Joey’s DeLIGHTful Perspective

Joey, our Pablove Shutterbugs Artist of the Month, wants to show you the light in his San Francisco Bay area life.

While participating in the 5 week fundamentals course, 14 year old Joey decided that he would focus most of his efforts on photographing light. Why, you ask? Well, he said, “because you can’t really look at [the lights] with your eyes, so you can take a picture and see it differently.”

Take a look at some of the creative ways Joey illuminated his photos!


For one of his first class assignments, Joey deliberately used both natural light and artificial light when taking this photo in his living room. We love the blurry effect of the reflection contrasted against the clear clock behind the television.

Joey said, “I liked how the blinds looked because of the sunlight shining through.”


“Jelly Fish”

By kneeling down and shooting with his camera straight up, Joey’s imagination transformed this ordinary kitchen light into a blazing jellyfish! The shadows of the lamp shade combined with the halo of light from the bulb form this magnificent photograph.

It’s easy to see why this is Joey’s favorite photo!


“See Through”

Rings of clear distortion create an interesting view of the sun. By experimenting with different items from his house, Joey was able to capture this shot by placing a glass over his camera lens and facing it towards the skyline. The circular pattern zeroes into a cool focus point directly on the light!


“Thinking Joey”

When challenged to take a portrait without his face in the shot, Joey got creative.

“I used the time setting and ran over to the bench and sat down.”

Even in this photo, his use of light is intentional.

“I liked how the sun hit the trees above me, and cast shadows on the ground.”


Joey still takes photos of the many different kinds of light in his life, and has also expanded his artistry. He now takes photographs to use as inspiration for sketches! Besides the photography, Joey said that his favorite part about Pablove was his interactions with the other students.

“I liked meeting kids with the same kinds of cancer as me.”

When asked about selling his prints on the Pablove Printshop, Joey was excited about the possibility of his pictures helping kids like him.

He says, “You should buy one of my photos because it would be used to help find a cure.”

When not taking photos, Joey likes to play video games and hang out with his family. They usually play games like Pictionary where he says they don’t take score, but just play for fun.

Get Close, Hold Steady, and….CLICK!

How do you look at the world? Our next Artist of the Month, Riley, wants you to look at life from a new perspective (just in time for the New Year!).

This nine-year-old’s style of photography evolved from adventure; Riley and her mom would go on “photo safaris” in the hospital to practice the skills she learned in her Pablove Shutterbugs class each week. As she studied the hallways and how the fluorescent lights hit the waxed floors, Riley began to see the hospital in a brand new way.

Now, Riley takes photos to show you the world from a point of view that is different than your average every-day image – full of close-up shots from above and below that capture the details one usually doesn’t notice. Riley wants to open your eyes so that you can approach the world in a fresh and interesting way. Ready for an adventure? Let’s dive into her photos!

“Giant Looking Down”

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Riley! Riley snapped this photo from below a leaf to capture a worm’s eye view perspective at the Mexican American Culture Center in Austin. She used the flash to illuminate the leaf in order to show the network of dark green veins and the slight brown decay on this living subject.

“Mirror Mirror On the Wall”

While wandering around an art museum, it wasn’t one of the exhibits that caught Riley’s eye that resulted in this stellar image. So how did she capture with this array of different hues of gray? Riley explained, “I put my camera against the wall looking up.” The uneven texture combined with the wall’s reflective properties and Riley’s unique perspective gave way to a fascinating photo.

“You Smell Good”

Look at that ‘stache – what a beauty! Riley divulged how she captured the up-close, perfect hairstyle of her family dog, Indy. “She was sleeping, so I kind of smoothed out her fur first.” In order for Riley to get the perfect shot, she said, “I used the ground to support the camera so it wasn’t blurry.” It’s no wonder that this is such a crisp, clear shot.


“Crawling Up”

Per usual, Riley skillfully used a solid surface to balance her camera while shooting this next photo. She stood flat against the tree to give you the perspective of an ant who is crawling up the trunk. What was her reasoning for using the flash? “If it was plain dark, it wouldn’t look as good.” Wow, Riley, we are blown away by your technique.  

Riley digs owning her own camera and continues to take photos daily. When asked what she thought about the idea of people purchasing her print, Riley stated, “I would be honored for them to buy my photo.” When she is not capturing new perspectives through photography, she loves to spend time with her family playing basketball and trying to beat her dad at chess.

