ChatterLog Fall 2010


Greetings everyone and welcome to the Fall ChatterBulletin. Some of you may have noticed that we did not have a bulletin in September, and so now having moved through the sign of Virgo, we find ourselves in the month of October and the Astrological sign of Libra. This is quite fitting really, because back on September 21st, when we reached the Autumnal Equinox, we experienced a day of “equal light and dark,” marking the halfway point between the Summer and Winter Solstices. And from there the symbol of a “perfectly balanced day” is continued on into the sign of Libra, whose job in life is essentially to attain balance and harmony, not just for their own benefit, but for all mankind. This “balance” is clearly seen in their symbol, the scales of justice, and why many of them are associated with or work in the legal profession. And so, not surprisingly, the theme for this bulletin is Balance.

Balance is something that we certainly all need in our lives and if something is out of kilter somewhere, we will surely suffer. It might be your health (mental, emotional or physical), or perhaps your environment or your relationships, but whatever or wherever it is, there must be balance. We can go back to the basics of yin & yang, night & day, black & white, but the whole idea is that there are two equal and therefore “balanced” and harmonious halves. For example, let’s look at the idea of “black & white” for a moment. Some of you may already be aware that Libra is the sign associated with partnerships, and why it is also associated with marriage, and the color white – does a “virginal” bride not wear white for her wedding dress? What some of you may not know is that this sign is connected not only with weddings, but also with funerals, and therefore the color black. There’s our yin & yang balance yet again. And so we complete the couple’s marital promise, “until death do us part…” and continue the cycle of life. The sign of Libra is also known to exhibit “grace under pressure” which is why they also make great wedding planners and funeral directors.

Another reason for choosing the theme of Balance this month is because it reminds me of a certain quality that my father used to bring to our family when we were growing up. And, it also brings us back to the reason as to why there was no September bulletin and why I am dedicating this one to my dear papa, who passed away on August 25th. When we were younger, my father was often the “voice of reason” for any type of emotionally charged outburst or family chaos. It was pretty much a sure bet, for example, that following an argument between my mother and my sister it would always be our father who was dispatched (or perhaps self-appointed) to calm the situation down. He possessed the necessary patience to talk calmly with my sister and persuade her to come back into the family fold after running away, yet again…

So when the source of that balance, that “equalizer” was taken away, unexpectedly, the loss we felt was enormous. And when I say loss, I was not talking so much about when he died recently – I am talking about when he left all those years ago, when our parents split up, and subsequently divorced, and the very person who had kept some sort of a balance in our household literally jumped ship, and left us in the lifeboat without him. That was a long time ago, but no matter how many years have passed since then, and how many more marriages there may have been, how much therapy and how much talk has been devoted to the subject, and given that we have all grown up now and can be adults and forgive and move on, those old wounds never really go away. And what was interesting is that losing my dad when I was 56 reminded me of how much I had missed him since I was 14 years old.

This is a “family” photo, probably from the early 1980’s, that was always one of my sister’s and my favorites. What I find especially fascinating is that it was taken some time after our parents had divorced, but looking at it, you’d never know? Despite their divorce, and despite the family craziness, my parents always had an undisputed friendship until the day they died. And even though Mum would usually say something derogatory about him the minute he had turned his back, she had, after all, given birth to his two daughters and still had an unbreakable attachment to him. So on this particular day, for some reason, we were altogether and as usual we went for a walk in the forest with the dog. The energy was good between everyone so I took out my camera, balanced it on a large log, set the self-timer – and there we are!

In closing, and back to our theme of Balance, Libra and the Scales of Justice – who else could illustrate this topic more perfectly than TV personality “Judge Judy?” To begin with, Judge Judith Sheindlin was born on October 21st on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio, and you can see how she combines her legal brilliance (Libra) along with her no-nonsense approach (Scorpio) inside the courtroom. If you have never watched her show, it is a fantastic study, not just of her, and of how her mind works, but also of people and humanity in general. After a while, you can tell who is lying, who is listening, or which ones are just plain stupid. But you wouldn’t want to cross her – she is too smart and quick-witted for most people. Just look at the titles of her books, for example, and that should give you some idea as to her way with words and her colorful character. Her 1st book was called, “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining” (love it!) and the 2nd one was “Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever!” And finally, while my sister and I were reading about Judge Judy we found to our amazement that 4 out of her 5 children have the same names as our cousins on our father’s side! Gregory, Jamie, Jonathan & Adam! How strange is that?

ChatterNews Fall 2010

Jason Florio

Congratulations to my dear pal and fabulous photographer Jason Florio who is a finalist for this year’s International Photographer of the Year Award at the Lucies – yeah! I’ll be leading the “Florio cheering section” on the 27th, Row T!

