Archive for February, 2014

A Seriously Crazy Group Portrait

Posted: February 28th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] An advertising agency called us with a great concept they felt would be a good fit for our team. The art director explained, “We want a high-energy group portrait of 100 hospital administrators, doctors, and construction workers all standing in front of the new hospital wing, throwing hard hats in celebration of [...]

Working in a Deep Freeze

Posted: February 27th, 2014

[by Gail Mooney] There’s an old saying “Showing up is 80% of life”.  I suppose there’s some truth to that, but if you simply “show up” on most photo shoots, you’ll most likely blow the job. It’s hard to pick just one assignment to write about, in terms of having to deal with a challenge [...]

Shooting Snowboarding in August

Posted: February 26th, 2014

[by Michael Clark] A few years ago I had a client from Germany that wanted to shoot four adventure sports in four days in and around Los Angeles, California. Ordinarily that would not be such a big deal. As an adventure sports photographer, I specialize in creating ‘out there’ images of some of the world’s [...]

True Story

Posted: February 25th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] I’m not gonna trust the suction cup. No way. After all it’s 25º below zero and I’m concerned the camera is going to fall off – that’s the last thing I want to have happen, not that I’m super concerned about the GoPro (after all it only costs $250.-), but the footage [...]

That Was Easy

Posted: February 24th, 2014

[by Bruce Katz] The upcoming assignment was really simple. I was shooting the lobby of one of NYC’s most famous buildings at 5 AM. On set with me was the head of the agency for the project. He took me aside to outline the upcoming key shot for the buildings marketing campaign – an exterior [...]

True Stories

Posted: February 24th, 2014

We all have them – the crazy problem we had to solve, the challenge we had to overcome, the one that nearly got away.  This week, our contributors share some of their true stories – the challenges and solutions.

Leveraging Human Resources

Posted: February 21st, 2014

[by Peter Krogh] We all see that the photo business is changing, and that many people will need to adopt new strategies to build or maintain successful businesses. There are many factors to consider when developing this strategy, including skills, talents and what you like to do. I think it’s useful to list these out [...]

Inner Circles

Posted: February 20th, 2014

[by John Welsh] I really don’t like labels. In this case, The Urban Explorer. It’s a fine hobby for those who like to keep score of their visits to abandoned places by taking photos, leaving foot prints and posting their trophies online. The problem was, I was in danger of being viewed as one when [...]

Still Plus Video: Building capacity without breaking the bank

Posted: February 19th, 2014

[by Dan Lamont] Our clients have paid attention to the audience engagement data – and perhaps chugged a bit too much of the Kool Aid. A few years ago I morphed my photography business into Tatoosh Media, a multimedia production company. Now video requests outnumber still by about 3 to 1. That’s cool. To us [...]

Want a Rock Star Team?

Posted: February 18th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Steve Jobs built teams at Apple based on an interesting business model: the Beatles “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how [...]

Advice on Building a Collaborative Production Team.

Posted: February 17th, 2014

[by Richard Dale Kelly] I have key people that I regularly count on for my production team.  The team itself scales up or down according to the specific job at hand. Early in the proposal process, I call each team member to get their perspective on the project. Once we get approval for the project. [...]

Building Your Team

Posted: February 17th, 2014

As still and motion photography becomes increasingly collaborative, many former lone wolves struggle with finding and managing other creators.  This week, our contributors share their insights into building and working with a creative team.

Peaks and Valleys

Posted: February 14th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Multiple peaks and valleys are a normal, and rather expected, part of the photography industry. Your navigation of the highs and lows directly affects your mental and fiscal health. While in the spotlight, you may find very little time to sleep and during slower times, it feels as if the phone will never ring again. [...]

Freedom Comes With A Price

Posted: February 13th, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] One of the biggest drawbacks of being in business for yourself is the lack of that reliable paycheck. But, that is a nature of our business, and happily, you can take strides to alleviate the uncertainty. Stay Current. I’m sure I’m not the first one to tell you this, but, keep your [...]

Looking Down the Road

Posted: February 12th, 2014

[by Luke Copping] Planning for the cyclical nature of this business can be harrowing. There are good months and lean months and careful planning is needed to manage both your personal and professional finances the ensure that your savings and cash-flow remain manageable when business gets slow. For a lot of photographers this type of [...]

The December Panic

Posted: February 11th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] For the first few years I was in business, December was a really slow month. This fueled an unwanted seasonal panic and a depressing Christmas. In the third year, now able to recognize the slow part of my income cycle, I began conserving money through the summer. Ironically, in that third year [...]

Feast or Famine

Posted: February 11th, 2014

Even with 26 years and a half-dozen reinventions to our credit, my partner, Mike Starke, and I still find our studio regularly cycling between oh-too-slow and insanely hectic seasons.  This week, I’ve asked our contributors to share how they manage those crazy busy times and make the best of those seemingly inevitable slow downs.

Information You Can Trust

Posted: February 10th, 2014

ASMP provides you with access to the best industry experts and information.  Take advantage of these great courses, webinars and seminars.  Many with deep discounts for ASMP members. This week: “This series is the real deal. After the free Intro and first session, I’m impressed and look forward to applying these principals to my business.” [...]

Portfolio Reviews

Posted: February 7th, 2014

[by Michael Clark] Over the years, I have found that meeting with a potential client face-to-face and showing them my work is the most ideal form of marketing. In person meetings allow the client to get to know me and my work in a way that no other form of marketing can match. Of course, [...]

Portfolio Presentation Prep – Tips to Help You Become a Star.

Posted: February 6th, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] “And now…. you are live!” Ever feel like your in-person portfolio presentation is a bit like being a contestant on American Idol? Whether you’re “performing” at a one-on-one portfolio presentation or at a portfolio review event (where you’ve signed up for a series of 20-min. with multiple reviewers), to cement that contact [...]

To Dread or Not To Dread – The Initial Potential Client Meeting

Posted: February 5th, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] The idea of going to a “job interview” and sitting at a table with people that I were sure were looking for every reason not to work with me was a constant source of stress, anxiety, negativity, and dread. I couldn’t go on thinking like that. So, over time I developed a few [...]

Look Before You Leap

Posted: February 4th, 2014

[by Kat Dalager] First of all, congratulations on getting an appointment to show your book in person. More often than not, buyers are viewing books online as websites or customized pdfs rather than physical portfolios or iPads. But that’s an entirely different article. Let’s presume you are going to meet with a real, live person. [...]

A New Portfolio and the Open Road

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] A Guide to Showing Your Portfolio. This past fall, I jumped in my car and headed to the Big Apple to network with agencies and magazines. With a tank full of gas, my new portfolio and a stack business cards, I set out without any expectations; I simply wanted to get out of my [...]

Showing Your Portfolio

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

Whether it’s an organized Portfolio Review or a personal visit to a prospective client, how you handle that meeting matters just as much as the work you show. This week, our contributors set their sights on that all important portfolio showing. Oh, and if you’re looking for help developing your portfolio, check out ASMP’s Business [...]