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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 & Soul Show - Photography Podcast for Newborn and Family Photographers Lisa DiGeso, The Milky Way

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 69 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.

    Focus on Inclusion: Empathy and Advocacy in Neurodivergent Family Photography with Stacey Feasel

    Focus on Inclusion: Empathy and Advocacy in Neurodivergent Family Photography with Stacey Feasel

    When you’re a photographer, you learn that no session is quite the same as the last! That’s especially true when working with children and, in particular, children who are neurodivergent. So what can you do during those sessions to ensure your studio is a safe and inclusive environment for everyone? This guest has the answer!
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Stacey Feasel, a professional family photographer and parent of a neurodivergent child herself. You’ll hear how her own experience has influenced her approach to photography, why it’s so important to be flexible and attuned to different needs, and her best advice on creating a seamless and memorable experience for every family. Want to feel more confident photographing neurodivergent children? Listen in now!
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:08] How being the parent of a neurodivergent child has influenced Stacey’s career
    [07:20] How Stacey advocates for the neurodivergent community in her sessions
    [14:36] How Stacey communicates her “why” message through photography
    [18:07] How to work with neurodivergent children that are higher needs
    [20:01] Important location scouting tips and special considerations
    [26:11] Asking the right questions and creating seamless sessions
    [31:14] Establishing an inclusive environment in your studio
    Tune in to this episode to learn how to accommodate neurodivergent children in your photography sessions.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/focus-on-inclusion-empathy-and-advocacy-in-photographing-neurodivergent-hildren-with-stacey-feasel/
    Grab the replay for the 2024 Online Newborn Retreat!

    • 37 min
    Learning Curves: How Maintaining a Lifetime Learner Mindset Can Help You Master Your Fine Art Maternity with Esther Kay

    Learning Curves: How Maintaining a Lifetime Learner Mindset Can Help You Master Your Fine Art Maternity with Esther Kay

    As photographers, many of us are guilty of spending thousands of dollars on equipment, gowns, and props that, at the surface, seem to offer endless variety. But are these things really what drive creativity? Could there be a better investment of your time and resources than the latest trend?
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Esther Kay, a professional maternity photographer and educator who believes that lifetime learning is the best investment you can make in your business. You’ll hear how Esther’s own educational pursuits have helped her push the boundaries of creativity, often with just one or two lights and a strong grasp of how to pose her subjects. If you’ve ever wanted to do more with less and create beautiful, timeless photographs for your clients, then this episode is for you!
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:14] What inspired Esther to become a maternity photographer and educator
    [09:00] Preventing boredom and making new and fresh photography every time
    [11:44] Infusing your own creativity and identifying what methods work best for you
    [19:45] Insight into Esther’s creative process with her clients and her business model
    [27:07] The role of body positivity and being a good listener in maternity photography
    Tune in to this episode to learn how you can become a maternity photographer that embraces lifetime learning.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/learning-curves-how-maintaining-a-lifetime-learner-mindset-can-help-you-master-your-fine-art-maternity-with-esther-kay/
    Grab the replay for the 2024 Online Newborn Retreat!

    • 43 min
    A Kid at Heart: The Art & Business of Preschool Photography with Trina Julius

    A Kid at Heart: The Art & Business of Preschool Photography with Trina Julius

    Preschool aged children are such a fun group to photograph! Just ask Trina Julius, a professional preschool photographer of 10 years who has photographed thousands of 4 to 5-year-olds over the course of her career.
    In today’s episode, Trina shares how she discovered her passion for preschool photography and what she loves most about working with this endearing age group where every day is as unique as her subjects. From strategies for working with different personalities to overcoming challenges with critical parents, this episode is full of inspiration and insight into the exciting and often overlooked niche of preschool photography!
    What’s in this episode:
    [01:51] How Trina discovered her passion for preschool photography
    [04:21] Strategies Trina has developed for working with 4 to 5-year-olds
    [07:22] Packages Trina offers and advantages of having a large gallery
    [11:58] How to photograph very shy children and the need to work efficiently
    [17:12] How to overcome unique challenges and critical parents
    [22:13] Tools, resources, and tips for staying organized
    Tune in to this episode to learn how you can be successful as a preschool photographer.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/the-art-business-of-preschool-photography-with-trina-julius/
    Grab your spot for the 2024 Online Newborn Retreat, starting on Jan 24, 2024!

