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


Mark Katzman shoots Princess Cruises from Vancouver to LA

Mark Katzman is such a talented, wonderful, and funny fellow to work with, and I was very excited to get a call from Paula Gren about another shoot with him. We would work closely with the creative team within Princess Cruises to build a beautiful set of images for Princess’ next line of mailers, promotions, and of course their website. Previous photography was very outdated and inferior to the class and distinguishment that Mark Katzman brought to the shoot. His ideas and concepts of how to pull this off made him the best choice for the project.

Shooting on a cruise ship had a very unique set of challenges, and limitations; while also being so well taken care of by a well rounded ship crew. This was the first sea voyage for several of our photo crew and models, but everyone survived the seas very well. We began in the lovely city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and would end in Los Angeles CA after 4 nights at sea. After boarding and scouting the ship, we found a multitude of places to capture moments staged by our team and the ship crew to show off how a Princess Cruise can be a magical place to celebrate.

We all did come back new!

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Behind the Scenes:

Alicia Hankes Wardrobe Stylist, Cathy Carr Wardrobe Stylist Asst, Liz Rizo Hair/Make­up Stylist, Paul Nordmann Digital Tech, Nico Therin Photo Assistant, Mike Schwartz Photo Assistant, SYNC Photo Lighting & Grip Gear Rental, The Blackwell Files Casting Director + Agency.


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 filming Red Gold in Indiana AGAIN!

It’s been 2 years since our previous shoot for Red Gold Tomatoes, but this year Jonathan Chapman and I found a way for me to attend the shoot days! Last round I was “planning and basecamp” but didn’t fly out to Indiana with the rest of the fellas. We did round up a similar crew as they were available and brought out a fabulous energy to the Red Gold family farms. Covering the creative were the fabulous Jim Landry and Ian Simpson from Clarity Coverdale Fury. Plenty or sunrise and sunset opportunities were captured both from the ground and the air (thank you, drone!). We got to spend time with some really spectacular families in their homes, on the farms, and in their communities! In addition to the feature videos we shot for each family, the main purpose for this visit was creating two videos (below) about kids on farms, and how these farmers connect to your own family at home. With all those early starts, I cannot stress enough how IHOP saved my life, morning after delicious morning.

Crew: DP / 2nd Camera Nicolas de Miranda, Digi Tech / Assistant Camera / Drone Pilot Chris Worlow, Sound Mixer / Audio Tech Patrick Schaefer, Studio Manager / Operations John Fontana, Production / Camera / Audio / Anything …yours truly.

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