A true group of friends and creatives, High Group is a collective of artists: from videographers to photographers and models, all working together for innovative fun; pushing creative boundaries and inspiring each other to new heights of their craft.
As social media continues growing in prominence, (Fun Fact: there are now more cellphones on the planet than there are toothbrushes!) many use platforms such as Instagram for inspiration, to see new places around the world or connect with others of a similar mindset. If you have been searching for a local talent (or talents) to follow, look no further as these six bring variety and heat to their sets.
High Group was launched unexpectedly six months ago as the brainchild of Hollis Porter aka @bokeh.rang after organizing a meetup for photographer friends during the summer. Creating content using Puffco products, they saw a real need for a group of like-minded individuals in the Seattle photographer community, especially with a cannabis focus.
Unfortunately, the next event they only had photographers turn out, and that was truly the launch pad that started High Group.
Their third meet up, was when the idea came to fruition. They decided to host a general photography event, inviting designers, models, artists, to come together, and it worked.
Since, High Group has hosted a handful of parties and meet ups and they don’t plan on stopping the connections, creations and cannabis fun. It has been through these events that local talents can meet, greet and create, whether it is on the spot or at a later date. Artists come in a variety of personalities and often they are reserved in their work, possibly shy, and finding those they can create with can be a challenge. Events like these act as an ice breaker and the Group itself works as a barrier for protection. Safety is always the priority when meeting strangers from the internet, so having a group that can connect you with others who are of a similar mindset is helpful and can be a safety precaution.
Plans for the future include branching outside of the Washington State market to other recreational and medically licensed states. Currently they offer media packages to local cannabis producers, processors and retailers, fine tuning cannabis marketing to an elevated platform with professional content; offering fresh, fun and art forward images that create desire.
In a city where talent is constantly showing up, High Group continues to push their own limits with daring sets and lifestyle shoots, as well as artistc approaches to cannabis modeling.
Where do you find inspiration?
“We bounce inspiration off of eachother. We have a group text and we are on there everyday, sending pics and getting critiques, giving eachother constructive feedback. It’s important to look to those avenues too, not just cannabis photographs but other professionals in the field, locally and outside.” -Oleg Zharsky
Meet the Team!
Fav Photography: Night Cityscape / Landscape
Fav Strain: Indicas
Fav IG: @anonymous_truthseeker
Fav Photography: Portraiture
Fav Strain: Dutch Treat
Fav IG: @oldppldoingthings
Fav Photography: Street/Landscape
Fav Strain: Peyote Purple
Fav IG: @wendys
Fav Photography: Lifestyle/Landscape
Fav Strain: Diesel Thai and Super Glue
Fav Photography: Landscape/Lifestyle
Fav Strain: Sour Tangie
Fav IG: @juxtapozmag
Fav Photography: Portraiture
Fav Strain: Gummo
Fav IG: @maxwellswift
Like what you see? You can find more works by the talented individuals of High Group on their IG
Written by: Masha Brown
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