Theft is Not a Compliment: Why Companies Steal Photos and How to Stop It

Image theft is rampant and the temptation to steal is high. I am on both sides of this fence. At my day job in marketing, I want a perfect image to go with my copy at the ready, all the time. It’s just a Google image search away! However, I am also a photographer who makes a quarter of her yearly income from art and the thought of some other impatient desk jockey eyeing my work for use with no intension of asking me first makes my skin crawl.

There are tricks companies play to get you to either give them what they want or to stop being mad at them for already taking it: Continue reading

The Art of Copy Work: Photographing Artwork Accurately Without Glare

Copy work, or a copy job, is when the photographer is reproducing a piece of artwork such as paintings, illustrations, and antique photographs. The conditions under which you have to shoot some of these things can be tough (stuck on walls in small rooms, leaning against something and under fluorescents, etc) but knowing the most basic copy work setup and remembering your family of angles will get you out of most glare binds….Read the rest on SmugMug.


I’m Not a Trained Poodle: Dodging the Role of Photographer without Confrontation

To describe the folk singing title character in Inside Llewyn Davis as downbeat is to put it kindly but for all of his sourness there is one scene where I could not help but smile wearily at in solidarity with one of his (many) tantrums.

It is not much of a spoiler to say that, in the scene, he is asked to play a song at dinner to which he says, “I’m not a trained poodle”, begrudgingly plays the song, and then is set off by the relative merriment of the occasion. “I do this for a living, you know?” And, to the professor next to him, “I don’t ask you over for dinner and then suggest you give us a lecture on the peoples of Mesa-America…”.

If you’re the “resident photographer” of your social circle, odds are you have been handed a camera, perhaps rather abruptly, and put to work capturing a party or family event. For a lot of photographers, especially hobbyists, this is a welcomed opportunity. For others, it’s an exhausting reminder that we’re often defined by what we “do” and that creative work isn’t viewed in quite the same way as other kinds of jobs. Continue reading

The Photograph I Wish I Had: Why Maternity Photography Matters

My studio is currently being remodeled and a few of us from our artist cooperative took a break from working and, over dinner, ended up on the subject of maternity photography. One of us wondered what kids will think when they are older about seeing their mothers’ old maternity portraits.

I realized that I don’t have a single portrait of my mother pregnant. The very few pictures that do exist are simply candids – nothing a professional shot. Even if stylistically dated, it would’ve been nice to have a professionally taken photograph of my mother pregnant with me. Continue reading