Ep. 18 - Picture Perfect with Andrew Studer

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Ep. 18 - Picture Perfect with Andrew Studer

"Focus on capturing a story." - Andrew Studer

Follow Andrew on Instagram - instagram.com/andrew.studer

Pictures are an important part of our culture today. We are living in an amazing time when we have such access to take digital pictures that can be consumed online within minutes. Taking and sharing pictures can be a very important element in the efforts to get your messages heard especially for your business.

Taking pictures that are a bit edgy and get remembered takes courage… just like so many other things in life that can be a little intimidating at first. When you share any new skill set with others you might not be so great at first but then you get better and better.

I have found that sharing pictures online pushes you to be better because you have an audience watching.

Long gone are the days of taking a picture hoping it came out okay as you waited a week or two to have the film developed. Only then could you determine if you should have taken another shot or if it was really in focus, and then… well it was too late.

What if you started capturing the world around you more often just because you easily can?

Through the magic of Instagram this past week I was able to view some pretty amazing pictures of the beauty of the solar eclipse we got the chance to experience here in North America. With only 90% coverage here in Colorado, we didn’t get to witness the amazing total eclipse in person…

As the pictures started showing up online from those who were in parts of the country where there was a total eclipse it was phenomenal. That is what’s awesome about photography - you can take someone from the other side of the continent and share a visual moment with them.

The Instagram picture that stood out from all the rest for me was this one taken by Andrew Studer (www.andrewstuder.com) a very talented photographer based in one of the hot spots to be for the total solar eclipse - Oregon.

I had the further good fortune to connect online with Andrew a few days later and have him share some great insights that have become this weeks Courage to be the Difference podcast.

In the podcast Andrew shares how this amazing shot came to life – a very cool story. He also shares some great tips how you can take some great pictures as well.

Most of us carry a mobile phone around with us each day. Andrew shared something I have known to be true, that a mobile phone is a great place to start in photography. It is amazing what our phones can capture.

I encourage you to open your eyes a little wider to see the shots you might have otherwise missed. I also encourage you to appreciate the work that goes into epic shots from photographers around the world. Use their vision along with your own to see things you many have never seen before.

It really is a whole new way to be in the moment and get the perfect shot on life.

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Ep. 11 - The Entrepreneur Before Christmas

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Ep. 11 - The Entrepreneur Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house 

Not a creature was stirring except for my mouse.

 

The stockings were hung as I spent my time clicking with care 

In hopes that somehow the presents could still make it there.  

 

 

My “busy” schedule had been out of control 

Preparing for Christmas had really not taken ahold.

 

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

The presents were not purchased - leaving noise in my head.  

 

I debated about whether to have a super tall nightcap.

Honestly - all I really wanted was a long winters nap.  

 

When out on the lawn there came the sound of some chatter 

I rose from my computer to see what was the matter. 

 

Away to the window I went in a dash, 

Tore open the shutters and made my cell phone flash.

The moon shined brightly on the new fallen snow.

And suddenly I didn’t care about my previous stress and woe.

 

Falling from the sky with a sound only I could hear

Was the relief I needed at this time of year.  

 

It came in a form of reindeer leading a sleigh 

With a little old driver who was cruising my way. 

 

Suddenly I knew in a quick

This little old guy must be St. Nick! 

 

Let’s face it, no one else was working tonight 

This could be my answer to make everything right.  

 

He whistled and shouted and called his reindeers by name:

 

Now, Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!  

On Comet! On Cupid! On Donder and Blitzen!

 

To the top of that porch!  To the top of the Wall!  

To this entrepreneurs house where there is no presents at all!

 

I stood there just thinking was I dreaming this all

Or had I just entered some crazy online mall!

 

And then in a twinkling right there on my roof 

stood the actual prancing and pawing of each reindeers hoof.  

 

And down the chimney St. Nicholas came

And my life since that moment has not been the same.

 

It started with a bundle of presents he had flung on his back

That began to remove my deep sense of lack.

 

Oh his eyes how they twinkled!  His dimples, how merry! 

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

 

He knew just the magic I needed to get past my fear

After all, it had been one hell of a year.

 

My business needed me in so many ways

To help me help others get through their darkest days.

 

With a wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,

Suddenly I felt peace and as I knew I had nothing to dread.

 

He spoke not a word and was calm as could be 

as he filled up our stockings with such joyful glee.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

He gave me a nod and up the chimney he rose.

 

My heart had been filled in the quiet of the full moon sky

I was glowing with belief and let out a sigh.

 

He exclaimed with joy as he drove out of sight – 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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Ep. 10 - Morning Mind

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Ep. 10 - Morning Mind

This podcast episode is about the important element of having a positive morning mindset to give you the torque that gets you through the rest of your day.

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Ep. 9 - Power of Accurate Thinking

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Ep. 9 - Power of Accurate Thinking

Does your to-do list truly have a direction where you want to go? Learn how to let go of thoughts that are no longer serving you so that you can live more positively in your daily work life.

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Ep. 7 - Daring to Imagine

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Ep. 7 - Daring to Imagine

Your imagination can be as important as your breath. Have you been taking yours for granted by not using it very much? Spend some time getting to know your imagination if it has gotten a little rusty. It could be the greatest gift you have given yourself in a very long time.

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Ep. 6 - Marketing Matters

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Ep. 6 - Marketing Matters

Marketing is an endeavor that every business must participate in – yes it’s mandatory whether your business is 5 days old or 5 years old. Why? Because it is how you fully communicate your message of what your business does with the world. It’s how you spread the word and allow people to understand the need they may have for your product or service.

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Ep. 3 - The Courage to Compliment with Ellen Rogin

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Ep. 3 - The Courage to Compliment with Ellen Rogin

On this episode we uncover the possibilities for abundance in each of us by promoting the act of just saying something nice and complimentary to another human being. We also discuss how to properly receive a compliment and how it can have positive ripple effects into all areas of your life.

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Ep. 2 - Detaching From the Outcome

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Ep. 2 - Detaching From the Outcome

This week's Spot of Courage is all about letting go of the outcome in order to fully embrace what is lying in front of you. Perfection can lead to inaction, so by removing that "perfect" victory you end up creating so many more amazing experiences.

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Ep. 1 - The Spark for the Future

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Ep. 1 - The Spark for the Future

In our premiere episode for the Courage to be the Difference Podcast, Cheri talks in depth with her son Travis about his journey as a Rock Balance Artist and how he has the courage to follow his dreams and embrace himself as an artist to ultimately show others the infinite potential within themselves.

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