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Production Time!

We love to talk about production.  We have our favorite producers and we will try new folks who come highly recommended.  We research the heck out of producers that we haven’t used before.  It’s so important that a producer understands that the client is, well, the client and has the checkbook, that the agency is hiring and making sure that they are getting paid, and that the photographer and his/her team needs a lot of TLC and support.  It takes a strong production company to manage all of these personalities and needs.

We were catching up on Heather Elder’s blog recently and were thrilled to see her comment on the relationship between agency and production company: 

Production Companies

More and more agencies are beginning to make suggestions as to whom the photographer uses for production and often times they are requesting specific production companies. Now that art producers are being required to understand and produce videos, they are more savvy with the value of a production company. They are even sometimes more willing to pay the extra money involved with the larger productions just to have the peace of mind that goes along with having more people involved in a production. Not all clients can support the larger budgets but I suspect that having a hand in choosing a producer is something we will see more of in 2013.

Heather speaks the truth.  We really do like to have a relationship with our producers.  It’s so important when we are traveling as a group, or that they care if someone on our team has dietary restrictions, or they know how our billing works for advances and invoices, and that they support the photographer and his/her team in a completely positive way.   We want everyone to have a great shoot!  The better the production looks and the more buttoned up, the better the photographer and crew looks and that can mean repeat business just because the shoot felt “easy” to the client.  We call it “smoke and mirrors” but know how much work it takes to make it seem effortless.

We are sure that if you speak with any Art Buyer/Producer that she can give you a nightmare production story.  This may be why this is a growing trend.  We are all for it.  It’s nice to have someone who is a lover.  A great producer is a very special person.

Check out Heather’s blog.  She is a great resource for how the industry operates and she has a strong commercial roster to boot!

What perfect timing!  It’s just a Garden Party kind of day!  

We just received this gorgeous promo from Anna Wolf of The Garden Party in the mail today.  The photos don’t do it justice.  It is just so darn pretty.  Get your hands on one now. 

We asked some of our favorite agents and Art Buyers/Producers to submit a few words about what they are doing and what inspires them.  Laura Beckwith was the first to raise her hand!  We have posted about The Garden Party  before and Miss Laura Beckwith has really inspired us!  She and her group should be on your “watch list.”  

Laura is making tracks with her innovative business model from photography to art direction to illustration to wardrobe design (ummm…Christian Joy is Karen O’s designer, how rad is that?!?), to experiential designers like We Came in Peace.  We were thrilled when she submitted the below as our first guest blogger! 

Below is what Laura has to say about inspiration and trends: 

 
The Garden Party continues to expand as the ever-changing landscape for multi-disciplinary artists in this digital climate evolves. We are finding new opportunities to partner brands with our creators and tastemakers, while discovering non-traditional outlets for artistic expression in order to deliver rewarding client experiences that reach their desired markets and consumers. Through digital media, the expansion of the boundaries of what representation is continues to inspire me. The ever expanding landscape of media, our careers, our relationship to it, excites and inspires me to continue to pursue new opportunities for this global artist community. It is about finding, and even creating new opportunities for brands, content creators, and artists in this new and dynamic creative landscape that will inspire The Garden Party in the years to come.  
 
-Laura Beckwith, www.thegardenpartynyc.com 
Director / Agent
The Garden Party
-A big thank you to Laura for moving with the market and showing us how it’s done.  And for being our first.
Breakfast on set. #artbuyersarepeopletoo

Breakfast on set. #artbuyersarepeopletoo

We have been busy this morning setting up our Facebook account! There is still a lot of work to be done, but in the meantime add us as a friend and give us some love! 

facebook.com/artbuyersarepeopletoo 

We got this brightly colored illustration promo for DED from Monaco Reps.  It was a welcome pop of color in our mailbox and we do love a fold-out poster!  Monaco is fairly new on the illustration scene.  They have a nice little collaboration going with Shop Around out of Amsterdam.  Check it out.  It’s great to have local access to these illustrators.  We are certainly going to keep them in mind for upcoming projects.

We got this brightly colored illustration promo for DED from Monaco Reps.  It was a welcome pop of color in our mailbox and we do love a fold-out poster!  Monaco is fairly new on the illustration scene.  They have a nice little collaboration going with Shop Around out of Amsterdam.  Check it out.  It’s great to have local access to these illustrators.  We are certainly going to keep them in mind for upcoming projects.

We are so excited and grateful to Rob Haggart of A Photo Editor for reaching out to us and posting about us.  We hope to keep it interesting and keep it coming in 2013!  Rob has always been a big inspiration for us.  We love his interviews and the Daily Edit is super awesome.  Thanks so much for giving us a lot of blog love!

Kate Powers is doing something that people in the photo world shy away from and she is doing it magnificently well…Kate Powers is all grown up.  Her images still have a youthfulness and so much playfulness, but they are more elegant, polished and sophisticated than they have been in the past while maintaining a sense of “We want to be there too!”

We see so many lifestyle photographers who stall out.  People who we once loved, but who refuse to evolve and well, we outgrow them stylistically.  You can still be fun and mature.  You can still be gorgeous and sophisticated…there is no need to linger too long with the same old images.

We are so looking forward to watching Kate age gracefully.  There is nothing wrong with growing up.  We like to think of fine wines and all that vintage that we love so.  It’s all grown up, just like Miss Powers.  

We do a lot of retouching…not personally, but we hire the retouchers.  Sometimes the photographers want to handle it and sometimes they are more than happy to slap their hands together and be onto their next project.  Often, it is easier for us to manage without the photographer being involved.  So many of them are trying to do too much.  If we have a deadline and the photographer is off on another shoot we are at his mercy.  This is a bummer…
We totally get that photographers want to deliver their look and feel and have a part in the final image and if it works out that is awesome.  If it doesn’t work out, it’s nice when they understand that we have insert and launch dates that can’t be moved. And, if say, they get stuck in Siberia without internet and cell service they are happy to let us retouch away without their approval.  No, this didn’t happen…not in Siberia!
We want the images to look just as good.  We promise.  Give us the curve and we will make it happen.
Retouching by The Digital Eye

We do a lot of retouching…not personally, but we hire the retouchers.  Sometimes the photographers want to handle it and sometimes they are more than happy to slap their hands together and be onto their next project.  Often, it is easier for us to manage without the photographer being involved.  So many of them are trying to do too much.  If we have a deadline and the photographer is off on another shoot we are at his mercy.  This is a bummer…

We totally get that photographers want to deliver their look and feel and have a part in the final image and if it works out that is awesome.  If it doesn’t work out, it’s nice when they understand that we have insert and launch dates that can’t be moved. And, if say, they get stuck in Siberia without internet and cell service they are happy to let us retouch away without their approval.  No, this didn’t happen…not in Siberia!

We want the images to look just as good.  We promise.  Give us the curve and we will make it happen.

Retouching by The Digital Eye

Copyright infringement…not our most favorite part of being Art Buyers, but a really important part.  This is sad.  Artist Jules Julien’s illustration was ripped off by Look & Listen, an ad agency in Beijing for Maodouli.  Ugh…we were so sorry to hear this.  
It’s never fun to have your work plagiarized and it’s pretty shameful that this came out of an agency.  It makes us super unhappy.  It’s like having your identity stolen.  So disconcerting!
We understand that art is a source of income for many and it’s their livelihood and identity and should never be copied for profit or otherwise.  We have to slap AD’s, AE’s and clients alike, on the wrist regularly and explain that just because someone made something doesn’t mean that it is up for grabs.  So gross.
We hope it all works out for Jules.  Sending you lots of power and love and support on this one.  We hope that you get a big fat apology wrapped in an even fatter check for this!  

Copyright infringement…not our most favorite part of being Art Buyers, but a really important part.  This is sad.  Artist Jules Julien’s illustration was ripped off by Look & Listen, an ad agency in Beijing for Maodouli.  Ugh…we were so sorry to hear this.  

It’s never fun to have your work plagiarized and it’s pretty shameful that this came out of an agency.  It makes us super unhappy.  It’s like having your identity stolen.  So disconcerting!

We understand that art is a source of income for many and it’s their livelihood and identity and should never be copied for profit or otherwise.  We have to slap AD’s, AE’s and clients alike, on the wrist regularly and explain that just because someone made something doesn’t mean that it is up for grabs.  So gross.

We hope it all works out for Jules.  Sending you lots of power and love and support on this one.  We hope that you get a big fat apology wrapped in an even fatter check for this!  

Happy Monday!  ABAPT are now on Pinterest!  

We are putting together boards of people we look at…if there is a category that you would like to see up there please drop us a line.

Do you think that our Creatives would want to attend our meetings if we went to them armed with only a pencil and notebook?  We’ve already got the glasses covered!  We’d better stick to our New Year Resolutions of hitting the gym and eating our veggies!  
Kind of loving this for some cool illustration project inspiration!
Illustration: Stanley Borack

nevver:

My Gal Friday

Do you think that our Creatives would want to attend our meetings if we went to them armed with only a pencil and notebook?  We’ve already got the glasses covered!  We’d better stick to our New Year Resolutions of hitting the gym and eating our veggies!  

Kind of loving this for some cool illustration project inspiration!

Illustration: Stanley Borack

nevver:

My Gal Friday

Flashback Friday, ya’ll!

We were inspired by Santigold blasting from our computer speakers this morning and loving the lyrics to Creator.  

We are working on several shoots that we need to really problem solve.  The budgets are tight and we are looking for the perfect photographer and crew and this just spoke to us:

Me, I’m a creator

Thrill is to make it up

The rules I break got me a place

So, off we go to look at more links, more books, talk to more people and make it awesome.  And of course to crank the tunes for a little more inspiration.  We know that it’s not always easy, but we can always make it happen.  Don’t be fooled by that last line…we are thrilled that it’s Friday!  Happy weekend, everyone!

(Source: Spotify)

We read our mail…and to prove that we do, we wanted to give a big shout out to Matt Dutile who dropped us a line and his link.  Matt, this looks cool!  We hope that we get one.
On that note, we love checking out all of the fine folks who follow us.  We scroll through the posts daily, and <3 the images and stories that really stand out to us…here are a few from today:
http://blog.feaverish.com/
http://dustinaksland.tumblr.com/
http://newminton.tumblr.com/
http://ohgodithurts.com/
Some good repping out there today too…
http://bareps.tumblr.com/
http://jphotorep.tumblr.com/
http://webber-represents.tumblr.com/
Alright…we have to keep some to ourselves…for today…don’t worry, we are terrible at keeping secrets and we love your work way too much to keep it to ourselves!

We read our mail…and to prove that we do, we wanted to give a big shout out to Matt Dutile who dropped us a line and his link.  Matt, this looks cool!  We hope that we get one.

On that note, we love checking out all of the fine folks who follow us.  We scroll through the posts daily, and <3 the images and stories that really stand out to us…here are a few from today:

http://blog.feaverish.com/

http://dustinaksland.tumblr.com/

http://newminton.tumblr.com/

http://ohgodithurts.com/

Some good repping out there today too…

http://bareps.tumblr.com/

http://jphotorep.tumblr.com/

http://webber-represents.tumblr.com/

Alright…we have to keep some to ourselves…for today…don’t worry, we are terrible at keeping secrets and we love your work way too much to keep it to ourselves!