ChatterLog Spring 2009

Greetings everyone and welcome to the latest bulletin, which is dedicated to, and in loving memory of my dear mother, Janet Isobel Curtis, who died on Monday, March 2nd, 2009, aged 83 years, at the Allenbrook Nursing Home in England. As some of you know, her health had been declining for some time, but she thankfully passed away peacefully and finally out of pain with both my sister Charlotte and her God-daughter Victoria by her side. Fortunately I was able to spend some time with her in February and say my “good-byes.”

Nothing can prepare you for the death of a parent, especially your mother. Needless to say, these past months have been and continue to be a complete emotional roller coaster, what with making funeral plans, meeting with lawyers and generally keeping the Kleenex company in business. It certainly has been a life-changing experience and one I hope to write more about at a later date. But for now, let me at least share with you the photo we used on the Order of Service which we felt totally demonstrated her eternal love for a good laugh!

I would also like to extend my heart-felt gratitude to all of you who have sent cards, flowers, chocolates, emails or left phone messages. If we haven’t already done so, my sister and I will get around to thanking you all, we promise!

With much love,


ChatterNews Spring 2009

APA National Announces:
Advertising Photographers of America (APA) Appoints Stephen Best As National CEO

Read the press release

Welcomes Their New Regional Director Kaia Hemming!

Kaia was the former Director of Communications for the Minnesota Center of Photography.

The Lucie Foundation Hosts a Month Long Celebration of All Things Photography!
Los Angeles, CA

From their website:
“In April 2009, the inaugural Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) will showcase the enormous photography community, inclusive of commercial, fine art and photojournalism. As the second largest photography community in the United States, Los Angeles will provide a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image… MOPLA was established and exists to advance the celebration of Photography, through a variety of events and programs designed to inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector.”

For more informations on events, exhibitions, etc., please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month Spring 2009

The Many Uses of Vinegar
Vinegar is one of Mother Nature’s cure-alls and wonderfully versatile – vinegar has many other uses besides making a salad dressing or pickling some onions. One of my mother’s favorites was to use a splash of malt vinegar around the sink to give it an extra clean and sparkle – we learned that trick from the housemaids when we were on holiday in Portugal. Vinegar is a fantastic household cleaner, and when diluted with water does wonders for all sorts of cleaning jobs, including cleaning computer screens, windows and glass!

Vinegar also possesses fantastic medicinal properties and is a natural antiseptic.  After the funeral last month, my sister and I visited with one of our mother’s dearest friends and we found her drinking her regular concoction of apple cider vinegar and honey in hot water to help her arthritis. And if you suffer from a bit of heartburn or acid-reflux disease – drink a little apple cider vinegar instead of taking a pill, and see if that doesn’t help ease the pain.

ChatterEvents Spring 2009

liveBooks Webinars have arrived!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Supersites – Successful Self-Promotion for the Digital Age – Part 2
Hosted by Louisa J. Curtis

Cost: FREE
Time: 2:00pm Eastern time, 11:00am Pacific time
Duration: 1 hour

Part 2 will address marketing and how to bring potential clients to your website.

This presentation is designed to help take your website to a higher level. Based on “live” panel discussions that she has moderated around the country, Louisa J. Curtis will talk about what makes a good website, or not! Gain valuable insights that will help you to refine your site to increase the quality and quantity of work you attract in the coming year. This “webinar” will be split into two sessions (Part 1 has already taken place but both sessions will be archived on the liveBooks website).

For more information please visit:

Register here for this event:

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
ASPP NY Chapter Presents: What’s New in Workflow

@ Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center
281 Park Avenue South
@ 22nd Street, NYC
(steps from the 23rd Street East Side subway station)

Members – $10
Non-members – $20
Students – $5
Free – to New Members who join ASPP at the event.

Space is limited. RSVP Required by Monday, April 27th, 2009.
For complete info and to RSVP for this event please visit:

New Software and hardware upgrades keep changing the digital toolbox, so spend an evening networking with your colleagues and learn about new workflow techniques with Michael Lorenzini, Jennifer Lim and Antonio M. Rosario.

For more information, email

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Louisa will be one of the Reviewers for the Parsons New School for Design’s Portfolio Review

This is my second year taking part in the Portfolio Review Day for Parsons New School for Design’s senior graduating students.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Parsons BFA Photography Exhibition

@ The Calumet Gallery
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Show runs until Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays: Closed

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Sunday, May 17th, 2009
NY Photo Festival 2009

@ 37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY
DUMBO area

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:

Saturday & Sunday, May 16th & 17th AND Saturday & Sunday, June 13th & 14th, 2009
A Flower Photography Workshop by Renowned Photographer Barbara Bordnick

Barbara Bordnick, a renowned fashion, portrait, nude and floral photographer is offering two-day, weekend workshops on photographing flowers in her Manhattan studio! To keep each workshop as intimate and hands-on as possible, only six students per workshop will be admitted.

Each two-day workshop is $900.

To hold a reservation please send email to:

For out-of-town participants, the elegant W Hotel has agreed to make rooms available for the discount price of $229 per night.

Monday, May 18th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Books Signing & Launch Event
Photographs by Robert A. Ripps, Edited by Amy Sewell and Heather L. Ogilvie

@ Barnes & Noble
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Also Monday, May 18th, 2009 – 6:30pm
ASMP Seminar: Is Your Website Making You Money? Presented by Blake Discher

@ Studio 385
385 Broadway
New York, NY

Member- $35
Non-Member- $60
Professional Association Member- $50
Student- $20
Student/Faculty of hosting institution- Free

Seminar topics:
– Learn why your web search engine rank matters.
– Design tips for web site usability.
– Real world answers on how to improve your site’s search ranking.
– What do art buyers want in a web site?
– Marketing to improve your web traffic.
– Skills for building long-term clients after your web site gets their attention.

For more information and to register for this event please visit:

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 – 6:30pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon
@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street, NYC

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz at rich@richpomerantz.comor Bill Westheimer at

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Getting Found Online: SEO for Photography Websites
Adorama Sponsors the PhotoShelter SEO Cookbook

@ Adorama Building
42 West 18th Street
New York, NY


You MUST register for this event!
RSVP by email to

From press release:

“PhotoShelter, the leader in portfolio websites, photo sales and archiving tools for photographers, released the first comprehensive, free guide to getting photography websites listed on search engines and achieving top results with search engine optimization (SEO).”

“PhotoShelter’s CEO Allen Murabayashi will be at Adorama sharing step-by-step instructions for optimizing a website, as detailed in PhotoShelter’s SEO Cookbook, a 30-page guide to the most effective SEO tactics.”

More about the SEO Toolkit: