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Photography Contracts & Releases to Protect You as a Photographer

As with running any business, there is always the risk of legal issues arising. One common occurrence is the loss of images due to card malfunction. …

Children React to the Taste of a Lemon for the First Time in Photo Series 'Pucker'

Lemons are a great source of flavor that can add that special zest to a dish or beverage. But did you ever think of them as the special ingredient …

Battle for Stalingrad, 1942 - a picture from the past

This cinematic photograph shows Red Army troops in the ruins of war-torn Stalingrad in 1942. The city was flattened by German bombs at the start of their offensive, leading to a battle that was characterised by savage street fighting. The German defeat at Stalingrad in February 1943 is considered …

Musical Mementos

San Francisco-based rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jay Blakesberg will release the best of his live concert photography, selected from over 30,000 …

Negative Space: Weekly Photography Challenge

This week we explored the idea of Negative Space in composing images so now it is time to put that into practice with our weekly photographic …

The Taxi Driver Photographer

Next time you’re on a cab ride in the Big Apple, it might be worth taking the time to get to know your driver. You might be fortunate enough to hail …

New York City

How Lighting Plays a Crucial Role in Your Photography

You’ve heard me deliberate about how significant lighting in photography is, but do you really know the reason why? You may know that gaining enough …

Landscape Photography

Creative Dad’s Photography Turns Heads

It’s not unusual for parents to take frequent pictures of their sons and daughters. There are blogs featuring kids around every bend of the web. With …

How to Ask Yourself Great Questions

In my life coaching training program, one of my first homework assignments was to make a list of 100 <i>empowering questions</i> we could ask clients in …

Reducing Anxiety and Worry the Lady Killer Way | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Wouldn’t it be great if our feelings were like the soldiers on a battlefield?<p>Soldiers are trained to follow orders and are commanded by a superior. …

The Science of Self-Control: Can You Increase Your Willpower? | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Does any of this sounds familiar:<p>You want to become an early riser, but once your alarm clock goes off, you hit the snooze button, and go back to …

The Art Of Self-Love | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We spend many years learning and practicing the art of self-hate. Hating our bodies, our thoughts and our feelings, we walk through life under a …

3 Ways to Un-Busy Yourself: What Saying No Taught Me | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>When we take on projects that don’t feel right, we’re stressed.</i><p><i>When we agree to another coffee date, we run out of time.</i><p><i>When we pack in too many</i> …

5 Reasons Why Blaming Never Works! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Blaming others for anything that goes wrong in our lives is what comes handy to us. In those situations where we don’t prefer to take the call of …

The 5 Greatest Personal Development Strategies That Actually Work | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

There are <i>thousands</i> of different strategies and ideas on how to improve your life.<p>But how are you supposed to know what really works? By these three …

How To Have A Success Mindset When You Don’t Think You Can Do It | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”</i> -Henry Ford<p>You know that in order to achieve your big goal you have to believe in …

Motivation

Can't Keep up? 15 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

It can become pretty stressful, right?<p>Every morning we have to struggle to get ourselves ready, get everything done and be out the door on time. And …

Steps To Obtain Closure And Move Forward | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>“Closure</b> <i>or need for closure are psychological terms that describe the desire or need individuals have for information that will allow them to</i> …

The 4 Fundamental Pillars of Emotional Intelligence | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Usually when we think of “intelligence” we associate it with things like logic, math, and science.<p>However, according to psychologists such as Daniel …

What If I Told You There's No Such Thing as Failure? | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>We live in a world in which we’ve been taught that we’re constantly being judged.</b><p>From the moment we begin to understand language we’re taught that …

Outsourcing

5 Benefits of Speaking Less and Listening More

One of the most common complaints in the workplace (and even at home) is a failure to communicate effectively.<p>Oftentimes, people are quite vocal …

Communication Skills

The Only Way to Improve Your Situation is to Improve Yourself

Self-improvement is multifaceted. To improve yourself, you must consider every aspect of the word self. This means improving your mind, your body, …

Self-improvement

Why You Shouldn’t Beat Yourself Up Over Something from the Past | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ll be the first person to admit that I’ve done things in the past I’m not proud of. I think most people can say that. Even if you always try to be …

7 Ways To Win At Making First Impressions | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We’ve all blown first impressions before and we’re still standing. That means they aren’t important, right?<p>Wrongo-mania.<p>First impressions often times</b> …

3 Ways to Become a Better Adult by Acting Like a Kid | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all of our lives.”<p>-Albert Einstein<p>I remember …

Limitations - put a positive spin on it | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Limitation is usually connected to something negative; it refers to being restricted, being held back from pursing or completing a task and it’s not …

How To Live Longer

Want to live longer? Use positive words!<p>As a Personal Trainer I often scour through the latest studies for the up-to-date research on exercise and …

Happiness

The Foundation of You: From Sorrow to Resilience | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~ Kenji Miyazawa<p>If the title of this article called to you, know that your stories are …

Outsourcing

7 Fierce Ways to Get Motivated

Even after writing 8 Practical Ways to Get Motivated, I couldn’t resist sharing 7 more “fierce” ways to help you get motivated.<p>So what’re you waiting …

Be More Productive by Taking More Active Breaks... Outside | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I have a job where I sit at a desk and type on a computer all day. Luckily, I have a nice window in my office where I’m able to see the beauty of …