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The Best Photography Website CMS Ever

Mon Apr 7, 2014, 10:12 PM


I stumbled across something fairly miraculous this last week. 
Its a Website content management system created for photographers, film makers, and creative types.
A content management system may not be many peoples idea of something miraculous, but having run the full gamut of CMSs and finally settling on building my own website using Twitter Bootstrap, I had pretty much written off finding something that fit into my over opinionated use case. 

After hearing someone mention Koken, it took me all of 2 minutes after watching the demo video to download it and install it on my server. 


Its a very young project having just come out of beta, but It is one of the best designed UI's I think ive seen. It feels more like a desktop application for organizing images. The feature set is amazing. 

There is an indepth review of Koken on the Art of Photography youtube channel...


If you are looking for something other than squarespace, you should take a second to check it out...
koken.me/



What are you afraid of?
Failure? Rejection? Boredom? Not being good enough for something or someone?

Im starting to notice in my own life that where I am afraid is usually a good indicator of where I have the greatest opportunity.
Im not talking about fear of running into freeway traffic. Thats a healthy respect for the laws of physics.

Im talking about those things that if you are still long enough to listen to your own heart, you hear it telling you what you really hope for.
And usually there is a voice right behind it telling you why you cant have it, and all of the reasons why.

This past year, I have made a focused effort to start listening to the first voice, and telling that second voice to go back to whatever it was doing before it bothered me.
And if that doesnt work, I get a bit more..... aggressive.

As I have been practicing this in my life, I have started to notice something that I had missed for years...
That fear voice is actually covering up the simple fact that you only have to choose. And then choose again. And again.
Every day wake up, live in gratitude, love the people around you, and know that you CAN. Really know that there is no reason you cannot have what is in your heart.
There may be obstacles, but that is all they are. Things to climb over. Or around, or under, whatever works.

What I have found is that often the hardest thing is not the doing of the thing. Its changing how you see yourself.
Once that starts to happen, the work becomes almost enjoyable.

Why am I saying this? I talk to so many people on here that express reasons why they cant. I want to tell them they can, but before they can hear that, they have to c believe that they are good enough to be able to.

So for any person who is willing to hear...
No matter how ridiculous if may feel at first, start countering that fear voice that tells you you arent good enough. Hide in the bathroom if you have to.
If you get caught, tell them you were rehearsing lines for a Vine you are making.
And keep doing it.

The new year is coming. What if the promise you made to yourself was this:
I will do one thing that I have always wanted to do, but have been to afraid to do.
Then plan it, and do it.

Ride a horse.
Take a class.
Buy a notebook and write for 15 minutes every morning.
Put on that shirt, shine your shoes, wink at yourself in the mirror, and GO ASK HER TO DINNER. Someone is going to. Why shouldnt it be you?!?
Are you listening?
Buy a camera. If you cant afford one, go to Goodwill, and buy a $5 one and shoot the F&%$ out of that thing.
Start looking people in the eye, and looking for one thing that you like about them. practice it.

You are worth more than you think, and its time you start believing it.
Dont sit there for another year without knowing how incredibly valuable you are.


Are you afraid of something? Look into it. You might just find who you really are.

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ZuzuTurkova Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the WATCH! I really appreciate it! :)
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bohomaz13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I used your photo into a painting bohomaz13.deviantart.com/art/S…
I hope you do not mind.
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HeatherAnmarie Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you for the DeviantWATCH! your work is great :)
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HeatherAnmarie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Photographer
BEAUTIFUL! :heart: 
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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You have some lovely work here - thanks so much for allowing other artists to use some of your material.  I am just checking that it would be OK to use some of your photos for watercolour portraits.  
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Oddersnude Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome portraits, especially those of Devon Jade stick out as something special,
Great work. :) 
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capn-damo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Thanks for the watch. I'm very pleased you like my work :)

(And have a Happy Birthday!)
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ArteDB Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!
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chinoise56 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
H A P P Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! ! ! !
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SaintDill Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday man!!! Clap
I love your work!
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