We’re thrilled to launch a new educational and inspirational podcast called The Photo Life. Read more about The Photo Life podcast below as well as listen to the debut episode, an interview with former White House photographers Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse.

Welcome to The Photo Life Podcast

Everyone loves a good story. The Photo Life was created to inspire and educate professional photographers by exploring creativity and business. The Photo Life podcast is your destination for candid and informative conversations with leading photographers and creative professionals. Tune in, hear their personal stories and learn how they succeed.

History in Mirrors May Be Closer Than Appears
An interview with former White House photographers Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, host Travis Schreer speaks with Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse about the time they each spent documenting the First Family for the White House. They explain how, despite times of great polarization, they learned lessons of modesty and grace from two of the most powerful public servants of our time.

About Ralph Alswang

photographer ralph alswang

One of Washington, D.C.’s premiere photographers and a veteran of photography for 20 years, Ralph Alswang worked for Newsweek, Reuters, and, for eight years, at the White House under Bill Clinton as the President and First Lady’s official documentary photographer. This job took him to every state in the Union and to more than 60 countries, where he captured history as it was unfolding. He has photographed hundreds of celebrated people and events. Along with this extraordinary background, Ralph brings his passion and energy to every wedding he photographs. “I cover it as a story,” he says. “Every couple is unique and so is their wedding. It is an incredible honor and privilege to witness the official start of their lives together.” Photos below by Ralph Alswang.


president bill clinton in the oval office photographer ralph alswang

president bill clinton by photographer ralph alswang

About Paul Morse

photographer paul morse

Paul Morse‘s subtle, confident approach has earned him the trust of President George W. Bush and other world leaders while working at the White House as Deputy Director of Photography from 2001 until 2007. Prior to the White House, Paul worked at the Los Angeles Times as a staff photographer for six years, covering sports, news, and the entertainment industry. His career began at the Pasadena Star-News after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. Paul has been published in magazines and newspapers around the world including Sports Illustrated, Time, US News and World Report, Mens Journal and the New York Times Magazine. His photographs have illustrated the covers of many books on subjects such as the Decision Points by President George W. Bush, Air Force One, the Oval Office and the Los Angeles Lakers. His images are on display in the Smithsonian Institution. Photos below by Paul Morse.


president george w. bush at his ranch in crawford, texas

president george w. bush preparing the state of the union speech



About the Host- Travis Schreer

the photo life podcast host travis schreer

Travis is a wanderer who has a life-long passion for helping creative people realize their ambitions. While studying at the Kendall College of Art and Design and Eastern Michigan University, simultaneously pursuing a BFA in fine art and a Masters in creative writing, Travis rediscovered his fascination with photography and began working as a product photographer. After a brief stint studying poetry in Paris and years of developing his own artistic identity from the comforts of various midwestern cities, Travis packed his wool socks and moved to the chilly climes of Alaska. While there, he broadened his knowledge of the photography industry through his work for Alaska’s largest advertising agency and his involvement with several stock photography companies. It was also in Alaska that Travis photographed his first wedding alongside his partner, photographer Jessica Hill, and the two began to lay the groundwork for the company that was to follow. Then, it was on to Portland, Oregon where Jessica and Travis would put all of their brainstorming into effect and establish Jessica Hill Photography as one of the premiere boutique wedding photography studios in the area. Next time you’re in Portland, stop by Laurelhurst Park, where Travis can be found most evenings. He’s the scruffy guy playing with Collignon Quincampoix, the coolest dog you will ever meet.

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