Required Reading: The Community Table San Fransisco

It’s not often that we have the time to slow down, and really immerse ourselves in a good article, book, or magazine. When the opportunity affords itself, we’re often looking far and wide for a good read that’s worth the time. Whether that can be found on the bookshelves in the studio, the stack of magazines on our desk, or queued up in an RSS feed on the web, the sheer amount  information is plentiful out there – it’s just a matter of filtering out the junk. Lucky for you, we have a new monthly series on the blog that cuts through the crap and shares inspiration and information that we find especially valuable. Consider it required reading.

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Entire books and endless magazines are devoted to the craft, technique, and technology of photography. With enough time and enough patience, almost anyone with a camera can learn the skill-set and train themselves to see light, shape light, and make beautiful photos. Alternatively, there are countless artists in our creative industry that create beautiful work but have no experience or knowledge in the business of photography. It’s not easy. The business is not often discussed; mainstream attention tends to focus on the “how-to” of making photos, not becoming a commercial photographer. Thankfully, the information is out there. Our rep Heather Elder writes an excellent blog that often delves into the business side of photography.

One of the most insightful articles she writes is The Community Table, a series of conversations held directly with the top minds in our industry. Most recently she sat down with a dozen Art Producers in San Fransisco to discuss topics touching on everything from the state of the photography to licensing and usage, copyright, and the bidding process. In all honesty,  you’d be hard-pressed to find a more informative yet personal look into the business of photography today. Do yourself a favor and set aside some time to read through The Community Table San Fransisco:

Community Table SF – The Appetizer Part I

Community Table SF – The Appetizer Part II

Community Table SF – The Main Course Part I

Community Table SF – The Main Course Part II

Community Table SF – Dessert Part I

Community Table SF – Dessert Part II

Community Table SF – The Digestif

 A big thanks to everyone at Heather Elder Represents and Brite Productions for making the Community Table series possible. Any questions? Thoughts? Let us know @crismanphoto or in the comments.

The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Lauranne LoSpalluto

There are some truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

In the fall of 2011 I made my first phone call to Heather Elder Represents. Not knowing who or what to expect, Lauranne LoSpalluto picked up the phone. After only exchanging a few words, the vibe felt good. We chatted for a while and the next thing I knew, my phone was ringing with a call from Heather. The rest is history. When Robert and I met up with Lauranne, her husband Mike, and their daughter Mary at a pop-up beer garden in San Fransisco earlier this year (her suggestion) I knew I’d made the right choice. I’ll let Lauranne tell the rest…

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The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Heather Elder

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

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It was somewhere in-between the plates of fresh pasta and the homemade chicken parmesan that I knew I’d made the right choice in selecting a new rep. On a recent trip to San Francisco, my studio manager Robert and I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with Heather Elder and her family. You might know her from the outstanding roster of photographers she works with, or maybe from her blog, a standard for creatives in our industry. Any way you cut it, Heather Elder is an insightful and inspiring agent – not to mention, her mother makes a mean red sauce. I’ll let her tell the rest…

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Heather Elder + Chris Crisman

After two great years with Melissa Hennessy, we are now represented by Heather Elder. We are thrilled and honored to be part of this group and see great things to come.

Heather represents an amazing group of photographers including Andy Anderson, Leigh Beisch, Ann Elliott Cutting, Hunter Freeman, David Martinez, Richard Schultz, Jim Smithson, Kevin Twomey, and Ron Berg.

Last but certainly not least, she also runs a great blog that always offers insightful commentary, interviews, and stories related to the industry. Enjoy!