May, 2014

from the source : a benefit for marin organic

What a fun night catching up with old friends and meeting new at Michael Lamotte’s opening reception for his exhibit, From The Source – A Visual Survey of Local Food at the wonderful Gallery a.Muse. The exhibit will be up for the next few weeks, culminating in a Pop-Up dinner at the close of show on June 8th. All print sales go to benefit Marin Organic, so please stop by and take a look. A big thank you to Jeffrey Westman for your support.

with Lori Shantzis, Gallery a.Muse director

with Lori Shantzis, Gallery a.Muse director

Mark Steisel and prop stylist and art director, Sara Slavin

Mark Steisel and prop stylist and art director, Sara Slavin

Peggy Smith, president of Marin Organic board of directors and Gail Lamotte

Peggy Smith, president of Marin Organic board of directors and Gail Lamotte

food stylist Amy Nathan and designer Thomas Ingalls

food stylist Amy Nathan and designer Thomas Ingalls

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Sarai Black and Lauren Lamotte

with Marin Organic executive director, Jeffrey Westman and Michael Lamotte

with Michael Lamotte and Marin Organic executive director, Jeffrey Westman

 

job perks

After graduating from college, I had an opportunity to come to San Francisco to edit the manuscript of one of my college professors. The work on his book about the Civil Rights Movement kept me entrenched in the libraries of Stanford and UC Berkeley for a good year and upon completion, my resume (which I still have) was ready to go to search for a job in publishing or advertising. A fortuitous meeting with a Photography Agent changed my trajectory, though I would soon find that this chance meeting would not take me too far from those worlds.

I worked for my mentor for about a year and half doing everything from stuffing envelopes to meeting with Art Directors and I knew right away I had found my calling. So when my mentor came into our office one day to tell me she was shutting down her business to concentrate on having a family, I was devastated. I couldn’t believe that this job which I saw as the perfect blend of art and business might soon be going away. Being very young and determined, and with the encouragement of my mentor and support of two photographers, I launched my own company and have never looked back.

To this day, I absolutely love what I do. One of the greatest perks of my job is that my wall of ‘family photos’ looks something like an art gallery. Having such majorly talented photographers shoot my children over the years has been such a priceless gift. So when Margaret Lampert came to stay with me on her last visit and said she wanted to shoot my daughter Lola and my son Jack (Maxx is off in college), I was beyond thrilled. Just today she sent through her favorites. Thank you Margaret, you captured them so beautifully and I couldn’t be happier.

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mca roadshow : los angeles

It went something like this. At our annual marketing meeting in January, I told RJ I wanted a separate automotive portfolio since I got so many requests for direct links to his car work. That segued into a discussion about all the great car work we do and the people behind it. RJ asked, “How’s James?” and “What do you hear from Jessica and Diana?” I saw an opening and I seized it. I said, “Well RJ, I’m going to see them all the first week of May, why don’t you join me and find out for yourself?” Miraculously, RJ agreed. My theory on the the acquiescence is best explained by this post, ‘Marianne Made Me Do It‘. RJ and I have been working together for 16 years and as in any great long-term relationship, at some point you just know when something is important to the other person. So…RJ and I just spent the past few days in Los Angeles making the rounds with his brand new automotive portfolio. And the best part? I’m pretty sure RJ totally loved it.

RJ ROADSHOW collage