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Chase Jarvis TECH: Packing Photo Gear For Hiking [whether for a day trip or up to 19,030 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro]

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to be part of an expedition to bring greater awareness to the scarcity of fresh drinking water experienced by many countries around the world. Called Summit on the Summit, the expedition was a 60 mile hike up Kilimanjaro and included some artists, educators and guides who shared my interest in this awareness project, including Mark Foster, Justin Chatwin and Beau Garrett.

I put together this short video to give y’all a glimpse of the gear I packed for the trek. I kept it pretty light and stuck to two main camera systems:

_Nikon D4 platform
_Other Nikon Lenses

_Olympus OM-D platform

Other Gear:
_Manfrotto Support
_MacBook Pro + Macbook Air
_GTech External Hard Drives
_LowePro Bags
_Dakine Photo Brick

Watch the vid for the full deets on my tech choices for this amazing journey.

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Kickstarter of the Week – Stop Motion Love Story: Interview with the 11 Year Old Director

I don’t know what you were doing when you were 11, but I know I wasn’t directing movies. Hell, I wasn’t even standing in front of that pool. Trinity Anderson, on the other hand, has jumped into the deep end and seems to managing just fine, thank you.

The 11-year-old and her father, Barry Anderson, are wrapping up production on her latest stop-motion film (a genre she’s been at since she was 4) and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the rest of production costs. The film is titled Me & Ewe. It is a sheep love story.

I caught up with Trinity and Barry before her performance rehearsals (she’s also an actor) to talk a bit more about her project.

For the record, this is my first time interviewing an 11-year-old.

How did you get into movies and directing? How old were you and what drew you it?

Trinity: When i was 4, we went to Hawaii. I used to get up early, but where we were staying was right near a big cliff and my parents didn’t want me going outside on my own. So they got me a video camera to play with inside. I had Playmobils at the time and I used to make up stories and started using stop motion. I also really liked acting at a young age. When we go to California every summer I get to go to an Shakespeare acting camp. I’ve been doing that every year for a while now.  

Tell me a little bit about this project. What have been the biggest challenges? What have been the biggest breakthroughs?

Trinity: We had a lot of problems with the main tree in the film. As filming went on, the tree started to shed its leaves, so by the end we sort of had this giant dead tree. You can kind of see it in the film, but as it goes on we show it less and less. In the first opening shot it’s green and lush. As you watch it, it kind of dies on you. 

Our biggest breakthrough happened when we were shooting one shot and we ran out of battery. It was a long shot and we didn’t want to retake it. We were about to disassemble when we decided to see if we could recharge the battery while it was still attached to the camera. That worked, so we were able to continue.  

Barry: It was a Switronix PB70 external battery. We couldn’t have plugged it in and saved the shot had we been using a regular canon battery.

Nice. A technological breakthrough.

So tell me, how has this project help you grow as a director? What’s it like being in charge of a project and managing other people?

Trinity: This project was bigger than all the other projects. I’ve made little stop motion films with friends using the iSight on the computer, but this one used real props, real cameras. It is much better quality and we’ve spent a lot more time at at and it’s being shot in an actual studio. We’re planning to enter it in film festivals and put it online. So it’s just bigger than anything I’ve done.

As far as managing, well, we don’t have many people working on the film. Besides my dad there’s my great uncle and grandpa. My dad and I do most of the animated work, and we also have one other animation guy who is doing the background sheep. I pretty much told him what to do and he did it.

Barry: We basically spent a lot of time finding people who would put up with us.

In many ways this project is co-directed by you and your Dad. What has that been like? Has it been challenging making sure the visions are aligned?

Trinity: We have limited amount of camera angles, so there isn’t much decision there. We decide on which camera angle would be best and worked together to figure out the placements. My Dad helped a lot  with the lights. But otherwise it was pretty straightforward as to which lens we should be using. I guess I was in charge of placement of sheets.

Barry: Trinity wanted to be lead animator. We spent some time talking through the story and came up with some rough storyboards. We figured out what the scenarios would be. Once we had the story down, we agreed on things. It wasn’t a major Hollywood production — there were some limitations and once things fell into place and we put on the lens we got dialed it in. 

In the beginning I was tech guy at computer, making sure we weren’t going to fast to slow and Trinity was in charge of bringing the sheep to life on the screen. But once she got over her intimidation of the technology, she had no problem assuming that role, too!

