ChatterLog Summer 2009

Greetings everyone and welcome to the Summer Bulletin!

There is something about the summertime that inevitably takes us back to our childhoods- gardens full of flowers, picnics at the beach and memories of eating ice cream, and then laughing hysterically when the dog ate the “fallen cone” that had accidentally dropped to the ground. I grew up playing tennis back in England and having watched Wimbledon for these past two weeks, I fondly recall the many days when my sister and I would recreate that glorious tournament and play our own “finals.” We even had lemon barley water to drink and carried all the rackets we could lay our hands on down to the tennis court, in our arms, just like the pros did. A stepladder was placed at the side of the net for the imaginary umpire!

So how better to celebrate our childhood memories than to feature some clients for you this month who all photograph children. First up is Jade Albert whose unique, whimsical style is evident in all of her imagery, not just the babies! Take a look at her brand new website and impressive list of clients. Next we have Caroline Shepard, whose unique portraits integrate both her photography and photo-illustration skills, but be sure to check out her “Scallywags” section on the website where we found the image we selected. And then we have Debbie Miracolo, whose image is part of an ongoing fine art series of a much-different age group, and that is teens. This photo was also chosen for the cover of the May 2008 issue of Geo Magazine, which was devoted to the subject of puberty.

So enjoy your children, love your parents and have a wonderful Summer everyone!

ChatterTip of the Month Summer 2009

Natural Remedies for Bug Bites

It has been one of New York’s wettest summer’s for while! And along with hot, wet and humid come bugs, insects and things that generally bite! For the most part, a bee or wasp is not going to sting you unless it has been aggravated in some way, but we all experience getting bitten or stung at some point in our lives. So here are a few natural remedies for those summer stingers:

Bee, wasp & insect stings – make a paste of bicarbonate of soda with a little water and apply to the area – if you don’t have any of that around, try salt, cornstarch, some ground up aspirin or even toothpaste instead. Ice also helps to reduce the swelling and itchiness.

Another remedy for insect bites is to apply a little honey. Funnily enough, when I was last in England, a wasp stung me one day. Having already cleaned out our mother’s medicine cabinet we were limited to our choice of remedies but we found an old bottle of “bee propolis” and thinking “like to like” my sister scraped enough out of the bottle to dab onto my wound. It definitely helped!

Aloe Vera is another classic aid for insect bites and especially sunburn. The first time I went to Jamaica I watched all the Rastas on the beach selling big pieces of aloe plant to all the burned white, or should I say “red” tourists! If you don’t have your own aloe plant growing at home, you can buy the aloe vera gel from the drug or health food store.

And remember in my last bulletin I talked about the many benefits of vinegar? Well, apple cider vinegar also helps to relieve the itchiness of insect bites and poison ivy. Growing up, we always had a bottle of calamine lotion on hand. One more interesting and perhaps lesser-known cure for insect bites is to mix a little saliva with some cigarette tobacco and apply that to the area!

ChatterEvents Summer 2009

New York City “Free” Summertime Activities:

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
@ Bryant Park

Every summer Bryant Park hosts a Film Festival. You can check out current and upcoming films and events at the website:

NY Philharmonic Summer Concert Series
“Concerts in the Park – Free Music in the Great Outdoors”

@ Central Park Tuesday, July 14th & Friday, July 17th, 2009

Live open-air concerts and fireworks; go early and take a picnic!
Visit the website for the full five-borough schedule of concerts:

Central Park Summerstage Events
@ Central Park

More concerts to attend!

Governor’s Island Music
@ Governor’s Island
Free admission and Ferry service
Performances begin at 2pm

Folk Music Festival all summer long!

Hudson River Park Events
@ Hudson River

Visit the website for a calendar of events:

Photography Events to Attend This Summer

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm
APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series Featuring: Christian Oth

@ SoHo Apple Theatre
103 Prince Street at Mercer

Admission: Free but seating is limited.

For more information please visit: and

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 – 6:30pm
ASPP|NY 2009 Summer Bash

@ Bridgeman Art Library
65 East 93rd Street

Free to current ASPP members or if you join/rejoin at the door.
Guests are $15

Please RSVP by Monday, July 13th, 2009!

Click here to view the invite:
For more information or questions please email:
Or contact Sam at 347-229-1384 or Cecilia at 718-576-1681.

Also Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 – 6:30pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street, NYC

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

Monday, July 20th, 2009 – 6:15pm – 8:45pm
ASMP Editing Series

@ SoHo Apple Store
103 Prince Street at Mercer

Admission is Free but seating is limited!

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 – 6:00pm
APA|NY Lecture Series

@ SoHo Apple Store
103 Prince Street at Mercer

Admission is Free but seating is limited!

Fore more information please visit: