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Positivity First

Elise Swopes, Kenna Klosterman

Positivity First

Elise Swopes, Kenna Klosterman

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Our weekly audio podcast We Are Photographers brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers, and industry game-changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman discovers the real human stories about why they do what they do.

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In this episode Elise Swopes explores topics of personal growth, mindfulness, mental health and creativity. She talks about how her childhood influenced her emotional life in both challenging and beautiful ways. Elise shares how she discovered her mission to push accessibility, provide education and encourage people to not hold themselves back. Learn the morning rituals that frame the daily inspiring Reminders she's published for years. From college dropout to entrepreneur with 280k+ followers on IG who's collaborated with 100+ brands, Elise’s positivity has influenced her ability to release her own limiting beliefs.


Elise Swopes is a Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based photographer, graphic designer, videographer, and public speaker. When she first joined Instagram in 2011, she couldn’t have imagined that she’d one day be featured on billboards, in commercials, and on mood boards at agencies across the globe. She just knew that the phone in her hand held incredible power, one that would allow her to inspire others while showcasing her unique vision. Since then, the self-taught creative has used her business savvy to spin influencer marketing on Instagram into a full-fledged career. Don’t miss Elise’s inspirational TEDx talk and subscribe to her podcast Swopes So Dope.