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Your friends and family expect you to bring your camera to birthday parties and holiday dinners. You pick up your camera before the broom when your kids spill flour all over the kitchen floor. You're the family photographer. Every other week, I share my conversations with photographers about their work and their families. How can we take better photos of our family life? Why are we taking all these photos in the first place?

Your friends and family expect you to bring your camera to birthday parties and holiday dinners. You pick up your camera before the broom when your kids spill flour all over the kitchen floor. You're the family photographer. Every other week, I share my conversations with photographers about their work and their families. How can we take better photos of our family life? Why are we taking all these photos in the first place?
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Your friends and family expect you to bring your camera to birthday parties and holiday dinners. You pick up your camera before the broom when your kids spill flour all over the kitchen floor. You're the family photographer. Every other week, I share my conversations with photographers about their work and their families. How can we take better photos of our family life? Why are we taking all these photos in the first place?

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English


Episodes

10: Kate Miller Wilson - Making Photos about Autism and Connection

7/24/2019
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Today’s guest is Kate Miller Wilson. Kate is a mother, photographer and author. Our conversation begins with the photo that started a series of photos of her son who is on the autism spectrum. The series became the stunning book - Look Me in the Lens. The book is a combination of photos she made with her son and insights from her son about his experience of life with autism. Kate talks about how the book came to be and what it was like to create it. We also talk about Kate’s love of daily...

Duration:01:05:39

9: Raymond Hatfield - Helping a Couple Who Lost Wedding Photos

7/16/2019
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Today’s guest is Raymond Hatfield. Raymond is a father, photographer and host of the Beginner Photography Podcast. Our conversation begins with the story of Raymond helping a couple who had wedding photos taken but they never saw them. Raymond talks about making photo books of his family life - why they are important and what he’s done to making the books simpler. He tells us about the one second a day videos he’s doing right now. Enjoy! The Family Photographer Website Give $12 today

Duration:01:10:14

8: Antonina Mamzenko - Seeing Family Love with Photography

7/9/2019
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Today’s guest is Antonina Mamzenko. Antonina is a mother and photographer living in London. She photographs families in her area and famiies from around the world when they visit London. She tells us how she connects with and photographs these families while she also helps them tour London. We also discuss her the day in the life sessions and what she wants the families she photographs to see in her photos. Other topics include lens choices and parents getting in photos with their families....

Duration:01:08:00

7: Troy Colby - The Fragility of Fatherhood

7/2/2019
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On this episode: Troy Colby. Troy is a photographer and father. I found his project, The Fragility of Fatherhood and right away wanted to have him on the podcast. Troy talks about how this project began and what his hopes are for it. Troy is tired of images that idealize family life. His work explores the more ambiguous moments of being a father. Our conversation is as much about what it feels like to be a parent as what it is like to photograph our life and family. Go the The Family...

Duration:01:13:16

6: Tryn Rose Seley - Helping People Remember Who They Are With a Single Photograph

6/25/2019
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Today's show is with an old friend of mine, Tryn Rose Seley. Tryn Rose works with people who have dementia and has written a book titled, Fifteen Minutes of Fame: One Photos Does Wonders To Bring You Both Back to Solid Ground. In her work, Tryn Rose has found the power of photographs to help people with Alzheimer’s remember who they are. The photos also help the people who care for them have a way to connect with their loved one. Sometimes it’s a photo from the patient’s life, sometimes the...

Duration:00:53:47

5: Kristen Kalp - Letting Ourselves Be Seen

6/18/2019
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Today’s show is a conversation with Kristen Kalp. Once upon a time, Kristen had a job photographing kids. These days, she’s a writer, teacher, poet, podcaster and business coach for creative people. We start our conversation talking about photos of herself that have helped her - how they were made and why they help her. Kristen also tells us about having her senior portrait taken which was not a helpful photo experience. Then, our conversation moves to her work with creative people. She...

Duration:00:36:57

4: Summer Kellogg: Daily Photos of Family Life

6/11/2019
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Today’s show is a conversation with Summer Kellogg. I have been following Summer’s 365 projects for years. I didn’t realize until we talked that she has been doing daily photos for over eight years. Summer talks about making daily photos and how she uses off camera lighting often in the winter for her projects. We also talk about the when she started to really care about making photos - it wasn’t when her first child was born. Find out more about Summer on The Family Photographer...

Duration:01:06:37

3: Chris Orwig - Connecting with the People You Photograph

6/4/2019
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Today’s guest is Chris Orwig. Chris is a father, photographer, teacher, author and he’s just a very insightful, thoughtful person. I spoke to him for the podcast about two years ago and was excited to talk with him again. In this conversation, Chris talks about becoming disinterested in taking portraits, why it happened and how he feels now. He also talks about looking outside the world of photography to someone who works with troubled horses helped him learn how to connect with the people...

Duration:01:06:37

2: David DuChemin - Being More Alive Through Photography

5/28/2019
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Today’s guest is David DuChemin. You may be familiar with David and his work. If not, I’m happy to be the one to introduce you. David is a teacher, adventurer and author - some of his books are - Within the Frame, The Soul of the Camera, The Visual Toolbox and A Beautiful Anarchy. David sends out an newsletter every couple of weeks. I read one he wrote in response to a comment he got and I wrote him right back saying - I love what your saying here - do you want to talk about it with me on my...

