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The Beaches of Normandy and Dieppe

I was sent to France two weeks ago to support a number of events, namely the events surrounding the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, and a series of interments of recently identified WWI Canadian remains.  While I’ve been to France before, and walked through the graves of Canadian soldiers, it never quite sunk-in in the same way.  Here's a post about that trip.

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Quality Matters

Hard work can be really unappealing sometimes.  It's a hard reality that I have to call myself out on at many points when I'm tempted to be lazy, to cut corners, to not put in the work and put out the product that I'm capable of.  Today's post talks about the merits of hard work, what professionalism should mean, and the message you send to everyone when you put out sub-standard products.

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The Best Single Piece of Advice I Can Give You as a Photographer

If there's one question I hear most often it would be something like this, “I don't have much free time, nor money for better equipment, but I want to take better photos.  Is there something easy I can do?”  There are so many ways I could answer that question, but here's the one that in my experience works best.

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The Sharpness Myth

"The story is always king."  That one sentence changed so many things in my perspective on photography.  It was a quick statement in a video I watched, but it hit me like a truck.  Why?  Because the message rings true to almost every element of photography and video.  So today I'm going to talk about how sharpness really doesn't matter as much as you probably think.

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My Top 10 Photography Mistakes

Sometimes it's fun to go through some of the worst things you've done.  Take that photo of me for instance.  I don't care what anyone says, that sweater is pure class.  It really brought out the best in my braces.  Anyways, the following list is comprised of poor decisions that I've made at some point as a, "professional."  Hopefully you can laugh at how much of an idiot I can be at times.

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How I Became A Professional Photographer

Ever since I was just a kid, I only wanted to be one of two things: 1. A Full-Time Firefighter, or 2. A History teacher.  My life however, took a very strange path that jumped from carpentry, to personal training, to managing a record store, to graduating school for business, and finally joining the military. I obviously missed the mark a bit.  Here's how I wound up finding, and falling in love with, photography.

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Keeping It Fun

Photography can be one of the most amazing and fulfilling jobs on the planet.  You get to travel all over, work with incredible people, and capture moments that will last beyond your lifetime.  But the reality of a career in the field can sometimes be really taxing, and even kill the passion.  Here's a short blog post on some of the ways I've found to keep it interesting, challenging, and fun.

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A Call to Arms: Stand Apart

The world of photography has changed.  Gone are the days where there were only a few options, a select handful of professionals who possess both the skills and the equipment to manage as a professional wedding photographer.  Naturally when we find our niche, most of us draw our lines, we find and try to emulate the photographers that represent the shades of what we want to be ourselves.  Here's a post on the value standing out, and being your own photographer.

 

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Putting in the Work

Photographer Tony Corbell once said, "Quality doesn't come easily.  There are no shortcuts and it often requires great sacrifice."  He's totally right, it is a long road, one I hope to keep walking for years to come.  Today's post discusses the process of becoming a professional, on stepping outside of traditional photography rules, and the hours and years it can take before you truly come into your own.

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Merry Christmas 2016!

Just a little message from us at Bend the Sun to all of you on this Christmas season.  If there's one thing I'm sure I'll come to regret it's that I've spent too much time behind a lens and not enough time taking in the world beyond it.  This one's more about just taking in the special moments in life. 

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The Value of Thankfulness

I think it's important to say, "Thank you."  Here goes!

I love being a military photographer.  There's nothing I could ever imagine suiting me more than doing what I do in the position that I'm in.  I've been blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunities that I've had, and I want to take a moment to say that it's not lost on me.

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How Photography Changed My Views on the Military

I have been an active full-time member of the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force since 2007. Throughout my career I've been fortunate to be exposed to many aspects of our organization that others may not see.  I love my job, and am proud to serve, but I haven't always viewed the military in the same light and it took me some time to come to the place I'm at now.  This is my story.

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