Dear Nikon, #Womencan

Yes, We know! 

This is not just a Nikon issue. Across the board, with many of the other big photography companies, women are not being represented. Yes, we know. Basically, in most professional fields, women don’t have a position that warrants their voice to be heard.

This matters, we matter.

Nikon is currently celebrating 100 years of innovation, and you can be certain that women helped pave the way to that celebration. It can seem unfair to those not really understanding the issue that we would single out one company, but It has really been a catalyst to pay attention to this industry as a whole and demand more.

But why the post? 

Nikon Asia recently released a team of men, pictured below. To test their incredible new series of cameras, the Nikon D850. They were unable, however, to find one capable and talented woman to add to their roster. But why should we care when here in the USA they are surpassing by percentage of women inclusivity, between all of the other companies with 29%. We see that,  and it is still valid to want things to be more even at 50-50, because why not. Or perhaps, let women have the majority. Would that be so crazy?  and blow peoples minds. Perhaps.

Nikon MEA, if you happen to stumble upon this, let me share some amazing talent in your region MIDDLE EAST | ASIA 

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More stats :

Sony –
50 Men
8 Women
14% Women, 86% Men

Canon –
32 Men
8 Women
20% Women, 80% Men

Nikon –…/nikon-ambassadors/
17 Men
7 Women
29% Women, 71% Men

Olympus –
10 Men
2 Women
20% Women, 80% Men

Hopefully, these numbers will change across the board.

We asked women of our Official Dear Photographer group to share their thoughts, and the gear they use to create their art.  Below are some of their images! Enjoy.



Danielle Hatcher | Nikon D750  “I shoot families, newborns, and children with my Nikon because #womencan. ” Ndaniellehatcher

Christina Davenport | The industry of landscape photography is much more male-saturated than the portraiture industry.  #womencan & #womendo


Eboni Rivera | Nikon D750  ” As a woman photographer, this cuts to the bone. To feel like a brand that you’ve supported throughout the years with your heard earned money doesn’t reciprocate the support- well that’s disheartening. “NeboniRivera

Jessica DeMers | Nikon D750 #womencan020nikon

Kristy Burell | Nikon D800 “Nikon I am a mama, wife, and a photographer. I can raise babies and run a successful business. #screwnikon #WOMANCAN 09nikonLori Pickens  | Nikon D5  #womencan nloripickens

Monika Colichio |Nikon D750  “Did I mention i switched from Canon? I kick ass with my persistence and passion. You will tell me I can’t I will prove you wrong!


Erin Peck |Nikon  D800 + D750 “all the way. I’ve supported Nikons for years, the least you could do is support women back. #WOMENCAN “0

Jenni Hecht |Nikon D3 “I don’t think they are as involved in the industry as they should be. To them photography is making cameras to make money. They don’t care about us. They care about their product and themselves. They grossly underestimated how this would effect (sp)our community and women in general.” n3.jpg

Brooke Mora | Nikon D3000 “embarrassed by my crop sensor” 07 nikonMeg Dowd | Nikon D600 #womencan 18nikon

Erika Vianey Avila Hernandez | Nikon D750  “#womencan, Literally.”21728802_10159367155765230_2994410864953445063_oKatie Simon | Nikon D90 “Yeah, I still shoot with my D90, almost ten years later…I love her…” nikon888Yaffa Koff | Nikon D750 #womencan 21728681_1483950948338394_2184879549184043451_oNicole Speer | I’m a woman who bought my Nikon D700, D800, and D810 ALL ON MY OWN! Crazy. I know!!!!! #screwnikon #womencannNicole speer

Lindsey Porter | Nikon D610  #womencan NlindseyPorter

Lynzi Berg |Nikon D750  ” And we multi task. Self-portrait of the birth of my fourth son. #womencan do freaking anything .”
nlindzibergMagda Cichoka | D5100

“Sometimes I think that men are scared of our strength. We can go through the deepest and hardest sh*t with a smile on a face and a child on a shoulder. Taking photos on a way..”023nikon

