Holy smokes! So grateful for all my friends & all the many talented artists who have helped me and inspired me along the way to get to this mini stepping-stone I am on. I am close to where I want to be in some areas, but at the same time you don’t really ever want to say that. For each shoot is kind of a different challenge in its own way.
Wanted to thank some incredibly talented people for inspiring me & for helping me along the crazy journey that is photography:
One of my favorite all-around artists. So simple yet incredible; he’s the true studio king. I had the opportunity to assist him on one of his last shoots and I learned so much in the matter of just a few hours or so. In terms of studio photography, that was my first experience since high school and I just tried to take it all in. I told Max I usually do portraits outside and he goes “Oh yeah, this is a wholeeee nother animal.” (or something) He’s an awesome dude, and gladly answered any questions (which was a lot) that I had. Go check out his feed.. go now!!!
I met this very talented guy through my friend Cameron Mitchell. He is the main designer and visual artist for RVRB and I just love the way he sees things. I love the way his artistic mind works and the results that follow. He was the main reason I used royal blue on my site! I loved the way that the blue popped and blue is just the best anyway. He’s been a cool friend to have and can’t wait to hopefully work with him on something! Go check out his feed!!!
The magazine-portrait-queen!!!! Out of all of these artists, I’ve probably known Taylor the longest. I met her & her twin at youth group probably around 2008-2009 area, and I have to say they’re my favorite twins I’ve ever known. I was thrilled when she asked me to assist her shoot a few months ago. I learned a lot. I saw behind the scenes of what a professional model does before hand to get ready and all the make-up, hair-prep and outfits it takes to bring a portrait shoot come to life. Taylor is sooooo good at posing the models, and having different ideas she wants the model to try. Incredible talent! She’s just all around amazing and one of the best photographers in Dallas! Go check out her feed!!!
Holy smokes. One of the worlds best photographers in my opinion. Super Creative and a true film master. The natural frames and candid shots from people he gets on the streets is INSANE. He’s hard to fully put into words. His colors are always so soothing to my eye & it’s really really really hard to not double-tap on his instagram. I also love how outspoken he is about being a Christ-follower (on explaining why he is so happy all the time.) He's that kind of artist who makes you wanna buy a crazy expensive leica film camera. Anyway, cool stuff! Go check out his feed(s)!!!
It’s been awesome to kind of watch this guys life unfold before my eyes through instagram, vlogs on youtube, & his website. It’s cool to see people your age do what they love full-time and just crush it (positively). This one is so good at landscapes and documenting his trips that seem to be mostly around wildlife, trees, camping and what not. He just captures the moment really, really well and seems to have a similar aspect on photography as me; he loves to spend time with people!!! And that’s why I love it so much too!
ps. his iceland vlog wrecked me. Go check out his feed!!!
When I found this guys Instagram and website, it kind of felt like I found a cheatcode. His famous quote that’s all over his brilliant material is “we’re all in this together.” Finally a famous and brilliant photographer who loves to see others succeed! I absolutely love his work and his openness to the instagram community, welcoming any questions others have. I’ve direct messaged him a few times and he’s been kind enough to help me with the select questions that I’ve had. He told me his favorite f-stop for portraits & couples and it’s been the best tip I’ve gotten so far. I love learning from him & it seems like out of all of these artists I’ve mentioned, this is the direction I am aiming to go. Including his editing style, where the colors and faces pop out, and I love how interactive he is with everyone. Anyway, he’s brilliant, super creative with portraits & just all around inspiring! I hope to purchase one of his classes soon. Also, he’s the one who inspired me to write this “thank you blog!” Sooo thank you Ben. “heck yeah!” Go check out his feed!!!
