Charlie Naebeck: Blog en-us (C) Charlie Naebeck (Charlie Naebeck) Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:17:00 GMT Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:17:00 GMT Charlie Naebeck: Blog 120 80 My Time as a Professional Photographer Hello,

I feel like writing an open letter today to any photographer or creator that this may reach or potentially inspire/enlighten.

This thought has been in my head for many years now as a working professional photographer, and I am certain that when I say some of the things that I will share in this post that I am not alone.

For starters, I personally feel that I as a professional photographer have chased things/status/people for far too long. The pandemic gave me much-needed solitude and reflection to reset and come to grips with this.

When I left NYC, some saw me as a "celebrity" just because of the people that I photographed in my career. I'm not.

I am just a person that loves taking photos just like you. I happened to make a living to barely keep going off of my photography alone before the pandemic, and even so, I was starting to do other things like teach, and work on other projects to stay afloat or to get ahead.

I have had the honor and privilege of teaching for a long time now too. I truly love teaching even more than I love making photographs sometimes. There is something very fulfilling to me to help others to reach their potential and to help them find their own journey with their camera.

I have seen many in my time though too that think about getting into photography for what I would personally classify as the "wrong reasons". A lot of people think that they are going to become famous on social media overnight by gimmicks/trends/or shooting what I would label as low hanging fruit with content that just gets a lot of likes that you yourself are not actually passionate about, or that you are lying to yourself and others about your intent in creating.

Some start photography thinking that there will be a lot of money and that you can just "be creative" all day and get paid to make things that you want to make. You are wrong!

In any business, you are there as a business to serve your customer's needs first and foremost. My Dad taught me a valuable business lesson when I was young of "He or She who pays, gets!". Some clients will let you create whatever you want - cool. But most have a specific vision of their own in mind, and it is your job to create that how THEY want to have it done.

Others chase low-hanging fruit like models, current trends, or what you think that people will like. You are also wrong! You are lying to yourself about your intent of photographing these things generally and simply trying to gain your own self-worth or popularity which does not have anything to do with you as a human being.

I say to anyone who has done this that I had to learn to find my own voice and to shoot everything in this world that I have been able to at least once to find an honest voice. Stop lying about why you shoot certain content though and doing it just for social media to prove to yourself that you are worth it. Social media does not mean shit to make a truly great photograph! Be upfront about it, and it will serve you much better in your path.

And for the love of God, STOP MAKING THINGS FOR LIKES! Make something because you are passionate about it and find your authentic voice. Likes will psychologically mess you up more than you know. It is not any real traction in the photography industry and does not get you jobs. Making authentic connections and business relationships does. My friends at The Phoblographer invited me to share my insights on why I deleted all my social media a while back.

With this all said, like I mention, I have chased many of these things before too.

At this point in my career though I realize that for me - the most important part about photography is the experience and being authentic. This is why I will continue to teach and keep it real just like this post today.

I will not however be continuing as a commercial photographer. I have other large goals and priorities for my life, and I will be investing my time into who and what I am most passionate about going forward. This does not mean that I will not take on the odd shoot/job if our goals and values align, but if you think I am going to shoot you just so you can post the photos that I create on your fucking Instagram and be popular, I'm done.

Going forward also in addition to teaching, I will be pursuing fine art photography for my own enjoyment. Many have asked if it will lead to another book, or when my next exhibition will be..etc..etc.  Thank you for all of your interest and support, but my honest answer is - I have no idea!  I am going to take however long that it takes to find what I am passionate about shooting for my next endeavors. Organic experience and adventures are what is most important to me right now.

If you are interested in private photography lessons online, please feel free to reach out also. I have students in over 42 different countries, and I am very passionate about continuing to teach and share the gift that I have been given in photography.

I have a professor from back in college who also used to say that if you release something into the world, the world will carve a niche for you. I prefer to say to let go and let God also.

Thank you as always to those with who I have had the pleasure of befriending and keeping in touch over the years as a commercial photographer. It was a good run! Here is the next chapter for all of us! Be well, stay safe, and take care of the things that matter in this life like yourself, family, and friends.

If you are new to my work also, I hope that this helps to guide you and to inspire you on your path. Take care!



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Moving Forward

Dear friends,

What does it mean to move forward to you? Does it mean a progression? Does it have to be a sequence of events?

In science, moving forward is the physical act of motion of anything that reacts to the laws of physics or gravity. In psychology, moving forward can mean to move past a mental or physical blockade that holds us back from progressing in our lives. In quarantine, moving forward can be how to deal with both mental and physical blockages.

So how are you doing?

As an artist, sometimes moving forward can be something that we need to do in order to get into the right headspace to create our work. What often holds us back from moving forward is not anyone or anything, but the barriers and restrictions in our own minds.

I am personally as guilty as they come in setting my own mental and physical boundaries. There are days that I feel terribly lazy where I stare at the camera or the canvas and have so many great ideas, but just lack the energy to pick up the tools to execute them. But is it energy? What is interesting to me is the fact that if I force myself to pick up the camera for example, and to begin to photograph something -- anything really -- my mind changes its thoughts from whatever state it was in, and I begin to feel inspired as I play with new creations. Some often get trapped in the idea or notion that a certain type of content has to be in front of their lens or canvas in order to inspire them to make work. I have been there before also. But once we realize that all work no matter if in photographic form, or canvas in my case (many different medias can apply) is simply made up of our emotions, shape, light, shadow, texture, color, and what we make of it, a world of possibilities open up.

There are also experiences in our lives that hold us back. For me, it was often feeling like I was never good enough to make what I wanted to make. Or hearing from people in my life that I would never make any money doing things that I love doing. Sometimes emotional currency gets drained faster than tangible currency. And sometimes emotional currency holds value to us as creatives more than the physical.

For me, I paused photography for ten years in order to pursue corporate life. I made a living, sure. Was I happy? Hell NO! It took getting laid off from a supervisor position at a company that I was working at to give me the swift kick in the rear to take a chance at what I really wanted to do. At the time, I was emotionally drained also. I feared what it would be like without a consistent paycheck. I feared what friends and family would think of me without having a "job". I half heartedly applied for other positions similar to what I was laid off from, but my head and my heart were just not there.

There was a job that wanted to give me $12/hr to work for them in a position that would have been full time and mental torture, but my partner at the time proposed an idea to me that I could take the job, or I could pursue going back to school for what I really wanted to do in the first place, which was photography and art.

