upon the world from behind our own two eyes, but we cant flip that perspective, visually. Photography is a tool that allows me to show people themselves. It's an opportunity for them to meet themselves in a new way.
What's your favorite thing to do in Portland during the summer?
Walk!! There is SO much going on in this quirky city once the sun comes out. For example! Last night I went for a little evening stroll, and stumbled upon:
1. A silent disco happening at Peninsula Park. To set the scene a little, there were probably 150 people dancing with big headphones on, but no audible music to the average on looker, amidst thousands of blooming rose bushes and golden sunset light streaming in and illuminating everyone groovin' -- I promptly joined the dance party of course!
2. TWO live bands performing, each on different street corners.
3. An evening farmers market with fresh berries, hand churned nut butters, and sweet, sweet humans.
So basically I stumbled upon a silent dance party, live music, and delicious food all within 30 minutes of being outside, and in a 10 block radius of my house. Portland knows how to do summer.
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What's your go-to spot in Portland to hang out?
Sunset picnics with my babes at Skidmore Bluffs is one of my top summertime rituals for sure.
What is your favorite Will product and why?
I am completely in loveeeeeee with the Siena Backpack. I have it in tan and it's my go-to. It perfectly compliments every outfit, is super light and comfy, and I feel like a badass wearing it.
We have a policy of 100% guarantee, what does quality mean to you?
It means that I can purchase your items worry-free, and that is freakin' PRICELESS! <3
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Follow Olivia on Instagram @olivia_ashtonn