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Lucrecer Braxton: Inspiring the Everyday Photographer by Deb Heneghan
A portrait and still-life photographer in Cincinnati, Lucrecer (Lu-cree-sha) Braxton started blogging about ten years ago. She inspires amateur photographers (and likely some professionals) to be creative and tell their stories with photos. She encourages the faint of heart and hopes to help them become the self-confident photographers they aspire to be.  READ MORE

Chad Moore: More Than Piffle by Luke McLaughlin
Despite having a full-time job, a wife, and three kids, Chad Moore has created a thriving small business selling his photographs. In fact, it is perhaps because of his job, wife, and kids that he has been successful. Moore got his start as an artist, a term that he still hesitates to use to describe himself, when his wife, Chesney, was organizing a charity art fundraiser for her interior design organization. They had just had their first child, Kate, and Moore used the camera they had purchased to take high-quality family photos to create still lifes of some of Kate’s toys in the urban environment of downtown Birmingham, Alabama.  READ MORE

Jeff Brown: Unnatural Light Photography by Luke McLaughlin
New York-based photographer Jeff Brown is known for his dynamic and dramatic portraits of businesspeople, important politicians, and celebrities as well as ordinary everyday people. He brings his signature hard-edged colorful style to the covers of magazines such as Bloomberg BusinessweekFast Company, and the New York Times Magazine, but until he took a black-and-white photography course at a community college, he had never considered photography as a career. Before coming to New York to study photography, Jeff Brown took pictures in his grandparents’ backyards and made a portfolio of street photography that got him into Parsons in New York. READ MORE

Jack Alexander: Intimate Portraits of the Global Music Scene by Luke McLaughlin
When you are starting out, you may feel that you need tons of expensive gear to become a professional photographer. You might think you need a bagful of reflectors, speedlights, camera bodies, and a lens for every situation. Jack Alexander prefers to leave most of the gear in the studio and head out with only his camera, a Nikon D7000, and his favorite lens, a 50mm 1.4 prime lens.
   He uses only this relatively inexpensive lens for all of his portraits and for shooting at concerts. Alexander specializes in shooting casual, intimate portraits of musicians, and his low-gear approach helps keep the subject comfortable, making it seem more like they are just hanging out than on a photo shoot. READ MORE

Chuck Graham: Capturing Wild Places by Ric Deliantoni
Chuck Graham is a freelance writer and photographer in Carpinteria, California. Graham is closely connected to the beautiful wilderness areas surrounding his home. He’s worked as a beach lifeguard for more than 20 years and lead kayak and backpacking trips in the Channel Islands National Park. He’s also the editor of DEEP Surf Magazine.
   Graham’s stories and photos have been published in a variety of photography, adventure and nature magazines including Backpacker, Trail Runner, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, Nature Photographer, OCEAN, The Surfer’s Journal, SUP the Mag, Adventure Kayak, BBC Wildlife, Bay Nature, Santa Barbara Independent, Montecito Journal, and Ventura County Reporter. I recently caught up with Graham to learn more about his career and to get his thoughts on the creative process, equipment, and the state of the photography industry today. READ MORE

Geoffrey Carr: Viewpoints and Variety by Neely McLaughlin
Geoff Carr understands photography as a way both to experience and to shape the world. His ongoing dedication to interacting with his surroundings through photography began with a whim. “I first got interested in photography when I was in college and on a lark took a photo class,” he explains. “The instructor was very engaging, and I just felt a kinship with the idea of using the camera as a way to see the world and define a reality based within that frame.” This understanding of photography as definitional acknowledges the potential of photography as a powerful creative medium that in a sense acts upon not only the world that it is directed towards but also the artist who takes up the camera.
   Carr’s work gives those who view it a chance to see how he sees the world through his lens. The variety of his portfolio is a testament to his interest in and ability to turn his attention and his camera to different aspects of the world around him—from the gills of a mushroom to the gleaming facade of a building that seems to reach the sky. His work ranges from portraits of artists and photographs of artwork, to industrial and architectural photography, food photography, and a variety of studio-based work.  READ MORE

Matthew Brandt: Secret Ingredients, by Luke McLaughlin
Matthew Brandt has made photographic prints with Chinese barbecue sauce, peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, mole sauce, coffee, circuit boards, inkjets, dust, and even a swarm of bees ground up into a fine powder. “I have pretty much used everything that I can get my hands on,” says Brandt, a Los Angeles-based photographer. While experimenting with various ingredients to recreate the CMYK color spectrum, he filled his refrigerator with sauces. “I was having better meals at the same time, too,” he laughs.
    Brandt has been involved in the process of creating photographic prints from infancy. His father was a commercial photographer, and he has baby photos of himself holding up test cards. But, while he was growing up, he didn’t want to be a photographer. Though he often helped his father with the process and learned to set up lighting for his work as a commercial photographer, it took him years to realize that he would be, or even was a photographer. Brandt explains, “I grew up around photography but never really embraced it as an art form. I remember people would ask, ‘Oh, are you going to be a photographer like your dad?’ and I would say, ‘No way! I’m just going to paint and draw.’” READ MORE

Rowland Egerton: From Still Photography to Motion Picture Rigging, by Luke McLaughlin and Neely McLaughlin
During the late 1980s, Rowland Egerton was working for a road construction company that built interstate highways. During the winter, the company would lay off its workers, and Egerton used this time to learn photography, taking an adult continuing education class. A guest speaker at one of the classes told him that the commercial photography program at Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky, would teach him about the commercial market in photography. Egerton explains, “So, the next winter, I decided to take a couple of classes at Jefferson Community College while I was laid off, and I got even more excited about photography. And so, at the end, when I got called back to work, I told my wife I wasn’t going back. I was going to go to school and study photography. Shortly after that we were divorced.”
    Egerton is now one of the owners of Hellfire Rigging, a specialist camera and electrical rigging company in the motion picture industry. He spent much of his career as a photographer, and used the expertise that he gained from his photography experience to transfer from still photography work into film. READ MORE

Adam Ladd: How Magazine Art Director, by Ric Deliantoni
Adam Ladd is F+W Media’s newest art director at HOW, one of the leading magazines in the graphic design industry. As a photo buyer, Ladd provides a unique perspective and view of the photography business as it stands today. After getting insight into his thoughts and style, I’m confident Ladd will shine in this new role. I am impressed with his outlook and his passion when it comes to photography and the overuse of stock imagery in today’s design work. Ladd’s attitude bodes well for up and coming photographers. READ MORE

Achille Bigliardi: Commercial Photographer, by Ric Deliantoni
From the first day Achille Bigliardi came to work at C&I Photography, I could see he had what it takes to make a living as a photographer. Although he had a lot to learn, he was afraid of nothing. Over the next several years we worked together as photographer and assistant. We became great friends and still are today. Oh, the stories I could tell, all of them great and most hilarious. Achille is quite a character. He’s one of those people that others are drawn to, so the path in photography he has chosen is no surprise. Despite the difficult economy, especially in his market, the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, he has maintained a successful and thriving business. This is a testament to his talent as photographer and a businessman. The following will give you some insight to the photographer I saw that first day and so enjoy. READ MORE

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