I thought it over for a while. If life ever gives you a large decision, it is a good idea to weigh out all of the pros and cons before jumping in head first. I have learned over the years that it is not fruitful to act based off of feeling or expectations. Neither often end up where we hope they would get us. But finding facts and weighing out the good and bad of the facts helps us to make informed decisions. I am not going to lie. As someone who wears my heart on my sleeve and is highly empath, it is no easy feat to do the homework persay. But taking the time, being kind to ourselves, and weighing the pros and cons has taken me where I needed to be verses a lot of pitfalls that I could have ended up in.

I made the decision in my early 30's to head back to college. I was going to be that "old dude" in class with all of the undergrads for the degree program that I chose. I was worried about how the younger population of the school would react honestly. I quickly learned though that my worries were unwarranted. Everyone accepted me with open arms, and was more than supportive in my back to school experience.

On my graduation day, I could have walked, but I was already traveling for work by my Junior year of college, and I did not see a graduation ceremony as more than a speed bump on the road to where I wanted to be. I did attend the stadium commencement where there were over 10,000 students in the entire college from all of the different areas of study, but I did not attend the local art school ceremony because I felt that I had achieved what I wanted to accomplish.

I spent some time with my family on graduation day, and I announced that I was NYC bound once again. I packed my things and said see you laters as I settled into an apartment in upper Manhattan where the mice and cockroaches both seemed friendly.

I had taught workshops before in my photographic career that I started before college, but I had never taught in a full time capacity. Post-school as one hunts for the proverbial employment status, you generally take the offers and weigh them in as you do with any other decision. I was offered a position at a local after work style school in Manhattan, and I feel as if my teaching career really began as that led to opportunities to guest lecture at NYU, FIT, and Adorama TV.

I feel as if teaching is sometimes more rewarding to me personally than photography or making art. Giving someone the gift of using their camera, brushes, or pencil to express is something that can set someone on a journey for a lifetime. Over the years, I have had countless students that have stayed in touch. Some go on to become working professional photographers, while others continue to document their adventures, or others share things like family memories. No matter the reason that people photograph, nothing is more rewarding to me than knowing that I helped someone to achieve their goal.

Working as a professional photographer on the other hand over the years was always more about the chase for me. If I achieved a technical skill set in my work, I felt accomplishment. Or if I got hired by a certain company, I also felt accomplishment. I realize these days though that all of the things that I ever have done as a "professional photographer" were just like any job though really. They were things that I did for money just like I did prior to ever returning to school to get an art degree so that I had a fancy piece of paper to say that I knew what the hell I was doing.

If there is one piece of advice that I could share with anyone in these times where we have more time alone with ourselves during lock downs or quarantine, it is to acknowledge who YOU truly are. I personally still struggle with my mind. I am not perfect by any means, and I will never be. But that is being human, and that is life. We deal with what we have been dealt as best as we can to accomplish what we can. And we grow.

The growth factor for me has been something that I am much more aware of and conscious of more so now than I ever have been before. In photography, there are a lot of individuals who think they can take a one hour class and learn photography. Can you learn basics? sure. Can you master or fully understand how to use your camera to capture what is in your mind in ALL circumstances that you ever may encounter? no. That takes a lifetime of experiences, successes, failures, excitements, disappointments, heart breaks, earth shakes, ups, downs, and the most important part -- consistency and finding what helps YOU to move forward.

For me, I know my vices. I can't change everyone or everything that I wish that I could. I can only work on my own goals and aspirations to become better than I personally was yesterday in hopes that it will lead to a better tomorrow.

Some things that I would suggest to anyone to move forward in these times and to learn yourself are: Meditation, using art/photo cathartically, music, adventures (within safety of course), neuroplasticity (change your environment or routine to sharpen your mind), and being honest with yourself so that you can be honest and authentic with others.

I firmly believe that we attract the energy that we put out into the world. If we are fake, we will attract fake into our lives. If we are open, accepting, forgiving, loving, and honest though, just maybe we can move the needle forward.


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Being Social From a Distance

Star date 4.25.20 2:58pm EST for what seems like day five billion of quarantine/lock down. In reality, it is only around day 41 for most here in the United States.

How are you holding up? Where are you in the world? What did you do before quarantine? What do you do now to pass the time? Are you ok? Are you healthy? What is the first thing that you will do after quarantine is over? Do you think covid-19 will end? Where did it come from? Can you get everything that you need during this time?

These are questions that I have for anyone that I have spoken to during these times.

By nature, we as humans are social creatures. I think one of the hardest things for me personally has been missing friends and family that I cannot see in person right now. I have dealt with several personal losses in the past few weeks where people have passed that I have been connected to. Some being associates that I met and befriended in crossing, one good friend, and one Great Uncle in my family.

One of the hardest things with loss is that you just want to be able to hug someone and hear that things will be OK while you in due time honor and process the loss. These are unprecedented times though. We must maintain social distancing and be strong. We are fighting an invisible enemy. How can we know if we are carriers of covid-19 with certainty? Testing is still highly lacking through out the world, yet there are protesters in many places that simply want to open our economies and don't seem to care.

If there is one thing that I have personally learned from the past few months, it is discipline. I have payed more attention to what essential needs are vs. wants also. And I am realizing more now than ever that I don't need a lot to survive. What I do need though are connections with friends and family. One of the hardest things during these times is the feeling of being alone. The quiet leads to thoughts running ramped in the mind. These thoughts lead to questions. Questions lead to more questions than answers. And then the answers that we have with no certainty make us worry because there are so many more unknowns at this stage of the game.

I left NYC on December 13, 2019 to head for Detroit. My goal was to spend a few months with family before I embarked on my 2020 workshop teaching plans. Life was not exactly where I had hoped that it would be prior to embarking, and I needed a break from New York City. I had thought that the time spent with family would replenish my emotional state, and that time on the road would renew my inspiration and curiosity for creating.

As I recall leaving New York, I remember seeing an article in The Times about a doctor in Wuhan, China that blew the whistle on a new Sars-like illness. Honestly, being so far away from many world conflicts sometimes in the world, you think to yourself that it could never happen to you. You are nowhere near where the sickness is. Your heart goes out to those who are sick, but you don't personally know them, so human nature leads us to continue our day to day routine. It continues until something comes to our back door. Something that we would have never imagined possible in 2020. Something that we have heard about in the history books, but never imagined would happen in our time. Prior to this, wars were fought in far off lands. Places that we had heard about, but sometimes never, or would never have visited in our lives. Now the war is at our doorstep.

