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  • #016: In Part One, Episode 15, we talked all about a Scope of Work and how it is basically your best buddy in maintaining a sanity and boosting your creativity during a conservation photography project. With that Scope of Work, you set your goals and your expectations and your time frames for your project.

    Then, with that clarity in hand, it's time to really break things down.

    In this episode, we're going to talk about how to craft your ultimate to do list. But don't get me wrong. This is not some sort of checklist, or even a schedule. It is way, way more than that. But first, grab the free template so you can draft your work breakdown and take notes as you listen.

    Download the free Work Breakdown Template at JaymiH.com/16

    You'll Learn

    How a work breakdown helps you avoid unwanted surprises and keep both hands on the steering wheelHow a work breakdown differs from a scope of workHow to complete the essential components, and minimize your stress from the start, including Objective, Deliverables, Out of Scope, Tasks, Cost Estimates, Schedule and Other ResourcesWays you can customize a work breakdown to suit your preferences in how you like to work within a project

    Think of a Scope of Work as your view from a plane of the mountain you're about to climb, and the Work Breakdown is the detailed map that will get you from your plane's landing site all the way up to the summit. Both tools are designed to get you to the top unscathed and with a smile on your face!

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  • #015: There are two tools that I use of the start of every project large or small, whether I'm working on a single short photo assignment or a multiyear photography project. As a freelancer with dozens of irons in the fire, I consider them absolutely vital for staying sane. The two tools are a scope of work and a work break down.

    This episode is Part One of a two-part series that walks you through how to utilize these in your own photography work.  

    I know it might sound a little bit dry, but by the end of this episode you are going to be all about creating scope of works for your projects. Why? Because you'll see how a scope of work gives you clarity, keeps you motivated, and ultimately helps you be a smarter, more creative, and more effective conservation photographer. 

    And you don't have to start from scratch! I'm handing you the same exact template I use at the beginning of any project, so that you can download it and get focused on your own project starting right now. 

    Download my Scope of Work Template at JaymiH.com/15

    You'll Learn

    Why a scope of work is such a powerful toolHow to complete each section of a scope of work, including: Premise: why your project existsGoals: what you want to accomplish through your projectDeliverables: what you create during your projectOut of scope: how you really define those boundaries around your projectTime frame: when you will accomplish your projectSuccess: how you know you did a great jobAnd how to repurpose one scope of work again and again for new projects, saving time

    This little bit of structure at the start of a project goes a long way. The focus that you put into shaping your project right from the very get go allows you the freedom to make informed decisions as the work progresses, so you can stay immersed in the fun, engaging part of turning your ideas into photographs. It transforms all that paralyzing chaos of a project into fodder for the creative process.

    It's powerful stuff, my friend!

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  • #014: A day rate is what you charge to do a day's worth of work out in the field as a photographer. If you are getting started, you might have not even the vaguest idea what to charge. And if you're a pro, you might feel pressure to charge whatever it is that your peers or colleagues are charging in order to be competitive or in that same ballpark. Or you might feel like you have to accept whatever dairy is offered by your client in order to ensure that you land that assignment.

    But the thing is, your day rate is a number that has to be founded in hard and fast facts if you want to run a profitable business. Your just-right day rate is a number you can calculate, then calibrate, once you understand your business needs, goals and industry expectations. In this episode, I walk you through what goes into calculating a day rate for a profitable conservation photography business.

    And I have a very, very powerful tool for you to use to arrive at this all-important number. 

    Download my Day Rate Calculator for Photographers at JaymiH.com/14

    Figuring out your ideal day rate is done in two steps.

    Calculation. This is where you add up your business expenses, your income goals, and your workload capacity to know what you have to earn to make your business profitable. Calibration. This is where you factor in your experience level, special skill sets, deliverables included with your work, what your client can afford, and what others of a similar level to you are charging for similar work. 

    While there's a small amount of finessing to get the just-right day rate, it is mostly based in real, calculable numbers. I hope that's a bit of comfort to you. And I also hope it's comforting to know that you have a free (and amazing!) calculator that is going to help you figure out what you need to charge to run a profitable conservation photography business. 

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  • #013: Images with soul are the images that change the world. It’s something that you learn with time and experience to naturally include in all your images. And when you find out how to inject your images with soul, you move into a whole new level of mastery and impact.

    But how do you put soul into your photos?

    Well today, I’m talking with someone whose is one of the best creative minds working in conservation visual storytelling today.

