Marta Aldriedge, Artist Representative, Big Picture Reps
Marta Aldriedge is an Artist Agent and owner of Big Picture Reps. Based in Dallas with a satellite office in Los Angeles, the agency represents notable commercial photographers, illustrators and CGI/3D artists. Prior to becoming a rep, Marta worked for several years - first as a producer and then as studio manager - for an award-winning creative production studio. Marta also consults with artists on portfolio development and marketing strategies. She loves everything about the creative business except early call times. www.bigpicturereps.com
Anna Alexander, Director of Photography, DWELL
Anna Alexander is Photo Director at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Ca. She's been producing photo shoots and wrangling photographers for over fifteen years. Prior to Dwell, Anna was photo editing at Wired & Industry Standard magazines. In the beginning of her career, she dodged and burned as a black-and-white darkroom printer, which she still does every now and then to rekindle her roots. Anna has a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and lives in San Rafael, Ca. with her husband and two children.
Leslie Baldwin, Director of Photography, Texas Monthly
Leslie Baldwin, photography editor of Austin, Texas-based Texas Monthly, made a pinhole camera out of a shoebox for a sixth grade science project and was hopelessly hooked. She earned degrees in fine arts and art history from the University of Texas, indulged her wanderlust with European jaunts and was an au pair in Paris [France]. Her next stop was New York, where she found freelance gigs - eventually becoming Matt Mahurin's studio manager and then cover coordinator for Time creative director Arthur Hochstein. After eight years in New York City, a little homesick and a lot hungry for genuine Tex-Mex, Baldwin jumped at an offer from Texas Monthly and moved back to Austin in 2003. She is married and has a young daughter.
Bill Cramer, CEO, Wonderful Machine
Bill Cramer is founder and CEO of Wonderful Machine, a curated directory of high-quality photographers, serving commercial ad editorial clients worldwide. He is also a photographer in his own right, specializing in environmental portraiture for a wide range of corporate, editorial and advertising clients including Forbes, BBDO, Comcast and Accenture. In 2007, seeing an opportunity to build a better mouse trap, Bill created Wonderful Machine as a "source book on steroids." In addition to providing clients with an eclectic selection of photographers from around the world, Wonderful Machine aggressively promotes those photographers using email campaigns, print mailers, web ads, social media, publicity, phone calls, and portfolio events. Wonderful Machine also offers photographers a host of consulting services including help with estimates, production, web design, photo editing and more. Wonderful Machine currently works with over 600 photographers in 50 countries around the world.
Julie Claire, Director of Photography, Southern Living
Currently based in Birmingham, AL, Julie Claire is Director of Photography at Southern Living magazine. Before moving south, she spent over 20 years working in photography in NYC, where she was a photo editor at ESPN the Magazine, The New Yorker, and People magazine. She also spent many years in that gray area between editorial and commercial photography as Photography Director at Time Inc. Content Solutions, where clients included Sony, Target, Nordstrom, American Express, and Ford. Julie has also enjoyed doing photo research for several book and film projects, and music photography research for VH1.
Will Chau, Creative Director, GSD&M
Will Chau is a Creative Director at GSD&M in Austin, Texas. His account experience includes BMW, Southwest Airlines, Goodyear Tires, Zales and Kohler, where he was the Creative Director and lead art director on Kohler’s iconic “As I See It” print campaign.
Will’s work has been recognized by Cannes, One Show, Graphis Poster, Graphis Advertising, CA Advertising, CA Photography and Kelly Awards. Passionate about teaching, Will founded The Austin Creative Department in 2011, an advertising portfolio school/boot camp. As a way of giving back to the community, he grants full-tuition minority scholarships. Will has taught and has been a guest speaker at The Academy of Art in San Francisco, The Art Institute of Austin, AIGA Austin and The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas.