Artists and creatives often get asked “who or what are your influences?” Influences can be other artists or directors, it can be books or a series of books, movies or a series of movies. Who or what are your influences?

Trinity: I always wanted to work in movies. For a short time I went through an archeology phase, but my Dad has always been directing movies, so really I’d have to say my Mom and Dad. Aside from them I really like Stephen Speilberg and his movies like Jaws, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Indiana Jones. I also like It’s a Wonderful Life and some other black and white films like, Maltese Falcon, The Navigator and Some Like it Hot.

I really enjoy comedy. Movies that aren’t funny aren’t my favorite. Buster Keaton has been an influence for me. I do some circus performance and he’s really made my comedy better. 

Do you have a particular favorite stop motion director of film?

Trinity: Nightmare before Christmas. But I also really like A Town Called Panic. It’s a French film. It uses a real unique animation form. It’s different and it fits the story. 

I also like the Fantastic Mr Fox. The models are good and I love the voices of the actors. Also the score is beautiful. Our test score is mostly taken from that movie. It was done by Alexandre Desplat [who did Argo]. We actually sent him an email to see if he’d do the score for our movie, but we haven’t heard anything yet. 

Wow. Let’s hope he comes through. That would be something. 

We have a lot of gear heads who read the blog. They’re going to want to know a little bit about the gear you use in the film. 

Barry: For cameras we used two Canon 5D Mark II’s. We’re using Dragonframe software to do the actual animation. It’s been used in a lot of features. It’s powerful and not that expensive.

Trinity: It’s great because it’s not as complicated as some programs, but it’s not so simple that it can’t do all the things you want. It’s really the perfect medium. The other cool thing about the project is that most of the lighting is done with lights we got at Home Depot.

Barry: We used to 1K source lights with soft boxes, but every other light was a Home Depot light. We built a grid over the field and used everything from 15 watt up to 300 watt, both clear and frosted.

Trinity: And a lot of gaffe tape. 

To help Trinity and Barry finish their project, contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, here.

Here are some behind-the-scenes stills from the set of Me & Ewe. Enjoy:

If You’ve Ever Asked Me To Review Your Photos, Here’s A Chance — Photo Contest + Camera Bag Giveaway

Photo by Erik Hecht.

[UPDATE: Just returned from a job in Belize and damn…you guys have been busy! 2,000 comments/entries in a week! I’ve been checking out the work -there is some great stuff. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY (April 24). Any entries after today (at midnight) will miss the deadline and not be considered. Standby for the judging – it’s going to take me a while to get through all these! Thanks for paying attention!]

Hey photo friends, a few weeks ago my staff video guru Erik and I shared a glimpse into an ideal everyday walk-around camera kit. It’s a kit that Erik uses everyday and one that I beg/borrow/steal when not on assignment. Well the good folks over at ThinkTank took note of the love we showed for their Retrospective line of camera bags and sent the studio three of them to do with them whatever we choose. Just so happens we have plenty of camera bags already (2 of the exact models they sent us…), so we want to give these badass bags away to you. So here’s what we’re gonna do:

We wanna see your street photography. Your best everyday photos from being out in the world, covering the earth and actively pursuing the unexpected. Post links to your photos in the comments section of this blog post and we’ll pick 3 favorites and send the winners one of these slick camera bags. A few basic ground rules:

  • You must own the rights to the photos you’re sharing (this should be obvious).
  • You must be cool with us posting your photo (should you win) on a follow-up post announcing the 3 winning photographs.
  • Submit as many images as you want, but please only post direct links to single images, NOT galleries. Don’t make us sort through your portfolio to figure out what photo you’re submitting.
  • This should force you to use a little of your editing / curatorial skills too. Send us links to what you want us to review.

    We’ll leave the contest open for submissions for a week from today and then announce the winners in a follow-up blog post within 10 days of end of contest. Photos will be selected by composition, style, and overall merit as determined by us.

    Happy shooting. If you want to learn more about the bags you’re competing for, check out Erik’s blog post for his detailed thoughts on them, or take a look at ThinkTank’s website for the full specs. Here’s a peak at what we’re giving away. Rugged, stylish, downright awesome (valued at $157.60 each):

    Official Contest Rules

    Win $15,000 From Burn Magazine. Emerging Photographers Apply By May 5th.


    Photo: Matt Lutton/ Pristina, Kosovo

    Need a little more change in the pocket (or a lot)? If you’re doing top-notch work, you may be in luck because Burn magazine is giving away $15,000 in grants for three photographers. Called the “Emerging Photographer Fund”, the grants will be awarded in three allotments; one photographer will win $10,000, and two others will get $2,500 a piece.

