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It seems like I very rarely blog but I assure you that's on my list of things to be more active on. Speaking of being more active, I finally gave into Instagram so if you would like to follow my shenanigans as well as some behind the scenes from photoshoots I strongly advise for you to come FOLLOW!

I've been experimenting more with lighting lately as well as learning new techniques to improve my retouching skills. If I'm not working I'm always looking to learn new things and YouTube is an excellent resource to everything you can think of. I love to push boundaries and keep improving any way I can. I really look forward to working with wonderful artistic individuals next month. I have a few projects that also include videos. Around the beginning of next year I will be collaborating with a wonderful European model who is talented in many ways. She will be flying all the way from Germany to Chicago! I won't give out too many details but please stay tuned.

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a phenomenal hair stylist that modeled for me. She was amazing and I am really looking forward to finishing the image as it's one of my most involved photoshoots by far and my ultimate favorite.

I put a little video together of what I sometimes do before a shoot if I'm unsure of what the lighting will look like. I highly encourage everyone to keep practicing and enhance your skills. If you don't have a model present invite your friend over or, in my case, just use yourself. Do what you must and keep on going.

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I receive a lot of beautiful comments about my work and excellent constructive critique that helps me better myself as an artist. Throughout the years I've followed many talented artists such as models, painters, tattoo artists, photographers, digital illustrators, and many others that have kept me motivated, inspired and helped me push boundaries. Photographers that had a huge impact in my work were artists like Billy Sheahan, Kevin Thayer, Chad Michael Ward, Lithium Picnic, Lindsay Adler Photography and many more. 

I get asked where I received my training for my photography and editing and I'm proud to say that most of it is self taught through errors and victories. When I get stuck with something or have no knowledge on how to go about with editing or light placement I seek advice from great tutors on YouTube. I learned some advanced editing techniques from PhLearn, Garth Williams Retouch, and many others. There's so much you can learn on YouTube alone! 

I wanted to share a couple of pictures from two lovely ladies I shot last year and again this year.

noAmy the Photographer Erin
noAmy the Photographer Cecilia
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The last image is featured on Dark Beauty Magazine's website, go check it out!

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Photography isn't something I stumbled upon recently. I've been involved in the industry for quite sometime but it wasn't until 5 years or so ago that I was in a position to be able to purchase equipment. As some of you may already know, investing into any business can be stressful but most of all financially crippling at times. I'm not to the level that I'd like to be nor do I have the equipment that would make my job a little easier but I take everything one day at a time. My home studio may not be the most ideal place due to it's (limited) size but I'm still extremely grateful for what I have and can't wait to expand in the future. 

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
— Ansel Adams

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Last week I had the chance to work with two lovely friends. I've been trying to arrange a time to shoot them for months but due to scheduling conflicts it didn't happen sooner and then I get them both, on the same day. I first shot Jazmin who is an great stylist and great model (images to come) and lastly it was Erin who has been modeling for many years. Although the weather was crummy and some ideas were supposed to be shot outdoors we managed to make some epic images in my home studio that I'm far beyond happy with.

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