Anna Deacon | D750 ” Shame on you Nikon.”nikon3

Mandi Johnson | Nikon D610 ” I manage to be a stay-at-home working mom of 3 littles – 5, 3.5, & 2,  a wife to a hubby who travels for work, a double business owner. 1 of which is my photography business where I manage to squeeze in photo sessions in between the cracks of running a busy household. And because I know how to use this camera, I manage to capture newborns, families, children, park adventures, free-lensing at sunset at much much more all while being mom, wife, & business owner! #womencanNmandijohnsonJess Buttermore | Nikon D750 #womencan 024nikon

Alica Keiser | Nikon D750  “picked and not one women, shame on you Nikon Lets show Nikon just how bad ass women are! #womenCAN nAliciaKeiser

Leah Moore | Niko D750  “Sunrise with a warrior of five open heart surgeries.”nLeah Moore

Thais Mapstone | D750 -D810  “I’m so heartbroken over so many things, and then Nikon had to top it off and shit on my pie with their D850 misogyny. #WOMENCAN, Nikon.”


Margaret Albaugh | Nikon D750 021nikonTraci El | Nikon D300 #WomenCan ” we capture all the love” 034nikonJess Buttermore | Nikon D750  #womencan 08nikon

Christina Marie | Nikon D750 #womencan 008nikon

Lindsay Saunders | Nikon D750  “Discouraged, overlooked and tired of not being taken seriously. ” NlindseySaunders

Stormy Solis | Nikon 4s- 750 #womencan nStormysolis

Alicia Moss |Nikon  D750  #womencan 04nikonHeather Koepp | D750 #womencan nikon

Desra Ramey | Nikon D7000 #womencan 11nikon

Jasmine Pickens |Nikon D800 “Who rules the world ?! ….. women.”NJasminPickens

Joy Faith | Nikon D750 “empower our daughters to be bold, take risks, chase dreams, and have a voice.”02nikon

Justyna Nina |Nikon  D610 “Wouldn’t the world be a different place, if there wasn’t women to grow life, raise your children, teach you compassion and strength, grow your garden, hold your hand, and help you chase your dreams.”  #womencan 1nikon

Lauren Grayson | D750 21740932_2017661915135036_4965491088155973931_o.jpgJulie Godbolt |Nikon D750     #WomenCan “Shot by a woman (me) of another amazing woman photographer as a part of The Traveling Dress Collective project  ALSO the dress was handmade by another kickass woman photographer!”Njulieg

Eve Rashid | Nikon D750 “Last I checked I was fully capable… disappointing Nikon…  #womencan women shoot real emotions, connections, and memories, details of life… not just gorgeous landscapes but whatever “neve rashid

Alpana Aras | Nikon D700 Double exposure, still rocking the old beast and ready for an upgrade!n.jpg

Twyla Jones |Nikon D750 “We are better than this!”

01111.jpgDana Whitley | Nikon D7200 “Good thing I have some knowledge of what all those switches and buttons do…. #WOMENCAN” 21nikonClare Elizabeth |Nikon D600 ” As for me, I’ll raise my daughter to believe she breathes fire.” 01 nikonPetra Tomicova |Nikon D800 “Photos from recent family session “20nikon

Liz Degroff |Nikon D750- D7100   ” A handful of self-portraits I took with either  because I can be a mom, a wife, a homemaker, AND a badass photographer.” NlizdegroffSarah Kelley | Nikon D7100 #womencan nSarahKellyAlicia Thwaites | Nikon D610 #womencan 004nikonOlga Levien |Nikon D750  #womencan 06nikon

Karen Dyck |Nikon D750 #ofcoursewecan 00.jpg

Caroline Over | Nikon D750 “Here’s to strong women. May we know them, we may be them, may we raise them.”n4

Becky Maini| Nikon D750 #womencan ” I ‘ve used Nikon since the year I graduated as a dental surgeon 12 years ago. Currently, on my 3rd, a D750 as I launch my photography from a hobby to a business alongside saving teeth, raising twin toddlers and all the other stuff working mothers do. Hell yeah #womencan.”n025nikonKatie Rickard | Nikon D800E 7

Mindy Tingson | Nikon D5100 “Shortly after I started to take my photography more seriously, a friend posted a status on his Facebook begging “housewives of America” to “put the camera down”. And at first I took it personally. Then I realized it was just an invitation to not only show him but also show my daughters that #WOMENCAN take a beautiful, rad photo and cook a mean casserole at the same time if she wanted to. nMindyTingson

Elizabeth Blank | D700 I made this photograph while holding my breath in 8 feet of water as I metered through foggy goggles and changed my settings manually. #womencan D700 (through non-Nikon underwater housing).


