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It’s been a long time since I made a post on here, but I’d really like to start using it more. I just got back from a week-long trip to India with my family, and I thought a post with some pictures and the thoughts behind them could be cool.

I love traveling. I love seeing how different other places are aesthetically, culturally, in the places they choose to piss, etc. It’s always amazing to me how abnormal another place’s norm is to me.

India is amazing to me for its density. The sheer number of people meant I always felt like I was missing photographs; there was always so much going on. In seven days, we saw four different cities: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Varanasi, and the quickness of the travel and the amount of time we spent in cars just passing by meant I saw a million things going on. It made my head spin, and it was all so beautiful. I did my best to capture the hectic wonder of India with the time I had, but I know I could spend a long, long time there documenting.

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It has been said that coming up with the idea is the easy part, and we photographers are certainly full of them. We all dream of shoots with a million-dollar budget, elephants and trapeze artists, and maybe the occasional Playboy model. But it takes a whole lot of work to get there. This series of posts, “Idea to Image”, will document just that: the things I’d like to shoot, and the steps I’m taking to get from the first idea to the final image.

I certainly have big dreams. In five years I’d like to be shooting for all manner of editorials, online and otherwise. I want to be like Joe McNally, and tell stories with my images. And even though my client list doesn’t include National Geographic and Sports Illustrated, I can certainly still tell powerful stories given my opportunities. And if I can make beautiful photos given the resources of a sixteen-year-old suburbanite of Chicago, maybe I’ll get the chance to shoot with greater resources.

If you can show the world that you can shoot a certain kind of photography for yourself, maybe the world will pay you to shoot that certain kind of photography that you already enjoy shooting. It’s a win-win. Professional photographers often end up shooting for clients because it pays the bills. But if you can spend more time shooting the things you enjoy while getting paid for it, why wouldn’t you? That is the importance of ideating your own photographs, and more importantly, executing them.

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This blog exists to share everything I have learned in photography. When I was first learning, I’d spend hours seeking certain kinds of knowledge, and that’s exactly what I’d like to share here: the hard-learned lessons, the successes, the failures.

 

 

I’d like to teach tricks about organization for files and flash filters. I’d like to share lighting setups for my shots and the thoughts that justify those setups. I’d like to talk about how important it is to care about your subject and how hard that care is to learn. I want to share all the knowledge that I have so that you can be the best photographer you can be!

I put a lot of myself into my photography, and I’m doing my best to make photography my career. I’m learning everyday, and I’d like for you to come along for the ride and learn with me, too!

 

And always feel free to ask me questions here, comment on my Flickr if you’re intrigued by a particular photo, chat with me on Facebook, or give me a shoutout on Twitter if you like the blog.

Also, click on any of the photos above for their setups.