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Julia Hembree: Putting a Feeling Forward in Expressive Portraiture

“Moving to New York by myself was an idea that I many times said to myself “WHAT AM I DOINNNNGGGG???!?!?!?!?”.” says Photographer Julia Hembree; a Brooklyn based creative that describes herself as always drawn to vulnerability. “I questioned if photography should be my career when I can get so fearful of failing, but what I have had to remember is that weaknesses can often be strengths. My personal work often deals with those weaknesses.” She loves natures, working with people, and finding a way to express herself through imagery. Using both surreal and project-based methods, her photography has a particular appeal to it that draws one in and makes them want to look at more.


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On Translating Anxiety and Depression Into Effective Imagery

“For ‘Akathisia,’ my self portrait series named after a side-effect of SSRI withdrawal, the fact that there are many days where it’s emotionally impossible for me to leave the apartment into part of the series.” says photographer Jonathan Higbee. “All of the series so far has been shot in my NYC apartment, which is not only appropriate for the project — it forces me to be more creative considering the limited space, lighting challenges and immutable background.


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This Magical and Gorgeous Bridal Session Involves a White Horse

“Haha, working with a horse always makes things a little bit more complicated.” says photographer Angela Candella about a wedding fashion shoot involving a fairy tale inspired look and a splendid white horse. “Sometimes, the owner of the horse would wave carrots behind me to try to get the horse’s attention, but truthfully, he was more interested in eating the wreath around his neck, and also trying to eat the bouquet.”


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Jess Pollock’s Double Exposures Convey Creative Experimentation

“I’ve been an artist and a photographer since middle school. Throughout my art classes in high school and college, I realized that I had a gift of framing my subjects and creating balance in both my paintings and photographs.” says photographer Jess Pollock. Jess has an interesting creative advantage in the fact that he works in various mediums. The ability to not hold yourself back in other mediums vs how one usually does in photography is one that often clashes. But Jess has learned to make his photographs better through skills he learned in painting and vice versa.


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The Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 Lets You Add Filters and Collages to Your Instax Prints

When Fujifilm launched their Instax printer a while back, we honestly couldn’t imagine a way that it could be improved or reworked. But Fujifilm has proven us wrong with their announcement of the Share SP-2 printer. The company claims that it has improved WiFi connectivity, quieter operation with a print appearing in 10 seconds as opposed to 16, and an improved app to work in conjunction with it.


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Tracie Maglosky: Planning an Underwater Maternity Photo Shoot

“As strange as this may sound, underwater photography is so amazingly meditative.” says photographer Tracie Maglosky about her underwater portrait photography. “Under the water there is very little sound and/or smells…since most creatives have peaked senses, eliminating a few is never a bad thing. It forces you to give all of your vision to the moment and distractions are minimized greatly.” Tracie is an Olympus Visionary who has been featured on the site before for this kind of work and her lighting style. Seriously though, who ever thought of doing an Underwater Maternity Photo Shoot?


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We’re Hiring: Freelance Writer for La Noir Image

Remember La Noir Image: that Kickstarter I tried to get funded but that failed because now I realized that no one wanted an app? Well it’s currently under reconstruction to become a full blown art community. When relaunched, La Noir Image will feature forums, articles, workshops, photography challenges, exclusive contests, etc. Thanks to the help of an Angel Investor, La Noir Image can become something bigger. The current La Noir Image is under construction.


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Three Web Communities for the Creative Photographer

While there are loads of photo communities to begin with for many of us photographers, some are different from the others in that they’re slightly more geared towards those of us who create rather than capture. For many years, Flickr was the king of this. Go there and you’ll find surreal project after surreal project and with lots of them being very solid. But for the most part, this has changed. New communities like Instagram have popped up; but they’re not always so well aimed at those of us who strive to create vs capture.


