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Blacklight

By Levi Tijerina & Adonye Jaja
Denver Photographers Levi Tijerina and Adonye Jaja give their take on photography, race, culture, life, and art. With special guests from both Colorado and beyond, this podcast is dedicated to talking about the things that are hidden and to expose the hidden thoughts, mindsets, and realities around the things we encounter within the wedding industry...for better or worse.
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31. The Monarch

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4th Times the Charm (Where do we go from here?)
Levi and AD discuss the on ongoing nature of what we continue to do in light of Black Lives Matter, but also working too make forward progress.
42:31
June 30, 2020
Who do you call when the police murder?
In the wake of the riots, protests, and the murder of George Floyd, we speak up and talk about race and racism in America.
1:16:52
June 3, 2020
Bad Days Made Good (Ft. Joe Tobiason)
This week we talk with Joe Tobiason about keeping spirits high amidst COVID-19.   One thing that is happening is Pedro and Tailor (https://www.pedroandtailor.com) is hosting a photography grant to give away $1000 to a photographer. Go out and celebrate a life of wonder.
49:02
April 2, 2020
Fear and Uncertainty
This week we talk about all the fear surrounding COVID-19 and we talk about what our current responses are.
41:38
March 26, 2020
What should our response to COVID-19 be?
This week, Levi and AD talk about the coronavirus, COVID-19, and what our response to that should be.
39:00
March 18, 2020
Who do you Shoot?
This week, we talk about our Cereal Shack and the idea of who do you shoot and document on a wedding day.
44:24
March 13, 2020
The Plantation
In our kickoff of Season 2, in honor of Black History month, we talk about the racial politics of weddings, particularly tied into Plantations in the South.
51:23
February 28, 2020
51. Rangefinder Magazine & 30 Rising Stars (With Jacqueline Tobin)
This week we have the Editor in Chief of Rangefinder Magazine, Jacqueline Tobin on to discuss all things the magazine. She'll give us a look behind the scenes of the 30 Rising Stars competition, and share her response the culture around wedding photo awards.  Happy New Year Folks! 
51:13
January 7, 2020
50. Award Culture (with Sam Hurd)
This week we talk with Sam Hurd about Award Culture within the wedding industry. Sam recently made a facebook post that took on a lot of heat for his critique of award culture within the wedding photographer realm. This week, we talk with him about what he thinks needs to be changed in the wedding industry.
1:06:02
December 12, 2019
49. Spooky Time
AD and Levi discuss the scary things that happen inside of photography. What is the role that we place on danger and incorporating dangerous situations for our clients?
55:40
November 11, 2019
48. The Season of Booking
As we move into the booking season, we talk about the things that surround that time of the year.
58:12
November 6, 2019
47. New Things + Camera Talk
Levi and AD catch people up on what they've been working on plus have their first session of Camera Talk.
51:20
October 25, 2019
46. Changing your Mindset (with Rachel Havel)
Today we talk with Rachel Havel, a photographer from Colorado Springs, about mindset, focus, and what it takes to continue to run a creative business that stands out. She has put in the time, energy, and work to get noticed and hear about her journey as a photographer to start (and continue!) shooting work she loves.
1:07:16
September 26, 2019
45. Redefining Success (with Benj Haisch)
This week we talk with photographer Benj Haisch about what success means, what it takes to stand out, and we also learn a lot about quicksand! You can see more of Benj's work at: www.benjhaisch.com
56:56
September 12, 2019
44. One for the Meal
This week, we talk about our favorite foods and when that has gone horribly wrong at weddings.
50:37
September 5, 2019
43. Anxiety, Advertising, and Sales
This week, we talk about some things that give us anxiety, the need for advertising (or at least, brand awareness) and then some thoughts on how to actually close in a sale.
53:04
August 29, 2019
42. The Story of SmartAlbums (with Daniel Usenko)
Daniel is one of the founders of SmartAlbums—while SmartAlbums is still our absolute favorite software for creating albums, they recently came into a bit of a PR nightmare when they launched SmartAlbums 2019. Daniel discusses this debacle, how they handled it, and also the origins of Pixellu and SmartAlbums. His journey is profound and he has deep insights for so many entrepreneurs today. Also, if you stick around, you'll find a special coupon code ONLY for Blacklight listeners!
