PODCAST

Impact: The Conservation Photography Podcast

Jaymi Heimbuch - Conservation Photographer | Founder, Wild Idea Lab | Co-Creator, Her Wild Vision Initiative

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!
How to Market Your Conservation Stories and Campaigns: An Interview with Robin Moore and Arnelle Lozada of Re:wild
#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 our guests are two geniuses on the marketing and communications team of Re: Wild – Arnelle Lozada and Robin Moore. Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/89🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personalityas a nature photographer or filmmaker?Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller. Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery. This is coming straight from a full-time pro photographer/editor with 10 years experience & an obsession with helping you reach your world-changing goals.➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz❣️ Want to dig deeper and get entertaining educational emails each week? Head to JaymiH.com/Impact and hop on the newsletter!If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
1w ago
1 hr
Publishing Photo Books for Conservation - An Interview with Helen Cherullo of Braided River
#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't just stop when the book is published. The book is the start of what will also be a campaign that includes gallery exhibits, traveling exhibits, speaking events, all kinds of campaigns that will hopefully create necessary change, policy change or behavior change around the conservation issue that the book discusses.Helen Cherullo founded Braided River, the imprint of Mountaineers, while she was the publisher of Mountaineers. She has 20 long years of experience there, and now she has pivoted to give a 100% of her energy as the Executive Director of Braided River.She knows what she is doing when it comes to creating books that have conservation impact. She is full of knowledge and insights, and it is such a joy to get to understand what the book publishing journey looks like, not only from the perspective of building a book, but also of building a book that becomes the springboard of something bigger.It's a amazing conversation, and if you have any interest at all in creating a book around a conservation visual storytelling project that you're working on, then this is the episode for you.Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/88🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personalityas a nature photographer or filmmaker?Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller. Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery. This is coming straight from a full-time pro photographer/editor with 10 years experience & an obsession with helping you reach your world-changing goals.➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz❣️ Want to dig deeper and get entertaining educational emails each week? Head to JaymiH.com/Impact and hop on the newsletter!If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Nov 9 2021
52 mins
How to Start a Successful Career in Underwater Conservation Filmmaking: An Interview with Inka Cresswell
#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 discussions, all kinds of really amazing work.She is joining us today to talk about what it's like to move into this industry, what it's like to navigate through it.Get the full show notes + links to resources at JaymiH.com/87🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personalityas a nature photographer or filmmaker?Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller. Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery. This is coming straight from a full-time pro photographer/editor with 10 years experience & an obsession with helping you reach your world-changing goals.➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz❣️ Want to dig deeper and get entertaining educational emails each week? Head to JaymiH.com/Impact and hop on the newsletter!If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Oct 26 2021
1 hr
How This Filmmaker Goes Beyond Premieres for Conservation Impact - An Interview with Gunjan Menon
🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101 close SOON. Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll for details 🌟#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.Menon is an independent wildlife filmmaker based in India, and she specializes in creating mixed-genre conservation-focused films. And what happens after those films are made is where Gunjan loves to focus her energy. Menon and her husband launched an organization called Beyond Premieres, which connects folks working in conservation efforts on the ground with conservation-focused filmmakers. Beyond Premieres also helps with things like outreach and education, developing capacity building through filmmaking, and there's even a legal team to help assist with policy level changesMenon talks us today to talk about her own journey from being a child actor in a big city to becoming a wildlife filmmaker, some of the projects that she's worked on that have really changed her and helped guide her work, and what it means for success to have role models in this field.Get the full show notes + see Gunjan's films at JaymiH.com/86🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personalityas a nature photographer or filmmaker?Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller. Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery. This is coming straight from a full-time pro photographer/editor with 10 years experience & an obsession with helping you reach your world-changing goals.➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz❣️ Want to dig deeper and get entertaining educational emails each week? Head to JaymiH.com/Impact and hop on the newsletter!If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Oct 12 2021
1 hr
How To Get 100 Million Image Views For Conservation Causes: An Interview With Benjamin Von Wong
🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101 open for enrollment SOON. Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll for details 🌟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.Von Wong's specialty is to take shocking, compelling, surreal, outrageous, beautiful images that have an environmental message inside of them. Then, he puts those images in front of millions of people, helping to open their eyes to a conservation message.His approach to crafting images and the messages that he wants them to embody will inspire anyone who is curious about how to break out of a typical mold of conservation visual storytelling and dive into things that are, well, epic. And viral. Von Wong worked hard on cracking the code to get his images in front of millions of people, and he wants those views to count for something. He wants each of those views to have an impact, to make people thinkBenjamin Von Wong joins us to talk about what he creates and why, how he thinks about impact, how he moves through projects, and of course, what it means to make images go viral.Get the full show notes, and watch two videos about the making of two of Ben's epic photo projects, at JaymiH.com/85What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personalityas a nature photographer or filmmaker?Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller. Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery. This is coming straight from a full-time pro photographer/editor with 10 years experience & an obsession with helping you reach your world-changing goals.JaymiH.com/QuizWant to dig deeper and get entertaining educational emails each week? Head to  JaymiH.com/Impact and hop on the newsletter! If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Sep 28 2021
58 mins
Marine Scientist Turns to Conservation Photography & Filmmaking as Outlet for Her Inner Artist: An Interview with Dr. Shireen Rahimi
#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. She's a California-born Iranian-American freelance photographer and filmmaker. She's a PhD-toting environmental scientist and National Geographic explorer. She's a free diver, writer, artist to the core. And all of these facets shine brilliantly under her company, Light Palace Productions, where she creates poetic films that get people to care about the world around us. We are often told to focus on one thing. Find our niche. Home into one style and hone it. Do what we're best at. Or…. nah. 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 conservation conversation. And in this interview, she gives us an opportunity to learn more about how she thinks. I highly encourage you to check out the films and images we discuss in the interview, linked below. Shireen will no doubt inspire you to break some boundaries of your own and let the artist in you roam. Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/86Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Aug 17 2021
55 mins
Balancing A Million Projects Without Going Crazy (Q&As)
If you have a question about conservation visual storytelling that you want me to answer on this podcast, you can submit that question 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 spark that started this whole idea of answering questions on the podcast, because these questions really resonate with a lot of people, including me.  We're diving into questions about balancing all of these conflicting priorities and juggling all kinds of tasks, and how you can figure out what it is that you're gonna work on and not be totally frazzled by your to-do list. Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/83Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Aug 3 2021
1 hr 12 mins
Macro Photography, Staying Centered, and Removing the Insect Eww-Factor: An Interview with Joseph Ferraro
#082: If there's one realm of photography that gets me to stop scrolling every single time without fail, it's macro.Macro has this inherent magic to it. It gets you to see the world in ways that you never would have or could have seen it. It gets you to see beauty in places that you don't expect to see beauty.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 insects living in his yard.Joseph is joining us today to talk about:what it's meant for him to delve into macro photographyhow he became an accidental naturalistwhat macro means for him as a coping mechanism through difficult situations, from COVID to griefwhat it means to get work out in front of audiences and help them see insects in a new wayIf you're not already a fan of macro photography, my guess is you'll have a craving to explore this niche by the end of the episode!Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/82Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jul 20 2021
59 mins
Animal Photojournalism and the Domestic Side of Conservation: An Interview with Jo-Anne McArthur
#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 this planet alongside us.But… often we think of only the wild animals we effect, such as that kangaroo family. Jo-Anne, however, brings attention to all animals. Jo-Anne McArthur opens the door to a much larger conversation about everything photographers can to advance animal rights. Her agency,  We Animals Media, works with collaborators and partner photographers and creates imagery that opens eyes to the cruelty that we as humans inflict on other species.Inside of this conversation, we talk about:how Jo-Anne documents such traumatic situationshow she works with other photographerswhat clients use this imagery on a global basiscoping mechanisms and traumahope and optimism and laws and more There's a lot inside of this episode that you can take and utilize in your own practice as a conservation visual storyteller. You will walk away with tools that will help you in that journey. Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/81Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jul 13 2021
56 mins
What Lens Are You Using? Diversity in Visual Storytelling - An Interview with Amy Marquis
