Getting to Know Shannon Greer

Shannon Greer is a New York man.  Aside from being born in Fayettville, Arkansas, he’s been in the Empire State his whole life.  He grew up in the city, in Soho, and went to college at State University of New York at Purchase.  He now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with Charlotta Janssen, a painter.  He enjoys the traveling feast of location photography and is currently working on a portrait project for a book.  In his free time, he frequently walks over the Manhattan Bridge, studies at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Myrtle Avenue, and likes to kick back with a really good Malbec.

And here are some FABULOUS files from the vaults- back when Shannon was modeling…

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today is my *ahem* birthday and here are some notes from my photographers…

 

Larry sent this over! How great is that?

 

From William:

Hey there Alyssa,

Happy Birthday!  How many times has this happened before?  35?  Enjoy the day and expect a delivery I would hope on the early side.  Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

happy birthday alyssa! wishing you a beautiful birthday with family and friends !! xxx beth

 

Alyssa-

I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Phil

 

I hope you have the happiest of days, and getting treated like a queen! Thank you so much for all you do, it means the world to me.

XOXO Chey

 

Joseph also sent me a nice email, with lovely birthday wishes and lots of x’s…!

 

Not to mention all the Facebook well wishes (I had to have Haven show me how to use it!!)

My Facebook page

 

And even a note from a photographer who is now retired…

Alyssa-

I hope you have a wonderful day and year!

Make a Wish! 🙂

Marc Addleman

 

Not to mention my most favorite designer ever, Ophelia!

xoxoxoxoxoox to the most crazy ass wonderful amazing woman

love,

ophelia

 

I had a lovely lunch with my assistant Haven, my daughter Sydney and Syd’s part-time nanny Chrissie… we went to True Food in Santa Monica, and I got to blow out a candle (thankfully only one and no one sang!) and shared the yummy desert with Syd.

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and the beautiful gifts.  My office is overflowing with flowers, smells so good, and I definitely feel the love.
I’m so grateful,
Alyssa

Getting to Know Cheyenne Ellis

Cheyenne Ellis is a California native who has image making in her blood.  The daughter of a photographer and a film director, Cheyenne honed her craft studying at Brooks Institute and while working under legendary photographer Irving Penn.  Currently working from a home base in Topanga Canyon, CA, Cheyenne is one of the most sought after advertising and lifestyle photographers today.  Her causal, easy way with people, a natural connection with beauty in the world around her, and her high level of professionalism translate to stunning, timeless images.

Here are some photographs of Chey, with the first photo being taken by none other than the legendary Irving Penn.

Street Kids Test with Cheyenne Ellis

Chey told us…

It had been a week or two since I had taken a picture and, as wonderful as a little time off is (we all need it), I was starting to go crazy. Hopped on the phone, booked 3 great models, called in the team and headed to Silver Lake yesterday to run around in the streets with Tanner, Brooke, Madison, Renee and my man Myles. I shot a lot, might be a minute before I get the images up, but Myles sent me these and it put a smile on my face. Thanks everyone for a fun day!!

Getting to Know Don Diaz

As a kid, Don Diaz grew up in Southern California and dreamt of one day becoming the next Alfred Hitchcock using his dad’s Super 8 movie camera. The vision shifted when he discovered photography in high school and fell in love with it.  His fashion/lifestyle photography brand is bright and clean with a dash of humor and a lot of emotion.  He’s been with Alyssa Pizer Management for nearly ten years now, as he travels across the U.S. working for advertising agencies, catalogs, celebrities, and department stores.

Sessions of My Obsessions

Sessions of My Obsessions: A Mom’s Obsessions with Fashion, Food, Design and Kids is a blog we love – not just because it’s run by Cheyenne Ellis’ sister Tawny Lehman (though we like that, too), but also because it’s a great resource for anyone looking for a laidback approach to style, food, and parenting.

 

Tawny writes her blog with a refreshingly casual style (she even describes it as “just a blog”), which is great because it makes everything she discusses equally accessible.  Daunting tasks like buying art or dressing to impress for a big event are made easy with her tips.  Need art?  Check out 20×200, a website where you can find affordable pieces.  Going to a wedding soon?  Just rent an outfit online at Rent the Runway instead of spending a fortune on something you only need for one night.

 

Some of the posts focus on kids’ stuff, but you don’t have to be a child or have a child to enjoy the content.  One of my favorites is a post about the website Weelicious, which features a recipe for strawberries made to look like little red elves with cream cheese faces and chocolate chip eyes.  Sure, it’s probably a snack for kids, but it’s definitely something that will make you smile, along with the rest of this blog.