45:15
August 22, 2019
41. When Things Go South
Levi and AD talk about what you do when things sometimes don't always go according to plan on a wedding day. At the end of the episode, we talk about the recent shootings in El Paso, TX and Gun Reform.
1:24:37
August 8, 2019
40. The Affect of Music (Are you too woke for MJ?)
This week, we talk about the impact of music in the way we present our photography and we also talk about wokeness and what it means for our industry and community.
1:13:55
August 1, 2019
39. What are you Afraid Of?
This week, we talk about fear and happiness. Also, Blacklight is officially one year old! Happy Birthday, Blacklight!
50:30
July 26, 2019
38. Enneagram
AD is skeptical about the Enneagram, but we talk about what it is and how it impacts our lives. Is it the millennial version of the horoscope? Who's to say?
55:51
July 18, 2019
37. Roommates
What do Roommates and 2nd Shooters have in common?
54:17
July 11, 2019
36. Independence (as a Country and an Artist)
Let's talk about independence! What are your fondest memories of July 4th? Also, what does it mean to work independently?
54:15
July 4, 2019
35. The Meanest Thing
AD and Levi discuss the meanest things they've done to people over the last few weeks.
52:40
July 2, 2019
34. Shooting for People you Know and Love
Shooting weddings for people you know is always a unique task. This week, we talk about AD photographing his sister's wedding alongside his brother who has a totally different shooting style! We also talk about commercial work and what it takes to jump into it and why so many photographers are scared to make the plunge.
54:05
June 20, 2019
33. Website Sulfites
Does everyone having the same website hinder what we're all doing as photographers? Are websites ultimately like a (cheap or) fine wine, where you the content doesn't matter as much as the brand or label?
1:03:51
June 17, 2019
32. A Moral Dilemma
AD and Levi talk about a moral dilemma that occurs in photography.
1:02:26
May 27, 2019
31. The Monarch
This week, Levi released an e-book called Growth (https://www.whiteinrevery.com/growth-book) and AD asks Levi all about the book—what it includes, what it's about, and why he wrote it. Also, stick around for a special discount code only for Blacklight listeners!!!
48:37
May 16, 2019
30. A Front for the Creative Mafia
AD chats about movies to start, but we quickly talk more about the Mafia and how AD almost got robbed. We also talk about gentrification and the way that money, race, and cities change the physical landscape of the way we experience the world.
56:20
May 2, 2019
29. The Hierarchy
This week, we talk about the hierarchy of weddings, or—who's who if you were to compare wedding (vendors) to a game of Chess. We know it's all fun and games, but this will probably spark at least a bit of controversy. Also, we talk about our faith and the way it relates to our worldview. It might stir the pot a bit, but we don't want to shy away from hard things, so we talk about some things that matter to us and the complexity of living in a very gray world, despite being raised in very black-and-white homes.
1:07:35
April 25, 2019
28. Are there Bad Wedding Photographers?
We're putting out a special mini-episode this week and we talk about a lot of stuff! Tune on in!
21:15
April 19, 2019
27. Gardening, Swing Dancing, and Why They Matter
This week, we talk all about our hobbies—the things we love outside of photography—and how they inform the way we see the world, the way we shoot, and everything in between.
48:29
April 11, 2019
26. Cinema that Sparks Action
This week we talk about cinema and art. First, Levi throws shade at superhero movies. Secondly, we talk about the things that instigate change in the realm of art. Is a film enough to inspire you to be different? How should our photography change the way we interact with the world? This week, we talk about it all.
44:17
April 4, 2019
25. The Security of Happiness (with Kyla Fear)
This week we talk with Kyla Fear, a portrait, boudoir, and wedding photographer in Denver. Kyla shares her journey with photography as well as her approach to boudoir photography. AD also shares his first (and only) experience with boudoir photography. Kyla's journey will inspire you as she shares her personal connection to her art and why she thinks empowerment is a pivotal issue behind photography.
