On Finding Your Audience

On Finding Your Audience

Thoughts on finding your audience as an artist Last week I wrote about finding your artist's voice. This week, I'd like to touch on the importance of finding your audience, as an artist, and why I think it's important to find and have an audience. I believe that finding your voice, as an artist, helps [...]

Mardi Gras: Photographing Street Festivals and Parades

Mardi Gras: Photographing Street Festivals and Parades

Photographing Street Festivals and Parades Happy Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras beads on Garden District fences. New Orleans. Photo by Alina Oswald. I've visited New Orleans several times so far, at times, around Mardi Gras. I love the beads, masks, and parades that take over the entire Crescent City. But Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is [...]

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, [...]

Valentine’s Day – Photographing Love

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 [...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

Note to self, at the beginning of the New Year A couple of years ago I was at an event 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 waterfront, Symposia offers an [...]

What Doesn’t Kill You…and Other 2017 Resolutions

What Doesn’t Kill You…and Other 2017 Resolutions

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, or so they say. I haven't been sick in decades, but I did get sick right before Thanksgiving and, while it hasn't killed me (yet), I'm still struggling to completely get rid of it, this nasty, lingering...thing that has taken over my existence for over a month now. [...]