Your Results Are In…
Sweet! Soooo…what's that mean?
All those skills that are essential to creating in-depth, thoughtful, collaborative, world-shaking stories and projects? You got 'em! You’re curious and consistently crave learning new things.
Even though you already have a breadth of knowledge, you’re always ready for more.
You love seeing how the “big picture” is made. Your curiosity helps you easily (and joyfully!) draw in the lines between dots. Creative projects that feel like putting a puzzle together are your favorite.
You’re a natural connector of ideas and people (even if you don't always realize it).
Because of this, long term projects don’t scare you. In fact, you are constantly looking for new information that can make an existing project more interesting.
Much of your creative inspiration comes through conversations with others, dreaming up ideas, or digging deep into a topic.
As a visual storyteller, you are more about the journey than rushing toward an end goal. You enjoy the process of learning, implementing, and progressing.
You delight in even “small” conservation wins, because you recognize their deeper importance and all that is learned and gained in getting to that win.
You know how all your diverse projects ultimately connect into having a large impact as a visual storyteller.
Unique Challenges Naturalists Face
(Prepare for these hiccups on your Path to Impact)
There's a flip side to that curiosity coin.
You see impactful change happening thanks to conservation visual storytellers and are inspired by it. (Did the yellow-bordered cover of National Geographic Magazine flash through your mind just now?)
But that often leads Imposter Syndrome – the idea you have to be an expert at something in order to take part.
This limiting belief crops up inside everyone, but Naturalists are particularly prone to it.
“Making a difference” is often interpreted as doing something BIG and splashy. Like, the cover of a major magazine or doing something news-worthy like getting a species listed on the Endangered Species List.
But that kind of thing isn't actually what drives you. So, finding how you can make a “real” difference can feel like a challenge.
To make matters that much more frustrating… You’re often the only one in your creative community that is focused on conservation, so you don’t get those conversations you crave.
Your ongoing desire for new knowledge and creative conversation (that doesn't endlessly revolve around f-stops and Lightroom workflows) means you’re often wasting time searching for in-depth sources of very niche information…. like, you know, conservation visual storytelling.
Naturalists are essential to driving big changes that impact our natural world through the breadth of knowledge they bring to the table, and the ability to connect the dots between concepts, people and outcomes.
But all Naturalists still need a strong community of people who inspire them to continuously create, and the boost of confidence that comes with making a difference through their work.
Your Path to Impact Action Plan
Now that you know your unique strengths and potential challenges, you're ready to rock a plan of action and get moving on your journey!
Download the Path to Impact Map Maker.
This is your new go-to resource. The Map Maker helps you dig deep to overcome the challenges that hold you back, all while helping you zero in on your next steps to make progress in your creative calling as a conservation visual storyteller.
With the Map Maker you'll:
- Get clear on your ‘Why', which becomes your motivator for overcoming “Imposter Syndrome” moments
- Zero in on limiting beliefs so you can flip them into empowering, progress-building statements
- Create a pile of creative ideas, and choose your ONE big idea to move forward with
- Includes exercises and inspiration triggers!
Your Map Maker is also waiting for you in your email inbox right now with next steps for getting into action.
Pssst…. did you skip providing your email earlier and now really want in on this goodness? No worries – here's your second chance! ⬇️
Get super clear on exactly which steps you need to take TODAY with the Map Maker
One of your great strengths as a Naturalist is the wave of curiosity and inspiration that builds at the onset of a project. And one of your challenges is losing steam when you hit the hard parts. Don't do that with the Map Maker.
Ride the wave of lets-do-this-thing energy, put pencil to paper, and learn all that's in store for you as an exceptional conservation visual storyteller.
In fact, a copy of the Map Maker is on its way to your email inbox. There's nothing I'd love more than to get a reply email from you letting me know you've completed it.
Stay motivated and on track with this curated playlist
Pop in your earbuds and binge on this curated playlist of free training for Naturalists that will teach you one essential lesson for each of the 3 M's — Mindset, Motivation and Mastery. Listen in order to maximize your fired-up-ness.
I've made a customized implementation plan for you and it's coming your way BUT the only way to get it is to head to your inbox in 3,2,1 and download your Map Maker.
