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Overexposed is a series of discussions with modern creatives who have found success through carving their own unconventional paths. Hear empowering stories from entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, artists and leaders on how they brought their creative passions to life.This podcast is a part of Pexels, one of the world's leading photography sites that helps millions of creatives make inspiring projects—all using the free, high-quality images contributed by our community of photographers.
 
Whoever has a camera to photograph, be it a professional DSLR or a smartphone, can make money selling his photos and videos online. Agencies like Pond5, Shutterstock, and Adobe Stock sell stock images to webmasters and advertisers, and stock footage to TV producers and directors. That content is produced by freelancers around the world that sometimes work with $1,500 equipment. Stock images subjects can be city landmarks, people, professions, animals, and others, but only producers who know ...
 
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Today I am joined by another one of our amazing Pexels Heroes, Hamid Tajik. Hamid is a photographer, filmmaker, and colorist based in Iran who actually had his start learning how to edit photos before taking them. If you are familiar with Hamid’s work, you will see that each of his photos carries a life of their own, through the meticulous planning…
 
Today I am talking to another one of our beloved Heroes here at Pexels, Mathilde Langevin. Mathilde can be described as a calm-conscious minimalist seeking balance through a simple & mindful life, which is very evident if you know her work. She loves to photograph and write about all things wellness for lifestyle brands + creatives. I first stumble…
 
To kick off this season, we have the incredible Fran Monks joining us! Fran is a British portrait photographer who aims to celebrate the under-celebrated. Her work has been featured in national and international magazines and newspapers and has worked with the likes of BBC, Oxford College, and The Financial Times. One of her most notable recent pro…
 
This week on the podcast, we are joined by Pexels Heroes Josh & Care Willink. Aside from being incredibly talented photographers and super parents, they joined their love for photography with their passion for travel adventure, as Third Coast Tribe. Josh & Care, along with their two little girls, share their love for discovering everything the grea…
 
Another solo episode coming your way! This time, we talk about the highly debated topic around smartphone photography: should professional photographers use it? Can you still take quality photos with a smartphone? Will it replace DSLRs and professional photography for good? We weigh the pros and cons, and suggest why and how you can embrace the fut…
 
This week, in true Throwback Thursday fashion, we are getting a blast from the past, whatever you wanna call it, of one of the highlights from last season where we had the chance to talk to Rachel and Daniel from Mango Street! If you’re a photographer, I feel like you don’t need this intro as you probably already know who they are from their moody,…
 
Today in the episode, we talk to one of our Pexels photographers, Zeeshaan Shabbir, who is a photographer/ videographer residing in New York City. Zeeshaan picked up a point-and-shoot camera for the first time growing up, like most photographers, and dabbled in various forms of photography from fashion to film, but it wasn’t until he moved to New Y…
 
Today I am joined by Amanda Soriano, who is a Toronto-based wedding photographer and host of the Legit Photography Podcast. In 2019, she booked 23 weddings with little to no portfolio and has since created her own communities on her podcast and Facebook group to share what she’s learned in hopes to help aspiring photographers looking to book dream …
 
Kammeran is a 22-year-old photographer, born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. He found his passion in the ocean at an early age and soon combined his passion of the ocean and photography at the age of 16 and has been photographing and sharing images of the raw power and beauty of the ocean ever since. He’s one of our own Pexels Heroes who’s beco…
 
If you’ve ever seen the work of our guest today, Jeffrey Czum, you can describe it as minimal magic. Jeff is a freelance digital creator from Buffalo, New York, and was featured as one of our Heroes of the Week on our blog a while back, talking about his "minimal makeovers,” where he creates fantastical worlds out of everyday scenes by removing dis…
 
In this episode, we are joined by one of our very own Pexels Heroes, the one and only Luke Barky! Luke is a 26-year-old creative director, photographer, and videographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Luke had his start in the advertising world 6 years ago before he started shooting professionally for the last 4. Luke’s energy and drive are abso…
 
Today on the podcast, we are joined by Fan Yang, the marketing manager at XP Pen, who makes graphics tablets, pen display monitors, stylus pens, and more. Fan will be telling us all about why every digital artist, no matter if you’re an illustrator, photographer, or graphic designer, needs an XP Pen tablet to take your creative journey to the next …
 
Our guest today is our very own, Ricky Esquivel! Ricky is our in-house videographer who will be helping us answer the question - what the f are NFT’s? I’m sure you’ve heard about them everywhere on the news and social media, and it can be very confusing knowing whether or not to believe in the hype! But have no fear! This episode will cover all of …
 
On this week’ episode, we are joined by Christy Laurence - the extraordinary founder of an Award-winning Global Social Media Suite, Plann, which helps millions of global brands find success online. Christy got her start in the Marketing & Advertising world, but after an unfortunate illness left her unable to continue working, she turned to posting …
 
