We Are Photographers



We Are Photographers from CreativeLive brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers and creative industry game changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman gets you the real human stories about why they do what they do.At CreativeLive we believe there's a creator (and a photographer) in all of us, and yes, that means you! If youre ready to join us in the hustle, listen, get inspired and discover why in the end the creative journey is all worth it. We are photographers and these are our stories.


  • Kiliii Yüyan - Connect to the Land

    04/05/2021 Duration: 52min

    Kiliii Yüyan is an award-winning Documentary Photographer and contributor to National Geographic Magazine and other major publications. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai/Hèzhé and Chinese-American, much of his work explores the human relationship to the natural world from different cultural perspectives. Kiliii is one of PDN's 30 Under 30 Photographers (2019), a National Geographic Explorer, and a member of Indigenous Photograph and Diversify Photo. In addition to being a photographer, Kiliii builds traditional kayaks professionally, has mad primitive survival skills and most of the year can be found working on stories in the circumpolar Arctic. As a creator, working in remote parts of the world often requires building relationships with people who rarely interact with outsiders. Cultural norms you are accustomed to won’t necessarily apply. In this episode, Kiliii shares his experience working in the arctic and offers a number of insights to help you build genuine relationships with collaborators, and u

  • Jessica Kobeissi - Creating YouTube Success

    27/04/2021 Duration: 58min

    Jessica Kobeissi is an Arab-American portrait and fashion photographer from Detroit, Michigan. With over 140+ million views, she is the #1 female photographer on YouTube and has created several popular viral photography series such as “4 Photographers Shoot The Same Model” and “Taking Pictures of Strangers”. Her photography has appeared in NBC News, BBC, CNN, Cosmopolitan, The Sun, Buzzfeed, DailyMail, and The Mirror. Fear of the unknown can be so overwhelming that it keeps us in a place where we don’t want to be. In this episode, Jessica talks about overcoming her fears and finding the courage to pursue her dream of being a full-time photographer. She also talks about her work as a Youtuber, how she deals with criticism, why she loves test-shoots and the difference between agency and freelance models. While facing many challenges and risks on her journey, Jessica is still a firm believer in collaboration over competition and is working hard to create a welcoming environment for other photographers. This is W

  • Kate Woodman - Conceptual Narratives

    20/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    Kate Woodman is a commercial and editorial photographer with a client list including Airbnb, Nike, Harman Kardon, Marie Claire and British Vogue. Kate is an educator, teaching workshops around the world focusing on color theory and storytelling. A structural engineer by training, Kate developed her love of photography in 2011 while investigating earthquake damage in New Zealand. What began as a compulsion to document the environment expanded into a fascination for narrative storytelling, with a conceptual twist.Finding your own style as a photographer is challenging - discovering what interests you, translating that visually, and simultaneously putting your work out into the world. In this episode, Kate shares her creative process and the evolution of her cinematic, narrative style. Kate also explains the importance of pre-production, color, and where she finds inspiration. She reflects on her journey and shares advice on how to continue to evolve and grow as an artist.This is We Are Photographers with Kate W

  • Noémie Marguerite - Visual Poetry

    13/04/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    Noémie Marguerite is a revolutionary artist with the grand ability to grasp the raw emotions and beauty of everything that she captures. She is a photographer, filmmaker and artist whose work spans editorial, studio portraits, events, and films. Her images have appeared in Wired, NYT, Fast Company, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar. She’s featured as a member of the 2021 Creative Class, presented by The Creative Collective NYC.In this episode, Noémie explores how she uses photography and filmmaking as a way of understanding herself and the gray areas of life. We discuss her Mental Traffic video project, maneuvering shame, and art’s role in mental wellness. Find out how Noémie’s personal work has led to getting hired for professional work, the importance of trusting the process, and the power of word of mouth marketing. Noémie shares how it took owning her self-worth to value her work, increase her prices and thus improve her business. Living in what was once her impossible world, Noémie has a mission to let others know t

  • Richard Terborg - Portraits That Connect

    06/04/2021 Duration: 01h50s

    Richard Terborg is a professional photographer & educator based in Amsterdam. He's a people photographer in every sense of the term. Apart from photography, he is deeply involved in the world of art in general whether it be music, fine art, or fashion. As a brand ambassador for Elinchrom and Olympus, Richard offers workshops in photography, set design, lighting, and entrepreneurship all over the world. His work has been featured in magazines such as DigiFoto Pro, Vogue Netherlands and Digital Photographer Magazine just to name a few.In this episode Richard takes us back to growing up in Curaçao, feeling like an outsider, and moving Amsterdam at age seventeen. Find out how he became a both a self-taught photographer and self-taught entrepreneur. Richard’s open mindset, intuition and discipline allow him to accomplish most anything he sets his mind to, despite feeling imposter syndrome along the way. We talk about how he connects with people - his creative team, clients, models or students - to create exper

