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Welcome to the Art and Soul Show where we dive heart-opening chats on photography, business, life and that messy in-between. You're more than a photographer. You're an artist, a dreamer, a business boss, and a creative. Listen in for conversations and advice on running a photography business, mindset, and creativity. This is the place you can go when you need a boost of encouragement, a kick in the pants, and inspiration to pick up your camera.

The Art & Soul Show - Photography Podcast for Newborn and Family Photographers Lisa DiGeso, The Milky Way

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Welcome to the Art and Soul Show where we dive heart-opening chats on photography, business, life and that messy in-between. You're more than a photographer. You're an artist, a dreamer, a business boss, and a creative. Listen in for conversations and advice on running a photography business, mindset, and creativity. This is the place you can go when you need a boost of encouragement, a kick in the pants, and inspiration to pick up your camera.

    Crafting Stories through Style: Exploring the Power of Storytelling in Photography with Missie Lafrenz

    Crafting Stories through Style: Exploring the Power of Storytelling in Photography with Missie Lafrenz

    Whether it’s a client wardrobe, a location, or a pose, style is so important to foster that emotional connection in your photos that your clients want. Finding your style can lead to the comparison trap, though, so remember to set good boundaries around where you find your inspiration and which social media accounts you follow. 
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Missie Lafrenz, a family and maternity photographer from Iowa. Missie shares how her 30-acre farm has changed her clientele, how to incorporate more of a farm style into your own photos, and how to infuse your sessions with real emotional connection.
     
    And if you want to hear more from Missie and why style is so important to storytelling, she'll be teaching at our online 2023 Family Retreat! (Grab your spot now!)


    What’s in this episode:
    [04:36] Missie’s advice to anyone who is bumping into creative resistance and how she stays focused
    [08:11] Missie shares about her 30-acre family farm and how her clientele has changed with this experience
    [12:11] How to infuse your photography sessions with connection so that your subjects don’t look and feel stiff
    [15:41] What to do when you have uncooperative kids and your photo session starts to go sideways
    [18:35] Why Missie doesn’t use prompts for encouraging emotional connection and how styling and a client wardrobe is important for Missie’s sessions
    [22:44] How Missie overcomes creative burnout
    Tune in to this episode for advice on infusing style and storytelling into your photos.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/crafting-stories-through-style-exploring-the-power-of-storytelling-in-photography-with-missie-lafrenz/
    Get ready access to our 2023 Family Retreat! Don't miss the chance to learn from 24 instructors to take your family sessions (and confidence!) to the next level: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-family-retreat/
    Don’t forget to leave us a review if you loved this episode! We appreciate you and your time, beautiful friends!

    • 32 min
    From Click to Connection: Unveiling Your Visual Voice with Photographer Annie Nelson

    From Click to Connection: Unveiling Your Visual Voice with Photographer Annie Nelson

    If you’re struggling to find your voice as a photographer or other creative, it’s OK, it happens to all of us from time to time. Creativity and inspiration come from continually trying new things, so this is your permission slip to try it all. 
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Annie Nelson, a Minnesota-based award-winning photographer. Annie shares about her creative process and staying inspired, tips on how to break through creative resistance, and how to balance your personal vision and your clients’ expectations.
     
    And if you want to hear more from Annie and how to infuse your creative voice into your work, she'll be teaching at our online 2023 Family Retreat! (Grab your spot now!)
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:02] An introduction to Annie Nelson, what she’ll be teaching at our upcoming family retreat (spoiler, it’s emotive motherhood!), and why it speaks to her
    [03:35] Annie, a former hairstylist, shares her analogy about coloring her clients’ hair and editing photos
    [05:23] Annie’s process on how she comes up with new ideas for her personal projects
    [07:21] Creativity is a muscle that must be worked out, but Annie shares her tips on what to do when you feel resistant to that creativity
    [10:29] How Annie balances her personal vision with the needs and expectations of her photography clients
    [12:34] How Annie stays inspired and motivated to push herself as a photographer
    [14:10] Annie’s advice for someone who is struggling to find their creative voice
    Tune in to this episode for advice on trying new things and finding your creative voice!
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/from-click-to-connection-unveiling-your-creative-voice-with-photographer-annie-nelson/
    Get ready for the 2023 Family Retreat! Join the VIP list for early-bird prices and a little preview of what's in store: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-family-retreat/
    Don’t forget to leave us a review if you loved this episode! We appreciate you and your time, beautiful friends!

