Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Always move towards the light.

It is easy to destroy and birth negativity. Creating something beautiful in life often takes time, commitment, love, dedication and self-sacrifice. In the end and despite the costs it is worth the perseverance and any personal struggle to be a light in a sometimes very dark world.

Today, make one small step towards being positive change in the world and you will become a light for others to follow.

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Angling to get the shot.

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The sun sets on the Empire.

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Let me introduce you to the “CoCo” of our jj road trip. As they say, sweet often helps the medicine go down.

This is @schanel5 and she is the person, behind the people that gets things done! It was Schanel’s job to round us up and get us going every day on our @FIATusa road trip. This was not a easy task, especially when we needed to be moving 5:00am!

I shot this image of @schanel5 to represent her contrasting personality and job responsibilities.

Although Schanel had the most difficult job on our jj trip she was always pleasant yet firm, fun yet fierce, smiling yet serious and always fast to get us our much needed caffeine!

Thanks CoCo for all your hard work and being SO good to me and everyone on the jj team at all times! #jj_instameet_nyc.

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This is my friend, co-pilot, blogger extraordinaire and back seat DJ from our @FIATusa road trip, Taylor.

It might not seem easy to meet someone, get thrown in a car with them for five days and then dive 900+ miles! However, thankfully for me and the entire jj team Taylor was a complete joy!

@taylorhornecker asked me to photographer her during our road trip and I just had to shoot this image the moment I saw her in this dress and amongst these beams in Pittsburg. Her beauty and elegance in this image reminded me of Naomi Watts in King Kong.
Thanks Taylor you were a complete delight and joy! #jj_instameet_pittsburgh.

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A few months back many people supported me emotionally, spiritually and financially as I traveled to the Philippines with @watts_of_love to deliver 1000 solar LED lights to the poorest of the poor people that live without electricity.

During the trip I also photographed a group wedding for 40 couples too poor to get married!

Little did I know that an amazing publishing company called @pastbook was following me and my posts.

When I returned, @pastbook asked me to help create a book to better tell the story of these people, @watts_of_love and my trip.

I am proud to announce that you can download a FREE ebook at @pastbook an see our story again and learn more about the @watts_of_love mission.

Click the link above in my profile page to download your digital copy or go to http://wattsoflove.pastbook.com

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Hi everyone

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Our NYC instameet was amazing today!

The people and the city revealed some of its locked up and hidden treasures.

They say that New Yorkers can be a little tough, however, I found everyone I met today so nice and engaging. Thank you NYC, you were AWSOME!

Now on to the #jj and @FIATusa party!

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Somethings in life need quiet contemplation.

Thank you Uncle Tom and Uncle Bill for fighting so bravely so that I might have the freedoms I appreciate today. You are both in my prayers.

The World War II memorial honors the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces the more than 400,000 who died serving their country.

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Inspired.

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We have arrived in Washington D.C. and ready to begin our instameet.

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**special announcement** due to Monday’s events, we’ve decided to change the location of our DC instameet!

#JJ INSTAMEET: WASHINGTON DC
Friday, 9/20
5:30pm
JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
parking lot

This week, come meet me, @kevinkuster, @ohemg87, and @yomap as we travel through on our Open Road Challenge, sponsored by @FiatUSA.

We will be meeting you this coming Friday, 9/20 at 5:30pm in the parking lot of the Jefferson Memorial. We’ll be with the shiny red and black FIAT 500L’s.
Please make sure if you’re coming, to RSVP on the Open Road Challenge page on Facebook (via the link in our profile) so we can expect you, but if you don’t have Facebook, just show up!

Please feel free to pass all this info on and share this image, shot by one of our talented #JJer’s, @jenburnett. Please give her due credit!

It will be a fun time of shooting, talking, and inspiring each other! See ya there, DC!

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Had a great instameet last night in Pittsburg. I have never been here before and really loved the skyline and bridges.

The #jj instameet went AWSOME and I saw a ton of people really connecting, sharing usernames and exchanging phone numbers. I think this visit will really ignite their photo community.

Here are two great #jj members pictured here @matthewclass @caulingrant. #jj_instamweet_pittsburg.

Next stop Washington D.C.. Here we come Mr. President!

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Spy vs spy

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Welcome to Pittsburg!

This is Robert the self proclaimed “happiest man in the world.”Robert plays in the tunnel every day and bring art, music and life into the tunnel you see behind him.

Such a gentle and kind soul. I could have stayed and listened to him all night.

#jj_instameet_pittsburg.

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Good morning Detroit! #jj_instameet_detroit

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Went out night gramming till midnight to some old abandon downtown buildings with the king of the “abandon” underworld in Detroit @panog.

Thanks for a great adventure last night Pete and thanks for helping bring the entire #jj road trip to life! Without you, none of this would have ever been initiated! #jj_instameet_detroit.

