Henry Burkert, Greelands Farm, Bolivia, N.C.

Henry Burkert, Greenlands Farm, Bolivia, N.C.

Find Your Writing Niche: Take pictures of people and places

I often have to take pictures of the people I interview, so I carry my camera with me to every story I cover. Sometimes the publication sends its own photographer. Not a problem. But I still need my camera.

Why? I want to remember what the people:

1) Looked like

Was the hair mostly gray? Mostly black? Was the hairline receding?

Did the face look weathered? Wrinkled? Have grooves?

2) Wore

What was the color of that shirt?

Blouse?

What was that logo on the hat?

Did the woman wear dangling earrings?

Did they match her outfit?

Were they an unusual design?

3) Had in the room where we talked

Does it have family photos?

Awards on the walls?

An unusual decoration or embellishment on the table or desk?

All of this will show up in pictures—and that’s what adds to the story.

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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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