1:01:23
March 28, 2019
24. Show Me the Money 101 (With Andrew Baker | Trailhead Event Co)
This week we deep-dive into money and investing with our friend Andrew Baker, who runs Trailhead Event Co. Andrew is like, a space engineer, so you know he's really smart and stuff. He shares his tips on saving money, the basics of investing, and things entrepreneurs should think about when they run their own businesses. DISCLAIMER: Consult a professional about your money, we're just three nuts who talk on a podcast and do different kinds of jobs.
1:03:59
March 21, 2019
23. The Colonial Wedding (And why you shouldn't have one)
Let's be honest, we talk about Colonial Weddings. Like, when your wedding is THEMED as a colonial wedding. Yeah...come listen to this episode to find out why that's a bad idea (but spoiler alert, you should probably already know). Also, we talk a lot about elopements in this episode, so get ready to learn about the world of elopements!
1:02:41
March 12, 2019
22. The Image Graveyard (with Sachin Khona)
Sachin Khona from Arc talks with us about meditation, creating a conference, and everything in between! Hear about the things that inspire him, what pushes him to be a stronger creative, and hear more about the next iteration of ARC! On another note, this episode is also very sad and talks about Levi and their family dog. Life sucks sometimes. https://thisisarc.co https://www.sachinkhona.com
1:13:31
February 28, 2019
21. Rapping in the South (with Erik Clausen)
Latest episode of Blacklight
56:26
February 8, 2019
20. How Much Excitement is Too Much?
Sometimes, when you see something that moves you, you just want to talk about it with others and get up and shout...even in a movie theatre. Today we dive into the differences between the way we see the world (as unique cultures), some of our first jobs, and we also talk about whether or not the wedding industry is male-led...is it?
1:03:48
January 4, 2019
19. The Truth about Tips (and AD plays the Banjo)
We talk about tips, white elephants, and a special surprise performance by AD!
41:36
December 17, 2018
18. Just a Little Bit of Camera Chatter
Camera Chatter? You know, the nonsensical things you say when you are behind the camera, talking to your clients, AND directing them? That's what we start with this week. Tell us about your camera chatter!
42:46
December 7, 2018
17. 'Tis the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (To Edit Photos)
This is the time of year when you have to do everything. Get weddings out the door, edit photos, plan your business, field inquiries. AND still try to be a normal human. It's not always easy. How do you manage all the stress? Also, has anyone else noticed that making friends as an adult is kind of weird? There is an odd currency around friendship that makes it hard to always be vulnerable. Of course, we talk about this.
47:21
December 1, 2018
16. AD and Levi are Fashion Boys!
What should you wear to a wedding? What role does class, style, and elegance have in promoting and putting out your brand? We talk about what we wear (and drive) to weddings. Do you think it matters?
50:03
November 20, 2018
15. An Ode to New York
We're all heading to New York it seems. Here are some of our favorite things. Also, AD hates potatoes, which would be a terrible thing to say on a first date because, obviously, potatoes are the best thing ever.
54:11
November 1, 2018
ARC - Minisode - 03. Voice of Attendees & Farewells
Today we talk with special guests and ARC // The Experience attendees: Amber Hughes, Lynnsey Phillips, Sharalee Prang, and Ben Blood and the offer insights into a handful of things that we need to expose within the wedding industry. Lastly some farewells, and hopefully some ways that we can bring the goodness of ARC to the rest of the world (or at least Denver).
33:32
October 26, 2018
ARC - Minisode - 02. Elevator Surprises
Day Two of The Experience! We talk about our anxiety about giving presentations, food in Vancouver, and some of the things we've learned from Day Two at ARC. Also, Levi made a stupid decision that you get to hear all about it. Levi also beat AD in Ping Pong, so, that's pretty awesome.
19:20
October 25, 2018
ARC - Minisode - 1. Is Levi George Costanza?
We out here in Vancouver! Day One of Arc is in the books--here are a few things we took away from the day and some thoughts from some of our favorite presentations, courtesy of Mastin Labs, Truvelle, and Junebug Weddings
12:33
October 24, 2018
ARC - Minisode 0. - Lullaby
Hey Arc! We out here! Come say "hey" and we're looking forward to having an awesome time with ya'll out here in Vancouver this week.
