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Capricorn, the Sea-Goat

Greetings everyone and welcome to the year 2011! It is interesting to contemplate that we have not only begun a new calendar year, but also a new decade. As we get older, we find ourselves talking about our life in decades, such as comparing our current economic crisis to the “great depression” of the 20’s & 30’s, or growing up in the “swinging” 60’s, and so on… But when we now refer back to this last decade, and the first one of the 21st century, it just doesn’t seem to roll off the tongue quite so easily. So how were the “10’s” for you? Sounds weird, right? Well, weird or not, here we are in the year 2011 and what it has already given me is the rare opportunity to send out our 1st bulletin of the decade on 1-11-11 – not too many chances for that, now are there, so we consider it to be a very good omen! Can’t wait for November!

Total Lunar Eclipse, December 21st, 2010

Now since last month’s Winter Solstice, which fell on December 21st and happened to coincide with a spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse and a Full Moon all at the same time - something that had not taken place in 372 years and which won’t occur again until 2094 - I stood outside my building in the freezing cold and watched it in the middle of the night, and it was truly beautiful - and since that night we have started to gain one more minute of light each day as we head towards the Spring, which is a comforting thought in the depths of Winter, when daylight is hard to come by. It is no joke that many people do suffer from serious depression during the Winter months due to a lack of sunlight, and why there is such a high suicide rate in Nordic and Scandinavian countries where they live in darkness for half the year! For some strange reason, I read that Iceland is a rare exception to this rule…. But this seasonal depression is real and was aptly named SAD (seasonal affective disorder) for a good reason. One suggested treatment is to reproduce artificial sunlight using special light bulbs, and another is to administer carefully timed doses of the hormone melatonin. Of course if you have lots of money, then you spend your Winters in the Caribbean, but one of the things that I find bearable about the New York winters versus the English ones, is that even when the wind-chill and the temperatures are below freezing, we still have many beautiful bright sunny days with brilliant blue skies, so it doesn’t seem quite so bad. Whereas in England, we lived with months and months of one grey, damp day after another… uggh!

So having previously ‘traveled’ with our Centaur the Sagittarius, we now find ourselves in the no-nonsense sign of Capricorn, the Goat, the sign associated with “Grandparents” and this month’s theme. You may recall back in July that Cancer was our sign connected with motherhood and the family? Well, the sign that sits opposite on the zodiacal wheel is that of Capricorn, representing the grandparents. These people are serious-minded, mature and generally live to a ripe old age. Given the choice, they prefer the company of children, older people or animals, rather than regular adults! When they are younger, they seem older, and as they get older they become younger. My sister is a perfect example and has worked over the years both as a nanny and as a caretaker for the elderly, as well as being besotted with animals (especially black Labradors!) all her life. She is brilliant at taking care of all three groups because the “caretaking” comes naturally to her, (after all, she “took care” of our mother throughout her declining years) and she identifies with them, whether they are a curious young child, a poorly old person or an innocent animal that needs rescuing.
They may all seem somewhat different, but in many ways, they are quite similar. They all need her help and each is naïve in their own way possessing a pureness in their expression and emotions, nothing is wasted – and that pleases the Capricorn greatly. The less bullshit, the better! Our mother’s god-daughter, and our god-sister Victoria, whose birthday falls right as Capricorn ends and Aquarius begins, works as a highly dedicated and qualified pediatrics nurse, well, she’s more than a nurse, she’s pretty high up the chain really, but the point here is the area of nursing she chose to specialize in – I rest my case.

Left: These are my mother's parents
Right: And these are my father's parents

Grandparents are known not only for their ability to share their precious wisdom, but also to have fun. Their job is to essentially spoil the grandchildren, who in turn give them a reason to be young again and act the fool! Grandparents are there in a way that parents are not. For some people, their grandparents were far more influential in their upbringing than their parents were. Personally I did not have what I would call really close relationships with any of my grandparents. None of them lived nearby, so we did not see them that often. The relationships with them were not bad - they just weren’t as close as they might have been if we had lived in the same neighborhood. I do have many vivid memories of visits spent with my mother’s parents, and after our grandfather died relatively young, just our grandmother and her sister, great aunt Bell who lived around the corner, whereas my father’s parents were more likely to come and visit us so they could also attend the local tennis tournament. My mother’s father built a business importing butter and cheese while my father’s father was a Harley Street dentist, and as a great lover of the arts, his patients included such notables as violinist Yehudi Menuhin and ballerina, dame Margot Fonteyn. I begged my grandfather to allow me to meet her, but it never happened… And one grandfather played the banjo and the other the piano!

