Dos & Don’ts

Dos & Don’ts

...of freelance-client relationships Ah, the small things in life.... This past weekend I read a book just to give my mind a break, no strings attached. I needed it for my sanity, and it allowed me the time to rethink my to-do and to-don't lists for the near and not-so-near future. That, in turn, helped [...]

On Stock Photography

On Stock Photography

What to consider if thinking of photographing for and submitting to stock photo agencies In this age of Covid-19 and like many other creatives, I've found myself without (as many?) projects, contracts, and assignments. As a portrait, editorial and event photographer I haven't been able to photograph people, outdoors or indoors, and definitely not inside [...]

Coronavirus: Reflections On

Coronavirus: Reflections On

Thoughts on living in a time marked by the Coronavirus pandemic First and foremost, I hope this finds all of you well, safe, and healthy. I realize that this is my second consecutive post on Coronavirus (and won't be my last) but please bear with me. I promise I'll post something more uplifting, soon. "An [...]

Why Freelancers Should Not Work for Free

Why Freelancers Should Not Work for Free

Ten reasons why freelancers/creatives/content creators should not give away their work for free As freelancers, as content creators we're often asked to work for "credit," "exposure" or just plainly asked to work for free. This could be considered a "reasonable" request for a very limited time, when freelancers are just starting out and in need [...]

On Working for Free and Other Expectations

On Working for Free and Other Expectations

On the expectation of working for free as a creative Here, in the U.S., because of the recent government shutdown, many government employees ended up having to work for free or for the promise that they would get paid, eventually. This outraged many people, and for good reason. I believe that many in the creative [...]

On the Importance of Connecting with the Story

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 [...]

Know When to Say “No”

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 [...]

Dress Code for Photographers and Writers

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 [...]

Thoughts on Dealing with Low-Paying Clients

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 [...]