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Beach Summer Shoot | Brothers | Jimmy & Colton

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Beach Summer Shoot | Brothers | Jimmy & Colton

“Best Brothers of All Time!”

I mean, yeah, there was some pen tattoo art applied unbeknownst to me just before we left, and we had our wardrobe malfunctions, and sometimes the horizon ended up cutting through their necks (maybe that only bothers the photographers amongst us). You'll have those technical blunders when you're technically going candid, but there was not a single complaint or despair and that's a win for Mom, and Grandma's gallery wall. 

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Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow Review

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Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow Review

A couple months ago, Sleeklens contacted me to try some of their presets for the purpose of reviewing their workflow. To be entirely candid, I have never been much of a presets gal. In my opinion and limited experience with presets, I find that in general, presets feel more like "filters" and have a tendency to cheapen professional work. So, other than a few select basic presets I had created from my own work, I like to rely mostly on hand edits. But I decided to go ahead and jump at this opportunity and give it the ol' college try, and while I still hold the same personal opinion about the over use of presets, I do find myself regularly using many of the brushes in a lot of my work. 

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Why I Don't Have My Own Studio

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Why I Don't Have My Own Studio

Recently, I visited a home for a newborn session and was greeted by the tiniest painted turtle I had ever seen. His "mommy" thought he needed a mini newborn session too. I was schooled on his diet, habitation, and what bugs he strongly dislikes and how you can tell. I welcome these distractions. This is why I love what I do. I never know what to expect; it's like every shoot is a new adventure. I love the challenges and the fun interactions I wouldn't have if I had my own studio. 

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What Sets My Soul on Fire

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What Sets My Soul on Fire

Together we got to discover that little-known ruggedly beautiful place. The clouds broke in that golden hour, the geese were honking and flying in V-shaped formations over us and birds were singing their evening lullaby. The light rays from the setting sun danced colorfully on the glass-smooth pond. The whole world around us was soaking in that wild beauty.

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This.

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This.

This is why I chase beauty on days when life feels oppressive.

This is why I can hardly bear compelling sunsets.

 This is why I love Wisconsin, and experiencing it in all of its rugged beauty with my favorite people.

This is why I have invested thousands of dollars and years of study into my profession.

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Cropping: How Not to be a Sadist

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Cropping: How Not to be a Sadist

 It's like telling a story without finishing it, or reading a book with the last couple pages torn out. You got most of the story, and it was a great story, but you're left hanging because the people got their feet chopped off and you know there's more to the story but there's no happy ending for you--actually no ending whatsoever which is even worse! 

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