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E68: The Human Element: Telling A Story In Any Medium W/ Zachary James Photos



Zachary and I met when he tuned in regularly watching our IG live show on Thursday nights, I hired him to take my band photos, and here we are! Zach and I talk about his getting into full time photography and looking for the human element and story of a project. Speaking about how to work with clients personalities, how to make a statement, and how to make photos work for you.

If you like photography or want to go full time in the space this ones for you or anyone creative looking inside other projects, ways of getting into it, and the creative story telling from any medium

In This Episode We Cover

  • Changing paths

  • Collaborative conversation

  • Finding people through social to outside relationship

  • What story are we trying to tell?

  • Using YOUR medium to story tell

  • Getting your ideas out there before you start working with others

  • Filtering out clients to get the right fit

  • Your stamp on your work

  • The human element


“ Because it looked like a trailer but it was actually a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house, the photos were that bad that I saved $40,000 on it, thats what good photos can do.” - Host Dave Swillum

“ When we were doing the band shoot it was almost a conversation. I want to hear your input, you’re trying to put out the theme of your mustic, or the idea of your music.” - Zachary James

“Using the thing that you have as a medium that you’re best with to convey a story, that’s what being a creative is.” - Host Dave Swillum

Zach’s Recommended Resources


Zach’s Links




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Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok


Facebook Community to connect to creatives


Youtube Channel

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