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May 7, 2019

A new season of the Family Photographer is starting May 21!

You can expect inspiring conversations with people who love photography as much as you do. 

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Jun 5, 2018

On this episode, Simon Ringsmuth, photographer and co-host of the podcast Camera Dads, tells us about the photos he took of his younger sister during the years she was battling breast cancer. We talk about why these photos are important to him and to his sister's family now that she's gone and why we should let people take our photo even if we haven't showered yet. Simon also shares his excitement about his Fujifilm camera. 

The Family Photographer Podcast is going on summer break. There won't be any new shows until September. I'm also logging out of Facebook and Instagram for the summer. If you want to get in touch with me you can email: or write! PO Box 81007, Pittsburgh PA 15217, USA

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May 16, 2018

Today's interview is with California based photographer, father and grandfather, Marc Silber. Marc's new book, The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters is all about compostion and available today from Amazon. 

In our conversation, we talk about composition tools and also about why Marc loves photographing his grandchildren and what has changed about photography in the age of quick sharing of photos. 


Today's show is sponsored by MyMayu three season adventure boots. They are the boots Norma loves and brings to me when she wants to head outside. Visit MyMayu and use offer code 15MYMAYUFAMPHOTOG for 15% off your order. 

May 1, 2018

Today's show is an interview with New Zealand photographer and mother of four, Niki Boon. On the podcast, Niki talks about how she makes the photos she shares of her children's lives in the land they love and spend their days exploring. Niki's children don't go to school or follow any formal school curriculum. Niki tells us how it is their curiosity and aliveness that inspires her photography. Photos that she says are made in the cracks of her full days raising her family.

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Apr 17, 2018

This episode is an interview with Natalie Greenroyd. Natalie is a mother of two young boys and lives under big skies in Oklahoma. She recently created a class for Click Photo School titled Shot with Moxie. In our conversation we talk about what she means when she says Moxie and what lead her to become bold in her photography. Natalie talks about how a daily project pushed her to try new things like free lensing and multiple exposures. We talk about how she makes striking silhouettes and about her favorite lenses. Enjoy the show.

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Mar 27, 2018

On this episode, I talk with Kate Densmore about her new book Stories of Home. We talk about documenting family life, composition and thinking about your "why" when taking family photos.

*This episode was first posted December 6. 2016*

You can find out more about Kate on her website.

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Mar 13, 2018

This episode is an interview with Renato dPaula. Renato is a father and documentary photographer from São Paulo, Brazil.

We begin our conversation talking about one of my favorite things: Renato's 365 Project. We talk about how there’s nothing like a difficult personal project to grow as a photographer. Renato tells us how he came to focus and documentary family photography, how he does it, what is his favorite part of the day with families. Renato does a lot of birth photography which I really love myself. I ask him how he got started in a genre done mostly by women. There’s so much I loved about talking with Renato. Enjoy!

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Feb 27, 2018

This episode is an interview with Chuck Anerino. Chuck is a photographer and father of three boys. This is a guy who loves photography and also thinks deeply about photography. He's a perfect guest for the podcast.

We begin by talking about the magic bullet when it comes to becoming a really good photographer. Chuck shares about early feedback he got on his work and how it helped him develop his craft.

Chuck prints his photographs at home. I have never really given this much thought until I started talking with Chuck about it. If you have been thinking about printing your own work, you’ll love this conversation.

Feb 13, 2018

Today's podcast interview is with Brekke Johnson. Brekke is a mother of a three year old boy and family photographer based in Madison, Alabama.

Later this week, Brekke is teaching about photographing two year olds at this year’s Click Away conference. On the podcast, we talk about some of her tricks for photographing families with small children. And, we also talk about when it's not the kids who are making it hard to get a good shot. Sometimes it's the parents! Brekke tells us what she does to make family sessions fun for everyone.

 Brekke shares about her struggle with postpartum anxiety and how  photography helped her both see that she needed help and helped her feel better. I love Brekke’s honesty about her journey as a mother and a photography in this interview.

Find out more about Brekke on her websiteInstagram and Facebook.