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Review: KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film (35mm)

Consider the recent rise in Tungsten film and you get a great explanation for why the KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film could be so popular with portrait photographers. Like CineStill 800T, this film is a Tungsten film and designed to be shot in doors, in cloudy weather, during the night, etc. It’s very much unlike daylight film and my favorite way of using it is to often just use strobe lighting to get the best effect that I can.


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NYTimes Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87

Today is a very sad day in the photography world as the NYTimes confirmed that photographer Bill Cunningham passed away at 87. Mr. Cunningham was a famous fashion photographer and in many ways the original true street fashion photographer. He was well known for the fact that he went against what many other photographers did for years and instead of shooting all the craziness on red carpets all the time, he went around NYC with his bike and every day photographed people who just happened to look very fashionable. For 40 years, Bill Cunningham worked for the NYTimes.


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Review: The Photographer’s Cookbook

The Photographer’s Cookbook is exactly what the doctor ordered for any photographer curious about some of the favorite dishes made by the greats. For many of you, your passion and hobby is photography. While my passion is photography, it’s also my job. Instead, one of my hobbies is cooking–and this book hits the perfect spot between appealing to the geeky photographer and the mad scientist in the kitchen. Think Ansel Adams meets Alton Brown–then pour in the according servings of each to your own liking and finally whisk until it has a light, fluffy feel to it.


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Review: DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x Zoom Viewfinder Eyepiece Magnifier

One of the biggest reasons for my moving away from DSLRs has to do with seeing through the diopter, but the DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x zoom viewfinder eyepiece magnifier has made me want to give them a genuine second try. If you’ve been a reader of the Phoblographer for many years, you’ll know that I’m legally blind and that my vision has been degrading over the years (both a blessing and a curse in some ways.) This is a big reason why I went to EVFs–because they’re capable of giving me a histogram, a high resolution image in a small area, and other smart previews like white balance and ambient light in the scene. Sony, Fujifilm and a number of others have done a fantastic job with EVFs though at times it’s easy to miss seeing exactly what’s in front of you and not a digital readout of it.


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Photographers Who Capture Incredible Moments: Be Featured Here

This month has been all about featuring photographers who create moments and scenes that help them express themselves in a creative way. Next month though is all about featuring photographers who capture moments. Obviously, because this is the majority of photographers out there, we’re looking to feature the best of the best on the site.


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Creating and Lighting Underwater Portraits

“My biggest fear is that I will become stagnant and stale so staying near the edge if not hanging over it is where I want to be most days.” says Photographer Tim Davis about his work. Perhaps this is why he got so into underwater portraits–because so few people do them. Tim was born and raised in Wichita, KS and has owned/operated Tim Davis Photography there for 13 years. He tells us that he has 4 beautiful 12 year olds, Joey, Aiden, Sam and Brenna who have helped him become the man and artist he is today.


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5 Tips to Take Better Restaurant Food Pictures

Hello, as you might know by now, I spend a good part of my time taking pictures in restaurants. I shoot interiors and exteriors, I do action shots and portraits but one of the things that I enjoy the most is shooting food and plated dishes.


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How to Prevent Piracy Of Your Images

When you think about piracy, the biggest cases amongst the art world have to do with music, movies, etc. Those are all things that were created: content, if you will. But sadly, very little is done about imagery and preventing or stopping piracy. People consume and love to listen to music and watch movies or videos, and over the years they’ve been completely fine with providing a fee to get the content that they really, genuinely love and enjoy. However, no one has really come out to try to protect the rights of photographers in equally big ways. While Trent Reznor and Tarantino talk a lot about paying to get a great experience that they’re working very hard on, people have been acknowledging this.


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5 Alternative Film Emulsions Very Worth Trying

The biggest users of film these days are millennials and people younger than 30. Why? It’s a different experience from seeing an image pop up immediately or being able to send it off to all your friends right then and there in that moment. While the tried and true standards like Portra, Tri-X and Velvia are popular, they’re not always capable of giving you a look in a photo that digital can’t easily do with some tweaking. So instead, we’re rounding up a number of films that we strongly recommend you try out.


