I'm so glad you found me! I'm a San Francisco photographer, and this blog charts my journey in the ever-evolving world of photography. One of the things I love about photography is that it's a journey, not a destination. I'm constantly learning and meeting wonderful people. Please peruse the blog to your heart's content, then check out my website and feel free to contact me! (I love hearing from you.)

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Wall of Inspiration

I know there are some photographers who don't look at other people's work (only one comes to mind, but I think I've heard a few say this), but that's definitely not me.

I look at photos all the time. On the web, in books (if I'm lucky), in person (if I'm really lucky), any way I can. I believe that having a varied visual diet is good for me as a photographer. Also as a person, but that's a bit less quantifiable.

One of the ways I make sure I'm seeing photos that are fresh and current and appeal to the public as a whole is by subscribing to magazines. I subscribe to quite a few of them. And when I see an image I love, or where there's something I think I can use - a pose, a lighting angle, a feeling, a concept, whatever, I tear out the page. My favorites I stick up on the wall in my office as inspiration, in the hope that after seeing them over and over I can absorb a bit of their awesomeness.

Now, you might think this looks a bit messy, and maybe it does, but it works for me. I use washi tape, so I can take them down and put them back up as often as I want without worrying about putting holes in the wall or taking the paint off.

So what about you? How do you stay inspired? Do you believe in looking at other people's work?