Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays …

Whatever holiday you celebrate, and whether you celebrate traditionally or non-, I hope it’s terrific for you and yours. And if your days be merry and bright it will be that much easier to take pictures. Disclaimer: no suggestion regarding the writer’s preference for one over any of the others should be inferred by the […]

5 ways to save money on photography

Many business services can get expensive, and photography is one of them. Here are five ways to save some money without compromising the results. Plan ahead Know your market Use resources wisely Choose the right photographer Avoid false economies Let me break these down. Plan ahead—way ahead If you don’t know where you’re going, how […]

How to buy photography for your business for the first time

Part 3 of 3: How do I find the right photographer, and what’s this going to cost? If you missed the earlier posts on this subject, they seem to have disappeared from my website when we moved to a new server. I’m looking … How do I find the best photographer for my project?   […]

Headshot and executive portrait mistakes you don’t want to make

Everybody needs headshots, and most people hate to have them taken, myself included. (Really!) You need a headshot—or a few—for your company website, for social media, and for promotional distribution. To do it right is easier than you might think, but I see frequent problems that need to be avoided. I’ll break them out, from […]

Travel photography while sailing in Maine

Not that I get tired of New York City, editorial photography, advertising photography, or corporate photography, but it’s good to get away once in a while. I recently spent 5 days with some friends sailing around Mt. Dessert Island, Blue Hill and Penobscot Bays in Maine. It was quite blissful, until the chartered boat’s fresh […]

2013 in review

I don’t often look back in review—too busy looking ahead, I think—but I’ve got a few minutes, and this seems like a good opportunity to do it. Last year’s shoots were for a wide a range of clients and markets, and included corporate, advertising, catalog, editorial, performance, and non-profit. The NY Times joined my client […]

Portraits of young cancer patients for Flashes of Hope

Once again I was privileged to photograph some portraits of young cancer patients and their families for Flashes of Hope, a non-profit that provides free portraits for cancer patients and their families. I like portraits, I like kids, so it was a great match. There were four of us photographers, all ASMP members, working at […]

A portrait demo in 10 minutes: Is it the camera that makes the photograph?

First, I put the camera on full automatic and took a photo. (First time I’ve ever used full auto, and I can’t think why I’d ever use it except for another similar demo.) I got a photo, and it pretty much dispelled the notion that it’s the camera that makes the picture.To take it a […]

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind

“Dans les champs de l’observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.”—Louis Pasteur Matthew Richards, a photojournalist based in Thailand, left a kind comment on an image on my wire service news feed, and it got me thinking about Louis Pasteur, science, music, and photography. Not necessarily in that order. I like music, always […]

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