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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 and Soul Show Lisa DiGeso, The Milky Way

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 36 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.

    Babies, Business Advice, and Being Yourself with Newborn Photographer Sissi Wang

    Babies, Business Advice, and Being Yourself with Newborn Photographer Sissi Wang

    Even if you’ve done dozens of sessions, photographing a new baby can feel a little intimidating. What do you do if a baby doesn’t want to sleep? How do you get a rambunctious toddler to cooperate? And when do you finally start to feel confident as a newborn photographer?
    When it comes to newborn photographers, Sissi Wang is one of the best, and she’s graciously joining us today to answer some of these tough questions. She gives us an overview of how she came into newborn photography, how she prepares for each session (flexibility is key), and her top tips for getting those cute baby photos in all kinds of circumstances.
    In this episode, Sissi also shares some of her best business advice and online marketing tips, like how she shows up online as her authentic self and ignores the trolls, how she sticks to her belief in herself and what works for her business, and why being confident in your ability to learn, grow, and adjust will carry you through, even when you have ups and downs in your business.
    What’s in this episode:
    [05:46] How Sissi got started in newborn photography
    [09:19] Why the way you lead and learn to roll with the punches during newborn photography sessions is more important than feeling like you have “everything figured out”
    [13:45] Top tips for photographing toddlers and infants (#1 is keeping yourself relaxed!)
    [21:24] Why showing up as her authentic self online – and brushing off any rude comments – has helped Sissi find her ideal clients
    [24:27] How sticking to what she believes, not necessarily what everyone else is doing, has allowed Sissi to grow and develop her business
    [27:17] Sissi’s story of navigating a terrifying health scare while traveling abroad
    [35:11] Why cultivating confidence that you can keep going and keeping growing will carry you through normal business fluctuations
    If you’re a newborn photographer looking for a little encouragement, this conversation with Sissi Wang will inspire and uplift you!
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/babies-business-advice-and-being-yourself-with-newborn-photographer-sissi-wang/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/

    • 40 min
    Families, Fairy Tales, and Fine Art Photography: Capturing Timeless Images with Deborah Koch

    Families, Fairy Tales, and Fine Art Photography: Capturing Timeless Images with Deborah Koch

    When Deborah Koch first picked up a camera, she didn’t know she was starting a brand new career. She just wanted to document her family life with her husband and her two sweet kids. But, once she started diving into her photography education and discovering the creative possibilities of fine art photography, she fell in love with the medium.
    Today, she brings that joy and passion for creating timeless, gorgeous images to the clients she photographs through a thoughtful, collaborative process with her families. She’s kind enough to share the wisdom she’s gathered from her career of crafting beautiful images while never undervaluing her own fine art photography with us.
    In this episode, Deborah shares how she balances her creative with her client work, practical advice on setting up a workflow that puts her families at ease, how she streamlined her culling and editing process to create magical images without getting overwhelmed, and why it’s so important to never lose sight of the value photographers bring to the world with the beautiful imagery we create.


    What’s in this episode:
    [03:56] How Deb got started in photography and her journey to studying it more intensely
    [07:32] How Deb plans out her creative projects seasonally, instead of trying to force those projects during busy seasons
    [15:41] The workflow Deb has developed to help her families relax and to make sure she gets every shot without overshooting
    [22:42] How developing her confidence and restructuring her business allowed Deb to be able to create higher quality fine art photos without overdelivering
    [25:11] Why communicating and collaborating with her clients on styling and location play such a huge part in the works of art Deb creates for her clients
    [36:34] Why learning to value yourself and your art is key to finding an equilibrium within your work and personal life


    If you’ve always wanted to dive into the magical world of fine art photography but felt overwhelmed by the intensity of the process, tune in to this episode with Deborah Koch.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/fine-art-photography-capturing-timeless-images-with-deborah-koch/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/

    • 41 min
    Busting Through Artistic Resistance and Creating a Life You Love with Michelle Mckay

    Busting Through Artistic Resistance and Creating a Life You Love with Michelle Mckay