This quarantine has been a challenge to say the least. At first with the overwhelming bombardment of traditional media, and then that of social media, things like fear, sadness, anger, paranoia, and anxiety set in quickly. We are a global society that has grown accustom to information at our fingertips. Why is there no quick answer? Simply because this is new to all of us. We have never experienced anything like what is happening. Even the experts do not have definitive answers, and our leaders that are supposed to steer the ship have failed to prepare or predict anything like this to have ample resources for our safety.

After several weeks though, the mind and psyche settles into the rhythm of acceptance. This is actually happening. It seems like a nightmare that you want to pinch yourself and wake up from, but unfortunately it is reality. Acceptance leads to survival mode though. And survival is not equal across the globe. No one anywhere was prepared for this.

Survival to some has meant remotely social distancing in different locations outside of where they traditionally live. However, that is not something that everyone can afford or have access to. For some it is a challenge being in enclosed spaces that are terribly small like a New York City apartment. For others, social distancing is a different experience with access to a house on a piece of property somewhere that they are accustom to as the norm. For every single one of us, we are processing differently as we shelter in place, and there is no easy answer.

Some of us are struggling to pay our bills. Many are worried about the potential of starving if they can't find ways to make money to afford food if this continues long term. Some miss activities and experiences that we place our self worth in. All thoughts and worries are valid.

Here in the United States, covid-19 has spread faster and further than anywhere else in the entire world as reported so far. Everyone here in the US is used to a culture where we are free to do what we wish when we wish within accordance to our laws and constitution. So when states lock down and begin to restrict certain actions stating that it is for our protection, it is easy to become scared and act out of fear or individualism. The problem though is still that we are fighting an invisible enemy. Gathering in any capacity not only puts us as individuals at risk with this enemy, but puts others at risk if we become a carrier and pass along covid-19 to others. In other words, this virus is NOT ABOUT YOU! It does not discriminate between who it infects or does not infect. But the fact still remains that resources are not readily available to help everyone in the capacity that we need. Many individuals flock to social media to share theories, political views, or daily news. But again, no one has a definitive answer. In history, social distancing during times like these has prevented the spread of infection. Yet, why do some not listen?

One thing that I have had the hardest time with personally is not being able to hug someone, or see friends and family in person. I attended my first ever Zoom hosted birthday party for one of my best friends last night. It was nice that we could connect and converse to celebrate, but it is still not the same as if we were in the same location to hug and share the experience in person. There are many video chat apps. I have embraced a lot of them for my job as a teacher, or to try to connect with friends and family.

So how do we become social from a distance for now? How do we embrace the technology or the new norms during these times?

There are a lot of experiences that I miss. I have been pretty remote for several months now even before quarantine, and it is the things that we do not have access to that we became used to that are the hardest at first. But, I have personally noticed that I have become much more in tune and appreciative of the little things that I can get access to or that I do have. I have noticed a trend online that so many post that they are "bored". I think that boredom is a state of mind. This is a great time to embrace something like creating at home, reading, spending time with those you are safely quarantined with, or to learn a new skill. This is a great time to push all employers to access technology to a new access where we have the decision whether we work from home or work from an office in future. Why do we need to be tethered to one location anymore?

A few months back when I arrived in Detroit before quarantine, I started in on a plan to learn new skills on Udemy. I signed up for a life coaching certification, a meditation certification, a marketing course, a neuroplasticity class, and a cognitive behavioral therapy course. So far, I finished three certifications, and I am half way through the fourth. It goes back to the idea of discipline though. What could I do to better the  situation and engage the mind to step past boredom? Sure, there are days that I don't feel like doing my courses or feel like doing anything for that matter. I think in these times that we must remember to be kind to ourselves too though. We will make it through this. We will find a way to adapt and make something better when we come out of this. But as I learned in my life coaching class, we cannot change ourselves if we do not want to change. We must not act on fear or expectations. Both can only lead to disappointment so often, where as facts can formulate rational decision. So we must want to change in order to better our situation, and we must adapt to do what we can with what we have to survive.

I long for the days that I can see you all in person again, and that this whole nightmare is behind us. I long for the days that we can grab a cup of coffee, or a slice of pizza together to talk in person. I long for change, but for now I hope and pray that you all as you read this are safe and healthy no matter where you are and what you believe in. I send you a digital hug from a distance! What are you doing to stay social from a distance during these times?

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The Power of a Desk

Dear Friends,

I am thinking today about the power of a desk. A lot of us are spending more time at home during lock down, while other of us are working from home, and many of us own a desk anyways. What made you choose your desk? What does it look like? What does it feel like? Is it comfortable? Have you resorted to sitting in other spots around your home other than your desk? Does it help break up thinking about things that you miss? Do you even need a physical desk to have a desk? These are a few things that have gone through my mind lately while sitting in solitude here in Detroit, MI.

The desk in the photo was my Grandmother's. She is the one that gave me my first camera and launched me on the path that I am on now when I was just ten years old. She did most of her work at this desk. It sat in a front room of her house that had a linoleum floor with red brick patterns, several white wire framed shelves around the room to hold photos, sewing material, Avon merchandise that she sold, and other keepsakes. There was a border of teddy bear wall paper around the top of the walls near the ceiling that said the phrase "The stuff dreams are made of". I can vividly recall the space as if it were just yesterday.

My Grandmother received this desk in 1942 for a wedding gift when she married my Grandfather. Seventy-eight years later, here it sits in what is now my space for the time being here in Michigan. She would often work at this desk well into the late night as I do (perhaps something about being a fellow creative?).

I remember that my brother and I would sit at an end of the desk, or in front of it on a cardboard table working on personal projects with things like baseball card collections, playing Monopoly, or eating food while Grandma worked.

It is pure coincidence that I am sitting at this desk writing to you all today, but in many ways, I still feel her spirit present. She would be one of the first to go out of her way to help people right now with what is going on in the world in any way that she could. Sitting at this desk and remembering that about her is what led me to start embracing teaching photography online after all of my workshops and in person classes were cancelled. Sitting at this desk also inspired me to take a leap of faith to start 79 punks to release a line of t-shirts and merchandise to raise support for mental health awareness. So I feel her working her magic even many years later after she passed.

