In Category: ‘Thoughts’

January 24, 2013 Reflecting on 2012

2012 was a big (and busy!) year for me - and not least of all because of photography. I got the opportunity to work with some amazing photographers, like Katie,  Jordan, and Erum, incredible clients, and somehow even found time for a person photo project or two along the way. As if that wasn't enough, I got engaged (!!) to the most amazing person I know - and I'm so blessed to be able to say that my good friend Jordan Bush was there to capture it as it happened. I also got to take a week off out in beautiful sunny San Diego, a place I'm sorely missing with the single-digit wind chills in D.C. right now. While I'm really looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges that 2013 will present, I'm even more excited to share the weddings and events that I was fortunate enough to cover this year. Over the

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Currently hanging at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Annie Leibovitz’s “Pilgrimage” intends to tell the tale of Annie’s personal journey over two years, photographing artifacts and locations related to some of America’s greatest individuals. I attended this gallery with my good friend Jordan Bush, who has offered his thoughts on the exhibition. The exhibit is a significant departure from Leibovitz’s usual work, with photographs focusing on objects and places rather than portraits of the rich and famous. Yet, despite this, there is a familiarity to the material, as the objects are all related to the well-known and celebrated: Abraham Lincoln’s gloves and hat from the night he was assassinated, Sigmund Freud’s couch and books, Ansel Adam’s darkroom. These are exactly the type of items you might travel around the country to see, and yet, the images did not evoke the emotional connection to the people and the artifacts that I was

November 2, 2011 Remembering Steve Jobs

I've been an Apple user my entire life. My house has always had Macs, in fact (and my mom may correct me later on this) my first Apple memory was using her Macintosh II, playing around with the Kid Pix software. As I grew up, so did our computers, and in high school I was able to purchase a refurbished G3 iMac from the Apple Store in the Palisades Mall. The fan was so loud on that computer that my mom could tell if I was up too late even if my door was closed, but I loved that machine. It was my first Mac, and I had paid for it all by myself. I love my Apple products, from my iPhone, to the newest addition, my MacBook Air. Apple products make doing my job easier and feel less like work - and I can only hope that Apple continues

September 23, 2011 On Being Deliberate

For my first post, I thought I'd share with you the philosophy behind my photography, and how it developed over the past 2+ years. It's how I try to think when I'm behind the camera, and while I can't say I'm always as good at this as I'd like to be, I think that the more time I spend on photography, the more I follow these two (seemingly) simple words: Be Deliberate. It's easy to say now, but it was a long road getting to this point, and even today I still find myself forgetting how important it is. I'm ashamed to say that back when I got my first DSLR (a Canon 50D), I thought that a fancy camera made better pictures. Or, more accurately, I thought having a better camera made you a better photographer. Of course, I learned soon enough that it couldn't be further from the truth,