ChatterLog October 2009

Greetings everyone and welcome to the October Chatterbulletin!  This is typically a busy month, especially here in New York in the photo world. And although we may see some recession-sensitive “cutbacks” during Expo week this year, there is still a lot to cover. So make sure you scroll all the way down to see everything that is going on. I decided to make this month’s theme “success.”


So why talk about success? What does success mean exactly? Success will mean different things for different people. In the money-driven world we live in today success is largely judged as financial. But for a photographer, success could mean finally finishing up that new website, or winning an award in a national contest, or maybe you just secured a big ad campaign? Perhaps you just licensed your first stock image or participated in a fine art gallery show. Whatever your definition of success may be and wherever you are in your career – there is a common thread that binds all of these success stories together. That thread is made from a positive attitude, hard work and commitment and this month’s clients all reflect these attributes in some way or another.

The dictionary definition of the word success is “outcome” or “result” – we may not always reach the outcome we desire, but if we do not put our best efforts forward, then success is going to be even harder or perhaps impossible to attain. These are all photographers who have stayed the course, and found a way to continue expressing their photographic passion, even when the going was tough. All of them have spent the time and money required to market them selves consistently so that they have seen tangible results and their efforts rewarded. It is also interesting to note that these are all photographers who have stayed in touch with me and continued to ask for help, if and when they needed it. It is important to remember that you do not have to, nor can you, do it all by yourself. So remember to ask for help.

First up is Chris Crisman, whose “rocket boy” image is featured on this year’s cover of the Photo Plus Expo Seminar Program. Chris’ business continues to grow steadily and his assignments have evolved from music and editorial to also include major advertising assignments as well. Next we have Stephen Flint, who like Chris, is starting to see the “fruits of his marketing labors” after revamping his website and promoting regularly to his targeted mailing lists. And then we have Michelle Kawka, who has been continuing to grow ever since we met. She started by working for the local newspaper and has built her image library while developing her craft. Her recent success story was receiving placement in the ASMP Annual Best of Issue for her project “Portrait of Queens, NY.”

It is stories like these, no matter how big or small, that are rewarding and have me gushing like a proud parent. I feel good in the knowledge that I have helped them on their journey somehow. And most of all, it is a testament to their having a good mind-set, with an ongoing determination and strong work ethic. Speaking of which, I really must get to that filing…

Speaking of Success, Congrats to one of my newer clients, Lauren Grabelle!
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has featured her on the cover of it’s latest publication and has included a six page article on her and professional dog photography.

To view more of Lauren’s work please visit:
To view Lauren’s blog please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month October 2009

Ripening Fruit – Especially Bananas

Photo by Alfredo Gugig

Seeing as this month’s ChatterRecipe calls for “ripe” bananas, let’s talk about ripening fruit. Bananas generally stay fresher for longer when keep separately, but if you want to ripen them quicker (or any fruit for that matter) – place them in the fruit bowl amongst the other fruit (in particular apples). Alternatively, you can also ripen bananas by placing them in a closed paper bag. Add an apple to the bag and the fruit will ripen even faster. Apples give off ethylene gas, which causes fruit to ripen. Again, this works with many fruit such as pears, mangoes and even avocados. Placing a toy gorilla next to the bananas does not affect the ripening process.

Nowadays, there is a tendency to return from the supermarket and just put everything in the refrigerator. However, many fruits are better and should not be refrigerated. For instance, tomatoes (yes, technically the tomato is a fruit) should never be refrigerated. My mother would always have a bowl of fresh tomatoes on the kitchen counter at varying stages of “ripeness.” If you compare the taste of a “fresh” tomato to a “refrigerated” one, the difference is evident. There are mixed opinions as to whether or not you should refrigerate bananas, but if you do, they suggest you wrap them individually in plastic wrap and keep them in the vegetable drawer or at the bottom of the refrigerator and ensure they are not stored with other fruits.

Another way to store bananas if you can’t eat them as fast as they ripen is to peel them when they are still fresh and store them in plastic bags or containers in the freezer, either whole, in pieces or mashed. That way they can be added to smoothies or used for baking any time. If you cut bananas to use fresh, squeeze some lemon juice over them to prevent them from turning brown. When I was a kid, one of my favorite sandwiches was made with mashed banana, a dash of lemon juice and a touch of sugar. And while living in Paris, my staple sandwich was comprised of peanut butter, sliced banana, a drizzle of honey with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Yum.