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First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched us.


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UPDATE You Talked, We Listened: Here Are the Improvements Made to the Redesign

UPDATE: The website’s navigation is now as follows: the desktop version has tabs. However, the tablet and phone version now incorporates swiping just like the older version did. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts. Hi everyone: After launching our redesign we heard a lot of mixed feedback. We’ve taken it into


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EyeEm Mission: Natural Light Portraiture Contest

Portraiture is something very personal. When you create an image of someone, you put your stamp on their likeness being documented. The image is a collaboration process–and when you combine this with all the fun that a scenic landscape or cityscape can provide mixed in with radiant natural light, you simply cannot go wrong.


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The Hasselblad X1D is the World’s First Mirrorless Medium Format Camera

For everyone that has dreamed of a digital version of the Mamiya 7 series of cameras; the Hasselblad X1D is bringing you truly one step closer to that reality. Today, the company is the announcing the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera. At the heart is a 50MP sensor with a cropped 645 sensor at the sensor area of 43.8 x 32.9mm. It’s capable of doing ISO 100 to 25,600. Additionally, it boasts dual SD card slots.


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How to Get Featured in National Geographic

In partnership with Format Magazine. Click here to build your Format portfolio website today with a free 14-day trial, no credit card required. This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. It’s contents are being used with exclusive permission. All images used with permission from Format Sarah Leen, the magazine’s director of photography, gave us the inside scoop. If


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The Phoblographer Explains: How TTL Flash Metering Works

One of the biggest things that makes no sense to me as a strobist photographer is why we don’t have any sort of universal TTL flash metering system. Instead of that, every single camera manufacturer has their own for the sake of being able to compete with one another while delivering flashes that essentially all do the same thing. It’s a hassle for photographers moving from one system to another. To understand this and my reasoning, you need to understand how TTL Flash metering works.


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Adobe Updates Photoshop CC to Include Content Aware Cropping

Adobe is updating their Photoshop CC app today in addition to bringing in a bunch of new updates to the Creative Cloud and integration. For example, there is now a deeper way to integrate CC with Adobe Stock that are leading up to the addition of the new Adobe new Stock Contributor Portal. What this is essentially going to do is use intelligent-tagging capabilities that help do it all automatically for you. It’s almost as if you don’t need to know a thing about SEO anymore.


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Western Digital’s New Pro Series Drives Sync to Adobe CC

Today, it seems like photographers are getting all they want and need from Western Digital–at least if they’re really needing wireless transmission. The company is introducing the new WD Pro Series: which includes the My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS).


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These Photos of Space Are Created Using Food and a Photo Scanner

Photographer Navid Baratay was previously on this site for his Intersection piece, but he’s also the creator of a really amazing series involving food and a photo scanner. Navid arranges all the pieces very carefully to make them look like a scene from outer space. In fact, it would probably be otherwise very tough to tell the difference.


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How to Buy a Flash: a Photographer’s Guide

Buying a flash for many photographers is pretty complicated. It’s simple enough for most people to understand megapixels, RAW, etc because camera manufacturers put enough marketing into it to do so. But they unfortunately don’t do enough to market their flashes and what they’re capable of. Instead, you as a photographer need to go into


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Welcome to the New Phoblographer for 2016

We’ve been listening to a lot of your feedback since launching our redesigns last year and today we’ve incorporated a number of those changes into both the desktop website and the mobile website. Of course, we’ve got some hiccups and things that we’re trying to actively tweak. However, I personally want to welcome you to our new website.


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Creating a Mood and Feeling in Food Photography

Photographer Shant Kiraz is portrait and editorial photographer based in Los Angeles. He got into photography professionally after being approached by Zagat. Yes, he was approached by Zagat. For a while, he was the lead photographer for Zagat Restaurant Guides until 2014. Since then he’s shot for Eater.com, Micro Matic, Zagat Restaurant Guides, Amazon Inc., LA Canvas, Porter & Sail, San Diego Magazine, Darling Magazine, 24 Hour Fitness, Pasadena Magazine, The Irish Times etc.


