Photography in the Real World – By Chris Messenger

You may find this to be a difficult scenario to visualize, but what if social media ceased to exist as we know it? What would happen if hashtags were gone & we didn’t even have digital followers and didn’t care about what was trending that day? Better yet, if social media were gone as we

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What I Have to Say: Jessica Uhler

  Hustle. Good things come to those who hustle. Hustle hard. When you rest, you rust. Ingredients for happiness: wifi, caffeine, hustle, a dream. This is just a sliver of the sampling I found for motivational quotes on hustling. The message I constantly hear, especially as a creative trying to forge my own path is DON’T

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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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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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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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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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What I Have To Say: Press On by Brian Schindler

One of the biggest things I’ve come to learn is how important claiming your stake in this industry has become. And by that I mean you, yes you, claiming that stake. Allow me to explain. For years I let myself wait for that validation to come from other people, to match other people’s styles, to

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What I Have to Say: Ryan Longnecker

The summer after I graduated college, I, like many other recent grads, had a lofty idea to do some backpacking overseas. I already had a trip planned to Kenya and considered not going home with the group on the return flight, and instead backpacking up to Giza, Egypt. (I’ll pause so that you who have

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#definethejourney with us

We love a pretty picture; great light, a beautiful backdrop, and an interesting composition. Yeah, just like you, beautiful images make us happysigh. But what has always been at the heart of DEFINE, and what we continue to strive to uncover, examine, and share, is the journey to that defining moment when the shutter is

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