The continual perpetuation of hatred and racial divide…

Out of the many outrageous and currently disturbing daily news reports, this one stuck out for me this week, for some reason… A white man from Massachusetts verbally assaulted and physically kicked a Delta Airlines employee (who also happened to be a hijab-wearing Muslim) while she sat in her office in JFK Airport. He yelled at her, “Trump is here now, he will get rid of you!” And it got me to thinking how little we have learned, and how much hatred and racial divide is still rampant in this world. And now this new racist regime is bringing out the absolute worst in people. We should be bringing people together, period, not dividing them. But this new government is perpetuating the hatred… and to think they only just got started…

Spring ChatterBulletin 2015

First Day of Spring 2015 Photoby Louisa J. Curtis
First Day of Spring 2015 Photo by Louisa J. Curtis

Greetings everyone and welcome to Spring… well almost… It still managed to snow here in New York on the very 1st day of Spring! And even yesterday, we had a few flakes in the morning… Everyone is “itching” to get outdoors again after months and months of cold, uninviting and miserable weather.

Events are starting to appear again on the calendars – including my own upcoming presentation for the Washington, DC Chapter of ASMP on Tuesday, April 7th!  So if you are in the neighborhood – we would love to see you there.

And, I will be holding one-on-one consultations the very next day Wednesday, April 8th.  I will also be offering a special discount to ASMP and Association members and event attendees! Here are some of the details:

ASMP DC Presents – Refresh Your Presentation And Reach The Right People! With Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises

2015_0407_ASMP_DC-Event-Banner420Date and Time: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Doors open @ 6:30pm Event 7pm-9pm
Location: StudiowerksDC
To Register for the Event: Click Here
To Book a Consultation: Tel: (646) 221-0206 Email: Louisa@chatterboxenterprises.com

Event Overview:
In this fun and informative presentation, marketing consultant Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises covers everything from websites to promotions, personal projects and creating your own PR. Whether you are just starting out, or have been in business for a while, this seminar will inspire you to revamp your presentation and marketing – make it fresh, focused and more personal. With lots of visual examples and plenty of time for Q&A, you’ll walk away with a new enthusiasm for marketing your work and a solid understanding of how to communicate what you do in the best light possible.

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Now if you are not able to catch this presentation, fear not, Chatterbox is still available for consulting sessions, no matter where you are located – thanks to the telephone and the Internet!

If you would like more information about this particular presentation and are interested in bringing it to your local Chapter and/or City, please contact Louisa at Tel: (646) 221-0206 Email: Louisa@chatterboxenterprises.com

 

 

Holiday ChatterBulletin 2014-2015

Holiday ChatterBulletin 2014-2015

Greenwich Village © 2010 Louisa J. Curtis

Season’s Greetings
To All My Clients, Colleagues, Family & Friends…

ChatterBox Enterprises
Appreciates Your Continued Support
And Wishes Everyone Well For 2015!

ChatterBox Events
After yet another successful photo panel discussion at Photo Plus Expo, be sure to watch out for announcements in the coming months for my solo seminar:

“Refresh Your Presentation And Reach The Right People” – Coming to an ASMP Chapter near you… soon!

ChatterBox Consulting
For inquiries regarding my consulting services – please email me at Louisa@chatterboxenterprises.com or call 646-221-0206

October/November 2014 Photo Events!

October/November 2014 Photo Events!

October is “Photo Month” here in New York, and as always, there are lots of great events, gallery openings, conferences, seminars, portfolio reviews and of course parties! At the end of October we have the annual Photo Plus Expo, and I am proud to announce that this will be my ninth consecutive year presenting or moderating a panel! This year I have a wonderful group who will be discussing how to present your work to multiple, or different markets – so if you haven’t already, be sure to register for the Conference/Expo and sign up for my panel listed on the Seminar Schedule! Here is the Session Name and Number, Sponsors and of course, the panel Line-up:

Session SA3 – Navigating Multiple Photo Markets:  Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:15am – 12:15pm

Sponsors – PhotoShelter and Yodelist

Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis – Creative Consultant & Writer @ Chatterbox Enterprises with the following line-up:

TV & Print: Megan Re – Director of Photography @ The Food Network

Advertising: Michael Kaminski – SVP, Director of Technology & Production Services @ JUICE Pharma

