Recently, on the Talking Pictures podcast, I was interviewed about the 2017 Kewanee Animal Shelter calendar. In 2015, the Dispatch-Argus photo staff at started a podcast about the photojournalism industry, their daily assignments and just a little bit of everything to do with photography. I was really excited about a local podcast about photography so I started listening from the first episode. I really love listening to podcasts because I like listening to people talk. I was a big talk radio fan but that is almost exclusively political and typically puts me in a bad mood. Now, with podcasting, anyone can do a podcast and the range of topics is unlimited.
The “ring leader” of the podcast is Todd Mizener, photo editor at the Dispatch-Argus, and the co-host is Todd Welvaert, a photojournalist who recently retired from the Dispatch-Argusto pursue his own freelance career with a focus on wedding photography. You can find his website here . If not out on assignment, Meg McLaughlin, a photojournalist with the Dispatch-Argus, is also on the show. They all have busy schedules so the frequency of the podcast seems to be whenever they have a chance to do one and I would say it’s about once a month.
As a fan of the podcast, I have interacted with them on Twitter, typically just ReTweeting their episodes or letting them know I enjoyed an episode. Through those interactions I’ve shared some of my work. They learned about the calendar project and asked me to come on and talk about it. With a couple of photography industry veterans asking me questions, I was a little nervous. I was very nervous during the pre-interview and know I said ummm a lot. I think I pulled it together once the main show was recording. I was really thrown by wearing the headphones and listening to my own voice through those. I don’t know why, but that messed with me for a little bit. For me, listening to their podcast I forget they are journalist and not just photographers. I was reminded that they know what they’re doing in an interview situation. They asked great questions and kept the conversation flowing. My biggest concern was they would ask me something I couldn’t . They were great and their professionalism made me look better, I think. It also helps that they love dogs!
One thing I realized is that I need to interact with other photographers in person, I feel it makes us better. I also realized that we all have so much in common. We got into a little discussion about LightRoom and I was a little relieved at realizing I’m not the only person who doesn’t use it to its full ability. Photographers need each other. We need to learn from each other and help make each other better. We need to get out of the mindset that every photographer is our competition. Yes, in some ways they are. If you’re doing good work that will show and you will get clients who share the same vision for their photos as you do. With the New Year approaching, I realize the need to get out and do more networking with other photographers instead of just being stuck in my own isolated world. In 2017 I’m going to try and make a point to get out and talk with other photographers, maybe collaborate on a project or just have a drink and debate such things as sensor sizes.