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Author: Dylan Kraayenbrink

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Have you hit a brick wall in your creative life? Writers get blocked, photographers get shuttered, podcasters get muted (mentally, that is). Whatever your creative pursuit is, sometimes you get to the point where moving forward or creating your next big thing seems impossible.

On the Live Life Creative Podcast, join me, Dylan, in conversations with both well-known creators and local creatives just like yourself as we talk about their journey in creativity, some of their biggest challenges, and how they overcame those challenges. You’ll come out the other side inspired and equipped to break through your personal brick wall and ready to create your best work.
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I photographed the first 5k to Fight Human Trafficking held at my alma mater Cornerstone University. It was organized by a friend I met there, Katie McNabb (who was also a guest on the show), and a couple of her friends.This was an event to raise funds for their former youth pastor who’s now a missionary in Thailand with an organization that works to free people, mostly young girls, from being trafficked and sold, so I was glad to be a part of it.This is another event where I’ve been trying to learn to take photo and video at the same time, still struggling with getting proper exposure. Another new thing that I tried for this was shooting with two bodies during the race.These were both good experiences, but I want to help you bypass the hard parts with what I learned from this experience. Take a listen and level up!Link to the show notes: http://llcpodcast.dkphoto.xyz/?p=453Follow the show on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/livelifecreativepodcastSubscribe for free on whatever podcast platform you're listening on, and share the show with a friend!Thanks for listening this week,Dylan
Today, I'm breaking down how to photograph an event with three major, and very different, lighting conditions:Indoors, outdoor sunny, and outdoor shade.I definitely made a bunch of mistakes with this event and learned a lot, so I want to help you skip the making mistakes part and go right to the learning part!First though, I need your opinion on something. I started this podcast very broad, covering the whole of creativity as a focus for the show.I realized that’s way too much and I don’t know enough to make that podcast, and so I decided to focus on just photography and that’s where we’ve been at for the past couple episodes.Since It’s just focused on photography now, does the show need a new name?I love “Live Life Creative” as a name and it’s great to put on a hat or a tshirt, but does it fit this podcast anymore?Let me know what you think, send me a message on IG @livelifecreativepodcast or tweet me @dkphotoxyz.Here's the link to the show notes: http://llcpodcast.dkphoto.xyz/index.php/episodes/Thanks for listening again this week,Dylan
LLC021Thoughts about the photographic direction of the podcast? Do I need a new name for the show? Let me know! Send me a DM on Instagram @livelifecreativepodcastThis time around we're talking about photographing a Yelp Grand Rapids event at the New Holland Knickerbocker, another great brewery in Grand Rapids:How do deal with a beautiful natural light scene that fades at sunset, leaving you with less-than-ideal indoor lighting?How should you treat guests at the event, and what can you do to get them to relax around the camera?What should you do when a great photo unfolds in front of you?Plus, I give a short review of the Nikon D750 (only five years too late) and compare it to the Nikon D7000, my first camera.And at the end, I talk about the free, open-source photo editor darktable (the lack of capitalization is their choice, not mine), and whether you want to learn more about using a great free alternative to Lightroom.Thanks for listening to Live Life Creative!DylanFind the show notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes
LLC020This week in adventures with Dylan, we learn some good stuff about shooting in shade white balance and dialing it back in editing, the sweet, sweet goodness of shooting at sunset in a room with giant windows, and maneuvering around terrible backgrounds.I'm glad to see you've stuck around with the photography stuff, and you'll learn more about improving your own photo game with this episode as well.Let me know your thoughts on Instagram, DM me @livelifecreativepodcastShow notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyzSupport the show on Patreon for any amount: https://www.patreon.com/livelifecreativepodcastCheers,Dylan
LLC019Welcome to the second episode of the photo-centric direction of the podcast, hope you're liking it so far.If you've got an opinion on the evolution, let me know:You can send me a DM on Instagram @livelifecreativepodcast or an email through the website, http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyzThis episode I'm talking what I learned by photographing an event at the Green Well, a tasty restaurant here in Grand Rapids, MI.Mostly it was a lesson in combining flash with the limited ambient light, plus a bit about snagging photos of event attendees who are nervous around a photographer.Enjoy,Dylan
LLC018I've enjoyed creating this podcast up to this point, but I underestimated the time commitment it would require and take away from my other projects in the works.I've spent time retooling the idea of the show and what topic I want to pursue, and I've decided to veer towards photography.I hope you enjoy going on this journey with me. To set up future episodes, I wanted to touch on what's in my camera bag to give you context for my experiences and better enable you to apply those lessons to your own photography.Find the list in the show notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyzSharing the podcast with a friend is the number one way to help grow the podcast. Tell them to listen and help them get set up with a podcast app if they don't already listen to podcasts.You can follow along on Instagram, @livelifecreativepodcastThanks,Dylan
LLC017This is the point in the podcast where I question whether it's useful to you or not. Should it be killed off?Also head's up, it sounds WAY different than it usually does.
