Interviews with photography industry leaders who inspire photographers to bridge craft and commerce, that help in creating a sustainable and creative business.

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In this episode, I speak with Ling Messer and Michelle Blais about their new course for photographers called "Master Your Website Content".Ling Messer is a full time wedding, portrait, and commercial photographer in CT, and has been in business since 2013 since she left her long career in the dairy farming industry in Oregon. She now runs a six-figure wedding photography business, Trailing Twine Photography, with her team photographers, who travel all over New England photographing outdoorsy soulmates getting married on farm and barn venues.Michelle Blais has worked as an in-house corporate graphic artist, on staff at advertising agencies and since 2000, has been operating her own small graphic and website design business. Michelle works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to create branding, marketing and websites with a clear message, engaging imagery and a professional design that easily connects with their customers and grows their business.Learn about Shoot For Web Design, the new company Ling and Michelle have formed. And sign up for Master Your Website Content today.After you have listened to the podcast in its entirety click this link to receive some free goodies from Ling & Michelle.

Dec 2020

35 min 58 sec

Amy Drucker - http://amydrucker.com/ - is a family documentary and lifestyle photographer based in New York state.In this episode we discuss a number of things including the distinction between documentary photography and lifestyle photography. And what it means to keep working and creating during the pandemic.We talked about the following:Project 365 - https://amy-drucker-photo.squarespace.com/personalGratitude Sessions - http://amydrucker.com/gratitude-sessionsWorkshops Amy is offering - http://www.soulshinecreative.netBuy Amy's book, "Real Life Family Photography: Capture love & joy through the ages & stages"To view examples of the documentary or lifestyle portrait photography Amy creates, please visit her website today! Do follow Amy's photography on Facebook and Instagram

Jul 2020

27 min 46 sec

Sephi Bergerson is a freelance documentary photographer and author based in Goa, India. His advertising and studio work have him working for international NGO’s and a variety of publications.Sephi is known for his drive for excellence, so it didn’t surprise me that he had found a way to use his talent and vision to create a body of work during the pandemic and the ensuing lock down around the world."The lockdown made everyone stay home and gave us a lot of time to touch base with old friends across the globe. After all, everyone is home, we have the time and technology enables us to see each other on our smartphones."Follow Sephi on Instagram and FacebookLearn more about Sephi's project: Documenting The World During Lockdown

Jul 2020

16 min 24 sec

The Black Live Matter - #BLM - movement has inspired many people to create opportunities for positive change in our society in the last few months since George Floyd was murdered in day-light, in Minneapolis. Sarah Thompson, currently the senior marketing and communications director at The Village for Families & Children has spent more than twenty years working in agency, media and community-based non-profit organizations. She is the owner and publisher of SHOPBLACKCT, a black-owned business guide. Sarah is also a portrait and wedding photographer.Sarah is deeply committed to anti-racist work, connecting and empowering people, fostering community and championing for those who need it most. "SHOPBLACKCT.com is a one-stop directory and blog site with the mission of driving business to and awareness of Black-owned businesses in Greater Hartford, Connecticut. A team of volunteers give their time, energy and talent to keep this site running and relevant. This effort is 100% about giving, lifting up others and expecting nothing in return."Corey Lynn Tucker, a photographer who focuses on elopements, small weddings and branding photos is one of the first volunteers who signed on to help SHOPBLACKCT with their visual communication needs. As an example, please visit this recent blog post about The Singing Sliders. Learn more about the SHOPBLACKCT team here.Please visit SHOPBLACKCT on the following platforms:Facebook Instagram


Jul 2020

24 min 49 sec

Lisa Nichols is a Manchester-based photographer who travels throughout the state on assignment for various publications. As well as shooting for publications, she also runs both food photography BreadBeastPhotographer.com and wedding photography RootsPhotographyCT.com  businesses. During the current Covid pandemic, she’s been working on two projects;  Take-Out Only which focus’ on how the pandemic is effecting the food service industry, and  Thank You Notes, documenting the displays of gratitude to first-responders and the people who made them.