Kristen Ryan |Nikon D810 ” #womencan capture the world around us” n.jpgKaren Osdieck | Nikon D750  #womencan nkaren osdieckAnita Perminova | Nikon D750  “I have always shot with a Nikon,”  #whatashocknaniteperminova

Niki Durcan | Nikon  D750 #Womencan


Sarah Wilson | Nikon D4 #womencan d4Alyssa Hollis | Nikon D800 #womencand800

Rachel Mcgowan | Nikon D800 #womencannRchel mcwogan

Melissa Post |Nikon D810 ” I spent 3 years of my life being put down in many ways by men. Not having a single woman is a HUGE put-down, Nikon. ”  #getyourshittogether#womenCAN002nikon

Jennifer Hammer | Nikon D610 #womencan 5

Bridget Palmer | Nikon D90 – D600 “I am a capable shooter with a D90 and a D600. I’m certain I can handle the newest model from those morons at Nikon.”  #screwnikon #WOMENCAN


Natalie Thomas | Nikon D610  “My face as that one article circulates. Nikon. Come on. ”

Katherine Mcpherson |Nikon D7000 “Nikon, Our girls deserve so much better than this! ”  #womencan
n Jennifer Haley | Nikon D610  “Full Frame with a woman behind the viewfinder. ”


Kimberley Kroupa | Nikon D610 “Been shooting Nikon since ’98 as a hobbyist.”


Erin Kay | Nikon D800 ” proud MOMtographer here. It is my responsibility and pleasure, as this capable young lady’s mother, to teach her that #WOMENCAN. But I, and every other mother, need help from the rest of the world too. We need change. Our youth is depending on us for a better future.” nikon999

Leilani Rodgers | Nikon D4 “I have been shooting Nikon exclusively for 10 years.”n.jpg

Alys Davidson | Nikon D810 “a mother of two incredible humans, and full-time photographer and photographic artist, gallery owner, and a trustee, multitasking machine busting my lady parts to live sustainable while doing what I love .. while your over there busy being a son of peach with your shitty attempt to make women seem less than capable. ” #wOMANCAN #screwyounikon07nikonRebecca Waldock  | Nikon D810

“Dear Nikon,

I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.


And I was in the market for a D5 or an 850.

4 strong, confident young ladies. Shot with a d810.”

nikon1Sandy Fales | Nikon 750 #womencan nsansyfales.jpgErin Mufford |Nikon D750  I don’t own lip gloss, I barely require a bra, and my cooking is passable at best. Good thing my worth is not defined by what a woman is “supposed” to be.  #WOMENCAN nerinmufford

Chris Tine | Nikon D750  “And of course I just bought a new Nikon body…..” 19nikon

Dandra Budd | Nikon D810 “Screw that Nikon! by a woman who embraces badass.”01112.jpg

Ashli Moon |Nikon D750 #womencan 12nikon

Amanda Patrick | D750 “Shame on you Nikon”08.jpgBeth Farnsworth | Nikon D600 #womencan nBeth fasworth

Sarah Moroce | Nikon D750  #womencan 038nikon

Cheri Dempkowski | Nikon D750 #womencan 027nikon

Jenn Russell | Nikon D750  “My husband even lets me drive sometimes to places where I can press buttons .” 003nikon

Elise Meader | D750  01

Sarah Gupta |NikonD750  ” A self-portrait of a wife, mother, scientist, artist, business owner, and badass photographer!”



Angie Klaus | Nikon D750 “I tell stories of powerful women. ”  #womencan DSC_0881.jpg

Jen Bilodeau | Nikon D750 “One of the amazing things about women is the way we come together in the face of adversity…..we each bring our voice and our passion, collectively creating a force that is unstoppable. #womencan

21682386_10213807247006129_1272845636_o.jpgLaure Aziz |Nikon  D600 “Oh these? Just some photos I managed to take while also having boobs and a vagina!” 15nikon

Mallory Gorham | Nikon 7200 “my passion is showing this male-centric world
just how much and how well #womencan. because, ”


Lee Harrison Pettigrew | Nikon D7100 #womencan 13nikonAbby Kenan | Nikon D750, Self Portraitn2.jpg

Sarah Whiting | Nikon D750  “My kind, caring, strong, independent little girl. I’m working hard to teach her that women can.

