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8 Thoughts That Motivate Me to Chase Success

1. Redefine Success. Do not allow the meaning of success to be reduced to money, fame or possessions. Do not allow the magnitude that is success to be diminished by believing it is only for a select few. Do not allow success to slip through your fingers because you believe you are not deserving. Redefine […]

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The Joy of Beginnings

I had a really amazing experience recently during a workshop I was teaching. I decided to open up my Flickr page to show the very first images I ever created. I like those images. I am proud of the work that I did to create them and I like sharing them with people. There are, however, […]

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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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What’s in a Number?

I remember when I started uploading my pictures to Flickr. It was my first real experience with social networking, and the buzz on the streets sounded something like…”So, how many views do you have”? I used to get Flickrmail asking that question, comments, and when I met people in “real life” too, it was the […]

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10 Pieces of Advice for New Photographers

1. Believe that your art is worth the time to perfect. Too many people get intimidated by other photographers, feel too frustrated with the technology, or feel upset when they can’t come up with a masterpiece idea. Remember that everyone has been there at some point or another, and that it is a cycle. If […]

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What Does it Mean to Grow Up?

“You’ll be able to do that when you’re older…” “Just wait until you grow up a little bit more…” “You aren’t old enough yet…” For most of our childhood we are given cues, both subtle and apparent, that tell us we need to and will grow up eventually. It tells us that we are still […]

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It Can Be Done

I was 21 years old.  I picked a DSLR up for the first time. I thought about what I wanted to shoot. The first words out of my mouth were these: “I want to make it look like someone is half underground and half above ground…stuck in the earth.” Needless to say, I did not […]

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Throw it Away

Comparison to others is a learned trait, and so stopping that trend is also something that must be learned. It is far safer to follow someone else into the unknown on a path that is proven to work, but this path makes us forget about why we are on the journey in the first place. […]

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The Journey, not the Result

The other day I was looking back through my Flickr stream with friends and we all sort of laughed about some of my earlier pictures. Some were pretty comical and didn’t reflect my style at all, while others showed promise and provided a light as to where my style might go. Someone asked me, “Why […]

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Contest #5 Winners: Motion

November seemed to be a great month for movement. There were so many submissions to the contest this month, and even after I went through all of them I still had a 3 page document of links that I wanted to include in this blog post! But I had to narrow it down, and my […]

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