Today on the show, we have the lovely Angelina Hong! I’ve been looking forward to this episode for so long so I am personally super excited to share this one with you guys. Angelina was actually supposed to join us last season, but we had to reschedule because you know, life gets in the way sometimes. Nonetheless, she is joining us today and that’s…
 
Today on the pod, we have lifestyle & adventure photographer Jeremy Bishop joining us from sunny Central California. If you’re a regular Pexels user, there’s a great chance that you’ve probably come across Jeremy’s work. After all, his work has been seen by over 113 million people, and that’s just on Pexels itself. He goes by @bluumind on Instagram…
 
She is a designer, comedian, performer, and educator on a mission to make the world a better place through her Meg-Tastic personality, which resonates throughout all aspects of her work. She has worked with the likes of Buzzfeed, Google, and Slack, just to name a few, but has also taken on stages across the world, including Adobe Max, to teach and …
 
Jill is the Social Media Editorial and Content Marketer at Later and honestly the sweetest person ever! Social content can be very daunting, there’s so much going on and with all of the new feature updates and social change, it’s hard to know where to start, and if you’re even doing the right thing. But have no fear! Whether you are running a busin…
 
Today, we have David Suh joining us on the podcast! If you’ve been on photography TikTok, there is a good chance you’ve come across David’s videos. While he is a portrait photographer based in Sacramento, CA, David’s TikTok content revolves around helping everyday women feel like their most beautiful selves through his fun, detailed posing tips, an…
 
Our guest today has founded his own company, been featured alongside Mercedes-Benz, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar released a course on how to get started creating 3D art and is on a mission to bring more sustainability and representation via virtual models through 3D art. Impressive? Well, he has done this all by the age of 16! Lucas Klubb a Melbourne…
 
Can't believe this is the last episode of Season 2! Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our amazing guests and listeners. Your support means the world and I hope this podcast has brought you some sort of inspiration over the past year. Here at Pexels, we are all about moving forward and staying optimistic about what’s ahead. In this episo…
 
Back again for the 2nd year is our annual Pexelspalooza! This year is bigger and better, with 10 epic challenges and $150000 in prizing to be won. Our guest this week is one of our judges for our Masterpiece photo challenge, Ulrich Grill. Ulrich is a jack of all trades and a leader in the photography world, let alone a talented photographer himself…
 
This week's episode is short and sweet but comes with a mighty challenge. Photographers - I challenge you to step in front of the camera and try out some self-portraits! While we may not be able to execute our shoots as per usual, this is a great opportunity to get outside of your comfort zone and test your creativity, not to mention improve your o…
 
While in-person interactions may be limited, it doesn't mean your creative career has to be! In this week's episode, your host Wendy unpacks 3 easy ways in which you can start investing in your own career. We summarize the key patterns and findings through 20 hours of interviewing with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. Best of all…
 
Our guest today is the wonderful Jia Wertz! As a young adult, Jia found an interest in pursuing stories about those who were wrongly convicted. She left a successful career in the fashion industry after 20 years to pursue documentary filmmaking, specializing in investigating the inconsistencies of the American Criminal Justice system. Upon graduati…
 
Our conversation this week is with Anna Dickson, who is currently the Visual Lead at Google, formerly at The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. In times of uncertainty, she is an advocate for positive change and moving forward. In this episode, we talk about how to identify emerging opportunities and the best practices for staying on top …
 
How does a photography podcast work? This week's episode is a little bit different in that there will not be a special guest - just a one on one chat between me and you. I'll be spilling all the juicy details - from how podcasts have helped me make a career in music photography, landing me in front of Taylor Swift, John Mayer & Billie Eilish, to th…
 
You know them for their moody, dynamic photos, and tutorials that don’t waste your time. Mango Street currently has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube, covering topics like “3 Tips for BETTER Portrait Locations for Your Photography” and “How to Pose Friends Who Aren't Models.” This week, we talk to Rachel & Daniel from Mango Street about the pow…
 
Meet Helen Tansey - a photographer, business owner, and a podcaster. Her photography work has been featured on Breakfast Television, the Discovery Channel, and Elle magazine, but Helen actually started on the other side of the camera as a professional model in Europe. Throughout her photography career, she has taken headshots of actors, families, a…
 
Today, we are talking to filmmaker Lina Li. In 2017, she made the switch from business school to study film at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2018, she founded 100% Human - a human-centric mini-documentary series sharing authentic stories and raw emotions, which is fiercely relevant in today’s circumstances where physical connection is limited. …
 
Today, we are talking to worldwide, award-winning photographer and educator, Natalie J Watts. Since receiving her first camera for Christmas when she was 7, Natalie has since made her mark starting in fashion photography, being credited by Elle UK, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue, just to name a few. Since then, she has graduated with a BA Honours in photo…
 
