Archive for July, 2014

Working Backwards

Posted: July 31st, 2014

[by John Welsh] I have very few regrets. One of them is found in this post by Tom Kennedy. “Earlier in my career, I worked for a brilliant editor.” I somehow missed that action. And now that the bar has been lowered by The Image That is Good Enough, where can we find wisdom that [...]

Worth a Second Look: How Attractive Can You Be?

Posted: July 30th, 2014

[by Luke Copping] This is a post that I have come back to a lot over the last few years (like many of Colleen’s writings). In a time where so many photographers are needlessly expending energy trying to be all things to all people and putting faith in misleading social media metrics rather than real [...]

Strictly Business On My Mind

Posted: July 29th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] Below are some of the Strictly Business posts that I think of most often. Enjoy. Gail Mooney: Continued Convergence Where are we going? What’s next for our industry? These are questions we can no longer afford to stop asking, ever. To that end, the convergence that Gail speaks of continues to become [...]

Building on the Past

Posted: July 29th, 2014

It’s been over 5 years since the late Susan Carr founded this blog.  In that time, we have amassed a spectacular archive of useful and inspiring posts.  This week, our contributors share some of the posts that have stuck with them.  If there are posts that you’ve found particularly valuable – whether from 5 years [...]

The Learning Never Ends…

Posted: July 28th, 2014

ASMP has negotiated some of the best discounts available so our Members can attend thse  top-notch programs for less.  Don’t miss these opportunities to learn how to grow your business, expand your skills and find new clients.   Build Your Network Online eLearning course August 11 – 18 It’s not just who you know, it’s [...]

It’s What You Say AND How You Say It

Posted: July 25th, 2014

[by Kat Dalager] It is true that most interpersonal conflicts arise out of a lack of communication and understanding, both of which lead to intolerance. Understanding the other’s point of view is critical to resolving issues, whether they’re with clients or with co-workers. Tip 1: Phrase things from the perspective of what it means to [...]

(Un)Resolving Conflicts with your Clients

Posted: July 25th, 2014

[by Bruce Katz] What happens when your client fails to communicate properly with you? What can be done with someone who is vague, disorganized or even misleading about their needs for a job? These problems can be a recipe for disaster… The project was flower shots on seamless for a start-up web business selling bouquets [...]

Paperwork is King

Posted: July 24th, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] With projects being discussed verbally, via email, among multiple people who might not always have exactly the same vision, and referencing a variety of documents, how do you ensure everyone has the same expectations for the project? Include everything in the Estimate. By doing this, you have one document that governs the [...]

Avoid conflict; set expectations

Posted: July 23rd, 2014

[by Rosh Sillars] In my experience, client conflicts begin when someone knowingly or unknowingly changes the rules or vision of a project after it is underway. Sometimes it’s scope creep – a bunch of little things that add up over time. I’ve seen situations where the client has no idea what to expect, the photographer gets to work [...]

Resolving Conflict

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

[by Jim Cavanaugh] As a business owner, some level of conflict with a small number of your clients is inevitable. The conflict can be over price, change orders, ownership & use, quality, deliverables, deadlines and more. The first key to resolve these types of conflicts is to endeavor to prevent them from happening. Most often, [...]

Communicate Fully to Prevent Conflicts with Clients

Posted: July 21st, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Preventing conflicts with clients is part of a being a true professional. Creating opportunity for the client-photographer relationship to flourish requires patience, attention to detail, and good communication throughout the assignment process from the initial contact to the final product delivery. Avoiding conflicts starts with asking relevant, probing questions about how a [...]

Client Conflicts

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Conflicts with clients can keep even the most jaded photographer up at night.  Not only can they cause anxiety and dread but they can have a real impact on your bottom line.  This week, our contributors share their collective expertise on how to minimize the chances of conflicts with your clients and what to do [...]

Will Photograph For Food

Posted: July 18th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Everything is important. But one thing is more important than everything. If you want to avoid standing on a street corner with a cardboard sign reading: “Will photograph for food,” there’s really only one thing you need to know. When you’re starting out as a photographer, everything seems important; buying equipment, getting [...]

Great Advice and Hard Truths

Posted: July 17th, 2014

[by Michael Clark] Starting out in this industry is a daunting task. I struggled quite a bit for a few years before I decided to go full-time and when I did, it felt like I was jumping off a huge cliff to see if I could fly. Early on in my career, Marc Romanelli, a [...]