    • 32 min
    The Business of Being Yourself: How Embracing Your Uniqueness Unlocks your Creativity & Helps You Stand Out in the Newborn Niche With Natasha Simpson

    The Business of Being Yourself: How Embracing Your Uniqueness Unlocks your Creativity & Helps You Stand Out in the Newborn Niche With Natasha Simpson

    As photographers, it’s easy to stifle our own creativity with self-imposed limitations – whether that’s working solely within one particular style or losing sight of how important it is to experiment and embrace new opportunities. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to confine yourself to any one particular box.
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Natasha Simpson, a professional newborn photographer known for her fun, colorful work and her skill when it comes to incorporating elements such as florals and props. Not only does Natasha give herself full creative freedom, she has mastered how to use originality to her advantage. From strategies for staying organized, to standing out in the industry, to overcoming creative burnout in your career, you’ll hear it all on this episode!
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:10] How Natasha manages being creative with staying organized
    [03:44] Natasha’s story and how she discovered the newborn niche
    [06:42] Incorporating a love for florals and props into photography
    [11:46] Advice on standing out and being unique as a photographer
    [13:40] Tips on balancing family and work and being 100% present
    [23:25] Overcoming creative burnout and how to get out of a rut
    [27:54] Experimenting and defining your own personal style
    Tune in to this episode to learn how to embrace your creativity and stand out from the crowd.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/unlock-your-creativity-stand-out-in-the-newborn-niche-with-natasha-simpson/
    Grab your spot for the 2024 Online Newborn Retreat, starting on Jan 24, 2024!

    • 35 min
    Better Together: How Hiring a Team of Associates Can Help You Grow Your Photography Business With Jill Smith

    Better Together: How Hiring a Team of Associates Can Help You Grow Your Photography Business With Jill Smith

    Do you wish that you could outsource some of your photography work? Hiring associates is a great way to say “yes” to more clients while still working less and focusing solely on your zone of genius!
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Jill Smith, a professional family photographer who has been able to scale her business by building and training a small team of associates. We cover everything from having a community over competition mindset, to streamlining workflow, to how Jill’s own journey has influenced her approach to mentorship. If you want to work less, make more, and be able to channel all of your creative energy into a specific niche, then hiring an associate photographer might be for you!
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:30] Associate photographers and the community over competition mindset
    [08:17] How to successfully hire, train, and pay associate photographers
    [13:46] Leveraging associates and software to streamline workflow
    [19:04] Strategies for navigating challenges and growing your team
    [24:19] Insight into the details of mentorship and marketing
    Tune in to this episode to learn how having a team of associates can help you scale your photography business.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/better-together-how-hiring-a-team-of-associates-can-help-you-grow-your-photography-business-with-jill-smith/
    Grab your spot for the 2024 Online Newborn Retreat, starting on Jan 24, 2024!

    • 41 min
    From Scrubs to Shutter: Balancing Nursing, Photography, and Passion with Shannon McTighe

    From Scrubs to Shutter: Balancing Nursing, Photography, and Passion with Shannon McTighe

    Are you a photographer with multiple passions? Balancing different areas of interest can feel like a challenge, especially when there’s only so much time in the day!
    In today’s episode, I’m interviewing Shannon McTighe, pediatric emergency room nurse and self-taught photographer. Shannon shares how a love of art ignited her photography career and gave her a much-needed creative outlet where she could work with kids in a more positive setting. 
    We cover how Shannon’s use of Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions resulted in her unique style, how her nursing background has influenced her approach to photographing children and families, and even more on collaborations and continuous learning. If you want to hear Shannon’s take on successfully juggling two careers, then don’t miss this episode!
    What’s in this episode:
    [02:30] Shannon’s experience as a pediatric emergency room nurse and self-taught photographer
    [03:21] Lightroom presets, Photoshop actions, and Shannon’s unique style
    [05:52] Shannon’s business model and the packages she offers her clients
    [07:54] How nursing has influenced Shannon’s approach to working with kids
    [10:07] Capturing authenticity and helping families feel comfortable on camera
    [16:52] Collaborations, continuous learning, and balancing multiple passions
    Tune in to this episode to learn how a professional photographer balances multiple passions.
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit our website: https://themilkyway.ca/balancing-nursing-photography-and-passion-with-shannon-mctighe/
    Grab your spot for the 2024 Online Newborn Retreat, starting on Jan 24, 2024!

    • 29 min

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