Catherine Cobb, Art Director, Texas Journey and New Mexico Journey
Catherine joined the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA) publications team in 2001. She is the art director for Texas Journey and New Mexico Journey and a regular contributor to Westways. As an art director, Catherine frequently works with photographers and illustrators to come up with art concepts for the magazines. Catherine graduated from UCLA with a major in graphic design. She found her niche in magazine design while working at Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich on several trade publications. Prior to joining AAA, she served as an art director in the Outdoor Group of Petersen Publishing Company. Her professional background includes directing studio photography, as well as working on location using models and sets to create photos that “tell a story.” In her free time, Catherine enjoys the creative aspects of gardening and the joy of watching her garden grow. She is also an avid music fan.
Paul Dery, Executive Creative Director, R/GA Austin
Arriving from Sydney four years ago, Paul joined top digital agency, R/GA in New York. Working on campaigns for Nike, MasterCard and Verizon, Paul played a key role in marrying the various agency offerings with compelling storytelling.
Paul, much like R/GA, started his advertising career in production. After an apprenticeship in the industry that included a successful foray into Account Service, Paul completed the holy trinity of advertising and made the final jump to join the Copy Department of M&C Saatchi in Sydney.
Helping establish the R/GA Austin office as a key social and mobile hub for the network has been Paul's latest endeavors. His love of ribs and sport has made his transition to the Lone Star State an easy one.
Karen Frank, Director of Photography, ESPN, The Magazine
Karen Frank began her career as a Photography Director at GQ Magazine. She went on to work at O, The Oprah Magazine in it’s beginning days, helping to establish the visual identity of the magazine. Since then, Karen has worked at numerous other publications, including More Magazine, Conde Nast Portfolio, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is currently the Senior Director of Photography at ESPN, The Magazine.
Ally Godfrey-Caulder, Art Buyer and Print Production Manager, The Marketing Arm in Dallas
Ally Godfrey-Caulder has been involved in the commercial photography and advertising world for 20 + years. She successfully established and managed a photographers' agency, Ally Godfrey Represents, where she helped clients realize their creative vision by linking them with the award winning photography and production teams in her group. Clients included Procter & Gamble, Fossil, Neiman Marcus, The Almond Board of California, AT&T, The American Red Cross, Citracal, DFW International Airport, The Container Store, NOKIA, Frito-Lay, Coors, Miller, Publix Supermarkets, American Airlines, Boeringer Ingleheim and Sprint. Agencies included DDB, The Integer Group, Tracy Locke, GSD&M, Leo Burnett, McCann, The Richards Group, Ogilvy and SRG. Ally has now taken her skills and expertise to the agency side and is currently an Art Buyer and Print Production Manager for The Marketing Arm in Dallas. She currently works on Frito-Lay and Pepsi accounts.
Armin Harris, Associate Photo Editor, Fortune Magazine
Armin, started his career crisscrossing the country with Joel Sternfeld -- a project that turned into the book On This Site. He went on to do photo research on the first photo team at the New Yorker, worked on the launch and run the photo department at Talk Magazine and worked for 4 years at New York Magazine through 9/11. For the past 8 years he has been a Photo Editor at Fortune magazine, working on a variety of Covers, Features, and Special projects. He loves brainstorming crazy interactive ideas for the iPad edition of the magazine. He and his wife chase after their 2 kids in New York City.
Kaia Hemming, Art Producer, JWT New York
Kaia Hemming is an art producer at JWT New York. She has worked with a variety of the agency's clients including, Rolex, Microsoft, Royal Caribbean and Lean Cuisine, among others. Previously she was the Regional Director for the New York Chapter of APA (American Photographic Artists) and she has a background in Development and Marketing for nonprofit photography organizations. Kaia stays active in the photographic community by regularly reviewing portfolios at events such as the Eddie Adams Workshop, NYCFotoWorks, Palm Spring Photo Festival and is a contributor to industry blogs on marketing for photographers. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Kaia studied photography and art history.