Good Data and A Good Attitude: Two keys to launching a stable career

Posted: July 16th, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] While no one could argue that you need talent, shooting skills, and post-production ability to have a successful photo career, it’s also critical to know some secrets that successful photographers know. People who are successful in any business know how to use both “left brain” business data and also employ some “right [...]

Ready to Launch: Build Your Networks

Posted: July 15th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Launching a career can seem like an overwhelming task. There are so many things that need immediate attention, ranging from developing a business plan and setting up appropriate paperwork and relationships to support the business to finding immediate assignments that can begin to produce income. In the present world of always-on digital [...]

Launching Your Career

Posted: July 15th, 2014

Graduation has come and gone, you’ve had a few weeks to play, and now the real work begins – it’s time to launch your photography career.  This week, our contributors offer tips, insights and advice that will help you get your photography career started on the right path. ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

Great Information, Great Savings

Posted: July 14th, 2014

ASMP’s lined up some terrific member discounts on educational programming this Summer and Fall.  Don’t miss these fabulous opportunities to learn more for less. Build Your Network Online eLearning course August 11 – 18 It’s not just who you know, it’s who knows you and who you can rely on.  Whether they’re in the cloud [...]

Have Gear–Will Travel (7 Tips to Keep Gear Working on the Road)

Posted: July 11th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Unless you shoot exclusively in your studio, you’ll find yourself traveling with gear. Now granted, some of us travel into more remote places and photograph in more extreme conditions, but no matter whether you’re a wedding photographer who captures a brides on location, a product shooter that pulls up to a location [...]

A Quantitative Measure

Posted: July 10th, 2014

[by John Welsh] Traveling is a mindset. The fundamentals for a successful experience have very little to do with planes or itineraries. It’s kinda’ like our profession. Does knowing what technically defines an F-stop help us find our vision or convey experiences through our images? Does it make perfect execution of intricate logistics, especially while [...]

When Things Go Wrong

Posted: July 9th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] One of the first photographic overseas trips I made was to Fiji. After my first day of shooting, I plugged my battery and charger into the wall and heard a pop. Despite having the correct voltage rating for the country (240v), the charger malfunctioned. And despite all my planning and research, I [...]

I am a Maker of Lists

Posted: July 8th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] No matter the size of the production, I make a list. Actually, multiple lists. For assignments involving travel, there’s my clothes to pack list and the stuff I need for a car or plane or train. There is an equipment list from the basics to the exotic and, of course, the list [...]

Tips From a Road Warrior

Posted: July 7th, 2014

[by Gail Mooney] After spending most of my life and career on the road shooting for magazines and international corporations, I can honestly say that working “on the road” is my specialty. Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years: Carnets – Most photographers working internationally will be bringing their gear or “commercial [...]

On the Road

Posted: July 7th, 2014

There’s nothing like the lure of the open road but traveling for an assignment can add a bit of extra complexity to any photography job.  This week, our contributors share tips, tricks and insights that will help even the most experienced road warrior get the job done. ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

Independent Creators Get Business

Posted: July 4th, 2014

ASMP Members save 34% on Launch Your Career, a new ASMP sponsored e-Learning business course. Are you struggling to master the business side of the photo business? Focus on Your Business, a series of online business courses for photographers with ASMP past presidents, Judy Herrmann & Richard Kelly, will help you take your career where [...]

Independent Creators Protect Their Interests

Posted: July 3rd, 2014

“Whether you’re new to the industry or a veteran photographer, you need to understand business and how the industry is changing. ASMP provides information and tools for photographers at all levels. Technology has helped our industry greatly, but it’s also made piracy easier and more prevalent than ever. Having a voice in Washington lobbying on [...]

Independent Creators Get Involved

Posted: July 2nd, 2014

“I honestly don’t think that I would be a photographer – certainly not in the capacity that I am now – if it weren’t for ASMP and the support I’ve gotten from my fellow members. I have learned so much from the ASMP about business, photography and the issues that the industry is currently facing. [...]

Independent Creators Build Networks

Posted: July 1st, 2014

“ASMP has given me so much: portfolio reviews with key jurors, ongoing professional education, and a network of peers I can count on who are truly driven by the desire to support.  ASMP brings the right energy of like-minded people together under one umbrella. My business is stronger because of ASMP.“ MANJARI SHARMA MEMBER SINCE [...]

Photographers Helping Photographers

Posted: July 1st, 2014

We’re celebrating independence and independent creators this week with a look at a few of the fantastic images and quotes our members have shared for our new ASMP ad campaign.   If you’ve got a story to share, I’d love to hear it!  – Judy Herrmann, editor