We're a group of creative professionals who have been collaborating for years. We developed Toasted Almonds as a welcoming space to invite others to meet and build networks.


Jason Gardner tells stories, using the framework of Visual Anthropology. He recently published A Flower in the Mouth, a book of photography and writing about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. Jason has also branched out to photograph other manifestations of this festival in Dunkerque, France; the Dominican Republic; Trinidad; Bahamas; New Orleans and Cajun country in Louisiana; and Brooklyn, New York.
His work has appeared in The New York TimesRolling StonePhoto District News, New York Magazine, NPR.org, and SPIN Magazine.  Clients include Con Edison, HBO, Samsung Corporation, N-Y Historical Society, Ogilvy & Mather, Direct TV, Pfizer, and Human Rights Watch. Jason is a founder of Visual Anthropology Press, a book packager dedicated to helping independent authors, photographers, and organizations realize and communicate their vision to their audience. Jason divides his time between New York and Paris. jasongardner.net

Barry Heyman, Founder    LINKEDIN
Barry Heyman Barry Heyman is founder and principal attorney of the Law Office of Barry J. Heyman. Mr. Heyman has been practicing business, entertainment, intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), and new media law for over a decade. Mr. Heyman protects the legal interests and intellectual property rights of creative talent and businesses. He advises clients on their rights in a wide variety of legal and business matters. Some of Mr. Heyman’s clients include actors, artist management companies, authors, designers (graphic, web, fashion), DJs, entertainment companies, fashion companies, jewelers, musicians, photographers, PR/marketing firms, recording artists, producers, spokespersons, talent agencies, and many more. heylaw.com

Kristal Mallookis, Founder    LINKEDIN
Kristal Mallookis is CEO of Mustard Lane where we not only boast the most professional, positive and personable talent, but we offer a wide range of specialty staffing needs. In addition to our seasoned Brand Ambassadors and obscenely hot runway/print models, we also provide “character” types that you never even anticipated the need for. These include (but are not limited to): drag queens, tattooed & pierced freaks and geeks, bouncer types (6’3”+), children and seniors, Harujuku girls, singers/dancers (yes, this includes opera singers and belly dancers), Santas and other holiday enjoyables…just to name a few. mustardlane.com

Cara Moore, Founder    LINKEDIN 
Cara Moore is Creative Director at Sotheby’s International Realty, where she focuses on brand development. She is responsible for the design and production of marketing initiatives, driving and reinforcing the tone and style of print and online advertising campaigns and marketing programs. Cara also creates training materials, presentations and guidelines for agents and marketing staff company-wide.
Formerly the co-owner of the design agency Naked Design, Cara continues to work as a brand consultant for small businesses and mid-size companies. With over 10 years of experience in brand development and implementation for a range of businesses, she specializes in creating effective pieces that articulate vision and engage audiences. By understanding each client and their business objectives, she is able to create effective design strategies to help them achieve their goals. She constantly strives to deliver great design through nurturing open communication.