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The Great Tamale Adventure

My mom and dad met on the streets of the South Bronx in the seventies, and raised us as best they could in the middle of the crack epidemic. My dad worked as a building janitor and my mom stayed home raising us kids. Neither of them ever went to school - but did the best they could to give us a chance at making something better for ourselves. Something they never really had a chance for themselves. To get away from it all my mom and dad decided to…

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On Sharing Many Sides

Over the last couple of days I have gotten some messages talking to me about what I share on social media and offering strategies to increase my social game by showing more of my photographic work on X platform.  It made me want to sit down and just write some thoughts on it. Think of it as a level-setting post on what i'm usually doing. I think of myself as an ever evolving ball of confusion, wrapped in a mess, tied together by a ball of ADD, in a packaged…

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Reconnecting In the Smokies

Getting back to the studio after spending a week out in the Smokies speaking at a workshop.  I have to say, getting out there could not have come at a better time for me. I went to school way upstate in New York at a very early age. Being out in the Adirondacks for this pivotal part of my life really gave me a taste of where my soul could really be happy.  My head constantly feels like hundreds of televisions playing channels with poor reception - and I've spent…

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Totems

I grew up in the South Bronx, but left at a very young age to go to school in upstate NY. While a lot of my sensibilities are city based, a lot of my teen life was spent out in the Adirondacks. I remember driving down from Champlain, NY along Lake Champlain near hyperventilating about leaving the area to head down to Poughkeepsie to work at IBM. I took the job at IBM because I thought it would get me closer to my dream. My dream was to own a…

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Laurens First Print

These are my favorite moments. I am working on classes here at the Smokies Photography Summit teaching people how to get their work to print using Hahnemühle USA paper. Im thinking of making some classes on this soon for my upcoming workshops in my Studio.   Lauren has been at photography for just 3 days, and wanted to go through the print process. In a couple of minutes we did some quick edits on her shot and everyone in the room was fawning and congratulating her on how well her…

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Back to the Beach – Sunday Morning

So... there's 100 tings that I have to work on at the office. And yesterday I was like "Sabine.. I have all of these projects that I have to do for work... I cant.. " when she asked to go back to the beach to collect shells.   As I was driving and saying "No" - I thought back to a conversation that I have been having with people about why I wanted to work for myself: To have the free hours where I can get to do stuff with…

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The Other Side of the Table

Yesterday I read an article from the CEO of Three Legged Thing that outlines steps for photographers to avoid in wanting to become “Brand Ambassadors.” In the article, the CEO laments the de-evolution of photographers - transforming into an “entitlement society” of artists wanting to force a collaboration in order to get free stuff, and offers a glimpse into what his side of the table looks like - the recipient of 50 to 80 emails a day from the entitled. While I do not envy the position that he may…