A New Season and a New Me

This past weekend kicked off the start of Holi, a Hindu spring festival that marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s also a time of celebration and forgiveness, of thanksgiving and laughter…and a time to mend broken relationships.

I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about my own personal growth and development recently, made all the more prominent by relationships I’ve been forming and cultivating.

Holi is a time of new beginnings, and I’ve started to reaffirm my focus on growing as an individual. I’ve realized that developing relationships is a key part of bettering myself in spite of my inner introvert.

You’ve often got to push yourself out of your comfort zone in the business world, as my friend Rachel Barnett has shown me. Rachel is a master of networking and is quite persistent with her requests for me to join her at local networking meetups.

Though my introversion left me resistant to attending, Rachel practically dragged me to an event. Soon after, I realized that my personal growth—overcoming my own dread of attending a networking event—equated to business growth.

I’ve even begun attending local BNI events where attendees are required to stand up and speak about our businesses. Public speaking isn’t my forte, but it’s a valuable skill to develop. The more I speak, the more comfortable I become with it—and it’s had a positive impact on my business, too. Through small-scale group networking, I’ve had multiple one-on-one meetings with new clients and interested leads.

I’m a firm believer that everything in life is connected. This belief is the meaning behind my “infinity” tattoo. In life, sometimes all it takes is one domino crashing into the next to begin a reaction.

Opening myself up to be more receptive to personal growth and pushing past my boundaries has opened up new doors of opportunity for me. I feel a sense of kinship with those currently celebrating Holi. As revelers build relationships and celebrate renewal, I, too, celebrate the first steps to a new path full of meaningful relationships and personal growth.

Life begins once you step out of your comfort zone.

By | March 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


It’s interesting when someone, including myself, really starts getting into photography they are shooting every day and processing every image from the shoot. As time and skill progress you’ll get paying gigs and soon realize that 80%  is NOT actually photography but marketing and networking… and I’m honestly not too sure how I feel about this. It’s always fun and exciting building relationships but my inner introvert clings to the artistic and introspective side of visual art.

Maybe it’s because I’m at the beginning of the middle and it seems like running a photography business is more about building relationships rather than a better portfolio. Maybe as the business grows I’ll be able to focus more on creating rather than running. It’s really just a journey to learn what fits best I suppose. Trial and Error. Failure. 10,000 hours. Yada Yada.

In the end, it’ll be worth the sacrifices and if you’re on the same path – you know it too. Don’t give up!

By | November 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Camera Gear

I recently had an aspiring Real Estate / Interiors Photographer ask what gear he/she should use. This was my reply:
Heres the list of recommended gear for aspiring Real Estate Photographers. This list has some pieces that even I would like to buy soon.

For the sake of staying economical, we’ll use mostly Amazon as a buying place but other recommended sites are Adorama and B&H as they offer great customer service and return policies.

Camera Body:

Sony A6000 – https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Mirrorless-Digital-Camera-16-50mm/dp/B00I8BICB2/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1506521955&sr=1-3&keywords=sony+a6000

The Sony A6000 is mirrorless, compact, lightweight, and has some great wireless features. Don’t let its small size fool you – it’s a fantastic camera and we’re moving into an era that recognizes bigger isn’t always better. The Amazon deal does come with a 16-55 lens which will be perfect for day-to-day use of capturing portraits or other artsy shots.


Rokinon 12mm – https://www.amazon.com/Rokinon-Ultra-Angle-E-Mount-RK12M-E/dp/B00JD4TAWI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1485380731&sr=1-1&keywords=Rokinon+12mm+F2.0&linkCode=sl1&tag=phoforreaest-20&linkId=6802d8c4f5a294fcde0d66973e319116

As some photographers put it, this is a UFWA (Ultra… Wide Angle) and creates a lot of barrel distortion. This is usually rectified by Lightroom’s auto-calibrating features but can be corrected even further through Photoshop’s transform adjustment. It’s a super fast lens at F2.0 which means you’ll be able to push the boundaries of low-light photography and have some fun with depth-of-field shots.

Lighting: It really depends on which route you want to take for editing. HDR/Enfuse will require one basic flash. Full Lighting will require at least 3 basic flashes. Flambient will require 1-2 basic-advanced flashes. HDR/Enfuse is very easy but common. Full Lighting takes a long time to perfect. Flambient is right in the middle.

Yungnuo YN560 IV x3: https://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-YN560-Speedlite-YN560TX-Canon-Diffuser/dp/B0146M307C/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1506522796&sr=1-12&keywords=YONGNUO+sony


Godox AD200: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X1FBC3F/ref=sxr_pa_click_within_right_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3163805422&pf_rd_r=E2W15HJQPV3QR56B4PX4&pd_rd_wg=AIOTb&pf_rd_s=desktop-rhs-carousels&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_w=rbFEe&pf_rd_i=YONGNUO+sony&pd_rd_r=D1QYGGV33HDEQMMQ40P1&psc=1

It’s recommended that you get light stands for the Yungnuos – something like these will do just fine but you may also want brackets to go with them. A pistol grip is popular with the Godox AD200 but a light stand is just as good.

