Tracey Clark is a photographer, author, creative collaborator, and mother of two delightful daughters. Founder of Shutter Sisters and co-founder of Our Collective, Tracey uses her photography as a practice to Elevate the Everyday (as the title of her latest book suggests) and believes that perspective—and love—changes everything.
The truest parts of Henry start with hitting rock bottom, jail, rehab and finding love—all gifts—bringing him closer to whole. Founder of Camera Men, co-founder of Our Collective and trusted ally and adviser to Hopeful World. He believes in the power of authenticity and transparency found in those precious split seconds that only capturing light can bring.
Myriam believes in the magic of an ancient soup, the enduring beauty of family and the conviction that when we choose love, we enter into true hope and joy. An emerging painter, a seasoned feast maker and tender of souls, Myriam creates spaces where people can experience a profound sense of welcome and warmth.
Meredith Winn is a freelance writer and photographer. She lives off-grid in a yurt with her partner and a trio of boys in the western Maine foothills. Meredith is an editor for Taproot Magazine and co-founder of Now You Workshops. She weaves stories from truth and optical illusions from images.
Stephen calls the North Country home and lives happily with his true love and flock of children in a trio of solar powered yurts. When not teaching art he can be found painting, making music, perusing the art of old time tin type photography and enjoying the wonders of the natural world. He is a contributor to Taproot Magazine, the Camera Men, and Our Collective. His artwork shows around New England. You can find him online as artfarmer.
Jen Lemen loves the illumination that comes from a well told story and a love filled frame. Mentor, advisor, storyteller, guide, Jen believes that power lies in the shadows and every other dark and beautiful place we seldom tread. She is the co-founder of Hopeful World, a tribe of guides and teachers committed to social change through online learning, strategic mentorship and transformational research.
Bishop is a quiet, contemplative soul surrounded by boisterous extroverts. He uses photography as a way to enter into the stillness he craves. His camera (or iPhone) is simply his tool of choice for capturing the beauty his mind sees and translating it for others to enjoy.
Ria was raised in an unconventional family of accidental nonconformists, idealists, and rebels for causes. Deep within her veins runs the knowing that each of us can soar when we are supported by radical acceptance and love. As a co-founder, Ria imbues Hopeful World with her vision of belonging that can hold both dark and light without judgment.
Long ago, Michael practiced law. When his soul shriveled into a tiny grey mass, he backpacked through Asia; contracted Dengue Fever; trekked the Himalayas; hitchhiked to the Arctic; summited Andean volcanoes; communed with Galapagos sea lions; and ran a French château B&B. Now he occasionally takes pictures. And writes.
Susan is a Maine digital SLR photographer and iPhoneographer, author, and online instructor. Her iPhoneography has won many awards and been exhibited internationally in London, New York City and Paris. Susan proudly serves as Technical Advisor for Somerset Digital Studio magazine.
Xanthe is a photographer & film maker living in London, Filling her frame with bright colours, movement, sunshine and smiles; her work centers around family life and adventures. A wide variety of projects keeps her busy; from guiding and inspiring others, through her online courses, to her own brand of relaxed session reportage.
Rachael Maddox is a poet, life coach and alchemist, specializing in 17 day rituals with clients that are a fiery and fast force for change. She lives in Portland, OR where she dances daily and spends plenty of time at the river, balancing out all the spark. Her favorite magics include: sharing, curiosity, soft skin & silk, and nerdy engineers who say yes to big ideas.
Explorer and storyteller, Daniel Fox uses his narrative to inspire the public to reconnect with the wilderness. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes poetic, his stories, his photos and his videos capture the viewers through all their senses, leaving them sifting through their memories and remembering their own moments when they felt connected. He writes about conservation, exploration and about the complexity of Man’s relationship with nature. He's the photographer behind The Wild Image Project which he describes as an ongoing narrative that focuses on highlighting the true essence of nature and its teachings.
Eric Mahieu is a big fan of contradictions and attempting to live one. Automating everything as a techno-enthusiast, while doing things naturally manually. Embracing the brand-new, while respecting the old. A freelance digital keyboard worker who loves to "make stuff" with his bare hands. Tries to prove that vision doesn't lie in tools, only those who use them.
Jolanda Boekhout is a lover of animals, and an animal photographer. She’s a fan of shooting with her vintage Polaroid SX-70. She documents her everyday life, and that of her cats, with her iPhone. She loves to restore old things and re-use them. She’s dreaming of escaping into the country.
Rob van Duijn learned to observe people the hard way, learned to love people the heart way, learned to photograph all he loves; nature, people and their doings, loves to contemplate in the silent of nature, to celebrate in the vividness of cities, always with a camera, with an open mind, an open eye.
