Bonnie O'Brien Al-Rifai

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Photographer spotlight Congrats to another amazing photographer of the week. Spotlight on Kory Zuccarelli owner of Zuke Photography. Thank you for being such an inspiration. You may see more of his amazing work here https://www.facebook.com/ZukePhoto

Weekly Favorites are up on the blog! Thanks everyone, as always, for the shares. The amount of growth we have seen this summer has been incredible. We love you all way too much! Here is a shoutout to one of our weekly faves by Erin Hensley Photography. If you haven't yet, go check out her work! Her freelensing is so killer!! Peep the rest of the faves here on the blog: http://bit.ly/1q2EyEn

What Was I Complaining About?

Every time I do a photo session where a man is involved I get excited for my favorite challenge. There is something about making a grumbling, …

Life Changing session that I’ve been dying for Christmas to come so I could share!

What man has ever said this after a photo shoot? “This weekend was life changing for me.”<p>Let me rewind first. Many months ago, I donated a family …

A blog about how sorry we feel after we hurt someone we love. I can’t be the only one who’s felt that way, right?

Have you ever made a mistake that hurt someone you love so profoundly that even you didn’t want to be around yourself while you figured out why you …

A blog post that I’m pretty scared of sharing.

Picking Up the Pieces<p>I fell in love with my husband before we even spoke. He was beautiful, artistic and full of life and energy. Every second we …

A blog about how to find creativity when you feel blank

Where do your ideas come from? Where do mine come from? Every time I’ve come up with something that I feel is creative, I am insanely proud of it. …

The Birds Will Come

When I was a little kid, I used to stand on the mantle with this awesome microphone wishing that Amy Grant, from the Christian Rock years (Yup, me. …

“Piece” of Mind- How to turn a Facebook Quote Into Art

Escaping yourself is a recurring theme for me, not only in my work, but also in my life for as long as I can remember. Whether it was crawling deep …

Who is your Llama-Fri? A blog about giving people the props they probably never hear.

Casey Waldner, my inspirational Llama Fri.<p>n.Llama-fri def. A person like no other who has the power to bring your life more magic than you ever …

A Blog About Dealing With a Miscarriage Through Art…and Anger.

Usually when I write, I do it from a positive place. I want to offer hope, motivation and education to people who experience similar experiences to …

Roxy and Daniel’s killer movie inspired engagement shoot and Rock ‘n Roll Bride worthy wedding

Our first meeting with Roxy and Daniel Becker was like a blind date gone right. We met for dinner at their house and were immediately inspired by …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire

Being a photographer, I’m constantly inspired by other photographers who have incredible gifts and talents.<p>I’m really excited about joining in with …

31 Days of Photographers That Inspire: Day One: Brooke Shaden

Day One:<p><b>BROOKE SHADEN</b><p>Few people are as creative, inspiring, open, honest and driven as Brooke Shaden. When I first saw her work, I imagined her as a …

31 Days of Photographers that inspire: Day 2 Nicholas Scarpinato

Nicholas Scarpinato<p>I found Nicholas Scarpinato when I was searching for a tutorial on how to make the ground look like a blanket. Looking for that …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 3: Carly Webber

Carly Webber blew my mind when I first saw her intense sports images. She captures dancers and athletes with the most beautiful lighting I’ve ever …

31 Days of Photographers That Inspire: Day 4: Jinky Art

Barb Uil-Jinky Art<p>Have you ever wished you could live in the most magical, memorable parts of your childhood forever? Barb Uil gives her clients that …

31 Days of Photographers That Inspire: Day 5: How local photographers can be your greatest inspiration rather than greatest competition!

Day Five:<p>How local photographers can go from being your competition to being your greatest inspiration and support team.<p>Today’s inspiration is a …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 6: Bianca Duimel

Bianca www.biancaduimelphotography.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/bianca-duimel-photography<p>Oh my goodness, Bianca. I’ve been blown away by …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 7: Josh Malik

Apparently I was born in the wrong decade because whatever it is that’s in the chicken making 12 year olds look 18, it’s also making photographers …

31 Days of Photographers That Inspire: Day 8: Lai tā būtu photography

I said previously that none of the photographers that I am featuring have contacted me to be featured because I think it’s important to note that …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 9: Audrey Woulard

Day 9: Audrey Woulard<p>Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. She tells it like it is.<p>I spent three days in her workshop and came home ready to conquer the world. She …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 10 Julie Belton: How taking a risk in your images, life and relationships can make you a better photographer

<b>Julie Belton:</b> How Taking a risk in your images, life and personal relationships can make you a better photographer:<p><b>Open yourself up to constructive</b> …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 11: Caroline Rutland and a Fantastic Resource for starting out in Fine Art Photography

Caroline Rutland is another emerging conceptual artist I’ve discovered in my fine art group. If you are interested in fine art/conceptual …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 12: Scott Detweiler-Visualizing mesmerizing portraits and an incredible resource to learn Photoshop skills from

Day 12: Scott Detweiler<p>Technology has made it pretty crazy incredible to edit photographs. If you didn’t get the light right in camera, there’s a …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 13: The Bokeh Factory- Hand made cameras and lenses that will give your photographs incredible Bokeh and creamy goodness!

Day 13: The Bokeh Factory- Tom Widlak- Lens and Camera maker extrodinaire:<p>Today’s inspiration is an artist you can’t live without. Literally. Not …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 14: Dolci Momenti Photography- Portraits filled with love and timeless emotion

Dolci Momenti: https://www.facebook.com/DolciMomenti<p>http://dolcimomentiphotography.com<p>Be still my little photography heart. Years ago I took a …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 15: Tracie Williams- A photographer who doesn’t just inspire; she opens your eyes, even when you’ve tried to keep them shut.

Have you ever been on an adventure? I’m talking about the out of your comfort zone, see the world, change people’s lives-style REAL adventure? 16 …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 16: Shelby Robinson

Day 16: Shelby Robinson<p>You can view her work on Facebook or her website at http://www.shelbyrobinsonphotos.com<p>Another artist who is out there making …

31 Days of Photographers that Inspire: Day 17: Frank Diamond-the Digital Dali

Day 17: Frank Diamond<p>You can view his portfolio here.<p>I’m excited to wake up in a surreal self portrait world filled with insane light and color …