WHITDEL ARTS 1250 Hubbard St. Detroit, MI
FIRST ASSISTANT TO MARVIN SHAOUNI
Lighting Queen/Styling Goddess/Equipment Savante
Assistant on editorial, fashion and commercial shoots.
Manages all lighting, set up and break down.
Styling and placement of models. Equipment care
and maintenance. The "eyes and hands" of all shoots.
Shoots have included works for:
The Huffington Post, assisted in portraits of Bob Lutz
Detroit Future City (published book), assisted in corporate portraits
The Oakland, assisted in fashion & lifestyle images, styled models
Dickensonbydesign, assisted in photographing the handy woodwork of Chad Dickenson, styled models & product, catalog shoot
Village Green, assisted in company portraits, styled models
I PUT NOTHING LESS THaN MY HEARt & SOUL INTO WHAt I DO.
MAY 24. BOB LUTZ, FORMER CEO OF GM,
IMAGES FOR HUFFINGTON POST.
"ASSISTING MARVIN, I OBTAINED A VAST AMOUNT OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE; ZOCDOC IS WHERE I IMPLEMENTED IT."
Portrait Expert/File Management/Photo Coordinator
Photographs doctors throughout Metro Detroit. Handles all lighting and location scouting. Consistently meets all deadlines, uploads and sends images to Zocdoc promptly after shoots. Corresponds to Zocdoc's head- quarters in New York. Extremely proficient and organized, refined technical skills on location and in digital asset management.
BEYOND TECHNICAL; A WORD ON COMMANDING THE SHOOT
"UNDERSTANDING HOW TO OBTAIN TRUST AND ACHIEVING COMFORT WITH
YOUR SUBJECTS REQUIRES INTUITIVENESS AND HONESTY. THIS IS SOMETHING
THAT IS IMMEDIATELY APPARENT WHEN LOOKING AT THE PHOTOGRAPHS; TO
KNOW IF YOU DID YOUR JOB OR NOT."
CO-DIRECTOR /WHITDEL GALLERY
Gallery Curator/Artist Relations/Art Queen
Curating and managing all aspects of an exhibition.
Sending out calls for entries, marketing, advertising, and sponsorship. Maintenance of gallery. Artist relations and brand development. Scheduling and coordinating exhibitions and openings. Community involvement, guest speakers, and strategic planning. Nurturing a well-rounded perspective of the art community in Detroit through gallery visits, social media and press presence. Developed strong relationships with institutions and artists within the city.
WDET Radio interview, with radio host Travis Wright, July 2012
Best Art Gallery of Detroit 2012, Metro Times, May 2012
Best Underrated Gallery of 2011, The Real Detroit, Feb 2012
"I CARE VERY MUCH ABOUT TWO THINGS: ART AND ARTISTS."
-LAUREN MONTGOMERY, QUOTED IN DETROIT METRO TIMES
Being involved in this space allowed Lauren the opportunity to find the most invigorating and exciting artwork and artists in Detroit. She took this role very seriously, dedicated hundreds of hours of work into the success of the gallery and the artists showing in it. Hard work pays off-- it earned the Whitdel Gallery the title of Best of Detroit 2012 by the Detroit Metro Times, WDET Radio interviews and several other press acknowledgments and recognition.
Photograph featured in ZocDoc's November photography newsletter as the best before/after photograph.