The Year-end Portfolio Review process represents the culmination of a student's 10-month professional photography training at Hallmark. During the Portfolio Review process, the review panel will critically analyze each individual student portfolio to determine whether or not it possesses the necessary technical and artistic skills that qualify the student for employment in field of professional photography and imaging.
Panelists this year are:
Simon Alexander, a portrait photographer and currently Director of VIP Accounts at Adorama Rental Company in New York City. Simon is a portfolio reviewer for The Eddie Adams Workshop, Eyeist.com, ASMP, APA, and NYC Fotoworks. Most importantly, he is a mentor and consultant for independent photographers working closely with them to perfect their portfolios and photographic style.
Michelle Bernstein has worked in the advertising industry for twenty years, and brings a wealth of experience to the portfolio review panel, not only as a commissioner of commercial photography, but also as a producer of many high-profile advertising campaigns. In her current role as the VP Director of Art Production at Grey Heathcare Group based in NYC, she researches and hires photographers, video directors, talent illustrators, buys stock photography and has been the driving force behind many successful award-winning campaigns.
Ian Christmann is a 1996 alumni who has a unique perspective on Hallmark student portfolios, having had one of the top 10% portfolios in his graduating class. Currently a resident of New Haven, Connecticut, Ian takes on a wide range of clients and projects. He priortizes working on non-profit projects that respond to some of the world's more fundamental needs: health, education and human rights. In addition, Ian has expanded his business to include portraits, wedding work, and commercial projects as well.