NIKON99999Amy Rushbrook | Nikon D810 I pushed a button on my friend’s Nikon for this personal project like the badass AF woman I am. #womencanNAmyrushbrook

Chloe Ramirez |  Nikon D800            “self-portrait” NChloeRamirez

Jenny Diaz |NikonD750  “I managed to photograph this session all while having a baby attached to me as I do with many of my sessions because #womencan.”n.jpg

Brianna Waltman  | Nikon D750 “I am baffled by this low blow made by Nikon.” nikon0111111

Nicole Caradonna  | Nikon D750 Wait, #womencan grow and sustain human life AND work a camera?! Who knew.nnicolecaradonna

Kris Kelley | Nikon D750 #womencan nkriskelly

Brittany Blake | Nikon D750 “see the world in beautiful ways. And women can hold big cameras in their tiny hands.”

d750Deanna Mccasland | Nikon D700-D750 #womenCan nDeanna Mcastland

Brianna Nichole | I see you Nikon…not cool. I ❤️ the crap out of my d750. It’s my 4th baby after the 3 that call me mom. I’ve been so fortunate to learn from some bad ass women in this industry. I would not be the photographer I am with out their influence. #WOMENCAN

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Sarah Begbie | Nikon D700 #womencan 015nikom

Shaina Sullivan | Nikon D90 “It’s incredible of all the talent out there they didn’t choose a single female for Nikons campaign #screwnikon. I wish I could afford a bad boy camera but I’ve been stuck with what I started off with.” 013nikonJess Worrall | Nikon D750 012nikon

Karen Dell |Nikon D750  ” Of course we can.” 007nikon

Camille Camacho | Nikon D810 “My first ever self-portrait & it took all the guts… all the courage… all the bravery… to not only take this but share it.”nikon01Stacey Ebstyne | Nikon D750 “Just photographed this woman yesterday! I use a Nikon d750 and use all Nikon lenses. I have never posted here before but this made me want to be brave and support all woman photogs! #womencan”011nikonAlana Atkins | Nikon d750 “I’m not sure if there are too many women in this post for Nikon? D750” 010nikon

Amy Shaw | Nikon D750. “I’m a mother, a daughter, a wife and a nurse. I balance many things in my life. I raise children and run a business. I have a unique perspective on the world. I am strong and I am capable. #womencann.jpg

Rebecca Tompkins | Nikon D810  But I am also a survivor. I survived 13 years of domestic abuse. Physical, mental, emotional, and sexual. I survived 2 years of stalking and threats and months without my children when I left. I fought. I stood. I persevered. I piece by piece put myself back together. I put my family back together. Put my life back together. Every time I pick up that camera now, I am managing to heal another piece of something that needs to be loved. Every image that is featured, liked, praised and most importantly is pleasing to my eye I feel pride because I did that. I taught myself one button at a time. I am a woman and I can!

Amber Getsinger | Nikon D750  “Proudly raising boys to know that #womencan2

Monthly Self Portrait Project#P52radness

Monthly Self Portrait Project#P52radness

Oh what joy it gives me to be blogging this series again, these submissions are from June. and, even though I haven’t been blogging them the project is still going strong, and I promise to catch up because this project is LIFE. I do not exaggerate when I say that.

My thoughts often circle around how vulnerable women can be, how much it takes to type out the words in our head. To put ourselves out there for all to see, for all to judge, and for all to essentially gawk at. The photographs show only one side of us at a time, and most of us want to scream at the fact that we are more than one photo can share.

& I think that essentially what has drawn me to this project. It has honestly liberated other facets of myself. I look forward to writing more on this in the future + inviting the other ladies in the group to share their words with us.


words by Adri De La Cruz


She comes to presence
in a great wave of grief
that has no bottom.

