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Ad 2 Tucson Public Service Campaign - Call For Applications / 08/17/2017 8:30 pm

Ad 2 PSC 2017-18 GraphicApplications are now live for our annual Public Service Campaign! We will be partnering with a local Tucson nonprofit to provide marketing and advertising free of charge.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2i7iVvi

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Registration Now Open for Master Class “After the Basics” Weekend Photo Seminar by Award-Winning Tucson Photographer Steven Meckler / 08/07/2017 7:32 pm

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Registration Now Open for Master Class After the Basics” Weekend Photo Seminar by Award-Winning Tucson Photographer Steven Meckler

 

When: Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th

Where: Steven Meckler Photography Studio 121 S. 4th Avenue

Details & Registration: http://www.mecklerphotography.com/seminar/

Seminar students will gain knowledge and vision of what strong composition and skilled use of lighting contributes to making a great photo through slideshows, critiques, demonstrations and student discussions. 

This is an intermediate through advanced course for those who know how to use their camera and want to get the most out of it. The class will analyze many of Steven’s images, critique participant’s work and see demonstrations. Presentations will involve important concepts of composition, light and the many decisions that go into making an outstanding photo. Discussions will range from the best lens choices, to choosing the optimal time of day to shoot, and much more. Gain a behind the scenes glimpse of a professional photographer’s life, studio and equipment. Attendees are invited to put down the camera, channel their imagination and learn from a weekend exploring the nuances of creative technique. 

This course will be packed with information and important tips about all facets of photography. The heart of the seminar will include critical thinking about why photos are made and how to accomplish a perfect image. By looking at some of Steven’s commercial and editorial images, students will be able to ask the important “why” questions discuss basic principles involved in capturing an engaging image.

Steven Meckler came to Tucson by way of Brooklyn, New York. He developed his love of photography in high school and graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After a stint as a medical photographer at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, Steven moved west and set up his studio in downtown Tucson. He first focused on building a solid commercial photography business with clients such as JC Penney, Intel, IBM, Pella Windows, New York Magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden, among many others. But the core of his success comes from the many local businesses, ad agencies and magazines he has had the pleasure of working with over the last thirty-plus years.

Steven was an adjunct professor of digital photography at Pima Community College for 14 years and has taught workshops and continuing education classes for high school photo teachers through the Arizona Department of Education. He also coordinates and teaches an annual series of photography workshops for Tucson high school photo students.

Focus HR, Inc. hits the bull’s eye hiring Tucson news anchor and community leader, Kristi Tedesco as Director of Marketing & Sales / 08/06/2017 12:53 pm

Kristi Tedesco TUCSON, Arizona, August 5, 2017 – Veteran journalist and award-winning community advocate, Kristi Tedesco has signed on as Director of Marketing & Sales for Focus HR, Inc.  Tedesco has enjoyed a 23-year career in broadcast journalism and is joining Focus HR, Inc. in its ongoing mission to support small and medium-sized businesses in 29-states plus the District of Columbia.

“Our mission is to deliver a trusted full suite of human resource solutions to Arizona Businesses with excellence and integrity,” said Tracy Cole, Founder and President of Focus HR, Inc. “Kristi is an elite marketing leader with superb talent. She will drive value and success for our team and clients!”

Kristi thought long and hard about making the move from broadcasting.  “I need to spend more time with my sons, 15-year-old Jonny and 12-year-old Connor,” said Kristi. “The T.V. news schedule wasn’t matching their needs anymore and Focus HR, Inc’s commitment to relationships and ‘doing the right thing’ speaks my language.”

Kristi grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She will help refine Focus HR, Inc.’s public message and will work directly with new clients.  

You can reach Kristi by emailing kristi@focushr.net or by calling 520-351-1333.

About Focus HR, Inc

Focus HR, Inc. is a woman-owned human resource services provider established in 2003.  The FOCUS team of specialists provides a variety of business solutions including payroll services, benefits administration (e.g. employee health insurance & 401K retirement plans,) worker’s compensation, and compliance protection. Protecting People and Performance with Principlesis the Focus HR, Inc. way. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nickolas Duarte - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:10 pm

Nickolas Duarte Nickolas Duarte has always loved films. He was born in Tucson, AZ and became interested in film while making videos to get out of writing essays in high school. He studied film-making at Pima Community College and in 2008, started Crown Chimp Productions, where he is a film, commercial and series writer/director.

Nickolas’s internationally recognized films and commercials hone in on portraying compelling human narratives with an aim to find truth in every moment. His work is characterized by composition-focused visuals that utilize negative space and possess a cinéma vérité sensibility toward naturalistic imagery. Nickolas believes in infusing his sets with the jazz principle of freedom within form,” and this collaborative spirit has elicited strong, nuanced performances across the spectrum of his work.

Nickolas has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas, the NBA, the NFL, Nike, Pepsi, Coca Cola, eBay, Caterpillar, BMW, Ford, New Era, Charles Schwab, China Mobile, and Western Union.

He has earned over 60 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, 3 National Communicator awards, 2 W3 awards, an international Davey, a Museum of Modern Art nomination and a shortlist nod for the ADC Young Guns. Beyond the commercial space, he is a two-time NALIP Fellowship recipient and his scripted, documentary, and experimental work has played in festivals to international acclaim.

Nickolas is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ad2. The Crown Chimp team provides production to Ad2 public service messages, as well other pro-bono projects for various non-profits throughout the year.

Balfour Walker - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:06 pm

Balfour Walker Balfour Walker was born in Philadelphia. Son of a serious amateur photographer, he spent many hours watching his dad print pictures and talk photography. The craft was always there for him. As soon as he took a photo class in high school, the camera became part of his life. “I knew I wanted to be a photographer”. 

When his brother moved from Philadelphia to Tucson, Balfour followed to attend the University of Arizona.

During those years in college, he worked on photography technique and studied the best, always having a darkroom in each rental house. In 1971, he completed his business degree and was ready to move forward.

Directly after college, Balf was hired to go to Europe to do photographs for the Speed Merchants, the first of Michael Keyser's 10 books on motor racing.  This was his introduction to Formula One and sports racing cars. Returning to the relative sanity of Tucson, he showed his car photos and immediately got assignment work in photography for advertising, which turned into a fulfilling career.

There was one more trip to Europe in '73 and '74 to work for Graham Hill and then James Hunt's Formula One teams.  Then back to the desert for good.  He landed in the black building on Sixth and Campbell and formed a partnership with the very talented Chris Mooney.  One of the best people, with a solid work ethic, Chris proved to be a great partner. Balfour Walker/Chris Mooney Photography, Inc. flourished during Tucson's boom years and did just fine during Tucson's slow years.  Right in the middle, there was 6 years of photographing aircraft interiors for Bombardier Aerospace.  

Balf’s work spans the spectrum – from aviation and architecture to food, optics and people, plus in-studio and on-location shoots. Over the year, he has had the pleasure to work with many of the best ad agencies in Tucson, including Taylor Advertising, Wettstein Advertising, Bolchalk Frey, Dubs Tyau, Boelts Brothers, Hilton Myers, LP&G, Strongpoint Marketing and Caliber Group. Together, they have won numerous awards, including Addys, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best of Show, Judges Choice and Prisma.

“This is the only job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a lifestyle. I go to sleep thinking about photography and I wake up thinking about photography. I keep up with the latest trends and technologies. I experiment. I love challenging assignments. This is my passion!”