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If you are a photographer or filmmaker with a love for all things wild, then you’re in the right place. From conservation to creativity, from business to marketing, and everything in-between, this podcast is for you, the conservation visual storyteller who is ready to make an impact. Every week, join your host Jaymi Heimbuch on a deep dive into the inspirational conversations and the actionable how-tos for building your photography business while making a big difference in this world. Let's dive in!

Impact: The Conservation Photography Podcast Jaymi Heimbuch - Conservation Photographer | Founder, Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy

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If you are a photographer or filmmaker with a love for all things wild, then you’re in the right place. From conservation to creativity, from business to marketing, and everything in-between, this podcast is for you, the conservation visual storyteller who is ready to make an impact. Every week, join your host Jaymi Heimbuch on a deep dive into the inspirational conversations and the actionable how-tos for building your photography business while making a big difference in this world. Let's dive in!

    Getting Local Photo Stories in National Mainstream Publications with Anne Readel

    Getting Local Photo Stories in National Mainstream Publications with Anne Readel

    🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101 open soon! Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll to be part of the adventure 🌟

    #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.
    Wait, whaaaa?
    So is she a super-experienced photographer?
    Nope.
    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.
    🌟 Act.
    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!

    📝  Get the full show notes + downloadable transcript + links to resources mentioned  at JaymiH.com/98

    🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personality as a Nature Photographer or Filmmaker?

    Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller.

    Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery.

    ➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz

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    • 46 min
    Pitching Conservation Photo Stories with Steven Bedard of bioGraphic Magazine

    Pitching Conservation Photo Stories with Steven Bedard of bioGraphic Magazine

    🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101 open soon! Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll to be part of the adventure 🌟

    #97: Steven Bedard is the Editor in Chief and co-founder of bioGraphic Magazine, a publication of the prestigious California Academy of Sciences.
    Many conservation photographers are eager to see their work published in its (web) pages because bioGraphic prides itself on in-depth, visually rich, conservation-focused stories.
    Steven joins us to talk about what it's like to work on these stories, what he looks for inside of stories (and pitches!), and the life of an editor.

    📝  Get the full show notes + downloadable transcript + links to resources mentioned  at JaymiH.com/97

    🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personality as a Nature Photographer or Filmmaker?

    Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller.

    Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery.

    ➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz

    ❣️ Get entertaining educational emails each week! Sign up at  JaymiH.com/Impact

    Love listening to the podcast? Drop a review on iTunes. 🎉❤️ 

    The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you!  Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then you’re off to the races! 

    • 57 min
    Slipping Conservation Values into Commercial Photography with Rebecca Stumpf

    Slipping Conservation Values into Commercial Photography with Rebecca Stumpf

    🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101  OPEN soon! Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll to be part of the adventure 🌟

    #96: Often (and I do this all the time) we get wrapped up in the idea that conservation is about wildlife and protecting wilderness. It's about saving critters from the brink of extinction.
    That's not what it's all about though.
    Conservation is actually so many things. It is social justice, economic equality, access to resources. It is rooted in race, class, culture, and so much more. 
    Ultimately conservation is about paving a path toward sustainability on all levels, and using your photography to bring attention to that path. 
    That makes our job as conservation photographers that much easier, because it means we can bring elements of our conservation values and messaging into every niche of photographic work. 
    Rebeca Stumpf is a perfect example of a photographer who has found a way to live out her conservation values in commercial and editorial work.
    Dive into this episode to hear how Rebecca has honed her style and what she's known for to be able to land commercial work that aligns with her values, and provides opportunity to slip conservation values into mainstream conversations. 


    📝  Get the full show notes + downloadable transcript + links to resources mentioned  at JaymiH.com/96

    🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personality as a Nature Photographer or Filmmaker?

    Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller.

    Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery.

    ➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz

    ❣️ Get entertaining educational emails each week! Sign up at  JaymiH.com/Impact

    Love listening to the podcast? Drop a review on iTunes. 🎉❤️ 

    The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you!  Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then you’re off to the races! 

    • 53 min
    Bird Photography for Conservation with Gerrit Vyn

    Bird Photography for Conservation with Gerrit Vyn

    🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101  OPEN soon! Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll to be part of the adventure 🌟

