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Boston Diary: Harvard Business Review, Mullen, Boston Globe, Arnold

June 12th, 2013

by Maria Luci Last Wednesday, Jared Grunewald and I flew into Logan International for two days of Boston portfolio meetings. Right off the plane, we collected our things—including 150 pounds of books and a dolly—and made our way out to Watertown, MA. There, we pulled up to the brick offices of our first meeting, Harvard Business Review. Since HBR hires photographers to shoot CEOs and …

New York Diary: Ogilvy & Mather, R/GA, Men’s Health

May 23rd, 2013

by Maria Luci Last week, I set out early on another portfolio event, this time with designer Amanda Friend by my side. Loaded into my Rav4 with a trunk full of production cases and a dolly, we made our way up the turnpike to New York City. Our first stop was at Ogilvy & Mather.  We came bearing gifts of breakfast treats from Dean & DeLuca …

San Francisco Diary: Ogilvy, Duncan/Channon, AFAR, ATTIK, Airbnb & Dwell

April 30th, 2013

by Jared Gruenwald Our San Francisco excursion got off to a rather early start, as we arrived Wednesday morning at around 1 AM. We’d flown straight from our meetings in Salt Lake, and to us EST folks, it felt like more like 3 AM. But the moment I stepped off the plane with a bleary-eyed Maria Luci, I felt at home. I spent an incredible …

Salt Lake City Diary: Axis41, Richter7 and MRM/McCann

April 29th, 2013

by Maria Luci Stunning! That’s the word that comes to mind as I reflect on our whirlwind portfolio adventure in Salt Lake City. WM Photo Editor Jared Gruenwald and I touched down in Salt Lake in the afternoon, and quickly loaded up our snazzy rental van (satellite radio equipped!) with 200 pounds of portfolios and our handy-dandy hand truck (which, as always, was oh-so-fun to …

New York Diary: HGTV Magazine, Baron & Baron, Havas Worldwide and an Adorama Panel

March 21st, 2013

by Sean Stone On a grey and drizzly morning last week, Kayleen and I hit the road for another thrilling day of New York meetings. After a long car ride through steady rain, we finally made it to HGTV Magazine. We were fortunate to meet with Photo Director Barbara Ovrutsky, who doesn’t normally take portfolio meetings. She made an exception though, and was able to …

Austin Diary, Part I: GSD&M, Pentagram, T3

February 18th, 2013

by Maria Luci Last Wednesday, CEO Bill Cramer and Producer Jess Dudley left the Wonderful Machine office for Austin, Texas. The trip was first arranged because they’d been asked to participate in Texas Photo Roundup. Not ones to waste an out of town opportunity, they booked three portfolio meetings as well. Once in Texas, Bill and Jess drove to their hotel in their “bitchin” (Jess’s word) …

New York Diary: KBS+, ELLE, Wieden+Kennedy

January 24th, 2013

by Kayleen Kauffman Last week, Paul Stanek and I packed up and ventured to New York City for our monthly portfolio meetings. We were nervous due to Paul and Maria’s previous New York/Hurricane Sandy experience, so we left extra early in case we met delays. Luckily, things went smoothly and we made it to our first stop, the beautiful SoHo office of KBS+ right on …

North Carolina Diary, Part II (Luquire George Andrews (LGA), BooneOakley, WrayWard)

December 26th, 2012

by Maria Luci After four meetings that took us from Raleigh to Greensboro, Kayleen and I ended our second day in North Carolina at Lewbowski’s Grill in Charlotte. There, we met with some of our Charlotte crew—Dhanraj Emanuel, Peter Taylor, James Quantz Jr, Liz Nemeth and Tibor Nemeth—and threw back a couple of cold ones. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convince anyone to try Lewbowski’s specialty drink, …

North Carolina Diary, Part I (McKinney, Howard Merrell & Partners, Pace Communications, Mullen)

December 20th, 2012

by Maria Luci Last week, Kayleen Kauffman and I flew from Philadelphia down to North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh. We arrived with almost 300 pounds of luggage in tow and were quickly introduced to some southern hospitality. No offense to the other cities we’ve visited over the years, but we found North Carolinians to be beyond helpful. Almost immediately, people began helping with our …

New York Diary: Marie Claire, More Magazine, Fitness Magazine, NBC

November 26th, 2012

by Maria Luci Looking back, we probably should have expected that driving in New York shortly after a hurricane would be problematic, but on November 15, Paul and I drove in for portfolio reviews blissfully unaware of the traffic horrors awaiting us. Things were going smoothly until we started seeing signs directing us past the Lincoln Tunnel, then the bridges. Eventually, we had to enter …

Atlanta Diary: SCAD, Ogilvy, Atlanta Magazine, APA, BBDO, Images USA, Brunner

November 1st, 2012

by Sean Stone After our otherwise terrific trip to Toronto ended in a 20-hour delay, I was a bit hesitant to get on a plane again with Craig. But since I couldn’t convince him to take a 30-hour road trip, we once again headed to the Philadelphia airport, car loaded with portfolios. Oddly enough, check-in was smooth and quick, security was easy and our plane …

DC Diary (Discovery Communications, GMMB, Ritz Carlton, Smithsonian Magazine)

September 24th, 2012

by Sean Stone Our recent trip to Washington DC began with a lesson learned: when renting a car, it’s not a bad idea to call ahead and make sure they’re not “upgrading” you to a vehicle the size of a bus. This can be a problem when traveling to a major city where parking is scarce. Kayleen and I left early in the day, sailing …

New York Diary (Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, R/GA and Money Magazine)

August 23rd, 2012

by Kayleen Kauffman Portfolio meetings brought me back to New York City this month. This time around, I was traveling with Paul Stanek, our photo editor who I was happy to have as my travel companion, as he’s great at maneuvering through the streets of New York. Plus, as I later discovered, the creative ladies love Paul! Our first meeting of the day took us …

New York Diary (This Old House, Essence, Time Inc. Content Solutions)

July 26th, 2012

by Maria Luci Portfolio events are one of the best parts of my job, so it was with a smile that I set out for New York City last Thursday with Kayleen Kauffman. Arriving in Manhattan early, we had plenty of time to figure out how to turn left in a city filled with “no turns” signs. Once we finally found our way—breaking a few …

Boston Diary (PARTNERS+simons, Toth + Co, Tank Design, ISM Travel & Lifestyle Marketing and Flash Forward)

June 13th, 2012

by Kayleen Kauffman The Magenta Foundation invited us back this year for their annual Flash Forward Festival and since we’d be in Boston for the event, we decided to schedule some portfolio events as well. Even though the summertime is notoriously tough for scheduling meetings, we were able to fill our schedule right up. So, last month, we loaded up our hand truck with portfolios …

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