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Finn O’Hara on Representation

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with photographer / director Finn O’Hara several months ago to talk about representation. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get to editing the interview until recently but the wait is over! Finn is an established photographer with a lot of experience and great clients, so we turned to him to tell us the ins and outs of representation, what  the benefits of signing with a rep are, when it’s the right time to do so, and what reps look for in a photographer. Thank you very much for the interview Finn and we’re sorry it took so long!Continue Reading →

You’re Not The Boss, So Stop Being Bossy! (Some Basic Rules For Collaboration)

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Terms like “on the ball” and “organized” can serve as euphemisms for “control freak” and “bossypants.” I like to think of myself as the former, but know I can be the latter. Which is why I often have a hard time working on group projects. I have strong ideas, and I like to see them carried out to my full potential…I mean “our” full potential. Oh dear. If you’re anything like me, I suggest considering the following rules for collaboration.Continue Reading →

Luminance 2012

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You may have already picked up on the fact that we’re big fans of lifelong learning here at Knock Twice. Knowing what you don’t know, or fleshing out what you do know are both really valuable to help you grow as an artist, a business owner, and a person in general. Which is why we’re super excited about Luminance 2012, a TED-style event that features 20-minute talks from some of the brightest minds defining photography and innovation.Continue Reading →

Dealing with Burnout

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I’ve been feeling a little burnt-out lately. I think this happens to everyone regardless of your working situation but I find it’s more common with those of us who freelance. From one perspective the work never stops – there is always something to do and someone to email. On the other hand you’re not obliged to do anything (other than wrap projects for clients). For me burn out creeps up after I’ve been working for a while without a clear view of the finish line, just pushing through a never ending pile of work. This has happened many times over the last few years and there are a few things I’ve found helpful when dealing with it.Continue Reading →

Because We’re Professionally Nosy

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Remember our roundup of blogs we think you should be following? Well, the blog for Westside Studio was one of them. The blog is entertaining, updated regularly, and full of pretty pictures. What more could you want from a photo blog? How about a fabulous new feature they’ve started called “How Much Did That Photo Cost”?Continue Reading →

That’s A Job! (Editorial Photographer/Photojournalist)

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One of the most desired jobs these days seems to be editorial portrait photographer. What’s not to want? You get to spend time with celebrities, get paid, and have your photographs published by newspapers and magazines. Jennifer Roberts is a Toronto-based editorial photographer and photojournalist. She was part of the elite Eddie Adams workshop, and her photographs have won a number of awards. Jennifer kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us about what it’s like to do her job. Continue Reading →

The Buddy System

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Back in the days of elementary school, we would often partner up in what was known as the buddy system. During field trips, projects, and other activities you would be assigned a buddy who would be responsible for you and you for him or her. Whether it was getting back to the bus on time or getting that book report in, you’d hold each other accountable and look out for one another. As freelancers we spend a lot of time alone, with no one telling us what must be done and by when – it can be hard to do anything some days. Perhaps a return to the buddy system is in order.Continue Reading →

Good at Getting Good

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Everyone I know is by a beach, on a boat, or in a park, and I myself am looking forward to a drink outside, so I’ll try to keep this short. I want to touch on something I’ve been turning over in my head for the last few months or perhaps even years. It’s become common place to declare the death of things and complain how our jobs are disappearing, or rather being replaced by technology. No one reads newspapers, everyone is a photographer, that sort of thing. I for one am happy that my job is being replaced and more than that, I want to be the one who replaces it.Continue Reading →

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