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.
Friday, February 28 / 1:30-5:30pm
Saturday, March 1 / 1:30-5:30pm
Long Center Kodosky Donor Lounge
3 Portfolio Reviews
ACP and ASMP Members $150
6 Portfolio Reviews
ACP and ASMP Members $300
Update: portfolio reviews are now sold out. Click the Register link to get on the waiting list in case there are any cancellations.
Reviewers are subject to change and not all reviewers will be available both days. Approximately 3 weeks before the event, 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.
Tara Guertin, AFAR
Tara is the director of photography at AFAR Magazine and has been with the magazine since it's inception. Before moving to San Francisco and joining AFAR, she worked as a photo editor in New York City at publications including BlackBook Magazine, Talk, Seventeen, InStyle, and Lucky. Tara finds inspiration in her travels, which have taken her to some thirty-five countries. Currently when not collaborating with photographers and researching new talent she can often be found among the redwoods or roped to large pieces of granite throughout Northern California.
Peter Dennen, Aurora Photos
For the last decade I have worked as the Director of Photography at Aurora Photos and I continue to lead that charge with pride and gusto. Over the years I have formed long term working relationships that span the gamut from seasoned National Geographic photographers to creative advertising photographers. More recently I have created a bustling photo consulting agency called Pedro + Jackie (www.pedroandjackie.com). My partner Jackie Ney and I help photographers bring their career to the next level through portfolio development, marketing, branding, and business strategy.
Cory Rivademar, Austin Monthly & San Antonio Magazine
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.
Chris Buda, BBDO
Chris Buda is the Managing Art Producer at BBDO Atlanta. He has 10 year of of Art Production experience under his belt, producing a range of imagery needs for clients such as AT&T, Bayer, Embassy Suites, Georgia Pacific, and REI. From conceptual and post heavy campaigns to image libraries and table top, he's had the opportunity to produce a little bit of everything and connect with top talent along the way. His down time is spent with his wife Erin and their daughter Phifer June.
Brenda Milis, Bloomberg Pursuits & Bloomberg Markets
Brenda Milis is currently the Director of Photography at Bloomberg Pursuits and Bloomberg Markets magazines. Among the publications she has worked for are Time magazine, Marie Claire, Men's Health, and Outside magazine in addition to serving as the founding photo editor of Style.com. Shoots she has produced have won various awards from and have been featured in American Photography, SPD Design Annual, and the PDN Photo Annual.
Stephen Lazar, Charles Schwab
I have been fortunate to have worked in this industry for over 17 years, the last 5 being with Charles Schwab. Prior to Schwab, I worked as lead Art Buyer for T3, a leading independent advertising agency in Austin, Texas. As Director of Photography and Digital Assets for Schwab, I have been able to work with highly skilled photographers to help translate our brand into empowering visuals. I enjoy being part of the creative process and collaborative team effort to turn our sketches into photographic reality. While photography is a passion of mine, my heart belongs to my 19 year old pug, Sandy, our 3 year old Catahoula, George, and my fiancee Nathan.
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.
Michael Norseng, Esquire
Michael Norseng is the Photo Director at Esquire Magazine, where he has been for close to ten years. Prior to Esquire, he worked at another men's interest magazine. Outside of photography, he is passionate about good food and curling. His contributions to photography and video have been acknowledged by numerous award competitions and annuals.
Alice Albert, Food Network Magazine
Alice Albert is the Photo Director at Food Network Magazine, where she has been since the magazine began in 2008. She started her career at Vanity Fair and since then was the founding Photo Editor at Colors Magazine as well as the Photo Editor at Departures Magazine. She has also consulted for numerous publications.
Beth Johnson, Friend + Johnson
Beth Johnson is a partner at Friend+Johnson, an agency representing commercial and editorial photographers and illustrators. After graduating with a photography degree from Brooks Institute; Beth spent time in New York and then Dallas as an assistant, stylist and producer for a wide range of photographers before finding her passion in the industry as an agent. She loves the fast pace and creative energy of the advertising industry and finds great satisfaction helping connect talented artists with talented art directors for successful collaborations. She founded Friend & Johnson with Simone Friend more than 20 years ago. With offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, the company remains one of the most highly regarded artist’s agencies in the country. friendandjohnson.com
Maggie Brett Kennedy, Garden & Gun
Maggie Kennedy is the photography director of Garden & Gun magazine. Since the premiere issue in 2007, she has helped shape the visual identity of the G&G brand. Kennedy previously worked as a creative director and producer of commercial photography in San Francisco and New York. Her work has been recognized with a National Magazine Award in General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2011, and by the Society of Publication Designers and Photo District News.