{water cannot swim}

Feeling the unbearable
weight of womanhood
tearing me open,
revealing my own sorrows.

{a channel of life}

poem by

Mucro Pondera Divinus  Portland, OR









F A C E B O O K  G R O U P 

Dear Photographer feature by Jodi Lynn Photography

Dear Photographer feature by Jodi Lynn Photography





Image CIRCA 2012


Dearest Jodi Lynn,

You truly have a heart of gold and are gifted at seeing families from the outside in and giving them true treasures they will cherish for a lifetime. I hope you always see that inherent beauty in the world and help others see it too. Sometimes you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders and I hope you learn to realize that the sun truly does indeed rise each day. Each day offers you a renewed sense of wonder, hope and possibility. Keep following your heart and stay true to your art and you will always feel that comfort and sense of peace in showing truth, grace and love. It’s okay to be vulnerable at times, to acknowledge bumps in the road, pain, uncertainty; feeling lost and wanting true clarity. The path of an Artist often serves self doubt, and each journey on this road brings you closer to yourself, your own accomplishments and overcoming insecurities. Photography gives you such a tremendous and beautiful platform to express yourself, don’t forget that. Stay true to your goals of showing people the true hope and love in their worlds, for this will be your greatest gift to others. The ability to help others see their own lives as something true and beautiful. And, like all the woman before you and all those after you, that opportunity to illustrate that we are all truly one and connected. That we all have such cherished gifts to offer.



About the Photographer :

Jodi Lynn is a lifestyle family photographer in Northern California who aims to document love and truth. Her love affair with photography bloomed when she began documenting her growing family after the birth of her second son almost 9 years ago. She wanted to capture her own family’s life unfolding…the laughter, the joy, the love, the fear and everything in between. A few years later and after the birth of her daughter and third child, Jodi realized photography was something she felt a calling towards, something that truly felt like home. She left a career in elementary education to focus on this tremendous gift she wanted to share with the world. Jodi Lynn has spent the last four years learning all she can about photography and shooting every chance she can get, her own children being her greatest muses. She challenges herself to grow as an Artist and find the true magic in the families she captures; to showcase those real moments that are uniquely theirs. She aims to provide authentic, emotive, joyful and timeless family heirlooms….capturing her subjects lives as something true and beautiful. Jodi has been featured on Lookslikefilm and Lemonade + Lenses and was a Rangefinder Magazine’s 2016 Portrait Winner as well as a finalist in the Shoot + Share contest in 2016.
My media links….


xo ♥ Jodi


REDEFINE | Maternity Self Portraits feature by Anne Uebersetzig


“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “

Why are you passionate capturing the beauty of maternity?

I believe that being able to help create, grow, and carry human life is precious, sacred even, and something not to be taken for granted. My love for capturing maternity probably stems from my own personal experiences with dealing with some infertility with trying to get pregnant with my second child, as well as having a miscarriage earlier this year. With each pregnancy I have been blessed to have has made me more appreciative of the amazing pregnant body, instead of less. And even though it feels long and hard when you are in it, I like to savor and embrace this time during pregnancy, and self portraiture helps me do that. It’s fun to see the belly grow in a different way.

What do you love about self portraits?

Self portraiture is a chance for me to play and be creative, as well as escape from the monotony of motherhood. It also gives me a chance to experiment with different kinds of light and camera techniques. The best part about taking self portraits, if none of the photos turn out the way you want, that’s okay! You don’t have to show anyone! There are no client expectations, and you can try again another day. Sure it’s disappointing when the portraits don’t turn out, but I try to focus on enjoying the process and experience of taking self portraits, and not so much on the end results.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique? (aim for at least 5, but any are welcome)

