Category: the freelance life

On the Importance of Connecting with the Story

Choosing and Connecting with the Stories We Cover “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” the saying goes, and that’s pretty much what my dad told me, when I was very young. At the time, I didn’t quite understand what he was trying to say to me. That happened ...

Watermarks

On Designing Watermarks to Further Define Our Artist Voice To watermark or not to watermark? That is the question. My personal rule of thumb is: – usually, if I post the image on social media or blogs, I do add a watermark – if the image is for a client or publication, of course, I ...

Performing artist and LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS advocate, Cody Bondra, and actor and LGBTQ advocate Ron B, performing on Ron B's show, No Boundaries Up Close and Personal, at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Performing Artists

Over the years I’ve interviewed and photographed many performing artists in studio and on the set. They are actors, musicians, advocates, and inspiring people. Here are a few examples: Ron B’s show, No Boundaries-Up Close and Personal: Music Performances Performing artists Lovari at JC Pride: Others: Other performances include photographing actor and comedian Steve Hayes ...

On Setting Your Photography Rates

Things to consider when setting your photography rates   “How much is that doggy in the window?” I know only the beginning of that song, but what stands out, thinking of it as a creative, is that in the song someone does ask and actually is willing to pay for the dog. When it comes ...

Older Images – A Source of Inspiration

Finding Inspiration in Revisiting and Re-editing Older Images We’ve all heard of writer’s block, right? But is there such a thing as photographer’s block? Or artist’s block? Well, if that ever happens, try looking through older images. Not only you might rediscover your muse, but you might get a chance to revisit your artist voice, ...

Fog over Mississippi, NOLA. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Lessons Learned

Learning from Mistakes and Unfortunate Situations No matter how much we try to avoid them, we all make them–mistakes, that is. No matter how experienced we are–in life, that is–sometimes we can still find ourselves in unexpected, unpleasant situations, mostly when we consider ourselves among friends and have our guard down or at least lowered. ...

An Introduction to Disaster Preparedness and Readiness for Freelance Photographers and Writers

Disaster Preparedness and Readiness 101 – Tips for Freelance Photographers and Writers President of Resilient JC, Simon Pereira Shorey, offers advice on disaster preparedness and readiness to independent reporters “Getting caught in the rain” in a Pina Colada song scenario might seem like fun. Getting caught in the rain of a hurricane might not be ...

Chairs and camera on the set of No Boundaries at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Stage Fright

Stage Fright: Life at the other end of the lens Many of us, I assume, have some degree of stage fright, some more than others. Those of us, working behind the scenes, are more reluctant to switch roles and appear in front of (rather than behind) the lens or mic. As photographers, we feel comfortable ...

Sail Away. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Know When to Say “No”

Know When to Say No to a Project Years ago, when I was still trying to figure out my life as a freelancer, the advice was to never so no, to take on any and every project possible, paid and most of the time unpaid. The idea behind this advice was, I guess, to build ...

On Choosing the Best Subjects

On the importance of choosing the best possible subject/model for a visual story or photography project Subjects might or might not make or break a story, but they can definitely help us tell the strongest story possible. Choosing the right subject for a particular story–be that a story told in word or a visual story ...