The Family Photographer 29: Xanthe Berkeley on Making Family Films

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.

Find out more about Xanthe and see more of her work: Website, Instagram, Online Courses, Twitter, Facebook

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The Family Photographer 28: Yan Palmer talks about Love

It’s an interview with Yan Palmer. YAY!

We talk about:

  • A photo of a student’s mother that made her think of her mother raising ten children
  • The photos she wished she had with her mom
  • Why she is not taking new family sessions or teaching her workshops these days
  • Her podcast: The Love Love Love
  • What she was asked at workshops every time (posing, gear, pricing) and the other questions she really wanted to answer
  • What I could learn from my son’s yard sale success
  • Desiring suffering and giving birth as a powerful metaphor

This conversation had me thinking for days. I hope you enjoy it.

I talked to Yan before – you can hear that right here.

Listen to Yan’s podcast: The Love Love Love.

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More about Yan: WebsiteInstagram

Thanks as always to my sound editor, Suzanne Llewellyn, for putting it all together and making it sound great.


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The Family Photographer 27: Erica Montgomery on Finding Great Light for Family Photos

In this interview with family photographer, Erica Montgomery, we talk about how creates beautiful lighting in her family photography.

Erica tells how she uses her garage for portraits and how she loves to find pockets of light in her home to photograph her children in.

We talk about this photograph she made of her daughter after she lost a beloved uncle. She tells us what inspired her to pick up her camera and how it helped her.


Find out more about Erica on her website, Instagram and Flickr.

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The Family Photographer 26: Nick Kelsh on How to Photograph Your Life

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.

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The Family Photographer 25: Erin Blinn

In this episode, I ask Erin how she feels about being the family photographer and how she shares her photos with her family. Erin joined the 365 Flickr group last summer. I talk with her about what inspired her to start a project and how the doing the project helped her see her life in new ways. Erin now serves as staff photographer for a children’s hospital. prior to that she was a full time wedding and family photographer. I ask her about why she changed and what she’s learning at her new job. It was pleasure to have this conversation with Erin and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it too.

Some things we talked about in the show:

Charity Water

The movie 45 Years

This episode of This American Life

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The Family Photographer 24: Molly Flanagan: Visual Storytelling

molly_headshot_webIn this episode, I talk with Molly Flanagan. Molly is a mother of three, she runs the Define School with Kelly Hatcher and teaches a class there titled Visual Storytelling. Molly photographs families in their homes as they are. In her photographs of her own family and of families she photographs, Molly strives to celebrate the heart of the home – not domestic perfection but the nurturing and comfort offered there.

In this interview with Molly Flanagan, we talk about how she began photographing her family and how her work evolved from posing families in the park to documenting families at home. We also talk about how she travelled the United States with her family last summer, photographing and teaching along the way.


The Family Photographer 23: Kevin Mullins on Candid Family Photography and Tackling Common Family Photo Challenges

Screenshot 2017-07-26 09.53.32In this interview with Kevin Mullins, we talk about what he loves about candid family photography. Kevin tells us how he deals with common family photography challenges – the uncooperative subject, the photobomb kid and fake smiles. I ask Kevin about his workflow – he starts with Photo Mechanic. And find out which little Fuji camera Kevin recommends for parents.

More about Kevin: Weddings, Families, Gear

Photo Mechanic

That little Fuji Camera

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The Family Photographer 22: Tim Coulson on Photographing the Essence of Family Life

Screenshot 2017-07-10 21.52.00In this podcast interview with Tim Coulson, we talk about the how Tim’s love of making photographs began. And we talk about how he loves photographing his family using film.

I contacted Tim after reading this:

A deep lesson I’ve learned is that there’s a really fine line between documenting the essence of something and over-documenting to where you become withdrawn from what you’re really doing. I don’t want to get to a place where we have an incredible amount of photos detailing our lives, and realize I was only paying attention to my camera. I want to be here, actually here, for all of it, and I want to document our life in a true way. But, as important as it is to document life, what is by far more important is to be in your life.

We talk about this and much more on the show this week.

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The Family Photographer 21: Cheryl Hanna-Truscott – Photos from a Prison Nursery and Maternity Ward in Haiti

In this interview with Cheryl Hanna-Truscott, we talk about how she began photographing mothers and babies in a prison nursery. Cheryl talks about her background in photography and her years as a midwife. Cheryl also talks about the photographs she’s made for the organization Midwives for Haiti.

If you’ve felt like you want to do something with your photography to help someone or something be seen, you’ll love this show. Cheryl has been doing work with her camera for years and has a beautiful body of work to show for it. Some of her work has been far from home, but the prison nursery project is near home.

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The Family Photographer 20: David duChemin – The Soul of the Camera

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Today on the show, I’m thrilled to share my interview with David duChemin.

David is a humanitarian photographer, teacher and author. His new book is The Soul of the Camera. We talk about his new book, why he wrote it and what he hopes readers will take away from reading it.

David tells us about the photos he took in his teens and the scenic route he took to becoming the photographer he is today – a path that included being a comedian and magician. David urges us all to go deeper in this episode of The Family Photographer.