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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This week, we talk about fear and happiness. Also, Blacklight is officially one year old! Happy Birthday, Blacklight!
AD is skeptical about the Enneagram, but we talk about what it is and how it impacts our lives. Is it the millennial version of the horoscope? Who's to say?
What do Roommates and 2nd Shooters have in common?
Let's talk about independence! What are your fondest memories of July 4th? Also, what does it mean to work independently?
AD and Levi discuss the meanest things they've done to people over the last few weeks.
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.
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?
AD and Levi talk about a moral dilemma that occurs in photography.
This week, Levi released an e-book called Growth (https://www.whiteinrevery.com/growth-book) 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!!!
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.
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.