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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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 36. Independence (as a Country and an Artist) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3255

Let's talk about independence! What are your fondest memories of July 4th? Also, what does it mean to work independently?

 35. The Meanest Thing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3160

AD and Levi discuss the meanest things they've done to people over the last few weeks.

 34. Shooting for People you Know and Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3245

Shooting weddings for people you know is always a unique task. This week, we talk about AD photographing his sister's wedding alongside his brother who has a totally different shooting style! We also talk about commercial work and what it takes to jump into it and why so many photographers are scared to make the plunge.

 33. Website Sulfites | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3831

Does everyone having the same website hinder what we're all doing as photographers? Are websites ultimately like a (cheap or) fine wine, where you the content doesn't matter as much as the brand or label?

 32. A Moral Dilemma | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3746

AD and Levi talk about a moral dilemma that occurs in photography.

 31. The Monarch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2917

This week, Levi released an e-book called Growth ( and AD asks Levi all about the book—what it includes, what it's about, and why he wrote it. Also, stick around for a special discount code only for Blacklight listeners!!!

 30. A Front for the Creative Mafia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3380

AD chats about movies to start, but we quickly talk more about the Mafia and how AD almost got robbed. We also talk about gentrification and the way that money, race, and cities change the physical landscape of the way we experience the world.

 29. The Hierarchy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4055

This week, we talk about the hierarchy of weddings, or—who's who if you were to compare wedding (vendors) to a game of Chess. We know it's all fun and games, but this will probably spark at least a bit of controversy. Also, we talk about our faith and the way it relates to our worldview. It might stir the pot a bit, but we don't want to shy away from hard things, so we talk about some things that matter to us and the complexity of living in a very gray world, despite being raised in very black-and-white homes.

 28. Are there Bad Wedding Photographers? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1275

We're putting out a special mini-episode this week and we talk about a lot of stuff! Tune on in!

 27. Gardening, Swing Dancing, and Why They Matter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2909

This week, we talk all about our hobbies—the things we love outside of photography—and how they inform the way we see the world, the way we shoot, and everything in between.

 26. Cinema that Sparks Action | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2657

This week we talk about cinema and art. First, Levi throws shade at superhero movies. Secondly, we talk about the things that instigate change in the realm of art. Is a film enough to inspire you to be different? How should our photography change the way we interact with the world? This week, we talk about it all.

 25. The Security of Happiness (with Kyla Fear) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3683

This week we talk with Kyla Fear, a portrait, boudoir, and wedding photographer in Denver. Kyla shares her journey with photography as well as her approach to boudoir photography. AD also shares his first (and only) experience with boudoir photography. Kyla's journey will inspire you as she shares her personal connection to her art and why she thinks empowerment is a pivotal issue behind photography.

 24. Show Me the Money 101 (With Andrew Baker | Trailhead Event Co) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3839

This week we deep-dive into money and investing with our friend Andrew Baker, who runs Trailhead Event Co. Andrew is like, a space engineer, so you know he's really smart and stuff. He shares his tips on saving money, the basics of investing, and things entrepreneurs should think about when they run their own businesses. DISCLAIMER: Consult a professional about your money, we're just three nuts who talk on a podcast and do different kinds of jobs.

 23. The Colonial Wedding (And why you shouldn't have one) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3761

Let's be honest, we talk about Colonial Weddings. Like, when your wedding is THEMED as a colonial wedding. Yeah...come listen to this episode to find out why that's a bad idea (but spoiler alert, you should probably already know). Also, we talk a lot about elopements in this episode, so get ready to learn about the world of elopements!

 22. The Image Graveyard (with Sachin Khona) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4411

Sachin Khona from Arc talks with us about meditation, creating a conference, and everything in between! Hear about the things that inspire him, what pushes him to be a stronger creative, and hear more about the next iteration of ARC! On another note, this episode is also very sad and talks about Levi and their family dog. Life sucks sometimes.


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