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A Personal Story: Social Media is So Incredibly Toxic to Photographers

Two years ago, you couldn’t find me without a camera. Throwing a party? I’ll photograph it. Need a new profile picture? I got you. After a year or so, I really found myself drawn to photographing people. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people, hell, I’ll even go down to my local watering hole solo just to see if I meet anyone interesting. Beautiful landscapes do change, but are mostly static during each season; humans, however, are dynamic, and that fascinates me. If I could aspire to be known for one thing, it would be bringing out emotion and personality from people in a simple portrait....
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Malibu: My Experience at an Instagram Influencer Party

Artists of all kinds go through periods of creative drought (you’re lying if you say you don’t), and lately, I have found myself in a bit of a dry-spell as well. While looking for a weekend distraction, a close friend of mine invited me to a “social media influencer party.” He said it just like that. I’m not naïve, I know what social influencers are, but I was not aware they held events, or threw parties. This was easily the “most LA” event I had ever been invited to. “Do I have to dress up?” “How fancy is it?” “Should I bring a jacket?” I really had no idea what to expect. I reluctantly accepted his invitation and we began the 40-minute journey from my place in Sherman Oaks, to the palace of followers and social influence on the cliffs of Malibu....
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This is Why Photographers Need to Print Their Photographs

After doing some research as to how large a print I could make with my current gear, I contacted a great print shop that was recommended to me and learned a little more about the paper types, etc. I chose to make a 24×36 print of the Santa Monica Pier at sunset on Hahnemühle paper. As soon as I hung the print on my wall I was hooked. Everyone decorates their home with wall art, so I wanted to decorate my home with my work. Call me narcissistic, but it’s immensely satisfying to see something you made displayed in physical form. Unfortunately, I don’t print as much for clients as I would like, but I have let my altruistic side take over a bit recently, presenting someone with a great looking print and seeing their reaction is such an amazing feeling....
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“Hey, Let’s Shoot”: On Portrait Photographers and Instagram

This may upset some people, and it’s certainly just my opinion, but all these “Instagram shoots” aren’t creative. If you take a photo of a girl on a bed with no clothes on, you are not an artist. So, to the Instafamous of the world, I challenge, nay, I implore you, challenge yourselves. Do it differently. I am no better, but I am making it my mission to help re-shape the genre. We are better than nudity for the sake of nudity....
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How I Transitioned from a Musician to a Photographer

I’d love to give you some philosophical answers on how my photography connects to my music, but I can’t. Truthfully, I invested my time in photography almost in spite of music. Any musician who performs live has those dreams of “making it,” but the music industry is cold; everyone from the record executives to the club promoters. It’s all a business. I feel many of the creative industries are just that: industries....
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