Along the way, like many people, I have adopted a few older women as my surrogate aunties and grandmothers, or they have adopted me, and one of those special ladies was long-time friend to our mother, “Auntie Jo” who is still going strong. Now well in her 80’s she continues to volunteer at the local seniors home, where she spends much of her time entertaining the residents, many of who are younger than her! When my sister last spoke with her, she said had been practicing her puppet act with ‘Winston’ every night in preparation for her role at the Holiday party. Another is my surrogate “Jewish Grandmother Gladys,” who lives over on the East side. I was first introduced to her when I came to live in New York, because her cousin is the mother of one of my best friends in England! Small world. Hungarian immigrants, Gladys’ family came to America, whilst my friend’s mother ended up in London after enduring the Nazi prison camps. Gladys took me under her wing, like she does anyone, no matter your color, creed or country – and she has always been there to lend a listening ear to my troubles. And after we have cried about the sad stuff, we laugh about all of the crazies and the funny stories to keep ourselves sane. God bless you Gladys, Auntie Jo and all you grandmothers (& grandfathers) out there.

"Grandma" Gladys
Photo by Louisa Curtis

But back to this idea of playfulness and the lighter side of Capricorn, and our senior citizens. Have you ever stopped to consider what wonderful stories the older generation always has up their sleeves? Stands to reason that if they have lived to a ripe old age, then they have lived a lot more ‘life’ and therefore have accumulated a lot more experiences, resulting in a ton of tremendous stories to tell us youngsters. The last time I was in England, my sister and I visited with Ethel, who is in her 90's and lives just down the road. Ethel enjoys company, a glass of wine, and she loves to talk – she was brimming with fascinating stories of her life and years of ‘service’ working as a cook in the Manor House (a real-life “Upstairs-Downstairs” story) and her escapades with the American soldiers who were stationed over in England during the war. Overall, she wasn’t too impressed by the “Yanks” but she and her friend didn’t turn down a ride home in their truck after they’d missed the last bus home! Listening to her stories, she was a breath of fresh air, so positive and full of life, even as she nears 100. My sister says she always admires how she never complains, and we are convinced this is why she has been in such good health all these years. Over the Christmas Holidays, my sister and husband went to a party at one of the neighbors, and the three oldest guests, one of whom was Ethel, were literally the life and soul of the party. My sister said she hadn’t laughed so much and so hard for a long time, they were brilliant! What a wonderful lesson to us younger creatures who may still be struggling with the concept of growing older. May these ladies be an inspiration to us all, to be thankful for what we have, and to live a long, happy, and healthy life?

When considering our senior citizens, not just grandparents, it is interesting to look around the world at different cultures to see which ones revere their elders and which ones discard them. In many countries, the elder generations live right alongside the younger ones, but in the West, we have moved away from this concept and do not take our elderly in. Instead many of them are abandoned or left to spend their last days in a home, alone. My sister and I did our very best to keep our mother in her own home as long as we could, and we hoped that she would die there, but alas, that was not to be, and she did have to spend her final days in a nursing home. She was fortunate that she had the money to pay for good care and although she was understandably resistant to being there, they took great care of her and the nursing was excellent. Some years ago, my sister lived in Italy, where many families occupy the same house, with a different generation living on each floor. Imagine suggesting that to an independent “modern” family and they’d think you were mad all living under the same roof. A true “village” or community doesn’t abandon its elders - instead it takes care of them, just like they do the children. So if you have an elderly neighbor, check in on them and make sure they have groceries and whatever else they might need. Old age can be lonely.

Here is a hilarious photo I found of my sister and I with our mother's mother!
Love the matching shoes!

And in closing I want to wish all you Capricorns out there a Happy Birthday, but a special birthday shout goes out to my sister, Charlotte, and I am dedicating this bulletin to her. We have been through so much in these past couple of years, but it has also brought us closer together, and we’re pretty certain that our mother is looking down on us and feeling very happy about that.


"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." -- Alex Haley, Author of “Roots”

Continuing on with this month’s theme and in respect for our “elders” I am featuring photographers with images of seniors. This may not always be the primary focus of their photography, but it is a joy to see such beautiful portraits, regardless of the subject’s age. Each one tells a beautiful story. I emailed a number of photographers asking them specifically for images of older people, and I had some wonderful responses. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit them all in this time around, but thank you all for sending them. And another interesting note is that none of the photographers we are featuring this month have been in the bulletin before, so that’s cool.

