Throwback Thursday: Hollister’s Newest Model

Throwback Thursday:  Hollister's Newest Model

I just got news that one of my favorite models, Ryan, will be working as a real model in one of the Hollister stores in South Florida over the Christmas minus shirt style. I’m glad to have been the first to photograph this handsome lad.

The Freshness- Rumi


When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.

And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.

The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.

I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,

and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.

My Favorite Photograph Today

Mother & Daughter

I just updated the landing page of my photography website and couldn’t stop staring and smiling at this photograph I took a year ago. There’s nothing more beautiful than a mother’s love. Click on the photograph if you’d like to see more gorgeousness in my gallery.

Flame (Poems From Yesteryear)


The candle flame flickers
As I sit here and stare
Wondering if
You’re wondering where
I am
I am with
Or if
I’m thinking of you
As you think of me
I sit here staring
The candle flickers
Are you caring?
About me?
Like I care about you?
The candlelight flickers
Telling me…
You do.

Fall Slideshow

fallcard_version3I’m taking a moment for a little shameless promotion here.  As some of you may know, I’m a photographer as well as a blogger/writer.  The photography on my website is not only available for print onto photo papers of every variety, canvas, cards and merchandise, but it is also available to bloggers as a download for $5 an image (web version download in “personal”).  If you see an image you like in one of my galleries covering holidays, travel, things, and random people, click on the download area when you select an image.  Here’s my fall gallery if you’re looking for fall imagery in your blog post.  Please take a moment to peruse my other galleries on …and enjoy by clicking on the link below.

Fall Color

Thanks for taking the time to view my gallery and thank you for supporting small business!

Why Small Businesses Should Use Instagram

lloydmartinAs a photographer and a producer for the advertising industry, it’s par for the course that I know the latest and greatest in social media.  Not only do I create content for my clients to promote and share on social media platforms (sites), I use a variety of social media platforms to promote my own personal brand and services. I’ve always assumed that the masses knew how to use twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest…

I was wrong.

I stood corrected a couple of weeks ago when discussing social media for restaurants with a bartender friend.  I was surprised to find out that many do not use instagram or even upload promotional photos to their facebook and/or twitter accounts.  Some don’t even have facebook accounts for their small businesses!  How could this be in 2013?

If you own a small business, or any business for that matter, you need social media.  You have a smartphone?  Then you have no excuse not to promote your business with photographs on social media… and Instagram, quite honestly, is your best friend.

Instagram is a fast, easy, and efficient platform that brings more exposure to your business.  How? It allows you to post your images simultaneously to your facebook, twitter, tumblr, flickr, and foursquare accounts all in one shot.   It will take you all of five to ten minutes of each day to promote your company.   Not a bad investment of your time, I’d say.

I could get very specific for each industry about what your social strategy should be, but to keep it simple and short for this blog post, here are some suggestions for three different industry categories:

  • If you are a restaurant, you should be uploading/posting photographs of your drink, food menu items, specials, and photos of the staff.
  • If you sell a product, you should be uploading/posting photographs of your product line with information about each product.
  • If you sell a service, you should be uploading/posting “Behind the scenes” photographs of your set up and/or process that makes your service unique.

Here’s a list of businesses who use instagram successfully; check them out for ideas of how you can promote your business:

Once you’ve set your account up, here’s a great article to get you started on the basics of posting to your instagram accounts.  Now you are ready to rock the marketing world.

Not sure how to set up your instagram so that it shares the image to your other social media accounts?  Coming soon:  “How to Set Up Instagram For Your Small Business.”

Never Alone


Lighting strikes
Breaking the silence
Sound so deafening
My breath catches
All alone
In the night sky
All alone
In the universe
You call my name
I hear
And smile
No boundaries
Can separate us.

by Tricia Chatterton (somewhere in the 90’s).  All Rights Reserved.