Archive for May, 2015

I Feel Like a Fraud…and Why You Should Feel this Way, Too

Posted: May 29th, 2015

[by Jason Myers] The first time I walked into a portfolio review in New York City, I was terrified. I wandered past a dozen or more of my peers who had their amazing books beautifully displayed on tables for two with decision-makers on the other side of the table. They seemed prepared, confident and incredibly [...]

Magazine Industry Pros Dish on Marketing

Posted: May 28th, 2015

[by Andrea Maurio] Ever wonder how photo directors & photo editors are using social media these days to find talent? Do you want to hear about their preferences on receiving marketing materials? Curious if magazines have separate staff handling their social media? I was able to get the inside scoop from Playboy’s Photo Director & Multimedia [...]

The Journey of a Portfolio Build

Posted: May 27th, 2015

[by Angee Murray] I call it a journey because there’s a lot of transformation that can occur over a short period of time while working on a new portfolio build. And for many that journey will never end. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Farrell Scott. Don’t you just love her name? It [...]

One Step in Your Career

Posted: May 26th, 2015

[by Amanda Sosa Stone] Recently, a dear friend who attended photography school but took her life in another direction asked me about getting back into the industry. I honestly didn’t know how to help her dust off the cobwebs and get back out there with so much new technology. So I did what I do [...]

Road to Success

Posted: May 26th, 2015

This week, our friends at Agency Access are rounding out Wednesday’s Business as unUsual webinar, Estimating with Confidence, featuring art buyer, producer & Agency Access consultant Lynn Kyle, by offering their insights on breaking into the biz, building your portfolio, marketing your work and facing your first big portfolio review.  Enjoy! ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

Estimating with Confidence

Posted: May 25th, 2015

This week, ASMP runs our final Business as unUsual of the season.  Don’t miss this free webinar on pricing, negotiating and estimating for still and motion photographers!   Estimating with Confidence with Art Buyer, Producer & Agency Access consultant Lynn Kyle Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:00 – 2:30 pm eastern You’ve made the connection, made [...]

Things I’ve Been Told

Posted: May 22nd, 2015

[by Blake Discher] Congratulations, you’re graduating!  Over the years smarter people than myself have been good enough to share their wisdom with me.  One admonished me to share my knowledge, here’s what I’ve got this morning, in bite-sized portions: Build your team from the start. Get a good CPA, attorney, and mentor. Hang with winners, [...]

For the Class of 2015 and Beyond

Posted: May 21st, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] Six recommendations for living a Creative Life: 1. Have something to say and develop that into a lifelong vision. If you don’t know what you want to say yet, then follow your curiosity – dabble in everything. 2. Be open-minded about your career and income stream. Look for unmet needs and follow [...]

Dear Graduating Class of 2015

Posted: May 20th, 2015

[by Jim Cavanaugh] I am writing this to you from a perspective of having sat where you are sitting 40 years ago this month. You have completed your formal education and are looking forward to building a career as a professional photographer and image maker. You are full of enthusiasm and optimism as well as uncertainty [...]

Luck is Not a Factor

Posted: May 19th, 2015

[by Michael Clark] To the photography graduates who are the Class of 2015, It takes serious passion, motivation, thick skin, and hard work to make a career in this industry. The key phrase in that last sentence is hard work. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have or how good your people skills are, [...]

Now Get Out There and Fight!

Posted: May 18th, 2015

[by Francis Zera] For those just venturing out into the big, crazy world after however long a stint in photography school (or for those intrepid souls diving in to the business without formal training), here are some thoughts from someone who’s been around the block enough times to know what the gutters look like as [...]

Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2015

Posted: May 18th, 2015

In the coming weeks, countless photography and digital imaging majors will embark on new careers.  This week our contributors offer a second week advice for those at the very beginning of this journey.  Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of wisdom for those of us who’ve been around the block a few times, too. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

It’s the Same, but Different

Posted: May 15th, 2015

[by Jenna Close] School is awesome in so many ways. You have a safe environment to experiment and learn. You work hard and you play hard, all while surrounded by a community of supportive teachers and friends. It was a little jarring for me to leave the educational environment, even though I felt prepared to [...]

10 Tips for Graduating Photographers

Posted: May 14th, 2015

[by Irene Owsley] Offering advice to young graduates is a tricky business, especially for those going into a profession that is particularly fraught with challenges, but here are a few suggestions : 1)    Back up: be prepared to devise additional income streams, ideally related to photography. There are diverse opportunities in related fields, such as [...]

Fortune Telling

Posted: May 13th, 2015

[by John Welsh] How far into the future do you think you can see? What will you be creating 5 years from now? How about 10? It doesn’t take a dose of the supernatural to figure this out, but it does take Vision. But it’s not having vision in the sense of business, marketing and [...]

Love It or Leave It

Posted: May 12th, 2015

[by Kat Dalager] Just when you think you can sit back and enjoy the ride, reality smacks you in the head. You have to decide if you are a participant or a spectator. Make your website your first priority. While I love looking at a physical book, I haven’t called it one in years, tablet [...]

A Letter From the Future

Posted: May 11th, 2015

[by Luke Copping] If I could go back and give advice to 20 year old me – graduating from photo school, full of potential, and prior to a major dose of burnout – this is what I would tell him. (It’s what I would tell any student graduating today, too.) 1. Register your copyrights – [...]

Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2015

Posted: May 11th, 2015

In the coming weeks, countless photography and digital imaging majors will embark on new careers.  This week and next, our contributors will share advice for those at the very beginning of this journey.  Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of wisdom for those of us who’ve been around the block a few times, too. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

It IS Personal…

Posted: May 8th, 2015

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] I sincerely enjoy meeting and working with new people but there’s usually a lot on the line with the commercial projects I’m on so my team must be a well-oiled machine of perfection.  Some shoots are easy while others are extremely difficult!  I need to know my team members can work well together [...]

Perceiving Unity

Posted: May 7th, 2015

[by Paul Oemig] Irish poet William Butler Yeats once remarked “Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.” It’s true: our talent is enhanced when we collaborate with like-minds that we trust. With time some of these working relationships may become so strong, it’s hard to imagine you ever tried working without them. But unfortunately with time, it [...]

Collaboration is Pointless …

Posted: May 6th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] …unless you get to work with people that are better than –or at least equal to– you. Look for collaborators who improve your work. “Sounds like fortune cookie wisdom,” you say, “if the person you want to team up with is better than you, why on earth would they want to collaborate [...]

The Qualities of a Team

Posted: May 5th, 2015

[by Luke Copping] What do you want in a team member? Are you looking for a subordinate? A yes-man who will follow you right off a cliff? A collaborator who works in partnership with you? Do you want to build a brigade of interchangeable cogs or a squad of specialists? Here is what I look [...]

Setting Up for Effective Collaboration

Posted: May 4th, 2015

[by Tom Kennedy] Effective collaboration depends upon finding partners who can fuel your own creativity. For me, it has often meant finding people who share the same passions, energy, and commitment to seeking excellence.   Their energy, drive, and capacity to focus have to be readily apparent. To make that assessment, I need to achieve a [...]

Building Collaborative Relationships

Posted: May 4th, 2015

In the past several years, we’ve all heard – and learned – a lot about the importance of building a collaborative team but while it’s clear that there can be great synergies when working with others, getting to that point takes forethought and effort.  This week, our contributors focus on the how’s rather than the [...]

Don’t Ignore This Book Review

Posted: May 1st, 2015

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a conversation with a photographer about explaining the value of professional photography or their services to clients.  Now in its 3rd edition, Value Added Selling – first reviewed here seven years ago today – may help you address that issue and more. ~JH [by Blake Discher] [...]