From the monthly archives:

September 2009

Scam Ads

September 30, 2009

Prompted by yesterday’s post, I’m following up on a thread which mentioned Scam Ads- campaigns that agencies create for the express purpose of winning at award shows. There are minimum placement standards for any ad that is entered and often agencies will convince their client to, at the very least, agree to run an ad [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: Reusing Test Shots

September 29, 2009

Wednesday is Ask an Art Buyer day. Send your questions to with the subject line Ask an Art Buyer. I’ll answer as many as I can every Wednesday. Ever wondered what to do with those pesky test shots or never-rans that are gathering dust on your hard drive? You know the ones- you did [...]

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A Year in Two Lives

September 29, 2009

So the response to my Year in the Life project was tremendous- I received lots of really solid work from enthusiastic would-be contributors. In fact it was so hard to make a decision that I’ve settled on two shooters to follow: Grant Harder from Vancouver and Jaime Hogge from Toronto. Both of these guys are [...]

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The Lounge: Your Behind-the-Scenes Videos

September 27, 2009

I’m not going to recap our little discussion of last week re: BTS videos but I will encourage you to go back and read the posts and the subsequent comments if you haven’t already. Suffice it to say that they are generally considered a good thing by Art Buyers but don’t let producing them distract [...]

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The post in which Heather gets angry

September 25, 2009

Come on you guys, seriously. Inspired by my recent post on the latest promotion *craze*, the Behind the Scenes video, I received a series of rants yesterday from a photographer who is concerned about the current obsession with things that don’t have anything do to with the real work of being a photographer. He is [...]

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Show me your Behind… the Scenes

September 23, 2009

Just wanted to follow up on some of the comments appearing on APE in response to my Behind the Scenes post of yesterday. Somehow I missed mentioning one of the most important opportunities that showing some BTS footage gives you. As y’all know, adding video capabilities to your skill set is something that’s coming hard [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: Behind-the-Scenes Videos

September 22, 2009

Wednesday is Ask an Art Buyer day. Send your questions to with the subject line Ask an Art Buyer. I’ll answer as many as I can every Wednesday. This week’s question and most of the answers were delivered straight to my Inbox courtesy of the Art Producer’s Forum- a fantastic Yahoo group for people [...]

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Some notes about Portfolios

September 21, 2009

Just because we’re going to mention her in a minute, let’s start with a classic image from the seminal work on the subject, Girl Culture by Lauren Greenfield. This morning, the venerable Stockland Martel blog picked up on the piece I wrote yesterday about Evaan Kheraj’s leave-behind portfolio. Blog author Kristina Feliciano contrasts the idea [...]

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The Lounge: Evaan Kheraj

September 20, 2009

It all started a few weeks ago when a photographer I had never heard of wrote me a note saying he was in town from Vancouver for that day only- he knew it was super short notice but could he show me his book? Well, I was out of town so no, he couldn’t. No [...]

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Who Shot This? Partially Resolved…

September 18, 2009

TSA in Toronto right now: I like this shot a lot. And I like it for Diet Coke a lot too. The whole shot looks refreshing and upscale. The silver tone in the B&W reproduction pulls out the can and allows the red to pop. The ad looks a bit spare here but as a [...]

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