104. About lifestyle and documentary photography with Jen Joseph

Together with Jen Joseph, a talented lifestyle and documentary photographer, we delve into the world of capturing authentic moments in family photography. Jen shares her journey, and her passion for photographing families in their natural environment. She also offers valuable insights into her approach and tips for aspiring photographers.

Jen is a mother to an amazing daughter, so she knows the value of documenting the beautiful and fleeting moments of life. She has a book within reach at all times and an insatiable love for travel. Jen was born and raised in New Jersey, and brings a curiosity and warmth to everything she does.

Before starting her photography business, she trained as a Clinical Social Worker and planned to become a therapist in private practice. This experience equipped her with empathy and keen observational skills. These skills help her connect with families and notice those beautiful, meaningful moments and interactions.

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Capturing the Essence of Family Life

Jen Joseph’s love for photography started early, documenting family moments on disposable cameras. She took her passion for capturing authentic moments and turned it into a career as a family photographer. Jen’s specialty is lifestyle and documentary photography, focusing on the real interactions and connections within families.

The Essence of Lifestyle and Documentary Photography

In this section, Jen highlights her passion for capturing family life in its natural environment, rather than staging traditional photoshoots. She emphasizes the importance of authentic moments and interactions within families, showcasing real connections and emotions. Jen explains how she helps families feel at ease during in-home sessions and encourages them not to overly prepare or tidy up, as she loves to capture life as it is. She also provides valuable advice on documenting one’s own life and the importance of having a camera handy for unexpected moments.

Tips for Aspiring Lifestyle and Documentary Photographers

Jen shares her journey and experiences, emphasizing the significance of learning from mistakes and the challenges that come with running a photography business. She advises aspiring photographers to focus on their strengths and consider outsourcing tasks that they may not excel in or enjoy. Jen discusses various marketing strategies and the importance of agility in marketing efforts. She encourages photographers to embrace their unique style and connect with like-minded individuals within the photography community.

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In this interview with Jen Joseph, we gain a deeper understanding of the world of lifestyle and documentary photography. Jen’s passion for capturing the essence of family life shines through, and her insights offer inspiration to both budding and experienced photographers. Whether you’re a professional photographer or someone who values authentic moments, this conversation is bound to leave a lasting impact.

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104. About lifestyle and documentary photography with Jen Joseph

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This podcast is all about education and inspiration for photographers. A sustainable business is profitable and lasting. Instead of short-term wins you want to make sure you’re doing things that matter. Both to yourself, and to create the business you want. The goal of this podcast is that it will help you build and structure your business around your life, instead of the other way around.

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