This episode is an interview with Alex Lindsay. Alex is the father of four, insanely good at lip syncing and my dear brother. He’s also a regular guest on Mac Break Weekly with Leo LaPorte and the founder of Pixel Corps which provides internet broadcasting, augmented reality, and virtual reality services to all kinds of big shots. Plus, he worked on Star War episode one the Phantom Menace which my nine year old son thinks is pretty great. He’s the reason you’re listening to this podcast because even before I knew what a podcast was or how to listen to one he was saying, “Hey Jen, you should do a podcast about family photography.”
Today’s show a conversation with Brandon Price. Brandon is a missionary living in Ukraine with his wife and adorable son who photographs their life beautifully.
On today’s show we talk about how he first fell in love with movie making and still loves making movies of his life. Brandon tells the story of the adoption of his son and how he came to have wonderful photos of the moment he and his wife met their son without having to be behind the camera.
We talk about how Brandon photographed the happy, frustrated, and worried moments – all the different ups and downs – in this first year of being a parent. We also talk about his switch from Canon to Fuji camera system.
Todays guest is Sandra Coan. Sandra is a mother of twin boys who photographs families and newborns on film in her Seattle studio. Sandra is been in business for seventeen years and loves sharing what she’s learned with other photographers.
On today’s show, Sandra tells us about the path she took to discover what she does. She didn’t start shooting film in a studio. she did some photojournalistic weddings along the way. Sandra also talks about finding out who her people were – the people who wanted exactly what she wanted to make – and how to communicate with them. If you are starting a photography business or run one now, you’ll love listening to Sandra’s enthusiasm for business and also for helping others have as much success and fun as she’s having with her photography business. Even if you have no interest in ever starting a photography business – you’ll still love hearing from someone who has created a life they love so thoroughly.
This episode is an interview with Andrea Moffatt. Andrea is a mother of two boys who loves to photograph her family’s stories. She recently created a break out for Click Photo School titled, The Stories that Make Us.
Our conversation starts by Andrea telling us about how she captured her family’s experience of the recent solar eclipse.
Andrea talks about how and when she likes to free lens or use a lens baby. Recently she used it after she dropped off her son at his first day of kindergarten. Another time she used it was when she was worried about a sick child.
There is lifestyle photography, what Elena Blair does, and the photojournalistic photography of Kirsten Lewis. Andrea uses a documentary approach and she consciously adds her own experience to the photo.
Andrea and I both live in the Pittsburgh area and enjoy taking our kids to the zoo here. We’ve both photographed our kids with the polar bears there. As Andrea has learned more about making photos and telling stories well her photos of the polar bears have gotten better.
Andrea and I both love reading. We talked about a lot of books in this episode. Here are some.
I’m thrilled to share this interview with Elena Blair. Elena is a mother of three who photographs newborns and families in the Seattle area. She loves sharing what she’s learned about making family photos and running a business and has created many resources for family photographers. Elena recently recorded a great class on Creative Live titled Lifestyle Family Photography – Posing and Direction.
In this podcast interview with Elena Blair, we talk about why she feels family photography is important. Has it ever seemed to you like wedding photography or commercial photography is real photography and family photography is just this little thing we like to do? Elena feels strongly that family photography isn’t less important than other genres.
Elena shares with us how she thinks about posing families. She’s not talking about stiff or formal posing but she does pose her families. This conversation isn’t just for people who photograph other people’s families. You can use her posing ideas when photographing your own family, your brother’s family or your parents.
Elena talks about the moment she stopped posing newborns and what inspires her when she photographs newborns now.
It’s Halloween! Do you have your kids’ costumes ready? Me neither. But I am prepared to take great photos, thanks to my conversation with Rebecca Wyatt about capturing magic on Halloween. Rebecca Wyatt is a family photographer and mother of four. Over the years, she’s figured out how to make great photos while her kids enjoy Halloween.
On Halloween night, kids get in their costumes and the last thing they want to do is pose for a photo. They want to start the serious business of trick or treating. Rebecca says, don’t get in their way. Let them have fun. Instead, let them dress up a day or two before Halloween. They’re excited about their costume and will be happy to get into character. Take them outside in good light and get some portraits. You can even take them to a location – a firehouse for a fireman, or a cemetery for your ghost or skeleton.
When the night of Halloween comes, get a quick photo of your kids with their friends and them let them enjoy the night. Look for opportunities to capture their excitement. I sometimes get photos of neighbors reacting to my kids’ costumes. My kids also love proudly holding up their favorite candies.
We usually start trick or treating when it’s still light out, but before long it’s dark. Look for interesting lighting for your photos after dark. Rebecca suggests using flashlights and streetlights for interesting effects.
I love getting photos of the kids pouring out and sorting their candy. My kids spend some time trading candy and eating some before it’s time to brush their teeth and get to bed.
Today’s show is a interview with Xanthe Berkeley. Xanthe is a mother of two boys who lives in London. She loves making photos and films of her life. She also teaches others how to make every day films of their lives.
In today’s conversation Xanthe talks about why she loves making films, and how she makes them. If you are familiar with her work, you will enjoy hearing her talk about how she doesn’t crash when filming herself biking.
We talk about the music she uses in her films and why you can’t just use your favorite tunes in the films you post on Facebook. xanthe’s makes films every weekend – She talks about how she keeps it fresh and challenges herself. We talk about the courses she’s teaching these days and what she enjoys most about teaching people how to make time capsule films. This conversation really encouraged me to make more little movies of life – even if I don’t have time to edit them at the moment. I hope you too are inspired by this conversation with Xanthe Berkely.
This episode is an interview with Nick Kelsh. These days Nick teaches people like you and me at How To Photography Your Life. Nick has been making photos since he was in junior high and has years of experience. He’s been a newspaper photographer, collaborated with Anna Quindlen on the books Naked Babies and Siblings and his photograph of a baby is on the cover of A Day in the Life of China.
I was introduced to Nick when my oldest was a baby and I got his book, How to Photography Your Baby. It’s a book that is full of great ideas for photographing the baby in your life.
On today’s show, Nick tells us what will help make better photos right away – photograph someone you love close up in great light. Nick says people think learning aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the hard part. He says what’s harder to learn is how to appreciate the quality of light and good composition. We talk about the photos we can make at home in the drama of every day life. We also talk about the photos Nick took and didn’t take when he son was born early and was in the NICU.
Nick’s classes on Basic Photography, Going Manual, Portraits and Lighting, Editing in Lightroom and Smartphone Photography. Classes start September 11.
Here is an example of doing what Nick talks about – photographing someone you love close up in beautiful light. On the show we talk about making great portraits like this in your garage.
We also talk about the drama of life with kids. Nick tells us about making this series of baseball photos.