Shannon McMillan, 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.
Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center
ROY FLUKINGER is the Senior Research Curator of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he participates in the development, administration and interpretation of the collections. He has taught at UT and other institutions of higher learning, produced or participated in over eighty exhibitions, and published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural and contemporary photography and the history of art and photography. He serves on many professional boards and is engaged in numerous other projects including presentations or articles on photographic history, collection management, and contemporary and Texas photography, as well as contributing essays to many publications each year. He consults with a variety of institutions on the administration, funding and operation of photographic organizations; serves as juror, reviewer, evaluator or board member for contemporary photographic events, groups and support organizations; and conducts peer reviews and evaluations for a number of professional and developmental organizations. At present he has just completed the co-curating of a gallery-wide exhibition of the Ransom Center’s Magnum Photos collection.
Oen Hammonds, IBM Design
Oen Michael Hammonds is a creative with more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of design and advertising disciplines. A BFA graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Oen is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on preparing the next generation of creatives.
Colleen Dean, Integer
Colleen Dean is an Agency Art Buyer for Integer in Dallas, TX. She has worked in the advertising world for almost 20 years, and has loved photography and art forever. She looks for the most elegant solutions for the project at-hand by getting the right teams together and the best assets and ROI for the client. She's worked on photography, illustration, and some video for AT&T, DFW Airport, Borden Dairy Co., Bimbo USA, Nutella, Dr. Oetker, FedEx Office, 7-Eleven and Slurpee, Nasher Sculpture Center, Zulka and others. Being innately curious, she seeks out new wonderful work and loves the relationships with the awesome people she makes along the way the most.
Michael Anderson, McGarrah Jessee
A Portfolio Center alum, Michael began his advertising career as an art director in 1993 with BBDO before moving to Austin's GSD&M in 1997. In 2002 he decided to stay in Austin with McGarrah Jessee. Over his 20 year career, he's been fortunate to have worked with some of the best people, communities and clients in the business. Clients include Shiner Beers, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Guitar Center, Whataburger, Frost Bank and Pennzoil to name a few. Michael's work has been recognized by One Show Advertising, One Show Design, Communication Arts Advertising, CA Design, CA Photography, Graphis Advertising, Graphis Design, Graphis Poster, Lürzer's Archive, Print, Obies, and the National Addys. Michael enjoys photography, kayaking, bear hunting (catch and release) and is a founding member of the band The Cold Irons.
Jackie Ney, Yoga Journal & Clean Eating
Over the past decade, I have been fortunate to work on staff at some of the most renown publishing companies, including stints at Hearst, Time Inc, and Rodale. Some of the brands in my portfolio include BACKPACKER (winner of a 2006 National Magazine Award), PARENTING, HEALTH, RUNNER’S WORLD and PREVENTION. My magazine career has opened up my life to meeting and working with some of the finest photographers in the world. In between publishing stints, I have also worked with advertising agencies, digital start-ups, and most recently partnered in forming Pedro + Jackie consulting services. Jackie is soon to start her new position as Director of Photography at Yoga Journal and Clean Eating.
Whitney Johnson, The New Yorker
Whitney Johnson is the Director of Photography at The New Yorker where she oversees the photographic vision for the print magazine, digital editions, and the website. She produced and edited the photo essays “Service” and “Portraits of Power”, which won National Magazine Awards in 2009 and 2010, and contributes regularly to Photo Booth, the magazine’s photography blog. Before joining the magazine, Johnson worked at the Open Society Foundations, coordinating a grant competition for photographers and the Moving Walls exhibition. Johnson teaches at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and the International Center of Photography, and is on the advisory council of the Alexia Foundation. She holds a BA in American Literature from Barnard College, and pursued postgraduate work in American Studies at Columbia University.
Clinton Cargill, The New York Times Magazine
Clinton Cargill joined The New York Times Magazine as a photo assistant in 2004, and has been associate photo editor since 2006. He produces photography for covers, special issues, photo essays and features in all sections of The Magazine, as well as video and multimedia pieces for the Magazine online. The New York Times Magazine has been recognized by numerous photography awards and annuals, including American Photography, American Society of Magazine Editors, Society of Publication Designers, World Press Photo, Photo District News, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Clinton teaches a course on editorial photography at the school at the International Center of Photography. He also serves on the board of directors for the Center of Photography at Woodstock.
Matt Mowat is a freelance creative director, art director and designer based in Austin Texas. He held senior creative positions at GSD&M, Goldberg Moser O’Neill, Publicis & Hal Riney, McCann/SF and Wired Magazine before opening his own agency, Hammer & Tongs. Matt’s print, broadcast, and editorial work has been nationally and internationally recognized for creative excellence. When he’s not helping clients and agencies build their business, Matt builds custom steel bicycles and rides 5,000 miles a year over the biggest hills he can find.
Maury Postal, Social@Ogilvy
Maury Postal, currently an Associate Creative Director, Social@Ogilvy, has helped guide the most distinguished brands in the world to help advance their visual fluency on the social web. His work with BP, Crayola, Ford Motor Company, Hellmann’s, LG, Lincoln, The Onion, PepsiCo, Sears, Wisk, The Peter G. Petersen Foundation and VMware has been met with critical acclaim in the mainstream media and global design community. Recently, he has collaborated with world-renowned fashion photographers Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg on “The Lincoln Job,” a short film inspired by the youthful, premium design of the 2015 Lincoln MKC presented as the first high concept Instagram-centric video series. In addition, he’s been an advocate for brands like VMware to speak in a more humanistic tone through the power of imagery.
Christopher Grimes, Olson
During his 15 years in the advertising industry, Christopher Grimes has worked both as an Art Producer and a Photo Agent. While at The Martin Agency and CP+B, he partnered with top photographers and produced photoshoots across the globe. In 2013, he joined Olson as a Senior Integrated Art Producer where he creates custom content for the likes of Target, General Mills and Baylor College of Medicine. Chris lives in Minneapolis with his shih-tzu, Wallis, and knows that the secret to a good gin & tonic is a second one.
Larry Williams, Pace Communications
Larry Williams is creative director at Pace Communications. He has launched content programs for AAA, Bluetooth, Verizon, Walmart, Syngenta and USAA. Currently leads the creative effort for Walmart and Wells Fargo programs overseeing print, digital and video as well as contributes to Pace’s new business development. Based in Los Angeles, he loves following photographers and creatives on instagram, even if his own feed is boring (@lorenzolw). Ask him about how he quit the job he loved to work at Variety magazine for 8 weeks before returning to the job he loved. It’s a good story.
Matt Heindl, Razorfish
Matt Heindl is a Silicon Alley veteran who got his digital marketing start at Kozmo.com where he was thrust into the world of dot-com parties, ad operations and bike messengers. Matt was dubbed by New York Magazine as a “future internet mind to watch.” He joined Heavy.com in 2003 as the head of marketing where he was key in establishing its prominence in the video entertainment sector ... leading marketing efforts and the development of raw online “viral” talent. He created several notable and groundbreaking online social media and UGC campaigns for clients such as Reebok, Comedy Central, Puma, Diesel and Burger King (the masks!)… Becoming an expert in using budding social platforms as vehicles for engagement, driving traffic and increased ROI. He currently leads Razorfish’s New York based social media practice working on brands ranging from Mercedes-Benz to Citibank. He is also the co-owner of Sesame Letterpress in Brooklyn, NY and a proud house rabbit owner.
Jennifer Dunn, Sister Brother Management
Jennifer Dunn is a first-generation Texan, born and raised in Dallas. Following several years in the commercial photography industry as a location scout, producer and artists rep, Jennifer started Sisterbrother Mgmt, an agency representing photographers and stylists, in 2009. Artists on the Sisterbrother Mgmt. roster work for clients throughout Texas and across the US. She lives and works between Dallas and Austin.
