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Summary: Denver Photographers Levi Tijerina and Adonye Jaja give their take on photography, race, culture, life, and art. With special guests from both Colorado and beyond, this podcast is dedicated to talking about the things that are hidden and to expose the hidden thoughts, mindsets, and realities around the things we encounter within the wedding industry...for better or worse.

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 What should our response to COVID-19 be? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2340

This week, Levi and AD talk about the coronavirus, COVID-19, and what our response to that should be.

 Who do you Shoot? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2664

This week, we talk about our Cereal Shack and the idea of who do you shoot and document on a wedding day.

 The Plantation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3083

In our kickoff of Season 2, in honor of Black History month, we talk about the racial politics of weddings, particularly tied into Plantations in the South.

 51. Rangefinder Magazine & 30 Rising Stars (With Jacqueline Tobin) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3073

This week we have the Editor in Chief of Rangefinder Magazine, Jacqueline Tobin on to discuss all things the magazine. She'll give us a look behind the scenes of the 30 Rising Stars competition, and share her response the culture around wedding photo awards.  Happy New Year Folks! 

 50. Award Culture (with Sam Hurd) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3962

This week we talk with Sam Hurd about Award Culture within the wedding industry. Sam recently made a facebook post that took on a lot of heat for his critique of award culture within the wedding photographer realm. This week, we talk with him about what he thinks needs to be changed in the wedding industry.

 49. Spooky Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3340

AD and Levi discuss the scary things that happen inside of photography. What is the role that we place on danger and incorporating dangerous situations for our clients?

 48. The Season of Booking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3492

As we move into the booking season, we talk about the things that surround that time of the year.

 47. New Things + Camera Talk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3080

Levi and AD catch people up on what they've been working on plus have their first session of Camera Talk.

 46. Changing your Mindset (with Rachel Havel) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4036

Today we talk with Rachel Havel, a photographer from Colorado Springs, about mindset, focus, and what it takes to continue to run a creative business that stands out. She has put in the time, energy, and work to get noticed and hear about her journey as a photographer to start (and continue!) shooting work she loves.

 45. Redefining Success (with Benj Haisch) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3416

This week we talk with photographer Benj Haisch about what success means, what it takes to stand out, and we also learn a lot about quicksand! You can see more of Benj's work at:

 44. One for the Meal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3037

This week, we talk about our favorite foods and when that has gone horribly wrong at weddings.

 43. Anxiety, Advertising, and Sales | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3184

This week, we talk about some things that give us anxiety, the need for advertising (or at least, brand awareness) and then some thoughts on how to actually close in a sale.

 42. The Story of SmartAlbums (with Daniel Usenko) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2715

Daniel is one of the founders of SmartAlbums—while SmartAlbums is still our absolute favorite software for creating albums, they recently came into a bit of a PR nightmare when they launched SmartAlbums 2019. Daniel discusses this debacle, how they handled it, and also the origins of Pixellu and SmartAlbums. His journey is profound and he has deep insights for so many entrepreneurs today. Also, if you stick around, you'll find a special coupon code ONLY for Blacklight listeners!

 41. When Things Go South | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5077

Levi and AD talk about what you do when things sometimes don't always go according to plan on a wedding day. At the end of the episode, we talk about the recent shootings in El Paso, TX and Gun Reform.

 40. The Affect of Music (Are you too woke for MJ?) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4435

This week, we talk about the impact of music in the way we present our photography and we also talk about wokeness and what it means for our industry and community.


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