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Friday, October 28, 2011

The [UN]Tour!

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Fellow lovers of photography, travel, adventure and awesome web design you must check out The [UN] Tour! Photographer Khara Plicanic and her husband Emir, are providing one of the most epic, creative photography tours I've ever! Khara and Emir are biking from California to Florida providing FREE photo classes at 8 cities! When asked about why it's called The [UN]Tour they responded, "We’re hitting the road for this self-funded teaching adventure because 1) we’re [UN]deniably addicted to travel and love a good challenge 2) we’re [UN]doubtedly passionate about the things we’re teaching and 3) it’s truly [UN]like any other touring workshop we’ve ever heard of."

I was shocked to find out that Khara and Emir just picked up biking and hit the road in San Diego with no training. Hats off to you guys! To follow their adventure and read more about their travel prep check out their blog.

Remember theses classes are open to anyone and are super beneficial to both beginner and pro photographers! If your city is one of their stops, i encourage you to go! Not only is it going to be an amazing opportunity but also fun to support their [Un]Tour!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trend Thursday: Feathers

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I remember as a little girl using feathers in crafts, feather pillow fights or wearing an Indian feather headdress while playing Cowboys and Indians. Until this season if you'd mention feathers I'd associate them with my childhood memories! However, this fall feathers have turned into a style trend. They are not only appearing in fashion but fine art, graphic design, home decorations and even on top of cupcakes! I think I am going to incorporate them into an upcoming photo shoot. What fun ways have you seen feathers used?

Check out these and more feather items on my Pinterest board here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Chattanooga

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Free Ticket to WPPI U | Atlanta

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I love following other photographers blogs. When I began my business just about 2 years ago I would spend hours pouring over blogs, reading articles on marketing, photographing techniques and tip. I still love reading blogs, and will weekly catch up on my favorite fellow photographers. I just wish I had more time!

During my weekly dose of photo blog reading a couple weeks ago, Jasmine Star, an amazing international wedding photographer, offered a chance to win tickets to WPPI U to hear her speak. On a whim I entered and forgot about it. The next week I found an email from Jasmine telling me I had won! (Thanks Jasmine!)


For those of you who don't know about WPPI, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, it's a convention held yearly in Las Vegas. I had won tickets to the 3 day WPPI University Convention in Atlanta and then to the major convention in Las Vegas next February.


The convention in Atlanta was one of the most incredible experiances of my photography career. There were over 400 photographers hanging on every word of valuable advise from the presenters. Topics ranged from the creative side of the photography like posing of subjects, lighting, and editing to the important more business side. I took notes like a mad woman! :)


Not only did I learn so much which I will be applying to my business, but also chatted with and made friends with others who are passionate about photography. (Shall share more about a couple really cool gals in a future post.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Florence Bike

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Shopping at the Market

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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Creative Process

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While at the WPPI U Convention in Atlanta a couple weeks ago, Jasmine Star, shared this video in her presentation. Ira Glass, American public radio personality, shares his thoughts on creativity and more specifically about the process of bettering your work.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

We look at the talented, big name, creative people in our world and often just assume that they have always been great at what they do. But the truth is, being creative is a process. That is why its called a "creative process." We all have to try and try again, working to better ourselves and our work. I so enjoyed Jasmine Star being open about her creative growth, sharing with us her effort to be the photographer she wanted to be.

You don't have to be a photographer, designer, writer, musician or even a creative person to apply Ira Glass's words to your life. What in your life are you not happy with? Are you fighting your way to make it what you want it to be? Or are you giving up?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Flowers in Paris

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Newspaper stand in Paris!