Emily Kimbro, Art Director, Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine
Emily Kimbro is the art director of Spirit magazine. For the past six years, she has worked with outstanding contributors on incredible stories across America. Emily assigns illustration and photography, produces shoots, and helps manage the look and feel of the magazine, all while designing most of the features and covers. Prior to this editorial paradise, she worked as a designer at Fossil. Emily earned a degree in Communication Design from Texas Tech University. Spirit, the magazine of Southwest Airlines, is published by Pace in Dallas, Texas.
David Laidler, Photographers' Representative, Works Artists
David Laidler, founder and owner of Works Artists, a boutique commercial artist management agency, representing photographers and other visual creatives' assignment careers, is primarily focused on advertising, editorial, and new media opportunities. Prior experience includes senior leadership roles and revenue growth successes at major players in the photography business including Getty, Corbis, Sygma Photo News and Aurora Photos spanning a twenty year plus career on both sides of the Atlantic. He enjoys mentoring emerging talent, sharing his knowledge, and developing new visual narratives that enable more effective communication between us all.
Erin Mayes, emDash
Erin Mayes is the founder of Em Dash LLC, a graphic design firm in Austin, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism from the University of Texas, and has worked as an art director and designer of publications for over 20 years. Her clients include National Geographic Society, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Society of Illustrators, Denison University, University of Florida, The University of Texas, UT Press, Texas Monthly Custom Publishing, and The Texas Observer. She taught editorial design at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1999-2001, and has been teaching advanced visual design at the University of Texas as Austin since January 2007.
Shannon McMillan, Art Producer, GSD&M
Shannon McMillan has worked as an Art Producer at GSD&M for over 14 years. She enjoys challenges, being part of a true collaborative experience between artists, creatives and clients, and achieving the creative power of being fulfilled with the sense of success and accomplishment while maintaining integrity. Photography is her passion and she loves the opportunities to create.
Cory Rivademar, Photo Editor, Austin Monthly
Cory Rivademar began her career as the manager of a photography studio in Houston before becoming the Sr. Photo Director at Academy Sports & Outdoors. After moving to Austin in 2006, she worked as an Art Director for Harcourt Publishing and Creative Director at The Trevor Romain Company. She became the Austin Monthly and Austin HOME photo editor this year and loves it! Cory enjoys working with photographers on a variety of stories ranging from interiors, fashion, music, food, and design showcasing the best of Austin living.
Molly Roberts, Director of Photography, Smithsonian Magazine
I am a photographer and photo editor, currently for Smithsonian Magazine. As a teenager, I stumbled upon the work of Robert Frank and Diane Arbus in the Harvard Square bookstore and time stood still . I decided it was the most revolutionary art form I'd ever experienced and I wanted it in my life. Since then I have studied photography at UMD with John Gossage and along the way with many other generous mentors and creative souls. I have worked as a photographer for newspapers, magazines and books. I have edited books, magazine and special issues. I've judged photo contests and given lectures. Mostly, I've just enjoyed a life made richer by photography, a medium that is wonderfully suited to explore and make sense of the world and the issues that surround us.
Keren Sachs, Senior Manager, Image Acquisition, Shutterstock
Keren Sachs oversees photography acquisition for Shutterstock where she works with photographers on a daily basis, helping them to create and license imagery. Keren has spent her career working in a wide breadth of the photo industry. After starting at National Geographic, where she became Photo Editor for KIDS magazine, Keren went on to hold positions at The Wall Street Journal, Corbis and Williams-Sonoma.
She was the Photo Director for Martha Stewart Living where she handled photography production for 18 lines of merchandise and worked with an array of talented assignment photographers, many of whom she later partnered with at Pottery Barn. As the Advertising Director at Trunk Archive, Keren helped build the commercial side of the licensing agency.
Photographers meeting with Keren can expect to receive feedback and advice on how to monetize their content through image licensing.
