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10 Tips for Graduating Photographers

Posted: May 14th, 2015

[by Irene Owsley] Offering advice to young graduates is a tricky business, especially for those going into a profession that is particularly fraught with challenges, but here are a few suggestions : 1)    Back up: be prepared to devise additional income streams, ideally related to photography. There are diverse opportunities in related fields, such as [...]

Beyond the Portfolio

Posted: April 23rd, 2015

[by Irene Owsley] I can’t remember the last time I showed my portfolio. There are so many other ways to get eyes on one’s work these days, although I don’t deny the powerful impact of face-to-face meetings with potential clients. The value of pursuing personal projects is undeniable. These bodies of work allow the photographer [...]

On Volunteering

Posted: March 13th, 2014

[by Irene Owsley] It stands to reason that you might volunteer your time with projects or organizations whose ideals you admire and support. You develop an affinity for a group and align yourself with a community.  Early on, I picked up the food and drinks for ASMPDC’s monthly chapter meetings in order to meet photographers [...]

Working in the Field

Posted: July 12th, 2013

[by Irene Owsley] As you read this, I will be kayaking and camping with forest rangers in a remote fjord of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, as a guest artist for “Voices of the Wilderness.” This program, run by the US Forest Service in Alaska, is an effort to promote wilderness values through the work of [...]

Art Without Compromise

Posted: November 20th, 2012

[by Irene Owsley] Let me be the first to confess that I usually prefer fiction and literary memoir for light holiday reading.  But I’m also fascinated by big picture thinking as we photographers find ourselves in such a period of rapid change in the industry. In her book, Art Without Compromise, Wendy Richmond exhorts the [...]