From the monthly archives:

February 2010

The Year in the Life: In Which Jaime Realizes How Far He’s Come and Grant Shows Us His Foam Core

February 26, 2010

Before we start, PDN dropped me a line to alert my attention to a survey they’re conducting about photo assistants: what they earn, what skills are in demand, how they find work, what skills they would like to learn etc. Interested in the answers? Then you (if you’re an assistant) need to help fill it [...]

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Heather Goes to Vancouver

February 25, 2010

Speaking of Vancouver, I’m ever so pleased to tell you that the Vancouver Chapter of CAPIC is bringing me out to the Olympic city at the end of March! I’ll be sharing some insights (in person!) about commercial image-making and I have a few spots available for consultations too. Here’s some more info: And those [...]

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The Great One by Warhol

February 24, 2010

I’ve got a great post in the works as a follow up to yesterday’s about truly brilliant application of photography style to enliven and elevate a campaign: Chris Buck talks to me about the process that lead to his recent work for Diesel. But it’ll have to wait because I’m watching the hockey game. And [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: Marketability with Maureen Martel

February 24, 2010

Awhile ago, Miki Johnston at Resolve posted an interview with Bill Stockland and Maureen Martel (of kingpin agency Stockland Martel) about how they find and choose photographers. At one point Maureen mentions how important marketability is when she’s assessing a photographers work. She says: Application for the marketplace is also key. Key key, key key, [...]

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The Tragedy of Tall Poppy Syndrome

February 22, 2010

I want to dig a bit deeper into yesterday’s post in which photographer Clay Stang talked about his transition into a new market. Although Clay makes many pertinent self-reflections (learning humility for eg.), one of the most interesting things he mentioned was how hard it was for him to get validation from his local (Canadian) [...]

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The Lounge: Clay Stang

February 21, 2010

It’s hard to believe it was almost two years ago when I put fingers to keyboard (using terrible posture as it turns out) and launched HMAb. You never forget your first posts and one of my very first was a follow up interview with Clay Stang after his public portfolio review with Leslie Burns on [...]

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Thank you

February 20, 2010

An Olympic sized thank you to everyone who has donated money to my poor shoulder. Y’all are a smart bunch too- lots of great therapy suggestions and similar stories. I’m going to leave you for the weekend with some neato pictures from Dina Goldstein who hung out, rinkside at some ice dancing rehearsals earlier this [...]

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A Year in the Life in Which Grant Parties like a Long Track Speed Skater and Jaime Gets Bruised

February 18, 2010

Grant Harder: The Dutch know how to party. Day two of the Olympics saw Sven Kramer, of The Netherlands, take the gold in men’s 5,000m long track speed skating. I coincidently chose this as the day I was to document the Holland Heineken House for BizBash Magazine. Nice choice. The venue was packed. After talking [...]

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New HMAb Feature: The Whole Nine Yards

February 17, 2010

My friends are back! I’ve got the great Anne-Maureen McKeating helping out with AanAB, Grant and Jaime toiling away on The Year in the Life Project and now I’ve roped in my recent Junior Art Buyer, the lovely and talented Kendra Vamplew, to host a brand spanking new bi-weekly feature on HMAb! Let’s start with [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: A Business Plan for a Retoucher

February 17, 2010

Today’s question comes from retoucher Katarina Marinic. She’s worked on some great campaigns: Her question: Right now I am working as a retoucher, I have been doing this since I graduated almost five years ago from Sheridan college. I studied photography, and still love doing it (I exhibit my personal work as much as I [...]

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