I just posted a photo on my Instagram from one of the last nights that I was in New York City before I intended to visit Detroit for a few months to see family before moving on to other things. On the night that I made that photo, I was getting off of the subway in Midtown Manhattan when a homeless man threw a handful of what had to be at least 100 pennies at me. Just months before my Grandmother passed away many years ago, she told me that any time she was guiding me, or that I was doing something that she approved of, that I would find two pennies. I find more pennies (power of my mind perhaps?) than I don't know what! But 100 pennies is fifty Grandma's folks! Grandma meant business! I spoke with my Mom the day after, and she told me that was Grandma telling me to "get the fuck out of NYC!".

Somehow I was led from New York to spend time here at this desk. I have inherited the desk now, and it will travel with me to wherever I end up after this whole pandemic clears, and I am able to regain stable employment once again. But in the meantime, the power of the desk compels me to keep creating, to spend time with family, to keep reaching out and lifting others up as best I can, and to remember to be kind to myself. It is not easy with all of the loss that has been personally experienced with this pandemic, but my Grandma is out there somehow sending things to keep me going at this desk.

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A Letter to Beginner Photographers

Dear Beginner Photographer,

Thank you for joining me today. It is nice to virtually meet you in this time where we are all doing these things "online". I am sending you a virtual handshake, high-five, or fist bump as I do all of my students from afar today here in Detroit, MI.

If you have made it to my page, congratulations on taking the first step on your journey! You have either bought a camera, are thinking of buying a camera (if you are looking for suggestions, you can find my gear list here), or someone has given you a camera (make them an album of photos as a thank you!).

At first the camera seems exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I remember taking my first camera out of the box, and I was quick to attach the lens, put a battery in it for the meter, load film, and start snapping away. I was a little bummed at some of my first results because they all came out very dark. It was a different world to learn on film because you 'had' to know manual mode. These days that is no longer the case. We as photographers have several different options to shoot, and none of them are wrong even though everyone has an opinion of their favorite ways to use their cameras.

If you are just starting out, I have a gift for you. I have created several videos on my Youtube that detail the overview of just starting out, into the different modes of your camera, beginner manual mode, and up to intermediate manual mode to challenge some of my long term students that only had a chance to go over some of the basics in places that I have taught with me. Please feel free to visit and watch the videos as many times as you like. A lot of my students enjoy the way that I share material, and the benefit of Youtube is also that you can go through at your own pace.

I have seen a lot of photographers getting creative in the midst of quarantine right now. Most have taken to things to shoot around the house to deal with not being able to go outside. I have started a new tradition to stream a free live photography lesson in different things every day live at 8-9pm EST on my Instagram. I am lucky to have been given the gift of photography by my Grandma when I was growing up, and she would be one of the first to help someone in times like these that we live in, so I would like to do the same for you all. I would encourage you to join me every night to learn something new, ask questions about your photos, and we now have things like Photo Club night on Sundays, and Mondays are all about making something new from old photos as a fun recurring theme so far.

As you start out with your camera, or even if you have been shooting for a while, a thing called time can be a huge factor to practice. I encourage every photographer to carry their camera wherever they go daily to shoot everything possible. I suggest taking the camera and a short lens so that if you get a few minutes to practice, you can make images. I used to work in computers, and I would walk around outside on my lunch break to make photos just to unwind and practice. It sure beat sitting in a cubicle my entire day!

If you find yourself with specific questions, or that you would like to advance your skills faster than you are learning, I also teach online private photography lessons. Please feel free to drop me a note, and I am happy to chat with you about specials on packages of lessons, or individual lessons start at $80/hr. I have students in over 42 different countries these days from my time spent guest lecturing at places like NYU, FIT, Adorama TV, Photo Manhattan, and also from workshop tours that I teach annually these days. I love how the power of the internet has all given us a way to connect no matter where we are in the world during these times with covid-19.

If you have read this far also, I would like to thank you for visiting my pages. I wish you many happy adventures with your photography! Everyone thinks that they can learn photography quickly, but I will share that you are embarking on an inspirational journey of a lifetime! Photography is a gift that we can use to remember, create, work, share, and visually communicate. It takes time and many adventures to fully master. I cannot see a day in my own life without it, and the camera has become an extension of my soul.

Please let me know how your photos go! You are welcome to tag work on Instagram or Facebook @whatwouldcharlieshoot where I will see your work. Please do feel free to say hello any time also! I look forward to getting to hear all about your photos, and happy shooting!

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And the thunder rolls...

In Spring of 2008, I was driving across I-80 with family on a week long adventure that took us from Detroit, up through Canada to Niagara Falls, back across the border into New York State, stopping in NYC, through New Jersey, into Pennsylvania, through Ohio, and then back to Detroit. My partner had just graduated college, and some of her family had come to stay and take a once in a lifetime adventure.

I remember from this time that I was starting to really get back into photography around 2007/2008. I took a bit of a break to pursue a career in computer work, and somehow found my way back to my creative side -- or re-discovered that my creative side was there all along, but someone somehow some way told me that I was not good enough, and that I should stick with a 9-5 job.

I remember when I was really getting back into photography that it was triggered specifically because I was in Chicago on a trip, and I was on one of the boat tours that take you up and down the waterways through the city. I saw a man with a black Nikon camera that was taking photos of scenes that we all witnessed from the boat, and I said to myself that I wanted another Nikon right then and there! I only had a cheap $100 Sony cybershot point and shoot that I had with me on the trip, and I quickly felt the urge of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) brewing before I understood what that meant. 

I ended up getting a cheap Nikon D40, and all of the cheap DX lenses that I could buy. Prior to this and my computer stint, I had only shot with film cameras, so really this was my entry into the digital "pro" game -- or at least what I thought was pro at the time on an entry level APS-C camera that I was shooting in automatic with... I was excited though, and that was what got me shooting again.

I started again by photographing anything and everything! And I do mean EVERYTHING! I tell any of my students or anyone out there that if you truly want to understand photography and learn how to become a better photographer that you must be ABS (Always Be Shooting)!

I was still working an IT job at the time, and I remember that they did not really want you to be taking photographs inside of the building. I honestly don't know who would give two shits about seeing photographs of cubicles, people in business casual clothing, Dell computers, and the really cheap coffee that they used to put in the break room that tasted like it was burnt most of the time. It was probably the coffee that they were hiding -- but regardless I kept my camera sheathed during the day in my backpack, and I would take walks around the block on my lunch hour to shoot the fake lake, the geese that would purposely do their business on the hood of your car, trees, cars that drove by, or whatever I could get in front of the lens.

