ChatterLog Holiday 2008

Season’s Greetings Everyone!
This card and end-of-year bulletin goes out to all of my family, friends, clients, work associates & contacts
So Happy Holidays to you all!
We just loved this wonderful image of the “Aquatic Granny Reindeer” – so we hope you do too!

2008 has certainly been demanding for many of us so it seemed a good thing to end it on a humorous note! And, at the same time, let’s look forward to inspiration, success and prosperity in the coming year ahead. We all know that these are economically tough times and freelancers especially need to be thinking of other income avenues. Yes, the industry is challenging for all of us, but hasn’t it always been, in some form or another? The peasants must have found life pretty challenging back in the Middle Ages, so “stress” is a given. And for now, the word of the moment is “diversification.” I recently attended Judy Hermann’s ASMP “Taking Control of your Career” presentation, where she not only talked about the need to diversify, but she also gave concrete examples as to how she and her business partner have approached this philosophy not just now, but over the many years they have been in business.

2008 was a “year of panels” for me, starting back in the Spring with “Let’s Talk Legal” followed by three “SuperSites” web panels in New York, Los Angeles & Charlotte, NC. We repeated the “Rep’s Panel” in September and a fourth version of “SuperSites” was also presented by yours truly to a packed house at Photo Expo in October. Of all the panels I have moderated this year, my last “Creatives Round Table“discussion was most interesting and although we had a decent crowd, it was a shame we did not fill the room. We had six fabulous and diverse industry professionals who talked straight about the realities of the industry and current economy, but did not make everything appear to be “doom & gloom.” Flexibility, a willingness to work as a team-member, along with a good attitude, will get you a lot further than if you sit around and complain about how bad everything is. Without my prompting, one of the panelists talked about the anticipated demand in the coming months for images of “hope and inspiration” based on the results of this past election and the message of our future president.

So what are the plans for Chatterbox in the coming months and my own interpretation of “diversification?” Well, as the bulletin and business continues to grow, we will be bringing you some exciting new features such as ChatterTips and ChatterViews – so watch out for those in the coming months! There will be more panels and hopefully some solo presentations as well. I wish you all very Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2009!

ChatterArtists of the Month Holiday 2008

Michele Kawka

I worked with Michelle some months back on editing her work for a new website. As we worked on the edit her images created the categories, which was just as well because we were struggling with how to present her wide range of work! “Across Cultures” became the main portfolio and summed up her creative vision and love of diverse cultures, especially living in the melting pot of New York, as we do! This is one of my favorite images from the Venice Carnivale.

© Michelle Kawka

And now, some months later, she is having an exhibition of her work entitled (guess what?) “Across Cultures” at the Stairway Gallery @ the New England School of Photography – take a look

December 3rd, 2008 – January 29th, 2009

Across Cultures” Exhibit
@ Stairway Gallery
New England School of Photography
537 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Artists’ statement:
In “Across Cultures,” I explore the idea of human connectivity. The subjects in my photos show a connection to past traditions by either participating in centuries-old celebrations or working in the same profession for generations. I have created portraits of people who express joy through song, life or worship. Although those captured in my photos have had significantly different life experiences, they are connected in one thing — their shared humanity.

Omar Vega

Omar is a new client who needed some help tightening up his edit for the website. He currently shoots for The Miami Heat while at the same time working on developing his bold style of portraiture – love this image!

ChatterNews Holiday 2008


End-of-Year Discounts from Agency Access, liveBooks and PhotoServe!
Please check out the websites to view the great end-of-year deals!

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Frank Meo with Designer Steve Singer Present the “Mindprints” Project
Frank is a Photo Agent, specializing in working with Photo Journalists, and has also been on several of my panels. In an image-driven world such as ours, he has taken some time out to work on a project involving words – and how the power of a just a few simple words can conjure up some dramatic and perhaps familiar images in our minds?

From the website: “Frank Meo with Designer Steve Singer has created an exhilarating collection of indelible mental flash cards that reflect the indomitable strength of the mind.”

For more information on this project, please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month Holiday 2008

Chattertip of the Month

Chattertips is a new feature ranging from interesting to bizarre to just plain useful! Chattertip for this month:

How to keep brown sugar from going hard

If any of you cook, and in particular bake, you may well have experienced a common occurrence, and that is soft brown sugar that goes hard. Very annoying! And once it goes hard, it is most frustrating figuring out how to soften it again by using such methods as putting it in the oven with a bowl of water, or maybe resorting to just a plain old chisel and hammer. Well, here’s the scoop – take a small piece of clay flower pot (just the same as the broken pieces you use for drainage at the bottom of a flower pot) and soak it in cold water for about 15-20 minutes. Lightly pat it dry and place inside the bag of brown sugar. Seal the bag up again and leave it. I kid you not – this works – I have had a piece of damp clay pot in my sugar for several months now and the sugar is still soft! Every now and then I re-soak the clay piece and replace it in the bag again. Brilliant!

ChatterEvents Holiday 2008

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

ADC Holiday Party
@ ADC Gallery
106 West 29th Street
New York, NY

Cost: $20 or FREE if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit The Children’s Aid Society.

For more information please visit:
You must RSVP here:

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 – 6:30pm
New York Monthly Photo Salon
@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

Presenting the work of special guest Matt Mahurin.

For more information please contact Rich Pomerantz at or Bill Westheimer at

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

APA New York National Photo Competition Winner’s Exhibition
Show Opening and APANY Holiday Party
@ Calumet Gallery
22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

Free and open to the general public!

Join us to celebrate the winners and to share in the holiday cheer!

For more information please visit:

Here are a couple of events in early January so mark your calendar’s now!

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

APA Presents: The Art of Bidding. Moderated by Lou Lesko of Blinkbid
@ Calumet
22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

Members: $20
Non-Members: $40

Please visit for more information.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

ASMP “I Stink At Negotiating” Seminar With Blake Discher
@ Studio 385
385 Broadway
New York, NY

ASMP members: $35
Other professional association members: $50
Non-members: $60
Students (with ID): $20

As an independent working photographer, you must learn to be a successful negotiator. Your business depends on it.

Join Blake Discher for his highly acclaimed “Strictly Business 2” lecture on negotiating to win jobs. Blake will improve your communication skills and strengthen your client relationships. Blake will facilitate role playing that will make these skills practical and usable. Most importantly, this seminar will help improve your bottom line!

Register here: