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The Creative Journey
Rafael Rojas

Kyle McDougall | December 22, 2016

 

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Rafael Rojas. Rafael describes himself as someone who strives to encapsulate concept, emotion, and spirituality in his work. I’ve known Rafael for a number of years now, dating back to the days when he was running WhyTake.net. His work has always stood out to me as very personal, thoughtful, and masterfully executed. Make sure you check out Rafael’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his work. I want to thank Rafael for taking the time to share his story with us!

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Kyle McDougall | December 14, 2016

The World Wide Web was created only a short time ago back in 1990. Since that time, to say a lot has changed would be an understatement. I can still remember sitting at my desk listening to the dial-up modem squawk as it tried multiple times to connect to a server. Like with any advancement in time, new technology and platforms are created that are both embraced and criticized.

More recently, social media has without a doubt been the biggest game changer in recent times when it comes to both the way we do business and the way we interact each other. Love it or hate it, it brings with it a lot of opportunities. Never before have we been able to reach an audience so quickly and easily (although you could argue it’s becoming more difficult) and because of that, the ways that we create, share, and socialize are constantly changing.

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When The Well Runs Dry
Overcoming Creative Dry Spells

Kyle McDougall | December 1, 2016

Creativity, passion, drive—these are all things that over time I’ve come to realize can never run constantly at a hundred percent. As photographers, we live creative lives with the next image always on our minds, constantly striving to take our work to the next level.

Both consciously and sub-consciously we analyze light, texture, shape, and form throughout our daily travels. We become obsessed with golden light, to the point of becoming extremely disappointed with ourselves if we miss the perfect sunset. We get soaked in rainstorms, just about near freeze ourselves in the winter, and get devoured by mosquitoes in the summer, all to get the perfect shot. It’s only inevitable that eventually we all hit a wall where picking up a camera all of a sudden becomes a struggle.

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The Creative Journey
Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Kyle McDougall | November 27, 2016

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For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Colleen Miniuk-Sperry. Colleen is a full-time freelance photographer and writer based out of Arizona. When I first came across Colleen’s work I was immediately drawn to it. As I explored her portfolios and blog in more depth I found myself incredibly inspired by her thoughtful and meaningful approach to her work.  Make sure you check out Colleen’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with her work. I want to thank Colleen for taking the time to share her story with us!


 

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The Creative Journey
Lizzie Shepherd

Kyle McDougall | November 12, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Lizzie Shepherd.  Lizzie is a professional photographer based in North Yorkshire, specializing in landscape, nature and travel photography. I’ve followed Lizzie’s work for a number of years now and have always been impressed by her ability to create strong images out of a wide range of locations, subjects, and weather. Her eye for detail is impressive! Make sure you check out Lizzie’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with her work! I want to thank Lizzie for taking the time to share her story Continue Reading

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The Creative Journey
Sean Bagshaw

Kyle McDougall | September 29, 2016

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For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Sean Bagshaw. For those of you who may not be familiar with Sean’s work (anyone…?), his images, tutorials, and willingness to help others are second to none. Sean creates his images with a masterful approach both in the field and the digital darkroom, and all it takes is one look at his portfolios to be inspired to get out and explore. Make sure you check out Sean’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his work! I want to thank Sean for taking the time to share his story!

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It’s About More Than Just The Image

Kyle McDougall | September 24, 2016

What is it that you really want from photography? That’s a question that I believe we don’t ask ourselves often enough.

Without having a conscious understanding of what brings you satisfaction, it can be easy to let your journey trend in directions that really don’t matter that much. Over the years I’ve tried my best to consistently stop and reflect on where I’m at with my craft and what things are bringing me enjoyment. I believe developing this habit can have a big impact on your consistency and enjoyment and is something that all photographers should try and take the time to do.

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Are You Aimlessly Chasing Achievements?

Kyle McDougall | September 10, 2016

I recently stumbled across a post titled “The #FOMO Epidemic” by a blogger named Eugene Phoa. “FOMO” is an abbreviation for the “Fear Of Missing Out” and according to Eugene “has become so rampant in recent times that it was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.”

The definition of FOMO is as follows: Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

Eugene goes on to talk about how a lot of us are so easily affected by what others are doing that it can leave us chasing dreams or goals that we might not necessarily want. While reading through Eugene’s article, I was constantly drawing connections to similar thoughts that both myself and other artists I know of have experienced in the past.

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The Creative Journey
Alister Benn

Kyle McDougall | September 2, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Alister Benn. I’ve known Alister for a number of years now and he’s always been someone whose approach towards his craft has both impressed and motivated me. Take one look at his work and you can tell that he is an artist who is confident in his direction. Make sure you check out Alister’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his work! I want to say a huge thanks to Alister for taking the time to share his story.

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The Creative Journey
Mark Metternich

Kyle McDougall | August 19, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Mark Metternich. Mark is a full-time professional photographer based out of the Western United States. His work showcases incredible moments in nature that are captured with an immense amount of skill and creativity. I’ve been following Mark’s work for a number of years now and have always been impressed by his willingness to help teach others and his creative drive. Make sure you check out Mark’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his travels and images! I want to say a huge thanks to Mark for taking the time to share his story. 

 

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