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 4, 2021 48 min

#072: When you get serious about conservation photography…

Whether as a side hustle in addition to your full-time job, or you're going full-time as a business…

Well, for many of us, there's a big hurdle that we have to leap.

Getting our family – especially our significant others – to take us seriously, and to see our work as a true business, and to see us as fully fledged business owners.

Maybe your partner doesn't see how ...

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#071: When it came time to actually build the brand for Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy, I turn to one of the most talented businesses in our industry.

Impact Media Lab is a company that builds brand strategy and websites, and even the visuals from film and photography for scientists and science labs and also us conservation visual storytellers. They are just absolutely amazing at what they do, and they are headed up by Kik...

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#070:?

For some of us, it takes a little while to get our feet under us as conservation visual storytellers. And for others, it's a path of lightning-speed progress that is is just unfathomable to watch.

Ryan Wilkes is the latter.?

Ryan picked up his camera as a way to both cope with and escape from challenges he was navigating during his Ph.D. research in New Zealand.?

Just two short years later, he was already freelancing around ...

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#069: There is very little about conservation photography that's easy. Yes, it's full of joy, inspiration, reward, motivation… but that comes as a result of a lot of hard work.

Part of that struggle is navigating our inner monologue, what goes on inside of our heads around creativity, around supposed-tos and shoulds, the self-doubt and self-criticism.

The dialogue that sometimes we tell ourselves is not necessarily something ...

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#068: Gretchen Kay Stuart is not your average photographer. She packed up her life to fit into a van in order to dedicate herself to conservation visual storytelling, and has been traveling the continent in pursuit of stories. And her current story is a great example of what happens when luck, curiosity, and tenacity collide.

See, Gretchen met a fox one day. And she realized this is not just any old fox. As she asked questions and d...

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#067: 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 act...

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#066: Sticking with a single project for over 20 years is no small feat.

There's a whole lot that can come up, from burnout to boredom. And… if the species that you're documenting continues to decline the whole time you're documenting it, how do you maintain that hope, that drive, that passion, that persistence that keeps you going, despite disappointment and tough times??

Noppadol Paothong can answer these questions. He ...

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#065:? It's not easy choosing a wildlife photography tour. You're weighing all sorts of decisions like where you'll go, what you're likely to photograph, what you'll learn, who will guide you, costs and lodgings and…?

… and the conservation ethos of the company. This important element often gets overlooked, but today's guest has woven it into every element of his tours, right down to guest experiences.?

Sebast...

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#064: It's a fairly common thing to meet scientists, biologists researchers who have decided that where their real passion lies is not necessarily in doing science, but in documenting science and communicating it.

Where they really want to get going is inside of conservation visual storytelling and sharing the information, the excitement, the details of science through photography and filmmaking. And that's exactly what happ...

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#063: It's easy to get wrapped up in some limiting ideas about what conservation photography is and is not, how you are or are not a conservation photographer, and where you can or cannot show your work. Luckily, those limiting ideas are bust-able.?

And that's exactly what we do inside of this episode. Join Morgan Heim and me for an informal yet informative conversation about common beliefs folks hold about conservation phot...

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#062: More often than not, when a photographer discovers that such a thing as conservation photography exists, it's like a switch flips inside of them. A fire is lit.

It's such an exciting thing to realize that you can not only enjoy the process and the activity of photographing nature, but that you can benefit nature at the same time. Now that's exactly what happened with Kathy Lichtendahl.

Kathy is a highly experienced,...

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#061: As photographers, it can be frustratingly easy to get so far into our head when we're shooting.

We're thinking about expectations.
We're thinking about judgment.
We're thinking about perfection.

We're holding ourselves to certain standards – standards we may have set for ourselves, but more likely were set by others – that we think that we must adhere to.

And we get so wrapped up in all that muck…

that we forget...

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Many of us grew up on Ranger Rick Magazine, with a love of nature engrained even deeper with every issue filled to the brim with engaging animal images.?

So… who exactly chooses those images? I'm excited that our guest for this episode is the woman at the helm, Susan McElhinney. Not only is Susan the Photography Editor for Ranger Rick, but she also oversees all the children's magazines, books and other projects under the umb...

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#059: Raise your hand if you have recently put your creative work on the back burner in favor of handling all the other things that need to get done during the day.

Yeah, I think we all should have our hands raised.

It is a common thing for photographers to struggle with prioritizing creative endeavors and to actually stick to the schedule.

Trust me, you are not alone. I&#...

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#058: It's a very exciting thing to decide that you want to photograph a conservation story, especially when that's happening near you.

But here's a common hiccup for inspired conservation photographers who have never tackled a story before…

You make this really important mindset shift into total confidence in photographing a story… and then you immediately hit the first hurdle: what kind of story is it that you're go...

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Grab your spot in my FREE Masterclass How to find LOCAL Conservation Photo Stories!

#057:? It is the first day of the new year and I reckon we all have the same thing on our minds – thank goodness 2020 is finally over!?

So, with the hope that 2021 is going to be better, is there a better time to share six resolutions for conservation photographers?

You might be rolling your eyes at the idea of resolutions, but these are the same ones ...

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Grab your spot in my FREE Masterclass How to find LOCAL Conservation Photo Stories!

#056: Ever had your images used without permission? Is copyright registration all that important? Is your website legalese up to snuff? 

As you become more serious about your work, you start to think about things like copyright registration, how important it is, and when you should care about it.

That’s why it is such an honor to have Erick Howard join...

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December 22, 2020 19 min

Doors open soon for Conservation Photography 101: Master how to create, shoot and pitch a powerful photo story. Hop on the waitlist here.

#055: Are you overlooking the most important question to ask yourself as a conservation photographer? This episode helps you discover the cornerstone of your work!

There is a question that every conservation photographer needs to ask themselves and spend some quality time on answering.

It is a ques...

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December 15, 2020 15 min

Doors open soon for Conservation Photography 101: Master how to create, shoot and pitch a powerful photo story. Hop on the waitlist here.

# 054: Have your conservation photography stories been rejected (or ignored) by editors time and time again, but you have no idea where you are going wrong??

Plenty of pitfalls can come up in the process of pitching your conservation photography story to publications. Being aware of them is the di...

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#053:? Let’s suppose you have a conservation photography project in mind and know exactly what you want to produce. You've done the legwork to figure out the grants you want to go for…

…but you get stuck when you discover that the granting entity is only going to hand the money over to a nonprofit entity.

Well, now you need a fiscal sponsor.

So, what is fiscal sponsorship and why do you need to know about it? And even more importa...

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