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Feb 16, 2019
The Dancer: Callie Gullickson

Recently had the opportunity to work again with the awesome Callie Gullickson where I captured the more dancer side of her

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Feb 12, 2019
The Experience is What Matters

The idea of using Instagram Stories is a lot easier than it is to act upon the urge to create anything. I often build up an entire sequence of events in my head but when it comes to the process of capturing, I fail miserably because I doubt as to whether any of it is worthy of being shared.

Will anyone care? Will anyone derive value from it? All valid questions but very often we forget how things that may seem inconsequential for us have the potential to be of value for other people. Like Sean McCabe says, what you share matters, but equally impactful is how you made someone feel with what you took the time to create. Friendly reminder for myself in how I should just take more initial using Instagram Stories as oppose to viewing it as a feature that's optional.

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Feb 02, 2019
4 Day Getaway to Tulum, Mexico

For as long as I could remember, my wife and I have never vacationed on our own. It’s something we’ve thought about but never acted upon. The more you ruminate on it, the closer one gets to the possibility until that parental guilty begins to surface.

It’s almost as if thinking about embarking on a little escape with your spouse is not something you’re suppose to even consider as a parent and yet according to research, a lot of the recommendations seem to advise otherwise. You shouldn’t feel guilty about being selfish. You’re more than just parents. Amongst all the parental responsibilities, you’re also a husband, a wife, a partner and a friend, all of which require us to take the time to remind ourselves of our other roles because it’s too easy to forget.

This past November I surprised my wife with 4-day getaway to Tulum, Mexico. I’ve seen more than enough photos of Tulum via Instagram to realize it was a must visit on my list and to my surprise the trip was a lot more affordable than I expected.

Four days may not seem like a lot but it was enough for us to take a breather together as a couple. My goal is to make it an ongoing tradition where we go away every year for her birthday as along as we meet the following requirements:

  • Fight time should not be more than 5hrs
  • No checking-in of any luggage pieces. All carry-on
  • The dollar needs to go a long way (like in Mexico)
  • Airfare and hotel combined for both should not exceed $1,200
  • Utilized money saved via Qapital account to pay for airfare and lodging
  • Don’t visit the same destination back to back. New destination every year
  • Splurge on delicious food and experience while on vacation

With that said, here’s the photos I took while vacationing in Tulum with my wife for her long birthday weekend.

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Jan 31, 2019
How to Set Your Prices as a Professional Photographer

Pricing your photography work is a lot like calorie counting. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily imply it will work for you until you take the time to crunch out the numbers for yourself so that you have a deeper understand why everything you take or don’t take into account is vital. I hate it becomes it takes time and it’s not fun but it’s one of those necessary things to remain sustainable.

I want to make it clear that my sole income doesn’t come from photography. I do have a day job but like Bryan says, “most of us get into photography because we love the art and creativity of it, but we quickly realize that unless we can get people to pay us for our work, it'll be nothing more than a hobby.”

So how much do I charge for my work? Back then I use to just blurt out a price but now, I can’t give you an answer on the spot until I step back and consider what exactly the client is envisioning and what it’s going to cost on my end in the even I have to rent anything out. The great thing about the web is that you can find every possible answer. The downside is that the amount of answers you come across could be overwhelming.

I wanted to share with you this article written by wedding photographer and founder of Sprout Studio Bryan Caporicci where he breaks down on how to set your prices as a professional photographer. I had to toss this one into Instapaper to review, keep and refer to.

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Jan 30, 2019
Jacob Thomas Training

While photographing at the 2018 Strong New York event at Solace in December, I unquestionably walked away not simply with an appreciation for the large amount of trainers here in New York who I had the opportunity to meet but equally with those who I was able to keep in contact afterwards. Jacob Thomas was one of them. He really enjoyed the portrait I captured of him at the event that he commissioned me to shoot a few looks for him for his brand with his being one of them. To view the rest of the photos, please visit the gallery.

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Jan 29, 2019
Theragun G3PRO x True North Training

Recently I was commissioned to be the photographer on site as Theragun held a seminar at True North Training in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with some of the best trainers here in New York City to introduce not just they're newest product (G3PRO) but educate trainers more on the value of percussive therapy that involves growth and rapid of tissues by providing a rapid and short-duration pulses into the tissues of the body.

Dr. Jason S. Wersland, D.C., a chiropractor and the founder/inventor of Theragun created the device a few years ago, after a motorcycle accident left him with a herniated a disc, and it has ballooned into a whole thing ever since.

The seminar was accompanied with an intense 45 minute workout in which all the trainers pushed their bodies while being treated with the G3PRO during and after the program. Several of the trainers present I've know of them via Instagram and some I've had the pleasure off shooting with in the past.

To view the rest of the photos from this amazing event, head over to the gallery.

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Jan 24, 2019
Shooting Tethered Pays Off: A Guide for Photographers

At least from my perspective, it wasn't long ago that shooting tethered seemed like it was an approach reserved only for those photographers who had big budgets, assistances and super expensive gear but the more I've educated myself with the technical aspects and creative advantages of shooting tethered, I've come to realize it's nothing to be scared of until you try it.

I've shot numerous times in a studio setting and when you're just starting off, you're perfect find with just glancing at your LCD screen to ensure your vision is being translated to your camera. That's all you know what to do in the beginning. I've yet to shoot tethered but I anticipate to experiment with it on my next shoot and in preparation for that, I found this article by photographer Caleb Kerr extremely helpful on how to get started, especially with the needed and recommend gear.

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Jan 21, 2019
Alex Silver-Fagan

Alex Silver-Fagan: "Athlete, Trainer, Creator, Personality, Model, Instructor, Speaker, and at the end of the day: Determined."

More of the photos from the shoot over on the Stories section.

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Jan 14, 2019
Callie Gullickson x Training

2019 has by far turned out to be very amazing with regard to my photography. I keep reciting in my head how it'll be by far the year I've find myself photographically because up until this point there's no question where my passion lies in terms of the type of work I love to shoot. Luckily the fitness community in New York is so vibrant and diverse that working with one person has translated seamlessly to connecting with other trainers who specialize in other areas and who's sole mission continues to be in educating people on how to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. To view the rest of the photographs I shot with Callie along with a short video, visit here.

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Jan 04, 2019
More of This, Less of That

I’ve never gotten into the ritual of establishing New Year’s resolution the same way I’ve never been great at maintaining a planner. The idea of it sounds great but it just never seems to stick. Instead, I much prefer Julia Rothman’s approach to drawing a line between things she would love to do “more” of and “less” of. On that note, here are mine:

More:

  • Reading books on topics I know nothing about
  • Educate myself on nutrition
  • Allowing time to write
  • Learning to be more patient
  • Traveling
  • Planning of dates with wife
  • Speaking up
  • Pursuing personal photography projects
  • Vocal about my photography vision
  • Meet people who challenge me in a new way
  • Visualizing
  • Investing
  • Sleep (more than 6hrs)

Less:

  • Negative self-talk
  • Social media
  • Thinking about ideas and more doing
  • Feeling guilty about wanting to spend some time alone
  • Talking and more listening
  • Waiting for things to happen and take more initiative
  • Feeling guilty about investing in things that will benefit me in the long run
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