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.This conversation has never been more necessary than today. Because when it comes to primarily White-led movements like conservation and White-led fields like visual storytelling, it means that there's a very limited perspective that most people see. A very limited lens through which conservation stories are told. And it means a lot of voices are left out.Amy Marquis is willing to get into the trenches with us on this topic. Amy is a filmmaker who started out her career as a photo editor for conservation publications, and she's moved into filmmaking as she realized how much this medium really resonated with her as a storyteller.But as she dove into more and more film-making projects, especially those that hit close to home, she realized that there's a whole lot for her to unpack about how racism, colonialism and diversity affects her as a person, as a mother and as a storyteller.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.Listening to Amy's journey offers all of us insight into:how we as individual people can experience our own journeyhow we can ask better questionshow we can recognize our limitationsand how we can move forward with responsibility and truthfulnessGet the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/80Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jul 6 2021
1 hr 6 mins
How to Get Your Conservation Photography Into Galleries - An Interview with Steven DeWitt
#079: When you think about ways to get your work out into the world, how often does the idea of hanging work in a gallery come to mind? Probably often. And yet, conservation photography is not very well represented in the gallery world. Why is that, and how can conservation photographers take better advantage of this great opportunity?Here with us to answer this question is Steven DeWitt.Steven a conservation photographer who also has more than 20 years of experience in the gallery world, being both an art buyer as well as being on the floor. So he really knows what works and what doesn't.With Steven's conservation mindset, we are diving into some of the how-to, so that if you want to put your work into galleries as a way to reach more people (especially to reach outside the choir and to be able to sell your work) Steven will walk you through some really important information to have on hand.Not only do we talk about strategy and the practical steps, but we also talk a bit about philosophy. Steven shares his perspective and his philosophy on embracing the artist in you as a conservation visual storyteller.There's so much goodness in this interview, so grab a notepad or head to the show notes where a transcript is waiting for you because you're gonna want to take notes!Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/79Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jun 29 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Diving into Secrets of the Whales: An Interview with Brian Skerry
#078: “How do you photograph whale culture?!” That's what one very esteemed photo editor asked Brian Skerry when he told her about his project. It's an important question. Culture difficult enough to photograph well when it comes to humans. And Skerry was floating the concept for not just one, but many species of whale. But, the goal – what could come of this project – drove Skerry forward to find answers and create spectacularly beautiful images.He hopes that by seeing whale culture across the planet, we humans will understand whales as our equals and quit destroying the oceans they in habit. It's a big, audacious goal… the perfect kind of goal for a world-famous, well-loved photographer like Brian Skerry. He joins us to talk about:what it was like to photograph this projecthis process for researching and organizing his shotswhere he's failed during his careeradvice he has for aspiring conservation photographersGet the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/78Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jun 22 2021
57 mins
Getting Your First Conservation Photo Project Out To Multiple Publications: An Interview With Carla Rhodes
#077: It's intimidating enough to tackle your very first conservation photography project. With learning how to research, plan and capture storytelling images, you're juggling a lot of new things, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, and becoming expert in fresh skills. But that's only half the equation in this field.Because the most important work a conservation photographer does happens after images are safely in the can. The real work is getting the story in front of audiences where it can inspire, and hopefully create positive change. How do you jump into the big (often nerve-wracking) realm of pitching for the first time? Well, Carla accomplished it with a canon-ball dive. Carla was with us in episode 31, where she talked about finding the courage to begin her first conservation photography project.Since completing that project, Carla has done an exceptional job of getting that story out into the world, from bioGraphic to the New York Times. For the first time, she's navigated the pitching process and all the ups and downs and failures and false starts that come with that.So she's back to talk about her big lessons learned, what she did right, what she did wrong, what she wouldn't change for the world, and how she's built up a successful path for herself and for a storyGet the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/77Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jun 15 2021
59 mins
Behind the Scenes of the Jackson Wild Collective - An Interview with Melanie Judd
#076: If you're interested in the filmmaking side of conservation visual storytelling, then you likely already know about Jackson Wild. But if this is a new name to you, well you'll know all about them by the end of this episode.Jackson Wild is probably best known for its annual summit, where people from all over the world gather to watch amazing environmental and nature films, to network, and to collaborate. Not only does this organization host an outstanding annual event, but it also hosts the Jackson Wild Media Lab, an amazing opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn all about science communication and filmmaking.On top of all this, Jackson Wild has created yet another extraordinary thing: the Jackson Wild Collective.I think of it as the LinkedIn of conservation filmmakers, scientists and composers and pretty much anyone interested in taking part in the filmmaking side of conservation visual storytelling.It's been in beta mode for months, but has finally launched this May to the public. So I asked Melanie Judd, who's in charge of partnerships and engagement at Jackson Wild, to come on to the podcast and tell us all about the Jackson Wild Collective. Enjoy this inside scoop on everything this new platform has to offer. Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/76Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jun 8 2021
