As a corporate job employee by day, and a solo entrepreneur by night (and weekends), I spend a lot of my time in the car on my morning and evening commutes. Aside from playing some Mumford and Sons or a soundtrack to my currently obsessed movie, I rely on a good mindful podcast to keep me sane from the mundane commute and crazy LA drivers.
Since I talk a whole lot about podcasts and what I'm listening to (usually via my Instagram Stories), I thought I would share my Top 10 Podcasts that I can't seem to get enough of.
My laptop was open and I was ready to upload some photos from my camera. Everything was just as before until I realized my external hard drive was empty--I could feel my heart in my mouth and could swear I felt like my room was spinning.
Everything was gone.
I attempted to find all my photos back and even hired multiple pro data recovery teams to look into my biggest nightmare (sorta exaggerating, but not really), but no luck. To this day, I have held onto this external hard drive in hopes that someone out there could pull out all my photos (so if you're out there please let me know. I've been waiting for you).
Since that day, I shifted the way I took care of my digital photos. Even more so, I realized how precious printing those digital photos is. To say that I have printed every photo that matters to me, would be a lie; however, this is still a learning experience for me and hope to get into a better habit of doing more often. But starting a steady workflow when storing your digital images is a great start...
We've all been there. Whether you're a photographer, creative or just someone who wants to understand what the heck your photographer is doing, we've all heard something about photography (and the photographer).
Every time I think I've heard it all, the universe serves me another photography myth. So, I'm here to put all of my favorite myths on blast and get some clarity on why us photographers do what we do when taking your photos.
It's no secret, I don't always have my camera on me. *GASP*
I know! It's terrible.
What's a photographer without a camera? (Well, still a photographer just without a camera. Haha.)
Despite not having my camera with me everywhere I go, I do however carry my iPhone everywhere I go. And rest assured all those photo-ops I sometimes feel like I'm missing out on because I don't have my DSLR, are still being taken on my smartphone. Although smartphone photo quality isn't a replacement for a decent DSLR, it does a quick job of capturing what I want to capture...most of the time at least.
To stay consistent in my work, social media feeds (personal + professional), I use a few different iPhone photo editing apps to really keep the aesthetic of my work looking just the way I like.
Due to some of you asking me what editing tools and apps I use to edit, I thought I would simply show you by giving you my top picks for iPhone editing apps and how to use them.
You're going to wanna see...
Her shirt was already dirty, and her braids were getting undone. The teacher was telling her to have a seat for her school yearbook photo. And with the teacher's permission, her mom stood behind the photographer shouting at her child "Sit up!", "Smile!", and the ever-popular "Say Cheese!"
I stood there in line waiting to be next. When it was my turn, I already knew the routine. Sit up, smile, and say cheese. I was in the 1st grade.
When I think back to those days as a child, I remember that being a standard thing to do--and to a mass majority of people, it still is. And to set the record straight, there's nothing wrong with that. But here's how I see it.
Would you rather have a wall full of pictures of your kids always just sitting up straight (or standing up straight) looking at the camera saying cheese, or would you rather have pictures of your kids being--well, kids? A picture that embodies the character and personality of your child, or one that has a story to tell?
Personally, I'd rather have a picture that shows realness. If you agree, which I'm sure you do since you're still with me. ;)
I figured I'd let you in on my top 8 Tips on Photographing Kids.
1. Go Down to Their Level
When taking photos of kids, you want to go down to their level--literally. Take a moment to see the world the way they do. Often times, their point of view can be more interesting than your average day-to-day views. Not only will you get interesting angles, but when you talk to kids at eye level there's a sense of respect that kids feel. If you took their photos just from way above, they look small, and to them--they'll feel small too.
I am a...
Los Angeles native.