    Morgan Heim of Neon Raven Story Labs is a professional conservation photographer and filmmaker who understands what it is to craft visuals with soul. Her work is by turns emotive, surprising, hilarious, and captivating. But always, always, Morgan infuses her work with a certain something, something that draws viewers in and makes them feel simultaneously curious, inspired and at home. 

    How she manages this? Well, that's what this interview is all about. We dish on her projects - everything from her fully original and amazingly unique take on the pertinent issue of wild crossings and car strikes, to how she settled into documenting the humanity of scientists working on the frontline of drug wars in our national parks (yes, you read that right), to how her ideas can cause scientists to transform from confused onlookers to jubilant participants in arts-n-crafts projects. 

    You'll Learn

    Ideas for boosting your creative sparkHow to build a transformative project, starting from your own personal "why"How to let moments drive your imagesStrategies for getting more emotive portraits for humans and wildlife alikeAnd.... some weird skills that can come in handy at random times

    From Morgan: 

    "When I first started with photography, there's so many rules that you have to learn. Like you need to get XYZ shots. And then also coming from a science background, you're looking at things very analytically, very objectively. Emotions are almost considered, like they're going to compromise what you are studying, what you are revealing to the world. But in photography and with storytelling, that's actually what you need to have. You need to be objective as much as possible to really kind of see issues from various angles. But you need to really embrace the emotive moment, and that means getting comfortable with your own emotions and getting comfortable with being in the presence of emotions by other people."

    Conservation Photojournalism Workshop

    My guess is this episode will get you inspired and fired up to take to the field with your camera. And when that happens, we have your back. Learn what it takes to find and photograph a conservation story through on-the-ground experience, and coaching from Morgan Heim and myself. I invite you to take a look at this 7-day workshop, and put your inspiration to work!

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  • #012: 
    If you've been photographing for awhile now, then you're no stranger to creative blocks. They're especially pesky when you're in a very familiar place and you just aren't sure how to see it with fresh eyes and make photographs that are both unique to viewers and, that air energizing for you.

    I have been in that slump before, for sure. And there was a trick that I used to get out of it, that worked really well.

    Not only did it help to get me out of this creative slump, but I also became re-motivated in my photography as a whole because it reinforced that my ability to create images is all dependent on myself and my mindset.

    In this episode, I'm walking you through the assignment that I gave myself that worked like gangbusters to break me out of that creative slump. This is a wonderful tool for you to lean on if you're finding yourself with a creative block or, you know, feeling just playing board with your images.

    You'll Learn

    The importance of getting into the right mindset for breaking out of creative blocksThe 7-step process for completing your own "photo assignment" How to ask questions through out your 7-step assignment to keep you on your creative toes


    View the portfolio from this exercise at JaymiH.com/12

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  • There’s a lot happening right now that we cannot control. But what we can control is how we choose to respond, how we choose to show up for our families, our communities, our businesses.

    And that’s what lead to this special episode.

    Today I’m talking about how to build your own path to certainty in uncertain times.

    I’m covering two mindset shifts that are essential for gaining bright spots of certainty in each day, the three step process for building that path through setting short-term goals, and the tools for achieving those goals regardless of what comes your way.

    I also made a workbook for you because I want you to really have the tools to implement what I talk about in this episode. Download it and use the tools inside to implement what is covered in this episode. When you implement, those bright spots of certainty will give you so much stability as you navigate through to the other side of this turbulent time. JaymiH.com/bonus-certainty

    You'll Learn

    Mindset #1: In times of uncertainty, create certainty.
    Now is the time to recalibrate your view of your situation, and figure out how you’re going to show up inside of uncertainty 

    Mindset shift #2: Each problem I discover holds a path to a solution I can uncover.
    Each problem you face is simply a challenge, an opportunity for you to find a path to its solution. Find strength in the fact that you can, and will. 

    The three-step process to building certainty into your life: 

    Set Your SightsSet Your PathSet Your Focus

    I want you to really have the tools to implement what I talk about in this episode. You can find the workbook Craft a Path to Certainty in Uncertain Times at JaymiH.com/bonus-certainty

    Download it and use the tools inside of it to create those bright spots of certainty will give you so much stability as you navigate through to the other side of this turbulent time.