37 mins
How to Find a Photography Mentor - An Interview with Sabine Meyer of Audubon Magazine
#075: We commonly talk about things like gear, settings, storytelling, pitching… all these important yet process-oriented topics around how to create images and get them out into the world.But one part of this field that isn't talked about nearly as frequently, and which is vitally important to success inside of conservation visual storytelling, is the topic of mentorship.This is a topic I'm frequently dipping into because inside of Wild Idea Lab, we tackle questions like:What does a mentorship look like?How do you find a mentor?What structure does a mentor-mentee relationship take once you find someone that you wanna be mentored by?And what are some of the dos and don'ts of being a really good mentee?This is because mentorship is a big, BIG part of finding success and growth. That's why I asked Sabine Meyer, Director of Photography at National Audubon Society and a Mentor in the upcoming Mentor Program at Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy, to talk with us about her philosophy around mentorship and her experiences in 30 years of working in visual storytelling. The way that Sabine thinks about mentorships is truly uplifting and helpful. You'll walk away from this episode with a wonderful outlook on what mentorship can do for you in your evolution as a photographer or filmmaker. Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/75Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Jun 1 2021
49 mins
Equality in Wildlife Photography Competitions - An interview with Big Picture's Suzi Eszterhas and Rhonda Rubinstein
#074: There is some really exciting news rolling out in the wildlife photography world right now: the winners of the highly prestigious BigPicture Natural World Photography CompetitionTypically in nature photography competitions, it's men who sweep the wins. And no wonder. For a whole host of reasons, wildlife photography is still a very male-dominated area.But in the BigPicture competition, something unusual is playing out. Since the launch of the contest eight years ago, half of the Grand Prize winners have been women. A gender-equal split is most definitely not the norm. The competition is judged blind, so this equality is not contrived… but it is very purposefully assisted. The folks who manage BigPicture are focused on building equality and diversity in conservation-focused nature photography. It is part of the team's goal to bring more voices to the forefront, and allow more space for a broader range of views in this field.So when they noticed that there was a very low number of women entering this year's competition, they made some moves to bump up that number. Now, you might be asking yourself, why do we care?Why does it matter if the winner of a competition is a man, a woman, or a non-binary person? Shouldn't it just completely depend on the imagery?Well, actually, that's a big, big topic to unpack. It gets into significant systemic issues like sexism in photography and particularly in wildlife photography, in the types of imagery that typically tends to win, what that says about how we view nature, and how we are shaping the way that other people view nature.There's a whole lot that we actually need to unpack about this, and that's why I brought on today's guests to talk about it.Today we're talking with Suzi Eszterhas, who is jury chair of BigPicture, and Rhonda Rubinstein, whois the Creative Director at California Academy of Sciences, the entity that hosts the competition. And both Suzi and Rhonda are co-founders of BigPicture.We talk about why BigPicture puts so much emphasis on increasing the representation of women inside of this wildlife photography competition, why it matters, and what strategies are they employing in order to encourage women to enter.It's a big sticky topic. You may agree with some things, you may disagree with some things, but it is something that we need to have a conversation about. So I invite you to come along on this conversation, and it might just open up new ideas about the entire concept of wildlife photography competitions as a whole.Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/74Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
May 25 2021
1 hr 12 mins
How to Get Started in Conservation Filmmaking: An Interview with Morgan Heim
#073: If you've been curious about pushing your boundaries as a still photographer, and diving into the wide and wild world of filmmaking, then today's episode will totally be your cup of tea.Moving from still photography into video is an amazing way to challenge your creative mind and learn a whole plethora of new skills. But it also has some hurdles and stumbling blocks, both when you're in the creative planning stage and most definitely when you're behind the camera. Today's guest is someone who has been there done that, and has become an award-winning filmmaker and a much-in-demand professional hired by nonprofits and companies alike. Morgan Heim takes us back to the days when she was moving from still photography into filmmaking, and walks us through some of the big hiccups to pay attention to. She also explains why the hard work is absolutely worth it, and how filmmaking can catapult you into a wide range of fresh opportunities you'd otherwise not have. You'll LearnThe biggest muscle memory habits you have to breakWhy filmmaking seems Zen-like, yet really, really isn'tWays that filmmaking lets you embrace your inner child and goof offHow to build sequences (instead of shot lists)The importance of staying present with your subjectsThe simple strategy to remove complexity from the learning processThe ways that filmmaking can make you orders of magnitude more hire-able as a professionalWhat parts of filmmaking you can do yourself, and which tasks you can hire out to experts Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/73Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
