2019 ASMPNE Portfolio Reviewers Announced

The 2019 ASMPNE Portfolio Review will happen at High Output in Brighton from 3-6:30PM on Tuesday 11/19/19 followed by dinner.  FOR MORE INFO INCLUDING HOW TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

Heather Burke, Burke + Talbott, Principal Design Director

Heather Burke is a principal design director at BURKE + TALBOTT  and a freelance designer for clients that range from non-profit organizations to large companies and institutions. Heather’s current and past clients include Tufts University, the Boston ICA, Mullen Lowe and Liberty Mutual. Before launching an independent career, Heather worked as an art director at Boston Magazine, Rue La La and Boston University.

Heather is most interested in seeing editorial work.

Janice Checchio, Boston University, Associate Creative Director of Photography

Janice Checchio is the Associate Creative Director of Photography at Boston University Marketing & Communications, overseeing their full range of marketing and editorial collateral. Prior to joining BU, she was an Art Director and Photo Editor of The Boston Phoenix and Stuff Boston magazine.

Janice is interested in seeing a wide range of photography, from event coverage and storytelling journalism to creative portraiture and marketing-level stock photography. 

Jenna Talbott, Burke + Talbott, Principal Design Director

Jenna Talbott is an editorial art director with 18 years experience producing and designing stories for numerous Boston-area publications, including alt-weekly Boston Phoenix, b-to-b pubs CIO, CMO, CFO, and Boston Globe special publications, Design New England, Fashion Boston, and Lola. Jenna also produces, photo-styles and art directs photography in the shelter and lifestyle market, for various clients. Currently, she and Heather Burke are Burke and Talbott, and serve as co-design directors for Tufts Magazine, Tufts University’s alumni magazine. 

She would like to see portraits/location on assignment (editorial/reportage); lifestyle interiors/architecture; studio and location product photography including conceptual still photography.

Jenna Teeson, Adhesive, Partner/Creative Consultant & Teeson Reps, Founder/Agent

With more than a decade of artist management, previous experience as a photo editor for National Geographic and a degree in photography, Jenna has a deep knowledge of what a successful photographer/client relationship looks like.

At her agency, Teeson Reps, Jenna connects award-winning artists with global, editorial and commercial accounts utilizing lifestyle, food, product, healthcare and hospitality photography, in still and in motion.  Jenna is also partner in ADHESIVE & Co, offering creative consulting services, nationwide.

Jenna’s clients include Bose, Boston Scientific, CenturyLink, Ginkgo Bioworks, Keurig, National Geographic, PING, Staples, Tide, and more.

Jenna is happy to review any specialties.

John Gonnella, Evenflo, Executive Creative Director

With more than 20 years of agency experience under his belt, John Gonnella brings a unique perspective of branding to the digital landscape. He challenges his creative team to design experiences that invoke curiosity, engagement and participation, and above all remain strategically aligned with a client’s business objectives.

With his clients, John is a trusted advocate for their business. This relationship affords him the space to present stellar creative ideas that haven’t been done before. Instead of following others, John’s clients pave the way in new thinking around social and digital media, and with great success.

His team’s work on Dunkin’ Donuts has received numerous accolades and awards, including a Mashable Award for “rocking the social media space” and a MITX Award for the Dunkin’ Donuts Facebook page. His work with UNICEF has also been recognized for its strategic creative, most recently with a MITX award for Best Use of Search.  When he’s not thinking of the next big idea, John is hanging out with his family, painting in his studio, or surfing off the coast of Nantucket.

John’s interested in seeing product and lifestyle photography.

Katherine Hennessy, Kate and Company, Agent / Consultant / Producer / Art Buyer

Katherine opened up the doors at Kate & Company as an artist representative and photography consultant in 2002 based in Boston, yet serving global advertising, communication, editorial, publishing, design and in-house corporations.  Her successful, niche agency is comprised of artists that value their work and creativity, but find opportunities to live their lives fully engaged in their passions that extend to service projects, healthy living and successful, involved parenting.

Her Industry career started with many years in the advertising world, NYC and Boston based, running a myriad of productions as an art producer for Agencies such as Scali McCabe Sloves, McCann Erickson and Arnold Worldwide. Clients have included, but not limited too: Tiffany, Talbots, Volkswagen, Royal Caribbean, Nikon, Marriott, Chase Bank, Fleet Bank, Truth, Bermuda Tourism, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Volvo, GM and more.  This experience has allowed Katherine to bridge the creative and business world, understanding how to adapt and excel as the Industry continues to change. Katherine continues to provide support and consultation for the Industry through seminars, reviews, podcasts and article writing on behalf of ASMP, APA, Agency Access, as well as freelance production services for agencies and clients.

She is happy to see any type of work.

Mark Winer, The Gren Group Partner

Mark is Chief Executive Optimist of The Gren Group, a national rep agency whose roster includes some of the top commercial assignment photographers in the US. The agency specializes in authentic lifestyle, portrait and location work – both print and motion – and has recently produced campaigns for clients like United Health, FedEx, Adidas, Lowe’s, Princess Cruises, Novartis, Wrangler, and Bayer.  Mark’s responsibilities, since 2001, include marketing, business development, talent recruitment, planning & identity. He is always searching for creative ways to distinguish The Gren Group and its creative artists in this ever changing industry.

Mark would like to see relevant commercial and personal work, including print and motion.