I wanted to try my hand at wedding photography because I wanted to do something creative that made money. Let me just state for the record that my skills were NOWHERE READY to be a professional wedding photographer! However, I found a kind woman named Anne that allowed me to shadow her for a couple weddings as her second shooter through a friend that I worked with at my day gig, and I thought after a couple weddings that I WAS READY!

I will point out right here that if someone is kind enough to take you on as a second shooter, or that if you get hired as what we call 'work for hire' in industry, you should ask the lead photographer or your employer if it is ok to use images in your portfolio. In a work for hire situation, usually you get compensated for your rights to the photos, but in an internship or second shooter position that I was in just as a favor, the slope gets even trickier to navigate because I did not know to ask, and she did not mention anything to me initially.

I started to post some of the wedding shots on my website and my Facebook at the time. Anne got very upset with me because I was working for her company, and told me to take them down. Me being me asked why, and she told me we were done and that I was not to use her name on any of the work at all.

I moved forward with the shots that I had. In hindsight, as I mention, my skills were nowhere near where they should have been to take on what I was about to do, but being stubborn as I am sometimes I did it anyways.

I put out posts on things like Craigslist, Facebook, and other sites in hopes of attracting my first solo wedding clients. I made the mistake of not valuing my work because I knew deep down that I was not ready to take on too much full time just yet, so I put weddings up for $500 and engagement sessions up for $100.

Now I know that if you are a pro like me, you are sitting there shaking your head reading this going what the actual f---?!? I know, I know... But at the time, I did not know.

I did manage to meet some lovely couples that were getting married that gave me my first jobs. A lot of them hired me because I had a very non-traditional approach to the photos that I shared.  A couple of my favorites were a wedding that I shot at a local brewery where the groom got his own beer made called "Chris's love potion", and I remember another shoot where I thought I had to look super 'professional' so I wore a wool suit outside in 97 degree weather just to impress my clients for $100.

The further along that I got with more weddings though, I slowly started to realize that I was selling my soul for a measly $500/wedding. Weddings to me were also not rewarding work as I thought that they would be initially. I can't be fake. I am as straight of a shooter as they come, and I wear my heart on my sleeve. If I am not feeling something, I am the first to say something.

I started shooting fashion not too long after I felt the soul suck of the weddings. Or.... at least what I thought was fashion at the time. I learned a lot of what I know and can pass on as trial by fire. Some of us must go through life and make all of the mistakes in order to learn or lessons. Others will read my blog post and learn from my experiences to have a better first go at photography than I did.

What I thought I had to do for fashion, just like weddings, was to build a portfolio. How does one get a portfolio in a place like Michigan that is not really known for 'fashion' per say? I saw some of my friends on Facebook that shot with models. I asked them where they met the models, or how to book them, and they sent me to a website called Model Mayhem.

Now again, I know a lot of you that are pros like me out there are face palming so hard right now hearing this, but I do hope that some of my follies will help a new generation of photographer to navigate the fields with a bit more grace than I did.

For those that don't know, Model Mayhem is a site for independent models, photographers, makeup artists, wardrobe..etc. Don't get me wrong, I met a lot of GREAT people there (there are a lot of creeps too though so be careful)! I am still friends with a lot of them today! BUT... If you truly want to shoot fashion, you need to understand that the real fashion industry does not give two shits about you playing dress up with your friends and making beautiful pictures. I'm sorry, but that is the cold hard truth.

In the past, media has dictated or defined what constitutes as a 'model'. If you are going to attempt to become a photographer for Guess Jeans for example, you need to first have the skills that it takes to shoot Guess caliber of images, and then second find models that look exactly like what Guess puts in their advertisements. The same goes for any other company that you want to work for, or any magazines, blogs..etc.

In 2020, it is a brave new world out there. I applaud all of the beauty movements that are changing the way that we look at models. I also applaud all of the models who can be themselves and not have to starve themselves to death trying to be a size 0 coat hanger being honest also. Real women have curves as the saying goes, and positive body movement is IN!

When I started shooting models, I picked everyone that I worked with based on what media and industry taught me was a model. I did not realize that the best models don't just get the jobs for their looks, they have a personality that resonates with the demographic that they are modeling to. That is why there is room for many more individuals to model in 2020 is because we have realized in society and industry that not everyone has to look or act the same (unless it is times of covid-19 in which I urge everyone to act the same in the respects of staying home!).

When I shot my first jobs in NYC, all of the work that I did prior to shooting for Conde Nast, GQ, Pinner, and any other companies that I worked with was thrown out the window. NONE of it was allowed to stay in my book, because none of it was what they were looking for.

What I do remember from my first model shoots though is that I learned how to work with people better.

A couple tips that I can share no matter if you are starting in weddings or fashion/models is to:

1. Always talk to your sitters. A quiet room or scene is the worst because people get trapped in their heads and wonder if they are doing ok. Two simple things that can start a conversation is to ask where someone is from, and also what they do. Those two questions can find common ground with sitters which will be the difference between a deer in the headlights look in a photograph, and creating real genuine emotion. I call it breaking the ice.

2. Angles, Angles, Angles! People automatically pose the way that they think they are taught to pose. It is a subconscious habit that stems from things we observe as humans. A couple guidelines with either things like weddings or fashion is to work 45 and 90 degree angles with your sitters to create some simple shots that usually both you and your sitter will enjoy. For those of you that are more adventurous like I am with your shots, speak with your sitter to clearly express what you are looking to accomplish and be respectful for starters, but if someone is open, I like to play a game called 'chase the camera'. I simply keep turning my camera away from the model, and his or her job is to run or jump in front of my lens every single time. I shoot right when I think they are in frame, and I turn it into an interactive experience where I can move, or they can move. It usually results in everyone in the studio laughing their heads off, but it is a fun way to achieve alternative angles that sometimes result in very genuine and unique shots.

3. Shoot LOTS! If you think you have 'the shot', shoot 200 more at least! You are working on digital cameras these days, and there is no more cost to developing photos other than your time. It is up to you to communicate with your sitter or client prior to the shoot to manage expectations of how many shots they receive no matter if you are testing with someone, or if they hire you also. In my personal suggestion, I would never agree to "ALL" the shots, and I would never give away RAW or unedited photographs. That is my personal way that I do things. The reason I don't suggest all the shots also is because it will take you forever and a day to edit. You are not getting paid for a test shoot, and neither is anyone else on your team, so make sure to value your time so that you can more effectively improve your skills other than editing 400 very similar shots and wasting days. RAW files are also like negatives that we used to use in our film days also. In order to provide someone with the best quality, I would suggest to never give them away because there is always tweaking that can be done by someone that is a trained professional to get the best quality out of images. Some people may say that they have a friend/cousin/uncle, or whatever that will edit the photos that is a "professional", but in my personal opinion, unless those individuals can show me industry credentials from REAL jobs and notable companies with a portfolio that looks better than mine, even then the answer is still NO!

