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!
Conservation advocacy and fundraising isn't something Suzi Eszterhas does on the side. It is built into the very fabric of her highly successful wildlife photography business. In this interview, Suzi dishes on her business ethos and the methods she's used to raise hundreds of thousands for small conservation organizations.
Budgets only seem boring, but they're amazing for providing clarity and predictability for any photo project. This episode walks you through budget essentials for stress-free photo projects, and how to customize a budget for projects large or small.
Looking at what’s near you is the easiest way to keep consistently working on something for the long haul. Join the master of photographing the beautiful familiar, Mike Forsberg, as he talks about working on a local passion project for years on end.
When you think of a conservation photographer, do you think of someone who travels to far off locations, photographing rare species and untamed habitats? Well, some of the most important conservation work is being done in the heart of cities.
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.
Steven David Johnson is breaking into new realms of his photography by visiting one area again and again and diving in – literally – to explore his artistic vision of underwater photography of amphibians living in vernal pools.
You might have to stay home but you don't have to slow down. In fact, no matter your circumstances, there are at least six things you can do right now to come out of this crisis stronger than ever as a conservation photographer.
What you create is more important than the perfection by which you create it. In this episode, we talk about how shooting with your heart creates more meaningful images than shooting with technical precision.
Being organized is considered the boring part. But it is this critical component that actually frees us to be more creative in the long run. Pausing at the beginning of a project in order to shape its purpose, its parameters, the direction, and the end goals always pays off big time in the end.
A day rate is a surprisingly tricky number to figure out. How much should you charge for your skills, per day in the field? What amount is 'normal', what are others earning, what can your client afford? Luckily, arriving at the best day rate to charge is something you can base in fact, not guesswork. Here's how.
Finding and nurturing your personal style ends up being a huge asset both in standing out from the crowd, and in preserving your creative sanity. But it isn't always an easy process to get there. Here are the three truths I discovered about what it takes to find your own personal style.
Why is having a continuously growing email list so important to both your business and your impact as a conservation visual storyteller? This is a really, really important question to be asking right now.
What sets conservation photographers apart from all other photographers? The answer lies in part in what we do after our photos are published. As a conservation photographer, this is often when the hard work of making an impact actually begins.
#005 This is an extra special episode. Today, I’m bringing you the same exciting masterclass I taught to live audiences when I launched my digital course, Conservation Photography 101. I had a fantastic time teaching this material because I got to see how engaged the audience was, recognizing the limiting beliefs that are keeping them stuck, and how energized they were to blow past them and find success. It wasn’t enough for me to teach the masterclass a handful of times and leave it at that. This stuff is too powerful.So, today we’re tackling five limiting beliefs that keep too many talented photographers stuck in place, not moving forward with the stories they could do such an amazing job photographing… and publishing!And even if you have published stories under your belt, I’m willing to bet you have limiting beliefs that make it tough for you to get to the next level in your work. If that’s the case, please listen in because you’ll pick up some tips and inspiration for tackling any limiting belief holding you back.It’s all about mindset, and this episode will help you get on the right track!I created an extra awesome freebie to go with this episode. Grab The Photographer's Successful Mindset Workbook at JaymiH.com/5You'll LearnThe 5 most common limiting beliefs I see among emerging conservation photographersThe one next step to take to tackle that limiting belief to the groundThe most effective way to be published as a conservation photographer this yearThe roadmap that will help you find and photograph a photo storyResources & Links MentionedConservation Photography 101Conservation Photojournalism 7-Day IntensivesClay Bolt
#003 Let me set the scene…You sit down to your laptop on a mission. You’re going to pull together a selection of your best work for someone - it’s an editor who is interested in seeing more from a story you're working on, or it’s for a client who you hope might hire you for an important gig.You sit down and pull up your catalog of images. And WHAM! Brick wall. There are thousands of images in there! How are you supposed to pull out only the best? Which of them even ARE your best? Which of them go well together, add on one another? How many photos is enough and too much to include? How should you order them? What is your portfolio supposed to SAY about you?You slowly close your laptop and walk away. Curating a portfolio of images is tough. No two ways about it. But, thankfully there’s a process to it. And once you know this process it gets a whole. Lot. Easier. We’re going to break it down together, right now. In this episode I walk you through each step of the 5 step process, which includes: Determining your portfolio’s purpose - who is going to see it and what response do you want to get from them?The wide edit - Pulling a big selection of the best, to make sure your final portfolio really shows off the diversity of style, skill and content that you have in your archiveThe final edit - The images that will ultimately make up your final portfolio. This is where you want to loop in friends over coffee (or whiskey… whiskey works too) and get their feedbackOrdering your images - Create a visual flow or a story flow for your portfolio of imagesReorder and Review - The fine tuning happens here but only after you take two very important steps. Be sure to download the free Portfolio Editing Worksheet at JaymiH.com/3
#001: How can you make a bigger impact with your images? How do you reach a larger audience with your photography, and get that audience to act? And importantly, how can you make a living in this "do-good" niche of conservation photography? It's time to take a deep dive into the art and science of being an effective conservation visual storyteller. https://jaymiheimbuch.com/podcast/I hope you enjoy the first episode, where you'll hear about the who, what, why and what to expect from this podcast dedicated to conservation photographers who are ready to make an impact. If you'd like to get the show notes or sign up for email notifications, head over to https://JaymiH.com/1