Riley is currently finishing up her first year of chemotherapy for Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and is doing well.


Morning Rituals and Captured Moments in the Big Easy

As the sun rises over New Orleans, you’ll find 15-year old H.T. stepping out into the humid air for his morning ritual: taking pictures. As our Artist of the Month (as well as being featured recently at the 2017 New Orleans Gallery Show), H.T.’s collection provides a sneak peek into his self-described “cool life.”

This 10th grader takes most of his photos just outside of his house. H.T. uses different skills he learned in class to give us glimpses of his day-to-day, such as the sights he sees through the holes of his backyard gate, to the clouds that fill the color-changing sky.

H.T.’s favorite experience during photography class was working with light. He said, “It was so cool spinning flashlights. The photos looked like fireworks!” H.T. also uses his knowledge of light for another purpose: to bring his drawings of people to life. How cool is that?

Let’s take a look at some of his pictures.


Does this image of H.T’s most recent gallery show selection remind you of a popular children’s story? That’s what he hopes.

“I wanted to make my shoe look huge!” he explained, describing his technique. H.T. loves using worm’s eye view to make himself look like a giant (Jack and the Beanstalk, anyone?).


When the sky turned orange and glowed like fire, H.T. made his way to the porch to capture this striking sunset photo.

“I snapped a bunch of pictures to get the best shot – the sky looked so cool and I wanted to see it again someday.” Now, he will never forget it.


This next image is sure to reveal the beauty of a New Orleans morning — what a contrast to the “Sunset” shot above. Taken from his front porch, H.T. captures the light of the sun as it reflects off fluffy clouds. The balance of blue and white combined with hints of dark green work to certainly please our aesthetic senses.


The wonders of the world beyond this fence were deftly captured with the contrast of color and focus in this shot. H.T. says he was intentional in choosing this perfectly imperfect hole – even though it isn’t a full circle, the lines continue in an interesting circular pattern. His family gets to enjoy this photo everyday, since it hangs in their living room!

When asked why people should buy his Pablove prints, H.T. replied, “They should buy my photos because they will be helping to find a cure for childhood cancer, and that will give children a long life. It’s important.“ We think so too, H.T.

After participating in Pablove Shutterbugs for the past two years, H.T. now wants to pursue a career taking pictures as a professional photographer. We look forward to seeing his future work!


Meet Abigail!

At just 13 years old, Abigail has a knack for capturing life and the world around her. She recently participated in Pablove Shutterbugs program in Denver, and discovered that her favorite thing about photography is being able to capture a moment in time so that she and others can witness it again and again.

Whether it’s reading a good book under a tree, or bravely hitting the ski slopes, Abigail would much rather be outside than in. This is reflected in her photography, as she prefers to photograph nature rather than people (although her cat is her next favorite subject). Abigail explains, “People aren’t as interesting. The outdoors are too beautiful not to capture.” Her goal is to paint a picture of the great outdoors with her work.

“Doorway to the Sky”

“Doorway to the Sky”, Abigail’s favorite photo, illustrates Abigail’s eye for perspective, depth and capturing the surreal. She spotted this photo opportunity while practicing a worm’s eye view technique. “I bent down and made the camera look up.”


“Don’t be Afraid to LIVE”

“Don’t be Afraid to LIVE” was both designed and captured by our young photographer. While on a walk in the park, Abigail decided to send a message to the world. Abigail thought that not only would this be a cool photo visually, but maybe she could inspire others as well. “I wanted people to get outside and do things,” said Abigail.


“Content Cat”

Second to nature shots, Abigail’s second favorite subject is her cat. When asked about this photo, Abigail told us that “the angle was an accident.” She thinks this is a funny picture and that her cat was just acting really cute. Abigail adds “I think my cat will be thrilled about being famous”.



Did you know hummingbirds flap their wings up to 70 times per second?  Now imagine how difficult it is to portray this bird looking still and calm. Abigail nailed it! Abigail’s attention to detail and ability to capture precious moments with a steady hand are what make Abigail a super star artist-of-the-month.


