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It’s a reblog kind of day.  We were completely remiss to not mention Goldteeth & Co. on the list of newish agents.  Chris is the bomb and carefully building a very editorial roster.  We love him.  Congratulations on Ian Allen!  
We love us some Dwell too.  Those photo editors over at Dwell have it going on with their own blog called Promo Daily. Love it, love, love it.

goldteethandco:

Goldteeth & Co is very excited to welcome San Francisco based photographer Ian Allen to the family. His portfolio will be going up on the main site in the next couple days but when our boy nabs the September cover of Dwell, it’s time to start the conversation.

It’s a reblog kind of day.  We were completely remiss to not mention Goldteeth & Co. on the list of newish agents.  Chris is the bomb and carefully building a very editorial roster.  We love him.  Congratulations on Ian Allen!  

We love us some Dwell too.  Those photo editors over at Dwell have it going on with their own blog called Promo Daily. Love it, love, love it.

goldteethandco:

Goldteeth & Co is very excited to welcome San Francisco based photographer Ian Allen to the family. His portfolio will be going up on the main site in the next couple days but when our boy nabs the September cover of Dwell, it’s time to start the conversation.

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A few cool photo agencies have popped up in 2013.  Check them out!

Fresh Artist Management is representing emerging talent.  The roster is super cool.  JP has illustrators, directors and of course, photographers!

Cartel & Co. has a tight little roster that is a little more fashion & beauty oriented.  They have some folks who have been shooting for a while and some new blood who are doing quite well out there.

Art & Motion is close to our hearts because Billy was an Art Buyer first.  He broke out this year with a fun little agency that has directors, illustrators and photographers.  He represents one of our fave teams, Jessica and Clark, otherwise known as The Collaborationist.  We can’t get enough of them.

East Photographic these guys have been around in London, but Sue has come to NYC to represent a solid roster of photographers.  We were blown away by the talent that she showed us.  Check them out now.

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In other news, a fellow Art Buyer/Producer, Hosanna Marshall,has a cool personal project that she is raising money for on Kickstarter.  She has 6 days left to make her goal.  Wander over, check it out and donate!  It’s called The Open Series and is super inspirational.  We love personal projects.  Please, please, please support this woman who supports photographers and the industry in turn.

wray-mccann asked: Hi there! I'm curious to know, do you think that the combined forces of social media have allowed young photographers to skip the stage of assisting in their careers?

That’s super interesting…We have worked with myriad young photographers and those with the assisting experience thrive on set and those without are hit and miss.  

The thing is that with commercial work it’s not just about taking an amazing image.  One has to know how to collaborate with a producer, art buyer, creative, and most importantly-CLIENT.  There is something to be said for assistants who have spent time on grueling sets and watched photographers struggle through a difficult shot or have a disagreement with the agency or client or just have a rough go of it with weather or logistics.  They typically learn how to remain calm and be part of the solution.  

That being said, do young photographers have many more opportunities to promote themselves, absolutely.  Should they skip assisting?  Well, if they know how a shoot is run, go for it…but we recommend assisting and have found some up and comers this way too.  

We heart assistants and all that they do.  They are the first to arrive and that last to leave, they know when to contribute, they know how to have fun, and they have paid their dues.

We always ask for their blogs, websites and contact info…you just never know!

twodyingfields asked: what photo blogs do you read? what kind of posts by photographers do you find most interesting?

We follow over 500 blogs.  Most are photographers, illustrators and agents.  We love to see who is working on what.  We also follow a few publications, other art buyers and agencies.  We look for inspiring imagery or what is inspiring others.  It’s great when people post about their experiences or stories that they find interesting.  

If we like the images on a blog, we follow it…if we find a great article, we follow it, if you make us laugh so hard that iced tea squirts out of noses, we follow it, if a post is so touching that we cry, we follow it…

We sometimes will post imagery that we are loving from different blogs.  We should do that soon, huh?  Thanks for the assignment.  We needed one!  

Is it just us or are all you being asked to shoot along side of TV?  We fight and fight for our own days, but nooooo…no.way.jose.  The client believes that a photographer can get the same quality shooting in 30 minutes or better yet, over the director’s shoulder.  The directors LOVE this!  Can you sense our sarcasm?

Lucky for us photographers are much more flexible and understand that they come second fiddle on this kind of project and are totally cool with it.  (You are first fiddles in our books…always.) Here are a few of our favorite/flexible photographers who will be silent and sweet to work with:

Rennie Solis

Gus Butera

Collin Erie

Anna Wolf

Brigitte Sire

Jim Hughes

We were just asked what our submission process is and well…we don’t have one.  This is strictly a what we are digging and an ask us anything (but who we are and where you can find us) blog .  If we like what we see, we post it.  We follow a lot of photographers, agencies, illustrators among others on tumblr and we also get a trillion email and printed promos that we post too.  

If you follow us or like our posts, we will most likely follow you in return and you will show up in our feed when you post.  We have found some great stuff by following our followers like Ahmed KlinkEmily Malan,  and Brinson Banks  (Brinson, please change your landing page image…PLEASE) or by posts that contain imagery we like…we’ve loved posts with imagery by Aneta Ivanova, and Jason Lee Perry.  

Anywho, the simple answer is that we don’t take submissions or give out our addresses or anything like that.  This is just what we love, are working on, are inspired by, are interested in, and we try to help out those who ask questions.  Keep posting and maybe we will find you too!

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How does one meet Art Buyers? Where are they? Most artists have no clue, and those that do aren’t sharing!
Wow!  This is a basic, yet good question.  We feel like unicorns!  
So, here goes: 
Art Buyers/Producers are primarily at Advertising, Marketing, and Digital agencies.  Some Art Buyers work in-house for a specific company.  Bank of America has a few Art Buyers staffed, as does Avon, Anthopologie, Ann Taylor and a bunch of others.  The rest of us are staffed within agencies and work on myriad clients.
So, how do you meet Art Buyers…well, this can be a lot of work!  First you have to research who you want to call or email.  You have to track down our email addresses and/or phone numbers.  You have to cold call/email us with promos and what you have been up to.  Many artists have agents that handle promotion for them.  Agents have tons of contacts and are the best way to get “in.”  They have a roster of artists and know what we are looking for.
There is also the social aspect of meeting Art Buyers.  There are a few groups that have started with the intention of hooking up artists and producers.  Adhesive is a great one!  FotoWorks  and At Edge are face to face portfolio meetings for photographers.  We aren’t sure if this exists for illustrators, but someone should start this!

 A good thing to do is to make a list of your dream clients and then start with the research.  There are databases available out there…Adbase is good one.  If you can’t afford to pay for a list try searching on LinkedIn and make a promo (digital or printed) and hit send or stick some stamps and throw them in the mail!  You can follow up with a call or email.  

A word to the wise, Art Buyers and Photo Editors receive hundreds of promos a month and are working on multiple projects.   If you do call, try not to reference a specific promo and if you don’t get a call back, don’t be discouraged.  We are super busy.  If we see something that you are a good fit for we will think of you.  It’s good to just send a quick and friendly reminder email of “Hey, this is what I have been up to.  I hope to work with you.”  Keep it short and simple.  

We were recently asked who our favorite beauty photographers are.  We liked this question because so much of what we see is lifestyle driven.  

There are the lifestyle photographers who integrate beauty into their books like Matt Jones, Ben Watts, Carter Smith, Chris Craymer, Kate Powers, Thayer Gowdy, Grace Huang, among others.  This is super tricky and has to be done carefully.  We can talk about that another day.

But man oh mine, there are soooo many good beauty photographers out there.  Those who make beauty a craft.  They are artists who understand the entire package from selection of talent to lighting, to angles to palette-it’s truly endless.  We can get overwhelmed just thinking about it, but it really comes down to a few key things:

-skin

-girl (model/talent)

-taste level with hair/make-up/styling

-amazing retouching that we don’t even notice

Here’s the thing-editorial is pretty different from advertising.  We love a good editorial just like the next Art Buyer, but we need to see clean, gorgeous skin.  Let’s be real—advertising gets pretty watered down.  If you could see where a concept starts and then where it ends; it can be pretty disparate.  That’s why we look for a good strong foundation (pun intended) when it comes to beauty imagery…any imagery, really!

We need to see that you have a team that gets it and that you understand what a beauty face looks like.  Sounds easy, huh…mmm…nope!  We don’t want to see clumpy mascara, unless it’s intentional.  We don’t want to see dry, flakey skin or a pretty girl who may be, we are sorry to say…too old.  It should look effortless even if it is incredibly complex.  Talk about a double edged sword!

There are the regulars on the beauty scene at places like Jed Root (Michael Thomson, Guy Aroch, Joshua Jordan, Stephane Coutelle, Satoshi) You have the heavy hitters from CLM, A+C, Art Department (Solve Sundsbo, Craig McDean, John Akehurst, Simon Emmett, David Slijper, Rankin(!!!!), Philippe Salomon (drama, baby!), Tom Schirmacher).  Then there are the guys who we just love: Tesh, Patric Shaw, Sarah Silver, Mary Rozzi, Greg Delves, Greg Kadel, Terry Gates…

Oh goodness!  We have to stop…our heads are spinning.  The point is, keep it simple until you master it all…Show us that you know how to make anyone look beautiful.

It’s that time of year again.  We all headed down to Le Book Connections to see what’s new and fun and to collect all of the amazing totes and other good stuff.  We rarely get out these days and a little swag is all the coaxing we needed.
Our favorite totes were from Art & Motion and Fox Creative.  We love our giant promos from DSReps and all of the treats from JMI…a fan?  Why yes, please!  Ture’s new book was being handed out over at AH and we love us a good book.  Monaco reps has a sweet new illustrator and we flipped out over Ray Brown’s new illustrators too.  TPD  has an office in NYC…who knew?  We are still sifting through all of the promos and will let you know what else we are loving.
We even made the rounds with the CGI and retouchers since our lives seem to be revolving around anything and everything wire frame these days.  More news on that soon too.  
Onto the parties!  

It’s that time of year again.  We all headed down to Le Book Connections to see what’s new and fun and to collect all of the amazing totes and other good stuff.  We rarely get out these days and a little swag is all the coaxing we needed.

Our favorite totes were from Art & Motion and Fox Creative.  We love our giant promos from DSReps and all of the treats from JMI…a fan?  Why yes, please!  Ture’s new book was being handed out over at AH and we love us a good book.  Monaco reps has a sweet new illustrator and we flipped out over Ray Brown’s new illustrators too.  TPD  has an office in NYC…who knew?  We are still sifting through all of the promos and will let you know what else we are loving.

We even made the rounds with the CGI and retouchers since our lives seem to be revolving around anything and everything wire frame these days.  More news on that soon too.  

Onto the parties!  

Well, we may have just gotten one of our favorite promos ever thanks to Annabel Mehran. It’s like she knew us!  The mysterious pink construction paper package with the most amazing stamp collection and sealed with hot pink gaffer arrived at 3:17pm.  We were in a meeting and wanted to rip it open then and there…patience…patience.  

The meeting ended and we gathered ‘round…what was it?  She knew our favorite color and favorite tape.  Yes, some of us have a favorite tape!  Like, woah!  Shorts in every color…Annabel Mehran shot behind the scenes for Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and made a deck of cards from the images!  Genius!  We love it!!!!  This is the f*ckin’ American dream!  Thank you for making our Friday so wonderful Miss Mehran.  You clearly rock.

Above is sampling of work from Annabel’s site and a peak at our new playing cards.  Art Buyers/Producers/Photo Editors, get this girl in your office to get your own set!

You all have to check one of our new favorite obsessions: http://www.jenren.com/.  Jenny is a Creative Producer at an agency in Minneapolis.  We think this is such a cool resource for producers, photographers, photo editors and creatives.  She really runs the gamut on her site and updates regularly…mmmm…just like us, right?  We will try to be better, promise.  Just check out Jenny’s site when you need a quick fix.  She has got it going on!

Does anyone spot Miss Marsalis in our little photo mash-up?

There is so much to look at.  Featured above: 

Clare Shilland

Collin Erie

Rob Howard

Asger Carlsen

JH Engstrom

Thierry Le Goues

We seriously could spend all day looking through and clicking links on JenRen.com.  Thanks for putting this together!  It’s super rad!