photography

Ixnay on Tokenism

Delighted to be interviewed for an article on Diversity in imagery for The Picture Professional by Brooke Hodess! You can see the whole piece here:

http://issuu.com/asppnational/docs/tpp-2015.3

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Volunteering and the ASPP

It is seldom that we get an opportunity to really truly effect change or make a difference. Time is limited, agendas and motives are clouded, volunteering means meetings, and commitments and calling in favors and pushing..and pushing.

This morning, I was looking at the new issue of TPP, the flagship publication for the ASPP, the trade association for picture professionals. It is so well done. That cover story on Kirsty Mitchell and her lush, dense imagery is intoxicating. You can almost smell the perfume of the blossoms in her ‘Wonderland’. Then, right after that, the spare, arresting ‘Muchloved’ series by Mark Nixon, showcasing his pictures of cherished stuffed animals. The successful juxtaposition of the two and general excellence of this issue is testament to the skills and dedication of Art Director Mariana Ochs and Editor April Wolfe, our Executive Director Sam Merrell and a whole host of writers, contributors and photographers – mostly volunteers.

How many people will get to enjoy the magazine and be introduced and caught up to date on the world of the picture professional?

Not enough.

I am  the National Secretary for the organization, taking and transcribing minutes and working with our tireless and talented board to figure out how to continue to be relevant, how to recruit new members to not only write a check but to dive in and get involved. Its tough right now with the business shifting away from print and the economy still in recovery, but there is wonderful programming going on around the country, mega benefits for members(helped me get this shiny new MacBook Pro), job boards(I have gotten gigs there) and opportunities to meet colleagues and have a voice(I like that part..having a voice).  Headed to our annual meeting in a couple weeks in New York, I will join the board and Chapter leaders from around the country and we will work together in person and remotely to lay out our strategy for the next year. We are bringing in experts and industry leaders to advise and to help us lay out a roadmap that we can follow, picking up passengers as we go along.

I want a lot more people to get to see this issue of TPP and the next and the next. So I will write my check, block out my schedule and probably talk to you about the ASPP the next time I see you. It will be a great conversation, I promise.

 

TPP

 

 

Perfect Summertime Project

 

What a joy working with Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson!

What a joy working with Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson! More about this shoot on MattBites.com

BTS with NEAT and Novel Expression

NovelExpressionStudioBTSOn set with NEAT and Novel Expression at Studio 2010, plus a whole slew of photographers, gorgeous models, brilliant stylists and H/MUA. We ran 3 sets, 10 models, 2 days, 3 photographers and time traveled from the Renaissance to the Regency Era, from the Scottish Highlands to the Wild West – even a little walk on the wild side with the Paranormal..

Photo and composite by Steph Fowler

Art Producing for High Wide & Handsome…in West Monroe!

True delight for this southern girl to get to work with High Wide & Handsome to Art Produce this campaign with Miss Kay for LouAna Oil. Shot by fellow Arkansan Jacob Slaton!

True delight for this southern girl to get to work with High Wide & Handsome to Art Produce this campaign with Miss Kay for LouAna Oil.
Shot by fellow Arkansan Jacob Slaton!

 

 

A Spring in Your Step!

NEAT Production for Naya Shoes. Photographer: Tuan Lee. Stylist: Stacy Quackenbush

Something Different

I had the opportunity to write about Lauren Simonutti for depthRadius.

Been Leaning in for Awhile

(Originally posted on the Visual Connections blog)

A few weeks back, Getty and Leanin.org announced a partnership whereby Getty donates 10% of license fees to LeanIn.org from sales of this collection.
This got us thinking and we wondered about sources of imagery of women, so we compiled a list of resources that we know of and use.
When looking for dynamic and diverse images of contemporary women, please remember these collections/agencies too:

By the way, most of these sources are partially/wholly owned by female entrepreneurs.

The stock industry has a history of female trailblazers who have been leaning in for generations: Ellen Boughn, Susan Turneau, Beate Chelette, Cathy Aron, Sonia Wasco, Jane Kinne, Danita Delimont, Lady Harriet Bridgeman and Sally Lloyd to name  a small handful.

(c)Karen Morgan/SheStock

Happy Hearts and Desserts Day!

Wonderful project, with the delightful Matt Armendariz. You can see more over at P.F.Changs. Yum!

January 20

One of the very best journeys my meandering career has taken me on was the opportunity and privilege to work on a documentary about Birmingham in 1963, Dr. King and The Childrens March. I had the opportunity to immerse myself fully and completely in history, photography and ephemera research, Birmingham, politics, Civil Rights and the legacy of Dr. King. Truly Mighty Times. I just found the piece up on Vimeo:https://vimeo.com/14858478 . Oh, it won an Academy Award too. Thank you Dr. King. Thank you to the brave children who faced down dogs, waterhoses and the evil face of Bull Connor’s racism . May we never forget.