    Initiated by legendary photographer David Alan Harvey in 2008 and awarded by the Magnum Foundation, the site describes the grants as “Designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project…[whose]…body of work may be of either a journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperative. We just want to support committed authored photography of any ilk.”

    A maximum of 25 photos may be submitted for a non-refundable submission fee of $25.

    Entry deadline is May 5, 2013 at 6pm (EST), and winners will be announced in June 2013. Get on it.

    Check out the exact rules and contest description HERE
    Or to apply directly for the EPF grant for 2013, click HERE.

    Higher than I’ve Ever Been — [for Clean, Safe Water]


    This is the highest I’ve ever been.
    It’s weird. Days on Kilimanjaro feel both infinitely long and short at the same time. They are long thanks to pre-dawn wakeups, 10 hours on trail 5 to 14 miles and 3-4,500 vertical feet covered each day. They are short because there is nearly zero time for anything but climbing, preparing for climbing, or, sleeping. Honestly, the focus is a welcome change from the day-to-day “real” world stuff. But what is real, anyway?

    Speaking of real, the most real thing for me on this trip is traveling, climbing and getting educated about the global water crisis. As I’m sure you know from my last post from the road , I’m traveling with 25 other diverse characters, artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, journalists, technologists and educators in an attempt to bring awareness to the biggest killer on our planet – the lack of clean water. 100% curable. And rather than ranting here, check out photos, videos, and blurbs we’re generating on a daily basis at and register on the site. You can “follow” our progress socially – please do.

    I’m scribbling this out from a tent at 13,500 feet, and sent via B-Gen satellite. We’ve spent the past 2 days climbing high (yesterday to 15,500 feet – highest I’ve ever been) and descending to sleep at lower elevations to acclimatize and prepare for our summit shot (19,300 ish) the day after tomorrow. Fingers crossed. Send good vibes.

    Here’s a few photos of approach, my friends, crew, collaborators and the mountain. Its good to be out here – feels like we all are one.









    Holiday Sale + Round-the-Clock Creative Education Streaming at

    What does a stream of non-stop 24/7 creative education look like? In case you’ve been on vacation, it looks like what has looked like for the past two weeks…and will continue to look for the remaining few days of 2012. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the rest of the year, you can join a community of more than 1 million people strong and check out the most popular segments of streaming video education on photo & video, business & productivity, design & software courses as well to teach you real skills that will improve your work or hobby and help you run your creative business.

    But wait, like the Ginsu steak knives…there’s more. As a big thank you for all this community support you’ve given throughout 2012, yours truly and the creativeLIVE crew have put all courses on sale at 20% off and — for an even beefier savings — check out discounted bundles of coursework on Photo Essentials, Wedding Photography, Post Production and more. All of these bundles have more than 40 hours (if I’m not mistaken…), of the highest quality video instruction content available from many of the world’s best creative instructors.

    Thanks again for supporting creativeLIVE + and our little creative revolution.

    And YES there is a limited time to this offer. Ends 12/31/12. Get some.

    Sandy’s Aftermath — Text to Donate $ to the Red Cross to help with Relief

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    The damage and scale of the superstorm Sandy continues to come to light today. At least 56 people in the U.S. were killed and another 67 in the Caribbean. Cost estimates are in the $60 billion range and more than 4 million people remain without power. Reports from all of the major news organizations paint a more complete picture by the hour – ranging from major inconvenience to total devastation. To add to the concern, the temperatures in the region have dropped to 35F/2C at night. And there are still questions as to when the power will be restored. There are people who need help – right now.

    Beyond sending heartfelt support and love to our friends in the affected region – we can donate the Red Cross, to help bring much needed distribution of hot meals, water, snacks and relief supplies – like blankets. The Red Cross is mobilizing an additional 80,000 blankets for New York and New Jersey and more than 5,000 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. Sixty trailers of relief supplies such as personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves were delivered this weekend in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. But this is just the beginning. The response to Sandy is going to be massive – and very costly.

    I just donated again to the Red Cross. They make it very easy to do by simply texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more details on how to help in a variety of ways go here.

    To see more photos go to The Atlantic photo essay. Heartbreaking photography that informs the world. Thanks to those photographers and news organizations who bring this information to us.

    Business Essentials for Creative Entrepreneurs with Ramit Sethi

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    Big news. Ramit Sethi is doing a 3 day intensive course on creativeLIVE starting today. Right NOW in fact. If you know who he is and why I’m so stoked, go to RIGHT NOW for free. If you don’t need or want to earn money with your creative work then no worries – total respect – skip this post and jump over to 13 tips for a more creative success (one of my fav posts). But if you do want to earn money or make a living with your art and DONT know why I’m so pumped then read on….

    One of the most popular cjLIVEs last year was the Ramit Sethi episode. More that 25,000 people watched the 60 min live broadcast from 100+ countries, another 100,000 hit the re-watch in various places. And for good reason – it was a game changer for lots of people. Ramit is not a creative guru, a filmmaker or a photographer – this blog, my constant spouting, etc are full of that yummy stuff. Ramit is different. He’s a genius at teaching creatives like you and me who lack some business chops how to position our work. By example, in that single chasejarvisLIVE episode Ramit went into very specific detail about:

    // how to win jobs by preparing ahead… specifically the “portfolio” or “briefcase” techniques…

    // how to negotiate higher rates for your creative work – the very specific words to use that demonstrate high end value and vision

    // how to position yourself as a high end creator – not a commodity that goes to the lowest bidder

    // how to position yourself as the prize in any negotiation around you and your work

    I’ll be honest – the reason I hosted Ramit onto #cjLIVE was because we’d met last fall and I learned more about the business of positioning yourself in n 1 hour talking to Ramit over dinner than I had from anyone prior to him. More than agents, managers, Hollywood people, marketing people etc. It was a shock, because I considered myself pretty good at that shiz… but he blew me away. The reason? Turns out he’s a Stanford educated behavioral psychologist. He understands value, perception, human delivery, persuasion, confidence and so many other things that – until he revealed them to me – were just nebulous concepts.

    So don’t be fooled by the title of his NY Times best-selling book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Yes, he’s a personal finance guru – and you should listen to him for that advice as well (my wife and I are on his savings “plan”) – but why you should watch his 3 day course at creativeLIVE this week is simple – he’s great at teaching all these soft skills I’m talking about that will separate you from the rest… landing gigs, scoring that agent, billing higher rates, and getting respect in a crowded and noisy industry.

    Check it out.

    [aside – I’ll be dropping into his show on Friday for Q&A. Stay tuned to my social feeds]

    Traveling for Photo and Video Shoots — 12 Mission Critical Tips for Travel Packing

    Pack it up!

    So you’re going on the road to shoot photos/videos for fun or for a client? Kate here again, Executive Producer over here at Team Chase. This is part 3 of 4 on how to pack like a boss. Check out the last two posts in this series:

    10 Mission Critical Tips for Booking Photo and Video Travel – getting there
    12 Mission Critical Tips for Pre-Production – tips BEFORE traveling

    Now it is time to hit the road… to bring or not to bring? That is the question. More is certainly not better, but you have to have everything you need… so where is the magic line?

    12 Tips for Travel Packing

    1. Make sure you have your ID and all necessary documents!

    2.Pack early. This will give you time to think about what you may have forgotten and purchase anything needed. Keep a packing list by your stuff so you can keep adding to it and check off packed items.

    3. Limit what you bring. Bring the essentials and backups of those essentials. Leave those fancy shoes and other not-so-useful stuff at home.

    4. Carry on ALL mission critical items. No exceptions. When you pack a bag to check, pretend you may never see it again. You should have a working photography kit to get you through in a pinch as well as one spare outfit, your technology, any medications, extra pair of prescription glasses/contacts lenses and anything. Wear your heaviest pair of shoes while you travel… just make sure they are easy to remove for airport checkpoints.

    5. Follow the rules when you are flying. Check with your airline and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines for packing your baggage. You don’t want to be stuck with extra charges or overweight bags. Carry-ons have lots of limitations including pocket knives and liquids (3-ounce bottles only in a quart size zip top bag).

    6. Clothing essentials. Pack appropriately for the local weather and bring layers. Some essential items to consider are wrinkle-resistant, comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes, versatile pieces that can cover a range – totally caj~ to fancy, and a coat.

    7. Your gear. Check out this video all about packing photography gear:

    8. Carnet for your gear? If you are traveling internationally with lots of gear, you may need to go through an expeditor and get a carnet (passport for your gear – try

    9. Bring backups for critical gear items. You may have to leave your underwear to bring an extra battery charger.

    10. Charge everything before you leave. That means your computer, your phone, your camera batteries. Confirm you have all of your chargers and extra batteries for when you arrive.

