Living under the Stars

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Driving through the pitch black woods at 12 am until I see a faint light at the end of the road, well not a faint light I guess just less darkness. I reached the end and I can hear the waves. Beverly Shores Indiana is quite a hidden treasure. This was my second opportunity visiting this beach and it’s about an hour drive from Chicago. Beverly Shores is a secluded little oasis right off of Lake Michigan, but what makes it truly beautiful is that it’s the #7 dark sky community. Walking down the steps to get to the beach is a task in its own if you do not have a flash light but once you reach the beach you instantly feel like your hundreds of miles away. Being from the Chicago area, I get happy when I’m able to look up and see the big dipper, but here… here the sky is alive. It’s pitch black with only the stars to offer you light and the waves to play you music. Enjoy your weekend!


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All Things Will Pass

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All Things will Pass. I recently came across an old friend’s status which were quite inspiring to me. It’s truly courageous to hear other’s perspective on life, on their happiness as well as how they deal with pain and fear. That is a major reason why I enjoy reading everyone’s blog and posts. I just want to thank each and everyone of you for your words, for they can affect and change a persons outlook on life and can make a positive impact in a persons life. I’ll leave you with some words that made me write this post and think about how I handle fear.

Over the last few weeks I have had to come face to face with fear. What is fear? We all have fear, but we all choose to face it in different ways. For me, for the longest time I would put anything I feared on the back burner and would hope it would just go away, but that wouldn’t solve anything, it would only burn and grow bigger and stronger. I’ve realized that it’s okay to have fear- but rather than avoiding it- taking it head on and confronting that which you fear. Detachment. Nothing is permanent, we live with temporary situations with temporary attachments, it’s when you separate yourself from the thought of attachment that abundance flows and the permanence you seek comes to you. Energy goes where energy flows. Time to conquer the fears and triumph over them.

– Tiffini –


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A Dream to Travel the World

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A Dream to Travel

Traveling the world is a dream; I love and cherish every moment that I can set foot in a place that I have never been before.  I wish that I could spin a globe, close my eyes and wherever my finger lands, that’s where I’ll be when I open up my eyes. That is why it felt so good to have just booked my next adventure. I’m drawn to an adventure and led by my curiosity. Last year was a life changing experience when I walked off the plane and set foot in one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen; Iceland. From the culture, to the art, to the people who treated me as a longtime friend to the absolutely breathtaking landscape. I truly felt like that was my first step in everlasting journey to see as much of this world as possible. See you in September Norway.


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Home is Right Where You Are

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Home is where the heart is. Home is where you make it. Home is wherever I am with you. Home is family to some, friends to others; a sense of nostalgia. Some are still searching for home while others do not know what home is. For me home is a feeling. It’s not a specific street, a set of random numbers placed on my mailbox, but more of laughter, smiles; a sense of being on top of the world. It’s not one specific place but a plethora of places, although I feel at home in Chicago quite often. It’s that feeling you get while you are standing at that place. The sense of excitement, enjoyment, calmness. It’s as if nothing else in the world matters except for this moment. If you are smiling right now, laughing, curious, or in love. If you are happy, you are home. Home is right where you are.


 

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The Photographer

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Dreaming is one of the most important aspects of being a photographer to me. Photography doesn’t always necessarily have to be exactly what you see; it can be more. It could be what you want to see, or what you have never seen before. For me, photography has always been about seeing the world in a new way; changing ones perspective and challenging what you already know. Whether I’m in front of the camera or behind it, dreaming and exploring my creativity is what keeps the excitement alive.

They say dreaming’s dead, that no one does it anymore. It’s not dead, it’s just been forgotten. Removed from our language. No one teaches it so no one knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well I’m trying to change all that. By dreaming every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced. Ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored. This is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.
– Waking Life –


 

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Flipping Through the Pages

Flipping Through the Pages

This concept has been on my mind for a while now. It all started when I shot Burn After Reading, an idea of throwing out everything that I once felt comfortable with and embracing the unknown. If you follow my previous work, I do not shoot many portraits, let alone self-portrait photography. So this was all new to me. I held up each page for this shoot and stitched them all together into one so it was a little more time consuming then a lot of my other work but I couldn’t be more happier with how it turned out and the process as a whole. For one of the first times, I was in charge of almost every aspect and it allowed me to get creative in a whole different aspect. It allowed me to think about photography as individual parts making up the whole scene.

Although I love landscape and architecture photography, I look forward to exploring portrait photography and even surreal photography more; to flipping through the pages of everything I’ve learned about photography and life and to seeing what’s next.

“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” T.E Lawrence


 

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Set the Sky on Fire

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I could see in the sky that a storm was approaching quick. The air even had a different smell to it. I was on my way to Chicago to do some night shooting, thinking that just as long as I keep driving that Mother Nature wouldn’t be able to catch me. In that instant I saw a part in the clouds, light came shining through and just like that, the sun set the sky on fire. It lasted  a couple of minutes before one raindrop turned into two and two in billions. Mother Nature caught me.


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