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Photographer Scott Kelby believes, "You never go wrong by doing the right thing." And from what we’ve seen, he’s done a lot of things right. Peek behind the curtain to learn more about the man who built an educational empire - while staying true to his passions as a photographer and family man.
A behind-the-scenes look at how photographer Jessica Ambats captures the beauty of flight. Jessica specializes in air-to-air photography, a high-stakes type of aerial photography that involves shooting from an airplane with the doors removed while the plane being photographed flies as close as 20 feet away. Do not try this at home.
Last year, photographer Elena Shumilova took photos of her sons in the Russian countryside and put them online. Those photos struck magic and went viral with over 60 million views. She invited SmugMug onto her farm in Russia, where we got a behind-the-scenes look at how she captures these beautifully nostalgic photos.
Water photographer Sarah Lee loves the unpredictability of nature and creates art that captures the interplay of people, water, and light. Unlike other forms of photography, where pixels are painstakingly crafted, Sarah embraces what she can’t control and uses her photography to find beauty in the chaos.
Benjamin Von Wong quit his high-paid day job as a Mining Engineer to create photography full-time. His images transport viewers to another world of fantasy and mystery, thereby stretching their understanding of what’s possible. For his part, Benjamin lives every day knowing that he’s doing what he’s meant to be doing.
Kristina Makeeva dreams with her eyes open. Giving life to her whimsical imagination as a child, she reimagines the sprawling wilds of Siberia as dreamscapes where anything feels possible. Contrasting natural light and settings with surreal subjects and pops of technicolor, Makeeva captures what happens when you blur the line between the tangible and intangible—the ethereal and the real—and when you stop seeing and start dreaming.
Bella Kotak’s fine-art-meets-fashion portraiture showcases the fantastic world that lives just at the edge of our vision. Using a rich palette of clothing, props, models, and scenery to paint her compositions, Bella’s work lifts the veil between our world and the one in which her imagination thrives.
Jerry Business doesn't care about your standards. His gear, his craft, his vision are exactly that: his. The iPhone-first photographer specializes in the miniature. Using meticulously chosen angles and antique toys and figurines, he blends the micro with the macro to create tiny stories in a modern world. Join him on the ground floor of his creations and see the world like never before.
Watch the trailer for the upcoming SmugMug Film. Bella Kotak’s fine-art-meets-fashion portraiture showcases the fantastic world that lives just at the edge of our vision. Using a rich palette of clothing, props, models, and scenery to paint her compositions, Bella’s work lifts the veil between our world and the one in which her imagination thrives.
Alan Schaller: Streets In Mind. From the shadows of a cityscape, street photographer Alan Schaller composes narratives out of the chaos around him. Limiting the noise of his surroundings, he imagines the stories that spaces want to tell. Searching for contrast—a striking person passing in a crowd or a flock of birds suddenly taking flight—Alan captures the harmony of life’s unpredictability by simply observing.
Karen Hutton: Framing the Journey. A lifetime of capturing moments of awe leads Karen Hutton to autumn in Slovenia. Losing herself in nature’s expressions, her photos act as an extension of herself and the ways she experiences the world. Karen’s magical photos don’t happen from simply traveling to beautiful places—they’re created by fully immersing all her senses, from the first inspiring moments to the final frame.
For photographer, Omar Z Robles, to be different is to be extraordinary. Leaning on his background in performance arts, Robles captures the beauty of ballet dancers using the vibrant streets of Rio de Janeiro as their stage. The familiar background strips away the barrier between subject and viewer, daring you to explore the power of being different.