Jacksonville Magazine’s 2016 Cover Model Fashion Editorial

Grace McCullough was the winner of the 2016 Jacksonville Magazine Cover Model Contest and brought her vivacious and fun attitude to our shoot with fashion designer Argie Mitra’s creations.

Makeup: Casey Powell / @updoguru
Hair: Nikki Todd / @nikkitodd
Styling: Ari Gaskin / @ari.gaskin
Clothing Designer: Argie Mitra / @argiemitra
Model: Grace McCullough
Location: Jaffe Rug Gallery / @jafferuggallery

Necklaces and bangles from Momni Boutique, earrings, rings and brooches from 5 Points Vintage

The Cultural Council shows little regard for artist copyright

After several months of dealing with this situation I felt I had to finally speak out to correct the record on a matter of copyright infringement by The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Renee Parenteau Photography.

I take pride in what I do as a professional photographer and I feel that it is very important to protect my copyright and claim my work as my own when it is misused.

I took this photograph of Reveal host Al Letson back in 2008. I am the copyright owner of this image.

In May, the Cultural Council published a series of 40 “Icons” portraits in Arbus Magazine and Resident Community News, ostensibly taken by photographer Renee Parenteau.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s “Icons Portraits” in Arbus Magazine, May/June 2016, page 89

After seeing the images I realized that the portrait of Al Letson was actually a manipulated version of my photograph from 2008, converted to black and white and edited to match the other portraits in Ms. Parenteau’s series.

Resident Community News, May 2016, Vol. 10, Issue 05.
Note the “Photos by Renee Parenteau” (circled)

After seeing the images I realized that the portrait of Al Letson was actually a manipulated version of my photograph from 2008, converted to black and white and edited to match the other portraits in Ms. Parenteau’s series.

Original photo, cropped

Original photo, cropped and converted to black and white

Photo, cropped and modified to match another photographer’s portrait collection

Nowhere in either publication was there even a mention of my original photograph. Neither I nor Al Letson provided the image to the Cultural Council or Renee Parenteau Photography, and I did not give permission for it to be altered and published.

This is also not the first time the Cultural Council has violated my copyright. In March of 2015, the Cultural Council used a portrait of artist Kedgar Volta, taken by me, for its newsletter and promotion of its 2015 Arts Awards event. When I politely notified the Cultural Council that they did not have permission to use the image without properly licensing it, I received no response.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 39th Annual Arts Awards promotional email, March 16, 2015

Original photo

Original photo, cropped and converted to black and white

Photo, cropped and used by the Cultural Council for the March 16, 2015 newsletter

I attempted to resolve the matter of the copyright infringements through negotiations with the Cultural Council starting in May. I have invested a lot of time, money, and effort and unfortunately was unable to come to an agreement where I could freely claim my photographs of Al Letson and Kedgar Volta as my own work.

I am very disappointed that Ms. Parenteau took credit for my image of Al Letson and did not publicly acknowledge that the portrait was not hers, or at the very least privately reach out and apologize. I am also extremely disappointed that the Cultural Council did not make a public correction and apology immediately when they were made aware of the situation and were advised to do so.

So now I must correct the record myself. I am the creator of these images.

I would also like to take the opportunity to encourage all photographers and artists to support the Professional Photographers of America’s grassroots efforts to create legislation for better copyright enforcement.

This will extend protection under the law to hundreds of thousands of small-business creators and allow visual artists a reasonable way to enforce their intellectual property rights. You can find out more at https://www.ppa.com/advocacy/?navItemNumber=539

“Tee for Two” Fashion Editorial for The Ultimate Guide to THE PLAYERS

Tee for Two fashion editorial for the Ultimate Guide to THE PLAYERS

THE PLAYERS 2016 is just a few days away and our latest fashion editorial has you set for every occasion.

Hair: Grazyna Mercado
Makeup: Jackie Neal
Styling: Bella Styling / Leanne Murphy
Models: Chloe & Dustin

Daily top and Sport Haley skirt from Love Too Par; Marc Joseph loafers from TPC Sawgrass

Dustin is wearing a Polo shirt, Oakley shorts and Nike sneakers from TPC Sawgrass; Chloe is wearing a Barbara Gerwit dress from Love Too Par; Michael by Michael Kors purse, Kendra Scott earrings and cuff from Nordstrom; Marc Joseph loafers

Dustin is wearing THE PLAYERS polo, with Nike shorts and shoes, from TPC Sawgrass

Dustin is wearing a Topman jacket, shirt and pants with Lacoste sneakers from Nordstrom

Dustin is wearing a Coppley jacket with Geoff Nicholson pocket square, Faherty Tshirt and AG Jeans from Rosenblum’s and 1901 loafers from Nordstrom; and Chloe is wearing a Ted Baker dress, Steve Madden heels, Rebecca Minkoff clutch and Marchesa necklace and earrings from Nordstrom

Dustin is wearing a 7 Diamonds shirt and Original Paperbacks shorts from Rosenblum’s, and Cole Haan shoes from Nordstrom; Chloe wears a Rag & Bone dress, Ivanka Trump heels, Natasha Couture necklace and Kendra Scott earrings from Nordstrom

Chloe is wearing Alice & Olivia top, Joie pants, RayBan Sunglasses, Nordstrom Trend necklace and Kate Spade earrings, from Nordstrom; Marc Joseph loafers from TPC Sawgrass

Chloe is wearing a Missguided dress with SJP heels, Kendra Scott earrings and bracelets, Ted Baker purse and necklace from Nordstrom

Dustin is wearing a Patrick Assaraf button down, Left Coast t-shirt and AG Jeans pants from Rosenblum’s, with Shwood sunglasses and Lacoste sneakers from Nordstrom; Chloe is wearing a Leith jacket, Alice & Olivia top, Olivia Palermo skirt, Rebecca Minkoff backpack and Halogen heels with accessories from Nordstrom

And for everything you ever wanted to know about THE PLAYERS, click on the cover to this year’s Ultimate Guide from Jacksonville Magazine below:

“Wanderlust” Fashion Editorial for Jacksonville Magazine

We headed out to some remote areas of Northeast Florida for our Wanderlust fashion editorial for April’s issue of Jacksonville Magazine. The always-amazing Bridgham modeled looks featuring prints, cutoffs, and breezy separates from local boutiques Momni and Tenley Dietrich.

Hair & Makeup: Jackie Neal
Styling: Fitz Pullins
Model: Bridgham Leigh Hazlegrove

Jens Pirate Booty dress and Red Fox Collection necklace from Tenley Dietrich, earrings from Momni

One Teaspoon shorts and Chaser t-shirt Tenley Dietrich, cuff bracelet from Momni

Ethereal floral dress from Momni, necklace, Stillwater belt from Tenley Dietrich

Jealous Tomato top, Alythea trousers from Momni, Chan Lu earrings and Valley shades from Tenley Dietrich