The Photography Lounge

The Photography Lounge

Welcome to The Photography Lounge, home of inspirational conversations with the world's best photographers and leading minds from the photo industry. Join your host, SmugMug and Flickr’s very own, Alastair Jolly as he goes beyond the lens and dives deep into the stories of what inspires and motivates the photographers and creatives we love and admire.

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April 28, 2021 52 mins

On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with the wonderful Flickr Pro, Alan Schaller.

Alan is a London based photographer who specialises in black and white street photography. His work is often described as abstract and it incorporates elements of surrealism, geometry, high contrast and the realities and diversities of human life.

He has been featured in publications including The Guard...

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On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with the incredible Jill Heinerth.

Jill is an underwater explorer, photographer, writer, speaker, and filmmaker. A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, she has led expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide.

She is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Her memo...

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February 23, 2021 62 mins

On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with Flickr Pro, Laura Zalenga.

Laura is best known as a [self-] portrait-artist but not exclusively self-portraits! She is originally from Germany now living in Rotterdam. Her work is known for its clear visual language, the power of telling stories and visualizing emotions.

Together Alastair & Laura discuss her work exploring the thought proc...

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On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with SmugMug Ambassador, Emily Teague.

Emily is a fashion editorial & commercial photographer working primarily out of Brooklyn, New York. Her style of photography is greatly influenced by her photojournalism, travels, color, and love for creating visual narratives.

She balances her passion for creating stories in fashion with telling...

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December 7, 2020 46 mins

On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with his colleague and the cinematographer behind SmugMug Films, Anton Lorimer.

Together they look back at the incredible portfolio of films created for SmugMug Films and discuss the production work that goes into creating these films. 
They also have a look back at the journey Anton has taken to become one of the worlds best filmmak...

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October 20, 2020 50 mins

On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with Lou Noble and they dive into the history of Lou's photographic journey.
They discuss Lou's love of Polaroid photography and how the format is instrumental in the stories and the experiences he captures in his Portrait Photography. 
Also hear why Lou, for the love of his photography, has deliberately never made it his career...

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On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly is taken on a real adventure with the incredible Curtis Jones

A photographer who has immersed himself in some of the wildest and most extreme environments in the world in order to capture the raw emotion of these amazing places.

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On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly is honored to be joined by not one but two guests in the lounge. A real power couple in our industry, the incredible Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik.

They discuss the real story behind how they both met but it will be up to the listeners to decide which story they believe to be true.

They also get into the interesting backstories of the winding paths they both ...

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In this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Tina Eisen and looks at her career as a Beauty and Fashion Photographer. Diving into the story of why Tina is so passionate about beauty photography. 

They discuss how to go about building a team to collaborate with on a shoot and how to start from scratch to build relationships when just starting out in the industry.

They look at h...

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In this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Jared Platt and they discuss the nuances that make him describe himself as a documentary wedding photographer and not a wedding photojournalist.

Jared grew up in a small, rural, town in Arizona and fondly reminisces about some of the unique daily occurrences at school. Initially dreaming of being a rock star then starting out as a Theatre ma...

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In this second episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Renee Robyn and discusses her recent projects, her love for travel (and food), and have a look back at the lifechanging moments that have lead Renee to become one of the worlds best-known photographers.

Coming from Alberta, Canada, the job prospects for a young Renee Robyn were very much those found in the traditional labour-based ind...

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In this first episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Brooke Shaden and they discuss the backstory of how Brooke became one of the leading photographers in the world of conceptual self-portrait photography.

We learn how photography was not the path that Brooke had ever considered and how her early career in the film industry lead her to find a future where she could work individually.

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