Developing Your Photography Brand – Part One (of Six)

I originally wrote this series of articles on another site ten years ago and wanted to update this for my own site. In addition to being a photographer, I have served in various marketing roles at advertising agencies, media and adventure travel companies since graduating from college. Since most photographers do not have a background …

California Missions List

For 21 consecutive days in December I posted a photo per day on Instagram from each of the California Missions. It was a fun little project. I wanted to post them chronologically but found myself having to do Google searches every day in order to accomplish this. I figured that I’ll post the list of …

The Ebbs And Flows Of Creativity

During my formative years of photography I thought that I needed to be out creating new work all the time. I ate, slept and breathed photography. There was no consideration for whether I felt inspired or not. Create first, ask questions later. I initially couldn’t figure out why I would go through photoshoots over a …

Should You Only Show Your Best Work?

When it comes to deciding which photos to show on websites and on social media I often see two different philosophies employed by photographers. One type of photographer decides to only show a limited selection of what they deem to be their best work. These photographers typically have a low output but of consistent quality; …

Website Redesign

After five years of running my website almost entirely on the Photoshelter Beam platform I decided it was time to change things up and redesign my website. There were a number of factors that went into my decision. One reason is that Photoshelter is best served as a search and transaction tool but mediocre for …

The Value of Photography Prints

With the popularity of sites like Facebook, Instagram and 500px these days it’s safe to say that photography is primarily viewed on a computer screen or phone these days. All are great ways to discover photography that we might not have seen otherwise. There are big drawbacks to this medium however. I will list some …

Guy Tal Book Review: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Photoshop

It’s been many years since I have read a book about Photoshop. However when I heard that Guy Tal would be publishing a book about Photoshop I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. There are just a handful of photographers that I would consider to be artists. Guy Tal is on …

A Photographer’s Rookie Mistakes

Occasionally I’ll get some flattering comments about my photography but it always makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable. In my mind, I’m just a photographer that has made more rookie mistakes (and still does!) than the average person but keeps plugging away at it. Here are some photography mistakes and mishaps that I’ve made over the …

Favorite Photos From 2017

This is the 8th consecutive “Your Best Photos” blog project that I’ve participated in. Thanks to my friend, Jim Goldstein, for hosting this project as usual. Here are my entries from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 2017 was a transitional year for me and my son, Tyler, transitioning from being a newborn to a 1-year-old toddler. Parenting became much …

Becoming a Jaded Photographer

Somewhere along the way I became a jaded photographer. Whether it was a few too many Golden Gate Bridge and heavily-processed HDR photos popping up on my social media feed several years ago when digital photography started becoming a mainstream hobby or from befriending too many like-minded photographers who share a similar mindset, I lost …