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The Family Photographer 32: Andrea Moffatt on Telling Our Family Stories

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.

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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.

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Some Writer by Melissa Sweet

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

More about Andrea: Website, Instagram, Click Photo School

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4 thoughts to “The Family Photographer 32: Andrea Moffatt on Telling Our Family Stories”

  1. Words can not express how much I loved this episode! So much was discussed that really resonated with me…I was hanging on every word. I have been feeling really bogged down by the fact that I spend more time fiddling with my settings than capturing the moments that I want (and usually I miss them), but Andrea reminded me that as long as I keep with it, it will not always be this way. Also, it was good to hear that I am not the only one who stops taking photos when life gets a bit chaotic / full / stressful. I am feeling a renewed sense to keep trying! This episode has me all jazzed up…it was exactly what I needed to hear! *off to listen to it again!* 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode, Denette! I, too, felt so refreshed after Jenny and my chat… she has a way of drawing out important ideas in such a friendly, warm way.

      And yes! Please do keep with it, because it is so worth it when the technical stuff just fades into the background and lets you do your thing.

  2. As Andrea already knows, I am a huge long time fan of hers. You’ve saved my butt from quitting my 365 several times.
    Listening to your words really reminded my of why I wanted to start one in the first place.
    You really hit the nail on the head for me when you mentioned the comment about not having pretty light.
    I’m not going to lie – lately I’ve been feeling EXACTLY that way – my light sucks, so what’s the point in shooting? Thank you for the reminder that I don’t need to share them, and just because they aren’t as pretty doesn’t diminish their value in the long run.

    You are the best!

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