Sara’s Story Sparked by Being a “Grandma’s Girl”

My childhood summers were spent at my grandparents beach house. It’s really on a river, but we call it, The Beach House. I have many fond memories of summer at that house. I’d wake up to the sound of waves crashing and seagulls chirping… I learned to drive with my grandfather, I learned to crab, fish and even […]

An Intimate Home Birth Photographed in Low Light

I’ve been fortunate to be given access into the lives of photo subjects, such as in my long-form photo project Girls…Now Women, about women I met as teens in foster care. I’ve gotten to know their children over the years. However, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to document someone delivering a child. The first time […]

#052 – Real Life with Kelly Haymes

With a zillion messages coming at us from all directions—how we deserve better; how we deserve more—it’s easy to feel pressure to be better and go after more. We need a reminder that our lives, just as they are, are beautiful and imperfection is normal (and actually pretty perfect), so that we can say, “Forget […]

#051 – Confidently Speak Your Stories

This ep is for you if you’re looking to connect with your dreamies, but you’re HIDING behind the computer and only writing to express your stories. We’re gonna talk about confidently speaking your stories. For the record, I’m a writer. I LOVE writing. I have loyal readers. Still, there’s magic when people hear your voice […]

Documenting Led to a Grand “Surprise!”

Have you ever surprised someone? Or has someone ever *really* surprised you? Here’s my story… On 3 Christmas Eve’s in my life, I made the 4+ hour trip from Michigan to Ohio and showed up (without warning) on my Auntie Deb + Uncle Gary’s doorstep. “Surprise! Merry Christmas!”⠀⠀ It happened as a newborn with my […]

#050 – Lighter Stories & Less Launching with Melissa Cassera

You’re gonna LOVE Melissa Cassera. Guaranteed. If you’re not already learning from her, after this, you’ll start. She breaks things down not just into simple ways, but in FUN ways. That’s part of her thing. She’ll tell ya, she makes work feel like a guilty pleasure! If you think marketing is far from a guilty […]

#049 — Story of the Month: Anna Nodolf’s Snow Day Story

Have you ever had a snow day? Or several snow days? Or have a story about the greatest snowstorm that hit your area? Or heard the kind of snow stories where your parents walked a mile each way to school uphill in the snow? Everyone has their own versions of snow stories, except, if maybe […]

Ep. 048 April D's Brand Voice + Strategy Review

#048: April D’s Brand Voice + Strategy Review

Ever wish someone could come in with their superhero cape and makeover your marketing? What if you could build up your OWN cape? Last month, I took on a marketing review for a documentary family photographer and she agreed to let me share our review publically. For sure, I’m happy to help people with an […]

#047 – Seeing Differently with Kelly Wagner

How are you my friend? Welcome back! In the last episode, you heard a whole earful on practicing awareness and why it matters. That convo continues here with a story from Kelly Wagner— who has been photographing all her life! Ok, let that sink for a moment. She shares how through going through The Preservation Project expanded […]

#046 – Awareness is a Gift

You know that old adage: you don’t know what you don’t know? Well, we probably don’t notice it much, except for when we’re looking for an answer to something we’re seeking, right? Then, we notice that we don’t know what we don’t know. But what about the rest of the time? I’m sure there’s many […]

Portrait by Latoya Dixon-Smith | Systems for Photographers

#045 – Creating Rich Systems with Latoya Dixon-Smith

Do you ever feel like you’re doing things on the fly in your business and can’t keep up? You’re maybe sacrificing all your time to give your clients the best experience and you feel like there’s GOT to be a better way? Well, there is and if any of this feels like you, this episode […]

#044 – Story of the Month: Lora’s Dad’s Workshop

Welcome back to another round of the Story of the Month! At its core, this story is about two things: Details and Documenting after loss There’s a lot of pictures with this story from Lora Wallenstein, so visit here to see them as you listen + see the full story. Now, if you’ve ever lost […]

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