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Capture Inspiration Photo Retreat: Chicago

I had two experiences this summer that inspired me to host a photo retreat. The first was teaching on creativeLIVE where I got to spend 3 days with the students in the class, morning til night (often until midnight shooting in our hotel rooms). The next experience was filming my new Framed show The Concept […]

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My Favorite Lazy Sunday

I love to create. This is no secret. I love taking pictures, editing pictures…heck I even like waking up at 4am to go on a 2 hour car drive to take a picture at sunrise. So today I wanted to show you what my favorite “Lazy Sunday” would be like. I went on a shoot […]

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Shooting for Lucy Schwartz

Towards the beginning of this year I was asked to shoot for singer/songwriter Lucy Schwartz to give her some artwork, and that is exactly what we set out to do during this shoot! We shot in an abandoned building complete with a big train, smoke bombs, lots of butterflies, and a beautiful crew. My good […]

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Song Freedom + Youtube Videos!

I love making videos of my shooting process. It is sort of like taking lots of internet friends out into the woods with me to keep me company. One of my favorite things to do is to teach and share how I work, and little videos have been the best way to do that. Sometimes […]

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After Dark Education + Workshops!

Every time I sit down to write about a teaching experience, I am struck dumb with silence when my fingers should be moving hysterically over the keyboard. I have so much to say. I have so many emphatic words to write with exclamation points and smiley faces. Yet somehow, it doesn’t seem like enough. Sometimes […]

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Creating a Mermaid, and Teaching It, Too!

I love mermaids. I love tension. I love anything abandoned. I love flowing gowns. I love water. Needless to say, I was very excited about this picture. Last August was when I first thought about creating this picture. I had the general idea of wanting to photograph a mermaid in a fish tank in an […]

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Dallas Workshop!

Last week I was in Dallas, Texas teaching a two day workshop. As is often the case, almost no one was from Dallas! But I sure did feel the southern hospitality. I started out my trip by going to a grocery store where we asked a clerk what fresh foods are the best right now…he […]

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Creating Black Smoke

After posting my last photo called “Wild Birds Burning” I got a few questions about how I put it together, so I wanted to address some of those questions and see if it can help anyone. First, if you haven’t seen it, this is the behind the scenes video showing a lot of my shooting […]

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Creating “House of Floods”

Three years ago I did a practice run of this image by taking a picture of my walls and then finding a stock picture online of the ocean. I composited them together very crudely and the whole thing looked like a mess. I tried creating this picture 4 more times after that, and each time […]

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The Hostile Branches of Whistling Fog Forest

The process that I went through to create “The Hostile Branches of Whistling Fog Forest” is like none I have ever completed. I set out about six months ago to begin creating this series but soon realized that I was in need of, and in store for, a change. I wanted to start taking my […]

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