Palm Springs Photo Festival April/May 2013

Where to begin? I mean, it’s one thing to write a report on a one-day visit to a photo festival or an event, but when it’s the Palm Springs Photo Festival which I just attended for the 1st time, that’s a whole week’s worth of writing! I truly had a wonderful time; I viewed a lot of incredible photography, I reviewed a whole bunch of attendees and volunteers, I met lots of new people and spent extended and quality time with some already familiar faces in a much warmer and sunny environment! On the day we all arrived (Sunday), it was the hottest April 28th on record in Palm Springs, as in “ever” reaching a whopping 106 degrees! They said it would be hot, but even the locals had to admit that it was a lot hotter than usual for this time of the year!

Palm Springs Palms © Louisa J. Curtis

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Linda Rutenberg – ChatterArtist May 2013

Our ChatterArtist for this month is Linda Rutenberg, a Fine Art photographer from Montreal whom I met last year at Photo Plus Expo. My friend Jill Waterman introduced us, since Linda was on Jill’s panel about night photography. But the reason I selected Linda for this month’s bulletin is not because she likes to photograph at night, but because she photographs gardens and is a Taurus, born May 13 – how perfect is that? You may recall I featured a whole bunch of garden photographers a couple of years ago, and I have to say, that was one of my all-time favorite issues!

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Paul Aresu – ChatterCorner May 2013

This month my ChatterCorner conversation for PhotoServe is with advertising lifestyle and portrait photographer Paul Aresu. I first met Paul some years ago when I was working at The Black Book and he quickly became one of my favorite clients. It was always a pleasure to go and visit him at his amazing studio space on Spring Street, along with his long-time business partner and in-house rep, Barry Goldring, who has since retired.

Amare Stoudemire, NY Knicks © Paul Aresu

And yes, in honor of the Knicks reaching the playoff’s this year, I showed a portrait of a NY Knicks basketball player!

It’s been some years since we’ve caught up, so when I recently ran into him at an APA NY event along with his current agent, the lovely Janice Moses, I asked him if he’d like to do one of my interviews and he was game! Paul is always busy, so I was given a small time slot to go and visit with him at his new studio. I say “new” but the reality is he left Spring Street a while back and has been at this new location on 27thStreet for some time now! Continue reading

Tips using Lemons – ChatterTip May 2013

Tips using Lemons – ChatterTip May 2013

Last year for Taurus we gave you Tips for the Neck and Throat so this time, I am going to give you some Tips using Lemons. Why Lemons, you might ask, since the Citrus Fruits are really the domain of Leo, but then Taurus does hold the “fruits of the earth” in their hands, so let’s just say that Taurus grew some Lemons and shared a few with Leo! But the real reason I wanted to feature Lemons this month is because I have a funny story from my recent visit to the Palm Springs Photo Festival and the photo for this month’s tip is a result of that!

Two Lemons © Louisa J. Curtis

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Taurus, Stability and all things Green… ChatterLog May 2013

Greetings everyone and welcome to the May ChatterBulletin and the sign of Taurus!

Taurus, the Bull

Last month we talked all about Aries and Accidents and the planet Mars, which speeds up time, thus making us anxious and more likely to be accident-prone. But as soon as we step into the domain of Taurus, all that changes. Remember, whatever one sign is likely to do the next sign will do it differently. Where Aries sped everything up, Tauruswill now slow it down. But it’s not simply a case of one sign does this, and the next sign does the other, because each sign also takes on whatever the previous sign gave them. With Taurus, it is their job to take all of that unbridled Aries energy and harness it so it can be put to good use. Their job is to stabilize the situation.  So our theme for this month is Stability.

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