ChatterRecipe of the Month October 2009

California Banana Cake

Photo by John Peters

This is another recipe that someone gave to me years ago and is a tried and trusted faithful. FYI – bananas that are turning or are already completely bruised and brown are great for this recipe. In fact, any time you want to cook with bananas or plantains, the riper they are the better because they are much sweeter! So if you have some bananas lingering in the fruit bowl that you just know you are not going to eat, then this is a tasty way to use them up!
1 stick or 4oz of Butter (room temperature)
Eggs (beaten)
1 cup of ripe, mashed Bananas (usually about 3 bananas)
1 1/2 tablespoons Lime Juice (or lemon)
1 1/3 cups of Flour (all-purpose)
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt

Beat the butter until creamy – then blend in the mashed bananas, eggs and juice. I also like to add a little Vanilla Essence to the wet ingredients as well. Sift the flour through a sieve – then measure out 1 1/3 cups again. Sift once more with the rest of the dry ingredients. If you prefer to substitute Honey instead of sugar, add it with the wet ingredients, but you won’t need as much as a cup! Now fold in the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Be careful not to over-mix! I also like to add about a cup of Raisins, or you could add some chopped Nuts, even some tiny Chocolate Chips. Turn the mixture into a lightly greased and floured 9” tin – a loaf tin is perfect for this recipe – and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure it is done. Leave to stand and cool before turning out.

ChatterEvents October 2009

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 & Sunday, October 4th, 2009 – 12:00pm – 6:00pm
The 3rd Annual Westbeth Music Festival

@ Westbeth Courtyard
155 Bank Street (@ Bethune Street between Washington and the West Side Hwy)
New York, NY

Jazz, Classical, Soul, World, Folk featuring.. Bobby Harden, Val Ghent, Chris Hunter, David del Tredici, Madeline Yayodele Nelson, Eve Zanni, Richard Hundley and more!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 – 6:00pm – 9:30pm
ASMP Annual Photography Portfolio Review – ASMP Members Only

@ Tribeca Skyline Studios
205 Hudson Street, Penthouse
New York, NY

Cost: Free for Members

If you are a member of ASMP and would like to attend the Review please visit:

Thursday, October 8th 2009 – Opening Reception 6:00pm – 8:00pm
“Gone to the Dogs” Group Show Including Work by my Client Lauren Grabelle
Exhibition Runs Through Saturday, November 7th, 2009
@ Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery
Denise Bibro Fine Art
529 West 20th Street 4W
New York, NY

For more information on the gallery show please visit:

Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th, 2009
NY Food & Wine Festival

Photo’s by Adriana Mullen

For more information please visit:

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 – Opening & Book Signing – 4:00pm – 8:00pm
“Three” & “Curse of the Black Gold” Photographs by Ed Kashi

@ Fifty Crows Gallery
49 Geary Street, Suite 225
San Francisco, CA

From the invitation:
“THREE is a series of triptychs that explore the relationship between individual photographs, rather than relying on the isolated image.”

© Ed Kashi

From the invitation:
“CURSE OF THE BLACK GOLD is Kashi’s graphic exposé on the effects of 50 years of oil in the Niger Delta.”

To view more of Ed Kashi’s work please visit:
For more information about the exhibition please visit:

SuperSites Webinar with liveBooks
Final date TBD later in October

To view the updated schedule on the liveBooks Events Calendar please visit:

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 – 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Picturehouse New York 2009 – Event for Picture Buyers Not Photographers

@ Metropolitan Pavillion
125 West 18th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
New York, NY

Cost: Free to Picture Buyers, as long as you register!

About Picturehouse, from the website:
“Picturehouse is all about connecting stock media suppliers with buyers.
We run annual trade events in New York and Chicago, attended by hundreds of professional stock media buyers. Our events give stock media agencies a unique opportunity to gain new business and build loyalty from existing clients. Entry is free and restricted to professional stock media buyers and researchers. As an added incentive for buyers to come along we choose inspiring venues and provide free quality food and beverages throughout the day.
We also manage an international online directory of stock media suppliers. To add an entry is free, and we offer low cost subscription options to enhance the value of your listing.”

For more information and to register please visit:

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 – 6:00pm – 12:00am
First Annual MAD Paperball – Congrats to Tasja Keetman!

@ Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

Cost: Must purchase tickets!

While enjoying her NEA residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York,Tasja Keetman, an artist friend of mine, produced an art piece that will be auctioned off at the New York Museum of Arts and Design’s First Annual “MAD Paperball.”

This is an art, fashion, design and dining gala benefit celebrating MAD’s one year anniversary!

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:

For more information about the Women’s Studio Workshop please visit:

Saturday, October 17th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
International Photography Awards “Best of Show”

@ Splashlight Studios, SOHO
One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street, Third Floor
New York, NY

Cost: Free with RSVP

RSVP here:

For more information please visit:

Monday, October 19th, 2009
The Lucie Awards

@ Lincoln Center
New York, NY

From the website:
“The 7th Annual Lucie Awards celebrates Master Photographers, announces the 2009 IPA Competition Winners and the Lucie Awards Support Categories. Presented by The Lucie Foundation with the generous support of AtEdge, Blurb, Duggal, Hance Partners, Lacie, Splashlight Studios and Photo District News.”