    Get the link to join the free Facebook group for conservation photographers at JaymiH.com/bonus-certainty

  • #011: I battled my own style for awhile…Not in finding it, but in accepting it. I know it sounds strange. After all, isn't "finding your style" what every photographer aspires to? Actually, no. Especially. when you question if your style is what will earn you a paycheck. You question: Am I shooting the way editors want? The way clients want?

    It's a difficult thing to find your style AND to find confidence within your style.

    Along with countless other photographers, I went through this roller coaster. But eventually, I let my personal photographic. style surface, and after awhile I embraced it and appreciated it.

    And ultimately, this is the secret not just to success, but in happiness and fulfillment as a photographer.

    Your identity as a unique photographer, with a distinctive style…. that is powerful as a professional. Ultimately, when you develop your unique style, then you can be sought out for gigs because of that style. You’re known for something, You are now one of those photographers whose work is recognized at a glance because it’s so very you. Pretty amazing, right?

    Inside this episode, I take you through my journey in finding and appreciating my own style with my camera, and in three critical things I learned in the process: 

    You Don't Find Your Style, Your Style Finds YouYour Style Is Crafted With IntuitionIf You Can’t Translate Your Style Into Every Subject You Shoot, Then You Haven’t Really Found Your Style

    I also talk about how I finally started to see my style emerge…. and it was through shooting what I love. And for me, that was canid species – starting with my dog. In the episode I mention the images that started to emerge and how my style began to translate to all the wild things I photograph. 

    Flip through the images below to see what I mean. And when you're done, I would LOVE to see what images represent your style. Please post a photograph on Facebook and Instagram and tag me so I can learn more about you and celebrate the way you see the world!

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  • #010: Without a doubt in my mind, I wouldn't be where I am in this moment if it weren't for the supportive and inspiring community of friends and colleagues I'm lucky enough to be part of as I work inside conservation photography. This niche is a very unique one, with our own oddball challenges and creative highs and lows. 

    To get anywhere, you need connections – but not just professional connections. You need real relationships. 

    While the list of reasons why community is so essential is a very long one, there are three reasons that float to the top: 

    A community understands where your head is at when it comes to brainstorming story ideas, project ideas and shot ideas. Since you’re in a certain creative field all together, they get what it means to really hash out a creative strategy or navigate challenges in the field. A community shares resources, from editor contacts and referrals to insights about publications, pricing your work, dealing with clients, or what to do in different circumstance. You know you’re not alone or starting from square one, ever.A. community understands the ups and downs. When you gain an accomplishment that the rest of your friends and family think is nice and politely smile and nod, your community knows what a big deal that is and can celebrate properly alongside you. 

     So how do you build up this kind of career-boosting, supportive community?

    It's all. about what YOU put into it.

    An outstanding community is built up through your actions, and how you approach being a member. In this episode, I walk you through the three secrets to success.

    You'll Learn

    Give first: Why it is essential that you provide what you can to the community before you ever ask for anything from it. Give more than you expect to get: It's all about the right attitude, which benefits both you and your community members. Only when you have an attitude of contributing over collecting, can you build up the relationships that will be so powerfully helpful when you are in need.Share stories and experiences, not advice: This approach is key to building relationships while providing help. Learn how to avoid the risk of shutting down communication, and instead create camaraderie by how you share information. 

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    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, seleect “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!

  • #009: 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. 

    Imagine that you're documenting a conservation issue that's near and dear to your heart. And a really time-sensitive problem pops up. Maybe there's a legal decision that's about to take place, or a critically important nonprofit is losing funding. And you know that if you could get 500 signatures on a petition, or 200 people to call their state representatives, or 100 people to donate $5 so that you can get out into the field with your camera to document what's happening ... that it would make a huge difference in turning the tide on your conservation issue.

    You might have tried putting call-outs like this on social media and gotten nothing but crickets back.

    Imagine if instead, you could put a call out and people actually saw the message, and took action. 

    That's the power of a well-nurtured email list. 

    And that's why I spend an entire episode walking you through step-by-step how to create, grow, and consistently connect with your email list. 

    Even if you are an amateur photographer, or you’re barely getting started. Even if you’re a pro who primarily does assignment photography. Even if you don’t yet know why on earth you’d use a list or what on earth you’d email about…

    You absolutely need to be building an email list right now. 

    I've talked about how too many conservation photographers lack a marketing game, and that affects how impactful your work can ever be. If you’re going to implement one single strategy that all marketers know is critical to business success, I hope you implement a mailing list. It will make a difference in your reach, your efficacy, and even your income.

    By the end of this episode you'll know exactly what makes an email list can be so valuable, and you'll know exactly how to get yours up and running with gusto.

    Inside of this episode is the foundational information you need on starting and growing a thriving list of people who are willing to listen, engage, and financially support your work. 

    I've even made you something extra special! Grab your free downloadable starter kit for creating your mailing list. This kit walks you through all the steps I cover in this episode, and is your key to a clear, actionable path for launching your ever so critical email list.
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    You'll Learn

    How you can use an email list to make a bigger impact with your workThe 6 simple yet essential steps for starting, launching and growing your email listTools for attracting new people to your email listThe secret to batching your planning, writing and scheduling so you never feel like your list is a burdenTips for an engaging welcome email A bunch of ideas and inspiration for what to write to your subscribers

     Resources & Links Mentioned

    ConvertKit: Sign up through this affiliate link to unlock 100 subscribers for free.

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  • #008: 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.

    Early into your journey as a conservation photographer, you discover that the work you do with your camera is only a tiny fraction of the entire scope of your advocacy.

    You shoot a story. The images are in print, people have hit "like" on social media, and the fanfair around the story has died down… but the issue that you documented likely still persists. The work doesn't end with publication. The hardest and most important work often just begins.

    Clay Bolt is a conservation photographer who takes this hard work to heart and is an incredibly inspiring example of someone who works tirelessly and is a catalyst for positive change both through his beautifully crafted photographs of pollinator species, and through the relentless behind-the-scenes work to change laws, establish protections, and build a genuinely engaged audience around the conservation efforts he cares so much about.

    Clay Bolt specializes in photographing the world’s smaller creatures. His current major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives. 

    Clay was a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act, which became North America's first federally protected native bee in 2017. In 2019, Bolt became the first photographer to document a living Wallace's Giant Bee—the world's largest bee—as a part of a four person exploration team to rediscover the species in the Indonesian islands knowns as the North Moluccas. 

    Clay has accomplished extraordinary things in his work - and much of it accomplished after the photos have been made. In this episode, we get to sit down with Clay as he shares both the extraordinary stories of field work with camera in hand, and his knowledge and advice about what to do to really make an impact.

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    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, seleect “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!

  • #007: It is truly incredible how much information and emotion can be packed into a single photograph documenting the briefest moment in time. Yet one image equals just one moment. So what is required when you need to convey the complexity and nuance of a large and multifaceted story?

    Amazingly, this can still be done in a small handful of images. They just need to be the right types and coordinated together so that they can illustrate with beautiful variation all the layers of a story.

    The essential images for a thorough photo story is probably one of my most favorite topics to discuss. It balances my creative side - exploring the poetry of visual storytelling and interpretation of a storyline - and my type-A personality that craves having lists and structure.

    Knowing that there are six types of images that you need to tell the full story gives you a path to follow as you shoot. Even as you explore every opportunity for a photograph that unfolds in the field, you can refer back to this list to know you’re covering all of your bases for when you get back and are curating your final selection of images for the essay.

    Understanding what these six shots are and why you need them allows you to think way outside of the box in an effort to build a contained story.

    I know that sounds really contradictory, but it’s true: structure provides freedom for exploration.

    Knowing that you need these six types of images for a thorough, complete story allows you to bust open creativity, because you can be sure you're staying on track.

    So it is well worth investing the time in learning and practicing the six must-have images for any photo story, and how you might work them into your own style and approach to photography. We have a lot of fun exploring all these shots in this episode.

    You'll Learn

    The Hero ImageThe Character ImageThe Context ImageThe Action ImageThe Detail ImageThe Take-Away ImageThe exercise that will help cement how to recognize and use these photos in your own essays

    This episode comes with a special freebie! Grab your free ebook that provides a ton of examples of these six images in action in photo essays AND worksheets that help you plan your own photo essay: JaymiH.com/7

    Have you put these images to work in a photo essay? Come on into the Facebook community and show off your photo story. I'm certain you'll inspire others with your work. And while you're at it, let me know what you thought about this episode!

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    Are 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, seleect “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!

  • #006: If there is one single simple tool that can radically up your game as a conservation photographer, it's this. 

    And no, I'm not talking about camera gear, or grant writing strategies, or even environmental communication…

    I'm going to get super blunt. Too few conservation photographers are putting in the much-needed work of understanding business and marketing. But, we're going to change that together. Starting right now. Because I have a tool for you that's going to make you flat-out excited about the business side of our work. 