May 11 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Getting Your Partner Onboard With Your Photography Business: An Interview With (My Partner) Nick
#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 you can make a living at this work. Or they're looking at the business thinking, “It's really just a hobby, isn't it?”Kinda takes the steam out of the adventure, doesn't it?You want your partner to be on board with your business not only to build their confidence in you… … but because their support is a major confidence builder for you. When you're trying to make an income from photography, you need to make some big moves. You need to invest money in equipment and education.You have to spend time doing what looks to anyone else like play as you head out to scout, shoot, build your portfolio, discover stories.And weeks or even months might go by without a paycheck.When your job is not a typical nine-to-five with a paycheck every two weeks, it can be really hard for a spouse or a partner to understand what you're doing as real work. It can be hard for YOU to see what you do as real work.And that's when communication becomes critical. My own partner, Nick, was with me when I made the shift from someone with a full-time salaried job into being a business owner. He's been with me as I worked on assignment photography. As I created workshops and launched them to teach other people. As I created my local photography tour company.Oh he's seen those ups and downs! And while we aren't perfect, and we aren't necessarily the typical couple, we have made it work well.So I cajoled Nick into coming onto the podcast to talk about what it's like to be the partner of a full-time photographer, how we've navigated the ups and the downs, and strategies that can help you bring your partner onboard with your profession of choice, so that you both can grow. You'll LearnThe benefits of talking to your partner about your business goals and detailsSome of the realities of running your own business, including the ever-heavy work loadStrategies for showing each other supportHow bringing your partner into the field with you can be helpfulThe importance of the good old smile-and-nodGet the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/72Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
May 4 2021
49 mins
How to Build a Brand Kit for Your Conservation Photography Project: An Interview with Kika Tuff of Impact Media Lab
#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 Kika Tuff, the owner head genius. I asked Kika if they'd be willing to create the logo and the brand kit for Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy, and I was over the moon when she said yes.It was a really amazing process. It was fun, challenging, energizing and inspiring to see the types of options that they came up with for me to choose from as we went along through this process.But it leads to a bigger question: What is a brand kit? And why are logos and colors important? Why are these things so important not just for a business, but also for visual storytelling projects?So I asked Kika to come back onto the podcast and talk about what it means to build a brand kit for a project. What goes into it? What does the process look like? What are some of the things that we need to think about or consider?She walks us through building a brand kit and the things that we think about when it comes to a project. And she also dives in a little bit about how you know when a project is ready to be its own entity and to have its own brand that stands apart from your brand as a conservation visual storyteller.There's so much inside this episode that's incredibly helpful for when it comes to creating your own brand for a conservation visual storytelling project that you care so much about.You'll LearnWhat a brand kit is, and all the things it can includeThe surprising power of a logo, and all the ways you can use it to build identity and buzz around your projectHow to know if, or when, your project needs its own brand kitThe difference between your brand as a visual storyteller, and your project's brandThe process of working with a designer to build a logo and brand kitListen until the end for a very, very special treat from Kika – a goodie just for listeners! Get the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/72Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Apr 27 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Filmmaking, Freelancing, Diversity, and More: An Interview with Ryan Wilkes
#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 the country. Fast forward five years, and he has a feature length adventure documentary under his belt along with an impressive career ahead of him. Um… HOW?!?In this wide-ranging interview, Ryan talks about his path toward visual storytelling, then conservation.He talks about powerlifting, paragliding and project planning. He talks about being Black in a mostly white field, and the difficulty of finding mentors. And his hopes for the field of conservation visual storytelling.Told you it is wide-ranging. And oh, so very good. You'll LearnHow an all-or-nothing attitude can help you stay focusedThe importance of physical training for pulling off difficult projectsTips for balancing creative work with a busy, busy scheduleThe importance of mentors who look like youWhen saying yes to everything can help you, and when saying no becomes essentialand a whole lot moreGet the full show notes + links at JaymiH.com/70Never miss an episode by signing up at JaymiH.com/ImpactAre you subscribed to the podcast? If not, I’m excited to invite you to subscribe today. Not only do I unroll new episodes weekly, but I also add in a ton of bonus episodes (which you will likely miss out on if you aren't subscribed! Oh no!)If you love listening to the podcast, I’ll be so grateful if you leave me a review on iTunes. The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then, you’re off to the races! Let me know what it is you like best about the podcast. Thank you so much!
Apr 20 2021
58 mins

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