When Feedback Is So Hard

We all struggle at times with our creativity, among so many other struggles in life. Our struggles vary and we handle them in different ways. Creatively, for me right now, my biggest struggle is getting feedback through a portfolio review and image critiques. After a couple of months where I hated my own photography and […]

Create Photographs Like a Writer Creates Stories

Every morning, after I drop off my daughter at preschool, I walk over to the middle school and enter the big heavy doors. I’m usually in a hurry because school already started and the students are about to change classes. I’d rather not get caught up in their book bags, hand shakes, and their rush […]

Strategies for Battling a Creative Rut: Free Guide

I’m recently pulling out of a creative rut. Or so they call it. Actually it was more like a hair pulling, I’m never gonna snap my shutter again, I’m horrible at everything, and hate anything that I create, rut. Ever been there? You know how you drag yourself through, hoping, wishing, praying the excitement and […]

Breaking Out of a Creative Rut

Have you ever felt tired of your photography or art? Like you don’t feel like picking up a camera or when you do you aren’t excited about what comes out. Or maybe you feel like you aren’t improving when you should. Or what you create is never good enough. I’ve been there. Many times. But […]

How to Extend the Canvas of a Photo

Sometimes I just can’t get the composition I want in camera. Then there are times I want a lot of negative space for words or photos for Pinterest pins. Or other times, there are distracting elements I need to cut, so I turn to Photoshop for a little work. Often when I get a composition […]

Storytelling and Emotion: A Day in the Life

The photos throughout are the result of my day in the life for September. This is a year-long project for me where once a month I capture my day. It’s not easy but I’m learning the art of storytelling. Lately I’ve considered why I love photography, and I know in my heart it’s the art. […]

Culling Photos with Vision

Last week I talked about the importance of vision to our photos. I also mentioned we may lose that vision even as we start to cull our images. Vision is the driving force behind why you took the photo. So how you shoot, the style, the processing, and the result should all flow from your […]

The Power of Vision

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft So you’ve taken a load of photos. Your card is full and you’re excited to see the result up on your big computer screen. You can’t wait […]