Jeanne Clayton, Southern Living
Jeanne Clayton is the Director of Photography at Southern Living Magazine. She began her photo editing career in 2001 with Health Magazine, and has been navigating the waters of Time Inc ever since, serving as photo editor with Time Inc Content Solutions, and Southern Progress Custom Publishing before landing with Southern Living in 2010. Prior to succumbing to the lure of corporate America, Jeanne enjoyed 9 lively years of assorted post grad freelance work for various employers (including but not limited to photographers, institutions of art education, and one all girl landscaping company). Jeanne is eager to meet emerging talent as well as mix it up with established photographers whose names are already in her rolodex.
Kate Robertson, Southern Living
Kate Robertson graduated from SCAD in 2007 with a BFA in photography. She is now the Assistant Photo Editor at Southern Living, where she produces all photography for the travel section and oversees photography for the regional travel stories. She started her Time Inc career as an intern for Southern Accents in 2007. From there, she worked as a photo assistant for Custom Publishing, who produced Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine. Kate moved to Southern Living in 2011 and has enjoyed collaborating with creative photographers all over the country. Kate enjoys her free time backpacking and kayaking with her husband and their dachshund, Emma and is looking forward to meeting everyone!
Emily Kimbro, 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.
Yvonne Stender, Sunset Magazine
Yvonne Stender is the director of photography at Sunset magazine, where she covers food, travel, home, and gardening in the West. She's worked in publishing for over 20 years, including stints at New York Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Family Life, and Target, and holds a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband.
Leslie Baldwin, 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.
Donna De Cesare, University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism
Donna De Cesare is an author, documentary photographer and recipient of numerous documentary photography awards and grants. Her book Unsettled / Desasosiego : Children in a World of Gangs was published in a bi-lingual edition by the University of Texas press in spring 2013. This book In combination with her long history of reporting on Latin America earned Ms De Cesare the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award for Journalism contributing to Inter- American Understanding in October 2013. She teaches photography in underserved communities as well to college students and professional photographers in the US and Latin America. She is an Associate Professor of journalism at the University of Texas, Austin.
Emily Hoskins, Upshot
Emily Hoskins is currently the Art Producer for Upshot, an integrated marketing agency in Chicago. She produces custom content and original photography for brands like New Balance, Crown Imports (Corona Extra, Corona Light, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo), Kraft Foods, Hilton Worldwide and P&G. In 2013, Upshot was recognized with two MarCom Platinum Awards two Hermes Awards for the New Balance and Hilton Worldwide programs. Before joining Upshot, Emily lived in Austin where she was the photo editor of Austin Monthly and Austin HOME magazine. Aside from producing photo shoots, Emily can be found training for her next Austin Ironman.
Rebecca Cascio, We Heart Creative
Rebecca Cascio is a tri-coastal Creative Director and Photographer Consultant with 15 years’ experience in the industry. She started her career in NYC working in fashion + beauty advertising with such high profile clients as Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Sebastian Professional and Tommy Hilfiger. Lured by the sunshine, Rebecca moved to LA and really branched out creatively within the photo industry. This experience and insight ultimately led to creating her own companies. Rebecca Cascio Creative encompasses creative + strategic direction for both brands and photographers, including Orly, Luxottica, YFB, Dan Monick, Harper Smith and Lane Coder. At We Heart Creative, partnering with Dara Siegel of I Heart Reps, the focus is on teaming up with photographers and providing an array of consulting services including editing, test shoots and marketing plans. Rebecca’s gypsy bohemian cowgirl lifestyle lead her to Austin, TX in order to expand her businesses and be a part of the exciting creative scene.
Anna Goldwater Alexander, Wired
Anna Alexander is Senior Photo Editor at Wired magazine in San Francisco, Ca. She's been producing photo shoots and wrangling Wired photographers for over fifteen years. She recently took a two year hiatus from Wired as the Photo Director at Dwell magazine. Anna has a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona.
Steve Peck, Wired UK at Condé Nast
Steve started his career in 1998 working as picture editor at IPC's long-running Melody Maker. He moved on to similar roles at respected music titles NME and Mojo before becoming Q magazine's director of photography. In 2008 he joined Condé Nast as part of the launch team for WIRED magazine's award-winning UK edition. Working as picture editor, he commissions photographers and plans photo shoots in locations around the world – from African deserts to Silicon Valley headquarters to top-secret military bases.