Mena Hall, Mullen Lowe, Art Producer

Mena Hall is an art producer at mullenlowe. She has worked on some amazing photoshoots for Harley Davidson, Sennheiser, Leigh Shoe Case, and E*TRADE.

The kind of work she’d love to see is new, fresh and weird takes on the simple things. Lighting is the most important aspect of photography so to see shooters capturing beautiful and unique light is something she looks forward to reviewing. 

Sara Ventetuolo, MMB, Director of Production

Sara’s 20+ years of experience in production have helped her develop a level of resourcefulness and fluency across all mediums which has made her a widely respected force in the industry.  She started as a broadcast TV & radio producer but quickly found her love of problem solving translates to any content and any budget. Sara is currently Director of Production at MMB in Boston.

Based on the clients of MMB & Sara’s expertise, she would like to see tabletop (food & product) and lifestyle.

Selina Maitreya, Visual & Marketing Consultant to Photographers

The creative impulse manifests in many ways from the tangible to the transcendent. For Selina Maitreya, creating symbiosis in relationships and empowering the artfulness of the soul are serious personal and professional pursuits.

Widely respected for her innovative presentations and her highly effective individual training sessions, she brings an impressive range of talents to her photo-consulting activities. And with an extensive history in the photographic, advertising, marketing, business and academic communities, she has earned a reputation as integrous, humble and tenacious.

In addition to lecturing over 125 times by invitation from ASMP, APA and CAPIC, Selina has been interviewed for articles in, PICTURE, The British Journal of Photography, VISION (OOTY INDIA), ADWEEK, PDN, Proofsheet, and Aphotoeditor.net.  Selina has authored articles that have appeared in numerous industry trades publications and her best selling book, PORTFOLIOS THAT SELL was published in June 2003, with Oprah Winfrey’s photo editor at O Magazine, Karen Frank calling it a “must have for any pro photographer”.

Selina’s second book, HOW TO SUCCEED IN COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY is another best seller that continues to be sold world wide and as of 2019 is on B&H’s coveted best selling book list.

Selina’s excited to see what photographers in New England are currently presenting to clients. New England has always had a plethora of talented photographers and she’s grateful for the opportunity to provide specific, productive feedback that will be enable visual creatives in our community to fine tune their portfolios and continue to build their visual integrity.

Susanne Macarelli, Boston Globe, Senior Art Director

Former advertising agency art director at Hill Holiday, Digitas and DeVito Verdi currently overseeing design for the Boston Globe’s BrandLab team. Susanne’s work has been honored by the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Clios, The One Show, Hatch Awards and the Art Director’s Club. Her work has been published in Fast Company, Communication Arts, Archive and Graphics.

Susanne would like to see location, nature, and lifestyle work.

Sybylla Smith, J. Sybylla Smith, Independent Curator, Educator and Consultant

J. Sybylla Smith is an independent Curator, Educator and Consultant who has featured over 110 international artists in 28 solo or group exhibitions within the past 8 years. Held in traditional and non-traditional settings she features an expansive array of genres and subjects. Venues have included the Griffin Museum of Photography, Harvard University Ed Portal and Photoville in Brooklyn N.Y. with exhibits traveling to South America and Mexico.

Smith’s concept development framework, Concept Aware®, utilizes contemporary photography to illustrate elements in the creative practice. Pending publication, Smith teaches her unique curriculum in workshops in her Somerville studio and multiple photo and arts organizations nationally.. As Guest Editor of the first Women’s Issue of ZEKE, the Social Documentary Network publication, she created a global collective voice of women from over 200 worldwide submissions.

She lectures and writes on issues of gender parity, visual culture and the creative process. As an adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor she has worked with The School of Visual Arts NYC, Harvard University, Wellesley University, Emerson College, Tufts Museum School of the Fine Arts and Emmanuel College.

She consults with individual artists on projects providing collaboration on editing, sequencing, marketing and writing artist statements and exhibition proposals. Her work with arts organizations and educational institutions includes development, education programming and  collaborative partnerships. Find more on her website: wwwjsybyllasmith.com

She’s interested in seeing any and all types of work.

Taj Forer, CEO of Fabl and Cofounder of Daylight Books

Taj Forer is a visual artist, publisher and teacher who has worked in the art world for nearly 20 years. He is a co-founder of Daylight Books and is the author of two critically-acclaimed books of his own work. Forer’s art can be found in permanent collections such as those of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), the Fidelity Investments Collection (Boston, MA), the Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), among many others. His gallery representation has included Yossi Milo Gallery, Flanders Gallery and Galeria SENDA. Forer has held teaching positions in the Departments of Art at UNC-Chapel Hill, CUNY-City College and ECU and he holds an MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied under Joel Sternfeld.

Taj is interested in meeting with photographers that have comprehensive bodies of work for which they are preparing book proposals. It’s ok if the projects are nearing completion, but he’d like to focus on projects that have been in development for a while and are substantial in nature. Longer-form, subject-matter focused projects are really his sweet spot, and where he can offer the most value regarding feedback as well as prospectively move ahead with the photographer as a potential Daylight artist (book publication).

Zac Bernstein, Gilt, Creative Director

Zac Bernstein leads the creative team at Gilt, including the Boston art directors focused on on-model studio and location imagery and a fashion and home product studio in Louisville, KY.   Previously he directed the creative and photography departments behind AllModern, Joss & Main, Birch Lane, and oversaw the creative launch of the Perigold brand at Wayfair.

He’s interested in seeing fashion editorial, luxury product imagery, and in-studio home decor work.