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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 ...

A Few of My Favorite Things

Working on “Must-Do” and “Wish-To-Do” Projects – An Ongoing Balancing Act   I guess we all know it. In life, there is what we need to do, and then there’s what we’d rather do; a must-do list, and a wish list. I think that, for the most part, deadlines help us keep an eye on ...

Notes on Writing the Artist Statement

On Writing about Photography: Drafting the Artist Statement Writers would rather write an article or essay than a query letter to an editor to pitch that article or essay. They’d rather write a book than a synopsis. That’s because it often seems to be so much harder to write a one-page query letter than a ...

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On Photographing Weddings

Photographing Weddings – A Comprehensive Photographic Experience Although I’ve been photographing for publications and small businesses for several years now, I’ve started shooting weddings only a few short years ago. The experience (of shooting weddings, especially as a main photographer) can be quite overwhelming, but it can also teach you a lot, and not only ...

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