Debra was fourteen years old when she stood mesmerized in front of an Edward Steichen print of Greta Garbo at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Steichen had just berated Garbo for showing up at his studio looking a mess. Garbo looked up pulling her hair back off her forehead. Steichen snapped. Debra didn’t know the story behind that moment in the picture yet, but she knew it was something special. Ever since that day, Debra has had a passion for photographic images that capture essence. She has relentlessly acquired a vast knowledge of photographers and their works and is now a widely recognized consultant working with photographers across the United States and far off places.
Debra has been an agent for some of the top names in the business, a consultant for Black Book and did a stint as CEO of APA National. Besides lecturing, seminars, and moderating panels, Debra now primarily works with photographers one on one. She is called a “creative consultant” but what she really does is coach a photographer’s career as an artist and a business. She inspires and guides, helping the photographer explore and shape their talent. Beginning with an evaluation of their work, she edits the material, redesigns the portfolio, concepts self-promotional material and creates an artistic marketable identity that will improve their opportunities for success.
Debra presents seminars annually at Photo Plus Expo and is a frequent guest speaker at Art Center College of Design and Brooks Institute. She has served as curator for an internationally traveled exhibit of the Best of The International Photography Awards, HARAMBEE! (Come Together) at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles and most recently, a Canon sponsored exhibit of images created for Do 1 Thing at the 2009 Photo Plus Expo. Debra also serves as curator for the PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System) Coalition Web site and additionally is the PLUS Industry Committee Coordinator as well as being a member of the PLUS Advisory Council. She has contributed articles to PDN, SparK! and editorialphoto.com. Debra has also created a highly entertaining program entitled COPYRIGHT: KNOW IT OR BLOW IT® that is presented across the US.