Passion projects. Necessary. Satisfying and necessary. Proud to be part of this indie film made by my husband Simon Herbert and his partners Phil Guidry and David Whelan under their company ‘The Massive’. Blood sweat and tears – that is indie film making. Nights, weekends, shoestring budgets, the grace of friends and colleagues..Its taken scores of awards at indie festivals the last couple years, premiered at Comic-con and now being distributed as of now on VOD by Terror Films. Its got a message – a timely one. Did I say how proud I am of Si and all who worked on this? And how glad I am NEAT got to help? Check it out – Savageland: http://www.weareindiehorror.com/…/award-winning-savageland…/


L.A. River Love

NEAT had a TINY role in working on this PSA for WIF(Women In Film). We are big fans over this way of all the hidden delights available on our river. Cool spot too!

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Some Recent Fun!

Been way too long since we updated. Been having a great time though. Some lovely work we produced with LYFE Kitchen!

Agency: Bureau155 Photog: Hilary McMullen Food Stylist: Julie Hopper Props: El Miezal

Agency: Bureau155
Photog: Hilary McMullen
Food Stylist: Julie Hopper
Props: El Miezal

Time Travel, Antique Cameras and of course, Bagpipes

The last year and change, NEAT has been an active partner in the new genre stock agency, Novel Expression. Diving into historic accuracy in wardrobe, costuming, talent and learning of the vast vertical market and enthusiastic community has been tremendous. This work has introduced me to Authors and Photographers alike working in this field. After a shoot for Novel Expression in the Spring, Jenn Leblanc asked if I would like to work with her to produce images for the latest in her  best-selling Lords of Time series. Jenn marries her talents as a story teller and image maker, creating impeccably and exhaustively researched images to illustrate her books.

Over months we worked, casting the perfect ‘Duke and Domina’, searching and procuring the perfect antique view cameras(of course our heroine is a photographer!), interviewing for the perfect H/MUA who understands styling for the Victorian Era (big shout out to Kim Distel). Two studios, three  shoots, building Victorian showers (look THAT one up!), all to the soundtrack provided by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (bagpipes can create the mood!), pages of spread sheet shot lists meticulously minded by Kati Rodriguez, Jenn’s assistant and thousands, I mean thousands of images..

Marrying images to words, creating and helping to ‘birth’ the world in her imagination, it was a pleasure immersing NEAT in the process. Often after a shoot, we may or may not see the finished result. When I received this lovely care package, I sat down with the requisite cuppa and delightfully immersed myself in the life and times of Grayson Locke Danforth and the mysterious Lulu. You should too! JENN!

Thanks Jenn!

As Alice tells us:



Tis the Season


Summertime with CAIA Image

On the Pier with NEAT and CAIA Image.

On the Pier with NEAT and CAIA Image.

If it is not broke…

originally posted on the Visual Connections Blog

My step-dad will be 90 years old in a few months. He is the son of homesteaders, a finish carpenter known throughout the South for his lovingly crafted rocking chairs and birdboxes, a WWII decorated Veteran, a farmer and rancher. And a much loved husband and father.

His pear preserves are un-paralleled, and his neighbors come from farms across the county for his council on everything from baling hay, to when to de-horn cattle, to how to make blackberry wine.

These days, various pesky physical ailments keep him close to home and his own rocking chair, although this time last year he was still splitting his own wood.

I have shown him all my gadgets – iPhones, tablets, laptops, the Farmers’ Almanac sites, and all the weather apps, that he could instantly access, if only he’d invest in digital delivery. He shows polite interest; but if you really want to engage him, ask him about his print subscription to National Geographic. I have been making this his annual present for over 20 years.

Every month, he reads it cover to cover: in his chair by the fire, in bed before he turns in, and at the breakfast table. He is hard of hearing, and hates the phone, but will call me to talk about a feature he is taken with. Just after surgery in January, as we visited in the hospital, he was less interested in canes and rehab than he was in the story about the giant redwoods and Nick Nichols’ pictures.

I make my way back to the farm every chance I get, these days, to see my folks and can’t wait to talk to him about this month’s special edition of 125 years of National Geographic Photography .  It is a mixture of old and new, that delineates the incredible variety of life on our planet, and how mutable it has been over the last two centuries.

Here is a bit about the history of the ‘Geographic’:


It tells us that: “Judd & Detweiler began printing the National Geographic magazine in 1896, when it had a circulation of just 5,000.  By 1926… National Geographic alone then had a monthly subscription of nearly 1 million issues that required almost ten days of press time.”

Over 85 years later, in 2013 it is published in English and 39 local-language editions, boasting a global circulation of around 8 million.

I want to know what dad thinks about the James Balog photos of glacial melting and the accompanying article by Robert Kunzig. I bet that he will have a thing or two to say about “The Price of Precious,” (photos by Marcus Bleasdale, article by Jeffrey Gettleman.). He will study Joel Sartore’s picture of endangered species, long and hard.

I guarantee you this will be a more stimulating conversation than the one I had, in a hipster coffee bar today, about upgrading the operating system on my smartphone.

Sure, National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 27 million visitors a month and that is wonderful. Let’s forget the delivery mechanism for a minute: NGS captivates people, who have seen new worlds that they would never otherwise see.  The 125th edition takes us from negatives to digital capture, but it’s the simple truth of the image, however we consume it, that grabs us, enraptures us and transports us.

Some people just plain old prefer print. And my dad does not have to upgrade the operating system on his magazine…

Pat Egleston (c)Ellen Herbert

Retinette Reboot!

While on a trip back to the UK last Fall, we found another box of old slides and family photos. Scanning and retouching close to 100 of them for a personal project and posting again on the Retinette. Love these images and the legacy of my husbands’ family:


Don't know what I love more, the lawn mower or the shoes! Simons' twin, Jeremy.

Happy Winter Solstice!

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.