  • Melina Hammer - Photographing Food With Intention

    30/03/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Melina Hammer is an award-winning food photographer, book author, stylist, chef, and mastermind behind Catbird Cottage. After years working with the New York Times, Eating Well, Blue Apron, and others, she now curates and prepares seasonal menus for guests at the destination bed & breakfast she runs with her husband, located in New York’s Hudson Valley. At the Catbird, she grows an heirloom kitchen garden and forages wild foods, curating of-the-moment seasonal menus for guests. Her first cookbook, KID CHEF is an Amazon bestseller, and she is working on her new cookbook due out spring 2022.In this episode, Melina shares her extensive process of writing a cookbook including framing the narrative, creating the recipes, styling, cooking, testing and photographing. Hear about her first career as a metalsmith and evolution into food photography. Melina gives you tips on transforming foods that aren’t naturally visually appealing into gorgeous drool-worthy images that will make your audience hungry. Explore her

  • Cielo de la Paz - The Storyographist's Story

    23/03/2021 Duration: 51min

    Cielo de la Paz is a photographer and mobile filmmaker whose work was featured for several years in Apple’s Shot on iPhone Billboard and TV Commercial campaign. Her work has won the Gold Cannes Lions Award and honors at Mobile Photography Awards and iPhone Photography Awards. Cielo loves to teach others to make their own mobile videos and regularly teaches at Stanford, Google and CreativeLive. When not not traveling the world to teach and speak about smartphone videography, Cielo vlogs on her Youtube channel and provides resources for her TheStoryographist.com. If you’ve ever feared putting imperfect creative work out into the world, this episode will resonate with you. Cielo shares key insights from creating a video a day for the year of 2020. Learn how she develops content even when feeling uninspired. Cielo explores the art of storytelling including all the different ways to tell stories - from structure to visuals to voice. Find out Cielo’s go-to gear for mobile filmmaking and the exciting long-term proje

  • Alexis Hunley - The Essence of Light & Love

    16/03/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Alexis Hunley is a self-taught freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. Visual storytelling, a love of color and connection can be seen throughout her commercial, documentary and editorial work. Alexis’ work is featured on a recent cover of Essence magazine. Her clients include The New York Times, NY Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Verge, Men’s Health, Airbnb to name a handful. With a background in psychology, she consistently seeks out ways to combine her love for art with her desire to better understand the human condition. In this episode Alexis shares how she’s fast-tracked her photography career in three years. Landing portfolio reviews with editors and improving her work based on that feedback ultimately led to her first magazine cover for Essence. She describes how creating images allows her to process her feelings and emotions of life experiences. Go behind the scenes of Alexis’ coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement - both personal and for clients - and why she focuses on capturing the little m

  • Temi Thomas - Creative By Design

    09/03/2021 Duration: 57min

    Temi Thomas is a Creative Director and Photographer based in Dallas, Texas. From ideation to execution, she lives to create. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Vogue Italia, Forbes and WIRED. Of her many roles, Temi is also a Brand Strategist for MIZIZI - the official streetwear brand for the African Diaspora.If you feel like you wear many hats in your creative life, Temi’s story will resonate with you. Find out what goes into being a Creative Director of brand campaigns and why cultivating a strong team makes all the difference. We talk about how being a perfectionist can get in the way of self-confidence, and how doubt can be a valuable driver to keep going. Temi explores the importance of taking risks, intentionally putting yourself and your work out there and building community.This is We Are Photographers with Temi Thomas and this is her story.Connect with Temi Thomas: temithomas.com | Instagram | LinkedInAt CreativeLive we believe there is a creator in all of us. If you’re looking to get fresh perspec

  • Idara Ekpoh - Empowering Self Portraits

    02/03/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    Idara Ekpoh is a Nigerian-American Portrait Photographer whose art is centered around celebrating Black women and their stories. She focuses on creating captivating visual experiences through her dreamlike & cinematic portraits. She has been able to utilize photography as a medium to not only tell her own story through self-portraiture, but to empower and bring visibility to the voices and stories of those within her community. As photographers we often don’t like to be on the “other” side of the camera. Idara inspires us with her 30+ week Self Portrait Sunday series that took off during the pandemic. Find out how the vulnerability of making self portraits can not only get your creativity flowing but also heal and build self confidence. Idara shares her process in both capturing the true essence of her subjects, as well as honing her post-processing style. We talk about storytelling - whether that’s through a still of an individual’s face or through the moments you can edit together with cinematography. I

