Staying Inspired

SLR Lounge Collaboration Article

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Acadia Vaca 2019

A handful of shots from our yearly trip up to Maine. We had originally planned on skipping this year but with one weekend off before our son Luke started kindergarten we drove up last minute and stayed at the Harborside Hotel. We have been vacationing up in Maine near Bar Harbor and Acadia for over 20 years now and every since we watched the Harborside being built we had wanted to stay there but never did. Definitely a great place to stay and well worth the spending a little more than what we normally do. We normally stay in cabin on a lake and enjoy roughing it a little more, but staying right in Bar Harbor was pretty nice. We spent the days hiking our favorite spots in Acadia with our son and went completely unplugged throughout the entire trip. No phone. No laptop. Need to do that more often.

After spending 5 days in Bar Harbor we drove out to the cabin we normally stay at in the town of Franklin, ME, where we stayed with friends for the last couple of days. We hit up Schoodic Point on our last day and had a blast hiking with our son enjoying the awesome weather.

All the photos were taken with the M10P + 35mm Summilux or my wife’s Leica Q2.

3 Tips On Creating Lens Flare With No Sun

How do you achieve a lens flare when there’s no sun? In this video, I show you how to accomplish this look using just one off-camera flash to create a unique lens flare. It took a lot of playing around with different setups to get a very natural-looking lens flare but once I did it became a technique that I was able to reproduce quickly on shoots and at weddings. You can read the full article HERE.

Filmed by Matt Mahoney. This video is about how I use one single off-camera flash to re-create real lens flare when the sun has either went down already or simply doesn't want to come out from behind the clouds.

Twisted Preset 4th of July SALE!

Happy 4th of July!

$50 off SALE!

I wanted to help everyone celebrate Independence Day with a $50 Discount Code to use on the LR + ASE Preset Bundle, bringing the total down to $100. There is an update coming which you will receive for free adding one more color preset, one more B&W preset, and a few more adjustment presets. Here is a blog post that I edited completely with the Twisted Preset system, which is a look that you can get in just a few clicks.

CARLA + CHRIS (Twisted Oaks Wedding)

The great about this system is that you can get a look that is much more vibrant and brighter with just a few different clicks if that is your style. There will also be more tutorial videos coming soon!

*Please use Discount Code “JULY4” when checking out*




Includes lodging with 3 meals

3 days of learning with myself, Jason Vinson, and Bud Johnson.


Camp Reset was created with the idea of placing importance on taking time for yourself as a business owner, since it is rarely realized in a small company. Along with continuing to learn and educate yourself, it’s just as important to set aside time to recharge, take a deep breath, and see where you and your business are in order to make necessary improvements and to invest in new ideas.

Join Jay Cassario, Jason Vinson, and Bud Johnson on an intimate and epic experience designed to inspire the hell out of you through gaining insight into their vision and shooting techniques. The three of them will inspire you through their love for their craft, their artistic and creative approach, while also being complete open books sharing everything they know with nothing held back. You’ll be spending three days with other like-minded creatives who are all looking to do the same exact thing you are, to be inspired and grow as photographers and artists while making new friends along the way. That’s what workshops like this are all about, an experience that changes you not only as a photographer, but as a person.