To celebrate the new year, we want to celebrate you: our customers who support us every year and are making amazing work in our community. Every month we will profile a different photographer/videographer in Portland to learn about their process, their gear and what they are looking forward to in the new year.
Our first profile features Ryan Souva, a Portland-based photographer, BMX rider and cosmetology student originally from New York. Since moving to the west coast in 2015, Ryan has jumped headfirst into the Portland photo community, exploring the city, the coast and the mountains with digital photography, film and drones. I met Ryan last year at one of our photo walks, and it’s been great to see his work and aesthetic evolve ever since.
He’s also the creator of “Coffee and Cameras PDX” a bi-weekly meet up for photographers to network, drink coffee, and photograph as a group around Portland. I joined Ryan and the other Coffee and Cameras PDX photographers on a rainy Sunday morning at the most recent meet up. There were about 15-20 photographers, all enjoying a chance to meet like-minded people and practice their craft in a relaxed environment.
Read our interview with Ryan and learn more about Coffee and Cameras PDX below.
When did you first become interested in photography?
My initial interest started around 2005 or so when I became friends with some out of town BMX kids that were into it. They would come ride and then towards the end of our sessions would pull out all of these crazy lights and stands and then shoot photos of everyone riding. Seeing the setup into the end result sparked it for me.
What is your favorite subject matter to photograph?
I honestly can’t say I have one favorite subject matter. Like I said before, BMX was initially what got me into the medium. I’ll always love shooting action sports and the process that goes into making that happen, but in all honestly I just love shooting regardless of the subject matter.
Where is your favorite location to shoot in Portland or surrounding area?
As far as favorite locations go, I’d have to say Oceanside, throughout Mt. Hood National forest, the various concrete skateparks throughout the area, and just wandering downtown.