One of the kindest and most helpful dudes i've met. He knows so, so, so much about the technical aspects of the camera. Film or DSLR, he just knows so much about them. Bryant instilled in me some awesome feedback and encouraged me with complements about my work and I am very grateful for that! He gave me a lot of confidence as a photographer and he is just a joy to talk to talk about anything with. Bryant & his wife, Emily, gave me a lot of helpful tips on “dos & donts of wedding photography.” For I am sure that a day will come that I get asked to shoot a wedding. Its just inevitable in this business I suppose. Anyway, Bryant is really awesome at shooting film wherever he goes and he’s quickly making me want a leica!!! He’s always keen to answer any questions I have and I am so grateful for that. If I ever need a picture of anything I will call this guy. Go check out his feed!!!
This is my guy right here! It seems like we’re kind of on this journey together. We met in Sydney, Australia at Hillsong College, and now we are both living in Dallas, Texas. We both kind of started taking pictures with our Canons around the same time. We’re both always down to shoot wherever, whenever and with whomever. We just love to learn and love to have fun simultaneously. He’s the one who really encouraged me to shoot in RAW! & WOW that was a big change. I had to get a way bigger SD card but it was so worth it. I also love to see how different our editing styles are and to see how different lenses change the same picture. I love his dark and warm style and friggin awesome portraits that sooth my soul. He’s a solid dude, brilliant mind, talented as heck & better friend. He also took the picture at the top of this blog! Go check out his feed!!!
Most definitely my favorite feed on instagram. He’s an absolute brilliant landscape photographer, and somehow captures animals in the snow or however the heck he does it. It’s a feed that’s so original and so cool. Mostly his stuff consists of very white backgrounds contrasted with dark blue or tinted blue shadows of some sort. I really don’t have words. Just go check his stuff out please.
This guy is without a doubt an out-of-the-box-thinker with portraits. He’s an absolute brilliant artist who specializes in home/indoor shoots. Although some can be quite provocative at times, you got to admire his willingness to take risks and to try things no one else is really trying. I don’t always love his stuff but his crops are so cool! I think one time he captured the texture of smashed up berries in a flying-movement-type-fashion around the model! Who else does that? Wild. View with slight caution!
This is the one who recommended what camera body I should get and the guy who believed in my work before I ever did. I’ve also known him since that ‘08-‘09 range, and he’s been a constant friend in my life for a while now. Jake is freaky talented. Musician, graphic designer, photo’s.. Whatever it is, he’s going to have a brilliant ear, eye, and mind for creative things. I remember him helping me with my photos the second time I brought my camera to our church’s youth event. He was a perfect balance of helpful feedback and encouragement. “Your composition is awesome!! But this shot could have been way better if you had ______.” He was just so helpful early on and he’s the designer of my logo on this site! I love creating and working with my friends! & he’s a great one. Go check out his feed!!!
website: morrisondesign.co instagram: jacobmorrison
Jon was really into photography early on when we started to become friends a long time ago. He was the one who recommended me getting the sigma art 1.4 lens!!! & I have yet to take it off my camera. He’s shown me a bunch of little stuff that becomes big stuff in the photography world. “You don’t ever wanna have it on auto ISO.” Lol. Anytime I have a question about gear of any type, whether that’s camera, music, anything, I’ll ask him. One of the smartest guys I will ever know, an amazing all-around photographer, & best Music Director in town! Love ya brother. Thank you for your help <3
Mom & Dad
Thank you for investing, encouraging and believing in me from the get go of my photography journey. When I needed gear for my photography class you stepped up and got me the best stuff and I haven’t stopped using it since. Thank you for being my biggest fans :D
I love you
MODELS & FRIENDS
Thank you for your willingness to take a chance with my ideas and visions I’ve had for my shoots!!! I couldn’t have done it without yall and I can't wait to make more memories! Now, I hope to keep progressing, to take more chances, and hope to travel to places I never would have dreamed of to capture God-breathed moments! Although there are more artist inspirations, these are the people who stuck out to me. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this blog and found some inspiring artists in the process.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
James 1:17-19 (NLT)
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Just keep creating! Make something!