© Jason Florio

Check out Jason’s winning photos in the 2010 IPA winners gallery here:

For more information about the IPA please visit:

For more information about the Lucie Awards please visit:

Paula Lerner

Congratulations to Photojournalist Paula Lerner who recently won an Emmy for her project entitled: “Behind the Veil: An Intimate Journey Into the Lives of Kandahar’s Women”.

On hand to receive the statuette were the four principals on the team that produced the feature for the Toronto-based Globe and Mail: Multimedia Producer Jayson Taylor, Photojournalist Paula Lerner, Reporter Jessica Leeder and Interactive Designer Chris Manza.

For more information about the project please visit:

To view more of Paula’s work please visit:

Raeford Dwyer

Photographer Raeford Dwyer and his girlfriend Vanessa Tricoche have started a wonderful non-profit project together called “Into the Woods” which is an outdoor education and ethics program created in partnership with the Sierra Club’s “Building Bridges to the Outdoors” project – great stuff! Check it out.

For more information about the non-profit project please visit:

Sierra Magazine did a feature article about their program.  You can read the article here:

To view Raeford’s photography please visit:

Brett Beyer & Debbie Miracolo

Congratulations to two Chatterbox clients, Brett Beyer and Debbie Miracolo, who last month were both featured in the New York Photo Festival’s “Capture Brooklyn” juried show at the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo. Here are some of their images that were selected for the show:

© Brett Beyer

© Debbie Miracolo

Save the dateWednesday November 17th @ 8pm – for the opening reception of Debbie’s wonderful new series “The Change Agents” from which the above image was taken. The portraits portray members of the colorful, hip staff of Arrojo Studio, the trendy NYC hair salon. Debbie says, “Photographing them in their homes, I explore who they are when their time is their own.” The images will be on display at the Arrojo Studio for 2 months.

For more information about the Capture Brooklyn exhibition please visit:

For more information about powerHouse Arena please visit:

Tony Cordoza

Tony is an old friend and was one of my very first Chatterbox clients. This personal project is quite a departure from his product & still life work that we featured in our May bulletin earlier this year.

To view and purchase Tony’s latest photography book “Contemporary Tribal Markings” please visit:

To view more of Tony’s work please visit:

Holger Keifel

I originally met Holger a while back at the ADC’s portfolio reviews. After eight years working on this particular project, he has photographed almost 400 people in the world of boxing, and now, his book “Box – The Face of Boxing” is finally available. This extraordinary collection of more than 250 black-and-white portraits pays homage to the greatest living legends of boxing. Check it out!

© Holger Holger

You can purchase Holgers Book “Box: The Face of Boxing” on Amazon here:

Frank Meo
You may recall we mentioned Frank Meo’s project “Mindprints” in a previous bulletin. The project will be having its exhibition opening at VII Gallery in Brooklyn on Thursday, November 4th at 6pm.  Make sure to mark it on your calendars!

For more information about the project please visit:

For more information about VII Gallery please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month Fall 2010

Natural Remedies for Kidney & Urinary Problems

Cranberries image courtesy of Adriana Mullen

The sign of Libra rules over the kidneys and the urinary system. Much like Libra’s job is to establish balance within humanity, the kidneys’ job is to keep the balance within the human body, more specifically within the urine.

The Kidneys:

Drink plenty of Water every day to flush the kidneys – simple, obvious and yet one of the best things we can do for our human engine. Drinking fresh Lemon Juice in a glass of hot water every morning helps to flush the kidneys.

Kidney Stones:

Kidney stones are a crystallization of substances in the urine, and one of the contributing factors is dehydration, which is why drinking plenty of Water helps to reduce your chances of getting them. Some research suggests that you avoid long-term use of Vitamin C and Calcium (which may add to the crystallization of the kidney stones) and instead take plenty of Magnesium and Vitamin B6. The Chinese also recommend Cinnamon for kidney stones and also Ginseng, and some sources suggest including 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil in your diet every day. Parsley and Celery Seed can also help to dissolve kidney stones.

Urinary Infections:

Parsley is a good aid to the urinary tract, as it increases urine output and provides relief for URI’s (Urinary Tract Infections). Drinking Cranberry Juice helps urinary infections such as urethritis or cystitis. Baking Soda can also help with urinary tract infections by making the bladder more alkaline. Drink ¼ teaspoon a day in 8oz of water. Eating live Yogourt can help to ease inflammation and infection, or it can be used as a douche. And once again, our old friend Garlic is also known to ease inflammation and infection. To further relieve any discomfort, add Lavender, Bergamot or Sandalwood to the bath, as these all contain antiseptic properties.

ChatterRecipe of the Month Fall 2010

Steak & Kidney Pie

Now, I am not a particular fan of red meat these days, in fact, I rarely (!) eat it, but in keeping with our theme and to honor my late father’s love of roast beef, I decided to go with a traditional steak & kidney pie. As a child, I can remember good old Fray Bentos’ canned Steak & Kidney pies, and they are still making them today! You can even buy them online from one of the many specialty food websites!

