ChatterLog January 2009

Greetings Everyone and welcome to the year 2009!
Just a little recap from the last bulletin – and a month of winding down and Holiday parties.
I attended my usual trio of parties – APA, ASMP and ASPP. I did not make it to the ADC or Adorama parties though. I noticed, for the most part, that everyone had definitely “cut back” this year but it didn’t prevent a jovial atmosphere and a decent dose of Holiday cheer. APA had a great turnout for their Holiday Gallery Opening but no food, gee, I’m glad I ate something before I went to that one! ASMP had food and door prizes in a location that was mysteriously underground and included an old bank vault. At that particular party, at least three photographers came up and showed me new work on their iPhones! Times-they-are-a-changing… ASPP had food but no door prizes this year. This was especially disappointing for my friend, photo editor Laura Wyss and I, as we had literally sealed our friendship one year when she generously gave me one of the many door prizes she had won – which was the infamous “Turtle” Calendar! Well, we got over the lack of prizes and found much entertainment in the fact the restaurant had double-booked by mistake that night, so there was a confused party of revelers in one corner wondering why we were all there making so much noise and sharing their party space! Another personal highlight for me was sitting at a table, like the Queen, and having Darryl Perry, the Wall Street Journal’s Photo Editor, fetching me plates of salmon from the buffet table! Marvelous!

So now, here we are in a new year and everyone is slowly starting to get moving again. I’m someone who finds it particularly difficult to get going at this time of year. In my mind, we should all be following the animals’ example and hibernating until Spring. However, the bills need to get paid and it’s “tax” time, so that is not possible! So, in the spirit of giving I would like to extend to my clients a rewards offer. For any of you that “refer” someone to Chatterbox, and they become a new client, you will receive a free half-hour consultation in return.

And one more thing – have you all noticed how many photo contests are out there now? There are dozens, literally. Every day I get an email about another one. So in the spirit of competition, Chatterbox is having its own contest! It’s the ChatterContest “Louisa needs a new portrait!” This goes out to again, my clients, as well as any local NY photographers. I have been wanting a new photo for promotional purposes for a while now. The one I have been using, which I’ve always liked, was taken by one of my first clients, Thomas Hart Shelby. I’m not always comfortable having my picture taken (believe it or not!) so I was impressed when he was able to capture something fabulous in about 5 minutes, that didn’t require a lot of re-touching either! I might need more retouching now seeing as this is several years on… Anyway, I thought this would be a fun thing to do. And guess what, there’s no entry fee!

My last shout out goes to my dear sister, Charlotte, who has a birthday this week! She has also provided us with the tip of the month and I have to say, I checked it out, and it works! Nice one Sis! Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous 2009!


ChatterNews January 2009

Studio Share Available
My friend and documentary photographer, Jason Florio, is looking for a new studio mate.

Here’s the details:

Half share of a 10×18 office space with wireless internet. Located in New York at Broadway at Canal. Next to N, Q, R and 6 trains. The floor is divided into ‘artist’ spaces with a large communal area which can be used for shooting in.

Rent is $500 a month plus utilities (average around $30).

The space is available immediately. Please contact Jason at for more information.

ChatterTip of the Month January 2009

Candlewax on wooden drawers
This works! If you have any wooden drawers that are a little stiff and don’t slide easily, take the drawer(s) out and rub some candlewax along the edges of the drawer and the runners along which it slides. When I attempted to test this one out, I discovered that the drawers on my old family bureau also needed gluing, so what started as a few minutes project, ended up taking me a couple of days! But once the glue had dried and the candlewax applied, the drawers are certainly sliding a whole lot better! So now I have “Sliding Drawers!”

ChatterEvents January 2009

And now for this month’s events:

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:

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
APA New York and Kodak Present Photographer Justin Guariglia – “Five Assignments that Changed My Life”

@ SoHo Apple Store
103 Prince Street
New York, NY

Cost: Free and open to the public!

Join the New York chapter of the Advertising Photographers of America for a special presentation from some of its esteemed photographers. This month, world traveling photographer Justin Guariglia shares work he’s titled “Five Assignments that Changed My Life.”

Please visit

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 – 12pm noon
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Inauguration Day!

The Swearing-In Ceremony will take place in the West Front of the Capitol at exactly 12 noon. Both the President and the Vice President will be sworn into office at this time, with their families by their side. Tickets are required for the Swearing-In Ceremony, but large screens will be set up along the National Mall for gatherers to watch the historical moment. Following the swearing-in, Obama will give his inaugural address, sharing his plan over the next four years with all of America.

Following the Luncheon and the Inauguration Parade, there will be numerous Inaugural Balls that night. This historic event will be watched by millions of people around the world. Check your local TV Guide for programming.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 – 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: Peter LiepkeRobert RippsHaley Samuelson and George Steinmetz (subject to change).

For any questions, please contact Rich Pomerantz at or Bill Westheimer

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 – 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Miami Ad School Winter Portfolio Review

@ Miami Ad School San Francisco
415 Jackson Street, Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94111

Once again, the best of the best new talent is here. And just in the nick of time, too. These grads are ready to produce and contribute to your bottom line from day one!

You must RSVP by emailing Lexi at or by calling 1-800-858-3190 Ext. 1004

For more information please visit

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, January 31st, 2009 – 9:00am – 4:00pm
APA Los Angeles & ADBASE Present: “Building a Successful Team for a Successful Career”
A Two-Part Event! Part 1 – The Panel on Thursday and Part 2 – All-day Consultants Reviews on Saturday

@ Helms DayLight Studio
3221 Hutchison Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
*Parking is located on the north side of Venice Avenue and Helms Avenue.

Members: $20
ASMP members: $25
Non-members: $40

Learn how to build your business with the help of a successful team that is right for you. Join APA|LA for an evening and all-day reviews with top consultants, reps and producers who will discuss candidly the role they play in helping photographers to achieve success.
I will be in Los Angeles for the all-day reviews on the Saturday!

Please visit to register!

APA New York & ADBASE will also be scheduling a similar event in the coming months.
This will be in New York City with a different panel line-up on the Thursday and all-day reviews on the Saturday.

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 – 6:00pm
Photographer David Robin Opening Exhibition – “Homestead”
David Robin is a wonderful photographer and lovely guy who happens to be married to my pal Juliette Wolf-Robin.

@ Steven Amedee Gallery
41 North Moore Street,
New York, NY

Exhibition will run from Friday, February 6th, 2009- Saturday, March 14th, 2009

For more information please visit:
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