Jun 2020

28 min 52 sec

Buy "Pricing Workbook for Creatives" here - https://amzn.to/3cZ9Onr [aff]“The Pricing Workbook for Creatives is a step-by-step solution for the creative business problem of determining the right price for your work, time, energy, and effort on any creative project.The design of the workbook brings readers from a beginning mindset of only knowing what they need to eat and live to a mindset of knowing exactly what price will not only support their creative work, but help them plan for a fully supported professional creative life. The world does not need more starving artists; it needs more professional creatives who know how to price their work appropriately and grow their creative business.”Anne’s LinkedIN ProfileAnne’s Facebook PagePhotoLovecat Business Blog for PhotographersAnne’s Personal InstagramAnne’s Personal Blog

Jun 2020

37 min 11 sec

Aakaash Bali is a cinematic narrative fine art photographer, based in Long Island, New York. We spoke about the themes and approach he has chosen to produce whimsical works o art heavily influenced by film and Hollywood. The official print shop at The Shadow District. Be sure to buy Aakaash's amazing photographs!Learn more about Cinema Experience.Follow Aakaash Bali on InstagramFollow his work on Shadow District's Instagram account. Photographers mentioned:Gregory CrewdsonNicky HamiltonKate Woodman Movies mentioned:The Grand Budapest HotelThe Shape of Water Gear mentioned:Fujifilm GFX 100 [Aff]Sony A7rIII [Aff]Godox AD600 [Aff] If you enjoyed this podcast, would you please give it a 5-star rating and write a short review on iTunes? I would greatly appreciate that. Thank you!

May 2020

21 min 40 sec

Dr. Paul Hetzel is a retired medical oncologist based in Springfield, Massachusetts. He found photography to be a welcome respite from his fast-paced work and lifestyle as a physician. We talked about the power of printing one's own photography and how Dr. Hetzel has found a wonderful group of fellow photographers in Photo Arts Xchange, an event hosted by Connecticut photographer, Steve Sherman. Another important point that Dr. Hetzel makes is the importance of looking in one's own backyard for "travel" photography. In other words, you don't have to travel too far to make great photographs.What challenges Dr. Hetzel the most as a photographer? What can make or break an image? Listen in to find out!To learn more and to view photograph, please visit Dr. Paul Hetzel's websiteOther photographers & events mentioned in this podcast: Jack HolowitzSteve ShermanPhoto Arts XchangeCharles CramerFreeman PattersonJohn SextonMichael KennaJack DykingaJustin Black & Visionary WildHigh School of Commerce (Clubs)Gear used:Nikon D850 [Affiliate Link]Sony RX10 III [Affiliate Link]

May 2020

14 min 37 sec

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is launching a special event on May 24th for photographers and photo enthusiasts around the world to participate in a 24-hour marathon. It's an event he calls, 24x24x Photo Marathon. Photo marathons aren't anything new for Morten. For several years, he organized one in Vancouver, British Columbia.Listen to why this particular event on May 24, 2020 is so special. And, if you are someone with aspirations to learn photography or simply want to play with light and shadow, come join us. Themes will be posted on the hour every hour on the website, Twitter, and InstagramFor more details, please visit - https://24x24photomarathon.com/FAQ: https://24x24photomarathon.com/faqTwitter - https://twitter.com/24x24photoInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/24x24photomarathon/

May 2020

22 min 11 sec

Eric Francis, an editorial and sports photographer, based in Omaha, Nebraska is following his instinct to photograph families who remain in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. His goal is to photograph as many families as possible in the "402" area code.While some call these "porch sessions" or "frontstep project", for Eric it is not only about photographing families or individuals but also checking in with them to see how they are feeling on the day he photographs them. This becomes a much richer record of how a community, and in some sense, the entire nation is dealing with the challenges and the circumstances we face today.Read more about the project here.Follow Eric's work on Instagram.

