Bryan Kachel Tattoos Priya

It's been a long time coming (2 years to be exact) for Priya's "I just turned 18" hibiscus tattoo to morph into a piece of art. My good friend and amazing tattoo artist Bryan Kachel does amazing work and he did just that for Priya. They've been working on this design forever and it was awesome to finally see it on her skin. Check out the GoPro time-lapse documentation below! If you're thinking ink, think Bryan Kachel. Check out his site at He works at Cicada Tattoo up in Northgate.

Do You Have Goals?

On Saturday, I went to the West Coast Premier of The Art of Flight. It was then, I set a new goal for myself. I want to make films like Brain Farm Cinema. Watch the video below and you'll see why.

I have a hard time with setting goals. Most of the time I set them a little too high and never end up reaching them. Other times, I set them so low, I don't feel any sense of accomplishment when they're fulfilled. It's really hard to set that perfect goal. That goal that will push you to become a better person. A more successful person and feel really good about it because you worked your ass off getting there. But in the end, you got there. You did it. You should be proud but you shouldn't stop there. You should set another goal equally as hard or even harder to keep pushing yourself to your maximum potential. It's not easy but why should it be. My friend Taylor said it best, "You gotta pay to play". Every time I'm having trouble pushing through something, I say that out loud to myself and my whole spirit changes. Work for it. Don't just take it as it comes.

A great first step in setting a goal is writing it down, so if you have one that you've been working on or want to start, drop it in the comment box below. I'd love to see where you're trying to take things!

I Love Instagram

It's been about a year now since I switched over to the iPhone. I absolutely love it. My favorite thing about the iPhone is the ability to take awesome photos and edit them with an endless selection of apps. I feel like we really get to capture the most amazing things these days. Amazing things have always been going on around us, but we now have the technology to capture those moments in a sharable, quality format. My favorite photo app by far is Instagram. It's easy, it's social and it works. Being a photographer, I totally appreciate the ease of taking good photos. I LOVE the Tilt Shift feature they added a while back too.  It's such an easy tool to use to add some style to your shot or make things look miniature . When I'm not shooting for work, I don't really want to deal with settings, lighting ect. I just want to take a picture and have it look good. Instagram nails this. You shoot, select a filter add some tilt shift if you want and share. It also has a great social aspect of following other users which provides awesome inspiration and keeps things simple when you just want to look at photos. Did I mention it's FREE?!?!?

I've been wanting to post this for a while but I didn't know of a simple way to get all my Instagram photos onto my computer and be able to share. After a little research, I downloaded another app in the Mac App Store (for the computer not phone) "Instadesk". This app allows you to view your friends photos along with your own and even save them to your computer. It was exactly what I was looking for!

With all this technology, I feel like we get overwhelmed with amazing photos. You see it on Facebook or Twitter and then it's all gone. The digital files end up sitting on your harddrive collecting mega-dust. I wanted to get around this. So, I recently bought an HP Photo Printer. After hours of setting up (why are printers such a pain in the ass?), I can now print from my phone to a little 4x6 photo. When friends come over for dinner, we can snap a quick picture, print it and send them home with the memory. We've also started posting a bunch of our photos on the fridge. Our next move is to make a table with a ton of our shots. Looks like we're headed back to the dusty old shoe box under the bed.

So now we can shoot from a camera that's always on us, make it look cool in under 10 seconds, share it with all of our friends online, and print a physical copy to post on the fridge. Amazing. Amazing! All from a phone!

Here are some of my favorite recent shots I've taken over the last few months. If you're using Instagram, I'd love to see your shots so please leave your user name in the comment box or start following me at "mikefolden".

 Testing out some new lighting at Glazers with Chris Wojcik.

 A well known hustler in Seattle on the daily grind.

In a shuttle with Josh Mullineaux leaving Boulder headed to the airport.

MC Dyslexic tearing the house down at the HighDive.

My good friend Jason and Shiloh tie the knot.

One of the many amazing offices I get to work in. Mt Hood.

Ground zero at the Mexico vs. Equador soccer game at Qwest Field.

My dad mowing the lawn.