Ep 320: Candid family and commercial photography with guest Rowena Meadows

We catch up with Rowena Meadows to chat about candid family and commercial photography. We cover: dealing with rapid success; the transition from family portraits to commercial advertising; her thought process for capturing beauty in the ordinary; how she works with her families and commercial clients; how to blend in as a documentary photographer; the difference between a “real” and a posed moment; Rowena’s go-to lens; dealing with Covid lockdowns and much more.

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Show Notes

In this episode, we welcome back Documentary photographer Rowena Meadows. We last chatted with Rowena back in Jan 2018 (EP 184)
Meadows is a master at capturing the beauty in ordinary moments.
Her images are authentic, chaotic, heartfelt and joyous.

Topics covered include:

  • Dealing with rapid success
  • The transition from family portraits to commercial advertising
  • Row shares her thought process for capturing beauty in the ordinary
  • How she works with her families and commercial clients
  • How to blend in as a documentary photographer
  • The difference between a “real” and a posed moment
  • Rowena’s go-to lens
  • Dealing with Covid lockdowns
  • +heaps more!


Rowena is a psychologist turned documentary family photographer, born with an unavoidable inclination to observe, an intense discomfort with perfection and a desire to dominate every person she meets at table tennis. She sees her work with families as an opportunity to reflect, reframe and shift the way they see themselves, both as a system and as individuals. This approach led her to place first in the documentary category of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers in 2018. A lover of playing piano, expressive eyebrows and every kind of confectionary conceivable, Rowena lives in Melbourne, Australia and is available worldwide for documentary and commercial photography sessions.


Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2017 (Documentary/Photojournalism) – 2nd and 8th place.

Clique Photographer of the Year 2016 – finalist

Clique Summer Challenge Winner – 2016

Clique Open Challenge Winner – 2017

Australian Photography Awards 2017 – 2nd place Documentary Category.

Australian Photography Awards 2017 – 3rd place Portrait Category.

Documentary Family Awards (international) 2017 – Judges choice winner, 1st place (humour category), 2nd place (water category), finalist (environmental portrait category).


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