There’s a story

“Shoot what you love. Make it something that’s near to your heart and near to you physically.” -Joe McNally


I heard the Joe McNally quote on the Chase Jarvis Podcast while I was driving to work yesterday. I found the interview profoundly enriching full of insights and advice. And I felt a deep sense of love for photography after listening to it.

I took this photo this weekend. We were sitting on the couch and my girlfriend was writing in her journal.

I pulled out my camera and asked her a bunch of questions to pull some emotions to the surface.

I asked her to think about the happiest time in her life. Her smile lit up and eyes started glowing.

I clicked away with the camera.

“Were you thinking about music?”

She said, “actually no. I was thinking about hiking and adventuring with you.”

I love that photography captures a split second of a moment. It can be filled with many thoughts, emotions and feelings. There’s a story behind everything and everyone. Knowing the story, can make the difference in photography the meaning in life and in the moment.



Motion Blur


Learned a new technique called motion blur for photography and had my first few attempts at it. Came across it in a photography challenge on Creative Live.

The idea is to have the subject in focus while everything else is blurry. Giving more movement to the photo. It took a few tries to figure out the right shutter speed and the amount of exposure, so I had to have my girlfriend run back and worth a few more times than I wanted.

A few shots came out pretty well but I do know I have tons and tons of more practice on this technique. It was fun trying something new and hopefully I can become better at it so that I can try it while photographing races.

Towards the end of the run, we got stuck in the middle of a mountain bike race and did some practice on them too. I can see this being a cool trick to work on if the background isn’t very appealing.