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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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 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.

 39. What are you Afraid Of? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3030

This week, we talk about fear and happiness. Also, Blacklight is officially one year old! Happy Birthday, Blacklight!

 38. Enneagram | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3351

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?

 37. Roommates | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3257

What do Roommates and 2nd Shooters have in common?

 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.


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