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Portfolio Review

ASMP San Diego photography portfolio reviewJoin ASMP San Diego for our 2nd Portfolio Review on Saturday, February 22nd! ASMP-SD is bringing together buyers of all types - Creative Directors, Art Directors, Photo Editors, Photography Professors, and more - all to allow our local photo community an opportunity to show their portfolio to the types of professionals who are in a position to hire photographers. This event is designed to be beneficial to all photographers. Whether you're a seasoned Pro looking to show your portfolio to art buyers or an emerging photographer looking for honest non-biased feedback on presentation and style, we'll have something for everyone!


This review will take place at Grossmont College. Reviewers in attendance will be constantly updated (as they are confirmed) below. Appointments for reviews will be scheduled in the order people sign up (and pay) using the link at the bottom of this page -- first come, first served. Scheduling will take place beginning promptly at 8:30am. Each attendee will be able to sign up for at least three portfolio reviews. Interviews will be 15-minutes each, with a 5-minute break in between each. We will have a short (30-min) lunch break at 11am, with additional interviews afterwards. Each reviewer will have an opportunity to review 11 portfolios.


Portfolios may be in printed form (book, folio, box) or electronically (iPad, etc.). If bringing a laptop/iPad, be sure your images are saved on your device as we may not have Wi-Fi available for you to access a live website. 


Pre-registration will close out at 5pm the day before the review. Registration the day of the event will be priced separately, and available on a "space available" basis only.  





Copper Blue CreativeBrian Haffeman - Brian is currently working behind the scenes building brands for some of the most premium properties in Carlsbad, California. He has over 20 years experience in the advertising industry in multiple advertising agencies throughout Southern California. In 2009, he founded his company, Copper Blue Creative, and discovered pretty quickly that their high level of service and creative strategies separated them from the large, outdated & over saturated agency or the at home designer.

Today, you will find Brian and Copper Blue Creative based in North County, where he has embraced the casual, fluid style of San Diego’s culture, while positioning himself deep within California’s potential. Brian is currently overseeing the creative direction on over a dozen Resort and Golf properties on the west coast. With a diverse client base, he is challenged every day to develop the right solution to solve his clients’ toughest advertising obstacles.


Jacob TylerLes Kollegian has one main goal as CEO of Jacob Tyler: to create an experience internally to foster award-winning campaigns and externally to leave his client partners wanting more. Les has been responsible for the growth and development of the company since 2000.

He holds a Masters in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and has more than 20 years of experience designing marketing campaigns with an eye for innovation, strategy, and out of the box thinking that makes people nervous. It was a visit to San Diego in 1995 that inspired him to save up some funds and move to Southern California. He landed the Creative Director position for Echolink Interactive, a 150 person, San Diego based interactive media agency. There, he created interactive and traditional campaigns for Intel, Qualcomm, Gateway, America Online, Fox Television, and Chili’s Restaurants. In late 1999, he set out to work on his own and start his own agency. Jacob Tyler now has two offices, over 90 awards, over 30 employees, and Les has way more grey hair.


Jennifer DeCarlo Fine ArtJennifer DeCarlo has a strong connection to the photographic field through her work in commercial galleries and as a writer. Ms. DeCarlo established jdc Fine Art in 2011, a gallery dedicated to contemporary photography. Prior to opening the gallery she worked as the Assistant Director at the Schneider Gallery in Chicago. Ms. DeCarlo is active academically and professionally. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and writes for the international photography association AIPAD.

A seasoned reviewer, Ms. DeCarlo is critical but fair. Depending on where the work is in process, she is able to help the artist evaluate and reflect on completed work or pause to sharpen the point of work in progress. She is most interested in reviewing narrative, figurative work, but welcomes seeing other work that explores the creative potential of photography.


American Society of Interior DesignersNatalia V. Trepchina-Worden, ASID has a diverse design background that is comprised of formal education in architecture and design, years of teaching experience, and professional practice. She studied architecture at the Ural Architectural Academy in Russia prior to moving to the US and began teaching at San Diego State University's ID Program in 2002 after completing her master degree in interior design with thesis focusing on Aging in Place and Adaptive Reuse. Aside from teaching, she is the owner of her NTW Design Studio, which focuses primarily on residential projects. Her design work has received several professional awards and has been featured in many publications.

Trepchina-Worden is actively involved with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). For the past 4 years she has been the ASID Faculty Advisor to the SDSU ASID Student Chapter and is currently serving as Director at Large on the local Professional ASID Board of Directors.


San Diego City College Photography DepartmentDave Eichinger is a Professor of Photography at San Diego City College. He's been a photographer and instructor for 30 years. City's program offers a comprehensive array of commercial courses (Lighting, Portraiture, Fashion, Advanced Digital, etc.) as well as Fine Art courses (B&W, Infrared, Landscape, Portfolio Development, etc.) plus History of Photo, Photo Business, and many more, in their new 30,000sf facilities. Dave's primary focus is B&W and studio courses and in his "off time" he shoots mostly infrared (film and digital). He also leads an annual Photo Tour to Europe. Summer of 2014 will be EuroFoto Photography & Chocolate Tour, visiting France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the Swiss Alps.


Grossmont CollegePaul Turounet ( received his MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art in 1995. For the following ten-plus years, he photographed in Mexico for which he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1997 and grants from the Trans-Border Institute in 2003 and 2004 for his continued work on the U.S. – Mexico border. This work, Estamos Buscando A – We’re Looking For and Tierra Brava – Brave Land, has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in both the United States and Mexico, including recent exhibitions at Mesa College in San Diego as well as venues in Texas and Colorado. The work has also traveled to the California Center for the Arts, University of San Diego, University of Arizona Museum of Art, University of Texas – El Paso, West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Centro Cultural Tijuana, and the Museo de Arte El Chamizal in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico as well as a site-specific installation at various locations along the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico.

Paul Turounet is the Chair of the Visual Arts and Humanities Department and an Associate Professor of Photography and Art at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California. He has previously taught at the University of San Diego and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico for the University of San Diego’s Guadalajara Summer Program.

He is represented by jdc Fine Art in San Diego, California.


H2 public relations logoCarissa O’Connor adds a creative spunk to the H2 Public Relations team as Senior Publicist. With a unique passion for the lifestyle and hospitality industries, her forward thinking and unprecedented networking skills have made her a standout in the local public relations industry. 

A savvy and effective PR professional, Carissa has a proven track record for bringing a client’s story to life, building buzz and delivering results. Her assortment of clientele allows her to work with a broad range of top tier media, building and maintaining extensive relationships nationwide. 

As a vital part of the H2 team, Carissa has executed innovative PR strategies for clients including Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce, BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar, Noble Experiment, Waypoint Public, as well as the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. Carissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at San Diego State University. Inspired by all things fitness, culinary and travel, Carissa’s passions position her as a forward thinker and a trendsetter.


i.d.e.a. Art Simmons is a Senior Art Director at i.d.e.a. in San Diego, California. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Art found a love for advertising at an early age by watching his father, a successful ad man himself, design campaigns for an array of clients. After attending the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Simmons began his journey to pursue a career as a young designer. He's worked on various big-named clients (T-Mobile, 24 Hour Fitness, Pizza Hut, Reebok) in various big-named cities (San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas) and now currently resides is sunny Southern California, developing compelling concepts and design for Harrah's Resort & Casino, Qualcomm and many other brands at i.d.e.a. When he's not designing, drawing, thinking, or randomly sketching his next big idea on the nearest matchbox, Art enjoys the sun, surf, golf and exquisite dining that San Diego has to offer.


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