The Libertine – Real drinks for real people.

I had the pleasure of getting an hour to shoot photos with Tony, the owner of The Libertine in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. Being that both he and I are both originally from Upper Michigan, it was pretty much destiny for us to work together. He has built up…

I have no idea what I am doing, but I think I’m good at it.

I am considered an expert, but I’ve only been doing photography and video editing for less than a decade. What gives? When I work with people, I have this problem. Well, it’s not really a problem, because it gives them realistic expectations. I just like tell them how it…

Not everyone will like your work and why that’s awesome.

As a creative person, you will eventually come across a point where you find someone that doesn’t like your work. They might even hate it with all of their being. This is even true in other professions. When it comes to presenting ideas or a product/service to someone, you…

Learning to Embrace.

When we are in a good season, we can take it for granted. When we are in dark times, we can actually do the same thing. As much as I love the great times in my life, I firmly believe that I don’t take them in for what they…

You don’t have to know everything to start something.

Time and time again I run across old friends or meet new ones and it’s the same story. This is even a story that I seem to live now and then. We’ll chat for a while, talk about aspirations and really dive into what we wish we could do…

Stop procrastinating. Get it done.

You might be reading this because you have been one lazy bum lately and you need that little reminder to get you back in action and kick some serious butt. So if you are that person that has been procrastinating a lot lately, let’s go over a few reasons…

Friday night portraits : Eric Coppersmith

This is my great friend Eric Coppersmith aka The Pizza Destroyer. I honestly don’t get to see him enough and I hope that changes this year. I think one of the greatest parts of his character is his passion for compassion. He also enjoys a good passion fruit while…

When I was a kid, I was an avenger. Consider this a childhood confession.

I grew up in a pretty small town. It had a  dying mall, a few franchise restaurants and businesses and the high school football team was pretty full of themselves since they were quite good. I never liked football and I probably never will. I don’t hate it, it’s…

Embrace creative seasons in your life for great progress.

It has been an incredible year for me from a creative aspect. I cannot stress how much I have been getting done in comparison to any other time of my life. I thought I accomplished a lot last year, but I have been kicking some serious butt this year….

Creativity is not a race. It’s an adventure.

When I was in school I wanted to be smart about what projects I worked on. I didn’t want to “just do the homework”. I wanted to work on projects that had meaning to me. Something I actually cared about. That’s when I started to develop my own personal…

How sharing old posts can help your blog grow.

As a blogger, you tend to naturally build a library of posts over time. Some of them are time sensitive like news or events, but many of them can hold great value that are timeless. The best term for that is evergreen content. Evergreen content is something that is…

There must be so much more than we can see.

I’m a huge fan of Thrice. They have been a staple in my playlists of music for quite some time. I’ve purchased and preordered many of their CDs because I truly love the music they make. It is not just the musicianship they possess, but the lyrical messages they tell…

Just because you can’t go far doesn’t mean life isn’t an adventure.

I’ve only flown on a plane for one trip in my life. When I was 17 years old I was offered an opportunity to fly to the Bahamas for an educational week of studying marine biology. It was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life. I wish…

Your thoughts can renew the world you live in.

Our actions are the brushes and our thoughts are the colors. The world is a canvas. Perception is a powerful thing. History and things that have happened to us have shaped how we react to things. We know that if “A” happens, then if we do “B” then “C”…

How I published 48 posts in January 2014 and tripled my blog traffic.

I haven’t really publicly announced this yet, but I have a personal goal this year to publish at least 500 blog posts to my personal blog, here at kineticbear.com. If you average that out, that’s about 10 per week. So that means I have to post at least one…

The fight or flight response. How to define yourself.

I think many of us can agree that life is much like a roller coaster, a ship constantly at sea or whatever adventurous metaphor you would like to use to describe your life.  It has it’s ups, downs, calm days and vicious storms. No matter what stage of life we…

How to create and do good work without inspiration.

I ran across this post on twitter today from a teacher I had and it totally flashed me back. I can recall spending over 8 hours in that exact room on some days. I actually had a whole semester where I had two, 3-4 hour classes in a row…

Thank you goes a long way. The lost art.

There is nothing quite like feeling appreciated. I think the only other thing better is when you are busy giving your all to something. Especially when the “all” is for someone else. It’s so easy to say “Thank you”, but somehow it became difficult for many of us to…

Spring pine.

I love trees. I don’t hug them often. Well I never do really. I just love the way a big tree can change a landscape. Even your own yard. We have a giant pine right next to the drive way and the spring is giving it’s color a little…

Our thoughts are reflections of our actions.

I find it interesting that we always focus on the idea of thinking before you speak or act. That linear rule has great value, but it is not an equal value for everyone. Why is that? It’s because there are many of us that need that actions in our…

Lake Michigan & Winter – Great Change

I took this specific photograph in April of 2013 and I never shared it until now. I am not totally sure why, but I just never did. Perhaps I didn’t want winter to be hanging around anymore. Here we are again in April of 2014 and the ice is…

Music & Curiosity

The older I get, the more refined my taste in music becomes. It’s not that I’ve lost appreciation for all music, it’s that I’ve lost the curiosity. I no what I like. I know what I can most definitely live without. Children just love to hear music in all…

No matter what, be thankful for someone today.

Not everyone celebrates Easter across the world, but it’s important to think about being grateful for the people in our life. We tend to only be thankful on holidays or when we have gatherings. It’s easy to forget about everyone when we are busy doing work, raising families and…

Paper Dreams – From passion to profession

Paper Dreams from David Betteridge on Vimeo. The stories you can find about people are incredible. I am a huge believe in that none of us can or should take the same path as everyone else. It’s not even possible if you tried. The choice you do have is…

The edge of light and life.

Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of something pretty great? Like a great change in your life? It doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy or the safest route either. It’s almost as if you have to be willing to risk comfort in more ways…