Shannon Fagan
Shannon shot this beautiful portrait series in 2006 as a personal project alongside a weeklong lifestyle stock photo shoot at a nursing home in Dallas, TX. It also brought him 1st Place in The Photo Review Competition in 2008. He said, “I was able to make friends with many of the residents (as they grew accustomed to my presence in the environment) which led to the personal body of work... beauty portraits of the residents in contrast to what is otherwise considered a negative topic of aging by traditional standards and/or situations of healthcare.”

Amanda Stevenson Lupke
I met Amanda a few years ago now and I love both her and her work. As her website states, she is “a diligent spirit coupled with an infectious and positive outlook,” and that she is! This fun seniors group portrait is from her personal archive. Amanda is also currently the ASMP Chapter President in Philadelphia and doing an awesome job!

© Amanda Stevenson Lupke

Aaron Lee Fineman
This delightful portrait of John Bulger, “Freelance Suggestion Man” from Greenpoint in Brooklyn, was the subject of an assignment that Aaron shot for the New York Times a few years ago. Mr. Bulger was suing the Board of Education for allegedly stealing his ideas, of which he had submitted many, but all of which had previously either been rejected or never even acknowledged.

© Aaron Lee Fineman

Philip Mauro
Philip takes environmental portraits and is also a professor of photography at Wagner College. This charming character is a man by the name of Anthony Bonair. He is an Artist who shoots multiple exposure images - all on film (!) and the image on the wall over his right shoulder is one of his own.

Frank Siteman
I have known Frank since I worked with Watson & Spierman some years ago and we have stayed in touch since that time. This poignant portrait he sent us is of a man called Alex Waitkevich, a Lithuanian immigrant and pacifist who walked 500 miles to flee Russia and inscription into the Russian army. They say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think this one certainly qualifies!

Sari Goodfriend
Sari is another Fine Art photographer and a simply delightful person. Equally charming is her family friend Marguerite, of whom she says, “Although we are decades apart, it feels like we are the same age. She has an insatiable curiosity about human psychology and current events and reads the New York Times cover to cover every day. Her sense of mischief and fun, love of life and people, helps her to maintain a wonderfully positive outlook.” Marguerite will be 98 this month. She attributes her health and vibrancy to the yoga she does every morning and the fresh homemade food she eats three times a day. May she be a source of inspiration to us all!

Justine Reyes
Justine is a Fine Art photographer who was recommended to me by my good friend Jill Waterman. She has spent the past 7 years photographing her immediate family (her mother & 2 uncles) at home. Then, after one of her uncles died, they started traveling to help take their minds off the grief, and her series “Home, Away from Home” was born. These images are now taken in hotel rooms, where one attempts, albeit briefly, to create a sense of “home away from home.” A very interesting, poignant and personal study which can be seen in full on her website.
Marianne Rafter
Some of the photographers I emailed sent me some more personal images of their own family. Marianne is a lifestyle photographer based here in New York, but she is originally from Norway. She sent me these lovely images of her parents, Trond and Sigrund Rafter, and I thought they were so charming, we decided to include them as well. I also love the contrast between Sigrund's snowy portrait as compared to the sun-drenched Trond!

Debbie Miracolo
My most recent article for PhotoServe's Features section is about my client and fine art photographer Debbie Miracolo. Her series "The Change Agents" will be on display at the Arrojo Studios until January 26th. Here is a link to the article -

© Debbie Miracolo

Chatterbox Enterprises - Launches new website!
First up, Chatterbox Enterprises has a brand new look and a spiffy new website, so check it out!

I would like to extend a big thank you to my assistant Chelsea for all of her hard work in putting this new website together, also to Dayle Hendrickson, our ever-so patient designer, as well as all of the support staff at liveBooks, who have been great.

Selina Maitreya - Clarion Call 2011
Fellow consultant Selina Maitreya will be hosting a wonderful 2-day Professional Photography Telesummit on February 10th & 11th, and yours truly will be one of her invited "expert" guests. For more information and to register for this spectacular event, please scroll down to the ChatterEvents section and Clarion Call 2011.

