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The Importance of Principles Over Formulas

This is something I've talked about many times in my books and workshops, yet it bears repeating often—we are all susceptible to short term tactics over long term strategies. Who doesn't like the rush of immediate success? I sure do. Yet formulas often leave us without a good "why," whereas a deep understanding of the principles lets us evaluate decisions…

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The Benefits of Creative Constraints

I was recently asked how my approach to photography has changed throughout my 14-year career. And without a doubt, the biggest change has been my embracing of a more “minimalist” approach. It’s driven by my desire to use creative constraints to become more focused and creative. Adopting the “less, but better” mindset instead of the “more is better” meme which…

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Don’t Just Look, See

“Often, we assume that a familiar situation will be but a repeat performance of a similar situation we’ve experienced before. But, in the strictest sense, there are no repeat performances. Every situation is unique, and we must be alert to its uniqueness. The phrase “to pay attention” is telling. It reminds us that attention costs something. Attention demands an active,…

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