12:31
October 23, 2018
14. Transracial Adoption (with Jared Wilson)
Oh man, this is one of our heaviest episodes yet. We're talking about transracial adoption today. We're dealing with white supremacy, the eradication of Black Culture, what it means to be Black in America, and how to celebrate our heritage in a way that builds up growth and healing. Sit back with this one, it's going to be a ride. We also talk about family photos and free photography. That's the light stuff, it's at the end if you don't like to deal with hard things.
1:09:35
October 18, 2018
13. The Subtle Art of Manipulation
This week, things get REAL raw. Levi and AD speak candidly (and possibly controversially) about past topics (race and #metoo) but also talk about virtue signaling. Lastly: what's your thought on photo manipulation? When it comes to editing photos, how far is too far? Let us know your thoughts—there's a lot to talk about this week!
54:51
October 11, 2018
12. Silly Goose Time (with India Earl and Jay Piacitelli)
This week from Photo Rehab, Adonye catches up with India Earl and Jay Piacitelli. Between owning a harvest of chickens, traveling the road, and two snuggly pups, these two talk about the lessons, mistakes, and growth that they've experienced over the past few years within the industry and the things they're working on next. You can find out more about these two at www.indiaearl.com and www.raisedbywoodsfilms.com.
48:07
October 5, 2018
11. Two Sides of the Aisle (with White in Revery)
Today we have our Battle Royale: wedding photographers vs. wedding videographers! Put up your dukes, because we're going to battle it out: what do we do that drives each other crazy? How can we be better at working together? What led to this creative disparity? On this episode, Calen and Kristine Rhome from White in Revery join us as special guests to throw down. You can check them out at www.whiteinrevery.com Join in the conversation and send us your thoughts!
1:23:15
September 27, 2018
10. The Multiverse
We talk way too much about the Mandela Effect and we answer your photo questions!
55:00
September 20, 2018
09. Driving Through the Night
What is the proper buffer time to arrive at a wedding if you are driving or flying? Are workshops really worth their salt? Your questions, answered.
46:25
September 19, 2018
08. Imposter Syndrome (with Revel and Bloom)
Today we have special guest Elise Seagren from Planning & Design company, Revel and Bloom. We talk design inspiration, spin out our newest segment, appropriately titled "QUESTIONS!", and Elise gives us her insight as to what photographers can do to help out all our Wedding Planner friends everywhere. Lastly, Imposter Syndrome--what is it and ow to overcome it.
54:39
September 6, 2018
07. Voicemail Gives Me Crippling Anxiety
Technology and Cell Phones—common courtesy, but also—what's the point of it all? Are phones better cameras? Also, the answer to that age old question, "Is a Hot Dog a sandwich?"
46:30
August 31, 2018
06. All Tacos Matter
Levi's car got hit by an old, racist lady....and we break down the details. Redefining race, racism, and how we build our kin. Also, our photographer of the week this week is from Dallas, Texas...listen to find out who it is.
55:12
August 23, 2018
05. Cosmic Violence (With Prema Style)
Our guest this week is premiere Denver florist, Frances Harjeet. We discuss high-end weddings, floral artists, cosmic violence, and learn more about our inner energy and finding balance.
58:26
August 16, 2018
04. I am, in fact, Michael Jordan
When Levi found out he wasn't white, creating from a place of abundance vs. lack, what is "fairness" and some thoughts on second shooters. Also, we bring back photographer of the week!
1:00:44
August 11, 2018
03. Blue Cheese in the Middle (with Jessica Christie)
Dating apps, best burgers, and community vs. competition. A fireside chat with a special guest, Jessica Christie.
56:47
August 3, 2018
02. Hard in the Paint
Levi and AD discuss homelessness, going hard in the paint, and whether or not you can trust an Escalade.
42:37
July 26, 2018
01. DimeCat
Pranks, Orange Skin, Racism, and A new era of thinking through art.
40:51
July 20, 2018
00. Pilot
Confessions, Airbnb, and Photography.
39:13
July 19, 2018