Hello wonderful people,
It's been a month since you've had me in your inbox and I hope you're as excited as I am about it! This month I will be sharing how I made one of my recent cinemagraphs. It's a fairly simple process and you'll only need a few apps and your mobile phone, tablet, or simply press play, sit back and enjoy the show. No pressure!
What have I been up to? I hosted two labs for Chicago Ideas Week, met Tim Cook of Apple, inked some exciting future projects, and finalized SWOPES, LLC! It's crazy... I am an official business owner!!! Wow.
Right at the beginning of the month, my good friend Jason Peterson hosted a photowalk for the new Adidas flagship store in Wicker Park. It got rained out but did that stop us? Nah. We had mother nature on our side. We were blessed with a double rainbow, sweet raindrop overlays and multiple sunsets in one night. A few weeks later Open House Chicago, a behind-the-scenes access of more than 200 buildings, was happening and I asked my super friend Dennis to come along. Dennis also happens to be my artist feature this month. I'll be sharing a few of his shots from the Adidas photowalk and our Open House Chicago explorations. His photos are crazy.
For Chicago Ideas Week, I hosted two separate labs about how I got to where I am professionally and mobile editing with teens and another with adults. I managed to get free access and usage of the classroom at 360 Chicago, 94 floors up at the Hancock building with a fantastic 360 view of Chicago. We had a perfect time to go up because there were these amazing shadows being casted on the lake. The attendee reviews came back with such great things to say. If you're reading this and you attended, thank you!
Nike had a really great October in Chicago with their NBAxNike pop up, I made a super sick designed jersey, and honestly mine turned out super dope. I also got invited to an exclusive Nike Lab dinner where I received my own pair of Virgil Abloh's 'The Ten' Prestos. Them thangs is SWEET. Nike really hooked it up.
I also was invited to preview the new flagship Apple Store located on the river downtown Chicago, you should totally check it out BTW, but little did I know that this preview and opening was as extravagant as it was. When I go into events, I always have such a weird expectation. Things can be super easy going or things can be complicated and insufficient. This Apple Event was one for the freakin books!!! I met the Tim Cook and was gifted an iPhone 8+. Also, I somehow managed to get featured in Karlie Kloss' Youtube series. Now that's what I call a grand opening.
Between all of that I was asked to be interviewed on Adobe's MAKE IT series on New York City. I can't wait until it releases. We had a ton of fun filming it and you will definitely feel inspired after watching. While visiting NYC I managed to see Pusha T release his new Adidas sneaker, visit Just Creators gallery show, party with Soulection, try the Impossible Burger (completely meat free patty that tastes exactlyyyyy like beef), explore Union Square with newyorknico, and see Travis Scott fly on his bird 300 feet above a crowd of zombies and strange thing characters. My last night had to end with me eating a pizza slice the size of my head in the street and indeed it did. NYC was a success.
Oh and I almost forgot! I ordered a pizza this week and when I opened it someone who apparently made the pizza at the restaurant who knew my work wrote "ur photography is rly good" on the inside. Super funny!!
Alright, alright. Enough about me, let's get back to the art! I'm sure you're eager to learn how to make your own cinemagraph, so hold on tight because you're going on a fun ride. Enjoy!
And as always, please be sure to keep your imagination alive.
Last month's tutorial was so much fun to make and this was no different. This one will be much simpler and straight to the point. Hopefully you learn a thing or two! Feel free to comment about what you think and check out last months tutorial.
From now on I'm going to host my contests on Twitter because it gets more eyes and the last contest didn't get enough entries. Be sure to keep an eye out on my Twitter for the next giveaway. Anyway, this tutorial you will learn how to make your images move. It's quite a simple process but I know all it takes is for someone to show you one time and you've got it from there. What's that wonderful quote? Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime... Ah, yes. Have fun!
Dennis has been a close friend of mine since I met him a few years ago. I immediately felt a connection to his friendly animated characteristics and became entirely obsessed with his color coded world. Check out more of his work on his Instagram.
Health is Wealth
Something I have put into my morning routine is writing and most importantly, making sure what I am writing has meaning. I gladly pass along my morning routine as of late to you in hopes that you gain what I have been: clarity and hope.
Grab yourself a journal and a nice hot tea or coffee in the morning. Begin to write down things you are grateful for for two whole minutes. This will make you much more optimistic throughout the day. Keep in mind by day 21 of writing these things everyday it will feel like second nature to think this way. Next, remember a specific positive encounter you had within the last 24 hours and bullet point every single detail about it. This will help you keep in mind that positive behavior is important.
Make sure you workout for 15 minutes. Simple stretching works and there are ton of apps are out there for people like myself who don't really want to do crazy stuff but stay stretched. I use SWORKIT, It's free in the app store. The act of simple breathing really helps a ton so I literally just sit in silence for two minutes and breathe in and out. Again, nothing too crazy. Finally I make an effort to be kind and generous as much as possible in the morning. I'll send someone a text saying something they made it super dope, or I'll help someone in need. It sets the tone for the energy I hope to receive back. It's been about a month and a half now and it seems to be helping my mood but who knows how long things last haha! No one is perfect and we are all learning how to be better every than who we were yesterday.
Hope that helps! Don't forget to drink lots of water.