This is hopefully a more appetizing recipe!

For the Filling

2 tablespoons Oil

1½ lbs Round or Skirt Steak (cut into 1 inch cubes)

½ lb Beef or Veal Kidneys

¼ cup All-Purpose Flour

1 large Onion (chopped)

Garlic (optional, finely chopped or minced)

1¼ cups Beef Stock

½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Salt & Black Pepper

½ lb Mushrooms (cleaned & sliced)

Egg (beaten for glazing)

For the Short Crust Pastry

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

¼ lb Butter or Shortening

About 3 – 5 tablespoons Water (ice-cold)

To Make the Filling: Heat the Oil in a large skillet or pan, but before adding the meat – first toss the cubes of SteakKidney in some seasoned Flour and shake off the excess so that the pieces are lightly coated. Then cook the Steak cubes until browned on all sides, remove from the skillet and set aside. Do the same with the Kidneys.

In the same skillet, cook the Onion (and a little finely chopped or minced Garlic if you want) until soft. Stir about 2 tablespoons of Flour and cook for a minute or so until the flour has had time to expand. Gradually add in the Beef Stock so that the gravy can thicken, then add the Worcestershire SauceSalt & Black Pepper to taste. Add back in the Steak Kidneys, partially cover and simmer gently for about 1½ hours. Then add in the sliced Mushrooms and cook for another 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Set the “stew” aside and wait until it has completely cooled before covering with the pastry. This mixture can also be prepared the day ahead.

To Make the Pastry: Sift the Flour into a large bowl. Add in the cubes of cold Butter or Shortening and rub in lightly with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Do not overwork the pastry, as this will make it “tough and rubbery.” Gradually add in the ice-cold Water and mix with a large flat-bladed knife until the dough comes together to form a soft ball. Some recipes suggest you cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour before rolling out. Alternatively, you could also purchase a good quality store-bought pastry, and some recipes call for Puff Pastry instead of Short Crust.

To Make the Pie: Take the pastry and roll out on a floured surface until about 1 inch larger than your pie dish. Take your pie dish, turn it upside-down and place on top of the pastry. Cut around the edge to create your “lid” and place pie dish to one side. Brush around the rim of your pie dish with Water, and then using the leftover trimmings, press on a thin strip of pastry all around the edge of your pie dish. Place a pie funnel in the middle of the dish and then spoon in the meat mixture. If you don’t have a pie funnel, use an upside-down eggcup. Lightly brush the pastry strip with Water before placing the pastry “lid” on top of the pie. Seal the edges by “crimping” them all around with a fork. Make a hole in the pastry “lid” above the pie funnel to let the steam escape. Decorate the rest of the pie with shapes cut from any remaining pastry trimmings before brushing the top of the whole pie with beaten Egg. Bake in a 400 F (200 centigrade) oven for 25 – 30 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve immediately with a nice green vegetable such as Spinach, Cabbage or Peas.

ChatterEvents Fall 2010

October is typically a busy month in New York and there are lots of photography events, some of which are on the same dates. So read on and mark your calendars with the ones you would like to attend!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Young Photographers Alliance – 2010 Award Ceremony and Benefit Auction

@ Metropolitan Pavilion

New York, NY

Cost: $50

For more information and to purchase tickets online please visit:

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 – 12-8pm

Visual Connections (formerly PictureHouse)

@ Metropolitan Pavillion

125 West 18th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

New York, NY

This event is for image buyers only and not photographers!

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 13th & Thursday, October 14th, 2010

NY Post Production Conference

@ Jacob K. OctoberCenter

655 West 34th Street

New York, NY

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, Ocotber 13th – 6:30-8pm

APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series: Not Standin’ Still…

Photographers who use video and Theater to get more work

@ SoHo Apple Theatre

103 Prince Street (between Mercer and Greene)

New York, NY

Cost: Free

(left) © Keith Barraclough
(right) © William Vazquez

From the evite:

” APA|NY Board Member Keith Barraclough and APA|NY President William Vazquez present their work and strategies.”

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 – 6:30pm

ASMP and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Present:

The 31st Annual W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant for Humanistic Photography & The 16th Annual Howard Chapnick Grant for The Advancement of Photojournalism. Doors open at 6:30pm.

@ Asia Society Auditorium

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

New York, NY

Cost: Free. Seating is first come, first served.

From the invite:
“Come view the compelling photojournalism of this year’s finalists, and fellowship and grant recipients.”

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 – 6:30pm
NY Monthly PhotoGroup Salon
@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

Presenting the work of: Scott Barrow, Nina Berman, Henry Leutwyler, Doug Menuez, Gary Paige, Steve Simon and Howard Schatz.

