Category: the freelance life

Fog Silhouettes. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Seize the Moment

Carpe Diem The full version of the Latin phrase is, actually, "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero," meaning "Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future." Recent events in my life have reminded me of the importance of seizing the moment, the day, of living each moment to the fullest, because, before ...

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. ...