    For many creatives, we can feel overwhelmed when faced with artistic resistance, even in work that otherwise excites us. Avoiding the things that make us feel creative resistance can lead to burnout or stagnation, but it’s so easy to find ways to keep ourselves busy with simple, but urgent tasks instead of finding ways to overcome this resistance. 
    Today, Michelle McKay reminds us that to break through that next ceiling and to make that next creative leap, we need to lean into the artistic resistance we feel, because it’s leading us to the important and fulfilling work that will actually move us forward. Her advice on how she structures her day to make sure that she prioritizes this important work was completely life-changing, for her and for me!
    In this episode, Michelle shares why she loves documenting honest, raw stories, how she gets intentional for both her creative endeavors and her business tasks, and how this helps her work to stay fresh by not comparing herself to others. She gives us her best tips for avoiding creative burnout and encourages us to keep pushing into work that feels creatively challenging. This conversation with Michelle is such a game-changer if you’re looking to expand creatively and find your own unique creative voice!


    What’s in this episode:
    [05:51] Why it’s a challenging time to be an artist and how Michelle overcomes the comparison trap by getting clear on her intention, which is telling truthful, honest stories  
    [12:07] How to keep your photography feeling fresh and unique by embracing each shoot as a creative collaboration with your client 
    [19:54] Michelle’s tips for keeping your creative spark bright instead of falling into artistic burnout
    [26:29] Why Michelle loves leaning in to artistic resistance and how she structures her day to make sure that she gets her most important – not urgent – artistic work done every day
    [31:10] How Michelle gets clarity on which work is most important to her
    [36:37] How Michelle is continuing to explore her passion for storytelling through her new membership program (coming soon!) 
    If you need that kick in the pants to break through artistic resistance and focus in on the work that will move you forward creatively, tune in to this inspiring episode with Michelle McKay.


    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/busting-through-artistic-resistance-and-creating-a-life-you-love-with-michelle-mckay/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/

    • 45 min
    Magical Maternity Moments: Balancing Fine Art Photography and Family with Olguta Goddard

    Magical Maternity Moments: Balancing Fine Art Photography and Family with Olguta Goddard

    There’s nothing quite like maternity photography. It’s a short time in a mother’s life, and it’s not an experience guaranteed to every woman who wants it. So when the moment finally arrives, being able to celebrate and commemorate this special experience is such an honor for maternity photographers.
    For Olguta Goddard, it's very personal as well. Like many of her clients, she had a long journey to pregnancy and motherhood, so being able to provide beautiful memories of such a cherished time is extra special to her. She loves it so much that she’s niched down her whole photography business to only fine art maternity shoots, so she can focus her energy on her favorite type of art and her family as well.
    On today’s episode, Olguta shares why she’s so passionate about maternity photography, some of her favorite moments with clients, how she manages her work and editing process to provide amazing images to her clients, and why it’s so important to her to protect her time and energy for herself, her family and her business and how she sets her prices with that in mind. 
    What’s in this episode:
    [03:05] Why maternity photography is so personal for Olguta, and why she’s chosen to only focus on that type of photography
    [09:17] How working with a model and doing personal projects helps Olguta fight creative burnout
    [11:53] How Olguta coordinates styling for her sessions and why she loves that process so much (it feels like a celebration!)
    [15:55] Why Olguta restructured her business to better accommodate both her clients and her family activities
    [20:28] How Olguta manages the editing process for her fine art photography 
    [26:50]&[30:17] Why it’s so important for photographers to protect their own and energy and reflect that value in their pricing
    [29:30] Why Olguta finds maternity photography so joyful and magical
    [37:27] Why Olguta is so interested in videography as a complement to her fine art photography
    If maternity photography is your jam, tune in to this magical episode with Olguta Goddard.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/magical-maternity-moments-balancing-fine-art-photography-and-family-with-olguta-goddard/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/

    • 41 min
    For the Love of Babies: The Joy of Newborn Photography with Amy Haehl

