The Westport Woman's Club

March 2012


Alison Wachstein, a Weston based photographer, shared techniques for making and taking pictures with members of the Westport Woman’s Club at their monthly luncheon.

 The magic of photography is that it that it allows you to capture the personalities of the most special people in your life, says Ms. Wachstein.  She talked about three elements of great photography – psychology, craft and artistry.   To help really capture a memory, Ms. Wachstein recommends photographing people in a favorite outfit or with an item that means a lot to them, for example a musical instrument or first car.  A great trick for getting a large group to look at the camera and smile at the same time – stick a quarter to your forehead and tell them that on the count of three it will fall off.  While the quarter doesn’t always fall off on schedule, the group can’t help but watch for it.

 Ms. Wachstein is the reci­pient of many state, regional and na­tional awards, including the Kodak Gallery Award and the EPCOT Award for photography. Ms Wachstein has displayed and published her photo­graphs internationally and has taught photography at Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickenson and Fairfield University.