MUROL Tales - Jake Losen

Jake Losen is a photography hobbyist who built up a desire for taking photos after stumbling upon some great work on the internet. He has aspirations of one day being the official photographer for the president of United States of America.  

Tell us a little about yourself. 

I am a photography hobbyist in Duluth, MN. I went to college at UMD and studied abroad in Sweden for a semester my junior year. I also like to run, camp, read and watch movies. 

When did you start taking photos?

I started my senior year of high school, right before going on a ten day trip to Europe with my school. I had a mid level Canon point and shoot and didn't really know what I was doing. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

StumbleUpon. I saw a ton of really beautiful photos popping up all the time and then a page showed up explaining the relationships between shutter speed, ISO and aperture and I was immediately hooked. 

What are cool projects you have worked on?

I am trying to plan a bunch of camping trips to get out and shoot a lot more and I have some ideas for a photo book of the NorthShore. 

What/Who would you most like to capture and why?

I would love to be the photographer for the President. Pete Souza is definitely my favorite photographer to follow, the opportunity to always shoot something of significance would be awesome. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

I saw them on Instagram and then a friend of mine told me about it as well.

What makes MUROL unique?

I think the landscape mode is what really makes it unique. The full screen draws you into the image more and there are less distractions on your screen as well. 

When did you see the bigger picture?

Traveling. I was in Prague for a weekend and was out shooting a bit and the sunset transformed into these crazy red, orange and purple hues. I just happened to be on the side of a bridge facing the castle. It was surreal and I realized I was in the perfect place at the perfect time. 

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MUROL Tales - Stephanie Bushey

Stephanie is a video editor and part time world traveller from Detroit, Michigan. She attributes her passion for photography to being surrounded by cameras as a kid growing up and also capturing every moment of her one month backpacking trip in Europe. Additionally, a film class she took filled with much older, outspoken students pushed her to master her craft with her newly bought canon T3I.

Tell us a little about yourself. 

My name is Stephanie Bushey and I am out of Detroit, Michigan. I am a full time video editor for M-1 Studios and a  part time globetrotter. When I am not planning my next adventure, I edit content for the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ford Motor Company and everyone in between. An interesting fact about me is that I survived being hit by a car while riding my bike. I Couldn't walk for six months and I have had three bad bike accidents since then but I still get on one every summer. Check out Slow Roll Detroit!

When did you start taking photos?

I was quite young. I grew up with my dad videotaping every family function and with a huge family on my mom's side, there was always at least three cameras around. We were encouraged to always capture the moment. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera. 

In college, I feared being overshadowed by several older, outspoken guys in film class. I wanted to push myself to be a better filmmaker so I figured I'd better learn everything about cameras. Thankfully, I already had a natural eye for it, my photography class just sharpened my skills and forced me to invest in my trusty little Canon T3I.

What cool projects have you worked on?

In celebration of graduating from Wayne State and simultaneously surviving one of the most emotionally devastating events of my life (bike injury aside..), I treated myself to a month-long solo backpacking trip to Europe. I documented everything from the Swiss Alps to a balmy night on the Spanish steps of Rome. I grew tremendously during that trip and I'd like to think I can see my transformation into a fierce, strong, independent woman in those photos. I loved it so much, I am doing it all again this May. Here's the link to the video version. https://vimeo.com/108979479

What/Who would you like to capture and why? 

I want to shoot a high energy artist or band. Being at the feet of Fleetwood Mac at several shows, I can't tell you how heart-wrenching it is to want to professionally capture every moment and only be allowed an iPhone for taking photos. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

I heard it through the grapevine (Motown Love). But really, Henry introduced me to it and I haven't looked back.

What makes MUROL unique. 

I love that MUROL really embraces a photo. It captures and showcases the finer details that apps like Instagram just can't. It is a richer viewing experience than anything else I have seen so far. 

When did you see the bigger picture?

A hot stormy night in Indianapolis back in 2015. I was watching Third Eye Blind kill it from the wings and I think I took only one photo that night. Sometimes the picture is so momentous you can't capture it. Live it instead. Photos are wonderful, but memories like that are priceless. Don't get caught up behind the camera. 

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MUROL Tales- Nathan Lodermeier

Nathan is a landscape photographer based in the Twin Cities. As a dedicated runner, his passion for photography was ignited when he started shooting for his track team. He enjoys traveling around the state of Minnesota capturing beautiful, lesser known places. Someday he hopes to capture the unique landscapes in Iceland and the Northern Lights.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Nathan Lodermeier and I am a photographer based in the Twin Cities. I'm also a dedicated runner and have run several marathons...in which I take a running selfie every mile. 

When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos about ten years ago. I mainly started off by shooting cross country running and track meets for a team I was coaching. From there I expanded to landscapes, portraits, and weddings. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

I had always been pretty tech savvy, and when digital cameras started to become more popular I thought photography would be a fun hobby to get into. Right around that time I had an injury and wasn't able to compete on my track team. I still wanted to be connected to the team so I picked up the camera and shot pictures during the meets. I loved doing that so much and I haven't stopped since. 

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

Right now I'm working to get some really cool images from all around the state of Minnesota. I'm enjoying traveling around the state looking for the not as well known but beautiful landscapes. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

I love capturing the Northern Lights, but it's a pretty rare thing to do in Minnesota. I would love to go to Iceland to photograph the Northern Lights with the unique landscapes Iceland has to offer.

How did you hear about MUROL?

I was posting a lot of landscape photos on Instagram and Henry reached out to me telling me about MUROL and how it is a better fit for landscape photos. I gave it a try, and so far I'm liking it. 

What makes MUROL unique?