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

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 – 12:30-6:30pm

Miami Ad School Fall Portfolio Review

@ Miami Ad School

10 Jay Street, 8th Floor

Brooklyn (DUMBO), NY

For more information please visit:

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 – 6-9pm

1st Annual Upper East Side Art Event & Benefit Hosted by Housing Works

@ Housing Works

202 East 77th Street at 3rd Avenue

New York, NY

Cost: Free

Several of my clients including Max Singer and Koren Reyes have donated work for this ART EVENT/BENEFIT: a silent auction & art sale of paintings, photos & prints, to benefit HOUSING WORKS. Join them along with other contributing artists for a great cause, great art, great company at the Housing Works Upper East Side location.

For more information about the event please visit:

For more information about Housing Works please visit:

For more information about Max please visit:

For more information about Koren please visit:

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 – 7-10pm

International Photography Awards ‘Best of Show’

@ Splashlight Studios

One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street, 3rd floor

New York, NY

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 – 10am-4pm

APA National & Parsons New School for Design Present: © Know It Or Blow It!

@ Parsons The New School

66 5th Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 404

New York, NY

APA National is hosting an all-day event on legal and copyright issues for photographers with a panel discussion in the morning and a copyright registration workshop in the afternoon. For more information: and to reserve your spot (seating is limited) please RSVP here:

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 – 7pm
8th Annual Lucie Awards
@ Alice Tully Hall
Lincoln Center
New York, NY

For more information please visit:

Thursday, October 28th – Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Photo Plus Conference + Expo

@ Jacob K. Javits Center

New York, NY

For more information please visit:

This year Louisa will be moderating a great panel “The Wonderful World of Websites” on Friday afternoon (1:15pm – 3:15pm) – see details below – and Louisa will also be reviewing portfolios for both the Palm Springs Photo Festival on Saturday morning (9:00am to 11:25am) and at the ASMP booth on Saturday afternoon (12:00pm to 2:00pm).

For more information about the Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review please visit:

For more information about the ASMP Portfolio Review please visit:

For more information and a full list of PPE seminars and workshops please visit:

Friday, October 29th, 2010 – 1:15 – 3pm

Louisa J. Curtis Presents: The Wonderful World of Websites: Portfolios, Promotions and Solutions

@ Jacob K. Javits Center

New York, NY

From the website:

“Whether you shoot advertising, editorial, fine art or weddings, your Web site is one of your most important tools for showcasing your work and visual brand. If it’s annoying or difficult to navigate, potential clients will move on to the next. Louisa’s panel of advertising and editorial photo buyers will give valuable insights and discuss what makes a successful Web site.”

Panel will include:

Louisa Curtis, Creative Consultant/Moderator, Chatterbox Enterprises

Andria Castellano, Senior Agency Producer, Badger & Partners

Francesca Messina, Senior Art Director, McGraw-Hill

Michael Kaminski, VP Director of Production, JUICE Pharma Worldwide

Moya McAllister, Director of Photography, Story Worldwide

Sponsored by Agency Access, Dripbook and APA National

To register for the event please visit:

Friday, October 29th, 2010 – 8-11pm

PDN PhotoPlus Night Bash

@ Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

West 45th Street & 12th Avenue

New York, NY

Cost: Early bird (purchase by Friday, October 15th) – $25; Regularly – $35. You must register for the Expo to purchase a Bash ticket!

For more information and to purchase your ticket please visit:

Thursday, October 28th – Saturday, October 30th, 2010

NYC FotoWorks

@ Sandbox Studios

250 Hudson at Broome St.

New York, NY

Portfolios will be reviewed Thursday, October 28th & Friday, October 29th and workshops will be held on Saturday, October 30th.

For more information please visit:

Thursday, October 28th & Friday, October 29th, 2010

Shoot-NYC Free Workshops & Presentations hosted by Hasselblad & Broncolor

@ The Terminal Warehouse

11th Avenue & West 28th Street

New York, NY

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

Shoot-NYC will also have a gala party to cap off the two days of events – free admission – food and drinks – Friday October 29th 6pm – midnight.  Come and let loose!

Monday, November 8th, 2010 – 6-9pm
ASMP|NY Commercial Portfolio Review 2010
@ Tribeca Skyline Studio
205 Hudson Street, Penthouse
New York, NY

Louisa will be reviewing portfolios at the ASMP Commercial Portfolio Review!

Stay tuned for more information posted on the ASMP|NY website:

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

AI-AP Present: The Party

@ Angel Orensanz Foundation

New York

From the website:
“The Party for American Photography 26 and American Illustration 29 is set for Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York. Details with a link to RSVP will be posted on their website later this month.”

Adorama Events

This Fall, Adorama is hosting a number of events in October & November so be sure to check them out!