Polar Bears in China - Robert & Robbie Bailey
Photographers Robert & Robbie Bailey have been featured in our bulletin before and amongst other things, they have been photographing the Coney Island Polar Bears for the past 15 years. Robbie says, "It took a lot of convincing, but they finally lured us into the water." So now not only do they photograph them, they swim with them as well, which is a great story about what happens when photographers take the time to put down their cameras and learn to truly embrace their subjects. They were then invited to represent the polar bears in the 1st Annual Daming Lake International Swimming Tournament in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. You can read more about it here:

Tony Wood - Vietnam
You may recall photographer Tony Wood from a previous bulletin. Tony has taken some wonderful images of seniors over the years, but he also emailed me recently about his recent trip to Vietnam, so we thought we'd share them with you. To see more of Tony's work and the Vietnam images, go to and

© Tony Wood

American Photography 27 - Call For Entries
American Photography 27 Call For Entries due Friday, January 28th, 2011!

To enter please visit:
For more information about AI-AP please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month
Tips for Anti-Aging and Staying Young

© Katvan Studio

America leads the world in its obsession for staying young. Just look at Hollywood and celebrity’s obsession with plastic surgery, a frightening requirement for success and longevity in a world where one Barbie doll continuously competes with the next. Perhaps the most recent display of “voluntarily going under the knife madness” is a new TV reality show called “Bridalplasty” where a group of “wanna-be” brides compete, not simply to win a dream wedding, or the ultimate honeymoon, no, instead these sick chicks compete to win rounds of plastic surgery, from Botox to boob jobs, or new noses and fuller lips. So there’s a strong possibility that the lucky groom of the crackpot who wins might not even recognize her by the time she walks to the altar! Very, very scary stuff… So what can we do to help stay young that doesn’t require such radical measures? And what is wrong with growing old gracefully anyway? Besides, a face without lines has no character.

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet and hear the gifted Civil Rights Activist and Comedian Dick Gregory speak, and something he said truly resonated with me, which was his three components for living a long and healthy life, and they are:

1. Get Enough Sleep – we live in a sleep-deprived society these days where the natural sequence of day and night and the light of the sun no longer control our lives, thanks to electricity, light bulbs and artificial illumination that can be reproduced 24/7! But our bodies and brains need adequate rest in order to recuperate as well as heal from any sickness, so don’t knock it, get some sleep!

2. Drink Plenty of Water – many, if not most of us, are probably dehydrated and don’t even know it. Our bodies are made up of 70-80% water - so we need to keep the plumbing clean, flush out our systems, thus helping the body from retaining toxins. Drinking plenty of water also aids the digestive system and helps maintain clear skin.

3. Take Regular Exercise – even if it’s just a walk, or some stretching, the body needs to move every day, and as we get older and start to slow down, even though we may not be able to take on extreme physical activities like we could when we were younger, it is very important to keep oiling the joints and making sure the parts are still moving. (Reminds me of Sari’s friend Marguerite still doing her yoga at 98!)

And here are a few more suggestions for staying young:

4. Laughter – they say “laughter is the best medicine” and most of the healthier older people I know are those who continue to find humor in their world, no matter what it throws at them, and laughter is a large part of their medicine cabinet. (Auntie Jo with her puppet and brilliant talent for mimicry comes to mind!)

5. Positive Attitude – having a positive outlook on life is associated with longevity and crucial to enjoying your old age. (Ethel, always with a smile on her face, is a perfect example of this one!)

6. Stimulate the Mind – reading a book or magazine, “surfing the net” if you are a computer-savvy senior, solving crossword puzzles, and learning new and creative things help to keep the mind stimulated and sharp!

7. Nurture the Spirit – studies have shown that those living to a 100 years old, or more, share two personality traits, those of a “sense of humor” and that of a “deep sense of spirituality.” We have to believe in a higher power, and something far greater than ourselves.

8. Eat Healthy – eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods will provide you with the healthy nutrients and protective anti-oxidants needed. You may find that you start to eat and drink less as you get older, because our bodies begin to require less fuel.

9. Supplements – there are a number of vitamins and supplements that can help with the aging process and some of those are CoQ10, B-Complex, B17 (or Laetrile), Vitamins C & E, Omega-3 Oils and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

10. HerbsGinseng & Gotu Kola are both known to improve memory and help focus the mind, Ginger is said to aid dementia, while Ginkgo Biloba helps reduce incontinence and acts as a tonic for the kidneys & bladder. (Note all the Geriatric “G” words!) Drinking a tea made from Cloves, Sage or Rosemary is said to help lift mild depression associated with old age. Other suggested herbs are Cat’s Claw which has been found to enhance DNA repair, Milk Thistle which is already known to help the liver as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, but is also used in anti-aging formulas because it reduces the effect that time has on our cells and interestingly, the Chinese believe that depression is caused by a stagnation of the liver, & Horse Chestnut which increases the strength and health of the blood vessels and circulatory system.

