Every once in a while people ask me: “Where do you get these ideas from?”. Usually I say “They just pop up”, but I’ve having been asked this question a few times this week, I took some time to think about it, and I’ve picked 10 projects from our portfolio to explain them.
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Regardless of where you live, chances are there’s some really incredible places to take photos nearby. The problem is, after looking at and photographing the same thing over and over again, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to see the beauty in it anymore. As a photographer, having the ability to find inspiration in the most boring, redundant, or even cliched locations is invaluable.
It’s frustrating, but, fortunately not all is lost. In the video below, Mike Brown invites us into his own backyard, a place he’s photographed a 1000 different ways already, to show us a few methods he uses to get the creative juices flowing when our eyes can’t see beyond routine.[Read More…]
In order to celebrate the unholy amount of snow that just fell on my neighbors in Buffalo and Western New York (how does two meters or six feet of snow in November sound to ya?), I thought I’d share a few of the stories behind some of my favorite winter photos.
When it’s cold and snowy, it can be hard to find the motivation to pull your camera out, so hopefully the stories behind these photos might inspire a few winter photography moments. Because, winter is coming.
Mary Ellen Mark is a photographer who needs no introduction. She has been creating her remarkable portfolio of images since the 1960’s. Outside of her notable street photography work, she has also found herself photographing movie sets and countless publications such as Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. Helena Christensen, a former Victoria’s Secret Angel and supermodel extraordinaire is also a talented photographer whose work you can find gracing the pages of Elle, Marie Claire, and Nylon magazines.[Read More…]
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I wonder, what else do “they” say? In order to find out I’ve culled together the best quotes on the subject of photography.
I hope they inspire you.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to photograph fitness model Kristen Cavarzan.
Kristen is an excellent hockey player, and with the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, we decided to do a women’s hockey inspired photo shoot.
I think it is not a know fact that Ben has only been shooting professionally for about 18 months. And actually quit his first job as an event photographer to peruse a career in engineering.
But then Ben quit his engineering life, and without a safety net jumped into the (cold, crowded) pool of making his job (and his life) 100% photography. Always seizing opportunities and never letting anything escape (even if the personal price was high).
The video below from Kevin Kubota’s Photographers Ignite pokes at bit at Ben’s brain. I am sharing this because I think Ben’s finishing words are strong and inspirational:[Read More…]
Making money as a creative can be is a tough grind.
As an established photographer once told me when I was just starting out: “My job is everyone’s hobby.”
Essentially, what he was saying was that everyone wants to be a famous photographer, musician or actor, but so few have that special combination of talent, personality and luck to actually make it happen.
The reality is that ridiculously talented creatives are a dime a dozen (literally in many cases…), but those who are able to translate talent into commercial success are a very rare breed.
With that in mind, I am going to look at an example from the musical side of artistic talent that I personally find inspiring because of the way these creatives have leveraged their considerable artistic talent into the kind of commercial success that we all aspire to.
How do you get inspired? 7 or so photographers (and others talk about inspiration)
So. What does it take to be a successful photographer? This, I guess, is a question that bugs (or bugged) you if you are in the field. More specifically, what does it take to be a successful working photographer.
While everyone probably have their own take about it, an interview with a few names you may have heard about reveals that many shares a similar view on what makes a successful photographer.
Surprisingly (or not), none of them talk gear. And almost every single one talks about commitment and balls.
This video shot by Fstoppers’s Lee Morris and Patrick Hall while they were doing the BTS coverage over at 2013 Gulf Photo Plus. It is full of inspiration, love and some hard truths. bewarned, it may just give you that final push you did not even know you needed.