    • 24 min
    Lights, Camera, Connection: The Secrets to Crafting Heartwarming Family Films with Colie James

    Lights, Camera, Connection: The Secrets to Crafting Heartwarming Family Films with Colie James

    Have you ever thought about dabbling in family filmmaking? If it felt intimidating or you didn’t understand the tech behind it, or maybe you haven’t even heard of it, it’s OK, we’ve got you covered. 
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Colie James, a photographer and family filmmaker, a podcast host, and a workflow and automations guru. Colie shares advice on the tech side of filmmaking, the mistakes she sees people make the most (and how to fix them!), and the importance of outsourcing tasks from your business so that you can do more of what you love.
     
    And if you want to hear more from Colie and how makes the most amazing heart-warming family films, she'll be teaching at our online 2023 Family Retreat! (Grab your spot now!)


    What’s in this episode:
    [04:02] Colie shares about her love of filmmaking, family sessions, and how she paired it all together
    [06:20] We get techy and discuss filmmaking equipment - gimbals, tripods, iPhones, cameras, external mics, and more
    [16:46] Colie shares the 3 beginner mistakes she sees most often when it comes to filmmaking
    [18:32] Colie’s advice for multi-passionate creatives and doing what makes you happy, and how outsourcing makes it all possible 
    [23:12] Colie shares the most fun filmmaking project she’s worked on and it’s not what you expect
    Tune in to this episode for advice on getting into family filmmaking, and how outsourcing can streamline your business and your life!
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/podcast-template-newlights-camera-connection-the-secrets-to-crafting-heartwarming-family-films-with-colie-james/
    Get ready for the 2023 Family Retreat! Join the VIP list for early-bird prices and a little preview of what's in store: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-family-retreat/
    Don’t forget to leave us a review if you loved this episode! We appreciate you and your time, beautiful friends!

    • 36 min
    Follow your Heart: How to thrive as a Multi-passionate Creative Entrepreneur with Photographer Lucy Baber

    Follow your Heart: How to thrive as a Multi-passionate Creative Entrepreneur with Photographer Lucy Baber

    As entrepreneurs, we hear this advice all the time: “Find your niche and stick to it.” But what if that doesn’t work for us? What if we have more than one passion? What if we don’t want to be stuck in a box creatively?
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Lucy Baber, a photographer, podcaster, relationship coach, and more, and she offers meaningful advice on how to be a multi-passionate business owner. Her reminder that you can do and be more than one thing in life is one that will resonate with many of you. Embrace the messiness and the joy that comes with doing what lights you up inside.

    And if you want to hear more from Lucy and how she thrives as a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur, she'll be teaching at our online 2023 Family Retreat! (Grab your spot now!)
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:52] Lucy’s advice on how to embrace being multi-passionate in our businesses
    [05:05] How Lucy helps others discover their own superpowers 
    [08:04] How Lucy found her own photography style of being light and fun and less polished
    [11:04] Lucy’s tips on how to find your niche as a photographer or other creative
    [16:24] Why Lucy started her social justice project, 100 Black Dads, and the importance of that work for her
    [20:42] Lucy’s podcast, Midlife Plot Twists, and how so many of us are all going through the same things
    [30:06] Why Lucy felt the need to start a relationship coaching business
    Tune in to this episode for advice on embracing the messiness of real life and pursuing your passions (all of them!)!
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/follow-your-heart-how-to-thrive-as-a-multi-passionate-creative-entrepreneur-with-photographer-lucy-baber/
    Get ready for the 2023 Family Retreat! Join the VIP list for early-bird prices and a little preview of what's in store: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-family-retreat/
    And if you love this episode, share it with a friend! And if you have a comment or questions, send it our way! We might even feature it in a future episode! Thanks, beautiful friends!

