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

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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

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


To submit by May 15 please click here!

Located @ Sandbox Studio BK, 154 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn

Also takes place during Bushwick Open Studios 2014

ASMP e-Learning Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 2pm

ASMP e-Learning Free Intro Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 2pm

Your Business in Focus – How to Get Out of the Way and Grow Your Business featuring EMyth Certified Business Coach Rick Snyder.

Join us tomorrow for a FREE introductory program Changing Your Business Perspective
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 2:00 – 2:45 pm

For more information click here and to register, please click here!

This free, no obligation, introductory e-Learning course covers time-saving techniques to clear your mind and eliminate overwhelm. Discover how to change your perspective and orient your business for greater productivity and freedom. This program introduces the fundamentals of the EMyth philosophy and teaches you how to:

  • Assess how the current challenges you face are a function of your perspective.
  • Bring other people into your business intelligently.
  • Identify what areas of your business need attention the most.
  • Think strategically so you can work ON your business, not just in it.

ASMP NY BrainTrust Meeting January 29, 2014 @ 6:30pm

ASMP NY Presents: The Nuts and Bolts of the BrainTrust!

ASMP NY invites all general and associate members to come to the meeting of the BIG BRAIN

Date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm Doors open at 6PM

Where: Rod Goodman Studio, 379 Park Avenue South (between East 26 & East 27th Streets) 3rd floor, New York City

Cost: Free to all ASMP members. Please Note: This is a members only event!

To register, please CLICK HERE

Palm Springs Photo Festival April/May 2013

Where to begin? I mean, it’s one thing to write a report on a one-day visit to a photo festival or an event, but when it’s the Palm Springs Photo Festival which I just attended for the 1st time, that’s a whole week’s worth of writing! I truly had a wonderful time; I viewed a lot of incredible photography, I reviewed a whole bunch of attendees and volunteers, I met lots of new people and spent extended and quality time with some already familiar faces in a much warmer and sunny environment! On the day we all arrived (Sunday), it was the hottest April 28th on record in Palm Springs, as in “ever” reaching a whopping 106 degrees! They said it would be hot, but even the locals had to admit that it was a lot hotter than usual for this time of the year!

Palm Springs Palms © Louisa J. Curtis

The large group of faculty, sponsors and volunteers (as well as many of the attendees) were split between 3 hotels, the Hyatt Regency Suites, where most of the action took place including the seminars and portfolio reviews, the faculty lounge & lunches and sponsor tables. Some of the faculty stayed at the more “artsy” Korakia, which is an adorable little Mediterranean & Moroccan style pensione where the dinners were held each evening as well as the opening night reception, at which I ran into what appeared to be most of ASMP’s either current or former national board members, including Gene Mopsik, Blake Discher, Judy Herman, Gail Mooney, Jenna Close, and Shawn G. Henry. Later in the week I became acquainted with the very whacky and yet wildly informative world of Colleen Wainwright when I attended her seminar on social media. Also at the opening reception, among many others, were Lauren Wendle, Publisher of PDN Magazine & Vice President of the Nielsen Photo Group, along with the magazine’s chief Editor, Holly Hughes.

Korakia Pensione © Louisa J. Curtis

The 3rd hotel (where I was staying) the Palm Mountain Resort, was sort of in between the other 2, both in size and location, and to be honest, it was my favorite. A little bigger than the Korakia, not as corporate as the Hyatt, and very laid back – plus it had the best pool! All I had to do was walk across the lawn… I swam every day – I was in heaven!

View from my hotel room at the Palm Mountain Resort © Louisa J. Curtis

Here I am preparing for a long day ahead in my Palm Springs office!