    11. Electrical. If you are traveling internationally, bring the correct power adapter. Each country has its own unique plug configuration, so be sure to read the label for a list of where the power adapter will work. Apple makes a World Traveler Adapter Kit for an Apple products, which is convenient.
    Secret tip: we like to bring a power strip that we can plug into a transformer with the local plug so you can have many open outlets… this can save on space.
    CAUTION: Be VERY careful about voltage so you don’t fry your gear or your self. Read the small print on power strips to make sure they can handle the voltage.

    12. Take a production kit with you. There are some essentials that can be a pain to try to track down. Depending on where you go and what you are doing the kit varies, but here are some of my favorite go-to items:
    _Mobile Wi-Fi. I fell in love on our latest trip to Cape Town! Up to 5 devices can remotely connect the internet?!?! Heaven:
    _a local phone + number
    _cash… yes, people still use it. and it can often unlock doors or “make it rain” when in a pinch.
    _a tiny printer + ink
    _a tiny scanner
    _hard copies of your lists, call sheets, paperwork, etc in a production notebook
    _sharpies and pens
    _talent releases
    _some way of organizing your receipts
    _travel book/language guide
    _power strip

    I’d love to know what goes in your location production kit or in your bags! Leave your ideas below.

    In the next post of this series, I’ll have some tips for your arrival. Stay tuned.
    Best, Kate

    Win a VIP Trip To Hang with Me In Seattle — LIVE Streaming The Capitol Hill Block Party Music Festival

    UPDATE: We have a WINNER! Huge huge thanks to all of you who participated in this quick contest. We had thousands of tweets and threads and trends all over the internet. It gives me great pleasure to announce the winner…drum roll…wait for it…. Amy Rollo (@brookland on Twitter). All told we had people from 94 countries participate. While my pocketbook hasn’t been so lucky in past contests, as I’ve had winners from Hong Kong and India for similar give aways, this time my wallet and the winner’s travel schedule lucked out on the draw. Amy is from the USA. Big ups to the so many of you who tweeted your brains out – I noticed lots of you and have followed many of you back. #Respect to you all for playing.
    This is another one of those gigs where I pinch myself – getting to work alongside some of the best indie bands in the world – AND… Here’s a kicker: I want you and a friend to join me for FREE.

    I’ll pick up airfare, lodging and VIP tickets for you and one friend (or just you) for the entire 3 day event below…plus time for us to hang out and drink beer together. And it’s NEXT week – PLUS WE’RE LIVE STREAMING THE ENTIRE EVENT. Read on…

    The Capitol Hill Block Party is Seattle’s premier mid-summer music festival where more than 100 bands take over Seattle’s hippest neighborhood on 6 stages over three days. (Check out the insane lineup here.) And right now I’m freaking STOKED to announce that we’ll be #cjLIVE streaming the festivities — private performances, artist interviews, and main stage shows — for the entire 3 day event.

    Here’s how you can enter to win tickets — airfare, hotel, and VIP tix to the festival — to join us in Seattle. It’s easy.

    First, this giveaway couldn’t be possible without the support of my friends at the Block Party (love you guys) and TargetSEA (congrats on new SEA store) who are graciously supporting my ability to share this #cjLIVE internet feed with the world, so you MUST be following BOTH of them–and yours truly–on Twitter here:


    Second, tweet this exact tweet below, only be sure to personalize it by inserting a cool word or phrase about music… (ie Music is LIFE, Music is ALL I NEED, etc)

    Music is [insert your thought here]! I wanna go to the #CHBP or at least watch it #cjLIVE w @chasejarvis @targetSEA

    Lastly, enter (tweet the above) as often as you like with variations on “Music is ____”. Contest runs from right now through Sunday July 15th at noon Seattle Time. And the contest is worldwide. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter and posted here on my blog on Monday JULY 16.

    Who: You, Me, 100 bands, and a worldwide gathering of creative people

    What: a LIVE, interactive broadcast of The Capitol Hill Block Party music festival in Seattle

    When: This Friday, July 20 – Sunday July 22 (Detailed schedule of all day broadcasts coming soon.)

    Where: tune in to It’s free – anyone can watch and we’ll be taking YOUR questions during artist interviews, LIVE via Twitter.