    For the Love of Babies: The Joy of Newborn Photography with Amy Haehl

    When it comes to photographing babies and toddlers, you can never predict exactly how it’s going to go, depending on each babies’ mood and personality. The key is being able to read the emotions from both momma and baby, adjust based on their needs, and always, try to stay patient and calm above all else. Parents will love just about any picture of their sweet bundle of joy, but a peaceful, low-stress photography session can make the experience truly special.
    In today’s episode, Amy Haehl shares her expertise from over a decade of newborn photography experience with us on how to do just that. She shares all her best tips to keep newborn photography sessions running smoothly and why she wishes she’d spent more time on her photography education when she first started out.
    Amy also shares how the Covid pandemic made her rethink her pricing structure to better reflect the value of her time and expertise, so she wasn’t killing herself doing tons of sessions while missing out on time with her own family. At the end of the day, Amy just loves newborn photography and her passion for having fun and making each session truly memorable is infectious. I can’t wait for you to hear this amazing conversation!
    What’s in this episode:
    [03:47] Why babies aren’t as fragile as you might think and how to keep your cool when photographing them
    [07:14] How to get on a toddler’s level to make their photography sessions as smooth as possible
    [12:08] Why you’ll never regret investing in your photography education, instead of figuring everything out “the hard way”
    [15:55] What to consider when posing babies during newborn photography
    [18:37] How valuable newborn photography can be and why you should price accordingly – even if photographing babies doesn’t always feel like a “job”
    [25:37] How bringing her creative visions to life continues to light up Amy’s soul 
    If you’re considering branching out into newborn photography, tune in to this joyful episode with Amy Haehl.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/for-the-love-of-babies-the-joy-of-newborn-photography-with-amy-haehl/
    Reserve your spot for the 2023 Online Newborn Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2023-newborn-retreat/

    • 28 min
    Be the CEO: Managing Your Photography Business on Your Terms with Dorie Howell

    Be the CEO: Managing Your Photography Business on Your Terms with Dorie Howell

    As photographers and entrepreneurs, we have the gift of flexibility and being able to adjust and manage our business in whatever way works best for us. We can either be just another employee in our business, stuck to the whims of wherever the business takes us on any given day, or we can take control and start stepping into the CEO mindset as a business owner and use that flexibility to our advantage.
    Dorie Howell is on the podcast this week to remind all of us to do just that: approach our business from the standpoint of a CEO. She’s a photographer herself, and one of her passions is helping other photographers envision the future they want for their lives, and then plan their business in a way that will support that vision.
    In today’s episode, Dorie tells us all about her passion for creating businesses that support her life and the lives of her students in their own unique situations. She takes us through her own health journey, and explains how it’s made her a better business owner. And she encourages us to keep stepping out of our comfort zone, making big decisions, and thinking like a CEO so we can protect our time and energy to keep doing what we love.
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:19] Dorie’s history with photography and how she’s pivoted her business
    [07:22] How Dorie’s phase of life means that she’s extra focused on creating a business that works for her life, not the other way around
    [09:22] How Dorie helps her students envision the life they want for themselves in the future, and then figure out how their business can support that
    [13:47] Why change is uncomfortable but necessary for positive change in your life
    [16:24] Why raising prices is such a multifaceted issue and how to soften the process for photographers
    [21:07] How the process of Dorie’s health improvement allowed her to become a better business owner too
    [27:39] How identifying which parts of photography you love – and which ones you don’t (and can outsource) – can help photographers protect their time and avoid burnout
    [30:40] Why you should be handling your business as a CEO instead of “just a photographer” 
    [40:47] Why Dorie gets so much joy from teaching other photographers


    If you’re ready to develop a CEO mindset and craft a business that supports the future you want for your life, tune in to this episode.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/be-the-ceo-managing-your-photography-business-on-your-terms-with-dorie-howell/
    Reserve your spot for the 2022 Online Business Retreat: https://themilkyway.ca/2022-business-retreat/

    • 45 min

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First of all, the host’s voice is absolutely lovely to listen to. Second of all (and more importantly), she approaches each episode with the heart and mind of a learner. She asks questions that the listener is asking on their end, which is such a satisfying way to listen to an interview. She has such helpful guests, providing insight into all the various ways we can run our businesses. Love this show!

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