Editorial: Sarah Rozen – Director of Photography @ Women’s Health Magazine

Fine Art: Thomas Werner – Private Art Dealer & Consultant

Everyone always asks me about what is going on this month, so here are just some of the other events to watch out for in October and November:

Wednesday, October 15 – 35th W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony @ SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St – 7pm

Sunday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 21 – PACA 19th Annual Conference @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th St

Tuesday, October 21 – PACA Networking Reception @ ICP Museum, 1133 Avenue of the Americas @ 43rd St – 7-10pm

Tuesday, October 21 – The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party @ Terminal 5, 610 West 56th St – 7-11pm

Wednesday, October 22 – Visual Connections @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th St – 12-7:30pm

Thursday, October 23 – ASMP NY Image 14 Contest Winners Exhibition @ Chelsea 27, 617 West 27th St – 6-8pm

Wednesday, October 29 – ASMP National Annual Meeting @ Photo Plus Expo @ The Jacob Javits Center – 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 29 – ASMP NY/Yodelist – Market Right 2014 w/Suzanne Sease & Kat Dalager @ 353 West 46th St – 6-10pm

Wednesday, October 29 – Saturday, November 1 – Photo Plus Expo Conference (Seminars) @ The Jacob Javits Center

Thursday, October 30 -Saturday, November 1 – Photo Plus Expo @ The Jacob Javits Center Show Dates & Times

Thursday, October 30 – Saturday, November 1 – Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews @ PPE @ The Jacob Javits Center

Friday, October 31 – PDN PhotoPlus Halloween Monster Mash @ 230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Ave – 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday, November 1 – I have my panel from 10:15am-12:15pm, followed by portfolio reviews from 2:20pm-5:10pm

Saturday, November 1 –The Lucie Awards “Best of Show” @ Splashlight Studios, One Hudson Square, 75 Varick St, 3rd floor – 7-10pm

Sunday, November 2 – The Lucie Awards @ Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, Seventh Ave @ 56th/57th Sts – 7pm (meet & greet 6pm)

Wednesday, November 5 – AI-AP Big Talk @ SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St – 1pm

Wednesday, November 5 – YPA Fund-Raising Gala @ Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave @ 36th Street – 7-10pm

Thursday, November 6 – AI-AP Party @ Masonic Hall Grand Lodge, 46 West 24th Street & Sixth Ave – 7-11pm

Saturday, November 8 – Cole & Heisler Workshop @ Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave @ 151st St, Bronx – 9am-6pm

Wednesday, November 19 – Footage Marketplace NY @ The Art Director’s Club, 106 West 29th St – 11am-7:30pm

Wednesday, November 19 – Slideluck Annual Fundraiser @ Lightbox, 339 West 38th St – 6:30pm (social) 7:30pm (food) 9:00pm (party)

APA NY Portfolio Reviews – Tuesday June 24 6-9pm

APA NY Portfolio Reviews – Tuesday June 24, 2014  6-9pm


APA NY is holding their Portfolio Review at Wix Lounge on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6-9pm.

Venue location is 235 w 23rd st, 8th floor, New York, NY, 10011

All registrants will see three reviewers, for 15 minutes each.

On Friday June 20th, attendees will be asked to request their top 5 reviewers in order, APA NY will then place attendees and reviewers together, doing their best to get you in front of who you want. The sooner you respond, the more likely you get to see who you want!

First three Pro members: FREE

Next ten Pro members: $50

APA members: $75

Non-Members: $150

We have an amazing line-up of Reviewers who want to see YOUR PORTFOLIO.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

ChatterEvents – May 2014

ChatterEvents – May 2014

Here are some events taking place this “merry” month of May:

Saturday, May 10 & Monday, May 12, 2014

Two Upcoming Screenings at the Bronx Documentary Center

Located @ 614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx

Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 7pm – Everybody Street: Legendary Street Photographers

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 7:30pm – Tighten Your Belts, Bite The Bullet

Tuesday, May 13 – Thursday, May 15, 2014NYC Fotoworks Portfolio Reviews

Located @ Go Studios, 318 West 39th Street, Penthouse

Wednesday May 14, 2014   6-8pmHow to Land the Job – Corporate Photography Panel

Presented by APA NY & Frank Meo / The Photo Closer

Located @ the PhotoShelter offices, 33 Union Square West

Saturday, May 17, 2014   2-6pmART 3 Gallery Inaugural Opening

ART 3 Gallery @ 109 Ingraham Street, Suite 102, Brooklyn

Opening @ dutesco STUDIOS, 109 Ingraham Street, Suite 105, Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   1-2pm

You’ve Won the Job, Now What? – Webinar w/Kat Dalager

ASMP National’s May 2014 Business as unUsual

To register, please click here!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014   7-9pm

Open Show NY #11

Guest Curators, Gallerist & Writer Charles Guice and Miriam Romais from En Foco.

