April Inspiration

On of the thins I want to start doing with this new incarnation of the blog is to start sharing with you the things that have inspired me artistically.

With my goal for 2019 of living a more art-full life, as I talked about here, I am trying to consume and be inspired by more art. Photographers and musicians are a natural place to start, but as I move forward I want to look more into short films, painters, and other artists as well. Each month I am going to try to write a post sharing with you some of the artists I have found that are currently inspiring me, and will hopefully inspire you as well.

Nate Kaiser

I could honestly write an entire post about Nate Kaiser. His photography has inspired me more than any other photographer ever. He runs a wedding photography company with his wife called The Image is Found that is amazing, but it’s his personal work that has really inspired me. It is entirely black and white, some of it is film, and some of it is Fujifilm X-series. Most of it is simple images of his life, family, and friends, but it is absolutely beautiful. I am not sure exactly what it is that speaks to me, but his images are simple, intimate, casual, nuanced, and beautiful. It is exactly what I want the images I produce to feel like. I am striving that direction but I have a LONG way to go.

Below are a few of the images I liked but he has SO many. There is a good archive on his personal blog, but for up to the date pictures you need to follow him on Instagram. You won’t regret it.

John Mayer

I mean, its freakin’ John Mayer, what more do I need to say? He has been on a roll recently. He released his new singe I Guess I Just Feel Like which is his best song in years, and he appeared on Talking Wathes again. Being a watch nerd I am not sure which I love more. Either way he is a cool interesting dude that has inspired me for a long time.

A Momento to Life

Interesting little short film I stumbled across. It isn’t magnificently done and the photography is nowhere near technically correct, but it’s a bit of a beautiful little story.

Hopefully you guys enjoy some of this stuff. I am going to try to do this monthly. Its always good to stay inspired. Have a great May friends!

A Fresh Start

I snapped the shot above of me yesterday for no particular reason, and it kinda rocked my world.

I was outside shooting pictures of the late Spring snow storm we got and I decided to turn the camera around for a minute and grab a shot of me. When I imported it into my computer I was pretty surprised that the guy looking back at me was quite a bit older than I remembered. He has bags under his eyes and wrinkles on the sides, and his forehead was starting to form lines as well. I wasn’t upset or sad at all really, just a little surprised.


I really have an amazing life. I have a beautiful wife, awesome little kids, a great house, and we live in a beautiful place. We are always working to improve, but I am so happy with where we are at and I am proud of the years that are starting to show in my face, I really am. Bring on the lines.

There is one aspect of my life that has changed a little over the last couple of years, and I would like to move back towards, and that is the idea of living an art-full life.

For a very long time I was trying very hard to be a professional full time photographer. I came very close to this goal, but after tasting a bit of that life, I decided it actually wasn’t for me. I loved the process of shooting weddings (and still shoot them to this day) but I didn’t want to depend on photography for my income, it just wasn’t for me. I think this is where the shift from an art-full life happened though. I began work as a maintenance guy with Chipotle (which I love) and started to move on. In doing so though, I moved away from the idea of art being a part of my every day life


I do not regret this move at all to be honest. I became a homeowner and a father and I think I needed to grow up a little bit and accept some responsibility. This was a good move for me and I am proud of how I have grown. I think I am at a point now where I want to bring art back into my life in a significant way.

My goal for this next phase in my life is not just to listen to more music or watch more films, it is to view life differently, like I used to do. I want a sunset to bring me to tears, I want a film or song to sit with me for days, I want to take pictures because I feel a NEED to express what I am feeling, I want to journal for no other reason than to physically capture the beauty of what it means to be alive. I want to experience the beauty of the world as if it is a love note written to us from the creator. That is my goal for this next year.

I am not exactly sure how to accomplish this except to just try to slow down. I want to observe and soak in the beauty of life. I want to pursue beautiful music and films, I want to take photos constantly, and I want to write everyday. That is my goal for 2019.

A Fresh Start

Because of these new goals I decided to give NathanGilmer.com a huge refresh. For years this was my professional website, but ever since moving away from full-time photography it has been in a bit of a limbo. I didn’t know exactly what to do with it. This new goal for my life has also given me a new goal for this site.

From now on my website will be a journal of my pursuit to living an art-full life. I will post photo essays, writing, links, gear talk, and generally anything that interests me in pursuing this goal. I sincerely hope people will read it, but in this age of short social posts it isn’t that likely, but I don’t care. I am going to hold to the idea that there is always a need for honest thoughtful art and writing, and that will be my goal for this site.

I hope you will follow along and join me in the pursuit of an art-full life.