LLC016 with Cameron WhitmanThis is the second of a two part conversation I had with Cameron Whitman, so if you'd like to hear the first part, go back two episodes and you'll find it there.One building block for success that Cameron emphasizes is finding ways to build multiple streams of income with your creative skill.We're jumping straight into the story of how Cameron and his wife started their food blog Our Salty Kitchen (hint: blogging isn't easy), how his stock photography lands him client jobs, and how he can turn client jobs into stock photos, again, building multiple streams of income.We also talk about times where he's gone down in the dumps with his creativity, and his advice for you on getting out of that kind of dark place.And in honor of his podcast Cameras or Whatever, we also do picks of the week!---Support the podcast on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/livelifecreativepodcast---Cameron's links:Website: https://oursaltykitchen.com/Website: http://www.cameronwhitman.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/camrockerInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kammerun/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camalog/Photo credit for episode artwork: Margaret https://www.instagram.com/m_five/ Show links:Show notes: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livelifecreativepodcast/
LLC015This is an episode that maybe I should have created closer to the beginning of the podcast, to really lay out the core values of what the show is about, so that anybody new to Live Life Creative would understand what it means and how it’s going to help them.But I think I needed a little bit of time to figure out exactly what it is for myself first. I dived into creating this podcast head first, and I didn’t have all the answers then. For that matter, I still haven’t figured out all the answers, I just have a little clearer idea of what some of them are now.I know my ideas aren’t going to get better without help from you and other people listening. So, if you hear something you think is nuts or way off base, the show needs your feedback to refine these core values.Send me a DM on Instagram, @livelifecreativepodcast, or the contact form on the website, livelifecreativepodcast.xyz.----------------------------------------------------------------Become a Co-Creator on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/livelifecreativepodcast WEB: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livelifecreativepodcastFind the show notes for this episode at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodesYou can help the podcast by leaving a rating and review on the podcast app you're using right now, it's much appreciated! And it really does make a difference.You can also bookmark and click the Amazon affiliate link on: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/support Each time you make any purchase through the link, a small percentage of your purchase comes back to the show, at no cost to you.
LLC014 with photographer Cameron WhitmanCameron Whitman is a photographer specializing in food, stock, and event photography. If you’ve ever dismissed stock photography as being hokey and dumb, well, you’re mostly right.But Cameron has a unique and artistic perspective on what stock photography can be. You’ll learn a lot on how something you may think is extremely dull has so much creative potential. So learn not to pre-judge and instead find beauty in everything.Talking with Cameron really shifted my own perspective on looking at the world and the potential of stock photography. An idea he’s talked about in the Cameras or Whatever podcast is that there needs to be stock photography of everything. That includes the joys and tears of life, and that needs to be captured so carefully and beautifully, a big challenge creatively if you’re looking for oneIf you’re into photography, I’d highly recommend the Cameras or Whatever podcast, it’s one of my favorites.Follow me and the podcast on Instagram @livelifecreativepodcastOr search "Live Life Creative Podcast" on Facebook as well.Cameron's links:Website: cameronwhitman.comInstagram: @kammerun and @camalog (film shots only)Twitter: @camrockerAs a note, Cameron's opinions are his own, and do not reflect the feelings or perspectives of Stocksy United.Remember to rate and review the podcast on whatever podcast app you're using!And tell a creative friend that they need to listen to it as well. Get them set up with a podcast app because not everyone knows what a podcast is or how to get them.