Jill considers herself a pretty simple girl. She lives in the Midwest with her family and daydreams about moving to the west coast at some point in her life. All things summer are her favorite; dinner on a patio, chasing her children at the beach, flip flops, outdoor concerts, walks, fireworks and margaritas, to name a few. Her day job is raising her 4 ridiculously awesome kids and her part time job is documenting the lives of others.
Charlie is one of two sons, a brother, a father to three, and a husband to an amazing woman that he’s in love with. He has been many things: economist, dietician, athletic trainer, nurse, veterinarian, gardener, landscape architect, carpenter, captain of industry, inventor, writer, photographer, enthusiastic dancer...but he is most proud to be called "daddy." Charlie spends his time in the Seacoast of New Hampshire and is inspired by everyday obvious and fleeting moments that become the tapestry of memory.
Nikki Gardner lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband, sons, and cat. She writes stories and makes photographs by day and dreams about being a superhero by night. Read more about Nikki’s everyday adventures at Art & Lemons, the place where art and life intersect.
Jeff Simpson has had a camera in his hands since he was fifteen. He skipped every class in school except photography. He eats, sleeps, and breathes black and white. Jeff now solely shoots with his iPhone and loves being part of the global mobile photography movement as artist and teacher.
Daniela Bowker started taking photos when she was five and writing before that. After studying ancient history and then training as a teacher, she realized that what she really wanted to do was write. So now that's what she does. Her almost-daily commentary on the photography world is found at Photocritic and at Photocritic Photography School. Her books are Social Photography (May 2014) and Surreal Photography. She has a raucous laugh, a mild shoe obsession, and a bicycle called Elspeth.
Jeri Taira is a total introvert and completely bubbly. God's daughter, homemaker, dreamer, memory keeper, writer, photographer, encourager, and imperfectly perfect. She’s married to her best friend, is mother to two adult sons, and is also a Yaya. Her bully-retriever Shadow is always at her side.
Viktor Svärm is Your Anyone. Freelance sound designer and music producer. Working on a daily basis with network video and camera technologies. Bachelor studies in computer silence with a focus on interactive sound design. A big heart for music and photography and loves to combine them. Based in Malmö Sweden.
Vanessa is a chaser of light and a catcher of moments. Her work (DSLR, mobile & film photography) has been featured in the Reno Gazette Journal, the Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine, Reno-Tahoe Guestbook, and Mabel Magazine. Vanessa is the owner of Focus In Photography and she contributes regularly to the photography blogs Mortal Muses and The Hours. She loves photographing the people, places, and events of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Erin Dobosiewicz uses her digital cameras as a means of documenting the fleeting moments, feelings, and people that cross her path. Along with capturing portraits for her clients she also commits herself to making fine art images that express emotive and powerful content. She lives with her daughter and husband in the Chicago’s Midwest, where inspiration is never hard to find. You can see what her vision looks like at dobosiewiczfineart.com.
Keri Friedman is a photographer living and keeping it weird in Portland, Oregon. The selection of photos above is from a long-running series entitled Portland Vignettes. By day Keri is the Director of Marketing for Lensbaby, one of the most creative photographic companies around. You'll often find her exploring and photographing abandoned places and capturing small moments while wandering Portland’s nooks and crannies. Sometimes she brings dinosaurs.
Chris is a member of the introvert Avengers, comprised of photographers and writers with serious cases of ADD, bleeding hearts, avoiding eye contact everywhere and a fear of just about everyone. When not pursuing beauty in the shadows, he can be found with his head in the clouds, or buried in a cup of coffee. Don't worry, he won’t forget to drink his water too.
Cinnamon Rose is a flawed but loving human being trying to reach her highest, most conscious potential self. She suspects it will take the rest of her life. In the meantime, she mamas two sweet little kiddos, supports her biggest supporter, her husband, and takes photos with her iPhone to procrastinate her duties as the chief domestic engineer. Her current project on Instagram is reframing the way she interprets the everyday, both literally and figuratively.
Debbie Ealer is a long time seeker of light and artist of words. She enjoys capturing life in small doses with her camera. When she isn't shooting you will find her writing short stories. She enjoys telling life's story through her lens and pen. She is an all around artist who loves the light and seeks it, loves to write and uses both mediums to share her story.
Beth Pastore is a dreamer and seeker of beauty. The process of Photography for her (as a way of seeing and connecting with herself and her world) has been and continues to be a profound and healing experience. The writings of poet and philosopher, John O'Donohue has influenced the way she sees and creates images. His reminder of the power of beauty speaks deeply to my experience of life. "We can hold out in very bleak places if we are in touch with the presence of beauty."