MUROL is unique because the whole app is viewed in landscape mode. This allows for a much better photo viewing experience. Many other apps are tailored to portrait mode and end up making landscape or panoramic photos tiny, which makes them look pretty bad. 

When did you see the Bigger Picture? 

I would say that moment hit me when I first saw a photo I took hanging on someone else's wall. It was a very cool and surreal moment, to see that something I created was meaningful enough for someone to want to display in their home. I still get that same euphoric feeling when I see my work on someone's wall.

More Photos from Nathan

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MUROL Tales- Andrew Lopez

Andrew is an avid photographer and entrepreneur who started his own graphic design company. He became interested in photography in high school and enjoyed developing black and white film. While he owns his own business and does branding, print work and develops custom websites, he still finds time to incorporate photography. 

Read his interview below.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Andrew Lopez AKA Pezios Photography. I am a graphic designer, web developer, entrepreneur and avid photographer, currently spending my days in Excelsior, MN. I started my graphic design company, Pezigns, in 2011 and continue to provide design and development services for some pretty awesome e-companies here in the Twin Cities. Though I have MN roots, I've also lived in Breckenridge, CO and consider the mountains my second home. 

When did you start taking photos? 

I think I was first introduced to photography back in high school. I really enjoyed shooting and developing black & white film. After high school I moved to Colorado and was busy snowboarding and hanging with friends, and photography sorta slipped to the back burner. I recently rediscovered my passion for photography and haven't put my camera down since. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

My work with graphic design has definitely played a role in refueling my interest in photography, but I've always enjoyed the creativity and freedom of photography. I'm always looking to capture a new point of view, but a big part of what I love is creating a final image that captures the moment from my own unique perspective. 

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

It's difficult to name just one. Since starting my business, I have had the privilege to work with many clients on countless design projects. I have done everything from creating branding & print work to designing & developing custom websites. I recently started taking professional headshots for clients and have had the opportunity to use some of my landscape photography in a few of the websites I have built. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

I have always had a strong LOVE for mountains, snow, and high altitude. I would love to travel to the Himalayas, Swiss Alps, or even the Canadian Rockies to hike, snowboard and take some photos. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

My dad actually told me about MUROL. He's a tech entrepreneur in the Twin Cities and happened to hear about a cool new landscape only photography app and told me I should give it a try.   

What makes MUROL unique?

I like how crisp photos look on MUROL. And unlike other photo sharing apps, MUROL utilizes the entire screen which allows users to really embrace every detail of the photo. 

When did you see the bigger picture? 

I would have to say when I decided to take the leap, quit my day job, and follow my passion for graphic design. Aside from the opportunity to be my own boss, running my business has allowed me the time and resources to really hone and develop my photography and design skills. 

More Photos from Andrew

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MUROL Tales- Frank Denney

Frank is a Minneapolis based designer and photographer. Starting as a graphic designer, he quickly realized his interest in photography and was inspired to capture images with the best angles and lighting.  He particularly enjoys shooting nature landscapes and sceneries. Read his interview below.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Frank Denney, I’m a Korean-American designer and photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I spend my days at SportsEngine creating websites for sports organizations both big and small. On the weekends I shoot weddings around the Midwest. 

When did you start taking photos?

I've been taking photos for about 7 years now.

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

It was a pretty natural progression for me as a graphic designer. I’ve always been fascinated with photography but the moment for me was when I started finding myself breaking down photos just to admire the lighting and subtle details of their work. At that time I was also really big into composites and wanted to be able to take my own shots at the perfect angles and lighting for my projects. I was fortunate enough to have a good blend of experienced photographers helping me out, along with a good mix of inexperienced friends who were just curious to go out and shoot which was equally as helpful. 

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

Is it a cop out to say I love almost every project? I get to do what I love and people are genuinely happy because of it, you can’t ask for much more. Outside of design and photography I just finished up a year long video diary taking a one second video every day of 2016.

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Tell us something interesting about you.

I have a solid collection of 1990’s NBA replica jerseys from my childhood that still fit me because my parents were accidentally forward thinking.

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

I love shooting natural landscapes. There’s an emotion I can’t quite describe when I get the chance to capture sceneries, which is ultimately how a photo should make you feel. 

How did you hear about MUROL? 

I heard about Murol through a few friends around the office that both told me I would love the app. I spoke with Henry and after downloading it I fell in love with it right away. 

What makes MUROL unique?

I love how personal MUROL feels right now, I’ve been able to discover and connect with photographers I otherwise would not have been exposed to. The UI is simple and intuitive, overall I’m excited to see what the future holds for MUROL. 

When did you see the Bigger Picture? 

The moment I saw the Bigger Picture was after moving to Minneapolis from where I grew up in Iowa. I was hyper focused on doing everything myself and stretching myself thin by not opening up for help and feedback. 

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MUROL TALES- Shadrach Subah

Shadrach is an aspiring photographer living in Fargo, North Dakota. He is a student at NDSU and specializes in portrait and landscape photography. He was inspired after watching his uncle and began taking photos on his iPhone 5. In the future he hopes to become a prominent photographer and get the chance to photograph well-known people.

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Shadrach Subah. I am 19 years old from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. At the moment, I am living in Fargo, North Dakota and am attending North Dakota State University majoring in marketing and minor in photography. I am a photographer specializing in portraits and landscape photos. I plan to become one of the best well-known photographers in the game.

When did you start taking photos?

My passion for photography started my sophomore year of high school in photography class when I was about 16 years old. I mainly started with my Iphone 5 and was just taking pics until my storage was full. Then my brother Benji and I went out and got a Canon Rebel T5 and it was go time from there.