I don't mention any of this to be mean, but you as a photographer have to decide what works for you. There are a lot of folks these days that moonlight on the weekend to shoot things like I started with in weddings, models, fashion, or whatever thinking that it is an easy way to make a few quick bucks, or that it will be some form of creative outlet. There is nothing wrong with making a few quick bucks, or having creative outlets, but I would urge everyone to understand where your skill levels are at, and to not just give away all of your hard work without talking about these things with your sitters and clients.

Eventually after I made all of my mistakes, I ended up in NYC shooting things like fashion week, Conde Nast, GQ..etc. like I mention. But, it came through many years of paying my dues, learning my craft, and many times of putting myself out there to get a million no responses back before I got the yes. We as photographers and artists must deal with so much rejection on a daily basis, and it is hard.

After many years, as a professional photographer, I have diversified into other things other than just shooting. I refuse to shoot a job for just money any more. A piece of advice that I offer to anyone that is reading this is to find work that you are actually passionate about and the rest of life falls into place. Don't just accept a shoot because it makes money. There are 50 million better ways to make a lot more money a lot quicker than photography. And passion in a photo is felt through culture, generations, or anyone that sees the image. That is how the great photographers stand the test of time. They worked on their craft, and they were all very passionate about what they did to put their best foot forward.

I myself took on teaching photography, I have diversified into tech endeavors, I make my own personal projects for books, I pick up odd jobs as a consultant for fellow creatives, and lately I started @79punks to raise awareness for mental health.

I think that life constantly evolves. There is no point where we ever stop learning and growing. What I write to you is from experience of making mistakes, and then learning what needed to be done to get where I needed to go. Everyone will have a different path, and some may be camera virtuosos right from the first time of picking up a camera. Who am I to stop you?

For the sake of this post today though, I do want to say a huge THANK YOU to my family, my friends, and anyone who has ever sat in front of my lens or given me a shot to work for you. I appreciate you all greatly!

The thunder rolls, and the lightning strikes with what is going on in the world right now (and literally outside of my studio window there is a storm right now), but every day we have a choice to wake up and discover how we can make what we believe in work, or to dive back into the bed and pull the covers over our head. I choose to discover new ways to make things work!

I will see you all live this evening on my @charlienaebeck IG to teach a brand new photo lesson. If you enjoy what I do and would like to support my streams, you can donate to keep me going on creating content and blog entries at You can also book online private photography lessons there, or get some of my shirts that I have worked hard to design for my latest @79punks project.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe y'all!

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The Power of YES

Good Morning,

I hope that you slept well! If you are enjoying coffee as I am right now, cheers! If you are able to sleep like I can right after finishing said coffee, more power to you as well! For some of you, it may be lunch or dinner already. Whatever point it is for you in your day, I wish you Good Morning! That is how it feels anymore -- Kind of like  Groundhog Day.

I want to put this concept out into the world today called "The Power of YES". My friend @jordanmatter published a blog post years back when I was his intern by the same title. I searched for it this morning in hopes that I could share it directly with you, but it seems to no longer be online that I can find.

The story goes like this though from what I remember.

Jordan took a dancer to Financial District in Manhattan (specifically Stone Street which is covered in beautiful cobblestones) for his Dancers Among Us. He was looking for three young gentlemen sitting down for lunch with their ties loosened up having a beer to ask to pose with the ballerina. He approached three young men that he thought would surely say yes, but they scoffed in his face and told him that their boss would kill them if word got out that they were drinking in the middle of the day.


Meanwhile, there were three older gentlemen slightly down the street that were calling to him and the ballerina while making a scene. Jordan said that it could have gone terribly wrong with some of the things that the older gentlemen were saying, but that something in his gut instinct told him to say "YES"!

The concept of the shoot was to have the ballerina do a arabesque, while holding a tray and serving beer to the gentlemen. The guys were half drunk, they were dropping beer glasses, and things were getting sloppy, but Jordan got the shot.

He and the ballerina were about to leave, when the guys invited them to sit down and have a drink with them. Jordan asked if they would get in trouble like the three younger gentlemen. One may spoke up and said, "those guys will never be us" because they were three CEOs of top financial firms on Wall Street.

After the conversation and shoot that day, Jordan ended up receiving massive referrals to his head shot business simply because the men that he shot liked him. The Power of YES was born, which is making something that could potentially be negative into something positive.

As I first discovered Jordan's work when I was back in school, I read his blog post and took it to heart so much that I went straight to a tattoo shop with my friend Cora one night in NYC and got "THE POWER OF YES" tattooed on my left forearm!

Jordan and I made a pact that any of his future interns all have to get "THE POWER OF YES" tattooed on their forearms also in order to work with him.

The motto its self though has become something very important to me over the years. It is there as a reminder. When life gets tough, allow yourself to feel, but then make something out of the feelings into something positive. I think about that now more than ever as the world changes.

Be safe out there y'all! If anyone needs to talk during these times also, please feel free to drop me an E-mail . I think that it is important more so than ever that we all check in on each other and keep touch with family and friends.


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Thoughts on inspiration Morning light in Florence, ITLight from my dining room early in the morning in Florence Italy.

Hello my friends,

What day is it? Where is my coffee? Is the spider on the ceiling starting to talk in foreign tongues to me?

I have tried to start entry number two in what I have decided to call the "Captain's log" here on my page instead of "blog" for over 48 hours. I found that every time I started, I stopped. Why? Because sometimes if you force something, you procrastinate, and you procrastinate hard -- at least that is the way that things go for me.

A close friend suggested today to not treat this as a "blog", but more as an account of thoughts and feelings. I dig it! I have never been one to really do things traditionally anyways, so these entries will simply come organically. I hope that I do not scare too many people away by sharing what is in my head. haha

Today, I am thinking about inspiration. Inspiration is a tricky word. So many often seem to feel that inspiration is needed to do or accomplish certain tasks, particularly in the creative fields. To a certain degree, yes, I agree that "inspiration" is needed. However, if we sit around and wait for inspiration to happen, we are never going to get anything accomplished.

