Featured Artist: Jen Huang

If you’ve read Jen Huang’s blog, you know she’s a person on the move, not only professionally, but geographically. Covering weddings around the country, she can be found regularly on both coasts. At the moment, foremost on her mind is her workshop, Love Notes, coming later this year. I caught up with Jen at her studio in the Upper East Side one Friday afternoon.

Perfectly adorned, her studio is draped in light with strong rustic accents. As I surveyed her images on the wall, it was clear that these were pictures about charm, simplicity, and light. Where many New York photographers choose to go dark, she goes light, giving her images an ethereal sense of whiteness. Her restraint and … Read more...

Use Details to Liven Up Your Presentations

Telling a story is a great way to connect with people when you talk about your images. It lets people know you care, you’re passionate, and there’s a person behind the pictures. But getting personal not only lets you bring yourself into the fold, it taps into fundamental aspects of human psychology. We’ll talk more about the reasons below, but the approach is simple. Emphasize details and stories, de-emphasize analysis. Paradoxically, the more you analyze why a picture works, the less people really care. Imagine:

“I took this picture with a low aperture lens to produce a beautiful, soft look, and I just managed to catch a bit of stylized flare on the edge by tilting the lens up. I

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Putting Things Off Kills Progress

Got a big decision ahead of you? Don’t put it off without good reason. Make the call. Most of the time, when people can’t decide on something, they stall and stall. Choices are painful, so people try to find out more information to know that the decision is going to be right. But, instead what happens is that they just put it off until they’re forced to make the decision later, and they still go with what their gut tells them to do. There’s no way to know any decision is going to be right ahead of time. Try it. Find out. But if you decide now what you can decide three months down the road, you’ll be that much … Read more...