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Who Says That Travel Photography Is Not A Contact Sport?

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When it comes to travel photography, I am not all that surprised that many emerging and aspiring photographers have a somewhat over romanticized notion of the challenges many of us face in making a career out of this profession. In all honesty, I was just as guilty nearly nine years ago when I purchased my first DSLR and decided that this was going to be my path. Like many people, I had a love of travel and figured that photography would be the glorious means in which I would be able travel to exotic locations, meet amazing people and of …

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Where Is The Fun In Specializing As a Photographer?

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When it comes to professional photography, you commonly find that photographers choose to specialize in a specific genre, such as wedding, landscape or travel photography for example. Some photographers even take this to the next level, labeling themselves as “HDR” photographers or “Black and White Fine Art” photographers. This mindset is certainly not endemic to just the photo industry and is in reality…usually just business 101. If you want to make a name for yourself or your brand, it can help to have a business that your customers or clients can associate with a very specific style or type of photography. …

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Behind the Lens: The Power of an Image

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As I was walking around my parents house this holiday season, I came across an image of myself as a wee little lad. Not only did I do a double take, but I had to run and grab my son so that I could take this photo to show the similarities between my son Jack and I as little babies. It got me thinking about the nostalgic feeling that childhood images have for both the parent and the child when they grow up. Living in the digital age, Jack, and subsequently my wife and I, will never have to deal …

What I am Thankful For

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As many of us sit down with friends and family today, its a good time to reflect on life and whats important.

Behind the Lens: Self Reflection

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Today I found myself busy as usual. Alot of very exciting projects, organizations and collaborations have all started to come together in the past two years and now days I find myself constantly searching for more time. More time to work, more time to write, more time to photograph and more time to spend with my family. However as I was working today, I glanced at my Google+ account and realized that over 100k people have decided to put me in their circles. That is a humbling number and one that certainly makes me appreciate the opportunity you all give …

Passion for Photography – The True Voyage of Discovery

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The True Voyage of Discovery Lets face it…photography is expensive. Whether you are a full time working professional or you just happened to recently find your artistic side, having a passion for photography can be extremely hard on the wallet. Between picking up professional DSLR camera bodies, having the sharpest glass (lenses) and traveling all over the world, it is no wonder that fewer and fewer photographers have the ability to pursue this passion full time. I have worked incredibly hard over the past five years to get to where I am now. 2010 has come and has nearly gone and when …

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Passion for Photography

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The question I am asked most often always goes something like this, “I have always dreamed of becoming a professional photographer, what is your secret?”.  As the photography industry itself continues to drastically change, I have noticed a constant flow of new people flooding into the ever shrinking photography job market. Whether it is because of the advancements in technology that has made owning a DSLR more affordable or the fact that people are being forced to think outside of the box to find any work at all, the fact remains that every day, more and more people are taking up the …

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Keep Close to Nature’s Heart….

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John Muir once said, ““Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” I think it is easy for most of us to lose that sense of connection with the “wildness” that John Muir so passionately talked about. Life is a complicated and dynamic, always changing and moving in a direction, but sometimes you have to force yourself to stop what you are doing and truly embrace all things nature. I was born in Berkeley, California in 1982 and although I grew up …

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A look back at my first paying photo job…EVER!

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Those that know me personally, know that I am a very reflective person. I enjoy looking back on the past in appreciation of the present moment. It is amazing to think about how many different experiences, moments, relationships, jobs or missed opportunities brought you to where you are today. It should then not be a surprise that I would look back on my first paid photography job ever.