Abigail still takes photos of her outside adventures, and, of course, still photographs her cat. When asked why supporters should buy her prints, Abigail reveals that she is wise beyond her years. “People should know that if they buy a print, their money is being used for a great purpose. By paying for a photo, they are saving future lives and stopping suffering of all kinds. The cure is the answer and we all need to fight for it, not just cancer patients. Any help is appreciated, and will be used for amazing good in the future.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Abigail.

Life’s a Beach: Let’s Jump In!

Hyrum doesn’t mince words when he says “when you live near the coast, you have to get good sunlight”. His photos tell the story of seaside living in Monterey California, and the adventures the Pacific coast has to offer. Living on a hill overlooking the ocean, it’s no surprise that 9 year-old Hyrum takes his camera with him to the beach – a lot.

Taken over the course of weeks and at different times of day, his collection shares the subtle, beautiful changes of the ocean over time. Hyrum loves taking pictures of things happening, and his favorite subjects are his younger sisters. His dynamic portraits tell his story as an older brother constantly chasing his siblings with his camera, but never quite catching up.

These images are so playful and inviting, you may just want to take a dive in! But first, heed Hyrum’s words of warning: the water is often as cold as 40 degrees. Yikes.

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Pro’s Talk Shutterbugs: A Rock Photographer Shares His Pick

With Coachella kicking off this weekend in the desert, we’re celebrating in the start of Festival Season with a rocking collection inspired by all things musical, courtesy of our Pablove Shutterbugs students!

Seeking inspiration? Breeze through our Music Lovers collection to find the perfect piece for you.

Naomi, 15 years old, #jamsession
“I love this photograph, Naomi managed to capture an image that has a very youthful yet very timeless feel to it. This image would never get old or outdated in anyone’s collection, it is a classic.”

– Chapman Baehler, Rock Photographer
 Chapman and Sabrina

Chapman shoots talented musicians from Queens of the Stone Age to Katy Perry. He is also a 6-year Pablove Shutterbugs mentor! (Pictured here with his mentee, Sabrina)

Like what you see? Purchase #jamsession by Naomi here! View the entire collection now.

Spring Into… Light + Color!

The light-filled photos in Simon’s Artist of the Month collection arrive just in time for Spring-forward. These photos transport us to the Eastern Plains and deliver a much-needed dose of sunshine. See for yourself!

Simon took many of these photographs outside on his family’s property – they live on over 40 acres of land in rural Colorado. The natural light he captures lends a vibrant crispness to his images, pairing nicely with shots that experiment with black and white tonality.

Simon had never taken a photography class before, and was just 16 years old when he signed up for Pablove Shutterbugs. His skillful compositions and thoughtful subject matter show his maturity as a photographer coming to life.

Simon, 16 years old, Morning


In this photo, the raw beauty of the rural landscape takes on a personality of it’s own. Simon experiments with creating a different type of landscape photograph than the ones he was used to taking. He remarks: “I got up earlier than I usually do to take a picture of a sunrise before 6 a.m. I took this at home from one of our porches. I like the colors of the sky and how the sun is starting to light the land.”

Simon, 16 years old, Destiny Ahead

“Destiny Ahead”

Can you guess which photo is Simon’s favorite? It’s this staged scene of a bionicle. Simon explains his technique: “I positioned him in the grass and made him look like he could be a full size robot. I went outside and got him set up and had to kinda lie down on the ground to get a good enough perspective.” The use of horizon line and the positioning of this character against the textured backdrop of the Colorado plains make him appear larger than life – primed to shoot off straight into outer space!

Simon, 16 years old, Upward Facing Dog

“Upward Facing Dog”

The title says it all! Simon expertly poses his dog, Panda, in a shot utilizing worm’s eye view. He explains, “This was also taken during the time that we were learning about perspective. I thought it would be kinda cool to get a picture of Panda looking up while I was down low on the ground.”  This playful portrait captures his pup from a fresh angle.

Simon, 16 years old, Cat and Saxophone

“Cat and Saxophone”

This energetic self-portrait encapsulates Simon’s love for music. He poses for the camera, playing from sheet music while his sister looks on. Simon explains, “I tried to get the camera set up on the self timer. I had to do it more than once to get it good enough.” Practice makes perfect. Nice shot, Simon!

