Archive for July, 2013

New Perspectives Provide New Creative Power.

Posted: July 31st, 2013

[by Carolyn Potts] When I find myself in a creative rut, I know that something has to change. It’s been said “If nothing changes, then nothing changes.” For those whose lives depend on keeping their creative and inspirational edge honed (that mostly likely would be you, dear reader– and yours truly as well), it’s good [...]

What’s Stopping you From Taking a Creative Risk ?

Posted: July 30th, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] I never imagined when I started out as a professional photographer some 30 years ago that I would get to a point in my career where I would feel like something was missing. That happened about 15 years ago. I was always busy, shooting assignments for prestigious magazines that my peers envied. [...]

Keepin’ It Real, Keepin’ It Fresh.

Posted: July 29th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] Over the last several years, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time, it seems, engaged in business development. And there have been stretches where the assignments I’ve shot didn’t require an ounce of creativity to complete. During those periods, my heart felt as dry as an old bone in the desert sun. [...]

There’s No Tax Deduction for Working for Free

Posted: July 26th, 2013

[by Blake Discher] A mistake many emerging photographers make is to think that if they work for free for a charity, they can take an IRS deduction in the amount of what they would have charged had it been a for-profit company.  Any accountant will tell you the only thing you can deduct is the [...]

“We Don’t Have Any Money… But It Will Be Great Exposure for You.”

Posted: July 25th, 2013

[by Carolyn Potts] We’ve all heard that. You already know you can’t accept all “opportunities” to work for free or you’ll soon be out of business (you do know that…don’t you??).  So you have to have a way to decide who to turn down and who to help out. It all comes down to love [...]

Is it Ever OK to Work for Free?

Posted: July 24th, 2013

[by Judy Herrmann] There are those out there, who’ll tell you that working for free is morally bankrupt.  That the low-ballers who do it are destroying the industry and have souls blacker than pitch (whatever that is). Others feel (just as strongly) that they couldn’t possibly charge while they’re gaining experience or if it’s a [...]

Working for Free

Posted: July 23rd, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] I read a terrific article by Suzanne Moore in The Guardian entitled; “In the digital economy, we’ll soon all be working for free – and I refuse.” I highly recommend that you all read this article because it speaks about sustaining a creative career in a digital economy where you are competing [...]

Summer Learning

Posted: July 22nd, 2013

Beat the heat and enjoy these great educational opportunities for photographers: ASMP Members Only: Learn about beam and get a chance to win a free PhotoShelter Pro Account! Tuesday, July 23rd, 4:00 pm eastern PhotoShelter is offering ASMP members an exclusive walk-through of beam, their new portfolio website platform. Built on state-of-the-art technology, these beautiful [...]

5 Attributes an Art Director Looks for in a Photographer

Posted: July 19th, 2013

[by Carla Miller] 1) Creative Partner The photographer should bring more to the table than solely technical capabilities. The ability to interpret a creative concept and build on it makes for a good collaboration. This benefits the Art Director and most importantly, the client. 2) Team Player Don’t be a prima donna. In the spirit [...]

Relevance Matters

Posted: July 18th, 2013

[by Sonja Gill] Photo editors tend to get pulled in countless directions every day. No matter what the story or subject, we’re looking for the best imagery that will please not only ourselves but also editors, designers, our readers, you name it.  I want to work with new talent and push the envelope creatively, but it’s risky [...]

Winning the Job

Posted: July 17th, 2013

[by Kat Dalager] One thing I wish that more photographers understood about my job is that photographer selection decisions are based on many factors – many of which are beyond my control. Beyond the logical reasons of price, availability, location or photographic style, sometimes decisions do not appear logical. Photographers can either be their own [...]

Finding Flexibility

Posted: July 16th, 2013

[by Maria Grillo] Photographers and designers share a concern for beauty. So you might think I’d want you to understand my need for some special brand of beauty in a photograph. Truth be told, the thing I appreciate most is a photographer who understands how flexible designers have to be. When I find a photographer [...]

The Best Part of My Job

Posted: July 15th, 2013

[by Liz Miller-Gershfeld] The one thing I want you to understand about what I do is that I want to meet you. More specifically I want to meet you and see your work, I really do. And the best part of my job is every part that interacts with you and the collaborative process of [...]

If Buyers Could Have One Wish…

Posted: July 15th, 2013

This week, we asked 5 buyers of photography to tell us the one thing they wish photographers understood about what they do. I am so impressed by the candor and honesty of their answers.  I’m sure you will be, too. Judy Herrmann SB Blog Editor  

Working in the Field

Posted: July 12th, 2013

[by Irene Owsley] As you read this, I will be kayaking and camping with forest rangers in a remote fjord of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, as a guest artist for “Voices of the Wilderness.” This program, run by the US Forest Service in Alaska, is an effort to promote wilderness values through the work of [...]

The Value of Checklists

Posted: July 11th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] As an artist, I have a fair amount of disdain for formulas and routines. What I’ve discovered – many times, I’m afraid, though – is that having some well thought out routines can be very liberating. They allow you to focus on the creative aspects of a process while freeing your mind [...]

The Most Helpful Information?

Posted: July 10th, 2013

[by Selina Maitreya] Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. ~Mahatma Gandhi The quote above has always been a mantra for me. The power of this statement for me lies in the [...]

Get Outside of Your Own Little World

Posted: July 9th, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] When I decided to take my design practice from hobby to business, my chief marketing challenge was finding better clients. While mine were lovely, creative people who appreciated my work, they couldn’t pay me a living wage for it. I’d designed for the people in my current world of acting–specifically, small theater, [...]

Communicate Visually

Posted: July 8th, 2013

[by Jenna Close] Communication is one of the most important aspects of client interaction, but it can also be one of the hardest.  I am constantly surprised by how difficult it is to explain a visual concept with words.  We are visual communicators being hired to produce something…well…visual.  My solution (arrived at late in the [...]

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Posted: July 1st, 2013

Dear Friends – I’d like to take a moment to thank you, our dear readers, for your support of the ASMP Strictly Business blog and express my heartfelt gratitude to our contributors who so selflessly share their insights with us all. This week, as the United States prepares to celebrate our Independence Day on July [...]