Archive: February 2014

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We are so excited to be hosting our first fundraiser, with 100% of proceeds benefitting SafePlace, at the kick off party for the 3rd annual Texas Photo Roundup.

Nationally and internationally recognized Texas photographers have donated prints for the auction including Dan Winters, Jody Horton, Wyatt McSpadden and many more. Agave Print has generously donated printing services and Hops & Grain and Treaty Oak will provide libations for the evening. ALC Steaks will be on hand to share their signature appetizers.

In keeping with ILTP’s mission of giving back to the Texas community, 100% of proceeds from the auction will go to SafePlace. Safe Place is an Austin-based non profit that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. They have been working in Austin for 40 years, providing extensive community outreach, education and prevention programs.

Here are just a few of the prints that you can bid on! Bidding will take place Thursday, February 28, 7:30 – 9:30pm. Hope to see you there!

GSD&M
828 West 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78703
7:30 – 10:30 pm (bidding from 7:30 – 9:30 pm)

Parking available in the parking garage directly behind GSD&M (enter on Henderson).

Huge thanks to Jennifer Whitney for organizing this print auction!

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© Adam Voorhes

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©Dennis Darling

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© Lisa Krantz

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© Scott Dalton

 

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Who: Jeff Stephens

What: D Magazine Home Design Special Issue

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Wood styled by Jay Evers

Blue Tape was a personal project.

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I met Maureen at the first ILTP Dallas happy hour and later had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with her over coffee. She’s full of energy and joy and is a powerhouse at representing some high quality photographers coming out of Dallas.

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Mindy Byrd ©


What is the Photo Division? How did it start and come to be where it is now?

The Photo Division was really borne out of me wanting to be a champion for creatives. I am the middle person, the connection between art and commerce. The Photo Division represents four amazing photographers that bring such a diversity of insight experience and inspiration: Jeff Stephens, Thom Jackson, Claudia Grassl, and Mindy Byrd. I am fortunate every day to get up and go to work with them.  I started the agency five years ago. The name is a play on an industry term of “divisions,” many other agencies represent other talents: hair and makeup, stylists, etc. – but we focus solely on photographers– hence The Photo Division.
No day is boring and every day is a whole day.  I wake up and hit the ground running .
So four is sort of the most manageable number? 
For me, it is the magic number right now.   Everyone deserves time and attention, I can’t be overextended. They deserve it and should have it. There is also this ripple effect, so that it is never just the photographer I am dealing with – each photographer relationship branches out into another connection of clients and crew , etc. There are definitely days when one photographer needs more than another, but I want to make sure if that photographer calls, I can talk to them.  No day is boring and every day is a whole day.  I wake up and hit the ground running .
Is it easy to keep client connections outside of Dallas?
It’s a matter of staying connected and constantly building new clients. But I have to say, the Dallas market is positively thriving and keeps us quite busy! We have so many great clients here . Sometimes I barely have time to raise my head above the city limits ! But I just came back from three shoots in New York City and client visits there. I met the art buyers at Victoria’s Secret and their building is huge and a bit imposing with security, but when I finally got through, the art buyer greeted me wearing Converse High Tops. I love it! 
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Thom Jackson ©

If you are a photographer looking for an agent, my advice is to play the field a bit before you settle down, you know, date around.
What all do you do?  You represent the photographers but what does that entail?

We take it basically from beginning to end.  We are the ultimate crowd pleasers– trying to keep everyone happy, clients and photographers. It’s like planning a fantastic dinner party, you have to serve the right food, invite the right people and then make sure they are all seated next to the right people– except that it is not an occasional event– we do it every single day! 

If you are a photographer looking for an agent, my advice is to play the field a bit before you settle down, you know, date around. Interview several agents before you choose one. You have to like and trust that person because ideally this will be a long term relationship. They are representing you and your work, so understanding your vision and style is paramount.

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Claudia Grassl ©

Be genuine and have your own voice. There should be a gravitational pull as to why the client would choose your work other than the 5 other portfolios they are looking at .
Do you have any advice for photographers who want to work commercially or editorially?
Great photographers are like great musicians . Music , art and photography all cross over for us at TPD .  If you are a musician you must know how to play your instrument to create what you intend for people to hear.  If you are a photographer you must also know your craft in such a way that your vision shines through . One is hearing and one is seeing . Show me the way . Be genuine and have your own voice. There should be a gravitational pull as to why the client would choose your work other than the 5 other portfolios they are looking at . Your images need to speak for themselves . You are always going to morph a little bit as you live your life, but figure out a base first and evolve from there.
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Jeff Stephens ©

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Special thanks to all of the sponsors of the 2014 Texas Photo Roundup!