    This one tool can do everything from lighting a fire under your creative vision, to turning the dial up to 11 on your conservation project’s reach and impact, to absolutely transforming how you handle the business side of your work. This simple strategy is equal to hanging out with high quality people and having amazing conversions. In fact, that’s exactly what this tool is! In this episode, we are talking about Masterminds!

    If you love sitting down with a small group of folks whose opinions you value and whose work you respect, and having conversations that leave you feeling like you can take on the world, then you're going to love what is in this episode.

    Today, I'm walking you through what a Mastermind group is, what it can do for you and, ever so importantly, how you can create one ... like, right now!

    You'll Learn:

    The structure of an effective mastermind groupHow to select people to be in your own mastermind groupThe best meeting structure so everyone gets the most out of themPotential hiccups to watch out for, and how to prevent them

    It's really good stuff, and I can darn near guarantee that if you put in the work to building a great mastermind group, you're going to see amazing results.

    But if you want to be part of a powerful mastermind group, and need help facilitating it, I've got your back. I offer two mastermind groups inside of WildIdeaLab.com!

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    Are 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, seleect “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!

  • #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/5

    You'll Learn

    The 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 story

    Resources & Links Mentioned

    Conservation Photography 101
    Conservation Photojournalism 7-Day Intensives
    Clay Bolt

  • #004: Does the idea of pitching your work to editors give you butterfly belly? Or do you feel a  little lost in how to land more image licensing opportunities? 

    If you’re wishing there was a way to get your work out into the world in a really fun way, there is! 

    There’s been many, many opportunities for licensing images that land in my lap - from high-paying clients buying packages of images to scoring the covers of magazines. And it’s not because I’m out there pounding the pavement with my portfolio in hand. I’m way too lazy for that! In fact, I did a little bit of very fun work upfront, and let time and search engines do the rest. 

    In this episode, I walk you through one of my super easy strategies for getting my work out into the world with minimal effort.

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    You’ll Learn: 

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  • #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. 

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  • #002 It isn’t easy getting started in something new, especially in conservation photography where you’re juggling gaining technical skills with your camera, artistic skills with your composition, field experience, connections with editors, and most importantly, knowing if your images are actually reaching an audience and making an impact. It’s tough - but it’s also completely doable. Here are the common sticking points when you’re starting out and strategies for blowing past them and finding success. 

    Starting out in conservation photography can feel a little bit like a marathon race…
    through a forest… 
    with fallen logs across your path… 
    and branches thwapping your face…
    and really cold creeks to wade across that have those slippery algea-covered ankle-twisting cobblestones at the bottom… 
    and then there's the bogs…

    And it's all so much fun! Even the difficult bits. 

    Because getting to the other side of those difficult bits is exhilarating. 

    But it's helpful if you have some strategies in place for when you do hit those obstacles, so you don't get too frustrated, or worse, stop all forward progress. Even the most prepared of us still appreciate a few insider tips so that those problem areas can be navigated through or avoided altogether. So today we’re going to tackle five common hurdles when starting out on this crazy and entertaining run, and strategies for leaping them. 

    Here's what we explore in this episode: 

    Hurdle 1: Thinking Your Conservation Photography Project Is Too Small To Make A “Real” Impact. You might be surprised by the strategy I suggest for leaping this particular hurdle. But trust me, it works. Hurdle 2: Going Too Broad On Your Conservation Photography Topic. Because we want to do ALL the things, right? Think big, do big! Well, here’s why I suggest that going small actually makes the bigger difference in the long run. Hurdle 3: Taking Things Too Seriously In Your Conservation Storytelling. We’re dealing with dire situations but we have to leave room for levity. ’I give some examples of pros who I think are doing this amazingly well in their work. Hurdle 4: Getting Over The Giving-Away-Images Habit. Yep, I know this one is tough especially when you have the fear of losing out on opportunities when you’re just getting started and need some wins. But, there’s a reason - actually many reasons - why leaping this hurdle helps you in the long run. Hurdle 5: Focusing Too Much On Species And Not Enough On People In Your Photography. It’s so easy to focus on the wild things. But conservation stories are human stories, and by remembering this you’ll open up amazing opportunities for powerful visual storytelling. 

    Links mentioned in this episode

    Deer 139 Ghost in the Making 

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  • #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.

    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.

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