Category: portrait photography

blogs and pages about portrait photography

International Workers’ Day

International Workers Day First of May is International Workers’ Day also known as May Day or “Labor Day” how those outside the U.S. call it. Today, I can’t help but think of those who’ve come before us, fought and sacrificed for future generations to have a better life. Come to think of it, I went ...

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! Today some of us celebrate women–our mothers, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, sisters, our role models, teachers, and so on. This year in particular, let’s celebrate those advocating for women’s rights, for human rights. Here are a few of the inspiring women I’ve met along the way. Many of them have been my ...

Lighting Patterns and Artist Voice: Split Lighting

On choosing the best lighting pattern for your subject, as well as for your photographic voice   Do you have a favorite lighting pattern? Have you wonder why that particular lighting pattern is your favorite? Have you ever wondered how (or if) it helps define your photographic voice? Choosing one lighting pattern over another is ...

Photographing (Almost) Nudes

Thoughts on Photographing (Almost) Nudes and Bodyscapes 101 There are landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and skyscapes, and then there are bodyscapes. There is boudoir, as well as dudeoir, and then there is nude photography. When it comes to art, nudes often make an intriguing and interesting subject, oftentimes complicated to paint in words, with light or ...

Photographing Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

How to photograph blind and visually-impaired individuals.

Activism through the Lens

Photographing for a Cause: Photographing HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ Activists In photography, TTL (or Through The Lens) metering determines the flash exposure by measuring the amount of light coming, you guessed, through the lens. Through The Lens is also the name of an article I wrote for A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine , America’s first HIV magazine, about ...

No Boundaries - Group Shot. Photo by Alina Oswald.

On the Set: Photographing Shows and Performances

On the Set of Ron B’s Show, No Boundaries: Up Close and Personal The other day I found myself, yet again, at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), on the set of No Boundaries: Up Close and Personal, a show hosted by no other than actor, activist and Tina Turner impersonator, Ron B [Ron B. appeared, ...

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 ...

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What I Would Tell My Younger Self

Note to self, at the beginning of the New Year A couple of years ago I was attending an event, one of the many, at Symposia bookstore, in Hoboken, New Jersey. By the way, thanks to its dedicated manager, Carmen Rusu, Symposia is the place to be while in Hoboken. A block away from the ...

Self-Portraits

Photographing One’s (Own) Self   Self-portraits can teach us a lot, especially for those of us, portrait and headshot photographers, and not only. Self-portraits help reveal who we are as creatives, and also as individuals. More often than not, photographers feel at home behind the camera. Place them in front of their own lens, and ...

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