  • Rashida Zagon - Connections & Community

    23/02/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    Rashida Zagon is a photographer, creative director & storyteller based in New York City. Specializing in portrait photography she captures natural movement bringing to life the most authentic energy of each subject. Through human connection Rashida brings intimacy and light to still shots, exposing the simple joys of everyday life by capturing those behind the scenes moments. Her intention is to make great connections with people and brands, treating each of her clients with specialized attention to bring their vision to life. Born in Antigua with entrepreneurial parents and a creative flair, Rashida moved to Maine at 8 years old and used her first camera to start a business in high school taking senior portraits. She moved to NYC after high school, assisted other photographers and found her superpower in holding space and connecting with subjects. That comfort level allows people to truly be seen for who they are in her portrait shoots. We explore her recent series Protected that went viral and what that

  • Polly Irungu - Celebrating Black Women Photographers

    16/02/2021 Duration: 59min

    Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist, digital editor and photographer and is the founder of Black Women Photographers (BWP), a community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers. Polly is a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC) for ‘The Takeaway’, a national NPR show with over 2 million listeners. As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published by NPR, The Washington Post, CNN, HuffPost, OkayAfrica. She was named one of Okay Africa’s 100 African Women to Know in 2020. Polly has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, COVID-19, and photojournalism on panels for Twitter, NBC News, and National Association of Black Journalists.In this episode we celebrate the first six months of Black Women Photographers and discuss why Polly created the site and its mission. We kick off BWP x CL: A Conversation Series in honor of Black History Month that will feature Rashida Zagon, Idara Ekpoh, Temi Thomas and Alexis Hunley. We talk about other organization

  • Ajani Charles - Mindfulness in Creativity

    09/02/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Ajani Charles is a photographer, director, producer, mental health advocate, and a Canon Canada ambassador based in Toronto. He’s the founder of The Visionaries — a Toronto-based photography and cinematography non-profit and educational program, providing mentoring to youth. His photographic documentary “Project T Dot” is a visual chronicle of the city’s hip-hop culture. Ajani’s clients include H&M, Universal Music Group, Bridgestone, Christian Dior, Calm, and the UFC. His work has been featured in publications such as Complex, Jay-Z’s Life + Times, and Vogue. In this episode Ajani explains what mindfulness is, the research-based science behind it, and his personal journey becoming a mental health advocate. You’ll learn about the many ways a mindfulness practice can benefit your creativity, career, relationships and life. We discuss how being a workaholic or perfectionist can actually be socially acceptable coping mechanisms for anxiety and fear. He shares his favorite apps, actions and tools that can hel

  • Gavin Hoey - Creating a Decade of YouTube Content

    02/02/2021 Duration: 01h06min

    Gavin Hoey is a freelance photographer, Olympus UK ambassador and trainer of all things photographic. Primarily focusing on photography education, Gavin was an early YouTube adopter and created a popular photography training channel before joining forces with Adorama in 2012. He’s now the most watched presenter on AdoramaTV where his videos focus on the art of lighting and portraits. Gavin is still creating at least one video tutorial for AdoramaTV every other week and the channel has grown to 1 million subscribers.In this episode Gavin shares tips to overcoming creative blocks when developing new content on a regular cadence. Gavin was an early tech adopter, always fascinated with how things work. Before becoming a content creator, hear Gavin’s journey from studying optometry to writing for photography magazines before making the switch to recording video tutorials for magazine cover discs. Like so many of us creatives, we touch on anxiety, confidence and being your own worst critic. Beloved for his cheerful

  • Blake Rudis - Seeing in f.64

    26/01/2021 Duration: 58min

    Blake Rudis is a classically trained artist who started as a painter, transitioned into printmaking and sculpture, and finally decided to double down on his love for photography. He incorporates his knowledge of design aesthetics and color theory in his photography courses and is known for his acclaimed Photoshop workflow. Throughout his teaching efforts on his site, f.64 Academy, Blake has helped thousands of photographers excel in their post-processing endeavors with his easy to follow approach to teaching.In this episode Blake and Kenna geek out on the brain, neuroscience and creativity. Find out how Blake started his journey as an Internet entrepreneur in the photo industry after being a parachute rescue rigger in the Air Force National Guard. Hear how he transformed from punk kid with long hair to mastering the discipline and tenacity that it takes to succeed in the Armed Forces. Blake explains the importance of learning from critique and how he processes images to reflect the emotive experience he had i

