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Here is a short video wrap-up of my favorite stock images, photographs, and graphics that I’ve created in the year of 2013. Some of my favorite photoshoots included food, fitness, sports, and travel scenics.

It was a very crazy year for me, yet I still felt like I did improve in a few more areas of my photography.  We are all our own worst critics, however.  In the last few months I’ve actually lost a little bit of motivation towards my craft, and I find that spending the time to make this slideshow summary of the previous year has helped me to rebuild a little bit more of my enthusiasm toward my work.  Being a full time independent photographer might seem glamorous to some, but the real live working ones know this isn’t always the case.  We are talking long hours stuck sitting at a desk, staring into large glowing monitors, straining your eyes, sucking down lots of coffee, lacking physical activity, all while you develop carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists.  Every trade has it health hazards, and sadly capturing images is only about 5% of my job.  Self employment brings along a slew of other complicated factors, as you don’t exactly have anyone breathing down your neck to get the next project or task done.

The truth is, whenever you are in any career field, you will find yourself going through peaks where you absolutely love what you are doing.  Other times you’ll hit those “valleys” when your work feels repetitive, and maybe even boring.  Then you will hit periods where it feels like drudgery.  Its up to you, and only you, to force yourself to become interested in your own work again.  If you can’t keep on doing that, you might find yourself falling behind creatively or even in your overall productivity.  If you ever find yourself feeling this way about whatever you do, don’t give up.  Keep on pushing ahead.  Challenge yourself to something new that you might not have tried before.  Change up your approach.  At the end of the day, a job is a job, and all work will begin to feel like work, even if you’re doing something that you love to do.  The old expression goes, “Do what you love, and you won’t feel like you’ve worked a day in your life.” That can be true to a small degree, but in the end, I think even doing what you love comes with its own set of tasks that you can’t always afford to outsource or avoid altogether.  Dreamers can keep on dreaming, there are no 100% perfect jobs.  Brain surgeons have to put in the long hours.  Lawyers have to as well, and deal with all of the stress.  Auto mechanics have to break their backs to get at those manifold bolts.  Every job, no matter what you love to do, is going to come with its own challenges.  The important thing is to realize this, and to always remember that everything good will come with a little bit of sacrifice.

Video music by Music4You licensed through Pond5.com

20 Jan 2014

2013 Best Photos and Favorite Images

Author: ArenaCreative.com | Filed under: Photography

Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Need a quick and easy side dish idea for your next dinner? Try some sauteed fresh brussels sprouts (apparently I’ve been calling them brussel sprouts). I used a nonstick pan with a little bit of butter and olive oil, some cracked pepper, a little bit of balsamic vinegar, and it made for a nice addition to a chicken dinner.  I cooked them on medium heat for 10 minutes then low-medium for about 15 minutes more.  I also added a tiny bit of water and covered the pan at the halfway point, to really get them to steam.  You can also slice them in half in order to cook them through faster.  Give these a try, if you haven’t had brussels sprouts in a while… I’ll bet you will like them a lot more than when you were a kid!

I’ve also heard of adding orange juice for a sweeter, tangier version.  The entire bag of fresh brussels sprouts was only around $2 at Trader Joes, and makes up to 4 servings, depending on how many “mini cabbages” you like to devour.

Occasionally I like to share some of my cooking here, and most times I snap a quick shot with my cell phone or tablet, just because I’m too lazy to go and grab my big camera.  Have an even better spin on this recipe?  Feel free to chime in under the comments section, below.

7 Nov 2013

Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Author: ArenaCreative.com | Filed under: Food and Recipes

Free Turkey Sandwich Food Stock Photo

This week’s free royalty free stock photo is a delicious looking turkey sandwich on an onion roll with a side of pita chips. Add this great stock food image to your hard drive’s stock image library. Download this stock image for free, but only for a limited time!

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13 Aug 2012

Royalty Free Fresh Turkey Sandwich

Author: ArenaCreative.com | Filed under: Free Stock Photos

Some average restaurant goers are afraid to try different types of cuisine.  When some people think of Thai cuisine, they might think VERY SPICY.  This is definitely not the case.  Yes, there are some dishes that can knock your socks off, but for the most part, most dishes are very mild in terms of heat.  The flavors are very refreshing, and include a large variety of different ingredients, including lime, kaffir lime leaves, thai basil, coconut milk, peanuts, cashew nuts, and a wide assortment of peppers and chilis.  Thai food is one of our favorites, so if you haven’t already, make sure you try at least some of these 10 great Thai food dishes:

#1. Seafood Pad Thai

Seafood Pad Thai Fried Rice Noodles Stock Photo

#2. Green Curry

Thai Curry Soup with Pancake Stock Photo

#3. Pad Prik Prow w/ Duck

Thai Chile Basil Duck Stock Photo
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22 Jun 2012

10 Thai Food Dishes You Need to Try

Author: ArenaCreative.com | Filed under: Featured Stock Photos, Food and Recipes

One of the things I honestly love about the summer is being able to grow fresh vegetables and herbs in my garden.  Growing up, my family always did a garden.  It becomes something you learn to enjoy, and when you skip a year, you really do feel as if something is missing.  The thing is, once harvest time comes, and your garden is producing at its peak, you are left with a lot of extra vegetables and fruit that you’re not so sure what to do with.  Even after hooking up the neighbors, family, and friends with your “overstock” you still find yourself with a excess of whole organic produce – not cheap in the grocery store, either. Here is a very simple tomato cucumber salad I love to make.  The hardest part is chopping up the ingredients.  Even if you don’t grow your own garden, you can easily grab these ingredients from your local supermarket. The crispy fresh cucumbers, the fresh vine-ripened garden tomatoes, and the basil intermingle into an amazingly flavorful combination.

Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe:

- 1 Large cucumber, or 2-3 Small

- Pint of grape tomatoes, or your favorite variety

- Dash of red wine vinegar

- Dash of white vinegar

- Dash of EVOO or regular olive oil

- 1 Tablespoon of sugar, or to taste

- freshly chopped Italian Basil leaves

- Cracked peppercorn, or ground black pepper to taste

Combine all of the chopped ingredients into a bowl.  You can slice them whatever style you’d like.  Add all of the dressing ingredients, toss them thoroughly, and then let them marinate together in a large bowl for at least a few hours.  Serve chilled, and enjoy!

The longer this salad marinates, the better it tastes.  The sugar takes away the tartness/acidity of the vinegar, so if you slip with the vinegar, you might need to add a bit more sugar. This salad makes a nice side dish to complement any meal.  Feel free to substitute any of the vinegars with your own favorites.

2 Sep 2011

Easy and Delicious Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe

Author: ArenaCreative.com | Filed under: Food and Recipes