Staying In Focus Photography Podcast

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Episode 68 - Hello Again


Fresh off a hissy fit tantrum, I return with more words for your earholes. Because there was so much clamoring from the masses for new episodes (and new sponsors... I can be bought, boys and girls), I'm back once again, shaking off the rust. This week, I ramble about thievery by some of the well known names in photography, ramming through the photographer's block, and answering an email about what to do when your friend produces low-quality photography work for you. This episode is brought to you by and B&H.

Episode 67 - Chris Sembrot


Philadelphia commercial and lifestyle photographer Chris Sembrot, chat via technology about how our respective cities have changed, and food, beer, and Guy Fieri. We also discuss how his start as an art buyer led to a successful career, with the inside scoop knowing what art buyers are looking for. There's even some photography talk, believe it or not, with subjects like agencies, how the editorial photography landscape and style has changed overtime, and how to survive it. But definitely hating on Guy Fieri and Emeril. Meanwhile, I try to change my habits and get rid of the distractions to help get creative. This episode is brought to you by and B&H.

Episode 66 - Marshal Gray


What's in a name? I ask Marshal Gray… err, Gary Lashmar, how he ended up with that moniker. Plus, we get on about how he got into wedding photography after a career in investment banking, pushing through your comfort zone, and his photography workshop, Dare, which encourages photographers to seek out and discover their own style. Meanwhile, my youngest brouther is graduating, and I don't know how I feel about it. This episode is brought to you by Manfrotto and Audible.

Episode 65 - Mike Lerner


You don't have to be a Belieber to appreciate Mike Lerner, music and concert photographer, and Justin Bieber's photographer for the Believe Tour. We get into how he went from the poker boom to photography and how stumbling upon pre-"I Kissed A Girl" Katy Perry led to the gig of a lifetime, shooting one of the most popular people on the planet. Mike and I also talk about life on tour, where he hopes his career will go from here, and how he's using his fortunate position to provide an awesome learning opportunity for aspiring photographers. Meanwhile, I remind you not to judge a book by its cover. This episode is brought to you by Converse and B&H.

Episode 64 - Matthew Rakola


When we're not interrupted by guys named "Blaze", commercial and editorial photographer, and chair of the American Photographic Artists-DC, Matthew Rakola chats with me over a cup of coffee to discuss how wanting to talk to people led to photography, his Learn Project, the difference between photographers, and what differentiates his contribution to photography from others. We even psychoanalyze why I like to drink alone in bars with terrible service. Meanwhile, I recap my experience with the 2013 Warrior Games. This episode is brought to you by Lomography and B&H.

Episode 63 - Shay Nartker


Why, hello there! I return from Colorado Springs in the best way possible: with a rant and an awesome chat with Cincinnati's finest, fashion and wedding photographer Shay Nartker. We discuss how one's hometown affects their photography style, juggling multiple projects, life as the significant other of a model, and a LOT more. Meanwhile, I discuss (angrily) the changes and comments coming from the Flickr camp. This episode is sponsored by Converse and B&H.

Episode 62 - Marcus Smith


Basketball, cooking, medicine, financial analysis, music... Marcus Smith was interested in it all. When he finally landed on photography, the sky has been the limit for this sports and lifestyle commercial photographer. The Chicago native and I discuss the moment he realized he wanted to pursue a career in photography to assisting the commercial photography great Gary Land and what he learned there, and how he went on to do his own thing. Plus, how he developed his own style and how a personal project led to rubbing elbows with the 2012 Team USA Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Meanwhile, I have lost faith in the people I once deemed my heroes. This episode is sponsored by ProFlowers and B&H.

Episode 61 - A Man and His Microphone


It's been a crazy week, and there's a lot on my mind as of late. So, taking the opportunity (since I've got a mic and a podcast show), I vent about The Friend and Family Discount, life and art imitating Instagram after learning about new DSLR filters, and internet sleuths. Plus, a bonus segment about lessons from the restaurant industry that have carried over into my photography career. This episode is brought to you by Manfrotto and Shari's Berries.

Episode 60 - Christian Gideon


Straight from Springfield, Missouri, via technology, I chat with wedding and portrait photographer Christian Gideon. We have a phenomenal conversation about his small town roots and how that, along with his hopeless romanticism, plays a major role in each photo and why a romantic point of view is vital to being a great wedding photographer, as well as getting away from the "rockstar photographer" status, the importance of creating friendships with your clients, and classic movies. Meanwhile, I recap my birthday and Coachella, and why I've stopped comparing my photography to others. This episode is sponsored by ProFlowers and

Episode 59 - Adrienne Pitts


New Zealand born/England resident/global citizen Adrienne Pitts hangs out with me via technology this week, where we essentially sell stuff to each other. And discuss life in New Zealand. And how she got kicked out of New Zealand by her parents to explore the world... and how that's a normal thing. And how she ended up as the Art Director for Jamie Oliver's magazine, Jamie (who is one of my all-time favorite chef personalities). And life as an art director, especially relating to working with photographers. And how she takes amazing portraits that simply feel relatable with a sense of nostalgia. Meanwhile, I share the importance of doing what you love.