Use a fan for adding additional movement and emotion in the portrait.
To make the lighting dramatic and moody, I prefer to shoot in a room with only one window. This makes the light more directional and you can use that one window in a variety of ways to achieve different looks.
Move! Move your hands, move your tripod, move your body, just remember to move. You might be surprised at the different results you are able to achieve.
Don’t always feel that you have to shoot wide open all the time. My favorite aperture for self portraits is f/4. Shooting wide open is absolutely lovely, but if focus is a struggle for you, (and if your lens is up close to the pregnant belly and want to get all of that beautiful belly in focus), then I would recommend trying to close down your aperture. Sometimes I even shoot at f/7.1. It helps when I’m standing against a wall and exposing for the afternoon sunlight shining on me as well as getting me in focus, a win/win.
One of my favorite things to do when taking a self portrait is to crop out my head, or use my hair over my face to add some mystery and emotion to the portrait. This is great to do when you have no makeup on and don’t feel quite “camera ready”, but I do this even when I have makeup on, I just like it!
Using a tripod and wireless remote helps, but is definitely not necessary. With this picture, I had the camera on my bedroom dresser top, focused by autofocusing on my red sweatpants that I held out over the spot where I would be standing and locked my focus in by switching to manual focus. Then used the 10 second self-timer, pushed the shutter, and stood in place for the shot. One of my favorite maternity self portraits to date, no excuses!
((Insert photo anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-1 ))

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

When I first started taking self portraits about 6 years ago, I was still learning about lighting and my camera, so it was real hard! It took awhile, but through trial and lots of error, I learned what type of light I like, and what type of light I don’t. I learned that right now I prefer to wear neutral clothing for my portraits, instead of my sweatpants (unless I’m being more documentary). I learned that I don’t like being put in a creative box, and try and challenge myself through my portraits each and every time. I’m still learning, and hope I never stop.anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-1anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-2anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-3anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-4anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-5anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-6anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-9

About the photographer

I am a mother to 3 (almost 4) children and married to an architect turned organic dairy farmer where we live and farm in our small town of Lodi, WI. I prefer the simple things in life and am passionate about using my camera to capture the more intimate moments of mamahood. I also enjoy taking self portraits, especially during naptime.



ENLIGHTEN ME | everything Instagram pt.1 – for photographers.

ENLIGHTEN ME | everything Instagram pt.1 – for photographers.
Ceri Herd Photography



We have been a part of the IG community for about 1.5 years. In that short amount of time we have been able to cultivate a little community and grow our account. Instagram is  the King of interaction. If it is frustrating you, you are not alone.


We constantly are having questions about IG, one big question that circles back to us is about growth . Truth is, there are many ways to grow an Instagram account.

  • Buy followers (yuck, yes people do that)
  • Engage like a mad woman/ person (so exhausting)
  • Use hashtags like crazy ( also exhausting)
  • Be patient ( super hard, I know)
sweet rose elise photography
Angie Klaus Photography + films

Another question is regarding WHY’s  of Instagram.  Which will be covered at a later blog post ! Stay tuned!!

Along the course of this IG series we’ll discuss all of this with you. From our favorite hashtags to the best posting times and beyond. Hopefully we can share some new info with you all.

First things first, if you do not have an Instagram account, we highly encourage you to sign on now. By comparison, our posts get much more engagement on Instagram then on Facebook. Check out the difference. IG vs. FB. It is kind of outstanding.

“Sometimes I wonder if Facebook users are just lazier, now you don’t even have to say I love something. Buttons have taken even that away from us. “

If you do have one >


Go ahead and add your location to your IG bio. That little description section at the top of your account.  Can you image being someone who wants to hire you and they cannot locate where you are. We looked at 50 or so photographer accounts and only 5-10% of them had their locations added to their bio. More and more clients are booking photographers via Instagram, since it a huge visual site. Allowing for your portfolio to be the strongest voice.


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If you still look like this ^ when thinking  about starting and IG account. I’d love for you to join out Facebook group (I know, kinda ironic) but Facebook still has some awesome gathering groups. Here you can ask questions!!! INSTAGRAM FOR DUMMIES  . Will be the safe community for those silly questions we all have. No question will be a dumb question.

Erica Montgomery Photography 

So put on your happy face!!

Let’s kick some social media butt! We all know we can definitely have a thriving business with out the internet. So many photographers before us did, but why wouldn’t you want to utilize this free source of marketing.  Instagram can be an incredible place! It can connect you to millions of photographers as well. If you do IG right you can not only receive inquiries, but up your networking game. Feeling like you have a community in this very lonely business can up your happiness score overall as well, that last one may be anecdotal but true.






