Friday Shout-Outs, Boo-yas, and Brownie Points

What better way to kick off a Shout-Out than with a little burlesque? We will also ask an important question (which you may, or may not have an answer to – but should), look at some really cool images, take a different look at our environment, one visit with one challenged pet.

Shout-Outs happen every Friday, and today is Friday. Most of the time, we find the things that we Shout about, but people are also encouraged to send us suggestions. If we think it’s shoutable, it will show up here in the blog on a Friday. To submit something, scroll to the bottom to see how.

Miami-based photographer Brian Smith has shot the superstars of the burlesque world throughout his professional career for a book project, and X-Rite just produced a really cool video about it, called “Brian Smith: Color and Burlesque“.

Not only is Brian a great guy, but he’s also an amazing photographer. He specializes in celebrity, sports and business photography.

Brian Smith -burlesque video



Photographer Dean Oros was asked an interesting question by a person who was considering hiring him for a job.

“Why are you a photographer?”

“This isn’t a question I’m often asked, and I was pleasantly surprised,” he said. “Usually my clients and prospective clients don’t inquire about my motivation as part of the reason they should commission me.”

His answer can be found in the form of a blog post, along with a list of people he thanks for helping him develop his love of photography.

If someone asked you the same question, would you have to think about it — or do you already know? What would you say?


Somehow I missed this in a previous Shout-Out, but better slightly late than never, right?

Washington DC-based photojournalist Pete Marovich covers the White House and Capitol Hill on a regular basis. He recently covered the Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C., and did a really nice job with it.

“There is always a lot going on in the Nation’s Capital during this holiday,” he said.

Pete also qualifies for a DOUBLE-SHOUT with his recent first place win in the NPPA clip contest. His photo story titled “The Old Order,” about life in the Old Order Mennonite community, took top honors in the Feature/Multiple category.


Los Angeles Photo Professional Expo
Saturday, June 26th @ 10AM-4PM
Location: 3619 Eastham Studios, Culver City, CA 90232

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in hands on demonstrations and workshops. Featured speaker, attorney, Greg Victoroff, will be speaking on Copyright issues. The Stylist Hub will connect producers, photographers with Hair and Makeup Artists, Food, Prop and Set Stylists. The intimate setting will create unique networking opportunities.


Todd Bigelow
is a Los Angeles, California based editorial and corporate photographer. His photographs on undocumented immigration from Mexico to the U.S. began in 1994 when the Clinton Administration launched Operation Gatekeeper to shut down the US/Mexico border in San Diego.

He’s been working on this project ever since, and the results are stunning.


Immigration along the US-Mexico Border – Images by Todd Bigelow

“My work has taken me to border towns in Eagle Pass, Texas for the NY Times Magazine and into Douglas, Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona, California and Tijuana for Time Magazine and others,” he said.

The work has been exhibited several times overseas and fourteen images reside in the permanent collection at the California Museum of Photography. He continues to document immigration as the call for reform gets louder across the United States.


Jacintha van Beveren is a social scientist, teacher and professional photographer. She does research into the relationship technology – social life and educational research.

She recently started her own Virtual Agency called “Human Plastic Print” that encourages photographers to submit “their most dramatic, beautiful and alarming pictures of plastic.”

“Plastic turns up on the most pristine beaches and landscapes,” she says. “Plastic is found in birds and whales bellies. Birds feed their young plastic, not knowing that it will kill their babies. Let us show the world what plastic does in order to make people aware of using and getting disposed of plastic much more careful than in the last 50 years.”

“When we have enough pictures, we can make an exposition, a book, a virtual book to show the effects of plastic.”


I’m not sure this has ever happened before, but photographer Carli Davidson, who got a Shout-Out last week, comes back strong with another one this week. She’s a two-in-a-row Shout-Out winner!

Her portraits of “Ramen Noodle” is part of an upcoming book she is producing about handicapped pets. Ramen Noodle is a dog that has survived survived the loss of one arm due to neglect, and another due to an unset-able break. He now has a good home with a loving vet tech, and is learning how to use a wheelchair.

I am always looking for things to include here in our Friday Shout-Outs – so if you have anything you think is worthy, let me know.

Or, better yet, post a note to Twitter with my name in it (@heygrover) or “friend me” on Facebook, and that way I won’t forget it later.


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