Each night there was an outdoor networking dinner for the “faculty” hosted by different sponsors and culminating in a fabulous Moroccan Feast on the last evening, served family style by our wonderful waiters who had gotten used to the crazy crowd by then – these communal dinners were so much fun, and were accompanied each night by delicious wines from small select California vineyards. At the very first of those dinners (Monday) I was seated at a table of approximately 8-10 people, and what are the chances, but we discovered that 6 out of the 8 of us were Leo’s. How crazy was that? In case you were wondering, and I know you are, those 6 fabulously creative people were Sarah Rozen, Photo Editor @ Women’s Health Magazine, Susan Jones, Director of Photography at AGE Photostock, Nancy Glowinski, Photo Editor for Reuters, Frank Meo, The Photo Closer, Queen of the Alternative Process photographer Jill Enfield, and yours truly Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises – quite a sextet!

Networking Dinner with the 6 Leo's © Louisa J. Curtis

After each dinner, everyone either took a shuttle bus, or stumbled down the street and around the corner, to the Palm Springs Art Museum, where we were treated to our evening slide shows, and photographer presentations. It has been a while since I was able to immerse myself in photography without a bunch of other “daily life” distractions, and it was the 1st time I had been away in a while, so it really was part vacation for me as well. What I also enjoyed was not only meeting a lot of new contacts, but also getting to know a few people on a deeper level than previously when we have simply run into one another at an event. I saw old friends such as my buddy Alexandra Bortkiewicz, Photography Director at Alamy in the UK, consultant Sherrie Berger, who amongst many other things handles PR for the prestigious Lucie Awards and the Lucie Foundation, and I even ran into the very charming Photo Editor at People Magazine Darrick Harris, who will be one of my panelists at PPE (Photo Plus Expo) in New York this October.

Moroccan Feast at the Korakia © Louisa J. Curtis

But what about all of the photography that I saw? Some of the evening presenters during the festival were Jill Enfield, who spoke about alternative processes, but she also shared with us some interesting family history and stories as well. We saw Stephen Wilkes take us step by step through his “day to night” process, along with Andy Katz, who not only showed images from his beautiful book on wines, but his family vineyard also provided the wines we were drinking that same evening. French photographer Mathieu Grandjean, Director of Open Show in Europe, was in town to tell us more about that – and many of you may recall I mentioned the New York branch in the last newsletter. It was also Mathieu’s birthday that day, so he was presented with a birthday cupcake, candle and all. Frank Ockenfells III kept us entertained both at dinner and with his creative celebrity portraiture, while Ralph Gibson showed something like 300+ slides while transporting us through his enormous and fabulous career retrospective!

Image from Chris Rainier presentation at the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

Aside from the evening presentations, there were also lunchtime sessions and afternoon symposiums each day, and one of those I attended was given by National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier. I certainly knew his work, but it was wonderful to hear him speak as well as seeing a retrospective of his travels all around the globe, documenting the vanishing cultures of our world. In one of his glorious stories he referred to “where the green meets the blue” – a beautiful expression of simply where this island ended and the ocean began. Beyond that was the unknown. I took a few photos of Chris during the presentation, and later on I had to chuckle to myself, when in his darkly humorous presentation on the last evening, diehard B&W film photographer Roger Ballen, who was born in New York but made his home in South Africa (both photographers have South Africa in common) since the 1970’s, summed up his work by saying “the light comes from the dark” and that it was all about the “integration of visual relationships” – so Roger, if you’re reading this, please note the visual relationship between Chris’ arm and the bow and arrow in his image on the screen!

Chris Rainier presenting at the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

Roger Ballen speaking about the Cat Catcher at the Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

I saw a lot of photography that is documenting either cultures or land that is vanishing, or simply causes that speak to universal and global issues. One of those was James Whitlow Delano, whose book project Mercy invited a diverse group of photographers to submit images that spoke to the theme of “mercy” through their eyes. James resides in Japan but has spent much of his time working in Malaysia, specifically documenting the “little people” whose lives are being disrupted and whose rainforest is being systematically destroyed by the logging companies, all in the name of “Green” bio-fuel. Bit of an oxymoron really, destroying the planet to grow “green fuel”… I mean, what’s wrong with that picture?

Image from James Whitlow Delano presentation at Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013

Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson with the VII Agency spoke from the heart and we all felt it. He showed images from the wars (chiefly Iraq & Afghanistan) he has witnessed first-hand, but it was his haunting series of Bedrooms of the Fallen that was so poignant and touching. He admitted to having to gone through a lot of therapy himself, much like the soldiers, but he was also passionate that the public needs to better understand that not only are they suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but many of them return and commit suicide because they cannot live with the lingering memories of death.

Image from Alison Turner's winning slide show entry "Reflected Identities"

Before each of the evening photographer presentations, we also viewed 4 short slide shows, comprising the finalists in the festival’s Slide Show Contest. The entries came from all around the world, the contestants paid no entry fee to participate, and the final selects were an interesting range of subjects and origins. The overall winner was Alison Turner, whose beautifully haunting series Reflected Identities certainly caught the judges’ attention. One of my own particular favorites was by Marjorie Salvaterra, whose wonderfully whacky “tongue-in-cheek” entry entitled Her takes an imaginative look at what women go through as they get older and definitely struck a humorous chord with me. She was also named one of PDN’s emerging photographers earlier this year, and I can see why. Another prizewinner, this time the top pick from the Portfolio Reviewers was Melissa Pierschbacher, although I did not get to review her work, I can certainly see why she won! I had a few “favorites” from the photographers that I did review, starting with Massachusetts-based food photographer Elizabeth Cecil, whose delicious work certainly caught the hungry eye of several of the reviewers, followed by Vancouver-based Torrie Groening, who integrates her fine art drawings and paintings into her exquisitely crafted photographs, Washington, DC-based photographer Kristi Odom, with her sepia prints of endangered species, and Gregory Diamond, a recent graduate from the Masters Program at Brooks Institute of Photography, and 1 of the 4 recipients of the festival’s Emerging Photographer Scholarship (well deserved), who showed a fascinating series and interpretation about how the world views “brail.”

Marilyn from behind © Louisa J. Curtis

Another inspirational story was that of David Nelson, who used to be a sports photographer, but after being diagnosed with MS, instead of quitting, he said, “I’ll shoot fine art instead!” Although he is now in a wheelchair, he and his wife Margaret continue to travel around the country photographing over-sized signage in his series “Land of the Giants.” Now speaking of “giants” – pretty much everyone takes a picture of the Marilyn Monroe statue while visiting Palm Springs (myself included), and she was conveniently located right in the heart of the festival so most likely you walked past it pretty much every day, if not several times a day. And each time you walked past her, no matter what time of day, there was always somebody taking a photograph of them selves, usually standing in between her legs and underneath her crotch. It’s a very large statue! I mused as to exactly how many images would be taken of her whilst we were all in town? I even saw a local TV news crew filming a segment about her. So naturally, I had to do my own take and decided to shoot her from behind!

Apparently, it's not just Marilyn who is super-sized... © Louisa J. Curtis

Now, about those birds… One night, after one of our networking dinners and a few glasses of wine, a small group of us walked the “back way” to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The group included most of the 6 Leo’s, so we were loud and laughing and then I looked up in the sky above the mountain to our left and I saw a flock of birds flying in a V-formation. At least, that’s what I thought I saw. I immediately got the rest of the group’s attention and they all saw it for themselves, so it wasn’t just me who saw this, I have witnesses! We all stood there and gazed up at this beautiful sight – why so beautiful? Because they appeared to be illuminated from underneath and none of us could figure it out? I mean, in photography the light is everything, but where on earth was this light coming from? The city lights weren’t bright enough, there was no full moon… we couldn’t come up with a solution, but we all agreed they were wonderful anyway and Susan Jones aptly named them the “Firefly Birds.” Some time later when I was back in New York, I pondered back over this notion of illuminated birds and V-formations and my friend immediately suggested the most obvious notion and one I had surprisingly not thought about – until then. So what were they? A flock of illuminated Firefly Birds, a US Air Force secret training mission, or a bunch of Extra Terrestrials simply showing off and going for a celestial spin…

