(Healthy) Snacks Boost Your Productivity

A lot of time productivity has less to do with setting up systems and routines, using technology or a certain kind of inbox, etc – and a lot more to do with willpower. Now that’s not to say, “oh clearly you’re just being lazy.” That’s not what prevents people from doing things, usually. There’s something about willpower […]

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Figuring Sh*t Out: Career Path Edition


I’ve been feeling lost for a long time. While I was still a student, I could ignore it. A lot of my identity was tied up in being in university, in learning and classes and campus. But once I graduated, that safety net was gone and it became abundantly clear that I had no idea […]

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Beating the Socially Awkward Blues – 3 Tips


Being successful as a self-employed/freelance business person has as much to do with selling yourself as it does selling your product. That doesn’t mean you have to be some sleazy used car-salesman charisma machine – on the contrary, people will see through that in a minute. However, you do have to have at least a […]

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School’s Out For ..Ever – Should you go to Photo School?

all the peeps from photo school

My time as a student has finally come to a close. A core part of my identity, gone at the end of a meandering week consisting of a couple lingering assignments. And it was this anticlimactic thing.There was no specific moment where I said, “Yes, I’m done.” This is the way the world ends. Not […]

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How to Watch American Hulu, Netflix etc. IN CANADA! (Tunnelbear)


EDIT: Netflix reserves the right to update their terms of service anytime and they now reflect their disapproval of accessing content not meant for Canadian eyes. The use of a VPN like TunnelBear is at this time not illegal, but we are currently not able to say that using a VPN to access american Netflix […]

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Become a Wealthy Photographer in Two Simple Steps.


People often go into a business for the wrong reasons. Maybe they come into a large sum of money they can invest, and they’ve always wanted to get out of their 9-5 job with a boss. So start a business. Whatever, doesn’t matter as long as they are free to be their own boss, right? […]

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Visual Puns – a new photo series and the importance of long-term personal projects

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Last saturday was a big night for me. My photo class presented our Thesis projects to a full-house at the NAIT Shaw Theatre (Thesis being a semester long personal project where we selected our own theme and produced at least 15 images corresponding to it). My final presentation can be found below, and the high […]

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Organizing your Lightroom Catalogs for External Harddrives


Going to photo school involves a lot of post-processing work. The biggest issue of all is jumping from my computer at home to the computer at school and trying pick up from where I left off and staying organized. Lightroom makes things really easy if you know just a few little things about how the […]

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An Open Letter to Burgeoning Photographers

'Newly Paved" © Bryan Cooper 2012

Working title: Can you improve as an artist without judging others I’ve been reading a lot of Zack Arias’ Q&A tumblr blog. As a professional he has provided a much needed voice for those just beginning in their career – by being extremely blunt. You know who is one of those people just starting out? […]

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The Healthy, Happy Artist

I truly believe that in order to function at the top of your creative game, it is very important to be happy and healthy. I have often said, “Well, my writing is so much better when I’m depressed.” But frankly, that’s crap, and for several reasons. For one thing, my writing when I’m depressed is […]

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