From Photo Student to Working Pro - Careers Perspectives from Tim Mantoani and Sean Arbabi
Come join San Diego ASMP on Wednesday October 10th at 7pm for an informative discussion with two great speakers. Tim Manotani and Sean Arbabi will share their experiences on what it has taken to go from photography school to successful working pro, in 20 short years.
Tim and Sean met at Brooks Institute in the late 80's, and although their careers have taken different paths, both have created and maintained successful, thriving photography businesses. They will share their experiences of attending Brooks and how they first got started in the industry. This enlightening meeting will focus on their business workflows and how they've changed over the years, the various interactions with clients and getting the work, how they have stayed on the right path to achieve their personal and professional goals as well as the many successes and failures of a 20 year photographic career. A Q&A session will follow, along with the opportunity to purchase signed copies of their books.
This lecture will have information valuable to photographers of all levels and promises to be a fun evening besides! Be sure and sign up early as space is limited!
Tim Mantoani is San Diego based photographer. His credits include Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and ESPN The Magazine, as well as ad campaigns for Coca-Cola, EA Sports and Coors Brewing. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1991, he moved to San Diego to be the studio manager for Dean Collins and worked with him until 1994 when he opened his own studio.
Today, when Tim’s not shooting on assignment, he’s documenting venerable lens men who have collectively captured decades of culture and celebrity with their own cameras. Each image features a photographer holding their most iconic or favorite image. Legendary rock photographers Jim Marshall and Ethan Russell have sat for 20 x 24-inch Polaroid portraits, as have Walter Iooss, Steve McCurry, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Roberto Salas, and Douglas Kirkland (pictured at left holding a memorable image of Marilyn Monroe).
Sean Arbabi is a commercial travel photographer and author specializing in adventure, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients. He's had freelance and contracted assignments with over 250 publications and 150 companies worldwide including Amazon, American Express, Backpacker, California Division of Tourism, Centerra, Endless Vacation, Engadget, Fuji Film, GEO Germany, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, National Geographic, The New York Times, Nikon, The North Face, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Peterson's Photographic, Rangefinder, REI, and Timex. Sean has shot over 200 assignments for Sunset, over 100 for Via magazine, and authored many feature articles and books which he photographed including The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (Jan 2009 - Amphoto/ Random House), as well as The Complete Guide to Nature Photography (Dec 2011 - Amphoto/ Random House).
A native Californian, he received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in ‘91, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he's shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently shopping a television show on photography. Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Mexico, the UK, Southeast Asia, and; South America. He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed across mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients I were in search of. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, base camp for all his travels. Visit his work at seanarbabi.com.
This event will be held at Tim Mantoani's studio in Little Italy on October 10th. The address is 3615 India St, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92103. Check-in and social will begin at 6:30pm with the program starting at 7pm.
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ASMP San Diego
ASMP San Diego is a local resource for professional photographers, enhancing technical skills, business practices, and communication within the community. ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers, was established in 1944 to promote high professional and artistic standards in photography to further the professional interests of its membership by disseminating information on a range of subjects and concerns. ASMP has a membership of more than 7,000 of the world's finest photographers.