Alexandra Bortkiewicz, Louisa J. Curtis, Sherrie Berger & Susan Jones

More about those flipping birds… I can’t recall if this was the same night, but it may have well as been, or if it was on another evening, but upon arrival at the Annenberg Theater we were asked to kindly “flip the bird’ so that Jeff could take a group photograph of us all. He did preface this request with the story of how it all began with a couple of them flipping the bird and sending the photo to someone else, and then that person with his friends responded with their own version, and as it continued, each time the group in the phone photo got a little bit bigger – until this particular night, when Jeff trumped them all by photographing “the largest group of bird flippers on record” in the Palm Springs Art Museum – And here we are!

Quite Possibly the Largest Group of Bird Flippers © Jeff Dunas

They say things come in 3’s, so here’s my 3rd bird story… One day I was walking up the main street from my hotel to the Hyatt, and as I was passing one of the deserted storefronts, this somewhat straggly-looking and slightly suspicious character beckoned to me and muttered something about photography and a bird. I chose to ignore his enthusiastic gestures saying that I had to be somewhere (really Louisa?), and off I went. The next day, I was walking in the exact same spot and there he was again, only this time I saw what it was he was referring to. There, hovering above the plants was a teeny tiny bright purple humming bird. It flew off before I could get a photo, but I realized that perhaps he wasn’t so crazy after all! Since I don’t have a photo of the purple hummingbird, I’m giving you a picture of a purple vintage car instead that Tracey Woods, Photo Editor at Essence Magazine, and I found one afternoon parked right there in the Art Museum parking lot!

Purple "Historical Vehicle" © Louisa J. Curtis

And finally, I want to say thank you to my pals Allegra Wilde of Eyeist and Frank Meo, The Photo Closer, for both encouraging me to come out to the festival this year, I am so very glad that I did. And last but by no means least, I want to give a special shout-out to Festival Director Jeff Dunas and his charming wife Laura (who celebrated their wedding anniversary while we were all there with them!) for hosting this wonderful event. Jeff and his amazing team of producers, sponsors and volunteers succeed in bringing both artists and technicians, creators and makers of beautiful, inspirational and moving images together for 5 whole days – everyone shares a passion for the art of photography and we all merged into one massive party in the hot desert sun! I also want to give a special mention to Associate Producer Michelle Gossman, and Faculty Captain River Jordan, who were both brilliant at taking care of us all. And Workshop Producer Nina Miller did an awesome job as well, along with all of the dedicated volunteers – you know who you are… Just to show how thankful he was, on the very last evening, Jeff invited all of his staff and volunteers to come up on stage and take their much-deserved curtain call.

Some of the many Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013 Staff and Volunteers

See you next year!

YPA 2012 Mentor Program Awards & Exhibition!

Be sure to check out this YPA Awards Presentation and Exhibition next Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 @ Calumet from 6 to 9pm! From the press release:

The Young Photographers Alliance invites you to join us at our Awards Ceremony and Mentoring Exhibition Opening on Wednesday, February 27th at the Calumet Gallery, 22 W. 22nd Street, NYC, where we’ll share in the celebration of this past year’s mentoring program titled “Hometown”.

Also in attendance at the evening event, will be our 2012-2013 scholarship recipients, whose awards will be presented to them by industry giants Barbara Bordnick, Roberto Dutesco and Stephen Mallon.

Thanks to generous donations from ASMP, YPA was able to create a unique mentoring program which pairs talented college students and recent graduates with leading photographers from throughout NA and around the world.

YPA 2012 Mentor Program Awards & Exhibition!

Be sure to check out this YPA Awards Presentation and Exhibition next Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 @ Calumet from 6 to 9pm! From the press release:

The Young Photographers Alliance invites you to join us at our Awards Ceremony and Mentoring Exhibition Opening on Wednesday, February 27th at the Calumet Gallery, 22 W. 22nd Street, NYC, where we’ll share in the celebration of this past year’s mentoring program titled “Hometown”.

