Facebook Group Creator Spotlight - Julie Houston by Brian Suman

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Member Spotlight

Julie Houston

I am surprised Julie is not doing photography full time. Her style is captivating and her artistic editing brings every one of her images to life.

Once you visit her Instagram profile, you are quickly drawn to her work and love for long exposures and the city of Cincinnati. If she takes her portrait game to the next level a photography business will be no issue for Julie.

Follow Julie on Instagram and watch her bring her imagination to life.

IG Profile @julie.houston17

About Julie

1. How were you inspired to take an interest in your craft?

I’ve always been interested in taking pictures, but the main thing that inspired me was seeing my friend’s engagement photos a couple years ago, and decided that I would love to create photos just like that. It was then that I went out and got a new camera and started shooting.

2. Which of your creative accomplishments gave you the most satisfaction, and why?

I would say learning long expo/night shots bc (to me) those make the coolest photos.

3. Where do you feel most creative, and are there any environments which lowers your productivity?

(A) I feel most creative when I’m around other photographers while we’re out walking through the city. (B) The only environment I can think of is when I’m at work bc I’m not able to get out and shoot.

4. Have you ever worked directly with clients and if so, how?

I have done some work with clients that have asked me to take portraits of and/or for them.

5. What's the last thing you learned that you felt was a game-changer?

I recently took a lesson about OCF and I feel like this will really help step up my portrait game.

6. Who are your current influencers?

Other local photographers that I’ve met along the way while out shooting have been a huge influence to me, and also some friends of mine that have encouraged me to keep going bc they believe in me.

7. What one thing would you like to learn to bolster your creativity?

I would like to learn a lot more about post processing and to learn how to make it a business (either by myself or with someone).

8. Where do you want to take your craft in the next year? How do you see yourself using your talents over the next 5 years?

Would love to be able to be doing my craft as a full time job, but I know that takes a long time (so a year is more than likely out of the question), but hopefully in the next year I’ll still be on the right path to get there someday (B) just sticking with it and mtg up with fellow photographers and always try to find new ways to improve and learn as much as I can.

9. How do you manage work/life balance and find time to work on your craft?

Luckily right now I’m in the position to work my full time job early enough in the morning that when I get off, I still have a lot of time to go out & shoot for a bit.

10. Do you find yourself wanting to include others in your desire to grow as an artist? How would you like to collaborate with others?

(A) I do like to include others so I can get their feedback and help, as well as help them if/when they ask. (B) Wouldn’t mind starting off small by just going out and shoot together and see how we do with that & then talk about possibly doing some work together and see where it goes from there.

11. How do you define your personal success?

I think  lot of it has to do with encouragement from friends and family and then just putting your work out there and see what happens. For not doing this very long, I feel like I’ve come pretty far in the last year. So even though I still have a lot to learn, I feel like I’ve still been pretty successful.

IMAGINE. CAPTURE. CREATE.

SWOC, EHS, & BTS by Brian Suman

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Behind the Scenes

Lately, having behind-the-scenes photo or video taken during a photography or video project has become a priority. I enjoy documenting the journey and being able to capture a memory of the task at hand. 

This past weekend, we got the awesome opportunity to film a promo video for the Southwest Ohio Conference (SWOC) sports league. This was a collaborative effort with Edgewood High School and athletes from the schools within the league representing football, soccer, cheer, golf, & cross country. 

I would like to thank all that were involved and wish the athletes the best in their upcoming season. 

https//instagram.com/kpixphotography (photo credits)

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Are You Spontaneous? by Brian Suman

Sometimes it is when we least expect it that we step outside the box and grow as an artist.

Facebook Group Creator Spotlight - Jenny Haralamos by Brian Suman

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Member Spotlight

Jenny Haralamos

When you see her photos, you immediately see her love for nature and her superb talent in her craft. From macro photography to skylines, Jenny covers a wide range of shooting styles that inspire me and many others.

Please check out her portfolio on IG and follow her journey to create and share the world we live in.

@jenharley1 on Instagram

About Jenny

1. How were you inspired to take an interest in your craft?

On some level, I had always wanted to learn photography, but it wasn’t until my daughter started playing competitive sports that I really got the bug and decided it was time to jump in and preserve those memories. My grandfather gave me my first “real” camera for Christmas 2004 – a Nikon D70. I learned through the kindness of other photographers as well as trial and error…mostly error!