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

My uncle Aldrin Porte, he was a photographer when I was younger. I used to look at his camera wondering like what does this do? Then I got a chance to shoot with it and ever since then I started researching what camera to get.

What are cool projects you've worked on?

I haven't worked on a lot of projects just yet but I like the one I did for my clothing line Perspective Clothing and plan on doing more in the future. I have a dope project coming soon with my friend Anna Mangue, so stay tuned!

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

At this moment, I take portraits of people I know and sometimes of people that I don't know but have always wanted to get into urban photography. I take photographs of skyscrapers and just cool looking things. I would love to get a chance to take pictures of well-known people such as Obama, Bill Gates...etc, mainly because I just want to be different from other photographers and more unique.

How did you hear about MUROL?

I heard about Murol from my friend Anna. She was just telling me I should download the app and at first I was like no but then she showed me it and from then on I fell in love with the app.

What makes MUROL unique?

What makes Murol unique is that all of the landscape photos fit perfectly in the frame and make the image just Glow! Also, I like the way that your phone has to be sideways. I like that a lot because it’s a great way to showcase the photos.

When did you have that eye opening moment and saw the Bigger Picture?

I feel like it's occurring right now because my photos are getting more publicity and liked by more and more people, the things people are saying is giving me more confidence to keep shooting.

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MUROL Tales - Kyle Zedaker

Kyle is a sports photographer living in Denver, CO. He started taking photos professionally in high school and he had the opportunity to work as a student photographer for his college's athletic department  He has captured photos of the Vikings in action at the new US Bank Stadium and would someday like to be a staff photographer for an NFL team. Another ambition of his would be to someday photograph the Olympics. Read the full interview below!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a sports photographer living in Denver, Colorado. I love being in the mountains no matter the season and I have two sisters.

When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos when I was really young, but I did not know what I was doing. It wasn't until just before high school I started shooting with my uncle professionally as his second wedding shooter.

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

I was inspired by my grandparents a good bit growing up and they w ere very big on documenting everything, so I followed suit as best as I could. 

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

When I was in college studying at LSU, I had the opportunity to work as a student photographer for the athletic department for the better part of the four years I was there. As I worked my way up the student ranks, I started going on away trips with teams. Once specific trip was to James Madison University in Virginia with LSU Softball during their run to the Women's College World Series. it was great working with the team, the coaches, and all of our sports information staff to make sure we got great coverage for the web, social media, as well as images needed to be used for future marketing materials. Not only that, but LSU made a great comeback winning the final 2 games of the series in dramatic fashion to advance to the WCWS. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

As a sports photographer, i think working at the olympics is the highest thing on my bucket list (of course), but I would really love to be on staff with an NFL team. Working for the Minnesota Vikings this past season was an incredible ride and doing that full time each year would be a dream come true for me. I would love to capture a team's history through my camera.

How did you hear about MUROL?

I heard about MUROL through Andy Kenutis, the team photographer for the Minnesota Vikings. He showed it to me and mentioned the resolution and unique landscape orientation and it looked like a great way to showcase photography full screen without sacrificing quality. The user interface MUROL uses is very intuitive to simple swipe through someones's feed. 

When did you see the Bigger Picture? 

I saw the bigger picture this season with the Vikings. I knew that sports photography as a profession was the road I needed to take. Once I adjusted to the incredible change of speed from college football to professional, I started being able to anticipate pictures better knowing that i could get the lens there. I also cannot pass up the chance to mention that photographing the US Bank Stadium in its inaugural season was incredible. If you have the chance to get to a game, do it! It is an incredible building.

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MUROL Tales- Ryan Quinlan

Ryan is a student at Columbia College in Chicago. He began taking photos using a point and shoot camera and quickly realized his love for capturing life's beautiful moments. Specializing in portrait photography he enjoys taking photos that make people look good and loves capturing moments that they will remember. By capturing unique faces, he feels it creates a lasting impression and helps make an enormous world feel a little bit smaller. Read his interview below. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ryan Quinlan. I am originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota and now a Junior at Columbia College, Chicago studying photography. I specialize in portraits but always leave room for landscapes and photos that capture the surrounding environment I am in. 

When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos back in high school with my best friend. At the time we only had very cheap point and shoot cameras, but the excitement of capturing that special shot kept driving me for more. In due time, I realized that the ability to capture the moment perfectly in any situation was my calling. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

My dad and mom were frequently taking pictures of the kids and I wanted to be the one to capture moments for my family and friends. Being able to make people look good and capture beautiful moments that people will remember is something that is made possible with a camera. 

What are some cool projects you've worked on? 

As I have moved to Chicago, many unique opportunities have come my way. I was able to spend a week in Mexico shooting photos for a wedding in Riviera Maya. Also being with incredible classmates that bring out my imagination and creating photo-stories in various themes. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

I would love to capture the stories of individuals from all walks  of life... on the street, in public places, etc. As someone walking down the road you never think twice about the person you pass or walk next to. I hope to give a lasting face to the people we call strangers and make big cities like Chicago or Minneapolis feel smaller. 

How did you hear about MUROL? 

I heard about MUROL last year through an advertisement on Facebook. 

What makes MUROL unique?

MUROL is unique because it is a way for local photographers to be seen. As I view people on the app, many seem to be normal, everyday people who still love to carry around a camera wherever they go, even if it is not their career. The landscape viewing showcases the beauty that anyone can capture in a more prominent way. It is less about numbers and likes than it is  about being happy with what you personally achieved in capturing the picture. 

When did you see the bigger picture? 

