- Open Automator, and click iPhoto.
- From the list of actions, select Ask for Photos, and drag it to the right-hand pane.
- Save this as a plug-in, and select Script Menu (the script menu that displays in the menu bar) so it is accessible anywhere. (If this menu is not visible, launch the AppleScript Utility in /Applications/Applescript, and check ‘Show Script Menu in menu bar.’)
Next time you need a picture from your iPhoto library, select this action from the AppleScript menu, and you’ll have a media browser that lets you do so without opening iPhoto.