2. Which of your creative accomplishments gave you the most satisfaction, and why?

I’d say there are two things that I’ve found really satisfying over the years. I had a short stint as a stringer for the Pulse Journal and provided them athletic photos from our HS, and most recently I received “Best in Show” in the Cincinnati Nature Center photo contest for 2017. Both were validation that my work was “good enough”, although I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied and always look to learn more and improve my craft.

3. Where do you feel most creative, and are there any environments which lowers your productivity?

I feel most creative when I am out in nature. I love the solitude of being immersed in the sights and sounds of the mountains or listening to the raw power of the ocean or waterfalls, but when that’s not possible, I turn to whatever nature is at hand which allows me to really focus on the details and gives me a sense of awe at the amazing world we live in. Environments that are too chaotic tend to sap my creative energy, so you won’t find me shooting any weddings!

4. Have you ever worked directly with clients and if so, how?

I shoot senior portraits, some families, and have experience with event photography. I especially enjoy senior portraits because I love connecting with them and learning about their hopes and dreams for the future.

5. What's the last thing you learned that you felt was a game-changer?

Back button focusing! Hands down! No idea why I haven’t been doing this all along!

6. What one thing would you like to learn to bolster your creativity?

The use of lighting – especially indoors. I have most of the equipment, but need to dedicate time to learning.

7. Who are your current influencers?

Everyone! I have a group of friends that I shoot with on the rare occasion when we can get together, and just being with them pushes me to be better. There’s no competition, but learning from each other and seeing through each other’s eyes is very powerful.

8. Where do you want to take your craft in the next year? How do you see yourself using your talents over the next 5 years?

I am hoping to retire in 2019, so the plan is to really push myself and use photography as a bit of a supplemental income. I’m interested in doing more seniors and families, but have a few opportunities coming up that will allow me to shoot things I’ve not experienced before. I would also like to use my craft to give back in some way once I retire.

9. How do you manage work/life balance and find time to work on your craft?

I’m fortunate to have a four day work week, so that helps tremendously. Being an empty nester also makes a big difference. However, it’s still difficult to find blocks of uninterrupted time to watch videos or take classes to learn new things. Oftentimes I prioritize shooting over learning because I need to have my camera in my hands almost every day – it’s my therapy.

10. Do you find yourself wanting to include others in your desire to grow as an artist? How would you like to collaborate with others?

Yes! Although typically with my photographer friends or a small group of people I may not know well vs a large group of people I don’t know.

11. How do you define your personal success?

I’m not sure I’ll ever feel like I’ve mastered photography per se – there’s so much to learn, so many tools available to create. I’d like to get to the point where I’m able to shoot numerous different things or situations without having to over think it – I want it to be second nature. I’m close, but definitely not where I want to be…yet! But I’ll get there!

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When Expectations Kill Creativity by Brian Suman

When expectations stifle creativiness what do you do?

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So, what does collaboration mean to me? by Brian Suman

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This week's topic. Collaboration. In this video, I share what it means to me to collaborate and I also share the thoughts of Logan Powell and Matt Hoffman.

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Camera Buzz (Logan Powell) https://goo.gl/p6uYbX

Matt Hoffman https://goo.gl/dS1hf6

Collaboration, Inspiration, & Matt Hoffman by Brian Suman

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Collaboration

This past week, I had the awesome privilege to meet Matt Hoffman from Deeper Roots Coffee. He reached out to Logan Powell and I and asked if we wanted to collaborate and see what we could come up with creatively since we all shared the same interests for photography, video, and coffee. Not only did we get some good photos and video but most important, we started relationships that will continue to inspire.

Inspiration

There is nothing like being apart of something bigger. To work together as a team and feel the synergy that keeps you going long after the session is over. We can dig deep inside to find our own inspiration but to feel the energy of someone else charged up about creating is infectious. 

Matt Hoffman

Please check out Matt on social media and what he is doing creatively. He has a super passion to create and I am assured you will feel his emotion in his work. 

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Blog photo credits: Matt Hoffman

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3 Reasons We Might Not Collaborate by Brian Suman

On yesterday's Imagine. Capture. Create. podcast, we discussed the topic of collaboration and 3 ways that prevent us from working with others and networking in our craft. I do believe we all have the notion to want to do it but what keeps up from taking that step. 

1. Comparison

It is natural for us to compare ourselves with others and with the ever-constant focus on social media we almost can't avoid it. So, how does this affect us in collaboration? It makes us not reach out to others or accept an invite to work together because we compare who we are as an artist to that person which leads to the second point. 

