Impact: The Conservation Photography Podcast

Impact: The Conservation Photography Podcast

If you are a photographer or filmmaker with a love for all things wild, then you’re in the right place. From conservation to creativity, from business to marketing, and everything in-between, this podcast is for you, the conservation visual storyteller who is ready to make an impact. Every week, join your host Jaymi Heimbuch on a deep dive into the inspirational conversations and the actionable how-tos for building your photography business while making a big difference in this world. Let's dive in!

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May 24, 2022 31 min

#099: All creatives face this moment when it feels like we're just in a rut. 

Maybe you've hit a plateau in a project. You're stuck or lost steam and want a way to rebuild momentum.

Or you've hit a ceiling in your skill sets and you aren't sure what to do to break through so you can keep growing. 

Whatever it may be, there are at least 3 ways - three joyfully creative ways - to get past a plateau and back into your...

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#098: Just 2 years after picking up a camera, Anne Readel is getting her local conservation photo stories into national publications like New York Times, Audubon, Better Homes & Gardens, Sierra and more.

Anne is a student in Conservation Photography 101 who took my mantra of finding local storie...

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#97: Steven Bedard is the Editor in Chief and co-founder of bioGraphic Magazine, a publication of the prestigious California Academy of Sciences.

Many conservation photographers are eager to see their work published in its (web) pages because bioGraphic prides itself on in-depth, visually rich, conse...

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#96: Often (and I do this all the time) we get wrapped up in the idea that conservation is about wildlife and protecting wilderness. It's about saving critters from the brink of extinction.

That's not what it's all about though.

Conservation is actually so many things. It is social justic...

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#095: Gerrit Vyn's photography has been inspiring conservation action across the globe for many years. 

Starting out his career as a natural history photographer, Vyn's current position as a Producer with Cornell Lab of Ornithology (hello, dream job!) has him traveling across the continent a...

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#094: "Are All Human Beings Worthy Of Empathy?" That was the subject line of an email that landed in my inbox one morning.

It wasn't just curiosity that made me open the email.

I was also looking to see if the sender was somehow giving me permission to give up.

Because empathy is hard work...

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#093: Conservation photography isn't a special type of photography. It's a special way of USING photography. And Pete Oxford knows this well. 

Sure, he's won awards for his images, but that's not what he counts as success. 

In this interview, Pete shares what he considers to be his biggest accolade, how he's used his photographs to make major impacts for conservation, and why he doesn't really consider himself...

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#092 - Things will go wrong. They always do. Every conservation visual storyteller can count on this.

But, you can put strategies into play that help you get through even the most difficult, frustrating, or seemingly insurmountable set-back you experience in your photography or filmmaking. 

Morgan Heim joins us to talk about how she gets through common problems every conservation visual storyteller faces in their work. 

📝 G...

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#091: Pop in your earbuds to get inspiration for your grand adventure into conservation visual storytelling. I've combed through insights from photographers and filmmakers and curated pearls of wisdom that'll fire you up all throughout the storytelling process.

From the moment that you recognize you want go beyond creating clips or stand-alone images and instead build whole stories, to overcoming mental obstacles that hold ...

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#90: This is a very special episode!
Brenda Petrella, the creator of Outdoor Photography School, hosts the Outdoor Photography Podcast. There are loads of great interviews with talented nature and landscape photographers -- and this one in particular will spark new ways of thinking about your creativity and the visual impact your images can make. Enjoy this episode from Brenda, as she sits down with Arizona-based landscape photogra...

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#89:  The photographs we create are just the start of a conservation photo story.

Really, it's about what you do with those photographs to create engagement, awareness, understanding and action around a conservation cause.

So what does the rest of that action look like?

What do you actually do to put your images to work?

What are the strategies?

And how do social media play a role in all of this?

Well, I'm so excited that today o...

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#088: Of all the books that fill my book shelves, and there are many, there is one particular imprint that really stands out that is Braided River. That's because Braided River creates books that are all based in conservation.

Whether it's wildlife conservation or wild spaces conservation, everything that they put out is not only a beautiful visual story, but has a really strong message of conservation. Braided River doesn&#...

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#087: A marine biologist turned professional underwater conservation photographer and filmmaker, Inka Cresswell works with large companies to craft films. She's taken all of that passion that she has for the ocean and for conservation, and gets her message of conservation out in front of broad audiences not only through her films and photography, but also through public speaking and communication, mentorship, doing panel discus...

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#086: Okay, so you put all of this time and energy and love and creativity and money into creating a conservation-focused wildlife film, and then you premiere it…

and then what happens?

What happens to that conservation film after you've premiered it?

Well, that is what Gunjan Menon thinks about all the time.

Meno...

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Every so often, I'll come across a photographer or a filmmaker or artist whose work I look at and I'm like, “How did I not know about you years ago?” That is the case with Benjamin Von Wong.

Benjamin Von Wong joins us to talk about what he creates and why, how he thinks about impact, how he mo...

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#084: Dr. Shireen Rahimi is everything you expect and nothing you expect. She is a boundaries-breaking badass who bravely binds together all the things

Shireen is using her strengths as a scientist, her skills in commercial work, and her drive as an artist to be as bold of a conservation visual storyteller as possible. She cares about coming up with unexpected ways to reach beyond the choir and bring more people into the conservat...

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Have a question about conservation visual storytelling that you want me to answer on this podcast? Submit it at jaymih.com/ask.

Leave me a voice message asking whatever questions you have on your mind about conservation photography or visual storytelling. I'll pull from those questions to answer the best and most pressing here on the podcast.

Today's questions were submitted by a Wild Idea Lab member. This was kind of the s...

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#082: Macro photography is miraculous, and I think the world of macro photographers who are really good at their craft. And one of the folks who I absolutely love following because he is so good at his craft is Joseph Ferraro.

I met Joseph when he joined Wild Idea Lab and fully embraced the “conservation photographer” title. An advertising creative in his day job, he spends his off hours creating fine art level photography of insect...

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#081: Jo-Anne McArthur is the winner of this year's BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition with her beautiful image of a mother kangaroo with a joey in her pocket standing in the midst of a burned eucalyptus plantation.

It's something that when you look at it, you can't help but start to put together a puzzle pieces of how we as humans impact the natural environment and how we impact the species that live on th...

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By far, one of the most important conversations that we can possibly have inside of conservation visual storytelling is that of racism and diversity inside of the conservation movement, and inside of visual storytelling.

As Amy has explored these topics within the films she's creating, she's uncovered some deeply surprising things about her family and her past, which are dramatically shifting how she shapes her own future.

Ge...

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