  • Frederick Van Johnson - Behind This Week In Photo

    19/01/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Frederick Van Johnson is a passionate entrepreneur, marketer, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The TWiP Network. He also produces Skylum Software’s podcast - Behind the Seen. A professional photographer for several decades, Frederick began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the US Air Force, where he served for 8 years, and was decorated many times for his exemplary work in the field. An alum at Apple and Adobe Systems, Frederick was a key player in the development of iPhoto and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.In this episode we talk about the joys and challenges of building an authentic community. A true entrepreneur, Frederick shares what it takes to continually test and learn as you iterate on growing your business. Hear how Frederick spearheaded the onboarding and daily use of digital imaging processes and DSLR camera equipment in the US armed forces. Find out the true definition of amateur and why Frederick loves creating unprofessionally. Get a preview of the new cinematic multi-media universes t

  • Julia Kelleher - Dreams to Plans to Reality

    12/01/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    Julia Kelleher is a Portrait Photographer & Nikon Ambassador who is world renowned for her moving, sentimental and emotional portraits of pregnant women and children, and the bonds children have with their parents. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Marathon Press, and ABC News. Specializing in fine art portraiture, she runs her thriving retail studio in Bend, OR and educates other professional photographers worldwide how to create unique imagery and build profitable studios. In this episode you’ll be inspired by Julia’s approach to turning dreams into plans and plans into reality. We explore topics such as the inner critic, meditation, focus and mindset. Julia encourages you to prioritize yourself by prioritizing a non-work passion. Julia emphasizes how a focus on profitability, no matter what you’re charging, will put you in a position to grow. Hear all about her new podcast Focus & Facets and

  • Mecca Gamble McConnell - Being Your Brand

    05/01/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    Mecca Gamble McConnell is a sought-after brand photographer who creates strategic, compelling images for service-based entrepreneurs that help them tell their stories and communicate their expertise. She enjoys helping other photographers gain confidence, clarity, and build community through her 1:1 instruction, group coaching program Picture Yourself Profitable™, and hosting an annual retreat-style workshop, Porter Street. Her bold personality, style, and worth ethic have allowed her to stand out in her market and have her work published by popular mediums such as ESSENCE, Upscale, XoNecole, and The Knot.In this episode you’ll discover why photography is a ministry for Mecca and what led her to serve others as a life priority. Learn how brand photography can be an essential strategic asset for you and your clients. Mecca shares the importance of community to keep going through challenging times. With business and branding, she explains how it often takes getting it wrong multiple times before you get it righ

  • Daniel J. Gregory - Seeing Collective Presence

    22/12/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Daniel J. Gregory is a fine art photographer, mentor, and photo educator. He teaches fine art printing, color concepts and theory, portfolio creation, Photoshop, Lightroom, and a variety of analog photography courses. Daniel has always been interested in how photography helps us see, listen, and experience the world. His work explores the importance of developing meaningful connections to a place, person, or environment. With over 300 episodes, Daniel is the host of the Perceptive Photographer podcast that focuses on the creative aspect and internal struggles photographers face creating meaningful work.In this episode Daniel shares the elements of making meaningful work - voice, vision, signature and style. You'll find out how and why creativity is at the core of everything Daniel spends his time doing. We discuss the difference between living a life of photography and living as a photographer. We explore Dorthea Lange's wise words, "the camera teaches me to see" and how large format, alternative processes, a

  • Renée Robyn - Digital Alchemy

    15/12/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    Growing up surrounded by the vast prairie of the Canadian north and tales of faraway places, Renée Robyn has chased the perfect backdrop around the world. Approaching photography like a treasure hunter, her compositions are uniquely cinematic, often becoming pieces of a bigger world represented beyond reality. Renée’s style is easily recognizable and distinctly her own. Expertly blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy, she has worked with industry-leading brands like Wacom, Viewsonic, Corel, Capture One, and Intel. Comfortable facing down gale force winds, climbing fog-shrouded mountains or fast pace commercial studios, her work is impressive and committed. An expert retoucher, Renée applies the same level of commitment to post-processing, leveraging her mastery of color theory, editing, light, and shadow in the digital realm of Photoshop.In this episode we discuss one of Renée's mottos, "If life is pushing on me very hard, I push harder." Hear how she approaches getting back up after challenging

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