Portfolio website for freelance photography

Pink Yellow Rose on Newbury Street

[tweetmeme] I’ve got a new website for my work as a freelance Boston photographer at Sooz Photography. There are more photos to add but you can wade through what’s there now — an assortment of photos capturing the world around me: animals, flowers, events, people, conferences, life in Boston, concerts, awesomeness, etcetera. What started out as a hobby taking concert photos for several years has transformed into work as a freelance photographer.

Photo Prints, Merchandise and Digital Downloads

Many of the photos are available in high-resolution format that can be purchased as prints, merchandise and digital downloads. Like flowers? This photo of a pink and yellow rose on Newbury Street would make a cool print.

Create your own photo site with SmugMug

I use SmugMug to power Sooz Photography’s galleries and shopping cart. If you want you own SmugMug account, visit their website and use my email address (sooz-at-soozmedia.com) or enter coupon code o9aWQOBGrBkjw when creating a new account and you’ll save $5.

If you are looking for a photographer in the Boston area to work with, I’d love to hear from you. My expertise is capturing candid, uninterrupted moments.

Food Photography and Cooking: Coconut Rum Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Crisp and Basil

Coconut Rum Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Crisp and Fresh Basil

[tweetmeme]When vegan friends were coming over for dinner a couple months ago I wanted to make a dessert that they could eat. The first thing that came to mind was sorbet. I found a simple recipe for coconut sorbet on Epicurious and decided it needed a little rum in it, too (instead of the rum extract that the recipe called for). Recently my roommate Chris suggested I use some of his fresh basil and dark chocolate crisps. This photo is the result!

This is the sort of thing you probably don’t want to make more than a few times a year — and very tiny portions. There’s a lot of fat and sugar in this dessert. The recipe is very simple: one can cream of coconut (not coconut milk!), one cup of ice cold water, one tablespoon rum. I use a stick blender to make sure the consistentcy is smooth. Pour into a 9×9 glass baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer then stir every 30 minutes for three hours. Thanks to the cream of coconut, the sorbet will never entirely freeze so you can keep it in the freezer for a while. But the chances of it lingering for more than a few days are unlikely. Especially for a dessert that was referred to as “sex on a plate” at a recent party.

6th Photo Meme – The Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown

Last week Mike Volpe tagged me in a blogger photo meme where you look up the 6th photo on the 6th page of your Flickr account. Here’s what mine turned up.

Deluxe Town Diner

The Deluxe Town Diner is a breakfast+lunch+dinner spot in my neighborhood. It’s a well known spot in Watertown that’s been around for 64 years. My favorites: the cob salad and the goat cheese and spinach omelet.

Tag, you’re it: Nick Peterson, Michael Femia, David Fisher, Ben Saren, Jeffrey Radcliffe, Glenn Yoder.

Photos and video at HONK! Fest and Oktoberfest in Harvard Square

I’ve got three videos and a bunch of photos on Exploit Boston! from Sunday’s HONK! Fest and Oktoberfest in Harvard Square. They were expecting 100,000 people — not sure if there were that many but definitely a lot. Lots of people. And dogs. And street bands. Mostly just a lot of happy people enjoying a beautiful Fall day.

Here’s a 70 second clip of Titubanda from Rome performing at HONK! Fest. The full video is at Exploit Boston!.

The Evolving Photographer And Her Quest For Photo Credits

I might not be the next Annie Leibovitz; but I’ve definitely been improving my photo skills in the past year. It’s a fun adventure (and an expensive habit buying new lenses, etc!).

I discovered that Yahoo! News is using two photos (1, 2) I took of John McCain (in 2005 when he spoke at a Harvard Bookstore event) on their presidential campaign page about him. My photos are featured with four other photos posted on Flickr of John McCain.

Above the Flickr photos there’s an Associated Press photo. You’ll know it’s an AP photo because there’s a photo credit at the bottom of it. There are no credits below my photos. The only reference to any sort of credit is “From McCain ’08 Flickr Photos” noted above the photos.

I double checked the license on these photos and they both have “all rights reserved” — but I’m willing to give Yahoo! the benefit of the doubt since I’ve changed my license a few times and it might have been a variation of a Creative Commons license when they grabbed the photos. At the very least the photos would have an attribution requirement. I looked at one of the other photos featured on the McCain page, and they have a Creative Commons license that requires attribution.

David Fischer and I had a mini-conversation about this on Twitter earlier today. David mentioned:

“@Sooz The lack of credit from Yahoo is disturbing. I’m worried about this Getty Images/Flickr thing and the bill they are pressing in congress.”

I can’t figure out why Flickr (by way of their parent company Yahoo!) would ignore creative commons licenses. What am I missing?

(If you’re wondering why in the world I took photos of John McCain — don’t worry, I’m not a McCain supporter. It was just one of many Harvard Bookstore events I’ve attended over the years.)