“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of

photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read,

the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Ansel Adams

Ansel, you've hit the nail on the head. No photographer is an island. And with this in mind, I give you, my inspiration.

1. Laura Makabresku

Laura Makabresku is the definition of a lovely photographer. She creates art so effortlessly; her work is always focused, calm, and quiet, yet it resonates with me in a very loud and emotional way. Her editing is always spot-on and absolutely flawless.  Some of her photos are quite eerie, often featuring blood or animal heads; I get the feeling that her mind is quite tortured, but her photos are so crystal clear. 

All of her photos have a feel to them-that's something I wish I had, an identity, so when someone saw one of my photos they would know it was mine. I really aspire to create as she creates. Check out more of her work here.

2. Andrea Murrow

Andrea is my cousin, and I've watched her take photographs from afar for a long time. Though we have lived in opposite sides of the country for most of my life (Alaska and Texas), we are about to live in the same state for the first time. I like the way she captures life; she takes ordinary things and makes them extraordinary. Not in a traditional sense, but in a very artsy sense. Although this is one of her darker photos, she has many other bright and beautiful pictures of people and things here.

3. Rekha Garton

Rekha, whether she knows it or not, inspired me to take my first self-portraits.  She was one of the first photographers I was truly inspired by on Flickr. I remember reading that she had taught herself how to use Photoshop, and I was amazed by this. I attempted to recreate some of her photographs. Her work is really lovely. Sometimes simple, sometimes quite loud, and sometimes both, and that is what makes her incredible. Check her out

4. Rosie Hardy  

She pushes the boundaries of the real and surreal, and I absolutely love her work. If I had such dedication to finish a 365 project, if I only had the patience and the skills she has in Photoshop... Her portfolio is seemingly endless and full of marvelous work. Can't praise her enough. If you can't fathom someone with such a great portfolio, visit her site and be amazed.

All of these ladies are incredible, but they are not my only inspiration. More to come.