    It’s that easy… I’ll be working my butt off for these 3 days–shooting video, stills, and streaming this live music, interviews, performances at what-not. But we’ll also be partying and having the time of our lives. Whether you win the trip to hang with us in Seattle or you are able to tune in live at during the event to watch, interact online and get good music piped right into your home, my hope is that you love what you see and join me in doing what we can, spreading the message and democratizing access to this stuff as best we can with our guts, our will, and technology.

    UPDATE: I’m doing a special trivia game via Twitter tonight, so keep your eyes peeled to my twitter feed @chasejarvis and @targetSEA at 6pm SEA time (9pm NYC time)

    More updates coming soon – stay tuned. Please enter to win the contest. I’d love to meet you in person. Check out the video below – we’re gonna have a damn good time.

    Capitol Hill Block Party Lineup Additions. from Steven Baldwin on Vimeo.

    Make a Declaration of Creativity

    I just received a very inspiring email. I thought it was worth sharing. I’ve changed or left out some of the personal details to protect the privacy of the sender.

    “Hey Chase,
    It worked. Everything you said worked. I declared myself a photographer, got business cards, set up an LLC, pumped out shots and pimped them like mad. I DECIDED this is who I am, and it’s like the whole world conspired in my favor. The best part is that my Dad who always told me photography was a waste of time, now respects me and respects my art. My life has changed because you gave me the time of day. Thanks for everything!”

    By declaring a commitment to your own creativity you can make big things happen. Simply by deciding, “I am a photographer,” “I am an artist,” “I am a writer,” and taking the action necessary (like making your business cards and forming an LLC) you can and will make make it happen. Whatever your it might be. These are massive mental shifts — and not easy to make by any means. But trust me, they will make all the difference. Just like the letter says, you might find that the ‘whole world’ will conspire to help you. When I hear these stories – they deeply inspire my own work. So thank YOU for the letter. And most of all, thank you for helping to make the world a more creative place.

    Learning from Startups Helps You Run YOUR Creative Business [SXSW Advise This Panel with Chase Jarvis, Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad and J.R. Johnson]

    As we artists continue to be forced to become entrepreneurs in our own right (see this episode of #cjLIVE with Zoe Keating), all things entrepreneurial are of interest to me… How can we channel our creative stuff into thinking into light, fast and hardcore focus like most startups are forced to think. The correlation is not a perfect one, but it’s expressly relevant to us creatives. It’s relevant for me not only in my own photography business, but it some offshoots I’ve either founded or co-founded like (Free, LIVE creative education for everyone) and Best Camera (the first photo app in the world to share images to social networks). I’ve learned a ton through all this and I want to apply/share that experience and photo industry knowledge to do good in other photography via advisory roles that are on constantly emerging.

    So anyway, that’s why it was a no-brainer when I was asked by SXSW to lead/moderate this panel with a handful of my super-badass pals Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad, and JR Johnson — all amazing entrepreneurs, advisors and VC guys in their own rights. So if entrepreneruialism, startups, or the need to learn from them and think like one in your own business has any appeal, you’ll get something outta this panel.

    Apologies in advance for the different-than-normal recording quality. The nice folks at SXSW were kind enough to let us share this, but it was created at a different standard than we would have created it due to limited resources. No harm, no foul – we’re just stoked to be able to share it. It’s still very digable.

    Have a great weekend.


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    What Photos Would You Want In Prison?

    Photo by Laurie Jo Reynolds and Chris X. The prisoner requested a photo of himself in front of a blue sky.

    We’re so innundated with photos these days. If you miss a loved one, you can just pull up a Facebook page or shoot them a text asking for a picture of what they’re doing. But what if you were locked away with limited access to images. What would you ask for?

    My dear friend Jon forwarded me a link to this organization,, which chronicles life in solitary confinement for the men of Tamms CMAX, a super-prison in Illinois. For more than 10 years, many of these prisoners have been or are still living in tiny rooms, with no stimulation and no interaction. Their only salvation? Photographs.

    I was moved by this idea and this organization. Perhaps you will be too – this is where you can help.

    On the site, you can read the requests for pictures by the prisoners. Some ask for family photos, others ask for Jesus. Or, like the above picture, some want images of themselves dropped into a background that highlights hope, love, or something more. A few men just want something funny to look at. It’s strange to think about a photograph as a privilege, but when you’re denied everything else, a single image can be the difference between salvation and insanity.

    If you want to pitch in (and maybe change someone’s life), join me in sending photos by following this link.

    Change someone’s day, week, or life with a single image. Thanks.

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