For me, it is not something that just magically strikes like lightning. I have to actively seek my inspiration as if I were hunting for food to survive. Inspiration is also something that I consider as food for the soul as another way that I personally look at it.

I want to share some different ways that I approach seeking inspiration. Perhaps these will help any that discover my "Captain's log" entries now or in future to motivate to create a method that works for you.

The first thing that I go to when I seek inspiration is what I know. I think personally that a lot of people are too quick to say they are bored, or that they are uninspired. When it boils down to it, those words simply translate to laziness or apathy. I have been there my friends! I know the dance very well. So how does one overcome it?

I prefer to keep memories in different forms as my first line of offense in seeking inspiration. These could be as simple as riffing off of an idea in my mind, they could be visual cues, they could be audible, they could be tactile, and smell or taste have their place also in their own right depending on what kind of task that you are attempting to achieve. Essentially, we are talking about the 5 senses of human beings here.

In my last entry, I was mentioning that I have been reading Robert Genn - Twice Weekly Letters (click the link to get a copy on Amazon and support me please). It is a start for the senses to me. I used to love to read growing up, so books get my mind racing with possibility. Robert's letters are also absolutely wonderful and insightful! He wrote the collection that turned into the book over the course of ten years as a gift to inspire painters around the globe. They apply to daily life, art, and any form of creation really.

If you do not enjoy reading, another way that I start to seek inspiration is to sit and meditate. If you have never mediated before, I would suggest to try to work in at least two 20 minute periods through out your day. When the mind is constantly on the go, sometimes I find myself feeling drained and needing to recharge. Meditating helps me to clear my head, and to understand what the important things in life really are.

I recently signed up for a course on Udemy by Michael Bijker to refresh on how to meditate called "Complete meditation and mind training course". Some folks might not believe that meditation can help, but for me, I discovered that it forms discipline, routine, relaxation, and helps me to understand the daily obstacle course of my thoughts at any given time when I start to feel overwhelmed. I really enjoy Michael's Temples music also (click the link to get on Amazon or stream and support me also). It is the most chill thing to put on after a stressful day especially in the times that we are living in right now.

Sometimes after a meditation session (or otherwise), I will resort to free writing in my sketchbook also. I prefer the tactile response of paper and pen to the digital counterpart. That, and my sketchbooks are often times my main spot of keeping my ideas for future creation in any medium. I can write, draw, clip/tape, destroy, paint, or simply flip through for ideas at any point. I have an entire shelf of sketchbooks in my studio that I have kept for almost ten years now. My favorites are either Moleskine 5.5 x 8.25 or Shinola 5.25 x 8.25 (fun fact, also made in Detroit). I prefer the smaller sizes because I can easily slip them into a jacket pocket, or a pouch of my Think Tank Streetwalker Harddrive backpack (note: this backpack is very comfortable, and is TSA approved for carry on when we can all fly again. I never check any of my personal gear when traveling).

Family and friends are also wonderful sources of inspiration! My friend Romy is to thank for the inspirational words of wisdom that led me to this very blog post today (Thank you Romy!). I can't count how many times just giving someone a call, or reaching out in some way has inspired me. Remember especially in these crazy times that we are living through right now to reach out to family and friends. It does not matter if we have grievances or differences with people that we care about. I would suggest to set aside differences and make the time to tell everyone that you care about that you love them and care about them. Even before covid-19, there are many lessons on how short that life really is. It is better in my opinion to forgive, love, and be open, than to regret, hold grudges, or bottle things up. I have been one to hold things in for long periods of time myself, and it never works out well.

One last source of inspiration that I will put out here for now to share is that if you live anywhere that you are able to take a walk right now and practice social distancing, sometimes just a small adventure can be a win to queue up new inspirations. In the past, I have always thought that if I went to some far off foreign land that it would "inspire" me. That is not always the case sadly. Wanderlust is wonderful as is cultural exchanges and experiences as a human and/or artist, but it is not always going to create something that inspires you or leaves meaningful impact.

My friend @davidalanharvey (go follow him everywhere!) says it best that when he makes photographs, the story has taken him wherever he has ended up in his work. Most of the time David shoots work that is of places, or non-famous people, he does not shoot models or fashion, or any of the shiny things that often attract beginner photographers for the wrong reasons. He shoots things that he is passionate about, and that he believes in. This is a lesson that I personally learned in many ways, but did not make sense until David's words of wisdom. He said that most of the best artists in the entire course of history no matter in photography or not have created work close to home, and closest to what they know and are passionate about. I would encourage you all to find what it is that sets YOUR soul on fire! Who are YOU really? Why are you letting popular culture or other temporary things influence who you really are as an individual? Status comes and goes, but work that you believe in and that continues to inspire you is the most valuable form of currency that I could ever think of or share advice about.

What inspires you?

Join me tonight 4/3/20 @charlienaebeck on Instagram at 8pm EST as I host an open discussion about ways to keep inspiration as a photographer and artist.

Thank you for stopping by my Captain's logs, and if you would like more inspiration, I am live on IG every day at 8pm EST sharing new mini photography workshops in many different styles and ways. I also have a Youtube  packed full of free photography tips and tricks. If you enjoy what I do, and would like to help support me to create more content, you can donate to support my streams, or book online affordable private photography lessons here . You can also support by visiting my @79punks merch shop where I design a lot of awesome shirts, hoodies, stickers, mugs, and more to raise support for mental health awareness.

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My favorite photo - It begins By: Charlie Naebeck taken in Milan, ITMy favorite photo

March 31, 2020

Hey everyone,

This is my first official blog post. I decided that I would start to write these in addition to daily Instagram live streams, Youtube content, and 79 punks  creations to share with you all.

I want to use my blog as a spot to speak with you all more personally though. I have always been someone who wears his heart on his sleeve per say. So I am going to use my time to write you letters that I hope will inspire, make you think, give hope, solve problems, and get you creating.

One of my favorite inspirations at the moment is a book called Robert Genn . Robert used to write a wonderful newsletter that was called "The Painters Keys" that he sent out twice weekly for about ten years. The collection of letters that Robert wrote are so amazingly inspirational for any creator that I picked up the book to digest them a little at a time.

That has been one of my latest routines when I wake up -- to make my coffee, which is often an  Italian roast pod in my Keurig which I love so dearly, and to read at least 3 or 4 of Robert's letters. I try to only read 3 or 4 at a time because every one is so rich and insightful that I want to ponder it through out my day.

