The 3 Principles of Making Money With Photography

Dear friend, If you want to earn money through your photography, and have really considered to yourself: “Should I earn money through my photography?” I hope this is some advice that can help you. It has helped me— it is only advice I wish someone told me. And of course, your mileage may vary.

Should I Make Money From My Photography?

A lot of photographers want to make money with their photography. But a better question should be this: “Should I make money with my photography?” In this article I want to share some of my personal experiences— whether monetizing your passion will lead you to hate photography, or whether it will empower you.

10 Tips to Be More Creative in Your Photography

No matter who you are, you probably love being creative. Many of us pick up photography to escape the dread of our day jobs. However the issue is that many of us become less creative as we get older. How do we stay creative and retain that child-like curiosity when we were younger?

Student Photos: Downtown LA Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography Workshop 2016

Here are some student photos from my “Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography” workshop in Downtown LA. Each student worked on a small mini-project for the weekend, working on honing their individual style and voice. In this post are my personal favorite individual images from them. See all the images below, and if you… Read more about Student Photos: Downtown LA Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography Workshop 2016

7 Lessons I’ve Learned Shooting Fashion Photography For the First Time

I recently had the great pleasure of shooting fashion photography for the first time with Suede Brooks (model), fellow photographer Bil Brown (he arranged it all), as well with stylist (Shaina Feldman), beauty (Elaina Karras-Jircitano), and Cindy (creative director, and lighting assistant). I’ve been interested in shooting fashion for a while now— especially when I… Read more about 7 Lessons I’ve Learned Shooting Fashion Photography For the First Time

The Personal Photography Manual

Dear friend, I am excited to share my new book with you: “The Personal Photography Manual.” If you’ve ever wanted to find more meaning, purpose, and direction in your photography, I recommend you to pursue “personal photography.” What exactly is “personal photography”? To me, it is a genre of photography that focuses on yourself— focuses on… Read more about The Personal Photography Manual

Shoot What You’re Afraid Of

When I’m out shooting in the streets, I’m not sure what will make a good photograph. However, I know what I am afraid of.

7 Tips How to Capture “The Decisive Moment” in Street Photography

“The Decisive Moment” — a fabled concept introduced by the founder of street photography (Henri Cartier-Bresson). The “decisive moment” is that beautiful fleeting moment– where all the compositional elements come together, and you only have a split second to capture the moment. How can you better capture the “decisive moment” — or better yet, identify… Read more about 7 Tips How to Capture “The Decisive Moment” in Street Photography

Introducing Haptic Industries

Dear friends, Cindy and I would love to share with you our creative project we have been working on for the past two years. We call it ‘Haptic Industries.’ Part labor of love, part creative tsyxploration, Cindy and I have shared ideas and workshopped projects over many cups of coffee. Our dream for Haptic Industries… Read more about Introducing Haptic Industries

12 Lessons Araki Has Taught Me About Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki (more commonly known as Araki) is one of the most controversial figures in the photography world. While he is a rock star and a superhero in Japan, a lot of the outside world sees his work as sick, pornographic, and misogynist. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Warning: Photos are NSFW.

Do You Like Having Your Own Photo Taken?

I often do a poll during my workshops: “Raise your hand if you don’t like having your own photo being taken.” Usually more than half of my students raise their hands.

Are Your Photos Intimate?

It is hard to know what makes a “good” photograph, but it is easy to know what makes an intimate photograph.

Take a Break From Your Photography

Dear friend, I wanted to write you this letter about the importance of staying fresh creatively by taking a break from your photography, not forcing you to take photos everyday against your own will.