ChatterRecipe of the Month
Sponge Toffee or Honeycomb Candy

My sister and I grew up eating Cadbury’s chocolate, and one of her absolute favorites was the “Crunchie” bar – delicious honeycomb toffee covered in rich milk chocolate. So when an old friend of mine sent me this recipe just recently, it was a perfect birthday treat for my sister and this month’s bulletin. Interestingly, it is called Sponge Toffee in Canada, Cinder Toffee in England (really? I never heard that before), Honeycomb in Australia (they got that from the English), and Sea Foam in California (you’re kidding?) This particular recipe is courtesy of Christine Cushing on the Canadian Food Network -

Vegetable Oil (to grease the pan)
Parchment Paper (for lining the baking tin)
2 ½ cups Granulated Sugar
2/3 of cup Light Corn Syrup
6 tablespoons Water
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
Chocolate (for covering the candy – optional)

Liberally grease a 10-inch round spring form cake pan with Vegetable Oil. Trace the bottom of the pan on a piece of Parchment Paper. Cut out the circle and line the bottom of the pan with it, then line the sides of the pan with a strip of parchment paper creating a collar that sits 1 to 2 inches taller than the top of the pan. Then grease the parchment paper. In a deep medium saucepan bring the Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water & Vanilla to a boil over medium-high heat (without stirring) and cook until the “hard crack” stage, i.e. until the temperature reads 300 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. This should take about 10 minutes. If sugar crystals form on the sides of the pan during the cooking process, brush the sides of the pan with a clean pastry brush dipped in water. Remove from heat. Working quickly, add the Baking Soda and quickly incorporate into the sugar mixture whisking for about 5 seconds. The mixture will bubble up when you add the baking soda so be very careful not to touch the hot mixture. Immediately pour the hot toffee into the prepared pan. Allow it to cool and set completely before touching, then cut into pieces. It makes a huge mess but all the messy little crumbs can be saved as a topping for ice cream!

You can stop right here, but if you like your Chocolate, then consider also the option of covering the pieces of honeycomb candy. Some melt their chocolate in the Microwave, others use a double boiler, but simpler still, you can use a bowl and saucepan. Fill the bottom of the saucepan with some water and bring to a simmer. Place a stainless steel or Pyrex glass bowl over the saucepan making sure that the water does not touch the bowl. Put the coarsely chopped Chocolate (or chocolate chips) into the bowl and allow it to melt. When most of it is looking shiny, stir until smooth. Once the Chocolate has melted, you can dip the pieces of your Sponge Toffee to cover them and then lay them on some Parchment Paper to harden. Store at room temperature in airtight containers.

And now for this month's events:

Workshops@Adorama for January & February 2011!

For more information and to view the complete line-up of Adorama events please visit:

Workshops & Artist Opportunities at The Center for Photography at Woodstock for January & February 2011!

For more information please visit:

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 - 6-8pm
"Exacting Proportion" Installation Opening by Ashok Sinha
Exhibition on display from Thursday, January 13th thru Saturday, March 19th
@ Mixed Greens Gallery
531 West 26th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY

You may recall Ashok was one of the travel photographers featured in our last bulletin.  He has his first solo show in New York coming up called "Exacting Proportions."

To view the entire series please visit:

Thursday, January 13th - Monday, January 17th, 2011
The 20th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exibition & artLA Projects
@ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

From the press release:
"photo l.a.XX, celebrating it's 20th Anniversary, is the longest running art fair west of New York and is the largest photo-based art fair in the country with over 10, 000 attendees. It brings together photography dealers from around the globe, dispalying the finest contemporary photography, video and multi-media installations along with masterworks from the 19th century. This is the 48th art fair produced by Stephen Cohen, Director of photo l.a. XX including artLA, photo san francisco, photo MIAMI, photo santa fe, photo NY and the first vernacular photography fair in NYC."

For more information please visit:

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011- 6:30-9:30pm
Fundraiser to Benefit The "Just As We Are" Project & John Amaechi's ABC Foundation
@ National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY

Tickets $150; VIP $250
Business Attire is a Must

My good pal and photographer Charzette Torrence's project "Just As We Are" is having a fundraiser event at the National Arts Club to benefit the Jawa Project and John Amaechi's ABC Foundation. The exhibit is a fascinating collection of portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, taken over a period of several years.

To purchase tickets and for more information please visit:

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Resolve to Connect: An APA/Resource Magazine Event

APA and Resource Magazine are producing a nationwide networking event with special simultaneous parties going on in every APA chapter city.

