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Entertainment Makes Us Live Passively And Miss Out On Real Adventures

March 26, 2014

Entertainment, when consumed a lot, causes us to live our brief lives passively and give up the adventures we could have had.

Sam and Nia Rader Lip-Sync Of “Love Is An Open Door” Goes Super Viral

March 13, 2014

Sam and Nia Rader, my brother and sister-in-law, made a super viral video of them lip-syncing to Disney’s “Love Is An Open Door”!

DFW Photo Expo 2013 Was Engaging, Educational, and Inspiring

November 16, 2013

DFW Photo Expo 2013 was engaging, educational, and inspiring with several great speakers that taught me a lot about photography.

Dallas Professional Photographers Association Speaker Hiram Trillo

June 13, 2013

Dallas Professional Photographers Association keynote speaker for June 13, 2013, was the award-winning wedding photographer Hiram Trillo.

Cindy Sherman, A Retrospective At The Dallas Museum of Art

April 12, 2013

Cindy Sherman, A Retrospective At The Dallas Museum of Art was incredible photography exhibit that surveyed her greatest works.

Masterpiece Mosaic Collaborative Art Of Dallas By Lakewood Elementary

May 21, 2012

This masterpiece mosaic collaborative art based on my photo of the Dallas skyline was made by the kids at Lakewood Elementary for an auction.

Matthew T Rader | Dallas Photographer

October 11, 2011

About a month ago I had a great opportunity to speak very popular and somewhat famous wedding photographer, David Beckstead, over the phone for about 20 minutes. In that twenty minutes I learned more about running a photography business than I ever have in my life before. He gave me such good solid tips and […]

Life Is An Adventure When You Enjoy Every Day With People You Love

June 1, 2011

Life is an adventure when you learn to enjoy every day with the people you love instead of solely focusing on achieving selfish big dreams.

My First Year In Dallas Brought Many Changes To My Life And Career

April 27, 2011

My first year in Dallas brought far more changes to my life and career than I ever imagine it would and I’m very optimistic about the future.

I Like the Night And Its Mysterious Beauty Of Darkness And Calm

April 8, 2011

I like the night, there’s something beautifully mysterious about it to me; it’s blackness, stillness, coldness, and quietness.

Life Sucks The Life Out Of Me Sometimes But I Keep Moving Forward

March 25, 2011

Life sucks the life out of me sometimes when I experience or see painful situations, but I don’t stay down, I get up and keep moving forward.

Splashing In Puddles As A Child Demonstrated My Love Of Adventure

March 18, 2011

Splashing in puddles was something I really enjoyed doing as a child, I truly believe that was an early indicator of my love for adventure.

We Are All Broken, It’s Time We Give Eachother Grace

February 23, 2011

We are all broken, as individuals and as a people. It’s time we work on ourselves while extending grace to others around us.

Dallas Has Been Really Cold And Icy For The Past Few Days

February 3, 2011

Dallas has been so cold and icy these past few days, I had been wanting to go out and take photos but he icy roads held me back.

We Neglect Our Talents When We Start To Compare Ourselves To Others

January 21, 2011

Neglect of our talents and passions is the end result when we start comparing ourselves to others and forget to focus on our own path.

The Last Sunset Of 2010 Brings To An End A Decade Of Constant Change

January 1, 2011

The last sunset of 2010 brings to an end a tumultuous decade characterized by constant change and growing up as I leave my 20s behind.

In My Element

December 29, 2010

Though my site is primarily about my photography, I have to give some kudos to my Element, which has gotten me to most all the locations I have photographed.

Wasted

December 1, 2010

This photograph spoke volumes and told such a common tragic story. The subject of the photo, the Jack Daniel’s case and the needles, represented destruction, hopelessness, and above all, death.

Alchemy Though Impossible, We Can Apply To Our Hopes And Dreams

November 29, 2010

Alchemy is literally impossible, but we can apply the concept of turning something basic into something valuable to our hopes and dreams.

Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

From living many years of my life out in the country side in East Texas I really learned how to love the temperature and colors of Autumn. Each fall I find myself frequently looking to find how I can capture my love for the season in a photograph.