2. Confidence

How do we feel about ourselves and the art that we produce? Are we content on where we are and do we feel we are not as good as other artists? If we are not confident in who we are we will consistently pull back and not engage with networking and working with others.

3. Courage

Do we feel comfortable reaching to someone to generate an opportunity or to accept an invite. Not all of us are extroverts and may need some encouragement to get us to step outside our comfort zone. 

Collaboration is worth pushing ourselves into uncharted territories and our growth as an artist is worth the effort. 

So, I challenge you, if you have never worked with another artist and always have created alone be open to the idea and look for the opportunity. I guarantee you will find it rewarding and so inspiring. 

I would love to hear about how you collaborate so share a story in the comments below. Also, join us on the Imagine. Capture. Create. Facebook group and join our creative community.

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Facebook Group Creator Spotlight - Michelle Smith Peters by Brian Suman

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Spotlight

From her striking night shots of the Cincinnati skyline to her love for nature images we are glad to have Michelle Smith Peters as a member of ICC. Her desire and drive to collaborate is such an inspiration and her dedication to mastering long exposures has definitely paid off.

Make sure you check her out on Instagram if you are not following already and I look forward to more of her work as she continues to grow in her craft.

http://instagram.com/mapeters25

1. How were you inspired to take an interest in your craft?

My grandfather. He always was taking pictures and movies for as long as I can remember. I received my first toy camera from him when I was 2! Never stopped taking pictures after that. Then when I had children of my own - the addiction took off.

2. Which of your creative accomplishments gave you the most satisfaction, and why?

Night shots. It took me a while to get it right and now I just love taking long exposures at night.

3. Where do you feel most creative, and are there any environments which lowers your productivity?

I feel most creative around water, of any type, and getting good reflections. The cold however lowers my productivity.

4. Have you ever worked directly with clients and if so, how?

Only once. A friend starting a business wanted to use some of my photos for their website and presentation materials.

5. What's the last thing you learned that you felt was a game-changer?

That not only is there an image stabilizer on my lens, there is also a setting in my camera!!!!!! And my new camera has a bulb timer! That's exciting.

6. What one thing would you like to learn to bolster your creativity?

I want to learn how to take a pano with my camera and process in photoshop.

7. Who are your current influencers?

Fellow Instagramers!! Too many to name.

8. Where do you want to take your craft in the next year? How do you see yourself using your talents over the next 5 years?

I would love to get a website started to try to sell my prints. I love sharing my photos on social media. So many people tell me how much they enjoy seeing them.

9. How do you manage work/life balance and find time to work on your craft?

Now that my children are grown, I have time to dedicate to photography. I set aside a least one day a week to go out and shoot somewhere! I also have a job where I have a long summer break, and Easter break and Christmas break. This allows me plenty of time to dedicate to photography.

10. Do you find yourself wanting to include others in your desire to grow as an artist? How would you like to collaborate with others?

I love attending Instameets and meeting other local photographers. Instagram has introduced me to so many amazing photographers and we all learn from each other. I love meeting and shooting with them and do so often.

11. How do you define your personal success?

I define my personal success in improving my skills and bringing pleasure to others who enjoy seeing my work. Now, to earn a little $$ would only make it sweeter.

 

Is Success Defined by Followers & Likes? by Brian Suman

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Why do we care about followers & likes on our social media platforms? Do we really need it to validate who we are as an artist? Maybe it will mean fame of some sort if we have thousands flocking around what we post. Yes, our next client could be in there in the crowd, a new contact that we could meet for collaboration, or a new friend. Those are all positives for sure and I don't want to discount those opportunities. 

I will be transparent and say that I find myself looking at the numbers often, wondering if I will see an increase on my next post. Will my work resonate with the masses and give me that validation that I am honing in on my skill and driving towards success. But, we all need to look inward and understand what does success mean to us deep down. Why do we create?

So, what is the definition of success?

The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

The attainment of popularity or profit.

A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.

The definitions of success are no surprise and they alone have some sort of validation of why we find ourselves seeking more followers and likes but when I feel myself becoming discourage as to why my stats aren't growing and the feeling comes on that my work is not good enough I ask myself a question.

Why did you start creating? 

I started for me. No one else. I was following my God-given drive to create and my soul was being fed on the process and the feeling that I could say "I did that". There was no outside audience or desire to have one in the beginning. I was just having fun and doing what I loved to do. 

As our creative journey progresses, we will share our work and engage in our social communities achieving followers and likes but when we feel that we are focused too much on what others think of our creations ask yourself.

