ASPP

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.

 

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Of Silent Auctions, Saturday Nights and the Gulf of Mexico

I will bet that on Saturday, October 23rd throughout the course of the day, we will all spend $25.00 on entertainment, dining, holiday shopping (uh, yes…its getting to be that time of year…). In view of this, NEAT has a suggestion:

This is the only place  we can think of where your 25 bucks will provide an evening with amazing food, drink, the opportunity to bid on an amazing array of goodies (Need a new flatscreen tv? How about a site from livebooks? career coaching? Gorgeous prints from acclaimed photographers?) with all proceeds going to support the NWF and their work in the Gulf Cleanup.

You can get your tickets and more info at the ASPP site. You can still donate items too. You just can’t bid against me, I mean NEAT.

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.

Mathieu Young goes walkabout

(c) Mathieu Young

Over the weekend, we went to see a location to consider for an upcoming event. We not only are  delighted with the space and the gracious welcome we were given by the owners, but we got to see a compelling show by photographer Mathieu Young.

Wry observations and strong compositions will have the viewer doing a double take.

For the next several weeks, the show can be seen during the week at Wildfire Post – 640 South San Vicente, Los Angeles, Ca., 90048.

What are you up to Saturday?

The Photo Pro Expo here in Culver City is going to be a good bet. With a line up of Copyright/Intellectual Property and Digital Workflow Seminars,  a not-so-mini trade show with demos by  Canon, Samy’s,  Hasselblad, Broncolor, Livebooks, Epson,MacGroup, Phaseone, PACA and Photosecrets plus a Stylist Hub showing the work of some of our best prop/food/set and H/MUA, its not a bad deal for about 10 bucks. Oh, there are giveaways and if you join/renew your membership, you get in free. There is also an announcement  pending about how the local chapter is gearing up to help the Gulf Oil Clean up.

See you there? Doors open at 10AM – sign up here

ASPP Photo Pro Expo

NEAT is looking forward to a full day of Photo fun tailored for the L.A. crowd. Hope to see you at 3619 Eastham Studios for copyright seminars, product demos, a Stylist Hub and more. Cool pic from Chip Latshaw of L.A., huh?

Creativity For A Cause

NEAT is preparing to cast talent who will donate their time and talents for the Compassionate Eye Foundation, a non-profit organization that allows creative people to produce stock photography whose sales through Getty Images benefit developing communities.  We were recently delighted to come across this image used by Citibank from the stock shoot at Air Hollywood, (starring ASPP’s National President Michael Masterson!) from last year’s Summer Solstice CEF photo shoot.

Interested in donating your modeling skills for a good cause? Drop us an email and we’ll send you details!