  

    

      

      

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Great event coming up at Photogroup. Documentary photographer Matt Rainwaters will be sharing work and stories.

Thursday, February 20
6:30pm – 9pm
Photogroup Austin

Read our interview with Matt at http://www.ilovetexasphoto.com/matt-rainwaters/

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The Roundup is right around the corner (Feb 27 – March 1) and although many events are sold out, there are still some great, and affordable, opportunities to be a part of the festivities.

The following events are $10 or less, or free!

 

Thursday:
Behind the scenes tour of Magnum Collection at Ransom Center - Free but Space is limited so you MUST Register. (Update: As of 2/14/14 this event is sold out)

 

Public kick off party at GSD&M - Free Space is limited so you MUST RSVP.

Friday:

Guerrilla Marketing, presented by Photoshelter - Free for ACP, ASMP and Photoshelter members, $10 for others

 

Larry Fink lecture and book signing - ACP Members $5, ASMP Members, Students, Military, Retired $15, Non-members $25

 

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Saturday:

Websites that Work, presented by Wonderful Machine - Free for ACP, ASMP and Wonderful Machine members, $10 for others

 

 

© Scott Newton

© Scott Newton

 

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© Dennis Burnett
We’d love for you to join us! Registration links at http://www.texasphotoroundup.com/register
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The countdown is on to the 3rd Annual Texas Photo Roundup! We are so excited to be bringing so many creative people together in fabulous Austin, Texas.

To celebrate, we’re giving away one amazing prize: a spot in the 2-day Andy Anderson workshop (a $975 value). This hands-on workshop will help photographers hone in on what it takes to make unique and compelling lifestyle images and portraits, while also staying true to the client’s needs.

How to enter: Post a photo of the oddest or most-loved item in your camera bag to Instagram and tag @ilovetexasphoto and @txroundup. Entries posted between 12:01am on Wednesday, February 5 and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 12 will be eligible.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Instagram on Thursday, February 13. If the winner does not confirm receipt of win by 11:59pm on Friday, February 14, a runner-up will be selected.


Andy Anderson began his photography career as the first staff photographer for Men’s Journal and currently shoots for some of the biggest and best advertising agencies in the world on brands such as Adidas, Asics, The US Army and Marines, Diner’s Club International, Dodge RAM, Emirates Air, Barbados Tourism, Fiji Tourism, GoRV, Harley Davidson, Hummer, Kodak, Liberty Mutual, Hyatt, Nike, Verizon, Visa, Western Union and numerous state tourism campaigns. His editorial clients include Outside, Stern,Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Town and Country and was instumental with Garden and Gun magazine success as the first contributing photographer. He was also one the 9 photographers whose work appeared in the RAM-GOD CREATED A FARMER Super Bowl Commercial in 2013.

His work has been recognized by numerous award shows, The New York Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, and Graphis and was nominated for Life Magazine “Eisie Award” for excellence in photojournalism. He was a finalist for the MPA Kelly awards for Creative Excellence In Magazine Advertising and winner of the Gold Addy Award for self-promotion in print advertising. The Forbes Gallery has work of his in their permanent collection and his work was featured in an exhibition at The Art Institute of Boston. He was given the opportunity to be one of twelve select photographers invited to document the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

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Who: Justin Clemons

What: The Ticker & Wall Street Journal

Read about Justin’s experiences below.

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Justin Clemons ©

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Recent tears from Justin Clemons and his reflections on the shoot

DCEO for The Ticker
“After much brainstorming I came up with the idea that I could have him physically forming a CEO out of clay, with the idea that he is “molding” or “shaping” the CEO’s of tomorrow. The photo editor loved it, and I thought it turned out pretty successful”

.WSJ Mark Cuban
“Sometimes on TV he is very loud and in your face, and other times on Shark Tank he seems very easy going and kind even. Turns out I got the kind and patient Mark, which I was thankful for. We talked about Shark Tank, our kids and the Mavericks, it was really cool. I got three different looks with him in about 15 minutes and we were done. I do really like the image that WSJ picked”.