Archive for March, 2013

Less Than 51% Could Qualify, If We Would Allow Them to and We Should.

Posted: March 29th, 2013

By [Kevin Lock] I make 100% of my income from photography.  So why would I write a post regarding “Managing Multiple Income Streams?”  Because I support our members who do. Some of those members happen to be General Members and amongst my peers, there is some resentment about being more than just a photographer. A [...]

Diversification, A Lesson From the Past

Posted: March 28th, 2013

By [Thomas Werner] Let me introduce you to Misters Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, and Man Ray.  Edward Steichen was a legendary photographer, gallerist, publisher, filmmaker, and curator.  Mr. Steichen’s 1914 fashion photographs were the first modern fashion photographs ever published. As a filmmaker he won an Academy Award for his documentary film titled, “The Fighting [...]

Multiple Income Streams, Easy as 1, 2, 3

Posted: March 27th, 2013

[By Blake Discher] Some economists say the economic climate we’re experiencing today is the new “normal”. There is no fast way to riches, but by creating and diversifying your income streams, you can more easily attain financial security in this “new world economy”. Your primary income stream is likely the business you are running now [...]

The Password is… Relevance

Posted: March 26th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] The early part of my career was one rooted in duality, I often felt like I was living the lives of two very separate photographers. I had one foot firmly planted in my previous hometown of Toronto, Canada, where I was shooting for small fashion labels and designers, creating portraits for musicians [...]

Photographers’ Self-Promotion

Posted: March 25th, 2013

Join us this Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00 pm eastern for some candid insights into photographers’ self-promotion! For over 20 years, Michael Bilbrey has hired and worked with countless photographers to develop advertising campaigns for Leo Burnett – the 9th largest global ad agency and one of the most awarded creative communications companies in the [...]

The Boy Scout Theory

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

[by Barry Schwartz] As a city boy, I joined the Boy Scouts to get out into the boonies to places I’d never been.  I had no idea what I was getting into; the same thing happened when I became an entrepreneur. Experiencing the Great Outdoors was all I wanted, so I did not take the [...]

Interested in a Digital Imaging Neighborhood Watch group?

Posted: March 21st, 2013

By [Carolyn Potts] Do you know the folks in your imaging neighborhood? Are they good neighbors? Should you fear them? Learn from them? Or help them? Photographers share an interesting creative landscape with other artists who sometimes work to make a viewer think that what they’re viewing is “real.” Last month I discovered a 3D [...]

Are You Truly Open to Creativity?

Posted: March 20th, 2013

 [by Selina Maitreya] Are you? Most photographers would automatically answer yes. After all they work in the arts. They shoot photographs, AND their clients are demanding they show up with a body of work that revolves around a defined and refined vision. “Of course I am  open to creativity” most would respond. While many say they [...]

What is Your Combination?

Posted: March 19th, 2013

[by Rosh Sillars]  My big idea is called the Combination Code. The Internet, social media and search engines have lowered the barrier of entry to many industries, including photography. In spite of the added competition to the market, many photographers still flourish. One way photographers continue to succeed, based on my observation, is to employ [...]

Power of Following Up

Posted: March 18th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] Thirty years ago as I was trying to get a significant break into the editorial market, I would visit New York a couple of times a year and schlep my portfolio around from one magazine to the next. Knowing that I was one in a million photographers rapping on the picture editors’ [...]

That Bridge You Burned? It’s Still Burning

Posted: March 15th, 2013

[by Blake Discher] We all deal with adversity throughout our careers, say, for example, when you lose a big job you were confident you would get.  There’s lots of good advice on what to do when faced with these challenges.  Equally important is what NOT to do… Because I read many professional photography forums each [...]

Setback OR StepBack?

Posted: March 14th, 2013

[by Selina Maitreya] In my life, most major events or occurrences that I initially perceived as SETBACKS were actually doors opening. If instead of feeling as if I was experiencing a set back and I simply  “stepped back” and waited peacefully to see what would transpire next, I could have saved myself (and many others [...]

When Things Go Wrong, Don’t Rush To Right Them

Posted: March 13th, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] There are no feelings I dread more than the ones accompanying failure: anger, frustration, and especially sadness are far less fun than the fist-pumping joy of success. No wonder I always want to skip them and go straight to fixing the problem. What I’ve learned, though, is that when I don’t take [...]

Cherish the Process

Posted: March 12th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] Humans, especially Westerners, seem to be addicted to results. Whether in sports, politics, business, or academics, people are obsessed with outcomes based on numbers. When the victories we desire fall short of our expectations, we frequently suffer emotional set backs that can cause creative paralysis. But the trouble with results is that [...]


Posted: March 11th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] I’ll never forget The Year From Hell.  In the span of 3 months my partner had to make a few expensive trips to the hospital, our steadiest client went bankrupt and the $7600 they owed us sunk with the ship, there was a blow-up over RC Heli use that caused us to [...]

Is Copyright the Real Issue?

Posted: March 8th, 2013

[by Judy Herrmann] Shortly after I joined the ASMP in the mid-1990s, I had a conversation with a savvy and bright intellectual property attorney who just happens to be my sister. As a still life and product photographer in a mid-sized market, I had been struggling to implement restricted use licenses on photographs that had [...]

What if Copyright No Longer Existed?

Posted: March 7th, 2013

[by Richard Kelly] The purpose of copyright is, “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” This is how we as commercial photographers profit from our photographs. However, if we read these words from a broader [...]

The Future of Copyright

Posted: March 6th, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t predict the future.  If I could, I would take all my savings and head to Vegas.  However, I have been around long enough to know that nothing ever stays the same and change is a given. Regardless if I’m able to predict if [...]

What if Copyright no longer existed?

Posted: March 5th, 2013

[by Shawn Henry] Back in 2005 I completely gutted my house, stripping the interior down to the bare studs, expanding the kitchen and master bedroom and adding a new sunroom to overlook the backyard. I spent over a year rebuilding it, doing almost all of the work myself, from shingling the roof to laying the [...]

ASMP Members save over $300 on WPPI!

Posted: March 4th, 2013

WPPI is offering ASMP Members a special discount on the full conference registration package.  For just $95 you get: Access to all Platform Classes — over 100 classes to choose from (including 4 ASMP sponsored programs) Special evening networking events 3-day admission to the biggest Expo for wedding and portrait photographers (March 11-13) Entry to [...]

20 Ways to Improve Your Photography Business

Posted: March 4th, 2013

This month and next, ASMP is offering over 20 fantastic seminars for student, emerging and established professionals across the country. Join us in March at: ASMP Seminars at B&H Photo’s Event Space The ASMP is sponsoring two programs by ASMP Educators at the B&H Photo Event Space in March.  Thomas Werner will present The Business [...]

Selling More Than Time

Posted: March 1st, 2013

[by Jenna Close] Most of my jobs are client direct.  In many of these cases, my clients request a pricing model based on an hourly rate.  I have found the most successful response to this question explains the use of a Creative Fee in a way that highlights creativity (as the name suggests), professionalism and [...]