PHOTOGRAPHS IN A SHOEBOX PODCAST

What do old photos mean to you?

This podcast aims to encourage you to cherish your own photographs knowing that they will be and can be enjoyed by the next generation, as well as now.

I hope to inspire you to preserve your memories and will be sharing ideas on how to do that, plus inviting guests to share their stories behind a treasured photograph.

I’ve been a family photographer for nearly 20 years at my portrait studio in Harlow, Essex, plus wife, daughter, and mother to a tween, so I’ve seen all angles of why photographs are important in our lives.

As a daughter discovering old family photographs and being unable to find out who most of them are (I can only guess), to my own daughter enjoying her baby photos and other family photos I want to inspire you to take those everyday photos with the camera you always have with you (your phone), and preserve what you have.

It’s about happy memories, and your legacy, and as a bonus studies have shown having photos of your family around the house boosts your children’s self-esteem – so keep updating!

Scroll down to see past episodes, and access the podcast show notes & recordings.

Portrait of baby photographer Sue Kennedy
Episode 038: Why You Should Make Time

Episode 038: Why You Should Make Time

Why you should make time for photographs Photographs are curious in the sense that people don't know they need them until they have experienced some kind of loss, and then they wish they had. This is summed up nicely by Katie Thurmes "we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone." And because tomorrow isn't promised. Listen to this Podcast Episode: Read the Podcast Transcript:...

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Episode 037: Are Pregnancy Photos Worth it?

Episode 037: Are Pregnancy Photos Worth it?

Pregnancy photos can be a marmite subject. Some want them, and others not so much. They can be a great way to start telling a new chapter of your family's story, but equally, this could be represented with a pregnancy journal, or perhaps a mix of the two. Listen to the full episode via the player or read the transcript below. I'd love to hear your thoughts: Listen to the Podcast: Read the...

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Episode 036: Telling Your Story One Photo at a Time

Episode 036: Telling Your Story One Photo at a Time

Telling your story one photograph at a time. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I was reminded of this the other day. In our profession, we help people by telling their story through photographs of their family, and this podcast is my reminder to you to do the same. Listen to the Podcast: Read an edited transcript of the podcast In this episode, we'll be talking about telling your story...

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Episode 035: Hand-me-down Photos

Episode 035: Hand-me-down Photos

Whilst scrolling Instagram recently, I came across a fairly sizeable post about hand-me-down clothes, and the memories they trigger, in much the way old childhood photos do. The difference being the photographs are handed down through the generations (hopefully) and not passed to friends or even strangers via a charity shop donation. However, both trigger the same opportunity to reminisce and...

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Episode 034: “I missed out on newborn photos”

Episode 034: “I missed out on newborn photos”

Recently I have this phrase a lot from people enquiring about professional baby photos. The message always starts with "I missed out on newborn photos" and generally goes on to give a perfectly valid reason for not getting around with it. Can I just say ... you're not alone. When my daughter was born it took me a month to get back into my own studio with her, and I know from photographing a lot...

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Episode 032: How to Get a Natural Smile in Photos

Episode 032: How to Get a Natural Smile in Photos

Today's episode is all about how to get a natural smile in photos. Specifically, your family photos, because what works for me in my studio will also work for your everyday photos too. So why not give one of the tips and try? Listen To the Podcast Here:Never ask a child to say 'cheese'. I tend to find what generates a smile can often be unexpected. Keep it playful and relaxedYou can also try...

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Episode 032: “I Just Want The Digital Photos”

Episode 032: “I Just Want The Digital Photos”

I just want the digital photos, it's a statement that gets made to me all the time when people are enquiring about a photography session with me.  It makes me shudder to be perfectly honest.  The main reason you don’t just want digital photos, and the three reasons you do want printed photos are inextricably linked. Let me explain. Listen to the Podcast: Podcast Transcript: When I...

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Episode 031: The Power of Photographs

Episode 031: The Power of Photographs

In today's episode, I wanted to talk about what clearing out my own parents' house taught me about the power of photographs, and how it changed my outlook on 'stuff'. Listen to the Podcast Episode: Read Transcript from the Podcast: When we came to clear my parents' house, we discovered many old photographs. Some we'd not seen before. Some from generations predating my parents. Some were from our...

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Episode 030: How often should you have professional family photos?

Episode 030: How often should you have professional family photos?

In this episode, I talk through my thoughts on the answer to the question, how often should you have professional family photos taken? And of course, I am going to encourage you to do this as regularly as possible - ideally once a year as it allows you to exist in photos, and ensures it gets done. Plus it avoids the regret of missing out, which is impossible to correct once that time has gone....

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