In 2011, resolve to expand you network and build your own new, stronger, more successful photo production team. APA is facilitating this by bringing everyone together, including: photographers, assistants, food, prop, makeup, wardrobe, stylists, producers, digital techs, retouchers and models.

New York appears to be the only chapter without a confirmed location as of yet (!) but for all the exact locations and times of this event, please check the National as well as your local APA websites.

Stay tuned for the exact location on the APA NY website here:

And for more information on all the APA chapters please visit:

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - 7pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon
@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

Presenting the work of: Martin Adolfsson, Yvonne Albinowski, Henry Horenstein, Bill Wadman and Kat & Duck.

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

ASMP: Strictly Business 3 Tour
Friday, January 21st - Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 - in Los Angeles
@ Sheraton Los Angeles
711 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, February 25th - Sunday, February 27th, 2011 - in Philadelphia
@ Crowne Plaza Philadelphia
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 1st - Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 - in Chicago
@ Allerton Hotel
701 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Cost: $175 ASMP Leader; $250 ASMP Member; $400 Non-Member; $350 Professional Association member; $200 Student

From the website:
"SB3 offers you a selection of topics to enhance your professionalism and build your business. From copyright registration to social media marketing, negotiating and sales, licensing and pricing, the business of video and much more — you can design the conference to fit your specific needs."

For more information and to register please visit:

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - 6:30pm
Adhesive NYC
Location: TBD

"Adhesive - Sticking Creatives Together" is a local networking event that changes location each month. This month's location is still TBD so stay tuned to their Facebook page or visit their website

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - 6-9pm
ASMP Philadelphia Presents: Focus Philadelphia 11th Annual Juried Photography Opening Reception
Exhibition on view Tuesday, January 25th - Thursday, February 10th, 2011
@ CBS Auditorium at University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA


Louisa was one of the judges for this year's show and is looking forward to seeing the final selections next week! She is also donating a one-hour consultation as one of the prizes.

For more information please visit:

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - 11-2pm
APA NY & Film.Photo.Synthesis Present: "Reel Review"
@ Root
131 North 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Register by January 8th: $75 APA Members & $125 Non-APA Members; Register by January 24th: $100 APA Members & $150 Non-APA Members

For more information please visit:

Monday, January 31st, 2011 - 6-9pm
Multi-Media Mix [M3] Mixer
@ Jack Demsey's Restaurant Bar
36 West 33rd Street
New York, NY

This is another local networking event created by my good pal and former Photo Editor of the Wall Street Journal, the delightful Darrell Perry.

From the evite:
"Multi-Media Mix is a quarterly networking event for visual media professionals to meet, mingle & work. Multi-Media Mix's attendees gather to eat, drink, learn, share and work. Multi-Media Mixers are for videographers, photographers, editors, researchers, art directors and decision makers to exchange ideas & information and link everyone with work and connections."

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 - 6:30pm
APA NY and Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises Presents:
Wonderful World of Websites and More... Portfolios, Promotions and Solutions for Navigating the Internet

@ Studio 225
225 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY

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.
Is it all about the images, or does my branding really matter?  How do you separate yourself from the crowd?

This panel discussion of top industry buyers and editors will culminate with a “live critique” using willing audience member Web sites—this is your chance to get candid, constructive feedback on your own site!

Panel to be announced!

For more information on this event and to register in the coming weeks, stay tuned to the APA website, emails and Maitreyak page - &

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - 1-6pm
Miami Ad School Winter Portfolio Review
@ Miami Ad School
415 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA


For more information please visit:

Thursday, February 10th - Friday, February 11th, 2011 - 9am-4pm EST
Clarion Call 2011 - Professional Photography Telesummit - Hosted by Selina Maitreya
Dial in on Your Phone
Free, live event!

From the press release:
"Fourteen of the world's greatest photography experts have joined commercial photography consultant, Selina Maitreya, for a “first ever” event to deliver the precise formula to help commercial photographers have incredible success in their businesses.

Each featured expert will share their knowledge, insights and industry secrets on how commercial photographers can enjoy business growth in any economy. Included are leading experts in the professional photography industry including Heather Morton, Rob Haggert, Louisa Curtis, Gail Mooney, Allen Murabayashi and other industry leaders.

Items of discussion will include: Defining your vision, ipads print books whats workin? How to build visibility with buyers, getting face time with clients, Is  an agent is right for you?, Using  social media as a marketing tool."

For more information on the event please visit: &
For more information about Selina please visit:

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