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Category: Interviews

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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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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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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19 Feb

The Hidden Stories Behind Ted Chin’s Photography

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Photography is the art of preserving a fleeting moment. No moment lasts forever, unless someone has the eye to catch it. We're drawn to cameras and photographs because we want to be remembered. We want people to look back at our memories and get an idea of what our moment was like. Herein lies the art of a photographer. The difference between a snapshot and a photograph is that a photograph is intentionally framed and exposed as a memento that represents the best moment in a given atmosphere or situation. The photographers we most connect to are the ones who know how to create a specific mise en scene. Ted Chin creates his mise en scene with whimsical edits that give...
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16 Feb

2016’s hottest photography trends from Jessica Keener Photography

Jessica Keener, owner of Jessica Keener Photography
Selfie sticks. White linens. Rustic barns. Pets. Gold everything. In 2015, there were definite trends that stuck out in the photography world - ones that even Instagram photographers could recognize and appreciate. But heading into 2016, there are new terms and styles coming en vogue which seasoned pros will employ into their lifestyle, portrait, wedding and headshot photography. These are what photographers are being asked for by their clients, and what they are looking forward to experimenting with in the coming year. With that in mind, I spoke with Jessica Keener, of Jessica Keener Photography in Seattle, WA, about what trends we can look forward to in 2016. Lumoid: Hi Jess! Tell us a bit about you: how did you find...
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17 Nov

Mike Dempsey Photography: Delivering Spectacular, Gravity-Defying Photos with a Campy Instagram Handle

L.A. based photographer Mike Dempsey, aka @mikesbutt on Instagram, works from a place of anticipation and risk through his gravity-defying photos. From the fascinating, funny and peculiar, to the just plain WTF, Dempsey’s popular Instagram feed is filled with people performing all kinds of captivating stunts, such as planting a ninja-style kick to a skeleton’s face, slipping on banana peels and chasing after flying bowling pins. And as for the handle @mikesbutt, it was the first thing he thought of, and it stuck. However, he’s not capturing paranormal activity or death-defying feats. These bizarre aerial photos are created through a form of digital magic, though a large percentage of his work is produced as practically as possible. I had a chance to speak...
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2 Nov

Women and Girls Lead Global: Storytelling And Technology Creating Social Change Around The World

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Everyone has a story to tell. However, many people's voices are stifled due to the environment or circumstance that they find themselves in. Be it overcrowded classrooms, impoverished nations or under a regime that persecutes minorities, many don’t have a platform to deliver their stories or more importantly, speak their truth - especially women and girls. Film is one of the most powerful mediums to not only present stories, but to inspire millions of individuals across the world to partner with their communities and transform lives; this is the message behind Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG). WGLG is a multimedia campaign in partnership with ITVS, USAID, Ford Foundation and CARE designed to spark real change on global challenges like gender-based...
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13 Oct

Photographer Jim Cummins: A Photo Career Spent Adapting to Change

It's always a treat to chat with professional photographers, a resilient group of folks who have seen their craft undergo an incredible evolution in the last 15 years with the rise of social media platforms like Instagram broadening the audiences of many photographers 10-fold. We recently caught up with New York-based photographer Jim Cummins and talked about the great profession of photography, how it’s changed and where it’s headed. But first, a bit about Mr. Cummins… Jim Cummins is an award-winning American photojournalist whose work is well-known from the many photographs he has taken of legendary rock, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, country/western and gospel performers of the 1960s through the early 1980s. Over 900 music albums from that era, many of which went...
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