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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 17: This is Yves Schepers

An absolute pleasure to bring you the awesome Yves Schepers for episode 17 of the This is Reportage Podcast! Based in Belgium, Yves has won an incredible haul of awards from so many associations, including 7 Reportage Awards in a single round here at TiR. Join Yves today as he shares all about:

why there are so many great Belgian wedding photographers,
the importance and power of networking,
shooting other wedding photographers’ weddings,
‘Belgian’ fries ;),
how a certain choice led to him getting started in weddings,
the old-school negative connotation of wedding photography,
how Foundation Workshop was a big eye-opener for him,
the day he would choose to live over and over again,
nature vs nurture,
tips on work/life balance,
a time in his life when he suffered from depression,
the difference between knowing and realising,
what drives him to enter awards and associations in general,
the importance of empathy and being client-focused,
and much more…

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Podcast Episode 16: This is Lauren Brimhall

A real pleasure to bring you the fantastic Lauren Brimhall for Episode 16 of the This is Reportage Podcast! Lauren was joint-first in the USA on This is Reportage for 2019, and has won countless awards from other associations too. Stick with us today as Lauren shares all about:

what she does in the quiet season (including writing a young adult novel),
her journey from journalism into weddings,
the importance of capturing memories,
the benefits of wedding photography when it comes to being a mum,
the things she keeps in mind whilst shooting,
perseverance and work ethic,
why she advises against outsourcing,
learning from her own work,
how some shots can appear staged even if they’re completely natural,
what ‘success’ means to her,
the importance of personality in weddings,
why she enjoys teaching,
the turning point in her career,
what annoys her in the industry,
the story behind a specific Reportage Award of hers (the one with the bear),
advice for people who have been shooting for a while but aren’t happy,
our supportive community,
what she’s afraid of,
the dangerous and/or bizarre situations she puts herself into to capture moments,
the most challenging part of our job,
the power of referrals,
the first thing she does after a wedding,
what makes a good wedding photographer,
and much more…

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Podcast Episode 15: This is Leonard Walpot

Really excited to bring you the awesome Leonard Walpot for episode 15 of the This is Reportage Podcast! Based in the Netherlands, Leonard was joint-second overall on our Top Photographers of 2019 – and actually won more Reportage Awards than anyone else; a remarkable feat. Join us on the episode as Leonard has so much to share, including:

how he enjoys the business side of wedding photography too,
the story behind one of his specific Reportage Awards (the girl lying down in the ceremony),
his journey from linguist graduate to wedding photographer,
working with his wife,
what, to him, is the most important thing in life,
his political photography and how that affects his wedding work,
why we should look at other fields of photography,
a certain event that impacted his career,
his workflow and how he edits,
the importance of taking a step back from your work,
how he uses flash,
why you should watch 1917,
the importance of having a mentor,
balancing being a father and a business-owner,
how he created Best Men Weddings with Jesse van Kalmthout,
who he would be if he could be someone else for a day,
what he’s afraid of,
the benefits of a business coach,
his tips for starting out in the industry,
and much more…

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Podcast Episode 14: This is Fabio Mirulla

Honoured to have our Photographer of the Year 2019 with us for Episode 14 today; the brilliant Fabio Mirulla! Fabio won a staggering 17 Awards in 2019, including 8 Story Awards – such a worthy winner of our POY! It was such a pleasure to talk to Fabio – he shares so much – including:

what it meant to him to be our Photographer of the Year 2019,
what drives and motivates him,
his background in archeology and how there are similiarites to how he shoots weddings,
the importance of experimentation,
taking us back to his first ever wedding,
how his style was built over time,
how photography shouldn’t have limits,
his love of Anime and Lego,
tips on what to do when nothing much ‘seems’ to be happening at a wedding,
how he picks images for Story Awards,
his childhood growing up in Tuscancy,
his love of Art and how he draws inspiration from it,
his upcoming talk at Fearless Conference in March,
what creativity means to him and tips on how to be more creative,
a period of time he’s like to travel to,
what he’s afraid of and how that’s linked to why he’s a photographer: Making memories for other people,
why it’s so important to him to capture the fun an humour of weddings,
how to attract the right couples for you,
why he shoots with seconds virtually all the time,
his specific tips on how to win a Reportage Award and/or a Story Award,
how we don’t need beautiful light or beautiful destinations to find gold,
and much, much more…

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Podcast Episode 13: This is Anna Rowland

Really excited to have the fab Anna Rowland with us for episode 13! Based in the UK, Anna has been shooting for over ten years, winning awards left, right and centre, and was ranked tenth overall on our Top Photographers of 2018 list. Loved talking to Anna; she had so much to share, including:

her first camera and shooting her first wedding on film,
her thoughts on the way the industry has changed (or not) over the past 12 years,
why she thinks workshops and conferences are important,
being a bit of an introvert and why she often shoots with seconds,
tips for people wanting to get better with flash,
the importance of pushing through the fear zone,
a controversial ‘last meal’ choice,
her previous life as a phlebotomist,
some memorable moments from her experience of shooting over 600 weddings,
how to pronounce scone and Bath,
how she deals with anything that bugs her about this industry,
her experience of being the photographer for the Nine Dots Gathering 2019,
what she does in the quiet season,
how she balances being a mum and being a wedding photographer,
her most effective marketing avenue,
her soon-to-be-announced joint workshop with Nadine van Biljon,
the two days she would choose to live over and over again,
what she’s afraid of,
her bucket list and love of Lemurs,
her top tips for better documentary wedding photography,
and much more…

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