As I have moved from place to place, I have seen the beauty of life in different ways that help me see the bigger picture. Growing up in a small rural town, I became fascinated with nature and things that are larger than myself. That could be religion or even the beauty in the forests I walked through everyday. As I moved to a city like Chicago, I fell in love with capturing life and meeting people from different places around the world. As I capture photos now, I use my experiences to create shots that incorporate the beauty that is around us and magnify what makes everyone unique.

More of Ryan's work

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MUROL Tales - Rebeca Paro

Rebeca Paro is a wedding photographer from St. Paul MN who attributes her passion for photography to her strong desire to bring her visions to life. On a work trip with her husband to Japan, she was forced out of comfort zone by totally immersing herself into a new culture and having to interact with people who speak a different language. This taught her to be self sufficient and more confident in her abilities to launch her own business. Here is the full interview!

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Rebeca Paro and I live in St. Paul Minnesota. I am a photographer by trade specializing in weddings and equine photography. 

When did you start taking photos?

My passion for photography started in high school. I truly enjoyed being in the darkroom and developing amazing prints. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

I have always been a hands on person. I love being able to have a vision, create it and follow it through the end. Seeing the final print really makes me happy but I can't do any of that without a camera!

What are some unique projects you have worked on?

Every wedding and engagement that I shoot is unique to me. They each represent an opportunity to capture something compelling and create something I can proudly call mine. More than anything, I want to give my clients something they will cherish forever. I also love to work on personal creative projects with my husband. Night time photography is one our favorite traditions. He supports all of my photography endeavors and I love him to death for it. 

What/Who would you most like to capture and why?

I love capturing horses. I really started to get into when I met my good friend Alyssa Smolen. She has the passion and a whirlwind of knowledge about horses. After working with her, it is hard not to be passionate about horses. My dream would be to travel to Iceland to photograph the Icelandic horses. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

I have family members in the Twin Cities software development community who recommended it to me. 

What makes MUROL unique?

MUROL is more focused on the actual content created by its users than in driving click counts or pushing algorithms. It is refreshing to use an app that lets creativity to shine above all else. 

When did you see the bigger picture?

I decided to jumpstart my photography career in 2013 by going back to school. In the middle of my schooling, I had a once in a life time opportunity to travel to Japan with my husband for his job. This opened my eyes to a lot of new things. While my husband was at work, I was alone and completely immersed into a foreign culture. I got to experience what it is like to totally rely on myself without knowing the language, how to read signage, or how to converse with anyone. Forcing myself outside of my comfort zone gave me the ultimate confidence I needed to start my own venture. I was inspired to put myself out there, forcing myself to learn the industry, marketing and client management. If it had not been for the trip to Japan, all of that might not have happened. 

Some more of Rebeca's work
 
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MUROL Tales - George Fender

George Fender is a big dreamer hailing from Paisley, Scotland with a burning desire for photography. He was inspired by his uncle to pick up a camera and he loves the sheer joy it brings people when they see their beautifully captured image. He enjoys taking photos of rural areas and beautiful Scottish Landscapes. As a full time retail associate, he is slowly putting the pieces in place for him to someday become a full time photographer. We caught up with him to hear his story. 

Tell us a little about yourself? 

My name is George Fender, I am from a little town called Paisley in Central Scotland, which is only an hour drive from Scotland's beautiful highlands. Currently I work full time in retail but I spend as much of my free time out and about taking as many photographs as I can, dreaming of becoming a professional photographer one day. 

When did you start taking photos?

I have always enjoyed taking photographs, from annoying my friends on holiday for a group photo to taking photos when hill walking through Scotland as a young scout. I got  a Canon EOS 1200D last year an haven't looked back since. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

My uncle is a photographer and ever since I started looking at his work, I have always wanted to try and turn my hand at it. Then a couple of years ago I was on a charity trip in Ghana and one of the other guys had a Canon that I kept stealing to take my own photos with. As soon as I got back I was on the look out for my own camera to start taking photos with. 

What are cool projects you've worked on?

I haven't worked on loads of projects just yet as I am just learning the trade, but my favorite photos so far has definitely been of my 6 month old niece while on a family holiday. Showing my sister the photos afterwards and seeing her face light up is a highlight for sure. Other than that, it has been all about taking out the camera at every opportunity to learn how to best capture the Scottish landscape. My favorite place to photograph has been Loch Lomond, it is an amazing area and any photographer would truly love to take snaps there. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why? 

At this moment, I mostly take photographs of the rural landscapes in Scotland or in and around the towns and cities, but I have always wanted to take photographs of animals in nature, and more specifically lions, elephants and any safari animal. When I was younger I spent a lot of time watching safari documentaries with my gran, so I think that's why I want to go out and take some snaps of them

How did you hear about MUROL?

I was looking through the App Store looking for a new platform to show my photos, I found a few new sites but quickly fell for MUROL. 

What makes MUROL unique? 

I love the fact that you can use the full screen for your photos, it just enhances every detail in your photography and means you don't need to crop anything out.  

When did you see the bigger picture?

I feel as though that iT is happening for me right now, my photos are being noticed and liked by more people, the comments people make are encouraging me to keep going. "Visit Scotland" featured a photograph I posted on Instagram and the MUROL community have been extremely complimentary ever since I started using the app. It is making more motivated than ever to continue taking photos and to keep dreaming. 

More photos from George.
 
 

The man behind the lens.