“Buy one of my photos and be awesome – you don’t have to do both but at least do one. If you buy this print you will be awesome not just because you have amazing taste, but you also will be supporting an awesome organization and cancer research.” – Simon

Simon is 18 years old. He lives in “The Middle of Nowhere”, Colorado (his words, not ours); about an hour outside of Denver, CO. Simon is very musically talented – he plays both the saxophone and the violin – and plays in a band. The next instrument he’s aiming to master is the guitar! He wants to be a professional musician when he gets older.  

5 Photos That Will Get You Psyched for Springtime!

Emma’s Artist of the Month Collection  

With the snowy season dragging into March, many of you may be wondering – is it springtime yet? Nine year-old Shutterbug Emma’s refreshing collection is sure to put a “spring” in your step (…see what we did there?!). Her mix of scenic landscapes, unconventional portraits, and documentary shots give us a fun peek into her experience living in rural Washington state.

This bright collection is sure to get you psyched for springtime and help you escape the last of the winter doldrums.

Emma, 8 years old, The Sun of Feels

“The Sun of Feels”

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Pro’s Talk Shutterbugs: Curator Russell Lord Shares his Pick from NOLA

Today is the Big Day in the Big Easy (Mardi Gras, of course!), and we’re debuting a special collection of photographs taken by our Shutterbugs students in New Orleans that embody the spirit and energy that makes the Crescent City truly unique. Photos like this one are totally noteworthy – take it from an expert curator, Russell Lord!

Juliett, 14 years old, Miraculous Cures at St. Roch

“Despite the numerous hardships undergone by the city of New Orleans, it has persisted, often due to the devotion of its citizens and their love for its history and culture. The beautiful image above is an homage to devotion, a picture of relics that were left in the unwavering belief in the possibility of miracles. Worn but not worn-out, the relics persist, embodying both resilience and love. I like to think that the photographer is as hopeful as those that left these relics.”

– Russell Lord, Curator of Photography
New Orleans Museum of Art 

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Like what you see? Purchase Miraculous Cures at St. Roch by Juliett here!

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Photo Credit of Russell Lord by Eileen Travell.

A Valentine’s Day Treat from One Tough Cookie

In honor of the Month of Love, we’re all about sharing the photos we <3, with you! And what better way to get struck by cupid’s arrow than with Artist of the Month 12 year-old Gracie from Freehold, NJ. Grace, aka “Cookie” is an avid photographer and likes that her camera is small and portable, which makes it easy to take it with her wherever she goes!

Grace’s motto is, “You have no choice but to be strong, but you can choose to be happy and positive!” Pair that with photos that are sweet, thoughtful, and easy-on-the-eyes – it’s hard not to fall in love. The images in her collection share a “slice of life” immediacy that comes with always being camera-ready for the next great shot. Take a second to contemplate her images in this collection, because there’s almost always more to them than can be seen at first glance. You just might become smitten yourself!

Grace, 13 years old, Colt Sunrise

Colt Sunrise” by Grace, 12 years old

We’re glad Grace had her camera with her just in time to capture the sunrise in this cool, atmospheric landscape shot. She photographed the mist rising over the baseball field from the car taken while dropping her brother off at school. Grace says, “I liked how it looked like a painting, how the land and trees are mixed in with the fog and sun.” She titled the photo “Colt Sunrise” because her brother’s school mascot is the Colt. This image is painterly, pastoral and perfect. Bravo!

Grace, 12 years old, Untitled

Untitled” by Grace

Paint splatter? An other-worldly phenomenon? This image is delightfully deceptive – these celestial green bands appear both flat and three dimensional at the same time. What’s her secret? Grace photographed this image in her backyard at night, while her father shone a green laser on the grass. Using a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of light, she expertly layers texture, line and color to create an artful and intriguing composition. Take a closer look and you can even see the blades of grass on the ground!

Grace, 12 years old, Untitled

Untitled” by Grace

This bold red image contrasts nicely to green composition above – it is a different kind of study in color and light. Grace captures the bright warmth of a row of candles in a church. For her, “the candles represent a different person and each person saying a prayer.” Her photograph is soft, subtle, and calm- yet the message speaks louder than words.

Grace, 12 years old, Untitled

Untitled” by Grace

This next photo tricks the eye with its interplay of shapes, color and pattern. Plus, it’s an example of Grace’s favorite color (pink!) and favorite lesson in perspective – worm’s eye view. This grand image was created by simply getting down on her knees to snap the shot from under the table at a restaurant. Grace adds, “I like the patterns in it. If you look at it once you wouldn’t see all the details, but you look at it again there’s a little something hidden.” Nice work, Grace!

