Month: February 2017

Mardi Gras: Photographing Street Festivals and Parades

Photographing Street Festivals and Parades Happy Mardi Gras! I’ve visited New Orleans several times so far, at times, around Mardi Gras. I love the beads, masks, and parades that take over the entire Crescent City. But Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is one of the street festivals some of us hope to attend and capture ...

Old New Orleans cajun rum

Crescent City

Many years ago, on my very first trip to New Orleans, I remember I drove past a sign which read: “NO Airport.” I took me a moment to realize that that meant “New Orleans Airport.” New Orleans goes by other names. Many might know NOLA as Crescent City, the Big Easy or Mardi Gras City. ...

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When Clients “Forget” to Pay

As creatives, we might be the only professionals who are asked, expected even, to work for free. Nobody would ever dare ask a doctor or a lawyer or a technician to work for free, no matter their seniority. And so, why is that people (most people anyway) consider that it’s OK to ask creatives–photographers, writers, ...

Wedding and Engagement Photography by Alina Oswald.

On Fashion Photography

(Experimenting with) Photographing Fashion   I photograph men. Sometimes, I photograph fashion, mostly men’s fashion. Over the years I’ve shot several teen fashion shows for Hudson Pride Connections, in Jersey City, a few years back, and then the new collection of an (then) up and coming young designer in New York City. More recently, I ...

Valentine’s Day – Photographing Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, in particular, most of us celebrate love…or maybe lack thereof. But how do we, creatives, define love (or lack thereof) and how do we express or capture love in our work? That depends on what kind of art form we use to talk about love. First thing that comes to mind ...

On Mood as Muse

On Mood as Muse (or maybe The Moody Muse): How our mood affects our work and what we can do about it   Like it or not, our mood affects our daily lives–personal and professional. I believe that mood has an even greater impact on our creative work. That’s because as creatives, we must make ...