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



I hope you have a wonderful birthday!



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.



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…


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




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,

Words of Praise for Alyssa & Alyssa Pizer Management

This very sweet email was just sent to Alyssa!  Names have obviously been changed…
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.
A Happy Client

Ophelia Chong

Now that my new website is finally launched, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some of my thoughts about what I learned during this process.  Like
 any successful rep-photographer relationship, it would never have happened if I had not found the right person with whom to collaborate.  Sometimes, it
 takes seeing what you don’t want in order to figure what you do want.  In
 my case, I went through three rounds with different designers before I found
 Ophelia Chong.

From the moment I heard her speak at a seminar on social marketing, I understood that she had a grasp of what I was looking for.  If you’ve already read Ophelia’s post on this blog, you know that she was asked to do that speech only fifteen hours before it happened because the original speaker canceled.  What a lucky twist of fate for me.

Ophelia’s combination of creativity and quick thinking (how many people do you know who could wing an hour and forty-five minute speech?) have made her a joy to work with, especially throughout the ad hoc process of launching a website.  She’s the kind of person who tackles any challenge with grace and incredible smarts.  The results are Alyssa Pizer Management’s beautiful, easy-to-access online and offline marketing materials – all for which I have Ophelia to thank!

Learn more about Ophelia Chong and see some of her work in this recent interview for The 22 Magazine:



Cheyenne Ellis

Cheyenne Ellis has taken photographs in exotic locations like Puerto Rico, London, and Miami, making for some amazing memories and beautiful photos.  Her images from Puerto Rico are in the May issue of Fitness Magazine, on stands now, with Colbie Caillat on the cover.  To get those shots, Ellis took a boat to a private island where she made use of bright, clear water and nearly deserted beaches.  How I wish I had the life of a photographer!

Ellis had to switch gears for another Fitness Magazine assignment where she was sent back to her hometown of Mammoth Lakes, CA to get some shots for their winter issue.  These images look like they were just as fun for her to take, proving that Ellis doesn’t need a Puerto Rican island to be inspired – though I’m sure it doesn’t hurt.


How To Succeed in Social Marketing Without Really Trying by Ophelia Chong

I fell into Social Marketing, I didn’t even know I was doing it until I started seeing the results of my playing around on Flickr and Twitter. I joined Flickr in 2006 and Twitter in  2007, both of which I used as an outlet for my art and writing during the time that I was creating my fourth career as a lay-about artist with internet access and caffeine.

Twitter opened the world to me and allowed me to meet people I would’ve never met offline, some of those online friendships went offline and into career opportunities. Flickr brought my illustration and letterpress work out into a virtual gallery that publishers and galleries could view; by keywording my work properly, they found my work easily through Flickr search. Since 2006, my artwork has been published in over 10 books and shown in nine galleries; and I have been writing commentary for KCET since 2009. All of this was done without any print promotion, eblasts or cold calls. It was done by learning how to keyword, how to interact with a virtual audience and how to use the tools available to anyone with an attention span.


Fifth Career


Now I teach the “Marketing and Self-Promotion” class at the Art Center College of Design to photography students. I have spoken to graduating students at USC, Spotlight Gifted Students at the Music Center, and also via virtual Skype seminars for the ASPP.  The most recent seminar was at the Palm Springs Photo Festival in March.


Opportunity Calling


The phone rang at 11:45 pm on Sunday night. Luckily for me (and them) I was up watching the 543rd rerun of my favorite Law and Order. It was a slightly panicked call asking me to fill in for the speaker who was supposed to lead the seminar in 15 hours. I said “yes, okay”, without really asking what I was supposed to talk about other than Social Marketing. I was going to wing it. The next morning I checked the website and looked at what I was supposed to actually do. “Oh oh”, was my first thought. I had to fill an hour and forty five minutes with great ideas on how to market your business via the internet. But then the other half of my brain kicked in and said “you love talking, you’ll be fine”.


And that is where I met Alyssa Pizer.


She sat up front, with pens, a pad of paper and her Blackberry. She reminded me of the eager student on the first day of school, she looked like she was going to either give me an apple or hurl it at me. She kept me on my toes by asking questions that made the time fly and before I knew it, it was 4:30pm. We talked after and found common ground in how we love a great deal and I loved her way of telling it the way it is.


And here we are.


That day, Alyssa hired me to help her with her marketing. Over six weeks we worked together on her online and offline marketing plan, with the help of her amazing assistant Haven.

While her talented website team launched AlyssaPizer.com, we worked on her blog, eblasts, twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.  With this interconnected constellation of links and keywording, anyone searching for Alyssa Pizer and her photographers will be able to find her. Simply put the internet works for you when you give people multiple ways to find you.


Tips / Ideas / Resourses
Google Tips
Add your URL to Google:
Google will add and update new sites to their index each time they crawl the web, and they invite you to submit your URL http://www.google.com/local/add/analyticsSplashPage?pli=1 

Add your business to Google Maps http://www.google.com/local/add/analyticsSplashPage?pli=1
You must have a Google account (gmail)

With your free Google Places account you can:

  • Be found
    Verify your information to make sure people can find you on Google
  • Stand out
    Engage customers with photos, coupons, public responses and more
  • Get insights
    Use info about your listing to make smarter business decisions

Marketing Resources:
Source Books and Web sites:
Alternative Pick

Template Websites for Photographers:
Other Peoples Pixels
Click Booq
Blue Domain
Site Design Works
Big Folio
Creative Motion Design
Pixel Post
Movable Type/
Wordpress (Big UP)

Statistics: google analytichttp://www.google.com/analytics/ 

Mailing Lists and Databases: Adbase (www.Adbase.com), Freshlists, Agency Access, Adweek list

Portfolio Supplies:
Brewer Cantelmo: www.brewer-cantelmo.com
House of Portfolios: www.houseofportfolios.com
Lost Luggage: www.lost-luggage.com
Kolo Books: www.artsuppliesonline.com
Light Impressions: www.lightimpressionsdirect.com
Hahnemuhle: http://www.hahnemuhle.com
Kate’s Paperie: www.katespaperie.com
Molly West Handbound Books: www.mollywest.com )
Pearl Paint: www.pearlpaint.com
Book Binder Alice Vaughan: http://hudsonriverbindery.com/

Alternative Promotion and Entrepreneur info:
Kick Start (pledged funding for start ups) http://www.kickstarter.com/
MINT Entrepreneurial Organization at ACCD www.mintla.org
Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum http://www.entforum.caltech.edu/
CMYK free student portfolio C(MY)K
Kriystina Castella http://krystinacastella.com

Print on Demand Books and Publishers:
Blurb : www.blurb.com
Asuka Books : www.asukabook.com
My Publisher: www.mypublisher.com
A&I lab: http://www.aandi.com/
Paperchase: http://www.paperchase.net
Moo : www.moo.com
Modern Postcard: www.modernpostcard.com
magcloud: publish your own magazinehttp://magcloud.com/browse www.modernpostcard.com

Twitter Tools to make it easier to use:
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