It was completely black last night and I had to shoot this with with my DSLR. ISO 25600, 1/15, f2.8. Yes, you read that correct…ISO 25600. That is something a iPhone could never shoot!

More image from last night to come…

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Create to connect but don’t talk to anyone at dinner!!!

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Smokem’ if you got them. #jj_instameet_detroit.

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The sounds of the streets welcome us to Detroit.

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Let the day begin.

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Chicago #JJ Instameet= People family, friend and a great skyline. Thanks to everyone that came out last night to help us kick off our #JJ_instameet_chicago.

Look out Detroit motor city, we are headed your way!

Rocking shoes provided by @relaxocat, amazing skyline provided by various architects.

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No irony lost that the view from my hotel to start our #jj road trip is over looking my old Playboy office and photo studio. I spent 19 yrs and learned so much in the building with the blue roof top.

Thanks to all the photographers, and artists that taught me so much while I was at Playboy. With out all of you teaching me all that you did, I would not be as prepared for this amazing journey!

LET THE ROAD TRIP BEGIN!

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JJ INSTAMEET: NYC
Saturday, 9/21, 12PM
Brooklyn Bridge Train Station
City Hall Park
Outside the 4,5,6 lines

Next week, come meet me, @joshjohnson, @ohemg87, and @yomap as we travel through on our Open Road Challenge, sponsored by @FiatUSA.
We’ll be meeting you in front of City Hall Park, outside the 4,5,6 lines at the Brooklyn Bridge Train Station, at 12pm, Saturday, Sept 21st.

Please make sure if you’re coming, to RSVP on the Open Road Challenge page on Facebook (via the link in our profile) so we can expect you, but if you don’t have Facebook, just show up!

Please feel free to pass all this info on and share this image, shot by one of our talented #JJer’s, @carolyn_denise. Please give her due credit!

It will be a fun time of shooting, talking, and inspiring each other! See ya there, NEW YORK CITY!

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Rare color photo from Germany 1944 or Syria 2013?

Recently, I have not been able to shoot because I have been really busy with #JJ. I asked my friend @panog if I could edit one of his images to keep my creative juice alive. @panog shoots all kind of great abandon places and I knew the moment I saw this image I had to edit it! Thanks Pete.

Totally different approach, style and subject for me but, this photo reminded me of the terrible current events in Syria.

Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

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JJ INSTAMEET: PITTSBURGH
Thursday, 9/19
530P
Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

Next week, come meet me, @joshjohnson, @ohemg87, and @yomap as we travel through on our Open Road Challenge, sponsored by @FiatUSA.

We’ll be meeting you at Station Square, 125 Station Square, 15219, nearest to the Smithfield Bridge entrance, at 5:30pm on Thursday, Sept 19th.

Please make sure if you’re coming, to RSVP on the Open Road Challenge page on Facebook (via the link in our profile) so we can expect you, but if you don’t have Facebook, just show up!

Please feel free to pass all this info on and share this image, shot by one of our talented #JJer’s, @lori1009. Please give her due credit!

It will be a fun time of shooting, talking, and inspiring each other! See ya there, Pittsburgh!

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Weeping mortar.

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JJ INSTAMEET: DETROIT

Next week, come meet me, @joshjohnson, @ohemg87 and @yomap as we travel through on our Open Road Challenge, sponsored by @FiatUSA.

We’ll be meeting you at Grand Circus Park, in front of Bar & Grill on the corner of Brush and Adam streets, at 5:30pm on Wednesday, Sept 18th.

Please make sure if you’re coming, to RSVP on the Open Road Challenge page on Facebook (via the link in our profile) so we can expect you, but if you don’t have Facebook, just show up!

Please feel free to pass all this info on and share this image, shot by one of our talented #JJer’s, @browneyed_girl00. (Please give her due credit!) It will be a fun time of shooting, talking, and inspiring each other!

See you , Detroit on Wednesday!

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Track one sunset. Last night.

Last night I had a great evening attending the incredibly successful @chitecture photography exhibit. So many wonder images and great people. I know I might sound bias but, Chicago has an amazing amount of talents Photographers!

Killer job to all the @chitecture, members, @loftonlake and all the events sponsors. You did Chicago proud.

Now, who’s ready for #JJ and @fiatusa instameet on Tuesday, 5:30 Navy pier?

For more details hit the link in my bio above.

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JJ INSTAMEET: CHICAGO
Tuesday, 9/17
5:30pm
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Next week, come meet @joshjohnson, @kevinkuster, @ohemg87, and @yomap as we venture off on our Open Road Challenge, sponsored by @FiatUSA.

Make sure if you’re coming, that you RSVP on the Open Road Challenge page on Facebook (via the link in our profile) so we can expect you!

Please feel free to pass all this info on and share this image, shot by one of our talented #JJer’s, @carlaeez. (Please give her due credit!)
It will be a fun time of shooting, talking, and inspiring each other! See ya there, Chi-Town!