Category: the freelance life

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 ...

Dress Code for Photographers and Writers

Dress Code for Freelance Writers and Photographers Years ago I used to walk in the Halloween Parade in New York City. I wouldn’t dress up for Halloween. Instead, I’d walk with a friend who always knows how to dress to impress. While he’d put on self-made black-leather wings and leather pants, I’d go as his ...

Hawaii Clouds. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Thoughts on Dealing with Low-Paying Clients

How to Deal with Low- (and often late-) Paying Clients We’ve been there, starting out by working for no-paying clients, and then picking up a few low-paying jobs from low-paying clients and feeling good about ourselves because we actually make some money. That’s all good, but it’s also good to be aware! In general, low-paying ...