Without doubt, one of the most successful and rewarding events our friends at CAPIC Vancouver have put together. There was a fantastic turnout of reviewers representing the best design houses and advertising agencies in the city including Cossette, Karacters, Emdoublyou Design, and Hangar 18. This was matched by a real cross-section of photographers showing their best work. According to the reviewers, there were some stunning world class quality portfolios being shown.
Reviewers repeatedly noted that artists that they had seen last year, had taken and acted on their advice to greatly improve the overall impact and quality of their books. This was a clear indication to them of the value of the event . The designers all felt that this was time well spent. Meeting new talent, reacquainting themselves with others and being part of the community was worth every minute.
Each of the artists felt the quality of the reviews. Although five minutes often felt like only two, it created a focused and intense session which was truly like speed dating ( for those who have done that) after which they hoped that could lead to follow-up meetings and potential work.
There is no other comparable business environment that brings so many artists and buyers together to meet.
The event committee, volunteers and board members all worked hard to organize this event that saw virtually every participant in the reviews having their portfolio seen and commented on by every one of the 12 reviewers. To everyone's real appreciation, that exceeded all expectations. A giant thank you to all of the reviewers for staying on to finish!
Comments and Quotes from the evening
"It really was a fabulous evening. It was exhausting, but extremely rewarding. The reviews are a great opportunity for us to offer some guidance on how to get the most impact from a well designed portfolio presentation."
Vida Jurcic – Hangar 18
"It was a pleasure. Overall I found the night very organized and quality of work shown to be quite high. A shame not one illustrators showed up. Local reps should be slapped for not encouraging their clients to attend. :-( Thank you again for inviting us to participate."
Mark Busse – Industrial Brand Creative
"Thanks for having me last night, it was my pleasure."
Calvin Ho – Vancouver, MacLaren McCann
"Good to see some new younger talent, not sure how you attract this and even getting some of the more established shooters to attend."
James Bateman – Karacters Design Group
"Thanks for the opportunity to present my work to a variety of art directors in an atmosphere that is both relaxed and analytical. It has been invaluable to my development as a photographer."
Leanna Rathkelly – Whistler
"If you need a reason to join CAPIC, it is the Portfolio Speed Review. A must attend event for both professionals and amateurs."
Pooya Nabei – Pooya Nabei Photography