How to improve your photography

This post is sponsored by American Express Membership Rewards® It is the start of a new year which inevitably means I’m dreaming up photography projects and looking to improve my skill set. The latter is a challenge I give myself every year and over time I’ve come to rely on five methods. As part of…

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The making of a creative journal & a fun GIVEAWAY

It was as if I was transporting state secrets. Stored in a small compartment in my luggage on a return flight to London were two spiral bound journals that documented my many adolescent years of self doubt, confessions and petty grievances. I had meant to shred evidence of their existence when I cleared out old…

Cinemagraph 101 :: How to create a cinemagraph with an iPhone

I was captivated by a cinemagraph many years ago. I can’t remember what it was of, only how it made me feel: enchanted, like I had just discovered that magic does exist as I fell into a mini trance lost in the rhythm of subtle movement. Though I now know how to create moving still…

Hawaii through a lens & a bit of news

This is not going to be a typical blog post. If it was I would wax lyrical about the paradise that is Hawaii based on a recent trip in March. I would dive into how the history of Hawaii and the arrival of laborers from different cultures (Japanese, Philipino, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese) at different…

Behind the scenes :: CFG Creative Conference

Planning a creative conference to fundraise for charity in under five weeks with no budget and a small squad of volunteers is not for the faint of heart. At various points of the planning stage I questioned our collective sanity, both privately and publicly. Now that it has been a month since Creating for Good…

Beijing beckons :: a stay with Rosewood Beijing hotel

  For the best views of the Forbidden City head to Jingshan Park our Beijing guidebook advised. The wide-but-steep stone steps up the imperial park would have made for an easy climb if not for the last of the sauna-like heat that have been clinging to the capital since we arrived earlier that morning. I checked my iPhone for…

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