Tripod: This can be a photographer’s best friend and says a lot about what you like to shoot. This is because they’re so dang bulky, heavy, and just not fun to tote around that if you’re carrying one – people know you’ve got something serious to shoot.

Newwer Carbon Fiber: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NSEKEMO

Vanguard Aluminum: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CCA1Y3S

Some RE photographers (including myself) rely on something called a Cam Ranger to shoot without having to set a timer (don’t want to touch the camera!). Fortunately, the Sony A6000 comes with Wireless Capabilities and can be triggered with a smartphone app. You’ll also be able to review the photo on your smartphone app and make exposure adjustments from a distance.

Other than Lightroom and Photoshop, Enfuse is a great tool to have. If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to jot it down. Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything!

By | October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


An additional 4,000 troops are honestly peanuts in the grand scheme of war. The U.S. military budget will never lessen until war is a distant thought due to total annihilation. Ground troops have such an insignificant impact on today’s advanced warfare that there is little reason for this addition. The president and his advisors are hoping that time will pass, they’ll collect a check, the people will not care, and the next person will figure out what to do (but not before they’re paid off).

To move forward as a race we have to understand that bloodshed is anything but productive.

War against ignorance, corruption, and greed will be our prime motivators in the future. Stand together and seek to aid a neighbor, not force your beliefs upon them.

By | August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The waves of life guide us through unfiltered, raw change and growth. As we hit a snag, the lesson begins to take shape as if it were weaving itself into our soul. Thought and intention are more than they seem in this reality – knowing that is the difference between stagnation and progress.

Only through growth may we advance to something more than our current selves – something that makes a difference in the entire universe, living and silent. Bring yourself to the brink of expression and know that it’s being acknowledged by your subconscious, among others.

By | July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The human race is a hive mind. We’re a colony on a big rock and our ability to communicate is vital to our survival. If the internet is restricted by providers then our innovation and creativity will be hindered. Progress will be slowed and I worry that someone with a solution will not be able to communicate because of those limitations.

Think about that for a moment; Do you truly think we have nothing left to gain from having unrestricted access to the internet and everything to gain from limiting it?

By | July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Marketing photographs is tough, at least it is for me. No one said it would be easy. Getting that train moving is not just about knowing what to push, or how hard but also with the proper amount of finesse (pinky up).

A great photographer in Paris, France had a video the other day that talked about the techniques to break into the photography market. Serge Ramelli is the photographer that taught me about the LR “Special Sauce” technique that is used in most of my images. It’s very common these days (I think) and makes photos really POP.

Here is the video where he suggests his marketing tips:

By | May 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HDR vs Exposure Fusion

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is great, don’t get me wrong, but it should not be used in interiors photography unless you’re extremely talented. Very few people can pull off a natural and pleasing look using it. If you’re resistant to using external lighting such as speedlights or strobes in a home then at least use Exposure Fusion instead. It uses a Low Dynamic Range algorithm to layer several different exposures and makes a much cleaner image than HDR.

I’m a huge fan of using HDR for instances where you’re not trying to make the scene look identical to what you see in real life. Landscapes and Cityscapes are great examples of when to use HDR with a light hand.

By | April 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


I’ve spent countless hours hunched over a computer watching videos, reading, and testing ideas. It is my intention throughout this Blog to share the resources from which I’ve learned the most, or at least the most important. Rich Baum’s Youtube channel is probably the most enjoyable because of his light personality and lengthy experience. He has solid information and really does want to help people be more successful and take better photographs. Honestly, I probably owe him quite a bit for all the tricks and tips he’s shared.

By | April 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


With an end to one, another may begin.

Architectural and Interiors (A&I) Photography is a whole nother beast when compared to Landscape. With Landscape you’re able to “spray and pray” and hope it’ll come out worthwhile, however, A&I requires patience, knowledge, and most importantly – light control. Experience is the best teacher when first learning how to control light, as most A&I Professionals will tell you; whether that be with shutter speed, aperture, ISO, ambient light, artificial light, gels, reflectors, shoot throughs, you name it. Of course, controlling light is the most critical element followed closely by composition. Together these two factors perform a dance that expresses a photograph’s mood and depth. Learn to master them both and you’ll understand how to communicate your story with the power of photography.

Start by going to http://Lynda.com and signing up for the free trial. Once registered, watch all the videos by Scott Hargis and absorb as much as possible. Many local libraries have free access to Lynda – so be sure to check if you enjoy learning.

By | April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments