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Welcome to the This is Reportage Podcast! Each week we’ll be bringing you exclusive interviews with some of the world’s very best wedding photographers – sharing their backstories, tips, experience and advice.

Each episode has its own post, where you can listen to it directly, or read a transcript if reading is more your thing! If you enjoy, remember that you can download and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to be notified of each weekly episode. We’re also over on Spotify if you prefer to listen that way, or on Google Podcasts. We’re now even also on YouTube.

Podcast Episode 22: This is Candice Cusic

Thrilled to have the one and only Candice Cusic for episode 22 of the This is Reportage Podcast! Candice has photojournalism in her blood, having worked at the Chicago Tribune and other publications for over twenty years. Her ‘moment-driven’ photography is thus core to her wedding work – and indeed, to everything she photographs – and she’s also an incredibly experienced teacher, having taught workshops and seminars all over the world. Stick with us today as Candice talks about:

the beauty of Chicago,
her work as a photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune (and others),
how she went from newspaper photojournalism to weddings,
the importance of being you,
what she would do with three wishes,
why we should stop comparing,
surrounding herself with positivity,
how she used to sing in a band,
one of her favourite ever albums,
how she has diversified to family and pet photography and has her own studio,
how she is moment-driven, no matter what she’s photographing,
the benefits of having a studio,
learning to celebrate her successes,
why it’s so important to watch hands,
what makes her happy,
what day she would choose to live over and over again,
her thoughts on the future,
why being nice is so vital,
Stephen King novels,
her love of teaching,
what’s worked for her in terms of marketing,
delegating what you don’t like to do to someone you trust,
why she always shoots with a second shooter,
her top tips for better documentary photography,
and much more…

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Podcast Episode 21: This is Valter Antunes

Delighted to be bringing you the fab Valter Antunes for episode 21 of the This is Reportage Podcast! Valter was ranked joint-second in our Top Photographers of 2019, with a remarkable haul of 12 Awards – including 4 Story Awards – during 2019. Stick with us today, as Valter talks about:

watching everything on Netflix,
how moments are always happening and how we should be finding them,
how he’s been a musician all his life,
how he transitioned to becoming a photographer,
his past busking life in London,
what makes him happy,
the work/life balance of being a wedding photographer and Dad,
time vs money,
why he switched from Canon to Sony,
his favourite lens,
how he gets his incredibly intimate captures of brides (and why he’s known by quite a few photograhers in Portugal as ‘the naked bride photographer’),
what’s been the most effective marketing tool(s) for him,
his specific Instagram tips,
what album he would take on a desert island,
how he misses being a kid and his childhood,
moving from Portugal to London when he was 12/13,
the story behind one of his specific Reportage Awards (the bride giving the finger),
his tips for improving our documentary work,
the importance of sleep,
why he always shoots with a second,
his fear of cats,
his nerves about talking at Inspiration Conference,
thinking about the future,
and more…

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Podcast Episode 20: Coronavirus Special with Simon Leclercq (Doctor & Photographer)

We’re bringing you a special podcast episode today, as we discuss coronavirus with very special guest Simon Leclercq. Simon is in quite a unique position to discuss this with us, as, not only is he a brilliant wedding photographer (having won 8 awards from us in total), but he has also been a doctor for over 5 years, and is currently on the frontlines working on this global pandemic. We discuss lots of aspects in this episode, both from a health point of view, and in terms of our wedding photography businesses, including:

what’s happening in Belgium right now (where Simon is based),
analysing what’s happening in other countries and taking action,
the vitalness of protecting the elderly and those with underlying health conditions,
the psychological effect of isolation and loneliness,
the good and bad side of social media during all of this,
the power of good deeds,
trying not to worry about how long it could last (as we just don’t know),
the impact on us as wedding photographers and the importance of positivity,
making the most of any financial help, including mortgage holidays,
using our own personal strengths and creativity to help others,
practical tips and advice on how to get through this, both mentally and on a business level,
why self-isolation is absolutely vital,
why there’s no need to panic but how we need to take our responsibilities seriously,
why the vast majority of weddings, if affected, will be postponements rather than cancellations, and a great practical tip on how to deal with postponements for dates you can’t do,
how everybody can make a difference,
and more

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Podcast Episode 19: This is Rocio Vega

So excited to have the fantastic Rocio Vega on the Podcast for Episode 19 today! Based in Spain, Rocio was one of our top photographers of 2019, and has won six awards from us, including 3 Story Awards, which is an awesome feat. She shares so much today, including:

whether there really is a quiet season at all,
her experiences and views on talking at conferences,
having conversations with herself,
being empathetic and the importance of that,
why she watches hands (and it’s not linked to coronavirus),
her childhood and how she got into photography,
how learning what you don’t want to do is so important too,
not shooting what everyone else shoots,
one of her favourite current Netfix series and why she recommends watching it especially if you’ve got kids,
her ideal days,
being in a relationship with a fellow (brilliant!) wedding photographer (Franck Boutonnet),
how moments are like waves and searching for the peak,
how our own feelings and emotions have an impact on what we shoot and show,
shooting a lot and taking advantage of the tools at our disposal,
the concept and industry of wedding photography,
moments over couple-imagery,
staying true to yourself,
adding variety to your inspiration diet,
her specific approach and tips regarding flash,
her top tips for improving your documentary skills,
and much more…

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Podcast Episode 18: This is Steven Herrschaft

After a little break we’re very excited to be back, and bringing you the fantastic Steven Herrschaft for Episode 18 of the This is Reportage Podcast! Based in Germany, Steven has made our Top Photographer lists for both 2018 and 2019, with a Lifetime Award count of 10 Reportage Awards and 4 Story Awards – an incredible achievement! Steven shares so much with us on the Podcast, including:

how he got into wedding photography at the age of 16,
the importance of being himself,
his past life as a competitive swimmer and how that’s helped him,
workshops and developing his own,
what bugs him about our industry,
some of his favourite Netflix series and movies,
the importance of keeping fit,
behind the scenes of a couple of his Reportage Awards,
having a strong work ethic,
why he shoots solo,
who in the world he would interview if he could,
the importance of doing what’s right for you and not to please other people,
how he loves the uniqueness of each wedding,
a couple of things people probably wouldn’t know about him,
his top tip for people wanting to improve their documentary skills,
and much more…

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