"Hope For Safe Passage" 

I read a long time ago somewhere (and whether this is accurate or not I have no idea), that when sailors used to leave for weeks at a time, their families would place a ship figurine on the mantle while they were away. They thought keeping that little figurine safe would bring their husbands, fathers and brothers home safe as well. 

So with that idea in mind, I made this image for all the men and women that have ever served or are currently serving overseas to protect us. May they all come home safe.

"Hope For Safe Passage"

I read a long time ago somewhere (and whether this is accurate or not I have no idea), that when sailors used to leave for weeks at a time, their families would place a ship figurine on the mantle while they were away. They thought keeping that little figurine safe would bring their husbands, fathers and brothers home safe as well.

So with that idea in mind, I made this image for all the men and women that have ever served or are currently serving overseas to protect us. May they all come home safe.

Dear New Photographers…Here’s What You Need To Know
I know this year has probably had it’s ups and downs for you; the excitement of booking your first paid gig, the confusion of all that “must have” photography gear and the hurt and guilt of being single-handedly blamed for “ruining the industry.” I know the phrase “what to charge for engagement photos” is probably one of the first things to come up in your Google search bar, and secretly you’re still wondering why using the eraser tool in photoshop is such a horrible thing.
I also know that you’re afraid to ask for advice at every turn because for every established photographer that is willing to help, you’ve got 30 more breathing down your neck that are doing everything they can to cut you down. I’ve been there too – I’ve had my work ripped apart online by a “reputable” photographer (who went out of business earlier this year), I’ve bought things I didn’t need because some famous photographer endorsed them and I thought it would make a dramatic improvement in my work (it didn’t), and I’ve used the crap out of the eraser tool (layer mask, folks).
So what I wanted to do here is give you a heads-up. A bit of a rant mixed with some advice I wish I had known in the beginning, this is just about everything I wish someone had told me the first day I got that used and slightly beat up (but still very new to me) camera in my hands…Read More

Dear New Photographers…Here’s What You Need To Know

I know this year has probably had it’s ups and downs for you; the excitement of booking your first paid gig, the confusion of all that “must have” photography gear and the hurt and guilt of being single-handedly blamed for “ruining the industry.” I know the phrase “what to charge for engagement photos” is probably one of the first things to come up in your Google search bar, and secretly you’re still wondering why using the eraser tool in photoshop is such a horrible thing.

I also know that you’re afraid to ask for advice at every turn because for every established photographer that is willing to help, you’ve got 30 more breathing down your neck that are doing everything they can to cut you down. I’ve been there too – I’ve had my work ripped apart online by a “reputable” photographer (who went out of business earlier this year), I’ve bought things I didn’t need because some famous photographer endorsed them and I thought it would make a dramatic improvement in my work (it didn’t), and I’ve used the crap out of the eraser tool (layer mask, folks).

So what I wanted to do here is give you a heads-up. A bit of a rant mixed with some advice I wish I had known in the beginning, this is just about everything I wish someone had told me the first day I got that used and slightly beat up (but still very new to me) camera in my hands…Read More