“Photography helped get my mind off of everything that was happening. It was a good distraction, to have something else to focus on other than my cancer treatment. I like photography because you can tell a story through it. You can turn one picture into a billion different things. And I like doing it! It’s relaxing and stress relieving.” – Grace, Pablove Shutterbugs student

Grace is 12 years old (going on 30, says Mom) and lives in Freehold, NJ. People who know her well call her “Cookie”- a nickname she’s had since birth because her parents knew she’d need to be a tough cookie to put up with her boisterous older brother. Grace has lived up to the nickname ever since, and is returning to the seventh grade this semester. Go Cookie!

The Pablove Shutterbugs Road Show

Let’s take this show on the road! It’s art fair season, and Pablove Prints is jumping on the bandwagon. Did you know that the very first Salon Art Exposition took place in Paris in 1667, and it featured work from students at the Ecole des Beaux- Arts? Now, 350+ years later, Pablove Shutterbugs students will have the unique opportunity to enter the same canon.

Pablove Prints will be on display alongside fine art photography at two prestigious art expositions – Photo LA and the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair!  

Alec, 9 years old, Untitled

Untitled” by Alec, 9 years old

The accomplished and mature images in the collections for Photo LA and the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair speak to the diverse audiences at these Art Expositions. From colorful closeups to artful abstracts, these images are sure to please. See for yourself!

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New Year’s Resolution: Capturing Life + Joy

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Kaela, January’s Artist of the Month, has an optimistic message to share: capture moments of happiness. Her fun, colorful, and playful collection reflects her enthusiastic outlook on life. Each image reflects Kaela’s hope for the future, and if you look closely, you may see a few symbols and insightful titles that inspire you, too.  

But don’t take it from us – the artist will tell you herself! Kaela, a Pablove Shutterbug from Dover, Ohio, and brain cancer survivor says: “The photos that I took, I captured a moment, and capturing moments of happiness is really important. So, if I’m having a rough time I can look at them and remember the experience.” Let’s take a closer look!

Kaela, 18 years old, Beauty in Chaos

“Beauty in Chaos”

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Art + Music = Love

December Artist of the Month: Isaac

This December, we’re showing some love for our home city of Los Angeles. With our Gallery Show coming up in just a few days, we’re showcasing one of our talented Los Angeles alums, Isaac. He lives in South LA, works in music, and has participated in both our 8-week mentorship program and our Alumni Summer Camp.

Isaac’s portfolio of photographs is a thoughtful and personal reflection that paints a picture of him as a talented photographer, musician, and creative thinker. It’s no doubt that these photos are easy on the eyes, but what’s truly impactful are the stories he has to tell about them. Let’s take a glimpse!

Isaac, 19 years old, Swept Out
“Swept Out”

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36 Hours in NYC? We’ve Got You Covered

New York City is one of the largest tourist destinations in the world, and visiting can feel daunting with so many must-sees like the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. But if you only have 36 hours in the City- what should you do?

We’ll give you the low-down on some creative ways to explore New York for art lovers of all shapes and sizes. If you happen to be in the city for the holidays, have a trip on the calendar, or you just want an excuse to plan a family friendly “stay-cation,” here are some tips for you to make the most of your time in The Big Apple. Let’s get started!

Antonella, 9 years old, Untitled

NYC Subway train. Photo by Antonella, 9 years old, New York, NY.

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November Artist of the Month: Julia

This November, Pablove heads to The Big Apple! In honor of our Gallery Show taking place in the City, we’ll be showing our (pab)love for all things New York. First up is our Artist of the Month, Queens native Julia.

Julia, 9 years old, Untitled

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Happy Birthday, Model T!

Henry Ford, Model T, 1908
Henry Ford and Model T, circa 1908.

Over a hundred years ago, on October 1, 1908, the first Ford Model T car rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan. The Model T was the first car of it’s kind to make the automobile affordable and accessible to many Americans. This huge technological advancement paved the way (pun intended!) for the rise of car culture in the US. And so began our love affair- at 107 years young, we are still swept up by the magic of the automobile.

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