Also in attendance at the evening event, will be our 2012-2013 scholarship recipients, whose awards will be presented to them by industry giants Barbara Bordnick, Roberto Dutesco and Stephen Mallon.

Thanks to generous donations from ASMP, YPA was able to create a unique mentoring program which pairs talented college students and recent graduates with leading photographers from throughout NA and around the world.

Arnie Zann – ChatterArtist October 2012

This month our featured photographer is Arnie Zann, a Libra born on September 25th! As with many Libras, Arnie is naturally charming, a great communicator, and a class act with a resume to match! He started out his 45-plus year career shooting for LIFE and Time, and since then Arnie has traveled the globe creating stunning images for numerous corporate libraries, private museum collections, galleries, major magazines, and more… I first met Arnie and his wife Margo Pinkerton a while back in 2007 when I went down to North Carolina and participated on a panel for their local ASMP Chapter. Margo and I then combined forces and presented a program together at the Miami Ad School later that same year.

Provence & Her Charms

Between the two of them, they have nearly eight decades of combined experience, but they did not come together until later in their lives, having both had prior marriages and children. I, for one, am so happy that they did find one another and combine forces because they fit together so well. Zann and Pinkerton Photography became early Chatterbox clients and we worked together on editing and creating a new website. But with these two, it always felt more like a friendship than simply business or work associates, [and since that time, a lot has changed!]

Springtime on the Outer Bank
Summertime on the Maine Coast

For many photographers and the industry as a whole, business was hit hard when the recession hit in 2009. Many of us had to reinvent how we made our living because either our income changed completely, was de-valued in some way, or disappeared altogether. So by the time I featured both Arnie & Margo in my newsletter in June 2010 [when I was showcasing photographers who work in pairs or husband & wife duos], they were already heading in a new direction because they could no longer depend on their corporate clients and licensing their images as stock. For them, a lot of the fun had gone out of the business, because clients were adopting an “It’s good enough” attitude and no longer demanding perfection because of shrinking budgets and other restrictions.

Paris & la Fête de la Musique

Remember I said that Libras are great communicators; in fact all Air signs need to communicate and make great teachers, so this new direction they chose was perfect for this duo. With Arnie being a Libra and Margo an Aquarius, they are both Air signs; therefore they value the same things and share an innate ability to communicate. And not only are they interested in intellectual and artistic pursuits, as Air signs they also need their space and freedom. Combine their experience, their love and passion for photography, teaching and the need to travel, they did what made the most sense and expanded Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures, a business that started out in the early 80s as adventure trips featuring photography. Arnie and Margo had both been teaching and speaking at seminars for years, and yes, Margo is the Barefoot Contessa, so I guess that makes Arnie the Barefoot Count?

Paris & la Fête de la Musique

And one of the reasons for the success of this current venture is because they love what they do and are truly doing what they love! It has now grown into their full-time occupation, and they have a blast. Students who travel with Arnie and Margo will be guaranteed excellent sharing of their expertise and knowledge, fantastic locations, a lot of laughs and good food and wine! Libra is after all the natural host of the party, able to exhibit “grace under pressure”, while the Aquarius is the most social sign of the zodiac! These two are charming people who can make anyone feel comfortable – and that’s what Arnie certainly does, he makes you feel welcome.

Paris & la Fête de la Musique

When I was emailing them for images, I asked, “When do you leave town on your next trip?” and they responded with, “Leave town? We’ve been on the road since late July and will not return home until early-mid October! We are in Colorado for a week visiting one of Margo’s daughters. After that, we will be on the road, heading back to New England for New England Fall Foliage, stopping with Arnie’s kids near Chicago en route, then home via DC where Margo’s elder daughter works for the White House.” And that pretty much sums up their life! So be sure to visit both the website and blog. Louisa J. Curtis