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Bite-sized podcast episodes about about wedding photography. I talk about running a business, personal goals, and I share a lot of personal photos over on my Patreon for each episode. I post 10 minute episodes about twice a month!

Nessa K Podcast Nessa Kessinger

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Bite-sized podcast episodes about about wedding photography. I talk about running a business, personal goals, and I share a lot of personal photos over on my Patreon for each episode. I post 10 minute episodes about twice a month!

    how I cancelled last minute on a conference and I missed a magazine shoot

    how I cancelled last minute on a conference and I missed a magazine shoot

    If you like this podcast, you can share your support by joining me on Patreon! Access to all of my videos, tutorials, and podcasts for a full year for $108 or just support the podcast for $33 per year! :)

    https://www.patreon.com/nessak

    Lately:

    I took instagram off my phone a few days ago so I haven't been taking a lot of personal photos. I have done the following:

    - Took an "autumn soup making" class alone and loved it. Autumn and all this nice chilly (not cold) weather is definitely my favorite.

    (photos and links over on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/59166304)

    - Got my COVID booster shot and spent an entire day lying in bed with a massive headache.
    - Purchased a Wacom Cintiq because I really desperately want to make more illustrations again soon.
    - Had the above thanksgiving dinner alone, but watched "Home Alone" with my friend Heather while we texted about the movie while I ate it.

    Things I mentioned:

    My Imagen AI Patreon review - https://www.patreon.com/posts/article-review-55417998

    Last month's video about burn out and creativity (which felt very reminiscent of my podcasts because we talked so much about feelings - https://www.patreon.com/posts/video-staying-57490753

    Things I’ve been loving:

    - This collection of photos by brian chorski
    - The absolutely surreal art of Ismail Zaidy
    (photos and links over on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/59166304)
    - Rereading Hyperbole and a Half (I have two of Allie Brosh's books and I connected with someone in Costco because I was carrying one around). Her comic about depression is incredible. (and there's a Part 2)
    - Learning to identify new feelings in my body. I had this whole exercise with my therapist where I told her I felt "numb" and she got out a bunch of "feelings" cards and we went through them one by one and it turned out, I wasn't numb, I was just having feelings that I didn't recognize how they felt in my own body. So now, I use a feelings chart and I love it.
    - Breakfast. This could be in every podcast newsletter episode, really, because cooking breakfast for myself is dope.

    • 9 min
    Pro-efficiency BUT anti-hustle! Productivity SO you have time to rest

    Pro-efficiency BUT anti-hustle! Productivity SO you have time to rest

    This podcast is brought to you by my lovely Patreons! You can see all the photos, links, and previous posts for $3 on Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/55692056

    Lately:

    Sam and I went to Paris and I got to see some incredible Henri Cartier Bresson photographs. 3

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/55692056

    I was, admittedly, pretty sick most of the time I was there (celiac and anxiety did not do me good) but I still loved seeing some pretty things.



    I actually did a bit of drawing:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/55692056

    Things I mentioned:

    Last week's interview with Sam Hurd on how he stays productive - https://www.patreon.com/posts/10-minute-audio-55177724

    My review of Imagen AI - https://www.patreon.com/posts/article-review-55417998

    Things I’ve been loving:

    - I've been reading a book called "Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice" about a brain scientist who suffered a severe stroke where she lost all use of the left side of her brain. She was a vegetable for about 8 weeks and it took 8 YEARS before her entire brain came back online. Her book is fascinating and it's all about how we have more power over our thoughts than we think. You can see one of her interviews here!

    - I'm saving a ton of Halloween pins over on Pinterest in case I decide to do the drawing challenge Inktober again!

    - Honestly.... getting back into my tea B.S.

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/55692056

    It's my self care. I fell out of love with it a little over the summer, but today was a cool day and baby, I am *back.*

    • 7 min
    What motivates YOU? (with Sam Hurd)

    What motivates YOU? (with Sam Hurd)

    Sam Hurd got interviewed on what motivates him on a daily basis. Everything from removing friction to making sure you like what you're doing to experimenting.

    We've talked about this before, but I am an under-functioner! When I get stressed out or overwhelmed, I shut down. In that exact same situation, Sam's brain goes into overdrive. Since it's SO EASY to jump on the comparison game (especially living in the same house) I thought a conversation about it would be interesting.

    I need structure, but Sam thrives with a bit of chaos! So I talk with him about what that's like.

    Sometimes our brains are just different and that's OK! 3

    • 11 min
    how do you find motivation when you're overwhelmed?

    how do you find motivation when you're overwhelmed?

    Lately:

    This podcast is coming to you from Maine! I haven't shared anything publicly, but it's been a nice trip. We've been going to museums and small shops, mostly.

    pictures & links are available for $3/month on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/posts/53538654

    But if I haven't mentioned it before, I LOVE GROCERY STORES. They are my "calm/happy place" and this small town we're in has a good one:

    pictures & links are available for $3/month on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/posts/53538654




    Things I mentioned:

    FOCUSMATE.COM

    My email catch up video (catching up on email when I’m overwhelmed!)

    More on body doubling

    Video on remote control culling

    A video on *creative* burnout (which is a little different than just feeling burned out at work, but I'm feeling this, too, so I'm sharing!)

    pictures & links are available for $3/month on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/posts/53538654


    Things I’ve been loving:

    - "Hate Myself" Dodie -- this music video is beautiful and the song is *so* catchy.