LLC013 with freelance graphic designer Katie McNabbIf you're considering whether you should go freelance, what do you need to consider first?Katie took the leap, and she shares the successes, the doubt, struggle, and the highlights of working for yourself!I really enjoyed sitting down with her in person for a great interview on freelancing, creativity, graphic design, and inspiration for your own work.K A T I E:IG: https://www.instagram.com/katiemakesllcWebsite: https://katiemakes.co/Photo in episode artwork by Libby Grotenhuis:IG: https://www.instagram.com/libby.g.photography---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Before we jump into that, you can connect with me personally on Instagram, follow @livelifecreativepodcast, or find "Live Life Creative Podcast" on Facebook as well.We just hit 800 total downloads from all the episodes! Thanks for listening along and sharing it with your friends.Find the show notes for this episode at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodesYou can help the podcast by leaving a rating and review on the podcast app you're using right now, it's much appreciated! And it really does make a difference.Support the podcast by becoming a Co-Creator on Patreon! Help reach the goal of $20 donated per month and put the podcast on a less-restricted episode hosting plan: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/supportYou can also bookmark and click the Amazon affiliate link on the support page. Each time you make any purchase through the link, a small percentage of your purchase comes back to the show, at no cost to you.
LLC012 I have a problem with saying yes and trying new things. I don’t do it nearly enough, usually because of a fear of failure and a lack of confidence in myself. But it’s also not wise to say yes to absolutely everything. So where do you draw the line? That's what we'll cover on today's episode, so add it to your playlist and turn it up! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Before we jump into that, you can connect with me personally on Instagram, follow @livelifecreativepodcast, or find Live Life Creative Podcast on Facebook as well. I also wanted to share some good news with you, we just hit 700 total downloads from all the episodes! Thanks for listening along and sharing it with your friends. Find the show notes for this episode at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes Support the podcast by becoming a Co-Creator on Patreon! Help reach the goal of $20 donated per month and put the podcast on a less-restricted episode hosting plan: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/support
LLC011 How do you get inspired from other types of creative fields that are similar to, but not exactly the same as, your own? Devin shares some tips from his own life where he gets inspired in today's conversation, along with a whole lot more. This is part 2 of my conversation with Devin, and if you haven't listened to part 1 (LLC009) then it's best to go back and listen to that first, because we jump right into the middle of our talk on this episode. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Before we jump into that, you can connect with me personally on Instagram, follow @livelifecreativepodcast, or find Live Life Creative Podcast on Facebook as well. I also wanted to share some good news with you, we just hit 700 total downloads from all the episodes! Thanks for listening along and sharing it with your friends. Find the show notes for this episode at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes Support the podcast by becoming a Co-Creator on Patreon! Help reach the goal of $20 donated per month and put the podcast on a less-restricted episode hosting plan: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/support
LLC010 Creativity isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Creativity is hard, sometimes creativity is just plain uncomfortable. Sometimes it means unpleasant feedback, sometimes it means working with or meeting other people when you’d rather be home alone, or having to be vulnerable by putting your work out to be judged. There are some seriously un-fun parts to being creative at times. Is that really bad for you though? -------------------------------------------------------- You can connect with me personally on Instagram, follow @livelifecreativepodcast, or find Live Life Creative Podcast on Facebook as well. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livelifecreativepodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livelifecreativepodcast I also wanted to share some good news with you, we just hit 600 total downloads from all the episodes! Thanks for listening along and sharing it with your friends. Find the show notes for this episode at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes Support the podcast by becoming a Co-Creator on Patreon! Help reach the goal of $20 donated per month and put the podcast on a less-restricted episode hosting plan: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/support
LLC009 Devin: “I shot a wedding once where the bride hated her hair so bad that she literally had scissors in her hand, was about to cut her hair before her ceremony, and I had to in there and talk this girl off a ledge because I want them to know it’s not nearly as bad as you think it is.” I’m talking to Devin Robinson of Anchor & Veil Photography from Charlotte, North Carolina, he and his wife have an awesome wedding photography business. I found him through another interview on the Photography Together podcast, I started listening to Devin’s Anchored Business podcast, and following his just really amazing images on Instagram, I love what he does. Devin really delivers the goods on this interview, we talk about how you can rise above the competition by being unique, the most important principle you NEED to have in your business, and this super crazy bug problem shows up right in the middle of the interview, it’s insane to listen to. We talked for so long that I split our interview into two parts, so part 1 is right now and part 2 will release in the next interview episode, episode 11. Before we jump into that, you can connect with me personally on Instagram, follow @livelifecreativepodcast, or find Live Life Creative Podcast on Facebook as well. I also wanted to share some good news with you, we just hit 600 total downloads from all the episodes! Thanks for listening along and sharing it with your friends. Find the show notes for this episode at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes Support the podcast by becoming a Co-Creator on Patreon! Help reach the goal of $20 donated per month and put the podcast on a less-restricted episode hosting plan: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/support
