19 episodes

Join photographer and educator Twyla Jones as she shares stories and strategies from creatives and masterminds to inspire photographers to live a more creative, productive and balanced life. Whether you want to learn tips and tricks for your photography business, hear from those who have found ways to maintain work-life balance or gain wisdom on overall health and wellbeing, this podcast is for you.

Emotional Storytelling with Twyla Jones Twyla Jones

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

Join photographer and educator Twyla Jones as she shares stories and strategies from creatives and masterminds to inspire photographers to live a more creative, productive and balanced life. Whether you want to learn tips and tricks for your photography business, hear from those who have found ways to maintain work-life balance or gain wisdom on overall health and wellbeing, this podcast is for you.

    Maximize Your Efficiency with Jessica Whitaker

    Maximize Your Efficiency with Jessica Whitaker

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    "Maybe you're shooting manual on your digital camera, but if you shot with a film camera, would you really know how to shoot in manual?"

    Who out there has a gorgeous old manual film camera sitting around, and has been too intimidated to dive in? Twyla and Jessica ask and answer all of the essential questions to get you going! Jessica also talks about tracking her monthly mood scale to maximize efficiency and be able to work on projects at optimal times, automation, time management, why outsourcing isn't always the answer, and all of the business goodies.
    Jessica is truly a force of nature, who runs a successful YouTube channel, workshops, has an epic online presence in Instagram reels, and on and on. We all have the same number of minutes and hours in a day - but Jessica shares some great ways that she really maximizes her time and efforts.

    If you're stressing about how to do it all and adapt to the constantly changing features in social media and how to get yourself out there, you need to pause, and just listen for a minute. It's not about perfection - it's about knowing your audience and just getting started. This episode is packed with tips on everything from where to get your film developed to production values for various forms of online video and reels.  Have your notebook ready for this one!

    You have to have the right attitude going in, because then that's going to trickle into the kind of content you're going to put out there and the effort you're going to put in.
    -Jessica Whitaker

    Jessica is everywhere you want to be. Check out her Facebook page, her Build + Bloom page, her website, her instagram, and her YouTube.

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    • 56 min
    Revealing your inner voice by giving up on social media clout with Steve Mendes

    Revealing your inner voice by giving up on social media clout with Steve Mendes

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    "My biggest achievement was believing in myself that I'm good and that I can do that. And I can do some really good work, because for me photography, it's therapeutic, not only for the model, but also for myself."

    Have you ever wished you could just strip away all of the trappings, go back to the absolute basics, start over and just reveal your raw, vulnerable self? No Photoshop, no worries about how many likes or followers you have - just simplicity and honesty and beauty. Steve Mendes started his career as a photographer in the fashion world - big shoots, makeup and fancy cars and entire teams - and then he stopped.

    He explored urban scenes - abandoned buildings, old castles, gorgeous spaces where he forged a new relationship with composition and light. He found his voice, he focused in, and shoots now with natural light, usually in his kitchen in Belgium. He gave up the quest for likes and social media accolades, and found a way to express himself as an artist, to produce extraordinary images, to forge genuine collaborations.

    Art for me is expressing yourself with your soul, finding yourself inside of yourself. Finding your Self.
    - Steve Mendes

    See more of Steve's work on on PhotoVogue and follow him on instagram.
     

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    In pursuit of balance, inspiration and creativity with April Lawrence

    In pursuit of balance, inspiration and creativity with April Lawrence

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    April Lawrence is the master of balance - she's a military spouse who has honed her craft while moving across the world the last several years, finding her voice and improvising with what she has available (during COVID-19 lockdowns in two countries, no less!)

     
    She describes her approach to photography as a way to use her creativity to capture a photo and the way it makes her feel.  Join us as we discuss how to make connections in a new area, learning how to find a work/life balance with photography and your family, and how to stop holding yourself back and try new things.

    One thing that I can say - photography does tend to take a toll on trying to find that balance, right? It's kinda hard trying to find time for the family and trying to find time for your photography, but you make it work. Especially when you love both of them, you make it work.
    April Lawrence See more from April on her website and follow her on Instagram, and like her Facebook page.
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    • 54 min
    Embracing your flaws to flourish as a photographer with Teri Hofford

    Embracing your flaws to flourish as a photographer with Teri Hofford

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    Teri (she/her) describes herself as a body image coach and boudoir photographer, but she does SO much more! Join us as we discuss how our own body image affects our client work, rejecting the idea of Photoshopping ourselves and our clients, and how educating ourselves and our clients about the psychology of body image can change lives.
      
