When Olivia McBride returned from her deployment in Afghanistan in 2011 as a 20-year-old woman, she felt like she didn’t belong.

It’s a feeling local photographers David Christopher and Marcus Bruggom understand all too well — and the inspiration behind their drive to create an image that reminds military veterans that they are not alone.

The pair, who own the photography company Bruglife Perspectives, shut down a portion of Locust Street in downtown Des Moines on Sunday evening to gather veterans for a photograph that will be auctioned off between Sept. 11 and Veterans Day.

Proceeds after expenses for

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We’re on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, and Spotify! You can also listen to it right here on The Phoblographer.

Can we reflect for a moment? Don’t worry; it won’t be on our childhood issues. You will be pleased to know we’re going to reflect on reflections. Too deep? Allow me to explain. Over the years, we have sent many images to digital print that focus on reflections. It’s a fun way to be creative. And when well-executed, reflections are a sure-fire way to create images that will glue to the people’s eyes. Take

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If you’re a professional photographer, staying productive while working from home can be challenging. In between at-home photoshoots and long editing sessions, you may find yourself struggling to stay on task and complete your goals.

Fortunately, there are ways around this. Here are some productivity tips that every photographer should keep in mind when working from home.

1. Establish Boundaries

You might think that you can still be productive while working from your bed or in your living room. However, that’s not quite true; playing Netflix while you work or having a friend drop by isn’t going to help with

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Every day, the PetaPixel Instagram account is sharing excellent photography from our readers and those who inspire us. Here’s a look at some of our recent favorite posts and the photographers behind the lens.

Our @PetaPixel Instagram page has been posting all the great work that finds its way in front of our eyes. Want to see your photos shared on our account? First, you’ll want to follow us. Then use the #petapixel hashtag in your posts to join our Instagram community of photographers. These steps let us easily find what to share.

Below, we recognize a selection of talented

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