Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone, 

In July, there's a project happening with Ballet Zaida that I'm pretty excited about. It's taken a lot of hard work & time, & I'm stoked to share it with you shortly.

Before that happens though, I just wanted to say a few words about grit, & pushing yourself forward, because I think it's very important for the arts & entertainment industry. 

 I want to encourage everyone to make their own projects. Wether it be photos, videos, plays, songs, musicals, a blog, scripts, novels, a TV show, anything. I think it's super important & incredibly fulfilling for someone to undertake a creative task. 

And this is where it gets difficult though. Because it's not easy. It's hard to keep up any creative endeavor. (Ever notice how many people you know have "started a blog" or a "YouTube" channel, posted like 3 things & then stopped?)

And this is where the grit comes in, because you have to make the decision that you're going to do the harder route. When faced with a decision to do something, It's infinitely easier to do nothing. However, if you want to push yourself as an artist and as a human being, I would suggest taking the plunge, diving into whatever project interests you, and sticking with it even when it gets difficult. 

This project for July has been a lot of work. Lots of mornings waking up much earlier than I wanted to, lots of long days driving for several hours, lots things that didn't end up working out that I wanted, but it was all worth it. The outcome of the final products so far has been amazing, the people I've collaborated with have been super fun, & the things I've learned are beyond valuable. 

I look forward to seeing what you guys create.


Ballet Zaida igers March 5th 2016

Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone,

Today I want to feature three of my recent favorite shots I found on the #BalletZaidaigers Instagram hashtag.

First up, photographer @Nicole_Marcelli 's photo of ballerina @JennaCarara

Great composition from Nicole & a lovely line from Jenna. 

Next up is @Nenetoile

I enjoy the colors, the movement in the hair, & also the leg position. 

& last for today we have dancer @jadyn_taylor99 with photography from @brittnischroederphoto

Great lighting from Brittni & a nice pose & expression from Jadyn. 

Keep the photos coming & I'll feature my favorites here on the blog! Use the hashtag #BalletZaidaigers

Until next time,


Holiday lights

Oliver Endahl

This past Sunday we attended the Zoo Lights show in Phoenix  


I always enjoy going to Zoo botanical gardens that are decked out with holiday lights. On top of it being a good time to hang out with the people I'm with, it's inspiring to see all the different, creative ways the lights are being used. 



I'm a huge believer that you can be inspired anywhere, & by anything. Sometimes I meet people & they feel they can only be fans of things that are regarded as "very high works of art". Just because something has critical acclaim, doesn't make it the only thing you should enrich your life with. I love a good art house movie, but I also love a good action movie. I think it's very limiting to impose restrictions of what you can & can't enjoy. "Art" isn't just paintings that hang in galleries for wealthy people to admire, art is anything & everything.

People don't often associate it, but all movies, all music, all books & all photographs are art. Even the software on your iPhone is art. (Not to mention, the iPhone itself) 

There were several times I would be walking through the zoo lights show that is decked out with various LED monkeys, tigers & penguins, & have a thought like, "The way those lights are laid out below that dancing penguin looks really nice. I wonder if I could try a lighting set up like that" 

So if in the future you see a photo of an incredibly graceful, ethereal looking ballerina, standing on white lights laid out in a fashion that resembles snow, you'll know it was inspired by a group of happy looking electronic penguins from the Zoo Lights Show in Phoenix.



Photo Lesson with Stephen

Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone, 

Being a photographer, sometimes I give lessons to my friends & teach them how to shoot using a DSLR camera. Recently I've been teaching my friend Stephen Jacobsen.

It's fun to teach someone photo techniques about how to manually control the light, & it's also good because during the lesson I'm the model. I think it's healthy to be on the other side of the camera once in a while to remind yourself what it's like. 

Here's a few of my favorite photos we captured around Hollywood the other day. (These shots were taken by Stephen & edited by myself) 

#TheDrama #CasualAppleWatch

#TheStars #Hollywood



That last one of my bag I requested Stephen get a shot of. I recently designed my new camera bag from the Timbuk2 website & am stoked with the results. (& I can fit both my camera's, 3 lenses & a bounce flash in there)  

Stephen has a great eye for photos & improves every time we shoot.

Stay tuned for more,


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