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Reconnecting With My 9th Grade Teacher

First of all, Mr. Kneier, please don’t judge me too harshly based on my grammatical errors. Grammar was never my strong suit. Spinning a yarn, though, now that I can do. A few months ago I got an email that surprised me. It was my 9th grade English teacher. For some backstory, this was me […]

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Success & Insecurity

So often success comes with insecurity. You have a dream, you work hard to achieve it, and then when you have reached your goal, you sink. “Now what?”, you’ll think to yourself. “How can I stay on top?”. It can be difficult to work at something for so long, or for so hard (or likely […]

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Photoshop World 2013 Keynote Recap

Almost 2 months ago I received a rather unbelievable email in my inbox. It was from Adobe. It mentioned Photoshop World. I was instantly excited because I have wanted to teach there for the last year but never quite reached out to the right person and it wasn’t happening. I had not let my hopes […]

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Introducing…

These are the 10 words that I would use to introduce myself. Passionate. Inspired. Empathetic. Driven. Introverted. Creative. Earthy. Dreamer. Vegan. Resolute. What are your 10 words? I have given a fair amount of thought about who I want to be, and how I would like to be perceived. The two answers to those questions […]

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Danielle & Chad Get Married

Times I will photograph a wedding: if I love someone very, very dearly. My cousin is 5 years younger than me. She is 21 years old now, the same age as when I got married. Some of my most vivid memories of her are when we visited the Grand Canyon, she was 11 and I […]

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Creating “Solitary Confinement” + Using a Strobe!

A few months ago I was gifted some strobes from my photography-challenger & partner-in-crime, and I have been slowly working with them ever since. I haven’t done anything fancy, I just try to apply my love of visuals in photography to the Strobist way. I am resistent. I do not enjoy working with lights like […]

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Fear is the Mind Killer

I got this tattoo on my arm about 5 years ago that reads “Fear is the mind killer.” It was inspired by my favorite book, Dune, by Frank Herbert. Here is the whole passage: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. […]

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What Is “Originality”, Anyway?

We see words like “unique”, “original”, and “one-of-a-kind” thrown around a lot. It is what artists strive to be. It is how we as artists are judged. It is what determines if an artist is prolific or not. Because there is such emphasis on originality, I thought it best to define originality, and talk a […]

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I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER

As I began taking pictures, my dream was to be a photographer. I thought that I had to quit my full-time job to be a photographer. I thought that I had to sell prints for a certain amount of money to be a photographer. I thought that I have to have a certain amount of […]

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6 Steps to Staying Motivated

A couple of weeks ago someone wrote to me explaining a problem that not only she has, but most likely everyone has had: STAYING MOTIVATED! She explained that she is in college studying art and photography, and she thought that she would feel more motivated than ever to create. Instead, the opposite seems to be […]

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