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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:

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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

Summertime with CAIA Image

On the Pier with NEAT and CAIA Image.

On the Pier with NEAT and CAIA Image.

Been Leaning in for Awhile

(Originally posted on the Visual Connections blog)

A few weeks back, Getty and announced a partnership whereby Getty donates 10% of license fees to 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

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…

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 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.


(c) Sheridan Stancliff

Planting Strawberries for an urban garden shoot with Sheridan . Our research uncovered lore about the only fruit with seeds on the outside (!).

Legend says that if you break the strawberry in half and share it, you will soon fall in love with each other. Hmmm….

Shifting the thinking

(c) Eric Raptosh

Waste and lack of consistent recycling policies on shoots has long been an irritant.

Those little plastic bottles are just so wrong, as are the plastic utensils, paper coffee cups, styro-foam food containers. We suggested to the crew that we try to eliminate as much waste as possible. So on the next shoot (with a theme of Eco-Living, curiously enough…) we invited both cast and crew to bring their own water bottles and coffee cups. We brought cutlery, plates, cups and linen napkins, along with cotton towels for cleaning rather than paper towels. At the end of a 10-hour day, with a crew of 20, we were surprised and gratified to see that we had not even filled one trash or recycling bag.And that was just the small victories behind the scenes; the images are just stunning, great prop, set and wardrobe styling and gorgeous models. One of the best days ever!

They said it would happen this way

(c)Eric Raptosh

So, Robert Kent (from the Compassionate Eye Foundation) introduced us to Eric Raptosh and his wonderful team . This has resulted in a summer full of producing some of the best stock imagery we have ever worked on; pooling talent, expertise, philosophical view points, applying Eric’s unique eye for composition and subject empathy but reinventing it for tried and true stock concepts with a twist. Loved working with our ‘tweens; and we continue to reaffirm that the most simple images are the most true.