Rebecca Simpson Steele, Photo Director, Reader’s Digest Magazine
Rebecca Simpson Steele became the Photo Director of Reader's Digest Magazine in 2012. Previously she held the position of photo editor at Prevention Magazine for five years. She worked in the photo departments at Budget Travel Magazine, Kiplinger's Magazine and The White House. During this time she co-created a photo consultation business, 2 Editors, where she met with photographers and spoke at universities. Rebecca graduated from Rochester Institute of Photography with a BFA in photography, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
DJ Stout, Principal, Pentagram
DJ Stout is one of nineteen principals of the acclaimed international design consultancy Pentagram. Stout joined Pentagram as a partner in 2000. Pentagram, which was founded in London in 1972 by five designers—an architect, a product designer and three graphic designers—currently has five offices around the world. In a special 1998 issue, American Photo magazine selected DJ as one of the “100 most important people in photography.” In 2004 I.D. (International Design) magazine selected Stout for “The I.D. Fifty,” it’s annual listing of design innovators. In 2010 The Society of Illustrators honored DJ Stout with the national Richard Gangel Art Director Award. Also in 2010 DJ Stout was recognized as an AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Fellow award recipient for his exceptional contributions to the field of graphic design.
DJ and his team specialize in the creation of brand identity design and strategy, publication design, packaging and interactive solutions. Recent projects include Microsoft Windows Vista, Ruby Tuesday Restaurants, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Walgreens, L.L. Bean, Southwest Airlines, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, SkinCeuticals, Northwestern University, Loyola Marymount University and The University of Southern California.
Erika Udstuen, Art Producer, TracyLocke
With nearly 10 years of advertising experience, Erika has worked with photographers, illustrators, and designers from coast to coast and even across the pond. She has commissioned artists for a variety of clients, such as: Pizza Hut, Pepsi, American Airlines, T-Mobile, Omni Hotels, Cargill Foods, 7-Eleven, Hewlett – Packard, and several Pro-Bono projects. In addition, Erika was the agency's creative recruiter for 3 years, prior to becoming an Art Producer. She has extensive experience in reviewing and hiring art directors, designers, and copywriters.
Amy Wolff, Photo Editor
Amy began her career at a small ad agency in San Francisco. She was later offered a job at the Presidio Trust as the staff photographer and producer, working on art exhibits and public programs, shooting friend's bands and personal work on the side. Leaving her cushy government benefits behind, she moved to New York City in 2007, transitioning her love of photography and paychecks into photo editing. Amy is joining Photo District News in late February as their photo editor. Previously she was photo editing at Niche Media, publisher of regional luxury titles.
Allegra Wilde, Co-Founder, COO of Eyeist
Allegra is the Co-Founder, COO of Eyeist, an innovative online portfolio review service. Prior to Eyeist, Allegra had been a Picture/Visual Strategist, Creative Director and Consultant to artists, photographers, and other art-based businesses. She was formerly the Director of Talent and Agent Branding at The Workbook. As an independent Consultant and Creative Director in her own business, Allegra is known for her broad overview of the commercial photography industry. Recognized as a community builder, her diverse client base has sought her advice in such areas as sales strategy, image forecasting, marketing, business development, and portfolio development for individual talent. Allegra is a recognized Photography industry authority on the Agent/Artist relationship, marketing for artists, agency and talent branding, picture strategy and editing. She is a frequent speaker, panelist and reviewer at Photo Plus, APA, ASMP, and the Palm Springs Photo Festival.
Portfolio Reviews - Presented by Shutterstock
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Join us for one-on-one portfolio reviews with some of the industry's top photo editors, art buyers and creative directors. Each review will last 20 minutes and will give you a chance to get honest feedback on your work.
Reviews will take place on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 from 1-5pm at the Blanton Museum's Capitol Room.
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3 Portfolio Reviews
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6 Portfolio Reviews
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Reviewers are subject to change and not all reviewers will be available both days. After registering, you will be contacted for a list of your preferences. Every effort will be made to match you with at least 50% of your choices. In the event that we can't match you with all of your preferred reviewers, we will match you with a similar reviewer who is appropriate for the work you do.
You are strongly encouraged to bring a printed portfolio or iPad presentation, but laptops are ok too.