You Don't Have To Be Original To Be Creative

You Don't Have To Be Original To Be Creative

Today I posted one of favorite street photographs to Instagram. I took this picture maybe... 5 months ago and I've kind of been sitting on it because I wasn't too sure how the general public would embrace it. It's not like a risky, raunchy type photo (well to some maybe it is), nor is it anything controversial, but it's instead a photograph that was blatantly influenced by another street photographer. 

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A Tip In Street Photography Vol. 9: Get Rejected

A Tip In Street Photography Vol. 9: Get Rejected

The scariest aspect of street photography is being rejected. It's not the "no" that fears us, but more so how the subject says no. In our minds, it's always some over the top response. Either we think they are going to physically hit us, or cause a scene that's embarrassing for both parties. The possibility of this happening is what we ultimately fear, however, if your subject said: "no photos" in a calm, mild manner voice... Would you be as scared?

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Back To The Basics: Why I Pre-Ordered the Fujifilm X100F

Back To The Basics: Why I Pre-Ordered the Fujifilm X100F

Through 2016 I spent most of the year shooting with the Sony a6000 and the Panasonic GX8. These cameras were both amazing in their own right, but they also lacked certain features I wanted for my go to body. The Sony a6000 was beautiful, probably the best camera I've ever owned when it came to street photography, however, the native Sony lenses was mainly designed to work with their a7 series, meaning they were all pretty much too big for my liking. I also hated that the a6000 lacked a flip out LCD screen, I started vlogging in 2016 and the lack of that LCD screen really hindered me. 

The Panasonic GX8 was the second camera I picked up, I believe I had it for the last quarter of the year. This purchase was influenced by the camera's recording ability and obviously, it's flip out screen, I also loved the aesthetic of the GX8, it had that retro camera look, which is what every street photographer desires... Overall, the camera was perfect for the hobbyist in me, but when I was booked for paid gigs the tiny sensor just didn't deliver the results that I wanted... I would look at the files and just feel uncomfortable sending them to clients. This often gave me anxiety and at times even made me feel adequate. After every session, I would come home and ask myself "What camera is the perfect camera?" After tons of research, I came to one conclusion.

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Should You Charge Your Friends For Photographs?

Should You Charge Your Friends For Photographs?

When I first started photographing my first subjects were my friends. I was big on Tumblr during that time so that's where the majority of my inspiration came from. I was a fan of everything, initially, I wanted to do street style shots, much like the ones you see on Hypebeast.com, but as I continued to grow I became fonder of photographers like Emily Soto and Laura Jade. I'm telling you I was full of ideas back then, however when I presented them to my friends they just didn't seem to take them as seriously.

I remember my first shoot, with my friend Kwamia, I told her to wear a dress and I wanted to do something similar to Emily Soto's style of work. She agreed and when I went to do the shoot with her she was wearing a tight dress and fishnets, nothing like the idea presented. This pattern continued throughout my early career in photography, in fact, it got worse, my friends not only ignored my request, they just began to stand me up. I'd set a specific date and time and they just took it as "if I have nothing better to do, I'll come".

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Make Time For What You Love

Make Time For What You Love

For the past few weeks, I've been doing something that I'm not too fond of... working. It's not that I hate my job(s), but it's the fact that they're so damn time-consuming. I wake up every day at 4 am and get home around 9 PM! That's about 17 hours of work. As you could imagine, that's a draining day. I don't complain when I get my check at the end of the week, but in between Monday and Friday, I'm absolutely miserable.

When I'm at work all I do is w ant to create, I have a lot of time to myself so I think of ideas unlike no other, however, by the time I get home I'm too tired to execute them. I keep telling myself there has to be a way to squeeze in some time for myself, some time to create. How many of you go through this? How many of you want to create, but feel like your workload or priorities don't allow you to? 

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