Archive for December, 2011

Celebrating the Season

Posted: December 23rd, 2011

As the year draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank all of you for making this blog a success and wish you health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. We welcome your suggestions for topics you’d like to see us cover in 2012. You can submit these as [...]

Risk & Reward

Posted: December 22nd, 2011

[by Jenna Close] In early 2011 my partner and I started offering aerial services with our remotely controlled helicopter.  It was the culmination of a year of research, development, training and considerable financial investment.  We believed that the RC Heli would be a new and useful tool for our clientele.  The endeavor was a big [...]

Lessons I’ve Learned

Posted: December 21st, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] Never underestimate the power of a talented, driven photographer.. The world is full of paradox. If you wait long enough things will shift completely. What goes around, comes around and around and around again. As we grow older the world gets smaller. Kindness is contagious. In the photo business everything has changed [...]

Don’t Sit on the Sidelines

Posted: December 20th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] As I’ve traveled the country delivering my Adaptation: Running a Successful Photo Business in Today’s Era of Smartphones, Tablets and Social Media, I’ve spoken with photographers building remarkable businesses despite being in the midst of a global recession. Closer to home I’ve started attending the Salt Lake City Entrepreneurs Meet-up group, a [...]

Letting Go is Hard to Do

Posted: December 19th, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] Personally this past year was one of extraordinary change.  One of the most difficult aspects of this transition was the re-examination of my business, and evaluating what portions should be held onto and what should be let go of. A number of hard decisions had to be made regarding where and how [...]

ASMP Continues Support for YPA

Posted: December 17th, 2011

Two exciting announcements for young photographers and those who support them: The American Society of Media Photographers has awarded a two year grant to the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) to continue it’s Mentoring Program during 2012 & 2013. ASMP’s Education Director, Susan Carr, will bring her years of experience and passion for supporting the needs [...]

Great Gifts for Photographers

Posted: December 16th, 2011

The ASMP has recently launched an online store featuring gifts for anyone who loves photography. The site features nearly 50 fabulous books authored, edited or photographed by ASMP members. Offerings include instructional books to help you build a successful photography business, take better photographs, and master photography related technologies and techniques as well as art [...]

Recommended Reading

Posted: December 15th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I know a lot of photographers are thinking about motion and video. This is a complex subject with many interdependent skills.  I recommend here several books that I personally use (or wrote) to keep my business running smoothly. The Visual Story, Second Edition: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital [...]

Turning the Page

Posted: December 14th, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] As I wrote the title for this blog post, I realized that many of you are not turning pages you are “Kindling “your info these days. Regardless of the delivery, here are books that I suggest you consider owning. Do The Work – Stephen Pressfield A great follow up to The War [...]

The Lean Startup

Posted: December 13th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn]   Like many businesses, our company is in the midst of adapting to a changing world by finding new ways we can support our clients and new avenues for income. One of the challenges we face is pinpointing which of the many ideas we’ve explored are the best opportunities with which to [...]

A Few of My Favorite (Non-Fiction) Books

Posted: December 12th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] James Taylor – Timothy White. As a long time fan (I saw the original Troubadour shows with Carol King in 1970), seeing how an artist can maintain the quality of their work and continue to grow as an artist for a real, real long time provides a perspective I find more than [...]

Slow-Blogging for a Fast-Paced Age

Posted: December 9th, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] Blogging hit the mainstream about four years ago, but much of the advice I encounter around how to do it well still seems written for the “Wild West” era of 2004-2006. Yes, you need to stick to your area of expertise. Sure, “Top 47 Ways” posts will still draw wandering eyeballs. And [...]

The Best Blogs

Posted: December 8th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] The best blogs inspire, educate and inform. They make me think deeply about a subject or provide insights I hadn’t yet considered. The best blogs are a gift to their readers. The best blogs aren’t overly promotional, self-congratulatory or read like a press release. The world needs more “best” blogs and far [...]

Build a Relationship with Your Readers

Posted: December 7th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While writing a viral blog post may seem important, long-term success comes from maintaining the readers (and clients) you already have. To do this, you must build a meaningful relationship with your audience. Here are a few ways to initially connect and  then build on that connection. Stay Focused What is your [...]

Fifteen Blog Post Ideas

Posted: December 6th, 2011

[by Rosh Sillars] As a photographer I’ve always wanted to share an insider’s view of who I am as a professional.  Unfortunately, for many years there wasn’t a good way to go about it. Blogging had been around for a while before it hit me that I could use this tool to share more than [...]

Why Blog?

Posted: December 5th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] I started writing because I couldn’t sleep. I would wake up, tossing and turning over something negative or positive, keeping myself awake playing out the different scenarios in my head.  So, I would get out of bed and write about what was on my mind. When I first thought that maybe some [...]

Finding Your Vision

Posted: December 2nd, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] Almost every time I talk about portfolio development, someone in the audience raises their hand and wails “But what if I don’t know what my vision is???”  Then, everyone else in the room leans forward, ears pricked to hear the answer. In years of teaching of this stuff, I’ve come to realize [...]

How Experimentation & Creativity Feed Profitability

Posted: December 1st, 2011

[by Richard Kelly] My personal work has always directed my commercial work. A portrait project here led to a magazine assignment there. A personal documentary led to a non-profit capital campaign. An experimental video led to a music video. Personal projects feed both my creativity and professional bottom line. When I’m face-to-face with a client [...]