Why did you start? Are you still holding steadfast to who you are as an artist and what you want to create? Not creating for the followers and likes.

Keep chasing what you desire to create and remember there is only one follower and like that matters most. 

That's YOU.

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Collaborate to Create - 3 Tips by Brian Suman

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The vision of Imagine Capture Create at the core is based on collaboration with other artists. A community of creative people that can encourage each other, share resources, and learn from one another. Before ICC came to fruition, collaboration was a part of my creative steps as the opportunity would present itself and I often would try to generate new ventures with other artists whenever possible. 

 

 

So, what are 3 ways to collaborate?

1. Facebook Groups

2. Local Photography Clubs

3. Your Social Circle

The first two are pretty self-explanatory so I will elaborate on #3. For me in photography, I create opportunity to collaborate with family members and friends to hone in on my portrait ideas and skills as well as use this avenue to pursue a new interest in videography. Family and friends can also be a resource to springboard you towards other opportunities. The more you let your social circle know what you are driving towards, the more you will find out that many people want to help you. They just need to know what you are looking for and what you want to do.

I would love to hear about what you are doing to generate inspiration to create and how collaboration has been successful for you.

Go encourage and create!

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When to Buy Gear by Brian Suman

Gear is something that we often rush out and buy too soon. In this video, I discuss three tips to help you make a better decision.

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3 Tips for Lightroom Classic CC by Brian Suman

In this week's Imagine Capture Create podcast, we discussed 3 tips for Lightroom Classic CC that could improve your workflow and help keep so many raw files organized. Below are some of the tips discussed and links to additional information.

Please comment if you found these tips to be useful and if you have any questions or feedback.  Go out and keep creating and digging deep in your craft.

1. Catalogs

How Lightroom Classic CC catalogs work

2. Importing Options

How to specify import options in Lightroom Classic CC

3. Photo Collections

How to create photo collections in Lightroom Classic CC

 

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Facebook Group Creator Spotlight - Angela Hinton by Brian Suman

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If you aren't following Angela Hinton on Instagram you should check out her gallery of work that includes her artistic expression on nature and the city of Cincinnati. Her crisp editing style compliments her diverse portfolio and will highlight future images she captures traveling and chasing her dream to be a NatGeo photographer.

A big thanks to Angela for taking the time to answer a few questions and share a little about her journey as an artist.

Check out her work on IG and Facebook.

https://www.instagram.com/living.in.the.513/

1. How were you inspired to take an interest in your craft?

I have always been interested in art/photography but was always working and so I never made the time to be creative. Then when I lost both of parents, a switch went off and told me that it was time to slow down and enjoy life since we are not promised a tomorrow. So I saved up and purchased my first DSLR and started practicing and learning my craft.

2. Which of your creative accomplishments gave you the most satisfaction, and why?

Being featured on social media is an amazing feeling, however what I consider my greatest accomplishment (thus far) is when someone says “I want to display ‘your’ art in/on my home/office/website!” It’s also a wonderful feeling when someone compliments your artistic eye and I was also very humbled when a local gallery invited me to display/sell my art.

3. Where do you feel most creative, and are there any environments which lowers your productivity?

I feel most creative in the Autumn. It may sound strange naming a whole season, but I honestly feel like I come alive creatively. I would also say that nature in general really inspires me.

4. Have you ever worked directly with clients and if so, how?

Senior/family portraits, website content/photography

5. What's the last thing you learned that you felt was a game-changer?

Using speed lights (Thanks, Brian Suman)

6. What one thing would you like to learn to bolster your creativity?

I just want to continue to develop and grow as an artist. I try not to measure myself against other photographers. I take my time and therefore feel like I enjoy my craft more.

7. Who are your current influencers?

Chris Burkard, Frans Lanting, Paul Nicklen, Peter Hurley, Ami Vitale

8. Where do you want to take your craft in the next year? How do you see yourself using your talents over the next 5 years?

My ultimate dream would be to travel as a NatGeo photographer. I obviously have a long way to go, but I aspire to travel more within the next five years to places that I have never been before and step outside of my comfort zone.

9. How do you manage work/life balance and find time to work on your craft?

That’s a tough one that I am still learning. Stay tuned!

10. Do you find yourself wanting to include others in your desire to grow as an artist? How would you like to collaborate with others?

I am open to collaborating with anyone as I believe that’s how we learn and grow.

11. How do you define your personal success?

I define success by how much I can impact someone else’s life. Be it through my art, or a kind gesture. If I made someone smile then that is success to me.

 

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