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Jan 30, 2018

Today on the show I’m talking with Aaron Thomspon. Aaron is a father of three who owns many, many cameras yet is brand agnostic. He’s a portrait photographer based in Utah who has done a wide variety of photography and film work. I discovered his work on Flickr and asked him to be a guest on the show. I’m so glad I did. We talk about the first digital camera he bought for 1000 dollars that could do so little compared to what we’re used to now. Aaron talks about why he loves photographing his children in their real and sometimes sad or sick moments. We talk about taking photos in hard times, why he doesn’t delete photos and how he feels about using both DSLRS and  mirrorless cameras. Enjoy the show.

Jan 9, 2018

This episode is an interview with Alex Lindsay. Alex is the father of four, insanely good at lip syncing and my dear brother. He’s also a regular guest on Mac Break Weekly with Leo LaPorte and the founder of Pixel Corps which provides internet broadcasting, augmented reality, and virtual reality services to all kinds of big shots. Plus, he worked on Star War episode one the Phantom Menace which my nine year old son thinks is pretty great. He’s the reason you’re listening to this podcast because even before I knew what a podcast was or how to listen to one he was saying, "Hey Jen, you should do a podcast about family photography."

Dec 26, 2017

Today's show a conversation with Brandon Price. Brandon is a missionary living in Ukraine with his wife and adorable son. He photographing their life together with with honestly and beautifully.

On today’s show we talk about how he first fell in love with movie making and still loves making movies of his life. Brandon tells the story of the adoption of his son and how he came to have wonderful photos of the moment he and his wife met their son without having to be behind the camera. We talk about  about photographing the happy, frustrated, and worried moments - all the different ups and downs - in this first year of being a parents. We also talk about his switch from Canon to Fuji camera system. 

Find Brandon on Instagram @frombrandon

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Dec 12, 2017

I'm excited to share this interview with Sandra Coan. Sandra is a mother of twin boys who photographs families and newborns on film in her Seattle studio. She's been in business for seventeen years and loves sharing what she's learned in those years.

On today’s show, we talk about how she began taking photos for people as a business. She tells us about the path she took to discover what she does. Sandra didn’t start shooting film in a studio, she did some photojournalistic weddings along the way. Sandra talks about finding out who her people were - the people who wanted exactly what she wanted to make and how to talk to them.

If you are starting a photography business or run one now, you’ll love listening to Sandra’s enthusiasm for business and also for helping others have as much success and fun as she’s having with her photography business. Even if you have no interest in ever starting a photography business - you’ll still love hearing from someone who has created a life they love so thoroughly. Enjoy the show.

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Nov 28, 2017

This episode is an interview with Andrea Moffatt. Andrea is a mother of two boys who loves to photograph her family’s stories. She recently created a break out for Click Photo School titled, The Stories that Make Us.

There is lifestyle photography, what Elena Blair does, and the photojournalistic photography of Kirsten Lewis. Andrea uses a documentary approach and she consciously adds her own experience to the photo.

Andrea and I both live in the Pittsburgh area and enjoy taking our kids to the zoo here. We've both photographed our kids with the polar bears there. As Andrea has learned more about making photos and telling stories well her photos of the polar bears have gotten better.

Enjoy the show.

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Nov 14, 2017

I'm thrilled to share this interview with Elena Blair. Elena is a mother of three who photographs newborns and families in the Seattle area. She loves sharing what she's learned about making family photos and running a business and has created many resources for family photographers. Elena recently recorded a great class on Creative Live titled Lifestyle Family Photography - Posing and Direction.

In this podcast interview with Elena Blair, we talk about why she feels family photography is important. Has it ever seemed to you like wedding photography or commercial photography is real photography and family photography is just this little thing we like to do? Elena feels strongly that family photography isn't less important than other genres.

Elena shares with us how she thinks about posing families. She's not talking about stiff or formal posing but she does pose her families. This conversation isn’t just for people who photograph other people’s families. You can use her posing ideas when photographing your own family, your brother’s family or your parents.

Elena also talks about the moment she stopped posing newborns and what inspires her when she photographs newborns now.

Find out more about Elena: Website, Instagram, Facebook

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Oct 31, 2017

It's Halloween! Do you have your kids’ costumes ready? Me neither. But I am prepared to take great photos, thanks to my conversation with Rebecca Wyatt about capturing magic on Halloween.

 Rebecca Wyatt is a family photographer and mother of four. Over the years, she’s figured out how to make great photos while her kids enjoy Halloween.

