What I Have to Say: Michelle Gardella /// Reclamation of Self

“How do you balance it all?” she asked, and I could tell by her expression she was genuinely looking for a helpful response. Some people ask the question as a flippant compliment, but this woman’s eyes were searching. “I am a hot mess,” I tell her. “I am a walking disaster who has, honestly, lost

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Our May Class Lineup – A Quick Guide

Overwhelmed by the choices? Our class guide will help you find the perfect course for you! Our interactive online photography classes all take place in our private forum with a real-live teacher and a group of fellow students walking through four weeks of learning with you. If you’re new to DEFINE, you can learn more

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What I Have to Say: Courtney Zimmerman

It was 104 degrees, and all four kids were fighting. Outside felt as dry as the Dust Bowl, but I wasn’t about to let the kids stay indoors for another minute, because I love them, and I knew I couldn’t be counted on to keep them alive much longer. So I kicked them out with

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Our March Class Lineup – A Quick Guide

Overwhelmed by the choices? Our class guide will help you find the perfect course for you! Our interactive online photography classes all take place in our private forum with a real-live teacher and a group of fellow students walking through four weeks of learning with you. If you’re new to DEFINE, you can learn more

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What I Have to Say: Amy Messenger

Do you remember writing letters as a kid? Maybe you had a pen pal or a best friend whose family decided to move to Alaska (this actually happened to me). Or did you ever scribble notes on scraps of paper and pass them back and forth with friends in class? I’m old enough to remember

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Student Stories: Healing // by Lindsay Ritchie

Over twenty years ago, my dad handed me his old Minolta. I’ve been enchanted with the art of photography ever since. I was just beginning to turn it into a business a few years ago when I received severe criticism from someone I trusted. The words were too much for me – I shut down

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What I Have to Say: Jeremy + Ash Parsons

It’s been 650 days (and some change) since we quit social media. A one week hiatus for an off-the-grid spring break trip turned into a year that turned into almost two years now. What happened in the weeks and months following the decision could fill a book. Suffice it to say, our lives were affected

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What I Have to Say: Whitney Chamberlin

How much did you pay for college? If it was within the last eight years, you paid at least fifteen thousand per year. If you went to a private school, you likely paid upwards of forty thousand per year — before your text books, housing, food, and everything else required in collegiate life. Let’s assume

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Student Stories: A Conduit For Human Connection // by Tricia Ramsay

I have always been creative, but as so many creative stories go, I suddenly found myself sitting at a plastic desk in a sterile office under blinding florescent lights doing what they call “work.” Every day for seven years I went to “work,” and bit by bit lost my identity in that hollow, colorless routine.

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Left Brain: Two Steps to Secure Your Data

Do you have a solid back-up system in place for your images? We’re always surprised to hear how few actually do. It’s always one of those things you mean to get to, but usually don’t put into place until after you experience a major data loss. By then you’ve shed many tears (and probably just

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