The Family Photographer 19: Chris Orwig

orwig-family065On this episode, I’m sharing my interview with Chris Orwig. Chris is a playful father of three girls, photographer, author and teacher. He recently taught a class on Creative Live called Capturing Authentic Photos of Children & Families. He’s the author of many books including The Creative Fight, Visual Poetry and People Pictures.

orwig-family064Chris shares how a massive hard drive failure showed him how important his family photos were to him. He also shares an exercise to help us slow down with our cameras and just use one button. A listener asks if he has a good photo of each of his family members. If he doesn’tdoes he have the same pit in his stomach she has when she thinks about the photo that doesn’t yet exist of that person? A few other things we talk about are being present as parents and photographers, insurance and the idea of luck.

Find out more about Chris on his website.


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6 thoughts to “The Family Photographer 19: Chris Orwig”

  1. That was a really great interview! Thanks to the both of you. Chris’ stuff has always been an inspiration, and it was good to hear from him in a more personal setting.

    I was really interested in the comments about insurance for those of us who aren’t working professionally. Can you point us in any direction for follow up on that?

    1. Hi Brandon,

      Glad you enjoyed the interview. I loved talking with Chris.

      About insurance, I contacted the insurance agent that handles our home and auto insurance. I gave him a list of the my cameras and lenses – a short list for me – and he did the rest.


  2. That was fantastic, enjoyed that very much. Especially your comments about having a pit in your stomach for not having the perfect photo of your favorite people, I can so relate. Great interview.

    1. Hi Hailey,
      So glad you enjoyed the episode. And that you can relate to that feeling. Thanks for taking the time to write down your thoughts,

  3. Jenny! I was just listening to some back episodes that I missed and ran across this one. Chris Orwig is one of my favorite teachers and this has to be my favorite of all your episodes. The way he turned around and interviewed you a couple times was so interesting. The way you were both vulnerable and genuine was touching. It was inspiring and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

    1. Hey Wilson,
      He’s been a favorite of mine for a long time too and I was excited to talk with him. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s a favorite of mine for sure.

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