8 Years of Freelance, and I Still Love It

Today marks my 8 year anniversary working as a freelance photo and video producer for advertising. An additional 7 years as a studio manager for John Reed Forsman makes 15 total years in the field. Wow, that’s a long time. It has taken a lot of courage and planning to make it this long as a self-employed individual, and really only a few risks. Plus, the support from my wife has been tremendous! The road has been an excellent journey, and has taken me to so many places. The vast network of talented crew never fails to amaze me, and I couldn’t be more appreciative to all the people who have granted our team special access to areas the public rarely gets to see. We truly have a backstage pass to the world.

I’m thankful to all the photographers and directors that have entrusted me to coordinate and care for their productions, from the early beginnings of a concept all the way through to the applause at the wrap of our last shoot day. I’m also grateful to be in a position that I can consult the rising stars in our field that have questions about the freelance life, how to approach new clients, and how to land larger projects. We’re in a friendly but competitive community, but ultimately I think we all want to see each other succeed in our advertising endeavours.

Always looking ahead to what the future holds. I think this year is really going to be a great one.

Please let me know if you ever have questions about freelance working, and what that might look like for you. I’d love the opportunity to make your next shoot run more smoothly.
email: producer@matthewslimmer.com


Peter Yang’s Whole Foods & Whole Body Cosmetics

Peter Yang headed back to Austin for an incredible shoot for hometown grocer Whole Foods‘ cosmetics division called Whole Body. The project was booked directly with Whole Foods’ own designers and coordinators, truly a pleasure to work for. We found some really top notch models here to show off their product in a fresh and bright way, Peter’s specialty. Each brand within the Whole Body collection was well represented on multiple models. We ended up shooting in studio at Photogroup South, which provided us with a nice space to get it all done with ease!

Crew: Lauren Smith Ford – Wardrobe Stylist, Britt Towns – Wardrobe Assistant, Natalie Ogura – Prop & Background Stylist, Amy Barber – Prop Assistant, Kelsey James – Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist, Robert Grimes – Hair Stylist / Makeup Assistant, Taylor Jones – Digi Tech / Equipment Rentals, Jason Griego – Photo Assistant, Robert Amador – Photo Assistant, Lindsey Sully – Production Asst, Jeremy Minten – Production Assistant, The Casting Station – Casting Director, Miscellaneous Rentals – Production Rentals


Jonathan Chapman commercial for Stella & Chewy’s Dogs

This shoot with Jonathan Chapman in Minneapolis was for Stella & Chewy’s new product called Meal Mixers, for our favorite dogs to make even the most everyday moments awesome. Haberman agency developed the campaign for television in major regional audiences, with additional regional + national support through search, social media, and a contest! We spent a full day in a gorgeous house with some really fabulous animal actors. The humans were pretty great as well!

See why people say dogs are the best?

*FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m totally a cat lover, but these dogs were pretty amazing!

Crew: Ray Tsang – DP, Chris Worlow – Digi Tech, Patrick Schaefer – Audio Tech, Molly Meehan – Camera Assistant, Joseph McMahon – Camera Assistant, Kyle Moe – Gaffer, Ashlee Ellert – Hair/Makeup Artist, Janna Chin – Prop & Wardrobe Stylist, Julie Caruso – Stylist Assistant, Justin Silvis – Production Assistant, Charlotte Ariss – Location Scout, Tasty Lighting – Lighting & Grip Truck, Wehmann Talent – Model Agency, Barbara O’Brien – Animal Actors & Animal Wrangler.

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