    #095: Gerrit Vyn's photography has been inspiring conservation action across the globe for many years. 
    Starting out his career as a natural history photographer, Vyn's current position as a Producer with Cornell Lab of Ornithology (hello, dream job!) has him traveling across the continent and the globe documenting disappearing bird species. 
    It's not an easy job, physically or emotionally. But as a conservation photographer, this particular focus on birds serves conservation on several levels. 
    Vyn says, "My work often focuses on birds because they are such powerful and visible indicators of environmental health and change. Connecting people with birds is often a first step in opening people’s eyes to the natural world around them – and to the unprecedented environmental crises now unfolding." 
    His work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, Living Bird, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Natural History, National Wildlife and The New York Times.
    But best of all, his images have been used by conservation organizations large and small to help bring measurable impact for species. 
    In this episode, Vyn shares: 
    What it means to make conservation images that can be put to meaningful useThe benefits of photo blinds and how to use them The emotional impact of working in this field, and how he keeps moving forwardUnforgettable experiences in the field, including being the firsts person to film spoonbill sandpiper chicksAnd much, much more📝  Get the full show notes + downloadable transcript + links to resources mentioned  at JaymiH.com/95

    🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personality as a Nature Photographer or Filmmaker?

    Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller.

    Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery.

    ➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz

    ❣️ Get entertaining educational emails each week! Sign up at  JaymiH.com/Impact

    Love listening to the podcast? Drop a review on iTunes. 🎉❤️ 

    The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you!  Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then you’re off to the races! 

    • 44 min
    Does Empathy Matter in Conservation Photography? - An Interview With Eric Bailey

    Does Empathy Matter in Conservation Photography? - An Interview With Eric Bailey

    🌟 Doors to Conservation Photography 101  OPEN soon! Head to ConservationVisuals.com/Enroll to be part of the adventure 🌟

    #094: "Are All Human Beings Worthy Of Empathy?" That was the subject line of an email that landed in my inbox one morning.
    It wasn't just curiosity that made me open the email.
    I was also looking to see if the sender was somehow giving me permission to give up.
    Because empathy is hard work. Maintaining empathy especially for someone you whole-heartedly disagree with on a conservation issue (or perhaps even view as the enemy) takes commitment, courage and a whole lot of confidence in where you stand on the issue. 
    As conservation-focused photographers and filmmakers, we often forget that while creating images is indeed hard work, making the positive impact we dream of with those images is the hardest work of all. 
    The person providing the answer to that provoking question is Eric Bailey, a brain science and communication expert, bestselling author of The Cure for Stupidity: Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior and President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, one of the fastest-growing human communication consulting firms in the United States. 
    In this interview, Eric provides a whole lot of insight into what empathy actually is and one of the most empowering lessons I've ever had on what it means to provide empathy to another person.

    📝  Get the full show notes + downloadable transcript + links to resources mentioned  at JaymiH.com/94

    🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personality as a Nature Photographer or Filmmaker?

    Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller.

    Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery.

    ➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz

    ❣️ Get entertaining educational emails each week! Sign up at  JaymiH.com/Impact

    Love listening to the podcast? Drop a review on iTunes. 🎉❤️ 

    The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you!  Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then you’re off to the races! 

    • 51 min
    Conservation Beyond the Camera with Pete Oxford

    Conservation Beyond the Camera with Pete Oxford

    #093: Conservation photography isn't a special type of photography. It's a special way of USING photography. And Pete Oxford knows this well. 

    Sure, he's won awards for his images, but that's not what he counts as success. 

    In this interview, Pete shares what he considers to be his biggest accolade, how he's used his photographs to make major impacts for conservation, and why he doesn't really consider himself a photographer, per se, but really a conservationist with a camera. 


    📝  Get the full show notes + downloadable transcript + links to resources mentioned  at JaymiH.com/93

    🌟 What's Your Hidden Storyteller Personality as a Nature Photographer or Filmmaker?

    Take the quick quiz to discover your creative super-strengths as a conservation-focused visual storyteller.

    Get a custom action plan based on your results so that you know exactly what to do next to gain clarity, momentum and impact with your imagery.

    ➡️ JaymiH.com/Quiz

    ❣️ Get entertaining educational emails each week! Sign up at  JaymiH.com/Impact

    Love listening to the podcast? Drop a review on iTunes. 🎉❤️ 

    The reviews help others find me, and I also just love to hear from you!  Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” Then you’re off to the races! 

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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57 Ratings

mountain denizen ,

Wonderful insights!

Such a great podcast — engaging interviews with talented visual storytellers providing tons of helpful insights, knowledge and tips. Thoroughly enjoyable and a must listen if you want to learn, grow, and make a difference with your photography or filmmaking.

MockShrike ,

Very helpful! Great interviews!

Love this podcast!! Good interviews with experts. Jaymi Heimbach provides practical knowledge on how to make conservation communication with stories and images that will speak effectively to hearts and minds. Thank you, Jaymi!

cmmahoney14 ,

Seriously so helpful!

Jaymi has created an educational but definitely not boring podcast that layouts the steps to become a conservation photographer. She gives practical advice and ideas (with tons a free worksheets) for beginners. And she interviews the best of the best. A high quality podcast that is worth the subscribe button.

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