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Nature First, Photography Second

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I've had a love of nature ever since I was little, I remember running around in the woods near where I grew up in Indiana. My grandparents had an old school pop-up camper that served as our base camp every summer at the local state park. My love of nature never left me, if anything it's only grown stronger as an adult. I've learned to love and appreciate the wonders that natural world brings. I've also learned as an adult how much physical and mental health benefits come from spending time in nature can have on me. When I started my photography journey several years ago, it really was just another excuse to spend more time out in the wild places I love and to visit places I've had on my to do list for a long time. From day one, it's always been about enjoying nature first and photography comes second. I've "missed" getting many good images because of my respect for the natural world. If getting a shot meant going into a sensitive area, trampling f…

Ballad of the Coyote

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Ballad of the Coyote
A few weeks ago my wife, Maeve, and I spent a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a ski vacation. This part of the county is just absolutely amazing, everywhere you look is yet another text book display of natures beauty. I get to take a lot of little mini trips for photography so I try really hard to not make our vacations together about photography but I just couldn't help myself on this trip. To be honest, after three days on the slopes, my legs needed a break from trying to keep up with Maeve so a day of photography was my excuse. She's a beast on the mountain!! I didn't do much preplanning before this trip because this wasn't supposed to be a photography trip but I did know I wanted at least one half day. While my wife spent a few hours on her own I took the rental car and headed off for The Grand Teton National Park, I figured this would be a good place to start if I wanted to see wildlife. I was not disappointed, within an hour I had already s…

Getting Out Of A Creative Funk

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A few weeks ago I posted the image above on Instagram and Facebook, you can view it on my Facebook page here. At the time of that post I was in a super creative funk for a couple of weeks and I couldn’t seem to shake it. I wasn’t feeling very creative, I wasn’t motivated to go out and shoot anything, I wasn’t motivated to process any of the images sitting on my hard drive and when I did try any of the above it all felt very forced and uninspired. I posted the photo of Antelope Canyon from a trip to Arizona and Utah in April of last year with two friends of mine. While on the trip the energy and excitement was palpable, I was feeling so inspired seeing all of the magical places for my first time. Now months later at home I’m trying to process these images and life keeps dragging me down and I don’t can’t find the drive to put the energy needed into these images. To me, when I sat back and looked at the final image it felt absolutely forced and way overdone! This didn’t help the mindset…