Adri De La Cruz is the founder and lead photographer at Dear Photographer. She resides in the West suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two crazy kids. She is obsessed with coffee mugs, chocolate of all types, tacos, and dancing. She believes in the authenticity of photography, and she really needs to work on her bio.









BE INSPIRED session feature by Agnes Black


What about this session was most memorable?
Teri, I absolutely adore her. She is like my gran in a younger body! An old and utterly gorgeous soul.

Were there any hurdles?
It was my first session like this so yeah I would say there was quite a few. I was trying to figure it all out you know, lighting posing, getting her in the pose i wanted etc! I just took my time and shot lots, then after the session i made notes of what worked and what didn’t ready for next time! I think what i learnt is that light is everything! Any shot where the light was good, directed or undirected was my favourite.

Your best photographer/session advice?
Light! I have to give myself this advise! light always comes first, forget everything else! look for the light lines, for shadows cast on walls, sunlight patches, anything! and get that model in it! I am so excited to really start pushing my work by sole concentrating on light!

 What gear was used to achieve these?
So i shoot on a 6d and 24mm! However in all honesty i spent a lot of time cropping, so next time I’m going to try one of these sessions with a 50mm.




Hey, Im Agnes! I love shooting weddings, families, alternative fashion and editorial inspired boudoir! I love anything cool and bad ass!




Dear Photographer feature by Coleen Hodges Photography


my very first go with my DSLR (yikes!)

A Letter To My Past Self

Thank you. Yes you. Me, several years ago. I haven’t forgotten you. In fact, I can see you right now, nursing your sweet baby at the computer while reading photography tutorials, with your other baby sleeping by your side. I can see your eyes lighting up as you learn something new. I can see you hoping and dreaming about the future. This was going to be the best gift to give your children, and you were going to learn everything you could possibly learn, to be the best you could possibly be. Thank you for being hungry to learn, I know you didn’t have much extra time.

Thank you for taking the leap. Starting your own business is scary. I mean, who am I, right? And what if I fail? I know you were scared and I know you faced opposition at home. Thank you for doing it anyways. I am home with the kids so much more now, a blessing that I do not take for granted. I make my own schedule and I support my family. You made that possible. I will forever be indebted to you for that.

Thank you for being strong. It wasn’t always easy, was it? Self doubt is an inevitable part of an artistic journey. Thank you for pushing through and for realizing that it’s normal to have doubts. And when doubt came from an external source, thank you for seeing past that…for envisioning the life you wanted to create and for working toward that goal.

Thank you for staying up nights. I promise, I’m getting tons more sleep now, thanks to you. The kids are a bit older now and in school part time, which makes things easier. Thank you for staying up all hours of the night while they slept, to painstakingly pave the road that I now dance on.

Lastly, thank you for being you. It is will much gratitude and many tears that I write this letter, in hopes that you truly realize your worth.

With All My Love,


We as women, mothers, partners, artists….we are often too hard on ourselves. Self love isn’t easy but it’s worth working toward. If you had to write a letter to your past self, what would it say? And in regards to your personal artistic journey, remember, we all started at zero….every last one of us. Not one person what born taking amazing pictures. It takes time and it takes being hungry for it. So give yourself a break and embrace this portion of your journey… I promise, it will take you somewhere better than you expected.

Image #1 ***This was my from my very first series of images on my first DSLR, the good ol’ Canon Rebel. I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 5) and I was determined to capture our joy, even though I barely knew how to operate the camera 🙂 Somehow I managed a self portrait though, thank goodness, because at the time, my husband wasn’t about have professional pictures taken. I do regret not having a professional session done for either pregnancies or births, but I really believe that it was a significant part of my journey be the only one behind the lens. ***


Coleen is a lifestyle photographer based in Phoenix, AZ. She is the mother of two children, ages 3 and 5. She is also one of the co-founders of Spectrum Inspired, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about autism via documentary photography. This year, she has expanded her business to include mentoring and teaching at workshops. She is always looking to document raw, everyday moments and prefers to express herself with emotive imagery. One of her main objectives as a mother and as an artist is to show her children that beauty can be found everywhere, and she takes them adventuring every chance she gets. Like so many others, documenting the lives of her children has opened up a whole new world and has set the stage for a life she’d always dreamed about.