     
    Like I've been wanting to make all these changes, but I was afraid of maybe I wouldn't be making money. Well, shit, I wasn't making money anyway, because of the pandemic. So now's the time to throw caution to the wind and take a f*****g chance on something. And everything's already chaotic and up in the air, let's just go for it and start making these changes.
    -Teri Hofford
     

    We go deep talking about how we both love to just get shit done right away when we have big ideas, and discuss our CliftonStrengths (you can take a quiz here, if you don't already know yours!)

    "The best thing you can do as an entrepreneur or a business owner or somebody that just maybe feels like they're different from people that love a nine to five job, the more you can become self-aware and understand that the things about you are not problems - they just weren't meant for a standardized world, the better off you're going to be, to build systems that actually help you flourish instead of trying to fit yourself into what you think it should be." - Teri Hofford

    See more of Teri's work on her website and follow her on instagram, and join her facebook group: everyBODIES education, or check her out on YouTube.
     

     
    Support Teri's work by purchasing her magical The Universe Decides cards, check out her upcoming workshops and education, snag some amazing apparel, or check out some of her books.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Dropping out to achieve success and fulfillment with Chinelle Rojas

    Dropping out to achieve success and fulfillment with Chinelle Rojas

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    Think you need an expensive college education to be successful? Self Portrait Queen Chinelle Rojas and I discuss how our college experience let us down and that pursuing your passion on your own time can lead to far greater success and fulfillment.

    Chinelle also discusses some of her incredible self portrait series including this one featuring the beauty and versatility of food commissioned by Fuji Film.

    Tune in to find out how Chinelle creates her incredible self portrait images with minimal gear and props (I mean she used groceries and an off white wall for that food series!!!), how she navigated from 4 time college dropout to a Fuji Film X-Photographer (congrats!!) and balances homeschooling children while doing all of this and more.

    People make careers posting on social media. That's what we tell our kids all the time. It's like, okay, you enjoy watching movies. Oh, you enjoy building with Legos or whatever it is that you enjoy doing. You could turn that into a career. If you choose, you could keep it as a hobby if you want, but know that you have the possibility to turn whatever you're passionate about into your full time job.
    -Chinelle Rojas

    See more of Chinelle’s work on her website and follow her on instagram.

    Support Chinelle's work by purchasing from her printshop, learn more from her by signing up for her Self Portrait Class, grab her incredible Melanted Presets, and check out her merch shop.


    If you enjoyed this podcast, consider sharing this episode with a photographer you love or join the Emotional Storytelling Facebook group.
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    Follow us on IG for your dose of daily emotive inspiration and education.

    • 1 hr
    The Battle of the Artist vs. Social Media with Ryan Muirhead

    The Battle of the Artist vs. Social Media with Ryan Muirhead

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    This episode is a trip. 

    I discuss and argue with Ryan Muirhead about the struggles artists face using social media to promote themselves and get their work seen while also battling what the superficial numbers can do to your self worth and how they can even drive the direction or your work.

    Although Ryan was determined to make this interview a train wreck, I’m happy to let you know I found tremendous value in everything he had to share. I really look forward to hearing what YOU took from this episode and how it might change the way you view your relationship between creating and sharing the work that matters most to you.

    “And it's so fun to believe that the side we've chosen is the right one.
    I'm really fascinated with that too, that I think you would find very few people who aren't the hero of their own story. Like we just need to be, to keep going. And so then you find all the people that are the heroes of their own story that agree with you. And then you just form your tribe of people that are right and know that capitalism's terrible. And I know that advertising makes me sick and I know that film's better than digital and I just sit and marinate in those beliefs.
    But if I had been born as a different person, I would believe exactly what they believe. I know I would. It's just so fun to sit and feel our feels and feel the cosmic truth of them.
    And then to think that these are so insanely subjective and it trips me out because I don't know how to be anything else other than what I am. Yeah. I can hear you and feel the truth of things for me. And then I can also feel that if I was a different person, I wouldn't feel them at all.”
    -Ryan Muirhead

    See more of Ryan’s work on his website and follow him on instagram.
    Support Ryan's work by purchasing from his printshop and you can learn more from him by subscribing to his Patreon.


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    Follow us on IG for your dose of daily emotive inspiration and education.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Lori Bockelken ,

Inspiring podcast!

I began following you, Twyla, not knowing how popular you were about a year ago and now I’m blown away by your podcast! I look up every artist, follow most photographers but when I listened to them Chinelle Ro it bubbled my long time desire to self portrait then I saw the website and thought how many amazing photographers you interview who inspire and encourage!! 5 big stars!!

kfourmom ,

five stars!!

big fan of having twyla and guests with me on my daily walks! so much info to soak in! woohoo!

Henrytieu ,

Best wedding and elopement photography education

Twyla is such an incredible host and thanks for bringing all these photographers and videographers here to share their knowledge.

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