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Episode Info: Summary In this episode we discuss issues or blessings we may have with our families in relation to our passion of photography. Not everyone will be supportive of you and pursuing photography as a career, but when it comes to your family, it can make that journey even more difficult.  Gary and Jacob have slightly contrasting experiences to share to help others understand that you need to find support from somewhere if you family isn’t doing so. Download Episode 6 Subscribe on iTunes or download via the link below (right click and save as) Download Episode 6: In the Beginning Notes from this episode. Family support is a big deal. Having the support of your family can help you succeed and be much happier in your work. Sometimes you just want to enjoy the company of family. You don’t always want to be the family workhorse at family events. You want to enjoy photography, not feel used by those who love you.  It can be struggle at times. It may be a matter of time. Sometimes when your work becomes tangible and inspiring your family can start to see why you love photography. Family doesn’t have to be by blood. When you find others that have a common ground to you or just support what you do, you feel a sense of family or kinship.  Its a very important thing to have to keep that creative spark and love for what you do, no matter what it is. Images related to this episode.   Gary’s Images “Brothers”– My nephews have been the biggest supporters of my work. During my 365 project, they kept close tabs on who was in the most pictures. Here’s an example of getting them involved and capturing the differences in their eyes and personalities. “Corporal Gary Meulemans”– I took this photo of my dad from Vietnam, spent a couple hours cleaning up the dust and scratches, and gave it my 2013 editing approach to black and white, bringing this image from before I was born back to life. I printed a few copies of this as an 8 x 10 image for my family and they loved it. “Delicate Flower”– A few months after my grandmother passed away, I asked my sister to pose with this flower that was Grandma’s casket. This was in honor of what would have been her 98th birthday. My sister was honored to take part in this image as she was Grandma’s goddaughter. I asked my nephew, who is my godson, to hold the off-camera flash for me. It was fun to include my family in this very special image. My nephew is always quite the ham around me camera, butRead more »

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