Why Brandon Woelfel Is My Favorite Photographer

Why Brandon Woelfel Is My Favorite Photographer

String lights, and neon signs, and sparklers, oh my!

Over the last year or two, I had come across a male photographer on Instagram. Content Creators on YouTube that I watch and follow on Instagram had posted these very colorful, magical-looking pictures of themselves with lights all around them. I clicked on the photographer’s account, and my eyes grew wide with excitement and filled with the colors that were used. I instantly got hooked onto Brandon Woelfel’s photographs. Each photograph tells a story, and it feels like I am looking through a fairytale book, except with string lights, disco balls, and color smoke. I always look forward each day for his Instagram post notification. No matter what type of facial expression the model has, the lights bring a very happy and joyful vibe, so I always feel happy and inspired when I look at his photographs. Even though Woelfel is not a nature photographer, he is currently one of my all-time favorite photographers.

If you have an Instagram account or are interested in photography, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Brandon Woelfel. If you haven’t seen his photographs... well, I’m almost positive you’ve seen at least one of them. They’re hard to miss.

I even just wrote a paper about him - that’s how much I love his work.

Like I mentioned above, his photographs are so magical, and he uses props that I wouldn’t think of to use, especially when photographing portraits. I have used string lights in my black and white portraits before, but even taking color portraits, I have never thought of to use prisms, CDs, glasses, bubbles, transparent umbrellas, color smoke, and everything else that he uses - there’s a list.

Woelfel grew bored with taking basic portraits and wanted to switch it up and use objects that you can even find around your house. Anything that produces light, color, and reflection, you’re set.

Woelfel’s editing skills are also incredible. Cool temperatures with just the right amount of saturation that brings life to his photographs.

Thanks to YouTube videos, you can search on how he shoots and edits, which I find to be very helpful as a photographer, if I, or anyone, wanted to do a shoot inspired by him.

Another reason why he’s my favorite photographer is because of his amazing imagination and creativity. I find that he and I think alike. When I think of “my dream photograph,” I guess you could say, it includes all the colors, emotions, and string lights that he uses in his work. I admire that he can find inspiration from anything out there in the world and immediately think of a composition and use props that other photographers don’t necessarily use. His creativity is non-stop, he’s constantly improving, and shooting every day on his own schedule, which is something I strive to do.

I can without a doubt say it would be a dream to be able to shoot with him at some point in my life.

Woelfel mainly shoots models from the brands of Urban Outfitters, Aeropostale, Macy's, Bose, Brandy Melville, etc.

While I could literally go on and on about Woelfel, let’s take a look at a number of his photographs because I can’t choose just one:

You can find his edited photographs on his main Instagram: @brandonwoelfel, his before and afters on his personal account: @bran.wolf, his website is: http://www.brandonwoelfel.com , and his new book at: https://shopcatalog.com/luminescence/ .

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8 Smart Ways to Make Passive Income Remotely While Traveling

Opportunities for earning while traveling have never been so diverse!

Working remotely used to be a question of whether your employer would let you work from home or not. Nowadays, there are a lot of job opportunities available online and you can independently find work without having to get up from your chair. The new question now is how to invest your time to get the ball rolling and start earning money by not doing more than basic maintenance.

Get into e-commerce

E-commerce in your case should be narrowed down to selling the products online. It will require some time until you develop a website and attract the right amount of traffic to it. If you are doing really well, you may have a bit more maintenance than what you hoped for, but it will not be significant when compared to your earnings. However, an important thing to take care of if you are away, is sending goods to buyers. This is why, if you spend a lot of time away from home you should set up a dropshipping store and have your supplier send the goods. Alternatively, you can sell on Amazon and use their FBA to store and ship your products.

Sell website domains

If you have an analytical mind, if you are creative, or know your line of business well, you can think of good domain names and sell them at auctions. You won’t be able to sell all of them, but those that you truly manage to get right will have people fighting over them. This is what will earn your money. When creating a domain name you have to be sure to select the right keywords and something that sounds catchy and appealing to people from a certain niche.

