Stop Looking For The Right Way

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” – Friedrich Nietzsche 

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You’re faced with a tough decision to make – like which new camera to buy or which album company to use.
The choice isn’t easy, and you know it’s going to have an impact on your photographic future. So you research.

You research the ever-living-daylights out of it.

You dig deep into forums and blogs, you email random strangers for their opinion, you make pro/con lists a mile long, you compare prices on about five dozen websites, and spend countless hours trying to figure out the right decision. By the end you’re more of an expert than the guy at the camera store, and you wind up teaching him about all the great features of the camera that make it such a great choice.

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Adventures Over Vacations

Are you using the vacation mindset or the adventure mindset when it comes to your photography and life? The one you choose can affect how you experience everything.

Let me tell you a little story about it…

It was a beautiful sunny day as we all piled into the van, almost bouncing with excitement. We were heading off to explore the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle, the longest continually run farmer’s market in the USA. We had been dreaming for weeks about all the amazing sights we would see and treats we would eat. We were so pumped to finally be going.

Rob put the key in the ignition, ready to get the trip underway and…..nothing. Nada. Silence.

The van would not start.

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What Lame Excuses Are You Using For Not Taking A Photo?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever used one of these excuses for not taking a photo:

  • My camera is upstairs/downstairs/not on me.
  • I’m too busy right now.
  • I’ll just do one later.
  • My kids are cranky (or I’m cranky).
  • I don’t look very good (didn’t brush my hair, am wearing sweatpants, haven’t showered today, etc.).
  • We have to get going.
  • I don’t feel like it.
  • The light isn’t very good.
  • I’d rather just experience this.
  • My photo wouldn’t be as good someone else’s.
  • No one will care about this photo.

I think I used at least half of those excuses in the span of 10 seconds as we stood outside of a photo booth at an amusement park.

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Should You Go To Photography School?

Ah, the great question: Do photographers need to go to photography school to be successful? If you’re like me, you’ve wondered about this more than a few times. It’s hard to know which path to take in order to create that photo life of your dreams. So join me in the library and let’s chat about it!

Watch the video now to see what we did, and what some of the pros and cons of photography school are.

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8 Reasons to Shoot a Documentary Photography Project

Shooting a documentary project – where you photograph a story out there in the real world – takes some work. But the payoffs from that work have the potential to be huge – for your vision, your skills, your energy levels, your business, and more. It almost doesn’t make sense not to do one!

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The Science of Facial Expressions And How It Can Improve Your Photography

Ever since we were all just wee babies, we’ve been learning to recognize facial expressions. It’s a critical part of social living. You’d think that all that practice would mean that we’re now experts in the field. False.

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