LLC008 What are you afraid of in your creative pursuits? Other people’s judgment? Not living up to your own standards? Of not being better now than you were six months ago, or even worse? Let's talk some tips to overcome fear in your creativity, and get back to living creative again. -------------------------------------- If you enjoyed this show, click here to rate and review it on iTunes! Every star counts! http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/review Remember to share this episode with a friend who you want to help become a better creator. Find the show notes and resources mentioned in the episode: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes You can also email and send audio feedback to: livelifecreativepodcast@gmail.com Remember to subscribe and don't miss out! Right here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/subscribe
LLC007 I got to know Isaac Weaver a bit through a radio conference, and just talking with him got me excited about making cool stuff again. When I launched the podcast, I knew he'd have a well-thought-out perspective on creativity and crushing the block that stands in your way. Isaac is a podcast host and producer on two shows by Real FM, "Real Talk" and "Weekend Ketchup". He's an incredibly encouraging and uplifting person to talk to, and had some great things to say about working in groups creatively to achieve goals, what it's like to work in modern radio and the new relationship between services like Spotify and Apple Music and curated music experiences like Real FM. Find the links to everything we discuss here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/2018/11/12/llc007-take-a-break-then-hustle-again-with-isaac-weaver -------------------------------------- If you enjoyed this show, click here to rate and review it on iTunes! Every star counts! http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/review Remember to share this episode with a friend who you want to help become a better creator. Find the show notes and resources mentioned in the episode: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes You can also email and send audio feedback to: livelifecreativepodcast@gmail.com Remember to subscribe and don't miss out! Right here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/subscribe
LLC006 You know how exciting it is to start something new? It’s a lot less exciting to keep it going once the novelty is gone. I’ve learned a couple lessons from that myself, whether to keep it going or to wisely end it, and I want to share them with you. -------------------------------------- If you enjoyed this show, click here to rate and review it on iTunes! Every star counts! http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/review Remember to share this episode with a friend who you want to help become a better creator. Find the show notes and resources mentioned in the episode: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes You can also email and send audio feedback to: livelifecreativepodcast@gmail.com Remember to subscribe and don't miss out! Right here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/subscribe
LLC005 with author Phil Ayres Phil Ayres is a pastor, author, website builder, self-taught marketer, musician and song writer! He wasn't all of these things all at the same time, but he's spent most of his life pursuing creative ventures professionally and personally. I've gotten to know him over the past several years and I knew he'd be a great interview for this show from the beginning. Queue up the episode in your playlist and get ready to hear about creativity from one of the most thoughtful and funny people I could hope to know. Phil's website: http://philayres.me -------------------------------------- If you enjoyed this show, click here to rate and review it on iTunes! Every star counts! http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/review Remember to share this episode with a friend who you want to help become a better creator. Find the resources mentioned in the episode: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes You can also email and send audio feedback to: livelifecreativepodcast@gmail.com Remember to subscribe and don't miss out! Right here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/subscribe
LLC004 How did your first accomplishments in your creative field encourage you to keep going? You can take that feeling and use it now to break out of your creative rut What you'll learn: -Look for the small wins and use that as fuel to create even more -Save those signs of progress on your computer or even print them out to let them remind you of how far you've come -Go back to those wins when you're stuck and discouraged from making anything at all Let's dive into this topic together on a one-on-one episode created to help you break through your creative barriers and Live Life Creative. Follow the show on Instagram @livelifecreativepodcast Find the show notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes Like this show? Please leave us a review here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/review - just a quick shout on how the podcast has helped you helps grow the creative community! Remember to subscribe and don't miss out! Right here: http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/subscribe You can also email and send audio feedback to: livelifecreativepodcast@gmail.com
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