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#098: Just 2 years after picking up a camera, Anne Readel is getting her local conservation photo stories into national publications like New York Times, Audubon, Better Homes & Gardens, Sierra and more.
Anne is a student in Conservation Photography 101 who took my mantra of finding local stories seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that she didn't even leave her apartment complex to get her first photo story ever published by a national magazine.
So is she a super-experienced photographer?
Anne picked up a camera for the first time in 2019.
After a couple years of learning the ropes, she knew she wanted to do more with her new-found passion than just snap shots to post on Instagram.
(where they wither away as the algorithm is like, ‘nah. no views for you').
She wanted to tell photo stories that
🌟 Make people think.
🌟 Get inspired.
🌟 Have conversations.
So, she made a move I so very deeply admire.
She looked for a fast-track option to gain the know-how and she invested in herself.
Anne enrolled in the Conservation Photography 101 course in June 2021 and by November, she had her first photo story published in Audubon Magazine.
In March, she had a story published in the New York Times.
In April, it was Better Homes & Gardens and Sierra Club.
Know what her stories so far all have in common?
They're 100% local conservation stories.
They're things happening in Anne's own state, town… heck – she didn't even have to leave her apartment complex for her Audubon story!
In this joyful, inspiring interview with Anne, we talk about:
✅ The mindset she used to pitch dream publications, even without a photography track record
✅ How she saw an opportunity to grow momentum for a local conservation movement and ran with it
✅ Why “no” isn't a bad thing for a pitch
✅ What she learned from “failures” during the pitching process
✅ Figuring out the goal for your story early, and why it matters
✅ And so much more!
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