Oregon: You Lucky Ducks


The next College GeekFest is taking place in Eugene, on the University of Oregon campus — May 18 & 19. Friday night there will be a meet-n-greet, a portfolio review, and free food. Saturday promises a shootout, a portrait shoot & lighting demo, more free food, and some incredibly inspirational and motivational talks — interspersed with humor (Sol), a kick in the pants (Jasmine) and pure awe (Holly). More about them:

Holly Andres is a fine art and commercial photographer known for her stylized cinematic scenarios often inspired by her own childhood experiences. Based in Portland, her work has appeared in galleries and museums from Barcelona, Istanbul, and Bogota, to New York, San Fransisco and Atlanta with viewers drawn to her often mysteriously bright and witty photographs. Holly regularly photographs editorial assignments for publications including The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker, and The California Sunday Magazine. Holly will present her work and describe her process, as well as lead a portrait lighting session.

Jasmine DeFoore is a photo editor and content strategist based in Austin, TX. She works with photographers and organizations to tell authentic stories through visuals. Key services include photo and video shoot production, asset licensing, individual consultations, portfolio editing, and marketing. Formerly the senior photo agent at Redux Pictures, she works regularly with NGOs, corporations and individual photographers. Jasmine will discuss marketing and branding tips for photographers.

Sol Neelman is a failed athlete turned sports photographer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon (’94), he worked 10 years for newspapers, including seven at The Oregonian. For over the past decade, he has been working on a photo book series on “Weird Sports.” His images have also appeared in various publications, including National Geographic, ESPN, and Mashable. Nike, adidas and Clif Bar are among his commercial clients. Sol will discuss life after newspapers and taking photos for yourself.