Located @ The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Saturday, May 31, 2014   7pm Potluck, 9pm Slideshow, 11pm Afterparty

SLIDELUCK Bushwick III

To submit by May 15 please click here!

Located @ Sandbox Studio BK, 154 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn

Also takes place during Bushwick Open Studios 2014

Tips using Oats – ChatterTip April 2014

Tips using… You Guessed It – Oats – ChatterTip April 2014

Before I get into the tips, here’s a nibbly little tidbit for you – as I mentioned earlier I was born in The Year of the Horse and I love Oats, and we know that Oats are one of what we call the Cereals. In Astrology, besides the Planets, we also have what are known as the Asteroids, and Ceres is one of them. The word Cereal comes from Ceres, who was the Roman Goddess of Agriculture (and in Greek Mythology she was Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, who presided over Grains and the Fertility of the Earth). Ceres is connected with the 2nd Earth sign of Virgo and is associated with all Cereals including Barley, Oats, Rye, Wheat and Grasses. Now, here’s where it gets even more interesting…

Horse with Cereal Snack

I have the Asteroid Ceres right on my Rising Sign (or Ascendant), which explains why I love all things Cereal! I can quite happily eat Cereal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I always used to feel guilty because growing up in England, one only ate cereal at breakfast-time, one was supposed to eat “breakfast” foods at breakfast, tea-time foods at tea-time… and that was that, but for me, a bowl of Cereal or a slice of Toast was always a favorite snack at any time of day or night. So once I learned that Ceres was literally right on my Ascendant, I realized it was perfectly natural for me to enjoy all those foods. Now I eat a bowl of Cereal or a slice of Toast whenever I want – totally guilt-free!

According to the Bach Flower Essences: Wild Oat is for capable people who have ambition to do something meaningful in their lives but have not yet found their true calling. They may have several choices or directions they could follow and may be working hard on a given path, but fundamentally they are dissatisfied and frustrated. Somewhere deep down they know that they have not found their vocation in life, and are emotionally or spiritually unsatisfied. Wild Oat helps to tune the heart (ruled by Leo) to what will bring true meaning and purpose. It helps us the make choices, sometimes difficult, which unite all aspirations. It also helps us to balance the needs of spirituality and making a living. [Excuse me while I run out and get me a bottle…]

No big surprise that I am giving you 5 Tips using Oats this time…

Oats for Convalescents

According to my old Herb Book, although Oats are used primarily for their nutritional value, they are also particularly helpful for certain convalescing patients. In Europe for example, Wild Oats (which are picked whole as a young green plant and known as Oat Straw) are used to make a tea to help with Chest complaints, and Oat Straw is also used in various baths, which aid in healing a number of ailments including Rheumatism, Lumbago, Gout, as well as Liver & Kidney problems.

Oats for Menstrual Cramps and More…

Eating a daily bowl of Oatmeal can help to end Endometrial pain, making Menstruation less miserable with fewer cramps, aches & pains. Oats can also help to control Hormonal activity, lower blood Cholesterol levels, ease Constipation, as well as aid with Fatigue and Depression. Who knew?

Oats for Poison Ivy

If you happen to have a bad case of Poison Ivy, or even the Chicken Pox, grind 1 cup Oatmeal (or Oats) until fine and wrap in cheesecloth. Place the cheesecloth in the end of a stocking or pantyhose leg and tie it so it hangs under the faucet when you run the bathwater. It’s best to go with lukewarm water and soak for about 30 minutes. You can also apply the Oatmeal pouch directly to the infected areas to help soothe the rash as well.

Oatmeal Facial Mask

Make a simple face mask by combining Oatmeal with a little Warm Water until it forms a paste. Especially good for oily skin, and rubbing Dry Oatmeal directly onto the skin will remove any flaky or peeling skin. If you want some thing a little more tasty, then combine ½ cup Hot Water with 1/3 cup Oatmeal. After about 3 minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons Plain Yoghourt, 2 tablespoons Honey and 1 small Egg White (optional). Apply thin layer of the mixture to your face and leave on for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with Warm Water.