Robert X. Jones is a wildlife biologist during the day and a freelance photographer and writer at night—he naps in the afternoon. Robert’s work has appeared in books, print magazines, and online publications. He lives and works in northern California and is married to his best friend.
Lee-Ann Epp Duek has had a life-long love of all things that can be created, re-purposed or re-organized . She is a photographer by profession, capturing families, nature and of course her beautiful four children. Recognizing that everyone has a fascinating story, justifies Lee-Ann's inability to do 'small talk'. Living in Canada along Lake Erie, fuels her love of the water, and if she sits listening to the waves long enough, she usually gets her answers.
Chelsea Chamness is a wedding and family photographer who enjoys capturing the little moments of her own daily life. To her there is nothing more satisfying than capturing a fleeting moment that can live on forever in a photo. She also loves to seek out beauty in unexpected, otherwise ordinary places. Chelsea lives with her husband in Dana Point, where they spend days at the beach and play with their cat.
Sherry Bowman is a native Texan who is trying to rediscover her creative life while juggling the responsibilities of home, family, and raising teenagers, including all the challenges and joys that go with it.
Nina Greenblatt is a doctor/artist/mama who loves light, color, form, texture, tone and the tender moment. She pursues authenticity throughout her life, whether tinting a digital snapshot using Instagram, or helping her sons become their truest selves (as long as they still empty the dishwasher at least twice a week). She has been a photographer, a triathlete, a collagist, a quiltmaker, and a writer. A Brooklyn transplant from many years ago, she now lives in Beacon Hill, Seattle with her husband and their two boys.
Dawn Surratt is a freelance photographer and artist. After many life altering changes in the last three years, she is learning how to reclaim her life by living it creatively and filled with love, light and quiet spaces. She holds those spaces with a husband, a daughter, nieces, nephews, friends a dog, a cat, and a lake in rural North Carolina.
Jason Watts is an Orange County, CA based lifestyle and wedding photographer. He loves his family, his Creator and he loves photographing life. Photography is more than just taking pictures to him, it's capturing still moments in a moving world...a tangible record of our experiences. He believes there is nothing more exciting than being a part of people's journeys; to help in documenting a portion of life's most precious moments.
Eddie Booth is a husband, and father of three who is suffering from a rapidly emptying nest. Although he doesn't like to admit it, he's a bit of a geek, and is never content unless he's tinkering and experimenting with one gadget or another. This is especially true in his photography, where his passion is cameras modified to produce near infrared images.
Carolyn Good: Born in Virginia, spent most of life in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver BC, Oregon) raised in a Mennonite home in Southwestern Ontario. BFA from University of Arts ('88) and Small Business Venture Program certificate Conestoga College last year. Home is where the heart is but reconstructing a burned home as a community connection project—her resent Art for Social Purpose initiative. Taking Photos of the burning home, her transformation team spins them into paper beads and wires them into angels to sell in support of the restoration of the house.
Megan Michelle is a loving mother and massive nerd dedicated to a life full of truth, love and laughter. She is passionate about animals, nature, photography and travel. Simple pleasures bring her joy and she is enlivened by creative expression, inspirational mindfulness and personal growth.
Jesse Freidin is an award-winning fine art dog photographer specializing in a unique and emotional style of black and white photography that celebrates the incredible human/animal bond. When he is not working with clients or hiking with his dog, Pancake, Jesse dedicates significant time to supporting animal welfare organizations.
Mary is a 30something living in a tiny Box House with a guitar playing husband, three brilliant, beautiful kids, two dogs that are much better behaved than the kids, and a cat who lives in the bathroom. She reads too much and sleeps too little, and can finally say, at the age of 32, that she loves her life.
Mike Zwiesler is a dedicated product designer in Los Angeles and head of RAD Design Lab. He’s also a design engineer at Hollywood 3D Printing and an engineering mentor with Make LA. A Midwest transplant, he came to Southern California seeking opportunity and adventure. With a versatile skill set and a steadfast work ethic, he has built a solid reputation as a go to problem solver. If he's not hard at work, you'll probably find him on top of a mountain or in the water. Mike isn’t a traditionally trained photographer, but is addicted to adventure and that naturally leads to a camera-in-hand at picture perfect times.
Meg Pinsonneault is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, writer, wild wanderer, board enthusiast, adrenaline junkie, animal lover, punk, nerd, dreamer and believer. But most of all, she’s a storyteller. She has two feature documentaries slated for release in 2016 through her small indie production company, Weird Pixel and is a contributing photographer to Stocksy United. A Pennsylvania girl at heart, Meg loves the California spirit and endless adventure it offers.