Today, we are talking to Writer and Communications Strategist, Julia Rose. With a background in politics, research, marketing, and tech, her experiences have led her to help CEOs, Executive Directors, and leaders communicate about the world's most important topics. Her brand messaging and content strategies help leaders get the funding, engagement,…
 
Today, we are talking to Photographer and Journalist Rachel Claire, known as @fieldnotes__ on Instagram. While she was born and raised in Australia, her work has taken her all around the world, which you can tell from her dreamy, FOMO-inducing travel photos. Aside from her travels, she has worked with the likes of Canva, Converse, TripAdvisor, and …
 
Today, we are talking to design and branding extraordinaire, Christine Lieu, who is joining us from Toronto. She traded in climbing the corporate ladder for climbing mountains around the world. Now, she is a full-time freelancer and runs her own branding, web design, and social content studio called CL Designs. Christine is also the host of the Bra…
 
Today, we are talking to Senior Graphic Designer and Creative Director, Juan Alfonso Solís Martínez. Juan has been a native Pexels user for the past few years as a designer, and has recently joined us as a photographer - offering up his beautiful, cinematic photos for free on his Pexels profile. He is known mainly as @thethinframe on Instagram, hav…
 
Our first double feature podcast collab! On this episode, we talk to agency founders and digital natives, Nick Klenchik and Chris Davis. Nick is the CEO and Founder at Kowala Creative, a digital marketing agency specializing in marketing and design based in Syracuse, New York. Chris is a digital marketer and graphic designer. He has also started hi…
 
Today, we are talking to Oladimeji Ajegbile who is joining us from Nigeria. Oladimeji is an all-around creative who wears many hats - he is an architect, designer, podcaster, and one of our talented photographers on Pexels. A self proclaimed Brand Architect, Oladimiji designs brand identities and digital products for startups and established busine…
 
Craig Dennis is a photographer who contributes to Pexels and a Product Designer who uses Figma. After running into the problem of not being able to find a plugin to use images from the stock photo site for Figma, he decided to try and make his own using the Pexels API. He tracked his progress in a Twitter thread, where we found him, and started wor…
 
We are so excited to be kicking off Season 2 of Overexposed, with Evgeny Tchebotarev! Ev is currently the Chief Growth Officer at Skylum and had previously founded one of the world’s biggest, most renowned photography communities, 500px. Evgeny Tchebotarev got his first camera almost 20 years ago. In 2004, before social networking invaded all of ou…
 
This episode was a live recording from our Toronto event in partnership with Timbuk2. Panelists Ryan Bolton (Photographer), Lindsey Rebeiro (Artist Representative) and Colin Jaworski (Art Director/Graphic Designer) will be sharing their stories about how they got to their respective careers in the creative industries. About Ryan: Ryan Bolton is an …
 
In September 2019, Pexels' content team embarked on the first-ever #PexelsTour through California! Our very own Pedro (Brazil Ambassador), Wendy (Social Media), and Ricky (Videography) sit down to talk about how they planned their road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, with no shortage of interesting stories along the way.…
 
As a self-taught illustrator and designer, David Huynh has amassed nearly 100K followers on Instagram between his own account and Logo Goals, a design feature account he founded. In this episode, we talk about how David turned a creative passion for drawing into a profitable freelance business. You can find his work at @davidhuynh__…
 
Kishan Mistry is a photographer, videographer, and designer based out of Toronto, Ontario. Kishan got his start early on in his high school days playing around with all different forms and mediums of media. His love for “hoops & music” lead him to have worked with the likes of Drake, Migos, Travis Scott, and the Toronto Raptors. In this episode, we…
 
Sometimes stock photographers are people who make thousands of dollars per month, but usually they are just guys who think that producing stock images is a job, but they make just a few dollars per month. In this episode you will understand why stock photography can help you live a better life, but can also give you a lot of problems if you don't s…
 
Being a producer of stock images and stock footage is the business of the future for many photographers and film makers. In that market competition rises day by day and only talented people can make money with stock photography. Videoblocks gave me $3,000 to upload my content to their marketplace, but there's no secret formula to make money with mi…
 
In the microstock industry the competition between stock images and stock footage producers is rising, and in the globalized world your competitors are not only the photographers and video makers who live in your city, but people from all over the world. The only strategy to beat them is studying and working hard to produce the content that the mar…
 
A few years ago, I shot the hotel room that I rented for the weekend, and the stock footage I created allowed me to earn more than what I spent during those days. Today there is more competition in the microstock industry, but it's still possible to make money with the stock images and the stock footage you can create while visiting the world. In t…
 
In the last few years, agencies like Pexels and Unsplash started giving away stock images to webmasters and advertisers. For a photographer who wants to make money with microstock, it is not the best choice to upload on those websites, even if sometimes they can generate leads for their business. Working for free means first not being free, because…
 
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