TWiP Family 050: Molly Flanagan

molly_headshot_webIn this episode, I talk with Molly Flanagan. Molly is a mother of three, she runs the Define School with Kelly Hatcher and teaches a class there titled Visual Storytelling. Molly photographs families in their homes as they are. In her photographs of her own family and of families she photographs, Molly strives to celebrate the heart of the home – not domestic perfection but the nurturing and comfort offered there. And, like me, her kids are raising mail ordered butterflies at the moment.

In episode 18,  I talked with Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman. When we spoke, Jenn was expecting a new baby in a few weeks. I asked if she was going to have a birth photographer. She said no but Molly Flanagan was coming to her house after her baby was born. You can see those photos here.

In this interview with Molly Flanagan, we talk about how she began photographing her family and how her work evolved from posing families in the park to documenting families at home. We also talk about how she travelled the United States with her family last summer, photographing and teaching along the way.

You can find out more about Molly Flanagan: Website, Define School, Instagram, Facebook,

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This year I’m doing a 365 Project: taking a sharing a photo from every day of 2016. You can see my project and the projects of other TWiP Family listeners on Flickr in the TWiP Family 365 Project 2016 group. We’d love to have you join us there. It’s never too late.

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  • Oh, I heard my name on this show and it made me so happy! Great show. I totally agree with Molly on the evolution of her photography from posing families in the park to documenting families at home. That’s what I’ve been focusing on since this year started, because I started to listen to my heart before shooting. The first thing I did was to remove newborn from my catalog. I used to do newborn with props, a lot of props and it never felt right. Now I only work with lifestyle newborn and it feels sooo right! Of course I lost some clients with this decision, but I’ll certainly get others, the ones that share this view with me!

  • Hello Laura! I’m so glad you’ve joined the 365 group. I love seeing your photos. I loved hearing how Molly’s photography evolved. I just recorded an episode with Taryn Boyd of BluHippo Photography (If I put that in as a link the comment might not post.) You’ll love it – we talk about how her maternity and newborn work is growing and shifting in a similar way to yours. It’ll be out in a few weeks. Thanks for listening. Jenny

  • Great! Thanks for your support Jenny! You are a great host and a very helpful person! I am taking my time to explore black and white photos on my 365 project, because my professional work is really colorful! Now that I have a project where I can experiment, I’ve been balancing more between color and b&w. And I am more happy with my results in general! Looking forward to hear this episode you mentioned!

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