Let’s be honest, starting your photography career and knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. To help you put your best foot forward and conquer the task at hand, we teamed up with the Young Photographers Alliance and PhotoShelter to bring you a panel discussion with Robert Caplin (NYC photographer and editor of The Photo Brigade), Elizabeth Griffin (Photo Editor of Esquire.com), and Karen D’Silva (Consultant at Agency Access). The panel was monitored by PhotoShelter CEO and Marketing guru, Andrew Fingerman. We discussed business, networking, sending promos, how to deal with editors, and more!
Robert Caplin is an editorial and corporate photographer based in Manhattan who specializes in documentary, travel, celebrities, portraiture, and events. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal and his work has been published in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, TIME, and Newsweek. His clients include individuals such as Justin Bieber, Tiki Barber, and Victoria Justice and organizations such as The International Emmy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Electric Power. His photographs where honored at the 2010 Clio Awards for advertising, and Harper Colins published his long-term documentary as part of Justin Bieber’s New York Times Bestselling visual autobiography, First Step 2 Forever, which has sold over a million copies in 25 languages.
Elizabeth Griffin is the photo editor of Esquire.com and a senior photographer, editor, and producer at Hearst Magazines Digital Media contributing to brands including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, and more. She is the co-founder of Project Amelia, an all-volunteer effort to assist a fellow-photographer with cancer-treatment costs, and a three-time team producer at the Eddie Adams Workshop. She lives in New York City.
Karen D’Silva was a founding partner at Spark Visual Research, a trend and research company designed to help image producers understand the marketplace and create intelligent images. Karen also ran the creative department for Photonica’s North American territory; art directed and edited at Getty Images NYC; and helped lead Image Bank’s creative department by creating an art direction and production department. Today, Karen D’Silva Creative Services is a way for Karen to make use of everything she’s learned in her career and help photographers, production companies, and agencies align their businesses to the marketplace.
Andrew Fingerman, CEO, PhotoShelter, is responsible for growing the PhotoShelter user base, ensuring members are getting the most from the service, and hosting the annual company BBQ. He served for four years as the company’s VP of Marketing. He was previously a Senior Product Manager with OPEN, the small business team at American Express, handling customer marketing for the Centurion, Platinum, Gold and Green charge cards. Earlier in his career, Andrew held a variety of marketing, public relations and consulting roles, starting with political campaign management. Andrew holds an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, a BA from University of Michigan.