Miriam Lomaskin

 

Capitol Communicator is running a series of profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this “up close and personal” profile, we feature Miriam Lomaskin Photography for this series is by Cade Martin; wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson and Janice Kinigopoulos for THE Artist Agency.

Miriam, please provide us a short bio.

I have been the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s photographer and photo editor for five years. Prior to that I was a freelance photographer; news photo editor at AOL; and, in no order, an accounts-receivable clerk, bartender, coffee shop barista, bookstore shelver, shoe putter-onner at a now defunct shoe store (I got a pat on the head in approval a couple times, Yikes it was the early 90’s!), student teacher to deaf junior high school kids learning photo development in a darkroom  – super awesome job! American Sign Language under the red lights! – plus a bunch of other things I can’t even remember, all of which resolved my decision and dedication to be a photographer.

Are you involved in any other organizations?

I am not. Although if anyone asks for advice on groups to join, I always tell them Women Photojournalists of Washington first, and one of these days I am going to take my own advice. These ladies are rocking out photojournalism and anyone would be proud to be a part of such a strong and dedicated group of women

What are the things you are most proud of?

I am proud of being a mentor. I have never learned as much about photography as I have in the past few years while mentoring interns and other photographers. Helping others succeed is a gift to everyone involved.

Who are your personal role models?

The man that gives me the best advice about photography is my coworker Arnold Kramer – now a semi-retired photographer extraordinaire. Arnie thinks about photography with such depth and soul-searching reflectiveness that I often have no idea what he’s saying and all of my responses sound trite or flippant. Speaking with him reminds me that I’ll never be able to say that “I’ve made my best picture” because there’s always the next time you lift your camera

Did he offer professional advice that helped you in your career?

I get advice every time we talk, but the one thing I have printed out and taped to my monitor is, ‘if you don’t fail, you’ll never be good at anything’ -Arnold Kramer. And that was just one of the lovely things he said one day over one cup of coffee.

What professional advice do you have for others?

Everyone sees the world uniquely, so go capture your vision and show others why they are so beautiful and important. Learn from your peers, watch them create but don’t copy because your copy will never be as strong as their original. Oh, and most important, find a great composition and allow the action to happen inside of it – Dude, this might be something Arnie told me. Now, go be awesome!

What’s appropriate attire for the Museum?

The Museum, is a catch-all of attire from swanky, “man I wish I could balance in those heels” to “I haven’t shopped for a year and I don’t care because it’s not a priority,” which I love because the opportunity to define your style is so broad. So, my advice is to find what makes you happy and be consistent, but playful. Figure out what looks good on you and what makes you feel comfortable, then go find the clothes that make you smile when you wear them. A bit of quirk in your wardrobe is always a good thing.

Where do you buy most of the clothes you wear to the office?

My best friend calls the Banana Republic the ‘Mothership’, and I’ve found some nice cardigans there; but my Mothership is a combination of thrift stores, Nordstrom Rack and other people’s closets. Clothes swaps are a pretty great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

I wake up every day excited to go to work. It took so many jobs to fall into this one, but it is a perfect fit for both my skills and personality. Also, sadly and inexplicably, I have an irrational fear of birds.

 

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One Response

  1. Linda Kidd

    Miriam is a really great photographer!!!! She gets some of the best people shots I have ever seem because she is so good with people. She has a way of relaxing people so that they are at their best when she takes the shot. She has a way of blending in so that you forget she is even there. She has a special eye for seeing things and angles that others never even notice. Miriam is a very special lady and lots of fun to be around.

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