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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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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

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

This just in: OJO Images takes the West by storm!

This just in: OJO Images takes the West by storm!

Mix up:

  • 50 models
  • 6 locations
  • vintage prop cars, surfboards, computers, conference tables and a long list of all the props you can think of
  • stunning wardrobe
  • gorgeous weather
  • 2 energetic, focused art directors armed with creative briefs
  • 2 mad talented photographers
  • the hardest working, most positive, can-do, innovative crew known to the Western world
  • 5 days

Add a bit of NEAT and the result is Stock that is definitely top drawer, unexpected and sure to spark the creative buyer for some time! See more here on the OJO site.


Dream project… no, I mean deviantART project

For a great deal of last year I was working on building a Microstock collection for deviantART to be distributed on Fotolia . It has been truly one of most engaging, visually compelling and diverse projects of my career. DeviantART is the world’s largest online community for artists and art enthusiasts. Created to entertain, inspire and empower artists and art lovers, deviantART features an extensive and evolving platform used to exhibit, promote and discover art and interact with members. After many initial meetings, and wrapping my head around the brief, I was able to enlist a dream team of techies, project managers and photo editors to build the infrastructure, dive deep into the talent on the site, and recruit the artists.The artists span the globe, and range from the very young, who have just discovered the voice that a camera can provide, to established photographers curious about stock.

The results of our labor launched this week. A collection that, if we did our job, will successfully illustrate stock concepts with a …well… slightly deviant slant.

Mad props to the team – Jim Hudak, Stephanie Fowler, Sheridan Stancliff and Brantlea Newbury, to deviantART for the opportunity and creative freedom; but, most of all, to the artists of deviantART.

If you have not dug in to explore all that deviantART has to offer, its worth a stroll…


Persian POV

(c)Sheridan Stancliff

From an ongoing project focusing on Persian food and lifestyle. Styled by the amazing Robin Tucker, Shot by Sheridan Stancliff, concept, research and art-direction by NEAT.

Pomengrantates (c)Sheridan Stancliff

Pomengranates have a long history in mythology and much attributed with healing powers. Remember Persephone?

(c)Sheridan Stancliff

Rice delicately dyed with saffron.

Visual Connections

For image buyers and researchers, Visual Connections (formerly PictureHouse) is the one event created and tailored specifically for them providing a setting to meet with image suppliers from around the world providing an opportunity to find new sources and to meet one on one with long time vendors.

Last year, a ‘salon’ of informal educational sessions was introduced (produced by NEAT!) and received rave reviews.  Invited back to produce and create an even stronger program for 2010, we armed ourselves with surveys from last years attendees and have created what we believe to be the perfect complement to the expo.

Very pleased to announce the schedule for October 13, 2010: Seminars and Sessions at Visual Connections.

The day launches with a morning session with industry  Copyright expert Nancy Wolff and PACASearch, the days’ schedule includes a look at industry change and career overview with Picscout, a tutorial on the tools available on the net –  Digital Toolbox with ASPP, a panel on the rapidly morphing world of footage by Footage.info and a very special presentation created specifically for the Visual Connection by the ADC ; Photographs More Than Words.

This has been a valuable opportunity for NEAT to work with a wide variety of professionals within our industry to develop and create what we know to be a thought-provoking and relevant adjunct to the not-to-be missed Visual Connections.

Rhymes With Orange

The color orange is a power color – invoking creativity, enthusiasm, vitality and the warmth of the sun. We like this analogy and see an invitation to explore in this image from a recent Moxie Productions shoot.

Training Wheels

(c)Moxie Productions

A local cycling shop was a perfect location to explore small business concepts, father/daughter relationships and cycling culture. Timeless, elegant stock imagery from Moxie Productions.

Spinning a yarn

(c) Sheridan Stancliff

From a recent Crafting shoot with the lovely, talented Sheridan Stancliff. Soft, textural and conceptual. A wonderful shoot and elegant images.