The Process Of Processing

On the art of making creative choices after capture

Over the years, I’ve been asked a ton of questions about photo editing. Even beyond the obvious inquiries regarding topics like what editing software I use, I’ve fielded more philosophical—even ethical—questions about the practice of photo editing. In these conversations, the word that has come up more than any other is the word "cheating." ... Read more

Taking Wing

Inspiration can come to visit at anytime.

Inspiration can come to visit at anytime. There’s no telling when something wonderful might fly in and land right in front of our lenses, setting our photographic souls soaring. As for this past spring, inspiration was, indeed, something that flapped, flew and quite literally landed, or perhaps a better word might be nested, in the birdhouse that... Read more

Underwater World

As an everyday photographer, I’m drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming.

As an everyday photographer, I’m drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming. I’m able to do this by taking my camera underwater with me to shoot my family’s water play in creative ways. It’s not just the vibrant colors I’m able to find in clear water, but it’s the memory of happiness... Read more

Art Of The Diptych

When two photos are better than one

We strive in photography to shoot "the shot," often concentrating on one singular image at a time. This is how I, too, shoot most days, but I also love going through a shoot, or filtering through my own archives, seeing how certain images seem to want to be together. Alone they’re lovely, but when placed together, they tell an even stronger... Read more

Discovering Magic

I’ve always enjoyed shooting out of focus (on purpose) for images that feel more like dreams than reality.

It’s amazing to me that after all these years immersed in the world of photography, I still find myself stumbling onto techniques—both technical and creative—that I never knew existed. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me, considering I’m neither a school-taught photographer nor an avid manual reader, and have always subscribed to... Read more

The Landscape Of Black-And-White

Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs.

Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs. We get the splendor of the Pacific Ocean, and we get the huge population that wants to enjoy it. We get moderate—okay, beautiful—weather all year long, and we get the droves of tourists that come with it. We have easy access to... Read more

Delicious Memories

Real-life food photography at home

With the booming age of food photography, foodie blogging, cookbooks and food stylists, where does this leave the everyday cook? There’s no food stylist in my home, but lots of good food, fresh ingredients and homemade goodness. Don’t be intimated by the amazing world of food photography—instead, let it serve as an inspiration in your... Read more

The Essence Of Place

Move past the obvious and obligatory to make more expressive images

When I was 18, I traveled to Japan to tour with a dance company. I had also just been formally introduced to photography in a studio art class and had fallen head over heels in love with it. As excited as I was to perform in a foreign country, I was perhaps even more excited at the prospect of taking pictures. Giddy, even. I had never been out of... Read more

From The Window Seat

With no expectations or agenda, I literally watched as the world went by and periodically snapped pictures of the mysterious and multifaceted skyscapes from my window seat.

Rereading a story I shared in the Shutter Sisters book Expressive Photography, I was reminded of the exact moment I fell in love with photographing views from an airplane window. "On a recent flight from New York back to Los Angeles I found myself easing into the idea of a long, lazy flight home. I chose to stow my laptop, hold my camera in my... Read more

A Perspective Least Expected

Early on in my career as a photographer, I found certain things that I most enjoyed about the job.

Early on in my career as a photographer, I found certain things that I most enjoyed about the job. Creating images for clients that had an artistic flare, evoked emotion and, most of all, captured what I call a "perspective least expected." In portrait photography, expression is everything, it’s true, but I challenged myself to seek... Read more

Silhouettes: Shapes In The Light

As photographers, we generally fixate on things such as focus and light, making sure our subjects are correctly lit, allowing for details to be crisp and clear.

As photographers, we generally fixate on things such as focus and light, making sure our subjects are correctly lit, allowing for details to be crisp and clear. Silhouette photography flips all that on its ear; instead of wanting the subject illuminated and in clear detail, we’re masking the subject in darkness. The details now become the shape... Read more

Project 365

January is a time of reflection.

January is a time of reflection. In the days leading up to the New Year, I hear the sounds of creativity bubbling from those around me as they dip their toes (maybe for the first time or maybe again after time away) into the deep waters of a yearlong photographic project. Welcome to Project 365. A yearlong project! There’s power in this, strength... Read more
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