Unicorns Are Real!

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Hey guys!

I have some new photos up from the photo shoot I did of my niece Bibbles and her unicorn 😉 Check them out! You can also watch the behind the scenes of this fun day on Unicorns Are Real!

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Taking black & white photos

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Thursday’s photography tip is on taking black & white photos.

During this weeks photography workshop class we learned the following:

There are two options you can use to create a B&W photo.

The first is to convert the image to B&W in post processing. This is the most common one and you have the benefit of keeping both the color version and the B&W version.

The second option, which we learned is a truer way of get a B&W photo is to set your camera to monochrome. With this setting your image will be taken in B&W so there is no post processing conversion needed. The down side is that you won’t have the color photo, but like the teacher said if your intent is to capture a B&W photo then you don’t need the color version.

This is just a tip/opinion, you can choose whatever option is best for you.

Try it out both ways and compare your results. It is all about experimenting.

Have a blessed day and lets go out and get creative!

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You need targets, a reason and goals.

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If you are not expanding you are contracting. You need targets, a reason and goals.

Wise words right there. I agree that we all need a reason to make our life worthwhile.

We need a reason to wake up every morning and make some kind of impact on this world and those around us even if it’s a small contribution.

Targets are very important. This year I’ve been very disciplined on writing down my longer term goals twice a day. But it’s not just about writing them down, its about taking action towards achieving them that makes all the difference.

On Sunday nights, I will write down the goals I have for the week, I also review the goals I had for the previous week. I will write down goals completed and goals failed on the same sheet and right under that I will write next week’s goals Monday – Sunday. I also have daily goals that I write down and start checking them off as I complete them.

You should have different targets and goals for all areas of your life, right now my 2 main categories are health and fitness and career advancements.

You can’t always achieve everything you write down, but its way better to over commit and deliver than it is to under commit and waste your time.

I suggest you buy a notebook and start writing down what is important to you, and take action towards expanding your current situation.

Have a blessed day guys and lets go out there and get creative.

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Photos are a return ticket

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”

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Beautiful quote isn’t it? Thanks to my friend for sharing that with me.

As a student of photography and aspiring photographer it brings me so much joy to be able to capturing life’s most memorable moments.

The nice thing about having a digital cameras is that you can shoot all you want.

In the film days it was way different. Your number of shots was limited and you had no idea what you captured until you developed your film. So if you messed up you wasted film and money.

Today you have no limits, if you make a mistake that’s OK, take another picture.

My tip for you aspiring photographers is to get out there and shoot. It can be anything just shoot!

Take as many pictures as you can and capture as many beautiful and meaningful moments as you possible can.

Always remember that a photo is a moment frozen in time and your job is to capture it.

So go out, practice and improve.

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Life is about choices

Busy is a choice

Stress is a choice

Joy is a choice

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Life is about choices.

We make choices from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep.

You have the choice of waking up grouchy or happy in the morning.

You have the choice of eating breakfast or not.

You have the choice of leaving to work on time or not.

You have the choice of putting in your best effort at work or not.

You have the choice to make an impact on others or not.

As you can see your day will be packed with many choices and each choice you make will determine the kind of day you will have.

I try to live each day as best as I possibly can by making the following choices:

#1 – I wake up early and I give thanks for another day of life.

#2 – I make a healthy breakfast (oatmeal) every morning and work on my freelance projects.

#3 – I leave to work on time so I can arrive 15-10 mins early.

#4 – I try to keep a positive attitude at work even when difficult & stressful tasks arrive.

#5 – I workout 6X a week to improve my health.

#6 – I try and have patients for myself and others around me.

This one is important because not everyone around you is trying to make the same positive choices as you. I am not perfect and I don’t expect others to be perfect, so patients is key.

So try and remember that positivity always wins and I guarantee you that you will start making better choices and your day will be filled with many blessings.

The choice is yours! Have a blessed day guys!

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Do one new thing today!

 

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday!!!

Today let’s make an effort to do something that is out of our normal routine and that makes us uncomfortable.

It can be anything! Maybe it’s a project you have been putting off for some time? Working out, changing your diet, visiting a family member or friend, taking that class, learning an instrument, or playing a sport?

There are plenty of thing we all want to do but don’t do them because of fear or “lack of time”

So today, I encourage you to do at least one new thing.

What I want to today is: Update my resume.

I have been putting this off for a good year now and I want to start sending it out.

Applying for a new job is the part that makes me uncomfortable, because change is scary. I know I have to get over that fear and keep my options open because this is the only way I will be able to grow as a professional.

I am officially too comfortable at my current job and that’s not good.

I want to advance in my career and I know its going to take change and new challenges in another work environment to do that.

I’ve learned all I can here and I can’t stop learn as a designer or keep designing for the same industry.

So that’s my goal for today. What is yours?

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Simple design / photography tip

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Hello Designers and Photographers! Here is a quick tip for you guys..

Designers:

Always, always save your work as you are designing it (every few mins). You never know when your program might crash. Make sure you also have your files saved in at least two locations (external hard drive or cloud).

Photographers:

The above also applies to you! Make sure that you always keep your original jpeg file saved and unedited. Never work on your original photo, make a copy of them and edit the copies. You never know when you might need to go back to the original file for some reason.

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