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Creating the Photograph: Alexander Co Dela Cruz, Jr.’s “Blue Diamonds”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. Photographer Alexander C. Dela Cruz, Jr. is a Strobist Events Photographer based in Manila, Philippines. You


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How to Properly Shoot a Photo in Portrait Orientation

Do you know how to actually shoot a photo in portrait orientation? You’re probably going to say yes because what you’ve been doing so far has been effective enough. But trust me, it isn’t efficient enough. You’ll learn this even more when go shooting commercial portraits, weddings, concerts, events where you’re in a pit, etc.


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The Phoblographer Answers: What is Flash Duration?

If you’re a wedding photographer, photojournalist, portrait photographer, food photographer, or you do any sort of work involving just the use strobism or flash then what you should also know about is one of the most awesome tricks of any strobist photographer: flash duration. A flash duration is crucially important to any photographer that wants to get serious about their lighting and can open up a whole world of creative possibilities to various creatives. It’s part of how Jaroslav created the Milky Pinups, and how many other photographers can stop high speed motion without the ability to crank up their shutter speeds.


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Why I Photograph Drag Queens in Beijing

I was previously based in London—shooting fashion, among other things. Aside from editorial undertakings, I was attempting to expand my focus and shoot different scenes in London, such as the drag and LGBT. I am gay myself and therefore the ‘bond’ or affiliation was already there.


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Is VSCO the New Instagram for Photographers?

If you’re a photographer and you’ve been using Instagram for a long time, then you’re probably sick of it unless you’re in the very small percentage of folks who are actual photographers and not something else. What do I mean by that? It’s no secret that the biggest accounts aren’t those of actual photographers. Instead, Instagram is just a portal to the lives of other people. It isn’t really about the photography, but there are platforms that are.


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John Dykstra: Developing a Dark and Expressive Creative Vision

“When I finally picked up photography, I knew well my intentions to be an artist, and that if I were to ever get into photography, I would never be doing commercial or documentary work: the aim was to develop the craft into my own artistic ambitions.” says photographer John Dykstra about his photography. “What I didn’t know was how quickly my love for photography would develop.” Earlier on this year, I found John’s work on Reddit and talked to him about the series that you see here. It isn’t complete, but he’s been working on it and it’s developed into one that touches on how people see the world around them.


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The Canon T70: An Ode to an Imperfect Film Camera

When Chris published the article “An Ode to a Now Popular Film Rangefinder Camera”, I had a memory overflow. I’ve thought about all the cameras that had passed through my hands, from my first camera – a Canon EOS 1000 – to the cameras I currently used. When Chris said “we have a camera that really was a companion in a way”, I could think of none other than my Canon T70.


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Review: Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0

Personally speaking, film camera reviews like those of the Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 are the most fun for great reasons–there is no pixel peeping, no RAW file versatility, none of that stuff that people bitch and complain about in forums. Instead, it’s all about the moment and capturing or creating it. Then there are the lenses, the experience, and knowing that the photo you shoot is a one of a kind.


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The 8 Biggest Mistakes on Your Portfolio (And How to Fix Them)

For potential clients and collaborators, a good online portfolio should provide an in-depth introduction to you and your work. Whether you’re a photographer, illustrator, or designer, you know the importance of making a good first impression.


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The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Measures in at 13.5 Inches

If you’re a photographer that uses a lot of flash then you probably know about how good the Rogue FlashBender series of products are. Today, they’re announcing the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro–which is not only bigger than some others but also more contrasty.


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The Panasonic 12mm f1.4 May be Perfect For Street Photography

Micro Four Thirds owners have previously only had the Olympus 12mm f2 lens offering; but now they’ve got yet another 24mm equivalent in the form of the Panasonic 12mm f1.4 lens. This is one of the company’s Leica branded pieces of glass and features a splash/dust-proof design. On the inside there are two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens working as 15 elements in 12 groups. Panasonic is also claiming better resolution through flare suppression with minimal ghosting too.