Have we met yet?
Hello! I'm Jaymi Heimbuch
From the time I first picked up a camera to document wildlife, I've felt the need to put images to work for the benefit of the natural world.
So that pull you feel? The one that drives you to do something that matters with your photos and films? Yeah, I am right there with you.
Experiencing wilderness and witnessing wildlife is my passion and thus conservation photography is my purpose. But that goes WAY BEYOND image-making. After 10 years working as a writer and photo editor, I went full-time into conservation photography. And I realized something that changed me…
So many visual storytellers want to make an impact… and have no idea how.
That's when I recognized my own ‘Why': helping my fellow creatives reach their biggest goals in conservation visual storytelling. Because a win for one of us is a win for the entire planet.
I founded Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy to train photographers and filmmakers who have a passion for nature, conservation and science. And I run a thriving membership community, Wild Idea Lab, where conservation visual storytellers get their fill of ongoing creative and professional development.
Working alongside extraordinary students and members every day fires. me. UP. And I'm thrilled that I now get to work alongside you!
Looking for a jump-start
on making the exciting creative moves you are dreaming up starting, like, yesterday?
Grab a seat in my FREE masterclass for photographers and filmmakers who're movers-shakers-and-change-makers
The 5-Point Path
to Become an Effective & Influential Conservation Visual Storyteller
You'll learn how to make a positive impact as a nature photographer or filmmaker without getting side-tracked by your busy schedule, lost in all of the “how do I”s or wasting time wondering about the best things to focus on right now.
What You'll Learn
in this FREE Masterclass
– 1 –
The Essential Mindset Shift
that highly successful nature conservation photographers and filmmakers make early on, which will send you speeding forward on powerful creative projects
– 2 –
The 5 Critical Milestones
that advance your creative skills, build your network with publishers and peers, and help you overcome any conservation or creative challenge you encounter
– 3 –
The “Easy Button” Strategy
for making essential connections and contacts that drive forward your photography or film projects and get your work out into the world in a BIG way
– 4 –
The #1 Myth
that can hold you back for years if you continue to believe it (Hint: If you think it'll take you ages to get your work seen because you're new and just starting out, busting this myth will fast-track you.)
My Top Time-Savvy Strategy
for making progress on your creative goals, even if you only have a few hours a week to spare from your busy schedule
You want to make a difference for wildlife and wilderness using your creative talents as a photographer or filmmaker. But…
Your motivation is there, big time. But there's always another obstacle in the way.
Maybe it's a busy schedule that constantly pushes your passion work to the back burner. You try to get back on track but aren't sure where you should even begin.
Or it's uncertainty about how you “measure up” right now, and the fear of whether or not you're ready to pitch your work (or the fear of making the wrong move with an editor) that has you stalled out on forward progress.
Or it's the feeling of isolation… like you're on the outside looking in and wondering how in the world you can join the ranks of the accomplished pros you admire so much.
I've got good news for you…
Knowing the core milestones you're working toward speeds up your journey in a BIG way.
Whether you're a volunteer photographer or filmmaker with a passion for creating change for your local community…
or a professional with big dreams for your career…
it's essential to know exactly what you're working toward at each step of becoming a mover-and-shaker with your conservation photography or films.
That clarity creates momentum.
When you understand the path to becoming an effective and impactful conservation visual storyteller with each essential point of the path you need to hit and where you are on the path right now that's when you gain the focus and tools to be truly effective (and fulfilled!) at the creative work you're so passionate about.
And that's where I step in and have your back.
Your path is unique to you, but the points you must hit on the way to success are universal. I lay each of them out for you in this FREE masterclass.
This is just the start!
I'm not about dropping a few nuggets of info and leaving it at that. I'm here to help you take action and do the things you're dreaming of as a creative conservation visual storyteller. Consider me your guide on your personal Path to Impact.
Keep an eye on your inbox because I'm sending you more tips and how-to knowledge that keep you fired up with the 3 Ms – Mindset, Motivation and Mastery – and of course weekly inspiration so that you can put all your skills and talent into action and hit your bold goals for yourself and the planet.