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MUROL Tales- Erika Smart

Erika is a photographer living in Australia. She started taking photos at a young age after receiving her first film camera. Once moving to Australia with her husband she was inspired to develop her photography skills further in order to capture the beauty of the country. She has had the opportunity to capture places like Victoria Falls and the Great Barrier Reef. In the future she hopes to travel to Norway to capture the Northern Lights as well as the scenery in Canada. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Erika Smart and I am fortunate to live on the beautiful NSW Central Coast. I am semi-retired, working part-time in a photo gallery owned by a friend. I love what I do and enjoy talking to people about photography.

When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos when I was very young, when my parents bought me my first film camera. I was always snapping family photos and capturing family holidays - then had to wait until I could get them developed! Even though I was young, I was the only family member that could take a decent photo.

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

I was inspired to take photography more seriously when my husband and I decided to travel and work around Australia, living in a motor-home for two years. We worked nights and explored this vast country by day, free camping most of the time. I had never really learned how to use a camera beyond the auto settings and captured most of the journey using the auto presets on my entry level SLR. I had some really cool photos from this journey but really didn’t have much idea about editing or using the camera manually. The more I saw of this beautiful country the more I became inspired to learn more about photography. When we returned to the Central Coast I took a few lessons learning how to use a camera manually and upgraded to a full frame camera. I would spend hours getting out taking sunrises and sunsets and gradually I improved.

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

I would have to say from an amateur point of view the coolest project I have worked on would be photographing my two grandsons. I have also developed a passion for bird photography. We have some lovely native birds and living near the bush there is never a shortage of colorful birds. I also am learning aerial photography and as I am a little uneasy with helicopters I find when I am taking photos from the air the fear leaves me and I really enjoy it. Shooting over Victoria Falls in Africa and The Great Barrier Reef here in Australia have been among my highlights. I enjoy different styles of photography but landscapes and bird photography would be where my passion lies.

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

In the future I would most like to go to Norway to capture the Northern Lights. A few of my friends have been and their photos are just amazing. It reminds me of a fashion show in the sky. Definitely top of my bucket list followed by Canada for the amazing scenery.

How did you hear about MUROL?

I first heard about MUROL through a friend.

What makes MUROL unique?

What makes MUROL unique is that once you have uploaded your photos they fill the whole screen nicely and the images just pop! The detail in each photo is amazing and it is a great way to showcase landscape photos. 

When did you have that eye opening moment and saw the Bigger Picture? 

I’m still being encouraged by friends and family to see the “Bigger Picture” and do something more with my photography - but for now I’m enjoying the journey day by day.

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MUROL Tales- Ryan Meyer

Ryan is a corporate and sports photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. His passion for photography began five years ago after he bought a camera to document his newborn daughter. As his photography skills evolved his biggest dream was to photograph his favorite football team, Notre Dame. Not only has he had the opportunity to accomplish this, his portfolio now includes the NFL, professional soccer, ProCamps events, and other collegiate games. In the future he hopes to join a sports team as their dedicated photographer and capture even more than just the game.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ryan Meyer, from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a full time sports and corporate photographer.

An interesting fact about myself is that I’ve played golf my whole life and even went to college to play golf. Golf was my passion and full-time job, until I discovered photography. Then photography became my full-time passion.

When did you start taking photos?

I actually got into photography about 5 years ago. When my daughter was born I bought a camera to document the start of our family. I initially started taking photos of her and realized how special it was to capture “the moment”. I found myself starting to take my camera everywhere and felt drawn to photograph different things. My passion quickly grew from there. What really intrigued me was not only being able to capture a moment but being able to share it from my point of view. It seemed that no matter who I showed my work to, everyone seemed to love it - telling me that I had an “eye” for photography. It didn’t start to sink in that I could actually turn this into something special until I had a few photographers (that I completely respect) compliment my work. From there I decided to jump in feet first and dedicate my time to the art of photography!

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

Growing up, I’ve always been a huge Notre Dame fan. I grew up in a large Catholic family, who also happens to love football! When I determined that sports and corporate photography was going to be my focus - I knew I had to create goals for myself, or a “bucket list” of events that I wanted to cover. At the top of my list was just one Notre Dame football game. Imagining covering my favorite team would be a dream. After four years of dedicating my heart and soul into this, I landed the chance to be on the field with them covering the game. Over the last two years, I’ve been lucky enough to cover eleven games. Hopefully there will be many more to come! My portfolio also covers NFL, professional soccer, ProCamps events, and many collegiate games. One area that is still on the “bucket list” is MLB - so if you have any connections don’t hesitate to reach out!

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

As for who or what I would like to capture, I feel my true passion would be capturing a sports organization holistically. I have had the pleasure of covering many game-day events and want to take my passion beyond the game. Sharing my vision with a team, diving into their marketing piece, corporate head-shots, non-profit benefits, etc… I feel that I have so much to offer a team that my goal would be to ultimately join a team and be their dedicated photographer. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

I found out about MUROL when another photographer, that I greatly look up to, Andy Kenutis, posted a video talking about the app!

What makes MUROL unique?

MUROL is unique, in my opinion, not only because it’s "landscape only" but the detail in the photos are incredible. It uses the cell phone screens to the fullest potential!

When did you have that eye opening moment and saw the Bigger Picture? 

My eye opening moment came after having the opportunity to speak to a few well-known photographers about my photography and what sets me apart from others. I  realized that great sports photographers aren’t just capturing the action, they are telling a story and evoking emotion from the athletes, coaches, and fans. I would like to give thanks to those photographers that helped me become who I am as a photographer today (in the order that I met them): Vincent Rush, Brad Helton, Mikey Williams, and Aaron Doster! I also can’t forget The University of Cincinnati Women’s Basketball team for allowing "some guy" that contacted them through social media to meet with them. I am fortunate enough to still be with them four years later!