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Photoshop is Photography; and This is Why

There are many schools of mind and thought when it comes to defining what a photograph is. Some say that a photograph is exactly what comes out of the camera and nothing more. Others tend to argue that using Lightroom is alright. Still others continue to say that the world of presets, HDR and other methods are untrue to what photography is.


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9 Insights for Better Portrait Photography

New York-based photographer Aundre Larrow’s portraits are rich, colour-saturated close-ups of a range of personalities, from football players to cute kids to barbershop patrons and rapper Chief Keef. He truly connects to his subjects and creates a unique blend of his style with their personality.


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We’re Hiring: News/Photography Culture Writers

Expanding on our call for gear reviewers (which have been more or less filled and they will start soon) we’re looking to bring on new faces to the staff of the Phoblographer for the news and culture side. We’re offering very competitive pay, a couple of cool perks, a heck of an experience, and a chance to work with cool folks in the photo industry.


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The Inspiring Winners of the 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards (NSFW)

The winners of the Fine Art Photography Awards for 2016 were recently announced. In a collaorative effort, David Tortora and Jaime Travezan won overall Professional category with the title of Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2016 and a $3000 prize. Their winning series called ‘Flora (2015)’ is a celebration of nature.


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The Phottix Odin II for Sony Cameras is Finally Here!

We’ve all been waiting a pretty long time for them, but now the Phottix Odin II for Sony cameras is finally a reality. Like many other triggers that offer TTL transmission this radio will allow the user to do High Speed Sync, Second Curtain sync, control of the modeling light if you’re using the Indra series of lights, and control with 32 channels and 5 groups.


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Collaborating with Dancers in the Studio as a Photographer

Photographers Deborah Ory and Ken Browar are a husband and wife duo husband and I are both photographers. Their subjects: dancers. Based here in NYC, Deborah and Ken has been shooting for the past few years from companies including American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet and others. Later this year, a book of theirs called “The Art of Movement” will be published for all to call their own personal coffee table book.


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Sophia Hernandez: Creative Photography as a Coping Method

“Me as a photographer: all over the place.” says Sophia Hernandez. “I’m still finding myself, but I’m enjoying the interesting ride. I get really down if I go even two days without taking a photo, so I embrace photography as best I can by exploring as much as I can.”


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Galaxy Wants to Bring Dry Glass Plate Photography to the Masses

The Galaxy company has been responsible for doing a load of really cool things: sheet film, direct positive sheets for 120 format, and today they’re launching a new Kickstarter for large format cameras. Ever hear of Wet Plates–as in Wet Plate Collodion or the stuff that so many photographers have used for forever? Well Galaxy has wondered why no one ever made Dry Plates, so they decided to do it themselves.


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Tony Award Nominees for @BROADWAYBLACK: Behind the Scenes Portraits

Years ago when I was doing sweaty production shoots at tech rehearsals for London’s West End shows, I never thought I’d be asked to shoot a portfolio shot of Tony nominated Broadway stars in New York. So when BroadwayBlack asked to to be involved in their highlight of this year’s black nominees, I didn’t have to think long to say yes. It’s the culmination of so many of the different areas of photography I’ve become interested in over the years. To combine something that’s anthropologically important, culturally current and aesthetically pleasing. As a photographer, that ticks all the boxes.


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The Psychology of Creative Wedding Photography

Something that I have spent the last few years trying to perfect in wedding photography is creating moments. Raw, real emotion is actually very difficult to achieve when you have a semi-stranger in your face expecting you to model. I have found there to be a significant difference in what sets photographers apart… there are ones who create moments and some that simply capture them. While yes we are all technically “capturing” moments, photojournalism in its purest form doesn’t tend to lend itself to the creative imagery that couples want or hire us for.


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