Duration:01:11:53

1: LaShawn Wiltz: Get in Your Family's Photos!

5/21/2019
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Welcome to Season Two of The Family Photographer Podcast! The first conversation of season two is with LaShawn Wiltz: a wife, mother, blogger and photographer from Atlanta, Georgia. LaShawn comes from family who is dedicated to keeping memories and giving them to the next generation with photographs. And, she is absolutely keeping her family’s tradition alive while also encouraging her community to do the same for their own families. In this conversation, we talk about why...

Duration:00:59:32

A New Season is Coming!

5/7/2019
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A new season of the Family Photographer is starting May 21! You can expect inspiring conversations with people who love photography as much as you do. Go to https://thefamilyphotographer.net/ for more information and to sign up for emails about new episodes and daily photo projects.

Duration:00:06:00

43: Simon Ringsmuth talks to us about taking photos of his sister during her battle with breast cancer

6/5/2018
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On this episode, Simon Ringsmuth, photographer and co-host of the podcast Camera Dads, tells us about the photos he took of his younger sister during the years she was battling breast cancer. We talk about why these photos are important to him and to his sister's family now that she's gone and why we should let people take our photo even if we haven't showered yet. Simon also shares his excitement about his Fujifilm camera. The Family Photographer Podcast is going on summer break. There...

Duration:01:19:21

42: Marc Silber talks about Composition

5/16/2018
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Today's interview is with California based photographer, father and grandfather, Marc Silber. Marc's new book, The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters is all about compostion and available today from Amazon. In our conversation, we talk about composition tools and also about why Marc loves photographing his grandchildren and what has changed about photography in the age of quick sharing of photos. Today's show is sponsored by MyMayu three season...

Duration:01:04:42

41: Niki Boon: Inspired by her Children

5/1/2018
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Today's show is an interview with New Zealand photographer and mother of four, Niki Boon. On the podcast, Niki talks about how she makes the photos she shares of her children's lives in the land they love and spend their days exploring. Niki's children don't go to school or follow any formal school curriculum. Niki tells us how it is their curiosity and aliveness that inspires her photography. Photos that she says are made in the cracks of her full days raising her family. Find our more...

Duration:01:11:30

40: Natalie Greenroyd on Shooting with Moxie

4/17/2018
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This episode is an interview with Natalie Greenroyd. Natalie is a mother of two young boys and lives under big skies in Oklahoma. She recently created a class for Click Photo School titled Shot with Moxie. In our conversation we talk about what she means when she says Moxie and what lead her to become bold in her photography. Natalie talks about how a daily project pushed her to try new things like free lensing and multiple exposures. We talk about how she makes striking silhouettes and...

Duration:01:07:07

4: Kate Densmore: Stories of Home

3/27/2018
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On this episode, I talk with Kate Densmore about her new book Stories of Home. We talk about documenting family life, composition and thinking about your "why" when taking family photos. *This episode was first posted December 6. 2016* You can find out more about Kate on her website. Check out The Family Photographer Podcast's new website. If you love listening, consider making a donation to the show.

Duration:01:06:02

39: Renato dPaula on Documenting Families, Births and His Own Life

3/13/2018
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This episode is an interview with Renato dPaula. Renato is a father and documentary photographer from São Paulo, Brazil. We begin our conversation talking about one of my favorite things: Renato's 365 Project. We talk about how there’s nothing like a difficult personal project to grow as a photographer. Renato tells us how he came to focus and documentary family photography, how he does it, what is his favorite part of the day with families. Renato does a lot of birth photography which I...

Duration:00:59:35

38: Chuck Anerino on Patience

2/27/2018
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This episode is an interview with Chuck Anerino. Chuck is a photographer and father of three boys. This is a guy who loves photography and also thinks deeply about photography. He's a perfect guest for the podcast. We begin by talking about the magic bullet when it comes to becoming a really good photographer. Chuck shares about early feedback he got on his work and how it helped him develop his craft. Chuck prints his photographs at home. I have never really given this much thought until...

Duration:01:10:25

37: Brekke Johnson: Photos that Help Us See

2/13/2018
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Today's podcast interview is with Brekke Johnson. Brekke is a mother of a three year old boy and family photographer based in Madison, Alabama. Later this week, Brekke is teaching about photographing two year olds at this year’s Click Away conference. On the podcast, we talk about some of her tricks for photographing families with small children. And, we also talk about when it's not the kids who are making it hard to get a good shot. Sometimes it's the parents! Brekke tells us what she...

Duration:01:12:37

36: Aaron Thomson on Making Family Photos in Good Times and Bad

1/30/2018
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Today on the show I’m talking with Aaron Thomspon. Aaron is a father of three who owns many, many cameras yet is brand agnostic. He’s a portrait photographer based in Utah who has done a wide variety of photography and film work. I discovered his work on Flickr and asked him to be a guest on the show. I’m so glad I did. We talk about the first digital camera he bought for 1000 dollars that could do so little compared to what we’re used to now. Aaron talks about why he loves photographing his...

Duration:01:15:33