Ep014 - Briana Malmquist, photographer, blogger, & social media guru

Bringing you one of my favorite photographers and an episode full of resources.

Briana has been our family photographer for the last few years. Every encounter she captures those special shots, ones you get as canvas prints that end up proudly displayed for all who visit. We first took photos in downtown Spokane on the bridges near the river. My daughter was at the age where she couldn’t sit still no matter what, but somehow, Briana captured some of the best pictures we’ve ever taken. Now that I’m writing this, I remember we were some of the first families to pose for Briana. She used us for practice sessions and we got some of the best stuff we could imagine! When she delivered the photos to us essentially the same day, it was an incredible gift that we’ve appreciated ever since.

Her ability to compose a shot then further the emotion of it post-production is top freaking notch. I mean top shelf, thousand dollar a bottle, crazy good. I’ve seen some serious editing and I have great respect for all photographers. Briana’s work is special beyond what you already expect from a serious photog. There’s emotion and atmosphere pouring from every shot. Nothing feels overly staged and the candidness helps bring the audience into the scene with the subject. You feel like you’re standing with Briana as she shoots when you look at her albums.

After recording this episode and further learning what makes her tick as a creative, you can see the wholesomeness in her motivation. We discussed her philosophy on using social media for your projects or business and it reiterated some of the comments other guests have had. Briana has a very helpful and sharing mindset. She offers the keys to the kingdom during this episode and does so like she owes it to the world. That’s something others can work towards emulating, eliminating the ego and competitiveness. Aaron from the Cascadian Beer podcast does so as well. They don’t flinch at the idea of a competition or challenge, they just want to help people!

I learned a fair amount myself this episode. We talked significant shop and I walked away with new ideas and directions to implement changes to my brand immediately. The idea that Briana wants a story to be told or an emotion evoked each time she posts is something that I didn't really consider. I’m almost checking off boxes with the posts and there should be more of a connection to the audience other than simply being an announcement and a pretty graphic. An immediate change will be the switching of styles for the audio previews and we’ll have more of them. It doesn’t hurt that the photos Briana provided for my graphics are in the mix as well. Did I mention she takes good photos?

This episode is exactly what the podcast needed - jump start the fall and the looming holiday season. Briana mentioned how nervous she was to record and how little she desires to be captured on video or audio, and I am forever grateful she stepped out of her comfort zone. There has been a guest or two that showed slight initial hesitance and I will never blame them for it. I still get nervous each time I record and my job is easier than the guests!

We have lines out to a few more potential guests so hopefully I can make up some of the missed time for the end of summer. I’d like to get the new segments launched in October so we can hit the ground running in 2019. Is it weird that I’m already discussing events months from now? That’s how fast time moves these days.

You can check out Briana Shae Photography and also Piper’s Zoo for her photography and blog. Please visit her Instagram pages for her photography business and Piper’s Zoo as well and give her a follow!



What's Happenin' | Monologue 01 recap and new ideas

Boom we are back!

If you've listened to the first monologue episode, you know big ideas are swirling in my brain right now.  These ideas are ambitious, daring, and most importantly, difficult to pull off.  I introduced the new segment as an opportunity to record future episodes alone and provide my own thoughts on a subject or issue.  During that time I had some new ideas for future segments, one of which I'm hoping will happen this fall or earlier.  That would be Follow Ups.

Simply put, previous guests would be given the opportunity to interview me and check in with what has happened since they recorded their original episode.  Aaron (episode 001) came up with the idea to have the guest interview me and it's a stroke of genius.  I'm stoked for the concept because in some of the episodes, especially the earlier ones, the conversation seemed to just begin.  I'm hoping old and future guests are open to the idea of making another appearance on the podcast.  It would be cool give them an opportunity to steer the ship if they so desired.  That leads me into the second idea we have for a new segment, and again, Aaron suggested something to add another dimension to the segment's concept.

There have been a few people who have reached out to me about starting a podcast.  A new segment for Amalgam would give those ambitious souls the opportunity to publish an episode under our banner.  Aaron's suggestion brings himself and his business partner into the mix, to critique and provide priceless feedback to improve the "show" this person would have created.  Obviously this could turn into a few different channels under the Amalgam banner making this band of misfits a full blown network of content.  Imagine that!

This leads me into the most exciting and final bit of news concerning the Amalgam Network!  We are introducing a new show called...

Talkin' Sports with Corb N' Trev

We all know that one person in our life, the sports fiend.  The guy or gal who can name the alma mater of 90% of players on the field, at anytime.  They watch cricket and don't live across the pond.  Their phone battery is constantly drained from endless updates, because they follow too many teams. Any spare moment, no matter the social environment, is for watching highlights.  Sports radio drones through car speakers on the way to work, they flip through updates between the parking lot and their desk, then it's a fresh serving of reading headlines with their morning coffee.  Do I need to explain this type of person anymore? I could, but I think you get it.

I am blessed to know a few people like this.  One is my cousin Zach and another is my buddy Trevor.  These two know more about sports than most of my other friends and family combined.  These guys fasten a drip of ESPN into their veins at night when they sleep.  They're actually super weird about it.  Zach spent one family reunion screaming at the tv in our cabin because the World Cup was on.  

Trevor and I worked together at the WSU Creamery down in Pullman, WA. We had met and become friends beforehand, but becoming colleagues at the greatest job a college student could have was a both hilarious and only the beginning.  Over the better part of a decade, Trevor and I had the fortune of our own friends becoming friends with each other and now we're one big happy bro fam.  We've recently gotten deep into UFC and creating a fantasy league around that organization.

I've wanted to create a new show with a second host that can grow and develop on its own.  Ideally the host opposite me would have a vast knowledge of their craft or subject and really provide the meat and potatoes for the content.  I can do my thing and keep it all together, provide an alternative perspective and then it becomes another big opportunity to grow creatively.  Aaron (the mensch) has already shown me how to setup new channels and Trev is working away on episode format as we speak.  This new channel is going to be a crazy fun time.  I've been able to move past my creative block and have some new ideas to compliment all the new content to come.

There are a slew of guests lined up for the original podcast.  I'm working on scheduling times and preparing interview questions.  Hopefully I can get these folks recorded soon.  The desire to purchase new equipment has been growing, but there are significant opportunities for improvement on the horizon.  Drawing significant conversation out of these next few guests is what I want most for the podcast right now.

Thanks for checking out the latest post, I hope you share my excitement for the projects to come. It feels great to carry momentum forward after some restructuring and time constraints.   My full time job has a surprise audit by the FDA next week so, that's a fun time.  We've already had two scheduled audits this year and that season was definitely supposed to be over.  Keeping us on our toes in 2018 - wouldn't have it any other way.