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Oct 17, 2017

Today’s show is an interview with Xanthe Berkeley. Xanthe is a mother of two boys who lives in London. She loves making photos and films of her life. She also teaches others how to make films of their lives.

In today’s conversation Xanthe talks about why she loves making films, and how she makes them. If you are familiar with her work, you will enjoy hearing her talk about how she doesn’t crash when filming herself biking. We talk about the music she uses in her films and why you can’t just use your favorite tunes in the films you post on Facebook.

Xanthe is doing a project making films every weekend. She talks about how she keeps her project fresh and challenges herself.

We talk about the courses she teaches these days and what she enjoys most about teaching people how to make time capsule films.

This conversation encouraged me to make more little movies of life - even if I don’t have time to edit them at the moment. I hope you are inspired by this conversation with Xanthe Berkeley.

Find out more about Xanthe: Website, Instagram

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Oct 3, 2017

This episode is an interview with Yan Palmer.

We talk about:

  • A photo of a student's mother that made her think of her mother raising ten children
  • The photos she wished she had with her mom
  • Why she is not taking new family sessions or teaching her workshops these days
  • Her podcast: The Love Love Love
  • What she was asked at workshops every time (posing, gear, pricing) and the other questions she really wanted to answer
  • What I could learn from my son's yard sale success
  • Desiring suffering and giving birth as a powerful metaphor

This conversation had me thinking for days. I hope you enjoy it.

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Sep 19, 2017

On this episode, Erica Montgomery talks to us about how she has learned to find great light for her family photos. She loves finding pockets of light in her home and also uses her garage for portraits.

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Sep 5, 2017

This episode is an interview with Nick Kelsh. These days Nick teaches people like you and me at How To Photography Your Life. Nick has been making photos since he was in junior high and has years of experience. He’s been a newspaper photographer, collaborated with Anna Quindlen on the books Naked Babies and Siblings, and his photograph of a baby is on the cover of A Day in the Life of China.

I was introduced to Nick when my oldest was a baby and I got his book, How to Photography Your Baby. The book is full of great ideas for photographing the baby in your life.

On today’s show, Nick tells us what will help make better photos right away - photograph someone you love close up in great light. Nick says people think learning aperture, shutter speed and ISO is the hard part. He says what’s harder to learn is how to appreciate the quality of light and good composition. We talk about the photos we can make at home in the drama of every day life. We also talk about the photos Nick took and didn’t take when he son was born early and was in the NICU.

Nick’s classes on Basic Photography, Going Manual, Portraits and Lighting, Editing in Lightroom and Smartphone Photography. Classes start September 11. Check out Nick's courses and workshops.


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Aug 22, 2017

When I named this podcast The Family Photographer, I was thinking of someone like today’s guest, Erin Blinn. She is the person everyone in her family counts on the get great photos at family birthdays, milestone moments and the arrival of brand new family members.

How does she feel about being the family photographer and how doe she share her photos with her family?

Erin joined the 365 Flickr group last summer. I talk with her about what inspired her to start a project and how the doing the project helped her see her life in new ways. Erin now serves as staff photographer for a children’s hospital. Prior to that she was a full time wedding and family photographer. I ask her about why she changed from freelance to 9-5 and what she’s learning about photography at her new job. It was an absolute pleasure to have this conversation with Erin and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it too.

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Aug 8, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Molly Flanagan. Molly is a mother of three, she runs the Define School with Kelly Hatcher and teaches a class there titled Visual Storytelling. Molly photographs families in their homes as they are. In her photographs of her own family and of families she photographs, Molly strives to celebrate the heart of the home – not domestic perfection but the nurturing and comfort offered there.

Jul 25, 2017

In this interview with Kevin Mullins, we talk about what he loves about candid family photography. We talk about how to deal with common family photography challenges - the uncooperative subject, the photobomb kid and fake smiles. Kevin also tells us about his workflow and he tells us what he thinks is the best Fuji camera for parents.


Jul 11, 2017

Tim Coulson is a husband, father and photographer (in that order). He photographing weddings and families worldwide with his family by his side. On the show, we talk about how he started making his living with photography, why he loves using film these days and more.

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Jun 27, 2017

In this interview with Cheryl Hanna-Truscott, we talk about how she began her Protective Custody project - photographing mothers and babies in a prison nursery. Cheryl talks about her background in photography and as a midwife. Cheryl also shares about making photographs for the organization Midwives for Haiti.



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