Oatmeal Dry Shampoo

For those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair, this can apparently be a great solution. Take 1 cup of Oatmeal, place in blender and grind to a fine powder. Add 1 cup Baking Soda and mix well. Rub a little of the mixture into your hair, give it a minute or two to soak up the oils and then brush (or shake) it out of your hair (preferably over the bathtub or a towel). This can also be a great solution for bedridden patients who cannot bathe or wash their hair in the shower. And, it can even be used to deodorize your dog’s coat!

Oaty Sausage Cakes & Granola Bars – ChatterRecipes April 2014

Oaty Sausage Cakes & Healthy Granola Bars

Image from Jessica Grajeda's Blog

Ironically, as I mentioned in the ChatterLog, even though I may not feel as drawn to Horses as one might expect, being born in The Year of the Horse – I do however, love to eat what they eat – Oats! I have always loved anything with OatsOat Bars (which in England we call flapjacks, but in America flapjacks are what we call pancakes – go figure), Oatmeal Granary Bread, Oatcakes, Oatmeal Crisps, Oatmeal (as in good old “porridge” oats), Oatmeal Cookies, Granola, Granola Bars, Muesli, even Oatmeal Soap… bring it all on… Now, if you’re at all curious as to the difference between Groats, Old-Fashioned or Quick Oats, then check this blog post on Oats by Health & Nutrition Counselor Jessica Grajeda. All Oats start out as Groats, the Steel-cut Oats are Irish, while the Stone-ground Oats are Scottish. I found this first recipe in an old M&S cookery book by Louise Steele that includes both Oats for our grazing Horse, and Meat (in the form of Sausage) for our carnivorous Aries! And since this newsletter is also entering into the domain of Taurus, ruled by Venus, lover of “sugar & all things sweet” I am giving you a second recipe using Oats that is sweet instead of savory!

Oaty Sausage Cakes

Ingredients:

1lb Pork Sausage Meat

1 medium Onion (peeled & finely chopped)

3 heaped tablespoons plus another 2oz Porridge Oats (quick-cook variety)

¼ to ½ teaspoon dried Mixed Herbs

1 teaspoon Mustard (or Mustard Powder)

¼ teaspoon Salt

Freshly-ground Black Pepper

1 Egg (beaten)

4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Flour (for dusting)

Recipe (makes 8 cakes):

Place the Sausage Meat in a large bowl with the chopped Onion, 3 tablespoons of the Oats, Herbs, Mustard, and Salt & Pepper. Mix ingredients together well (preferably with your hands!) until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions. On a lightly-Floured board, form each one into a 3-inch round cake or patty. Dip each cake into the beaten Egg and then roll in the remaining 2oz of the Oats and coat thoroughly. Heat the Vegetable Oil in a frying pan and cook the cakes over moderate heat for about 15 minutes, turning frequently using a fish slice, until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper (a brown paper bag works better than a paper towel, which tends to make “crispy” turn to “soggy!” The recipe book suggests serving these for breakfast with fried eggs and tomatoes, but I wouldn’t limit yourself to their suggestion…

Healthy Granola Bars

Granola Bar © Matthew Klein

So for our sweet treat using Oats for Taurus, I found this “healthy” and very easy recipe for Healthy Granola Bars on a website called Red and Honey: The Art of Valiant Living The beauty of this recipe is it not only uses healthier ingredients by substituting Honey for Sugar for instance, but it is also totally flexible, meaning, if you want to switch up some of the ingredients, you can. Use your favorite ingredients or experiment with something new…

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Almond or Peanut Butter

2/3 cup Virgin Coconut Oil

2/3 cup Honey or Maple Syrup

2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats

2 cups total of whatever else you’d like in the bars…. Chopped Nuts such as Hazelnuts or Pecans, Dried Fruit such as Apricots, Cranberries or Dates, Coconut Flakes, Pumpkin, Sesame or Flax Seeds, Dark Chocolate Mini-ChipsYou get the idea…

Recipe:

Mix together the Almond or Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil and Honey in a small saucepan and warm until everything is melted. Sir together and add in the Oats, and then the rest of your dry ingredients. If you are using Chocolate Chips, you might want to let the Honey Mixture cool before you add those, otherwise they will all melt. Another recipe I read on a website called Inspired Taste, suggests adding a few of the Chocolate Chips to the warm mixture so it helps to set the bars and hold them together, and then add the rest of the chips later when the mixture is not as warm. Press the Granola Bar mixture into a 9×13 pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars, wrap individually and store in the fridge.

