New Work: Chloé Jane // Ruin for Capital of Magic

Our watercolor illustrator, Chloé Jane, has finished yet another beautiful piece for the upcoming Capital of Magic game. Part 3 in a 5 piece series, Ruin, will be on the back of the deck of cards composed of creatures that exist in a desert environment. “The snake is a horned desert viper, the flowers are oleanders, and the scorpion is based on the deathstalker species, all indigenous to the environment. Each of these are common to the deserts of North Africa and parts of the Middle East and are all extremely venomous. The floating pottery shards hint at a civilization long gone, ruins now overrun with nature and dominated by creatures.”

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Production Pro-tips: Nicole Lloyd

In this month’s Production Pro-tips dispatch we get advice from seasoned producer and art buyer, Nicole Lloyd of Hello Pictures. She has produced shoots all over the U.S. and currently resides in Austin, Texas. Nicole is also the co-founder of Make Create, a national listing of vetted production crew (and she’s a pretty great photographer as well!)

Tell us about your background and how you came to be a photo producer.

After graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in photography I moved to Los Angeles and began my career as an art buyer for DDB LA. I worked the advertising circuit for a couple years before becoming a senior art buyer for Deutsch LA where I worked on large brands like Volkswagen and PlayStation. In 2010 my husband accepted a job in Atlanta. Shortly after moving I was given the opportunity to produce a small studio shoot for a local photographer, it went off without a hitch and before I knew it I was booked all the time. My agency background turned out to be a real asset. In addition to having experience on massive production for worldwide brands I also knew the ins-and-outs of ad agencies and how to better manage them as my clients. In 2011 my husband and I moved to Austin where I continue to produce jobs both around the U.S. and locally.

Make Create is such a fantastic resource for photographers and producers, tell us more about it.

Make Create is a joint venture my husband and I launched in 2016. As a photo producer I often found myself working in different cities, small and large around the U.S. Crewing up was always the most frustrating part of each job. There literally was almost no reliable source to search for crew so we decided to make one. We wanted a service that offered vetted crew, photo specific, anywhere in the U.S. Now we have over 1200 crew listed from New York to Los Angeles and many cities in between.

What do you feel are the key factors that make a shoot run smoothly?

Planning, planning and even more planning. And of course, reliable crew. When I have my A-Team in place I don’t have to worry.

Describe the ideal photographer in terms of great collaboration.

Speaking as both a photo producer and art buyer, the ideal photographer is one that is invested in the job and has good communication both with the agency and his/her production team. Being involved in the creative call, asking plenty of questions and offering up ideas as well as listening to other people’s ideas is the foundation to making great commercial images. Of course, you want a photographer with a strong vision but not someone who can’t hear what their team has to say.

What are some things that you always bring to set (don’t leave home without)?

Extra cell battery and cables, laptop, nuun tabs – must keep hydrated, and a camera for behind the scenes when appropriate.

Tell us about one of the craziest things that has happened to you while producing a shoot and how you resolved the issue?

I rented a home for a lifestyle shoot from a location service several years back. It was a pretty large still job with quite a bit of talent and crew and we were staging on the property, shooting both inside and out. I’d say there were about 40-50 people on set. We were half way through our day when a bright red-faced, large man pulled up to the property and began yelling at us to get off his lawn. Turns out the woman who listed the home with the location service was just the renter, she didn’t own the home! I calmly spoke to the angry man and explained the situation, provided our insurance info and begged him to let us stay. He finally calmed down and granted us permission to finish.

Any handy apps or technology that you use for production?

One app I’ve become pretty fond of is a website for creating call sheets called Studio Binder. I like it because call sheets can be tailored for each person and I can see who has received, opened, and accepted call times.

What do you love about shooting in Texas?

I’m often asked to bid the same job in both Austin and LA, and it’s almost always more economical and less complicated to shoot in Austin, plus we have great crew and diverse locations.

Photos courtesy of Nicole Lloyd.

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feMENists: Kirk Watson

This spring, Trove Artist Management is excited to continue our new blog series, feMENists, celebrating men who support women’s equality.

This week we toured the Texas State Capitol and sat in committee to see Senator Kirk Watson in action.


When did you become an activist?

I first started being really involved in politics when I was in my second year of college.  I worked in the race for Governor that year.  After moving to Austin, I chose a law practice that typically was representing people against those who had harmed my clients and done them wrong.  I also became very involved in numerous elections and with a variety of groups advocating positions on a variety of issues.  I served as Travis County Democratic Party Chair in the mid-90’s.  I was elected Austin Mayor in 1997. I ran statewide in 2002.  I was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006.

Was there a specific event or person in your life that brought a greater awareness or significance to making the protection of human/civil/women’s rights more of a priority or passion in your life?

I was brought up to advocate for people.  I sort of feel like it’s something my parents made a part of my DNA as much as my physical appearance.  I was raised in a relatively religious and devout house that embraced the idea that we are all part of one body and we are, in fact, our sister’s keeper.  I also strongly believe that there is no commandment greater than to “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

There are men and women who dislike the term feminist. How do you define feminism? Would you use the term feminist to describe yourself?

I’m proud to be called a feminist.  I even have a t-shirt that says “this is what a feminist looks like.”   And I think I look pretty good in it.  Just sayin’.  To me, I believe everyone, regardless of gender, should be treated equally.  

How do you personally work to create or foster a more level playing ground for women?

One of the issues I’m most passionate about is access to health care. As a cancer survivor, I had the benefit of early, effective and frequent health care and believe that everyone should have the access to care regardless of their ability to pay. That was a driving force behind my 10 Goals in 10 Years to transform the health of our community and our economy. In 2012, our community voted to invest in the transformation of healthcare for Travis County residents who are low-income and uninsured. An integral part of that investment was to strengthen the women’s healthcare safety net in Travis County to counter efforts by state leaders to reduce access to care. We’re already seeing the dividends from that community commitment, such as the redesigned system of perinatal care developed by Dr. Amy Young, Chair of Women’s Health at the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. According to Dr. Young, women will have better access to the right level of care earlier in their pregnancy to improve better outcomes at lower costs and enhance community-based prenatal care services for all.

Tell us about one of your favorite females.

I deeply admire the late Ann Richards. I was incredibly proud to be part of her gubernatorial campaign and serve as her appointee as board chairman for the predecessor of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Ann promised to throw the doors of the Capitol open to the people who hadn’t previously had a voice in state government. And she followed through on the promise by appointing more women and minorities to state boards and other leadership positions. She was also a masterful communicator who used humor to great effect and told you precisely what she was thinking.

Tell us about another noteworthy feMENist.

I’m a big fan of Ken Lambrecht, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.  He’s a fearless advocate for women’s health and someone who deeply cares for people. 

Photos by Kristen Wrzesniewski

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