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Women Learning Photography Together share their unique points of view

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dawn Baker, a member of Women Learning Photography Together, stands next to her image Crown Vista Aurora during the artists reception at The Beaverton Building on Nov. 10.Focus.

Creativity.

Perspective.

Imagination.

Women Learning Photography Together, a local Meetup group, offers all of the above and more, along with a strong dose of friendship and camaraderie. The group, which numbers 150 active members, is not only learning photography together, but sharing its work in a very public way, with a display on the first, fourth and fifth floors of The Beaverton Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way, through the end of December.

The group’s members include some who are relatively new to the art of photography and some who’ve been devotees for decades, but all, it seemed, were pleased for the chance to share their images with the public.

“I submitted three images and got such great feedback — I just loved it,” said Beaverton resident Janna Lopez, who has three images in the display. “For many of the women, including me, this is our first big pubic showing.”

“I was very excited,” said Aloha resident Wendy Sullivan-Weest, a member of Women Learning Photography Together who has two images on display at The Beaverton Building. “I believed they were exceptional images ... but you just never know. I’m so impressed by these women and their vision.”

The juried exhibit, selected by photographers, includes 65 images by 31 members of Women Learning Photography Together, some of those images traditionally framed and others metal prints. The exhibit came together with assistance and cooperation of the Beaverton Arts Commission.

The exhibition, however, is only the mostly visible representation of the creativity that comes from the group. Besides creating the images on display at The Beaverton Building, the women join together for group photo shoots, visiting — among many other locales — a lavender farm in Scholls, a “crepes and grapes” winery shoot, area waterfalls, the Japanese Garden and downtown Portland churches.

The group also spends a significant amount of time on education. Its members have learned from professional photographers, from experts in photo software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, about High-dynamic-range imaging, light painting and more.

Even better, many say, is the opportunity the group affords them to share their questions and tips with each other.

“It’s just a fantastic group of women. I always have a blast with them,” said Tigard’s Andrea Doolittle, a member for three years and also an assistant organizer with the group. “Aside from the classrooms, I just love going out with everyone else and seeing what angles they use and what ideas they come up with.”

“I really wanted to get into a group where I could take photos with the group,” said Sullivan-Weest, who’s been shooting seriously for more than 20 years and a member of WLPT for two years. “Going out on my own can be intimidating, but with the group, I’ve gone to some really fun places to shoot.”

The results — those on display at The Beaverton Building and on the group’s Facebook page — speak for themselves.