    - "Doodle Therapy" - a series where two artists real-time draw and talk together for about an hour!

    - Portland, Maine buildings AND this big pigeon, just being a totally normal pigeon and blending in.

    pictures & links are available for $3/month on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/posts/53538654

    • 10 min
    💸 Sunrise sessions mean I’ve been paying out of pocket for hotel stays lately

    💸 Sunrise sessions mean I’ve been paying out of pocket for hotel stays lately

    Honestly so tired lately today we'll talk about why I’m considering increasing my fees for sessions because my body cannooottt get up at 4:30 a.m. for these things anymore!

    Lately:

    I've been shooting a lot. After this wedding, I got gelato:

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/52261243 - view images and links on Patreon for $3 per month!

    I haven't had much personal time at all, but when I don't have anything to do, I can be found lounging/working in my very cozy cottage core dresses (with my pets)

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/52261243 - view images and links on Patreon for $3 per month!

    AND! I'm starting to try to go to cafes to work a little bit at a time now. This is me in an actual coffee shop having an actual hard time because I never know if I'm expected to put my mask back on between sips of coffee:


    https://www.patreon.com/posts/52261243 - view images and links on Patreon for $3 per month!


    Things I mentioned:

    Here’s a very math-based article on how to make sure you are CHARGING enough:

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/are-you-booking-20203030

    Citylit classes (some are temporarily online, but they’re mostly in person classes in London!):

    https://www.citylit.ac.uk

    Aftershoot for culling:

    http://aftershoot.co

    Hotels tonight:

    https://www.hoteltonight.com



    Things I’ve been loving:

    - Do you mind if these are all YouTube links? Because they're gonna be. I did this driving meditation (listening only, not for viewing) on my way to DC after an especially difficult afternoon.

    - I love Claire Saffitz and her Gourmet Made series. She did one on making homemade gourmet Reese's peanut butter cups that I've watched a few times. I cannot tell you why I have watched it several times, since I will not be making these, but I do love it.

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/52261243 - view images and links on Patreon for $3 per month!

    - Lemoncello La Croix. When this came out, I started looking for it and now it's everywhere and I'm still obsessed.

    • 8 min
    Community? Cult?? Asking questions about branding and authenticity

    Community? Cult?? Asking questions about branding and authenticity

    A WARNING ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

    I'm asking some questions about photographers at workshops being encouraged to share intimate stories and cry. I want us all to question if it's appropriate or helpful (especially if it's done in a way where it's formulaic). This is not to judge those of us that have shared and cried in a group where we wanted to relate about our shared struggles.

    There might be a grey area between trauma bonding and forming connections over shared experiences. I would say most of my friendships with other trauma survivors might be trauma bonds??

    I don't go into the gray area because it's just a 10 minute podcast! I can't help but feel like it's manipulative if it happens at every single one of their workshops and the goal is for *them and their community* to be the reason you feel good again before you leave.

    I have a lot of feelings about STAN communities that get people to tear themselves down in front of a crowd just to be built back up by the community.

    I have a lot of feelings I haven't even shared about "girl boss" culture and coaching, BUT you should watch the latest few episodes in season 2 of "Shrill" because it PERFECTLY MIRRORS my ideas on that (It's sort of "I don't know, this feels wrong, is this bad? it's Pro woman... but is it?" conflicted feelings because the community is good but maybe the leadership and messaging is problematic?)

    Plus, it's a great show. Also, I just finished a book about emotionally immature parents/adults and it has me seeing red flags *everywhere*



    Lately:

    I've been taking myself on a lot of picnics. I sit and read and drink tea and don't share my food with anyone and it's nice.

    Photos and links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/12-minute-cult-51054525

    I have also attempted to take Popcorn on a picnic and he did not like all the "not walking" and "not eating" involved, so he probably won't come with me again.

    Photos and links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/12-minute-cult-51054525

    I've also been on the hunt for the PERFECT puff sleeve dress. This was a contender (until I got on the waitlist and I don't think they'll ever restock it!)

    Photos and links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/12-minute-cult-51054525



    Things I mentioned:

    My website branding: Second Street Creative

    Frannerd: Illustrator's Youtube

    Keiko Lynn: Blogger

    Photos and links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/12-minute-cult-51054525

    Things I’ve been loving:

    - This Brene Brown talk on why your CRITICS aren't the ones that count.

    Photos and links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/12-minute-cult-51054525

    - The book "The Midnight Library." It's SUCH a unique storyline. I had a really hard time stopping reading it once I started. I loved it so much that I immediately started his book "How to Stop Time" which is also really unique and wonderful. Sam and I are halfway through the audiobook on a road trip now.

    - I wore earrings I bought a few years ago (for a couple of hours) and felt very refined.

    Photos and links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/12-minute-cult-51054525

    - Eating outside. It's such a small window of time where I feel like I get to do this without bugs bothering me or my legs sticking to chairs. I am very happy outdoors.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Iamthesam ,

Instant favorite.

Such an fascinating insight into the life of one of the most influential yet under the radar photographers out there. Highly recommend!

ChewyGee ,

Great little listen

Just wanted to be the first person to rate your podcast here. I love the small insights that you have and how open you are about your personal and professional life. I know that it takes effort to make the podcasts but there is an audience there that loves hearing you speak. Please keep it up, cheers

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