Make e-books and audiobooks

If you are an expert in any field or if you have a well-structured personal philosophy which has helped you achieve your goals, you may want to write an e-book or make an audiobook. I cannot guarantee whether this type of content would get you far if published, but I know that it would involve more hassle. The Internet is the place business people visit for quick fixes and to do research. Having your book available at a nominal fee will probably seem tempting and they will not hesitate to buy it. Once written you may want to invest a bit in promotion on your part as with low prices you have to strive for quantity.

Sell photography

If you are a photographer, you can use your photos and sell them online. Organizing photo shoots, editing and uploading the photos takes time but once you have that done, you can afford to make big breaks and travel before the next busy season comes.

Sell web elements

This is the right type of job for graphic designers. You can create web elements such as logos, wallpapers, themes etc. and sell them online.

Rent your home

This is a perfect idea for those homeowners who will be away for a longer period of time. Try to find a trustworthy tenant as this is your home and you will probably come back to it at one point. Ask your friends if they can recommend anyone, or alternatively be very picky when interviewing potential tenants.  Cost of self storage doesn't have to be high and it is a great solution for putting away your things so someone else can move in and you do not have to sell them. 

Invest 

Perhaps some of the best investments for passive income are dividend stocks and peer-to-peer lending. Dividend stocks will bring you earnings which are a part of total earnings of the company you have invested in. The more they earn, the more you get. This is why you need to be smart when choosing who to invest in. Peer-to-peer lending means investing in loans to help other businesses. The lower the credit score of the borrower, the higher the interest rate for you, so it is a bit of a gamble.

Be a vendor

You can buy an ATM and find a busy place that does not already have one. It is usually a shop window of some sort you are looking at. This is why you have to have an agreement with the shop and the company whose ATM you are setting up. You will get a small percentage out of it but you are, again, interested in the high volume of users. This requires some maintenance, though. Perhaps you could designate someone to do it for you if there is a need while you are away.

As you can see there are plenty of ways to earn money while you are not around. Even if you have a day job and an office you go to, you can still set up one of these passive business ideas to have them earn money for you on the side.

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Seinfeld and Friends Are the Best Shows

I can always count on watching Seinfeld and Friends to relive the greatest days of television.

What is going on with TV shows nowadays? It feels like television peaked in the 90s and early 2000s. Seinfeld and Friends were the best damn shows in history, and after their final seasons came to an end, not one show has matched their excellence.

Today, if a show wants to get the audience’s attention, all it needs to do is have slapstick. The audience will go crazy, and ratings will bounce back. Although Seinfeld and Friends did have a tinge of slapstick in them as well, the jokes they employed were much more genius than slapstick alone. The humor was actually thought out, relatable, and it made you think about ideas beyond the show.

What’s even better is that Seinfeld and Friends are timeless. Yes, there was the occasional joke that’s now out of date, but ultimately, there’s almost nothing in these shows that would be hard for someone to understand today.

Joey once pointed out how stupid celebrations can be, like how unnecessary it is for a one-year-old to have a birthday party. Friends showed this in 2003, but it’s still just as applicable today. Why do one-year-olds have birthday parties? It probably feels like an arbitrary day in their lives. Why does anyone really care about birthdays? These are thought provoking philosophical questions – which you can thank Friends for inspiring – that are still valid today.

The ideas presented in Seinfeld are still bona fide as well. “Male Unbonding” first aired in 1990, but it had one of the most timeless quotes in television history. When asked to go to a cappuccino place, Elaine says “I’ll go if I don’t have to talk.” That was one of the most relatable lines I have ever heard. All humans - even the most talkative - have experienced moments of not wanting to speak. It was true 28 years ago, it’s true today, and it will be true as long as humanity exists. You can thank Seinfeld for articulating this truth so relatably.

I won’t name any shows in particular, but I feel confident in saying that all the shows today suck, compared to Seinfeld and Friends. Unfortunately, it seems like the best shows are behind us, but I can always count on watching Seinfeld and Friends to relive the greatest days of television.

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