© 2014 Louisa J. Curtis And just to prove my love of Oats – these items are all currently in my pantry!

Oaty Sausage Cakes & Granola Bars – ChatterRecipes April 2014

Oaty Sausage Cakes & Healthy Granola Bars

Image from Jessica Grajeda's Blog

Ironically, as I mentioned in the ChatterLog, even though I may not feel as drawn to Horses as one might expect, being born in The Year of the Horse – I do however, love to eat what they eat – Oats! I have always loved anything with OatsOat Bars (which in England we call flapjacks, but in America flapjacks are what we call pancakes – go figure), Oatmeal Granary Bread, Oatcakes, Oatmeal Crisps, Oatmeal (as in good old “porridge” oats), Oatmeal Cookies, Granola, Granola Bars, Muesli, even Oatmeal Soap… bring it all on… Now, if you’re at all curious as to the difference between Groats, Old-Fashioned or Quick Oats, then check this blog post on Oats by Health & Nutrition Counselor Jessica Grajeda. All Oats start out as Groats, the Steel-cut Oats are Irish, while the Stone-ground Oats are Scottish. I found this first recipe in an old M&S cookery book by Louise Steele that includes both Oats for our grazing Horse, and Meat (in the form of Sausage) for our carnivorous Aries! And since this newsletter is also entering into the domain of Taurus, ruled by Venus, lover of “sugar & all things sweet” I am giving you a second recipe using Oats that is sweet instead of savory!

Oaty Sausage Cakes

Ingredients:

1lb Pork Sausage Meat

1 medium Onion (peeled & finely chopped)

3 heaped tablespoons plus another 2oz Porridge Oats (quick-cook variety)

¼ to ½ teaspoon dried Mixed Herbs

1 teaspoon Mustard (or Mustard Powder)

¼ teaspoon Salt

Freshly-ground Black Pepper

1 Egg (beaten)

4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Flour (for dusting)

Recipe (makes 8 cakes):

Place the Sausage Meat in a large bowl with the chopped Onion, 3 tablespoons of the Oats, Herbs, Mustard, and Salt & Pepper. Mix ingredients together well (preferably with your hands!) until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions. On a lightly-Floured board, form each one into a 3-inch round cake or patty. Dip each cake into the beaten Egg and then roll in the remaining 2oz of the Oats and coat thoroughly. Heat the Vegetable Oil in a frying pan and cook the cakes over moderate heat for about 15 minutes, turning frequently using a fish slice, until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper (a brown paper bag works better than a paper towel, which tends to make “crispy” turn to “soggy!” The recipe book suggests serving these for breakfast with fried eggs and tomatoes, but I wouldn’t limit yourself to their suggestion…

Healthy Granola Bars

Granola Bar © Matthew Klein

So for our sweet treat using Oats for Taurus, I found this “healthy” and very easy recipe for Healthy Granola Bars on a website called Red and Honey: The Art of Valiant Living The beauty of this recipe is it not only uses healthier ingredients by substituting Honey for Sugar for instance, but it is also totally flexible, meaning, if you want to switch up some of the ingredients, you can. Use your favorite ingredients or experiment with something new…

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Almond or Peanut Butter

2/3 cup Virgin Coconut Oil

2/3 cup Honey or Maple Syrup

2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats

2 cups total of whatever else you’d like in the bars…. Chopped Nuts such as Hazelnuts or Pecans, Dried Fruit such as Apricots, Cranberries or Dates, Coconut Flakes, Pumpkin, Sesame or Flax Seeds, Dark Chocolate Mini-ChipsYou get the idea…

Recipe:

Mix together the Almond or Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil and Honey in a small saucepan and warm until everything is melted. Sir together and add in the Oats, and then the rest of your dry ingredients. If you are using Chocolate Chips, you might want to let the Honey Mixture cool before you add those, otherwise they will all melt. Another recipe I read on a website called Inspired Taste, suggests adding a few of the Chocolate Chips to the warm mixture so it helps to set the bars and hold them together, and then add the rest of the chips later when the mixture is not as warm. Press the Granola Bar mixture into a 9×13 pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars, wrap individually and store in the fridge.

© 2014 Louisa J. Curtis And just to prove my love of Oats – these items are all currently in my pantry!