    • 47 min
    If It’s Not a Hell Yes, It’s a Hell No: Intentional Decision-Making as a Creative & Photographer

    If It’s Not a Hell Yes, It’s a Hell No: Intentional Decision-Making as a Creative & Photographer

    As creatives, and especially as entrepreneurs, we often think we need to say yes to everything. But if you say yes to something that doesn’t align with your values and what you want for your business, you’re not going to feel fulfilled in the work that you do.
    In today’s episode, I’m talking about embracing the mentality of only saying yes to things that really excite you and light you up. I’m sharing tips for learning how to say “no,” setting boundaries, and embracing and prioritizing the work that makes you go, “hell yes!”
    What’s in this episode:
    [01:37] How to know when you’ve had a “hell yes” moment, and why it’s important to say “no” when the opportunity just doesn’t feel right
    [03:44] Tips for learning how to say “no” and setting boundaries in your creative work
    [06:53] How to get started putting “if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no” into practice
    Tune in to this episode for tips on saying “hell yes” to what lights you up (and “hell no” to what doesn’t)!
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/if-its-not-a-hell-yes-its-a-hell-no-intentional-decision-making-as-a-creative-photographer/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/
    Discover what makes you stand out as a photographer with our free quiz, What’s YOUR Photography Superpower. Take this short quiz and let us know your results! We love hearing from you!

    • 10 min
    For the Love of Light: Reigniting the Creative Spark in Your Photography with D’Ann Boal

    For the Love of Light: Reigniting the Creative Spark in Your Photography with D’Ann Boal

    After moving to the Caribbean with her husband and young son, D’Ann Boal discovered photography and never looked back. And today, she’s a full-on fan of studio lighting and all the magic (and flexibility) it can bring to a photo shoot. She has inspired me to play around with different equipment in my own photography.
    In today’s episode, D’Ann and I have a lovely chat about mobile photography, studio lighting, photography equipment, the importance of personal projects, and how to prioritize creativity. We also discuss breaking free from burn out, the guilt of missing important moments when you overwork, and how learning keeps you fresh in your business.
    What’s in this episode:
    [03:20] D’Ann’s experience with Pro Photo, and her advice for getting into studio lighting
    [06:57] How D’Ann got into photography, and how she equates photography to cooking
    [14:36] Thoughts on AI and how it could affect the photography industry
    [18:05] Why personal projects are important to creativity
    [24:16] D’Ann’s advice for someone feeling uninspired in their business and how to break free from burn out and get back to creativity
    [33:02] The important of maintaining the mindset of a learner, and what D’Ann is currently interested in learning
    Tune in to this episode with D’Ann Boal to get inspiration for reigniting your creativity and building a business of abundance!
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/for-the-love-of-light-reigniting-the-creative-spark-in-your-photography-with-dann-boal/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/
    And if you love this episode, share it with a friend! Thanks, beautiful friends!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

stoneavphoto ,

Like visiting friends

So easy to just join in on the topic and be entertained and educated whenever I have some time.

erika_ashley__ ,

Creative genius!

I am so in awe of Lisa’s approach to all things photography. She’s just as kind and genuine as she is talented. I’ve never had somebody bring my family to art like she does !

Ferenaz ,

The title perfectly states what these conversations about

Hi Lisa, I’ve met you in person at a conference and I wanted to let you know that I appreciate so much how authentic you are in person, in these podcasts and your emails. You have a way of being that is so kind and warm. The people you bring on are also authentic, caring and generous with their information. I do enjoy listening to your conversations because they always leave me just a little more enlightened. Thank you and keep going!!

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