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Download MUROL - https://appsto.re/i6YZ246

Follow Ryan on MUROL @RyanMeyerPhotography

 

MUROL Tales - Kevin Roberts

Kevin is a native of Minnesota who was inspired to learn photography after moving to the Pacific Northwest. He has been able to capture places like the Olympic National Park, the Northern Cascades, the Puget Sound, the Pacific Coastline, and Vancouver, BC. He believes there is no better way to share his journey than through photography and social media. As an avid traveler he hopes to someday capture places like New Zealand and Patagonia. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Kevin Roberts. I am a Minnesota born photographer, wandering the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Winona State University in Southeast Minnesota, I accepted a full-time Revenue Accounting position with Costco Wholesale (based in Issaquah, WA).

When did you start taking photographs? 

I’ve been shooting for just over a year now. One of my first purchases after moving to Washington was the Canon 70D. 

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest inspired me to learn photography. New to the area, there’s no better way to share my journey with family and friends than through photography and social media. Since moving west, I have had the privilege of capturing the Olympic National Park, the northern Cascades, the Puget Sound, the Pacific coastline, and Vancouver, BC. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

As an avid traveler, my top two places to someday visit and photograph would be New Zealand and Patagonia. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

As I was surfing social media one day, I came across a post from an old buddy of mine from high school. New to photography at the time and always looking for new social media platforms, I thought I would see what MUROL was all about.

What makes MUROL unique? 

I love the full-screen, strictly landscape aspect of MUROL. This app also inspires me to get out and explore the world. There are many great photographers using MUROL.

When did you see the bigger picture?

Leaving my family and friends in the Midwest to explore on my own, was the moment when I saw the Bigger Picture. Life is short. You should never stop exploring. 

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The man behind the lens-

Download MUROL Here https://appsto.re/i6YZ246

Follow Kevin on MUROL @KevinRoberts

 

 

 

 

MUROL Tales - Erik McRitchie

 

Erik is a part-time photographer who enjoys capturing the beauty of the mountainous terrain in his home province of Alberta, Canada. Motivated to learn more about photography after taking a trip to Africa, he began capturing compelling images of people and his adventurous experiences. He recently received a sponsorship from Lee Filters and works with local tourist agencies. Although he enjoys photographing vistas and the Rocky Mountains, as a new dad his favorite subject to capture is undisputedly his little guy, Sawyer. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Erik McRitchie, a part-time photographer and full-time pastor from Alberta, Canada. Being in such close proximity to the mountains I shoot a lot of landscapes up here but I also really love capturing people. My absolute favorite is coming and capturing a human element in an beautiful landscape. Little people in big places! 

When did you start taking photos?

I've been shooting for around 6 years now.

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

I was on a trip to Africa and I wanted to take some cool pictures while I was there. I borrowed my sisters Nikon D80 and her kit lens with the goal of documenting my experience. While there I was consistently frustrated, not knowing how to use the gear and not knowing how to accurately capture the people and places that I was experiencing. I decided then and there that I was going to do my very best to learn as much as I could about photography to better tell the stories of the people and places I experienced. I went home bought my first DSLR (a Nikon d90 and a 50mm 1.8 lens) and for nearly two years I literally shot every single day. I read as much as I could find about photography and tried to do my best to learn under people with way more experience than me.

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. With the Rocky Mountains in my back yard I get to explore, capture, and share these incredible places with the world. I've been lucky to work in close partnership with many of our local tourist agencies to help share these stories. I specialize in long exposure photography and have used Lee Filters products almost since I began shooting. A huge highlight for me was being officially sponsored by them this past year. 

Tell us something interesting about you.

I'm a new dad to a little guy named Sawyer. Although I love shooting incredible vistas, amazing places, and beautiful moments, if I had to pick only one subject to capture for the rest of my life it would be him hands down. 

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

I have a long list of places I'd love to shoot one day... Patagonia, the Dolomite's, and Norway are currently my top 3 choices to explore. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

I received a message on Instagram I believe, inviting me to come and check it out!

What makes MUROL unique?

I've found that I have been shooting more portrait orientation images these days to cater to smart phone usage, but there is just something about seeing a beautiful image fill your entire screen. I love the detail and the immersive experience MUROL provides.

When did you see the bigger picture? 

Holding my son for the very first time instantly brought a whole new perspective to my life. It was in that instant when I was reminded of the things in life that truly matter. 

More photos from Erik -

The man behind the lens (and Sawyer).

Follow Erik's work.

MUROL @ErikMcR

Websitehttp://www.erikmcritchiephoto.com/

Written by Malaika Magomolla

 

 

MUROL Tales - Jamie Hiner

Jamie Hiner is a professional photographer who found his passion for photography by a stroke of luck. He was given the opportunity to navigate the beauty of nature in Colorado and he capitalized by capturing images of some breathtaking animals. Little did he know that his love for freezing time would be born on this trip. He currently does wedding and corporate photography while balancing that with creating images of his own. We recently caught up with him to ask a few questions. 

When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photography seriously after a week during one of my internships in which they flew me out to Denver to experience a new sector of their company. I borrowed my mother's camera for the trip because I planned on driving a couple of hours north of Denver to Rock Mountain National Park and hike for the day. A part of me feels very fortunate and blessed that nature decided to show off for me in that one day that I hiked. I had been hiking and driving around for about 7 hours without seeing any wildlife, and then all of a sudden a ram, elk and the different elements of nature appeared that even an amateur like me could not pass up the opportunity to capture photos of such a euphoric moment. I look back and appreciate the experience because it inspired me to purchase an entry level DSLR immediately after the trip to learn the intricacies of these amazing devices that allow us to transform our creative vision into a visually pleasing aesthetic. At the time, my boss didn't realize that sending me on the trip was a mistake (for him) because it led me to choose photography over the work I was doing at the time. Two years after graduating college, I struggled to find a job I was passionate about so I decided to do this full time but I love and appreciate my starving artist lifestyle. Cheers to finding your true passion !

