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15 Mar

Jackie Dives Fights Abortion Stigma With Emotional Portraits

A few weeks ago, Jackie launched the Abortion Series project, where she’ll be profiling a variety of women who have had abortions, and sharing their experiences. The project was inspired by repressive laws against women's rights. “I think this series is both saying to other women ‘We are here. We understand. We support you.’ Jackie said. “And it’s also providing a glimpse into the experience of having an abortion, for those who haven't ever had one, who might need to understand more seriously the impact it has on a woman.” So far, Jackie has only photographed two women, but both portraits are intimate and personal, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come of the project. The portraits are similarly posed: both women...
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28 Sep

10 Austin Photogs You Need To Follow On Instagram

Austin Texas, or ATX, is a true mecca for creatives, entrepreneurs, students, foodies and musicians. And speaking of musicians, live music is so pervasive in Austin it’s dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the World.” However, during my travels I quickly learned that Austinites do not take themselves too seriously - and that’s what keeps the city’s cool factor in check. From the wide spectrum of music, film, and interactive festivals like South By Southwest (SXSW) and the upcoming Austin City Limits, to the plethora of delish restaurants, funky art and cultural scenes, beautiful dog-friendly parks, and even meditation flash mobs, most Austinites agree that ATX is best showcased visually. Here are some of Austin's most innovative photographers (in no particular order)...
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19 Aug

Danielle Pottberg: Accidental Photographer and Dream Advocate

Life can throw us for quite a curveball sometimes. There are paths we never consider that we can find ourselves on, and end up thriving by taking a chance and going down them. Danielle Pottberg can certainly attest. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design to study art, photography was the last thing on her mind. In fact, she would only pick up a camera to document her art work. Art was her passion; photography was merely a tool to document it. During her thesis presentation on textiles, an outside critic looked at her photographs and told her that she should look into photography instead. Ouch. "At the time, I was insulted," Pottberg recalled. "Why focus on the photographs and...
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8 Jul

Behind the Keyboard: Maroon 5 Keyboardist PJ Morton Is Stepping Out of the Band’s Shadow & Embracing His Own Artistry

PJ Morton may not be a household name, but if you’ve been listening to pop or R&B music in the last 10 years, you’ve definitely heard his expert craft at some point. A pureblooded musician to the core, Morton has played a crucial role in creating some truly massive songs, and his talent as a producer, musician and songwriter has garnered him acclaim from both peers and critics alike. While you still might need to Google his name to discover his credentials, Morton is forging his own path as a solo artist, band member, producer, songwriter and author, name recognition be damned. At the end of the day, though, it all comes back to the music for Morton. That doesn’t...
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9 Jun

Singer-Songwriter Sophia Z Talks Songwriting and Her Favorite Headphones

As an industry in extreme flux thanks to declining sales and the popularity of pirating and streaming, the music business is both a treacherous and exciting battlefield. Today’s technology allows any budding musician to record albums and songs with little help from studio masterminds and wizardry (or label backing for that matter), while social media grants artists a direct line to the public in order to foster an audience and fan base for their sound. It’s an industry that both deters and embraces the underdog, someone like singer-songwriter Sophia Z. Still a relative unknown, the talented, driven, humble and savvy Sophia Z is carving out her own niche in the bumpy climate of today’s ever-evolving music industry, defining herself and...
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19 May

How to Achieve Balance Between Work and Life Passions from GOFITJO Founder Joanne Encarnacion

Joanne Encarnacion
There’s that tired and slightly demeaning phrase that is thrown with such frequency at women who dare to juggle a personal and professional life that it’s transformed into an eye-rolling cliché: “I don’t know how she does it.” It’s a statement that is hardly ever lodged at men, fueling the inherent misogyny behind the thought. But most offensively, it’s a statement that suggests women aren’t capable of greatness, or that the odds are automatically stacked against them. So when women are bosses of their personal and professional lives, meandering between the two to get shit done for their careers, family and themselves, we throw around that stupid phrase because we’re conditioned to think it’s the exception rather than the norm....
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17 May

Food Photography: Styling Tips Directly from a Pro

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Luscious strawberry tarts. A perfectly poached egg spilling over homemade toast. Rich, cheesy pizza. Scrolling through Monika Walecka’s Instagram feed is like the worst form of food torture, being subjected to beautiful, droolworthy pictures of food that you’re unable to eat. Better known as @thereshecooks, Monika Walecka is a woman of many talents. Not only is she an accomplished baker and chef, she is also a professional food photographer, Instagram-famous and soon to be published author. However, unlike the typical light, white food photography so often seen, Walecka's moodier style, where dark shadows, cool tones and rich, saturated colors take precedent, is instantly striking. I recently sat down to chat with her about all things food photography, from essential gear...
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22 Apr

Photographer Matt Robertson: What It Takes to Shoot Artists Like Kid Cudi, Whiz Khalifa, and Maroon 5

The allure of the rockstar lifestyle is easily explained: fame, travel, appreciation, adoration, influence, and experiences that are easily reserved for the very, very few. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to be a rockstar. Despite our curiosity about the ins and outs of what that lifestyle is like, very few of us will ever be able live it. So what's the next best thing? We want to read everything we can about celebrities. We want to hear from their friends about what it's "actually like." We watch every video and dissect every photograph just for a glimpse into this lifestyle as we imagine ourselves in their shoes. If you can't be a rockstar, why not travel with one, photographing their exploits...
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16 Mar

Exploring Authenticity and Optimism with Lifestyle Blogger Isabella Mente

The Internet is simultaneously the most emotionally honest and the least authentic destination a person can find. Armed with anonymity, creative tools, online assets and an audience, people are given immense freedom in regards to how they can represent themselves. Some people understand the emotional responsibility that comes with creating representative online profiles. Others abuse their power to mislead and manipulate. With anyone possessing the ability to build a following, it's easy to be seduced into ignoring your true colors for that extra like, or that additional more share. Isabella Mente, photographer and blogger at The Beautiful Mind, isn't so easily tempted. Mente understands, as someone with tens of thousands of followers, that a commitment to honesty turns her creative channels...
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27 Feb

Lesley Chilcott Discusses Film CODEGIRL and Why Closing Tech Gender Gap Is Crucial

Girls around the world are dreaming BIG. They want to be entrepreneurs and coders in the skyrocketing app market, and they yearn to develop apps to help their communities and change the world. But how can young women hope to achieve these critical goals if, by 2017, the estimated $77 billion dollar app market is projected to be filled with developers who are 80 percent male? Lesley Chilcott, acclaimed producer of award-winning documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, is now shining a laser-like spotlight on this very issue through her latest documentary CODEGIRL, which she hopes will encourage young women to enter computer programming and jump-start a movement to close the tech gender gap. Released on YouTube for free last November, and now available for download online...
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