Why is it so hard to live a personal life?

It’s that time of the year.


Back-to-back shoots. Projects left and right. Trying to get to it, barely getting through it. Gotta do more, be more, learn more, see more. How do you survive?

And why is it so hard to live a personal life, when there isn’t really any other life to have?


Of course, we all have the answer. We’ve all tasted it, held it, been there, and lived it. Somewhere, at some point, we had it, and most of us let go.

But if the task is hard, the answer is simple.

Have courage.

Find joy.

Open your heart, share your mind, and go get shit done.

No matter who you are and what you do, the … Read more...

How the wedding industry kills identity

It’s either you or them.

You’re the message or the messenger.

You’re more, or you’re less.

This is an industry with too many debates and too much chatter. Talks that do nothing but distract you from the point of it all. Questions like film or digital, DSLR or mirrorless, Canon or Nikon, presets or pure.

With rare exception, they’re red herrings.


It’s Not About What’s Right

Art’s power comes from its mutability.

It lets us explore possibility, unshackling us from conformity. The point isn’t to find the right answer. It’s to find our own answers. And suggesting that there’s one way, some way, or the way will only cripple the pursuit.

In Structural(ism) and Photography, Lew Thomas argues “every … Read more...

The Mastin Labs Review and Giveaway

I have a love-hate relationship with filters and presets.

I have them. I use them. I even make my own. Love it.

On the other hand, you can’t put lipstick on a pig, and no matter how much Photoshop you do and how many presets you apply, if the raw material isn’t there, it isn’t there. Hate it.

I see it like music. Sure, interpretation matters. But lyrics are lyrics and music is music, and the ideas have to be there from the start.

In other words, the first question has to be about you, before you ask about the filter. It can’t be the other way around.

Still, one of my first jobs was in the darkroom, processing film … Read more...