What inspired you to pick up a camera?

What truly inspired me to pick up a camera was the moment I looked at a photo and appreciated the feeling it gave me. When a photo evokes emotion, you know you have taken that next step in photography. You can have a grasp of the fundamentals of a camera and take a crisp photo, but you need to apply that to finding that special moment or perfect angle that relates to the viewer and makes them feel something. After coming a long way in taking stills. I expanded out to video which has opened up many avenues of story telling as well. I have found much enjoyment in filming couples' wedding events or telling a company's story through video. 

What are cool projects you've worked on?

The coolest project I worked on was for a company called Droneseed out in Portland and Seattle. They are a startup pushing the boundaries of reforestation with drones. They essentially navigate forests to shoot seeds into the ground in hard to reach areas where it is not easy for man to do it by hand. They hired me to help tell their story through video. I was fortunate enough to create a video that help them gain traction in the media. It was a lot of fun getting some drone shots for some amazing aerial footage and being able to explore lesser trekked areas of Oregon!

Tell us something interesting about you.

I am a hobbyist of creative travel videos. Whenever I travel places, I create videos of each of those areas with a focus on drone aerial footage. You all can check out my Youtube channel if interested in viewing here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLYTqtW3VW_qUqc2qOWb64A

What would you most like to capture and why. 

Iceland! it is a little cliche but they are cliche for a reason right? It is a landscape photographers dream. I would also like to take a trip to Iceland then Faroe Islands sometime next year !

How did you hear about MUROL?

I heard about MUROL from one of my best friends who knows Henry. I contacted him looking to learn more about what MUROL has to offer and I became immediately intrigued. 

What makes MUROL unique?

I love that MUROL locks the orientation in landscape and forces the user to rotate their phone. It opens up completely new opportunities for interface layout and how the user interacts with the app. Along with that, it benefits the photographs that are shot in landscape orientation, allowing a large viewing area. 

More photos from Jamie.
The man behind the lens.

Follow him on MUROL @ jah1315

Visit his website at www.jamiehinercreations.com

 

 

 

MUROL Tales - Nate Anderson

Nate Anderson is a Minnesota-based video and still photographer. He is currently a photo journalist at KARE TV and an operator of the "Steadicam" for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild and the Gophers. His inspiration stems from a burning desire to tell stories and the freedom to capture beautiful moments. He claims his work is a personal reflection of himself, a form of art and something he can unapologetically make his own. We caught up with Nate to ask him a few questions. 

How did you start taking pictures?

As a child, I was obsessed with pictures, old polaroids and magazines. I loved National Geographic, Time, and the local newspapers. My dad was a Chairman at the Star Tribune so we always had newspapers lying around, whether or not I was old enough to understand, I always admired the photography. I loved the moments frozen in a photo.

Professionally, I started in video after graduating high school, many years before picking up a still camera, I really enjoyed the art of telling a story. Video was a great outlet for that. For 17 years I've been blessed to work in the best shop in the country. KARE 11. I have met so many wonderful characters and still love the job as much as I did on my first day.

It was only about 6 years ago I finally went out and bought a still camera and started playing around with it. The camera was a Canon 40D. It opened up a whole new world for me. 

What are your favorite things to capture?

I don't know if there is a single specific  item or scene I prefer to shoot. I just love finding moments. That is something that pulls you into the photo being taken. 

When I see a great picture, I feel like I could stare at it for hours. Sometimes you aren't sure why you enjoy it so much but that's what I try to go after. 

What inspires you?

Photography is such a personal reflection of yourself. You can take 10 different photographers and have them shoot the same subject and chances are you are going to get something a little different from everyone. Photography certainly has guidelines and rules but it is always you getting that moment. You can take your camera and capture anything you want, just how you want it. It is art and it is all yours. 

What is one interesting thing about you ?

Although my work in many ways requires me to be in huge social settings and crowds, I am a very private person. I have random cases of social anxiety. Photography has allowed me to comfortably be involved in different settings. The camera almost works as my safety net. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

Andy Kenutis, a friend who I work with at the Minnesota Vikings. He posted about MUROL on social media and I wanted to see what it was all about. I admire his amazing work and he is crazy talented. 

How is the MUROL platform unique?

First and foremost, the pictures display beautifully within the app. FINALLY, an app that displays beautiful horizontal photos in full frame. I have also connected with some great people on MUROL. I feel like I am reaching a new circle of photographers. 

When in your career did you see the bigger picture?

The first time I saw someone become emotional over a photo I took for them. That was my big picture moment. 

Pictures are a direct connection to the past. You are creating memories, documenting history and telling a story. I feel the best way I can tell a story is through pictures. 

Some more of Nate's Work
 
THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA

Follow Nate on Social Media. 

MUROL @natefanderson  Download here 

Twitter @natefanderson

Instagram @natefanderson

MUROL Tales - Jacqueline Addison

Jacqueline Addison, a native of Ghana recently launched her AkuaGabby clothing line at the "Futuristic + Fantasy" event last weekend in Minneapolis, MN. She started sewing at a very early age of seven and her deep passion for the fashion industry stems from spending time with her father who was a tailor. First, she seeks inspiration for her clothing, then she illustrates it on paper, and finally, she sews her designs into life. Her rare blend of creativity and craftsmanship separates her from other designers. Before the event, we caught up with her to ask a few questions. 

