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103 – Through a Different Lens: The Importance of Inclusivity and Authenticity in Photography

As photographers, it’s important to capture images that are representative of the diversity of the world around us. But it can be challenging to create images that are both inclusive and authentic. In this episode, we’ll be discussing some important considerations and strategies to help you create images that accurately reflect your subjects, while also celebrating their uniqueness.

We’ll be talking about everything from the importance of building trust and rapport with your subjects, to choosing poses and angles that flatter a variety of body types. We’ll also be discussing ways to create a comfortable and supportive environment for neurodivergent individuals, and how to capture their unique qualities and strengths in your images.

Whether you’re a professional photographer or just starting out, this episode is full of valuable insights and tips to help you create inclusive and authentic images of subjects of all body types and neurodivergent individuals. So grab your camera, get ready to open your mind and your heart, and join us as we explore the fascinating world of inclusive and authentic photography.

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About My Guest

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Mary Vance is a lifestyle photographer and videographer located in the suburbs of Seattle, Wa, where she specializes in high school senior photography. Over the past decade, Mary has earned a reputation for creating connection in single-subject images as well as crafting inclusive experiences for her senior clients, specifically for those who are neurodiverse or identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Mary merges her past life as a professional dancer with her ease of interaction with teenagers to create natural posing workflows to flatter all bodies. 

Mary has shared her approach to senior photography thru speaking engagements with WPPI, the RangeFinder Lounge, The Bokeh Podcast, and the Elena S Blair Mastermind and Retreat. She writes regularly for RangeFinder Magazine and has been educating for over 20 years.  

You can find more information about Mary on her website – – as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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