Student Stories: A fresh take on flowers /// by Lara Shoop

In honor of the first week of spring, we’re bringing you flowers! We talked with longtime DEFINE student Lara Shoop about her captivating florals (we adore her Instagram series #anotherweekanotherbunch) and what inspired her to start a personal project photographing flowers. Whether it’s sunny and warm or snowing out your window (thanks, nor’easter), these blooms

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Student Stories: Sarah Swanson /// Telling Stories Through Still Life

The heart of my work is my community. During the last few years, my photography journey has drawn me towards the art of storytelling. Along this path, most of my photography has centered around images of people. What is their story? How can I capture them in their natural environment, the space that is real

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Student Stories: Jessica Cudzilo /// A Blinking Cursor

“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down to write is Resistance.” – Steven Pressfield in The War of Art There’s freedom found when you stumble upon

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Student Stories: Andrea Wolfe /// Ordinary, Alive, and Beautiful

I am a mother to four young children and I document our life almost daily. Yes, I do it for my children. For their future. For their memories. But these days, in the continual battle against losing myself to the whispers that try to tell me that my life is mundane and unimportant, these days

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Student Stories: Jessica Holleque /// Mothers and Makers

My personal work has always been, at its most simple, about leaning into curiosities. When photography felt like an island (fueled by a social media world that breeds comparison and competition), I found myself longing for a healthier creative community. I grew tired of only seeing the highlight reels of artists’ polished finished products. I

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Student Stories: Heather Alicia Knox /// Storytelling in Guatemala

My husband and live full-time in Guatemala in an earth-bag dome-home with our five brown rescue dogs. We are the co-founders of Project Somos Children’s Village, an eco-sustainable community for at-risk Guatemalan families. Our work focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation. Rather than allowing extreme poverty to tear families apart, we are working to keep

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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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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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Student Stories: The Very Best Parts of Me // by Peta Hood

Imagine if you were gifted a perfect little package, a gift that represented all parts of you, that celebrated who you are, and when you opened it, there emerged the most powerful and much-needed parts of you that you never knew existed. That is what taking this class felt like to me. It continues to

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Student Stories: Meet Kristin Kobza

“The fleeting beauty of baby-ness, our daily mess of sweet dysfunctions, and the sensitivity of motherhood itself are what has brought me close to photography. What at first seemed to be the only way to simply capture my kids has become a creative outlet that had long been missing in my life.” Along Kristin Kobza’s artistic

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