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 – 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Allegra Wilde’s artandphotoagents Forum Lunch Meeting – This Event is for Photo Agents Only & Not Photographers

@ Tribeca Skyline Studios
205 Hudson Street, Penthouse
New York, NY

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 – 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Miami Ad School Portfolio Review in New York

@ Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center
At the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
281 Park Avenue South
New York, NY

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
“Windows” Photographs by Ted Kawalerski Opening & Artist Reception
Exhibition will run from October 19th – October 29th, 2009
@ Calumet
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 – 6:15pm
The Business of Microstock Panel Discussion

@ The New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY

Cost: $75

Register here:

From the website:
“While the panel is designed to give traditional stock photographers and business owners insight into how to make money in the microstock market, it will obviously have a lot of relevance to existing microstock photographers and related businesses.”

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 – 7:00pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

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

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 – 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Resource Magazine Warm-Up Party – Invitation Only

@ Tribeca Skyline Studios, Suite 1201
205 Hudson Street, Penthouse
New York, NY

Come celebrate Resource Magazine’s fall issue release and to view the “10 BEST 10” photography contest show!

For information about Tribeca Skyline Studios please visit:

Thursday, October 22nd – Saturday, October 24th, 2009
NYC photoWorks Portfolio Review

@ Sandbox Studio
250 Hudson Street, 22th Floor
New York, NY

For more information please visit:
To register please visit:

Thursday, October 22nd – Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Photo Plus Expo

@ The Javit’s Center
New York, NY

For more information on the expo please visit:

ASMP Portfolio Reviews @ Photo Plus Expo
Louisa will be reviewing portfolio’s at the ASMP booth on Thursday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 24th, 2009! Click here to sign up for a FREE review:

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 – 9:00pm – 1:00am
PDN Party – The Bash – Must Purchase Ticket! Cost $25

@ The Hammerstein Ballroom
Manhattan Center, New York, NY

Cost: $25 if you purchase your ticket in advance, $35 if paid at the door

Open bar for the first hour only!

For more information and to purchase your ticket please visit:

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 – 1:15pm – 3:15pm
SuperSites at PhotoPlus Expo! Session Number: FB6
Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis
@ The Javit’s Center
New York, NY

For more information and to view calender of events please visit:

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 – 1:30pm
APA and Agency Access Present: The Photographer’s Survival Guide for Today’s Market

@ Studio 225/ Baglio Photo Studio
225 West 28th Street
New York, NY

Cost: APA Members and Students: $55, Non-member: $65
Additional $5 if paid at door.

From the website:
“Today’s photography assignment world is changing dramatically. With so much world devastation, economy worries, stock vs. assignment, etc…how is a photographer to keep up?
We are presenting a solution: “the photographer’s survival guide (for today’s market)”. This 2 hour program is for all levels of photographers – those who are just starting and those who have been in the business for years and want to take it to the next level.”

For more information and to register please visit:

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
ASMP Annual Member Meeting
@ The Javit’s Center
New York, NY

Cost: FREE to all members.

From the website:
“There will be presentations by ASMP President Richard Kelly and Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, and a keynote address, “Leveraging Social Media for Your Business,” by member and social media authority Jack Hollingsworth.”

For more information please visit:

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
PhotoShelter Presents: Analyze This! Google Analytics for Photography Websites

@ Adorama
42 West 18th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: FREE!

Space is limited and you must register! To register please send RSVP email to Please include your name and contact info in the body of the email. All attendees will receive a coupon for $30 off an Annual PhotoShelter Standard Account!

From website:
“For photographers who are interested in learning more about using Google Analytics for Photography Websites, on Thursday October 29th, at the Workshops@Adorama, PhotoShelter CEO Allen Murabayashi will discuss the basics and more, for photographers who want to use Google Analytics to get more from their websites.”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
APA Seattle/NorthWest Presents: SuperSites – Successful Self-Promotion for the Digital Age
Panel Discussion Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis

@ Demaray Hall @ Seattle Pacific University Campus
209 West Bertona Street
Seattle, WA 98119

Gain valuable insights from creative professionals that will help you to refine your site to increase the quality and quantity of work you attract in the coming year. This panel of photo buyers will discuss what makes a successful website that clients will want to bookmark and return to regularly. The panelists will share their self-promotional do’s and don’ts, and weigh in on new and buzzworthy ways to “sell” yourself, such as having your own blog or using social networking sites. The discussion will culminate with a “live critique” using willing audience members’ websites – this is your chance to get candid, constructive feedback on your own site!

Panel line-up to include (subject to change):

Steve Cullen – Creative Director/Design Director @ Creature LLC Advertising Agency in Seattle
Michael Elliott – Interactive Design Commander @ RocketDog Communications in Seattle
Kelly Page – Freelance Production Manager formerly w/DDB Seattle
Jon Lucich – Photographer & Sales Executive @ liveBooks

Sponsored by Agency AccessBlink Bid and liveBooks!

Full details will be up on the website very soon! For more information please visit: