Inspiration

Inspiration

Perfectly Imperfect

This is one of my favorite flower images. It’s not dreamy or perfect, but it is packed with meaning for me. I took it some years back and could have easily missed the opportunity. She was sitting propped up on a flower holder. I had taken many photos of the Rose in her prime and […]

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Dahlia
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An Ode to The Dahlia!

The Dahlia flowers growing in my garden remind me to take note of the many things I feel gratitude for. Earlier this year, I went through a dark period. I lost my creative drive and had a difficult time seeing beyond my own perceived failures. Several practices helped me find light. Among them was the […]

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Know Yourself | The Every Day Artist
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Artist! Know Thyself

The truth is, the creative journey is not about making art. It is about clearing the way to knowing yourself and living your own authentic life. The path is about self-acceptance and doing the things that make you truly happy. If you pay attention, you will find your voice and move beyond the shadow of […]

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Blurs & Unsharp Photography

Recently I discovered Blur and Unsharp photography in a new focused (heh!) way. I was fortunate to get a chance to participate in an 8-week Blurs program run by Alex Lapidus and Heiko Mahr. The program introduced a range of techniques including Intentional Camera Movement (ICM), Long Exposures, Multiple Exposures, and more. It was a […]

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Pet Portraits
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Pet Portraits for Spay and Neuter Donations.

I am digitally painting pet portraits to raise money for free and low-cost spay and neuter clinics in the country of Panama. Many people in Panama live at the poverty level, with a number of stray dogs and cats begging at the door for scraps. Animals find a way into the heart, so families feed […]

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flower, gerbera, macro, close-up
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Do What You Love!

I love shooting flowers, but in a particular way. Set up indoors to get close-up without the interference of harsh sun, wind, rain or bugs. Honestly, I haven’t embraced my love for close up flower photography because it feels a bit lame. I have made reasonable attempts at shooting travel scenes, architecture and portraits of […]

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Bubbles
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The Gift of BLM

Through the Black Lives Matter movement, there is an awareness of racial contrast waking up in a world that thought itself awoke. As I sit here in the computer bubble of my introverted life, things can feel a bit surreal, at times. I have white friends wanting to break free of unconscious assumptions, and friends […]

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primary colors
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The Tools in Your Toolbox

As developing creative artists, we often tend to compare our work to the work of other creatives and come up short. We photographers think, ‘I need to learn this new technique,’ ‘I don’t know enough about that software,’ ‘I need a better camera’; If only I had this, or knew that. Regardless of our stage […]

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tiles, burqua, morocco, arabic
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Morocco Masala

I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and as my family was Catholic, I was not subject to wearing a full burqa. However, as a thinking, curious and passionate female human, I would grow up to be symbolically burqa-ed by family, religion and society. To be honest, I don’t know how much of that belongs to […]

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panama city, jungle, mist, morning
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The Silhouette – A Photographer’s Outline

I think of silhouettes in photographs as sketches. The light is the page, and the shadow the pencil mark. When shooting landscapes a photographer often strives to render an image with clear detail from front to back. However a lot of detail is not always needed to create a meaningful image. Just enough triggers recognition, […]

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door, green, quinta da regaleria, sun burst
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Knocking on the Creative Door

Doors, like this door at the Quinta da Regaleria estate, trigger connections in our psyche. They serve as entries and exists and as such, co-relate to beginnings and endings. They are dual in nature, inviting us into adventure, while also being a barrier for protection. Doors in a neighbourhood say a lot about the culture […]

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