Creative Arts Academy

Creative Arts Academy

In continuing one of my recent posts on conquering fear in your art..

I made a list earlier this year of things that scared me that I needed to do. 
At the top of that list was "teach a photography class"... and this year I've now taught not one but now two...

How I'm conquering fear in my art this season

How I'm conquering fear in my art this season

From my "FOR ARTISTS" series::

For those who have creative ideas but haven't progressed past "you know what would be cool?Practical thoughts from my own recent experiences on collaboration and moving out of a state of "stuckness". These are tips that have helped me get my ideas out of my head and into creative action. 

JESUS JAM

JESUS JAM

Jesus Jam is a huge party thrown every year to celebrate those with disabilities. Way more than just some cheesy religious event, this is a beautiful, dancetastic night devoted to folks with disabilities having the time of their life. You can't not smile after looking through these...

MO-KAN roller girlz: a roller derby team turns 10

MO-KAN roller girlz: a roller derby team turns 10

Mo-kan roller girlz turn 10 this year. Here's a few shots from the short-and-sweet celebration photo shoot, complete with an adult version of a CAKE SMASH. 

....and a listing of my favorite ridiculous roller derby names. 

Mystique Boutique

Mystique Boutique

lifestyle + catalogue shoot for clothing store, "Mystique Boutique"

TECHNOLOGY ∝ ART

TECHNOLOGY ∝ ART

A post about the new L16 camera and what new technology can mean for artists everywhere.

Here's the thing we need to remember. ALL of us artists, in some sense, are "cheating" according to the past. But the past also reminds us... without change & technological progress, a culture's art can grow stale. 

Instant Karma 7 course beer dinner

Instant Karma 7 course beer dinner

7 course beer dinner- a beautiful collaboration between O'Fallon brewing company & Instant Karma restaurant. Documented candid moments in and out of the kitchen, as well as some beauty shots of the gourmet dishes. Fun was had by all. 

[for creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT, PART 2

[for creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT, PART 2

You need moments to dwell in the clouds, of course- without the space to play, your art dies. But you also need something to keep you tethered back to Earth so that whatever you find up there in the blue skies, you can bring back to the surface to actually create.

ere's 5 creative constraints to grow your art mind...

[For creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT

[For creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT

The trick is that creative limitations are not black-and-white, and most of us have a lot of trouble telling a good one from a bad one. We're either too scared to jump any fences and our ideas never grow, or we ignore every voice of practicality in our lives in favor of our creative voice, becoming slave to that instead (and therefore never actually getting anything done)....

Kaitlyn:: retro model session

Kaitlyn:: retro model session

So here's a shoot breaking away from my "normal" work- as in, I don't typically shoot fashion. But Kaitlyn is a born model and wanted some shots done, and I had the perfect spot in mind for her vintage vibe. Top it off with a  retro bicycle from "columbia bicycles" and we had something awesome going here...

Tools beneath the trade

Tools beneath the trade

It's amazing how freeing for the mind it is to let apps and other organizational tools keep track of your floating thoughts for you.  

Here are 6 digital tools that have helped me...