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!... Show More

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#27: There are certain people in this field who I think of as true leaders, and not because they're sounding a cavalry charge or heading up the keynote at every event.

It's because they focus on their own path with such clarity, creativity, boldness and determination that they inevitably find success. And with that success, they both inspire and guide others. 

Suzi Eszterhas is one of these incredible and invaluable leaders f...

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#26: Project burn-out is real. Sometimes it's a full-scale asteroid-hitting-Earth kind of burn out, and sometimes it's just that slow camp-fire-melting-into-embers kind of cool off. 

Either way, it's disappointing. And common. And overcomable.

A creative strategy that's talked about a lot is an inspiration board. But what isn't talked about much is how to make this strategy actually effective. 

Because let's fa...

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#025: Ok, ok… I know that this seems dull at first glance. After all, budgets are not typically the part of the creative process that gets you leaping out of bed in the morning and running out the door to go shoot. 

But, it is the part of the creative process that can mean being able to shoot at all. 

When it comes to photography projects, budgets are essential – and not just for funding your work. They also allow you to see your pro...

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#024: Finding continued artistic creativity in a project, as well as figuring out the best ways to get the story out there, can be a challenge. What helps is looking toward those doing exactly this in a brilliant way. The Platte Basin Timelapse Project, launched and run by Mike Forsberg, is one of these ideal sources of inspiration.

Mike is an absolute master at recognizing and photographing beautiful scenes of the every day, and hi...

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#023: Let's paint the scene: You have the best idea for a photo story. You found a publication that is so perfectly suited for it. You’ve spent hours polishing an amazingly well-crafted pitch. You hit send with a few little jitters in your stomach but feeling really certain about the potential for a YES. 

Then….

Crickets.

But… you did all of the things! What happened?

There’s one gigantic hurdle you have to leap before you can stri...

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#022: Did you know that you have the power to shape how a city is designed? It's true! And you can be part of designing a city that supports people and wildlife; both the bustle of human culture and the busy interconnected web of a healthy ecosystem. And you can accomplish this through photography. 

We can be catalysts for critical conservation efforts without ever leaving the concrete canopy of an urban jungle.  Indeed, this ro...

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#021 As conservation visual storytellers, we know that there is power in really amazing visuals. And we often believe that it is what we do behind the camera that really matters. Unfortunately, this is a completely false belief.  

It is true that we need to have robust skill sets as visual storytellers, and that we need to create these really compelling images in order to advance a conservation issue toward a goal.

But that is not wh...

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#020: Steven David Johnson is a professor of Visual and Communication Arts at Eastern Mennonite University University. At the time of this recording, he's on sabbatical. And what he's choosing to do with his time is absolutely blowing the minds of fellow conservation photographers.

Steve is working on a project called Vernal Pools of Appalachia, and through this project he is perfecting a masterful blend of art and science –...

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Bonus: There is a lot of sour and dour news out there, coming at us on a daily basis. For conservation photographers, that’s mostly what we deal in. It is our job to address the bad, and spark movement toward the good.

Sparking movement toward the good – that all-important positive change – means finding the silver lining in every story. It’s an essential step in crafting a narrative that will both wake up an audience and inspire ac...

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#019: So, you feel a little bit stuck in where you are in your photography. You want a way to practice your skills and need an outlet, something to work on, a goal that’ll get you to pick up your camera, a motivator that’ll get you outside and working.

You know a new photography project would help, but you’re drawing a blank on what.

It can’t be too big, or too ambitious. You want a motivator, after all, not a new source of pressure ...

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#018: Peter Mather is a brilliant and highly experienced conservation photographer. So when he put the call out to fellow photographers asking them to lend their skills to a cause, ears perked up. 

Mather is is a leading voice in the fight to protect the Caribou calving grounds of Alaska's oil rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Recognizing that this is not just a conservation issue but a human rights issue, Mather lead a coll...

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Bonus: It’s been about four weeks since things really got serious with COVID-19 in the US. There's been a lot of adjustments to make as living situations and financial situations have shifted in unexpected ways. For most of us, our work in the field as local photographers, assignment photographers, or instructors has been put on hold. 

However, that doesn't mean everything has to be put on hold.

In fact, there's a lot eac...

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#017: When is a flawed photo a keeper?

This is a question asked while evaluating every single frame before hitting the delete button. It’s built into the workflow; what stays, what goes, and why. What merits being flagged as a winner in spite of, or because of flaws and how do you recognize it?

We dive into the details of measuring the value of your images - the content vs the technical quality.

For the full show notes and to read Br...

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#016: In Part One, Episode 15, we talked all about a Scope of Work and how it is basically your best buddy in maintaining a sanity and boosting your creativity during a conservation photography project. With that Scope of Work, you set your goals and your expectations and your time frames for your project.

Then, with that clarity in hand, it's time to really break things down.

In this episode, we're going to talk about how to...

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#015: There are two tools that I use of the start of every project large or small, whether I'm working on a single short photo assignment or a multiyear photography project. As a freelancer with dozens of irons in the fire, I consider them absolutely vital for staying sane. The two tools are a scope of work and a work break down.

This episode is Part One of a two-part series that walks you through how to utilize these in your ow...

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#014: A day rate is what you charge to do a day's worth of work out in the field as a photographer. If you are getting started, you might have not even the vaguest idea what to charge. And if you're a pro, you might feel pressure to charge whatever it is that your peers or colleagues are charging in order to be competitive or in that same ballpark. Or you might feel like you have to accept whatever dairy is offered by your ...

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#013: Images with soul are the images that change the world. It’s something that you learn with time and experience to naturally include in all your images. And when you find out how to inject your images with soul, you move into a whole new level of mastery and impact.

But how do you put soul into your photos?

Well today, I’m talking with someone whose is one of the best creative minds working in conservation visual storytelling tod...

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#012: 
If you've been photographing for awhile now, then you're no stranger to creative blocks. They're especially pesky when you're in a very familiar place and you just aren't sure how to see it with fresh eyes and make photographs that are both unique to viewers and, that air energizing for you.

I have been in that slump before, for sure. And there was a trick that I used to get out of it, that worked really we...

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There’s a lot happening right now that we cannot control. But what we can control is how we choose to respond, how we choose to show up for our families, our communities, our businesses.

And that’s what lead to this special episode.

Today I’m talking about how to build your own path to certainty in uncertain times.

I’m covering two mindset shifts that are essential for gaining bright spots of certainty in each day, the three step proc...

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#011: I battled my own style for awhile…Not in finding it, but in accepting it. I know it sounds strange. After all, isn't "finding your style" what every photographer aspires to? Actually, no. Especially. when you question if your style is what will earn you a paycheck. You question: Am I shooting the way editors want? The way clients want?

It's a difficult thing to find your style AND to find confidence within your...

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