Family & Wedding Documentary Photography Blog | Cliff Etzel

PUT YOUR FEET UP & EXPLORE….

I’ve been a working, professional photojournalist and documentary photographer since 1987. In that time, I’ve shot more visual storytelling projects than I can count.

In that time, I’ve been extremely grateful to have won several regional photojournalism awards for my work.  As I my in depth skills to telling those authentic human experience stories of families – from birth to end of life and everything in between – I will be posting various project highlights and other material related to what I do.

Of course, none of this might not mean anything to you, as a client. The only thing that should matter is whether you like my photographic work. I hope you do as much as I enjoy creating these projects.

Please make time to look around this blog. Start with the most recent is my recommendation, and then go from there.

The Visual Storyteller Podcast Episode One – Welcome

So here I go dipping my toe into the waters of podcasting. The premise?  A podcast dedicated to documenting the human experience of local communities and families from a visual storytelling perspective. I’m a visual storyteller, but the ability to impart information in other mediums has a place for visual content creators like myself.  So […]

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Community Visual Journalism is needed now more than ever

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer I’m reiterating this again… Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted last – As David Hobby has said: I don’t want […]

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Documenting Your Own Back Yard

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer Photo by Joey L As a self trained photojournalist and editorial photographer, I’ve been privy to many of my colleagues lamenting/believing […]

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Community Visual Journalism Site (Re)Launched

I initially started LaneCounty360 as a sideline project but it has languished off and on since it’s launch back in 2011.  I recently realized that the site is more than just a project for me.  It provides a purpose for creating unique images of people, places and things that are a part of the community.  […]

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The NatGeo Layoffs – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

  It was announced today that the buyout of National Geographic by 21st Century Fox earlier this year has resulted in almost 200 staffers being let go. The very idea of what photojournalist and colleague Patrick Downs stated as “They’re (21st Century Fox) gonna mess up the jewel in the NGS crown” is a severe […]

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Audio Slideshows: Part Two

I respect and admire the work of Benjamin Chesterson, Co-Founder of duckrabbit and he’s someone I turn to for virtual mentorship on occasion. I posted previously about my revisiting the use of audio slideshows and came across this five year old posting from the duckrabbit blog entitled “In Praise Of The Audio Slideshow” and I […]

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The Dump Truck Mentality Of Photography

“In a world where one billion photos are taken each day, we suffer from photographic overload, a collective visual fatigue even among a vibrant array of venues and greater opportunities for sharing photos. The big challenge is to show people something they haven’t seen before, a new approach to an old issue or idea that […]

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Audio Slideshows: The Story is Everything

Once again, I’m thinking outside the box – and asking why I should be doing what everyone else is doing for digital storytelling – ie; shooting nothing but video? There’s good video and bad video – and most of what I see today is along the lines of a comment I heard Photojournalist David Burnett […]

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Staging, Manipulation and Truth in Photography

The New York Times “Lens” Blog posted an important piece around how today’s photojournalists are, in my opinion, discrediting the profession for the sake of the perfect picture.

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What Inspires Me: Finding Balance by MediaStorm

I’ve been revisiting those projects that inspired me to pursue my work as a multimedia journalist. Compelling storytelling has always attracted me and this piece ins no exception.

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