 

Check out Sessions of My Obsessions here: http://sessionsofmyobsessions.blogspot.com

 

Fun sites Tawny introduced us to are here:

20×200 http://www.20×200.com

Rent the Runway http://www.renttherunway.com

Weelicious http://weelicious.com

This is Larry Bartholomew


Tough to recognize, I know, but, trust me, if you know Larry, you know it’s him.
If not behind the camera, then strapped in behind the wheel of a vintage Porsche, racing on various tracks in the West, is the only place he wants to be.
Inspiration can come from some pretty strange places.
Larry has found his…

Martini Race Campaign

This is the shot that was used for the billboards.
First time in the history of the Monaco Grandprix a
photo was allowed as an on-track billboard…
After two days of interfering with the drivers concentration, Martini was asked
to take the billboard down…

Words of Praise for Alyssa & Alyssa Pizer Management

This very sweet email was just sent to Alyssa!  Names have obviously been changed…
Alyssa,
I don’t know if our Art Buyer, has reached out to you yet, but your photographer’s test was a smashing hit here. Words like: energy, movement, joy, authenticity and wow, were heard from many Creative Directors and Creative Managers. Job very well done. We are excited to get some time with your photographer and his crew.
On a personal level, this feels like a huge win for me. I genuinely adore you and him as people and believe that good people deserve good things. To have talent is one thing, but being a great person is another and I made it a point to make sure that others notice the difference. You both have touched my life in a positive way, inside and outside the studio.
In short, thank you.
Cheers,
A Happy Client

I ♥ NY (& Le Book)

I just got back from a whirlwind tour of NYC. Well, mostly just the fashion parts. I was there for Le Book Connections, which always brings together the best in the biz. Over 500 people of the 2,000 that registered for the convention stopped by my booth. I love Le Book Connections because I get to meet all the other representatives that do what I do. I had an amazing corner location this year next to all of the best reps in my niche market. I reeled everyone in with candy. I had cake pops, Swedish Fish, Turkish Taffy, chocolate – and I ran out of everything! I also didn’t have any bags, pens, agency promos, or individual photographer promos left, either, so I’d say our booth was a success.

 

I stayed the weekend to window shop and had my share of I ♥ NY moments. The funniest thing I saw was a woman at Bergdorf’s who was using her white Hermès Birkin bag as a dog carrier. I was dying because that is such a beautiful bag. I kept thinking about the scratches and what would happen if the dog were to have an accident – then I realized that she must have several more at home to risk it. I ♥ NY for memorable people like that.

 

The most amazing thing I saw was the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Met. It was breathtaking    I ♥ NY for the art!

 

The most delicious thing was the Mister Softee vanilla cone with chocolate sprinkles. I broke down on Sunday and, I confess, had one for breakfast. The truck said it was only 210 calories, so hopefully I walked it off while shopping. I ♥ NY for food trucks and built-in exercise by walking.

 

My best find was at 25 Park. I got my daughter an amazing fur vest by Antik Batik in black shearling with beads for just $25! It’s regularly $425, but they were having a sample sale downstairs. The women’s clothes were 80% off as well. I ♥ NY for deals

like that. I saw three great musicals and now I’m hooked. I really wanted to see The Book of Morman but the scalper tickets were $500 and up. ‘Til next time…I ♥ NY (and tickets for The Book of Morman) from afar.

 

Photographer of the Week: An Intro

You’ve seen their eye catching work, now meet the fascinating photographers of AlyssaPizerManagement. From volunteering at a local animal shelter to raising kids to cycling across Los Angeles, this group does a lot more than just take pictures.

We’ll introduce a new photographer every Tuesday, so mark your calendars and be sure to check back each week. Betcha can’t guess which one says that they would happily take a professional-­‐ quality snapshot of you on your next vacation…

THREADS OF A STORY w/ Shannon and Charlotta

OPENING JUNE 18, 2011 AT 2 PM: THREADS OF A STORY, NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

PLEASE JOIN ME THIS SATURDAY IN NASHVILLE AT 2 PM FOR A VERY SPECIAL EVENT. IT’S 82 IMAGES STRONG AND TOOK ME THE MOST PART OF THIS AND LAST YEAR TO PAINT, RUST AND COLLAGE. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU COME ACROSS SUCH A GREAT SUBJECT MATTER AND SUCH A GREAT VENUE. FREEDOM RIDERS, A BRIGHT LIGHT IN A BLEAK HISTORY, WELL WORTH PAINTING AND CELEBRATING ABOUT. THIS WORK WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH OCTOBER 9 2011.

Threads of A Story: June 18. 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Special Collections Center and Courtyard Gallery

NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, NASHVILLE TN

Artist Charlotta Janssen will be at the library to talk about her powerful portraits.

Film clips about the Freedom Riders will begin at 2:00, followed by the artist’s reflections on the paintings.

Sponsors: Nashville Public Library Foundation, Friends of Nashville Public

Library

THREADS OF A STORYHERE ARE A FEW PRESS LINKS TO THE SHOW:

http://ecosalon.com/the-freedom-riders-traverse-time/

http://www.library.nashville.org/artgallery/art_home.asp

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Artist-Pays-Tribute-to-Freedom-Riders-Video

PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE FREEDOM RIDERS TORIES TO SHARE, ARE INTERESTED IN PRINTS OR ORIGINALS.

Charlotta Janssen
Most Serious Painter of The so so Abstract, It’s Concrete
www.charlottajanssen.com
Check out Shannon Greer’s video on the featured artist Charlotta Janssen: