The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Ananda Shorey

I Dwell in Possibility

In this week’s episode we speak with Bay Area photographer and owner of Bliss Fotography, Ananda Shorey, about how she has spent life embracing her fears and charging into the future with trust in experience to deliver her to the place she belonged and how that trust brought her to a life-long dream of living by the shutter.

About Ananda Shorey

Several years ago while sitting in a coffee shop in Tempe, Arizona, I realized I needed to make a change in my life. I had been working as a reporter for The Associated Press for years, covering immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border, which I loved. I felt though that it wasn’t enough. The world is huge and I couldn’t wait to explore it for another second. Within about an hour, I found a photography school in Spain on the Internet that I decided I wanted to attend.  I quit my job as a reporter and a year later I was studying documentary photography in Madrid. I was taught, while spending entire days chatting in cafes and lounging with bottles of …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Brian Adams

Hip to Be Square

In this week’s episode we speak with photographer Brian Adams, about how listening to his intuition led him to medium format film photography and encouraged him to start a company of his own at a young age. This same intuition turned to action has carried him through a career with Getty Images and has informed his work bringing attention to the tragedy of the disappearing Alaskan Native coastal villages, being stolen by the erosion of global warming.

About Brian Adams

Brian Adams is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York specializing in environmental portraiture and medium-format photography. His work has been featured in both national and international publications, such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian, The Observer, and many others, and his work documenting Native Alaskan villages has been showcased in galleries across the U.S., including the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Brody Dezember & David Salomone

They Bailed But They’re Back

In this week’s episode, we speak with photographers Brody Dezember and David Salomone about their roller coaster relationship with Pictage. We examine all the ups and downs of that relationship in our investigation of how a company can cast off past failings and regain the trust of its displaced evangelists.

About Brody Dezember

Brody is a Utah native, but dreams of living someplace in Montana.  There is something about the rivers and mountains that makes him love being there.

He stepped into photography when he was an early teen and has loved photographing everything from landscapes to some of the most outrageous weddings all over the country.  Over the past 7 years he has grown his business to being one of the most sought after studios in the state, but it hasn’t always been easy.  In the beginning he worked overnight shifts at a retail job and spent the …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Kirstie Tweed

A Better Place to Be

In this week’s episode we speak with photographer Kirstie Tweed, owner of Orange Girl Photographs, about how a small town can surprise you with a turn of events you couldn’t have imagined. Kirstie shares the decisions that brought her to a small town in rural Canada and how following her heart and intuition has yielded far greater results than all the planning and logic in the world could have.

About Kirstie Tweed

I was given the name Orange Girl in high school for driving a 1973 orange superbeetle, dying my hair orange and wearing orange everyday, the name and my love of orange has stuck with me. I attended art school in Canada before moving to San Francisco to work in an art galley and exhibit my fine art work. I moved to New York for a brief year to work for a fashion photographer and photograph musicians before …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Eileen Gittins (part 2)

King Harvest Will Surely Come

In this week’s episode, we continue our discussion with Founder and CEO of Blurb, Eileen Gittins about keeping a company forward-facing and embracing the future. We also examine why the printed page is far from obsolete and how the things that we move from the virtual to the tangible world matter more to us as a culture. About Eileen Gittins Eileen Gittins is the founder and CEO of Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, market and sell bookstore-quality books. She has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, imaging systems, search, and digital photography throughout her career.

Eileen wanted to create a beautifully designed and produced photo essay book – something that looked like a book you’d buy at the bookstore – but she only needed 40 copies. This turned out to be remarkably painful, expensive, and time-consuming– and she thought …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Eileen Gittins

Sowing Seeds

In this week’s episode, we speak with Founder and CEO of Blurb, Eileen Gittins about endeavoring to make a book of one and how this led her to create the company that is a true culmination of all her life’s experiences. In the first of our two part conversation, we discuss the strategy and planning that led to the rise of Blurb and the importance for any fledgling company to find and answer that one question that will see you through to success. About Eileen Gittins

Eileen Gittins is the founder and CEO of Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, market and sell bookstore-quality books. She has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, imaging systems, search, and digital photography throughout her career.

Eileen wanted to create a beautifully designed and produced photo essay book – something that looked like a book you’d …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Kevin Meyers

Learned the Hard Way

In this week’s episode, we speak with Portland photographer Kevin Meyers about learning photography from a self-taught perspective and the difficult lessons that have helped to shape his business. He also shares insights into the future of the industry and his hope that photography doesn’t ever lose the precision of craft it built itself upon. About Kevin Meyers

Based in Portland, OR, Kevin has been photographing weddings locally and abroad since 2005. Like many others, his accomplishments include featured work in national publications, speaking engagements, and work used in marketing materials for companies in the wedding industry.

Kevinʼs main focus is drawing on his background in business and finance to perfect his own systems while helping others along the way.

To maintain a foundation in the technical and creative aspects of photography, he enjoys learning from the work of legendary photographers from the early 1900s as well as the work of …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Holly Andres

There’s No Place Like Home

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, we speak with fine art photographer and professor Holly Andres, as she takes us behind the curtain of the often mysterious world of the professional fine art photographer and shares some of the stories and concepts that have motivated her work as well as her conviction that making art can bring pure joy to life. About Holly Andres

Since receiving an MFA from Portland State University in 2004, Holly Andres has had solo exhibitions in prominent galleries worldwide. Andres has been featured in Exit Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Art News, N.Paradoxa, Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times and Art Ltd. – which profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35.

Andres’ new series, The Fall of Spring Hill, is currently premiering at her Portland-based gallery, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art. …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Jeff Dunas (Part 2)

A Seat at the Table

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, we continue our discussion with Palm Springs Photo Festival founder and veteran photographer Jeff Dunas about the increasing responsibilities of the photographer to create the future for our industry as well as methods for approaching our primary outlet: the photo book.

About Jeff Dunas

Jeff Dunas is a fine art, portrait and documentary photographer and the founder of of the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

1954 Born in Los Angeles.

1971 Began photography professionally. Completed two years at University of California at Los Angeles.

1972-1980 Contributed photographic essays and portfolios to publications worldwide on a freelance basis.

1974 Established residence in Paris, France.

1981 Founded Melrose Publishing Company. Captured Women published in 6 languages.

1982 Mademoiselle! Published in 3 languages.

1983 Founded Collector’s Editions Ltd., mail order distributor of fine art photography publications.

1983-7 Published twenty four fine art photography books by various authors, including Paper Dolls by Art Kane and By the Sea …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Jeff Dunas (Part 1)

Right of the People to Peaceably Assemble

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, founder of the Palm Springs Photo Festival and veteran photographer Jeff Dunas speaks about the power of sharing and finding a common voice in the photography industry and the efforts that the Palm Springs Photo Festival makes to provide a forward-thinking, professional platform for that voice to be forged.

About Jeff Dunas

Jeff Dunas is a fine art, portrait and documentary photographer who has amassed an amazing body of work focusing on the nude, blues musicians and street photography. He is also the founder of of the Palm Springs Photo Festival which brings together the best photographers, curators, editors and educators. It was one of the best events revolving around photography held in this country and includes workshops, presentations and portfolio reviews. You can discover more about Jeff’s work by visiting his website.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Dunas.

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