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Passion

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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

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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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:

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Curating

Delighted to be asked to write about curating for DeviantArt : http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/journal/Invitation-to-Curate-501294072. I have long struggled with the title of curator for the work that was formerly done by photo editors:

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Nonetheless, it is great fun and wonderfully inspiring to get to work with the wonderful photographers and artists at DeviantArt.

Tis the Season

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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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Midnight Call Times

Photographer: Tim Pannell Agency: Vitro Client: ASICS

Photographer: Tim Pannell
Agency: Vitro
Client: ASICS

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