Matt Payne Photography Blog: Finding Your Why In Photography

April 18, 2022

Finding your why as a photographer is a noble life-long pursuit that can lead to many wonderful and satisfying years of creative exploration and output. On today's podcast, we are joined by nature photographer Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero to discuss her journey as a photographer and her pursuit of finding her why. Jeanie and I get into the weeds a bit on her past evocations, but be sure to stick through our chat as there are some valuable lessons to be gleaned from what she shares.

Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • Jeanie's wild journey in life as a software engineer, massage therapist, English teacher, and business owner;
  • How Jeanie suffered from major burn-out in her career and how it has impacted her approach to photography;
  • Jeanie's former business creating software for quilt-makers and how that business informs her views;
  • Jeanie's experiences as an English teacher in Vietnam;
  • How a tragic wild fire inspired Jeanie to work on a photography project;
  • Jeanie's thoughts on Instagram and other social media;
  • And a lot more!
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

Here is who Jeanie recommended on the podcast this week:

Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

Over on Patreon, Jeanie and I have a deep, candid, and thoughtful conversation about the dangers in comparing ourselves to others in photography including a bit of a rant about a recent article I wrote about deception - so if you're not supporting the podcast on Patreon, and this topic is of interest to you, you might want to check it out. For just $5/mo, you can support the podcast on Patreon and gain access to hundreds of hours of bonus content.

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Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

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Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

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Scroll down to see more of Jeanie's excellent photographs!

Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Finding Your Why in Photography - A Conversation with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.