Apr 2020

25 min 38 sec

I speak with Paul Gero, a former newspaper photojournalist about his neighborhood family portrait project, Portraits In The Time Of Corona. With COVID-19 pandemic affecting all of us around the world, Paul's photography project to photograph 100 families in his community speaks to his newspaper instincts to document their lives as best as he can. Following "social-distancing" guidelines as set forth by the state of Wisconsin, where he lives, Paul has embarked on an ambitious project that will serve as his community's only tangible document from these very challenging times.Learn more about Paul and his project, here - http://www.paulfgero.com/ 

Apr 2020

20 min 11 sec

Too many people get into photography because of the tools of the trade. Chloe Lodge's book, "For the Love Of The Photograph" instills in you the idea that one must be first fully present to be successful as a photographer. I consider her book required reading for both professionals who have been at it for a while and for those just getting started in the pursuit of seeing and making photographs. The conversational style of the book is at once endearing, making it exciting to turn the page and learn something totally new and useful. If you are a photographer, I do hope you will consider buying it to read out loud for yourself from time to time. The words and the suggestions in it will enrich your life as a visual communicator.Visit Chloe Lodge's website - https://chloelodge.com/Visit the "For The Love Of The Photograph" website - https://www.fortheloveofthephotograph.com

Feb 2020

27 min 59 sec

Vanessa Joy, a wedding and portrait photographer has just written her first book on off-camera flash. She eschews the usual jargon found in technical books and explores 32 scenarios using simple English. Buy her book on Amazon - "The Off-Camera Flash Handbook: 32 Scenarios for Creating Beautiful Light and Stunning Photographs"Or, you can use the code: OFCH40 until Saturday 15th, 2020 and save 40% when you  buy it through the publisher, Rocky Nook  

Feb 2020

18 min 21 sec

This interview with Bob Krist, a travel photographer and videographer, is all about his new book, "Old Souls & Timeless Places."Buy the book by making a donation of $60 to the Jonathan D. Krist FoundationProceeds from "Old Souls & Timeless Places" benefit the Jonathan Krist Foundation, named in memory of Krist’s son, who passed away 12 years ago. 

Feb 2020

53 min 27 sec

As the world marks this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27th), it is fitting that this short podcast interview with photographer Danny Weiss makes its appearance here. For the last three years, Danny has photographed 18 men and women who are survivors of The Holocaust. He has done so to celebrate who they are, and more than that who they have chosen to become after their escape from the atrocities in Europe. He found them not brooding their fate, but embracing a new life and thriving, running businesses, raising families, and becoming citizens of their new home in America.

Jan 2020

24 min 25 sec

Large format photography need not be a mystery to anyone. Steve Sherman, an environmental black & white photographer based in Rocky Hill, Connecticut has been pursuing film photography for 35 years. We chat about his journey and the workshops he offers called The Power of Process - https://www.powerofprocesstips.com/ 

Dec 2019

53 min 3 sec

Rafal Wegiel, a headshot portrait photographer has launched a new course, 'Beyond The Art of Headshot Retouching Tutorial"  to teach you all about retouching headshot portraits.Click here to learn more - https://www.rafalwegiel.com/6780491-retouching-tutorialFor a limited time, use the code: SESHU, to save $10 when you buy this course.

Nov 2019

19 min 57 sec

Use code - tiffinbox - to save $5 on Corey Potter's ebook, "22 SEO Actions You Can Take Today" -https://www.fuelyourphotos.com/e-book/Corey has made some special bonuses available to the first 25 people to sign up for his course, SEO for Photographers. Use this affiliate link and mention the code - tiffinbox - https://www.tiffinbox.org/seo-courseIf you like this episode, please follow Tiffinbox on Instagram at https://instagram.com/tiffinbox.mediaThank you!

Oct 2019

29 min 8 sec

Esteban Gil speaks with Tiffincast about his distinct wedding photography work and his workshops around the country.Visit Esteban Gil's site - https://www.egilphoto.com/Join Steel & Flint Society, Esteban Gil's education website for wedding photographers.

Oct 2019

14 min 15 sec