 

   

 

 

 

1. What inspired you to become a designer? 

My dad was a tailor when I growing up, I watched and learned from him until he passed away. Before that, he told me to finish what he started, so here I am. I was always in the studio with him and he has always been the inspiration behind all my designs. The "Gabby" in AkuaGabby is his name. 

2. What is your aesthetic? 

Providing uniqueness in each piece by personalizing it for each individual as well as expressing my own personality in everything. I want people to feel beautiful when they wear AkuaGabby. 

3. Who is your role model and why?

My parents, they've made me who am I today. They have been guiding, pushing, and cheering me on all along the whole way. 

4. What would be your dream as a designer? What are you striving to accomplish? 

Giving back to the community which is why we held "Futuristic + Fantasy" to give back to "Tatas and Friends", a non profit organization that provides underprivileged, disabled children with food, clothing and a sound education.

5. What is one advice you would give to upcoming designers? 

Remember why you started and never let anyone tell you that you cannot. 

6. How did you hear about MUROL? 

I heard about MUROL through Henry Amoloja. I saw him at a fashion week event and he encouraged me to use MUROL as a platform to showcase my designs in a unique way. 

7. How can you use MUROL to elevate your presence in the fashion community?

I see MUROL as a new way to help share my dream and inspiration with others and hopefully encourage them to follow their dreams as well.

HERE ARE SOME MUROLS CAPTURED AT THE EVENT. 

Follow her on MUROL at jacquelineamissahaddison or on Social Media at AkuaGabby

MUROL Tales - Kevin Trinh

Kevin Trinh is a musician who frequently travels the world and captures his adventures through his Cannon digital camera. He explains how capturing his experiences creates a sense of nostalgia that makes him relive those memories of the places he has visited. We recently caught up with Kevin to ask him a few questions about the inspiration behind his captures and how MUROL has given him a unique outlet to share his work.

What got you interested in photography?

I have always been the "capture the moment" kind of person so what better way to do that than to take a super dope photo of it? Photography is another outlet for me to have fun while being creative and seeing the bigger picture from different angles.

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

My favorite thing to photograph would be the landscape and architecture of all the places to which I travel. It is nice to look back on all the places I have been to relive what I witnessed in person because the image literally brings me back to that exact moment when I was there.

How did you hear about MUROL?

I heard about MUROL through Henry, my friend since freshman year of college. I am all about supporting my colleagues/friends who are pursuing their dreams especially when they put in as much hard work as he does.

What inspires you?

Everyday life and the people in it, traveling, music, movies, and to be honest anything at any given moment can inspire me. I can be walking through the city and be inspired by a simple word or a banner that might lead me to another thing and then another etc. I am a very observant person so I keep my eyes peeled for whatever comes at me!

What would be your dream photo shoot or location at which to take photos?

Hard question because I have a long list. But I would say the 8 wonders of the world. To see them and visit each one of them in a lifetime would be an amazing goal for me and I plan on conquering it one day, quote me on this!

Follow Kevin on MUROL @ trinh_music. Download MUROL from the app store here >> MUROL

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Twitter - Trinhit_towinit

Facebook - trinhmusic15

Instagram - trinhit_towinit

SoundCloud - trinhmusic

 

Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer awareness month and we at MUROL are participating in spreading awareness by putting together some helpful information about breast cancer and doing an uplifting pink themed photo shoot. Breast cancer has personally affected many of us in the MUROL community so it is important to be informed about the disease.

 

Getting diagnosed with breast cancer is life changing, it completely turns your world upside down. Many women do not educate themselves about breast cancer until they get diagnosed. Men are very unlikely to educate themselves due to the low chances of them developing breast cancer. Everyone should make sure they are taking good care of their bodies and keeping updated on their health. Both men and women need to make it a habit to check their breasts and become familiarized with how cancerous lumps feel so they can detect abnormalities at an early stage.

 

A Few U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics

•About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

•About 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2016. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

•A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

•About 85% of breast cancer occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These cases occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of aging and lifestyle choices rather than inherited mutations.

 

These are just a few statistics that shows how common it is to get breast cancer. This is why it is very important to perform breast self-exams to prevent yourself from becoming another statistic. Men are not immune when it comes to breast cancer. Although the chances are very low, it is still important to be mindful of the risks. There is a myth that women can only develop breast cancer if someone in their immediate family has had it. You can still get breast cancer regardless if someone in your family has it before or not.

 

Lower the Risk

It is very important for every woman and man to know what they can do to help lower their risk of breast cancer. There are factors associated with breast cancer such as being a woman, age, and genetics, which cannot be changed. The factors that we do have control over are being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking cigarettes, and eating unhealthy food. You can make sure your risk of getting breast cancer is lower by living a healthy lifestyle and choosing healthy options as often as possible.

 

Perform a Breast Self-Exam

Undergoing a mammogram is the best way to detect whether you have breast cancer. In addition doing a self-exam at least once a month can help you familiarize yourself with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes. Johns Hopkins Medical center states, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

 

1)     In the Shower: Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lumps, thickening, or hardened knots.

2)     In the Mirror: Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3)     Lying Down: When lying down, your breast tissue will spread out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

 

Visit the following sites for more help and info on breast cancer

 http://www.breastcancer.org

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/

 

"I live with the fear of this disease coming back. Any little pain, any little cough, I worry. I'm constantly checking myself, my breasts. I'm at the red light, in the car, and I'm checking myself. I'm obsessive-compulsive about doing my breast exam. I say to myself, 'I will conquer and overcome,' but it's a struggle for me."

— Debbi