A lot of friends have been checking in with me this week to make sure I am ok, which I appreciate. I left New York City three months ago now after several years of living and working in the city to take some time away from the hustle, and to get back out on the road again. The plan was to pack my things, move everything to Detroit to set up home base, rent my place out in NYC while I was gone, and then book a 20 city workshop tour.

Well, I started the booking process, and was in the midst of securing plans to tour as I did last year for a 9 city workshop tour when the virus hit the US.

Everyone calls it the coronavirus, but the technical name is covid-19. I'll keep it real in my letters to you all here too. I don't believe in censorship. This virus is something that I have been trying to stay on top of -- not for myself because if I ever go out, I tell everyone that I will go out with my boots on creating every day (and y'all best throw the biggest party CELEBRATING my life instead of mourning it when all of my photos get released). But I stay on top of things because I worry about my family and friends.

I know a lot of New Yorkers, and at least seven friends that I know of right now are sick with covid-19. One was sick that I did not know about until he passed just a few days ago. He was a good man, and a super talented musician. I am sad for his daughter and wife who both must self quarantine alone apart from each other unable to mourn his passing properly at this time.

Here in Michigan, I hate to admit it, but we seem to not be terribly far behind the ranks of New York, Washington State, and California as we polled as number four on the United States virus hot spot list as of last night.

I value my freedom more than anything honestly, and I do not believe in inappropriate steps to take away anyone's freedom either. But... It is time for a full lock down so that we as people with family and loved ones that we wish to protect can take matters into our own hands to rid our country of this virus.

I would encourage most people to try to avoid the media right now honestly. There is so much misinformation on what is happening, not to mention drama between politicians that are dragging their feet instead of helping the people that they were put in office to serve.

Michiganders are no help any more than New Yorkers it seems in some rights too. Everyone seems to go about their day even after both states have imposed shelter in place orders. While I understand the need to make a living and provide for yourself and your families, I think that all non-critical infrastructure employers should immediately grant employees the ability to work from home, or if a job cannot be done from home, to grant paid time off until things are resolved.

I have seen more traffic out my window on the road now after the shelter in place orders than I did before they were in place. Here in Michigan, we are only supposed to leave our homes for groceries, emergencies, or to help elderly family members. Yet, I saw things like kids in the back of a pickup truck zipping down the road for a joy ride the other day apparently NOT practicing social distancing as if nothing is happening.

It does not surprise me that some people are not taking this seriously. The largest problem though with the virus that we are all witnessing right now is that we are fighting an invisible enemy. This is no traditional war, and not everyone will get sick and die from it either. But, someone can be completely asystematic and carry the virus to pass along to someone else that WILL get sick and die from it.

One of my friends in Portugal told me last week that it is now a law that if you are infected with the virus and leave your home before the recovery period that you get put into jail. I would hope that sick individuals would get put into a hospital bed before jail if they have life threatening symptoms.

One of the other largest issues with the virus right now other than people NOT staying home to end this sooner rather than later is the lack of widely available testing. The CDC has proven that testing can be done by yourself with a testing swab, and then sent to a lab to process. The trouble is that we must immediately realize as global citizens what is and is not time to test things.

The CDC has recommended here as all of the doctors and nurses in the media are saying also to simply self-quarantine and ride things out unless you have life threatening breathing issues in which you should immediately seek medical attention. People are filling doctors offices and hospitals though with everything from a common cold, to allergies. If they were not infected before with covid-19, they certainly are now! 

Other common myths that are going around that may help some folks out there is to wear a mask and gloves everywhere. The virus does not infect you unless you touch your eyes, mouth, or nose. Those are the only methods that it enters the body proven by health care professionals. Leave the gloves and masks for our hard working healthcare providers that are on the front lines! They are the ones that need them.

For the rest of us, the biggest thing that we can all immediately do to fight this virus is to stay home, not touch our face without completely washing our hands first, and to make plans for our household to prevent covid-19 cross contamination.

The best plan that I have seen yet comes from my friend Chris in NYC who is certified in disease control and cross contamination practices as a tattoo artist. Chris uses a plastic tub to immediately dump everything from his pockets when he returns home from going out for essentials. He also immediately removes the clothes that he was wearing and showers without touching his face. This prevents cross contamination in the home by allowing you to know where items are that the virus has touched. You should technically clean your home and practice good hygiene anyways, but if you know where the virus lives, you can kill it with disinfectant.

Another tip for helping to control the spread of covid-19 is to disinfect any groceries, purchases, or mail before it comes into your home. It has been proven that people touch groceries or can sneeze and leave covid-19 on surfaces. Our cell phones alone being made of plastic and metal can house covid-19 for up to 96 hours. Cardboard boxes like Amazon delivers can house it for up to 24 hours.

It is a great practice to get into even outside of pandemic times that we live in right now to stop the spread of germs and bacteria to improve our health and the health of those that we love.

There are many theories of how covid-19 started to be floating around on the internet, and these are times that it is easy to get stressed out and argue against fellow humans. I would urge you all though no matter what your background, culture, race, political beliefs, or religion to simply be kind to each other. You never know what someone else is going through in their life like my friend's daughter who now has to mourn the death of her father alone in quarantine and can't even hug anyone or hold a funeral for him at this time.

If you are bored in quarantine, please come join my live streams at 8pm EST every night on my @charlienaebeck Instagram. Every Sunday going forward is also Photo Club night. If you are a photographer of any skill level, please message me if you would like to show some of your work live with me.

I am also creating tons of new Youtube content completely free of charge to keep everyone entertained and learning. Visit to check it out.

And join me for live streams on my 79 punks IG account also. I have many talented friends and artists that I will be collaborating live to entertain and lift up spirits.

Thank you for reading my thoughts! I am sorry that this first entry is not as relaxing and inspirational as it could be in an art sense. But I do believe that we should all stay home and end covid-19 even before our leaders tell us to. There is no need for others that we care about to die, and we have the power to make it so.

Take care of yourselves, be safe, stay home, check in on your family and friends regularly, and I will see you for your regularly scheduled photography and art inspiration soon here on this new blog! Much love to everyone around the world! We are all in this together!


p.s. The photo is my favorite shot that I have taken to date from time spent in Milan, IT mere minutes before I left for my first ever Conde Nast meeting. It felt surreal like a Hitchcock film, but there has always been something so calming about the chaos in that image to me.


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