Archive for December, 2015

Tis the Season…

Posted: December 24th, 2015

As we look forward to starting the 7th year of the ASMP Strictly Business Blog, I’d like to take a moment to look back and say a huge and heartfelt thank you to the many regular and guest contributors who have given so generously of their time and knowledge. Thanks also, to you, our readers, [...]

Don’t Tell and Do it NOW!

Posted: December 23rd, 2015

[by Todd Joyce] We all make new promises to ourselves each year and most are broken by the end of January.   Promises tend to focus on being better at something (e.g physical shape, better communicator, better at marketing or to be more open to new ideas or styles). Some of the terms we use in [...]

Just Because You’ve Long Been Out of School, Doesn’t Mean the Learning Stops

Posted: December 22nd, 2015

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] The biggest significant impact I made on my business this last year came from making continuing education a priority. You know how it is, you get caught up in all the everyday things with the business: marketing, accounting, shooting, post production, etc. There just never seems to be enough time to learn [...]


Posted: December 21st, 2015

[by Jenna Close] 2015 was pretty normal except that, more than any other year, there were months completely devoid of jobs followed by months so packed with work it was hard to keep up. When I look back, it is clear that my confidence levels as a person and photographer corresponded with the spikes and [...]

Ring Out the Old…Ring In the New

Posted: December 21st, 2015

The holiday season is the perfect time to count your blessings, enjoy friends and family, and reflect upon times that have past and those that are yet to come.  This week, our contributors share some lessons learned in 2015 and ideas for moving forward more effectively in 2016.  

Going Off the Beaten Track

Posted: December 18th, 2015

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to shoot a big project in China and Tibet. I did some things right and I did some things wrong. Here’s what I learned. Know the culture. No matter where you go, but especially overseas, it’s important to have a good understanding of the culture [...]

How to Power Your Gear Where There is No Power

Posted: December 17th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] Tips for the power (hungry) traveler I love traveling into extremely remote areas on assignment. There’s something about filming in the Amazon rain forest, photographing a hidden monastery in a desert wadi or shooting video on a snow-covered airstrip in the Himalayan foothills, that recharges my creativity. On the flip side none of these places have electrical power [...]

Minimal Stress When Traveling to Projects? It Is Possible!

Posted: December 16th, 2015

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Local projects aren’t always the norm for me, since most of my clients have projects all over the country. And, being a photographer and traveling light just aren’t things that are used together in a sentence. I will go so far as to say these are my company’s travel policies, and not [...]

I’ve Been Everywhere, Man: Seven Tips For Traveling Photographers

Posted: December 15th, 2015

[by Francis Zera] Traveling is good fun, but traveling for a photo gig and dragging along all the necessary photo gear can quickly put a damper on that fun. To help ease the pain, here are seven travel tips based on my frequent out-of-town photo projects. Pelican-style hard cases are your friend. They’re bulky, heavy, [...]

International Travel Tips

Posted: December 14th, 2015

[By Michael Clark] When traveling, I am constantly trying to streamline my bags; how they are packed and how I get them through the airport. Let’s be honest, most clients aren’t paying for first class tickets or any extras. If you want to travel in style or travel comfortably you have to do some real [...]

Globe Trotting

Posted: December 14th, 2015

From packing and transporting your gear to powering equipment abroad, planning ahead, and troubleshooting on the road, traveling for a shoot is a completely different animal from traveling for pleasure.  This week, some of our most distinguished road warriors share their best tips for traveling on the job.  

Shoot Your Way Through It.

Posted: December 11th, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] I’m a photographer. I frame my world. But sometimes I can’t see anything. Sometimes it is something outside my world that blocks my view; most often it is inside my head. Whatever the cause the prescription is the same; I have got to shoot my way through it. I credit photographer Jim [...]

Inspiring Habits of Successful Photographers

Posted: December 10th, 2015

[by Carolyn Potts] In his best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (which sold over 25 million copies), the late Stephen Covey stresses the habit of keeping your “tools” sharp. To operate at your highest and best levels, you have to remember to keep yourself sharp—and not just in your external career tools [...]


Posted: December 9th, 2015

[by Thomas Werner] How can you stay inspired? Have fun. There are times when every picture you take begins to feel important and there is a weight to the process that slowly takes the fun out of image making. Take a little time and shoot pictures for yourself, you don’t need to share them, just [...]

Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat 

Posted: December 8th, 2015

[by John Welsh] There are many paths that can lead us out of The Creative Block. For me, it’s about genuinely wanting to know everything when situations present themselves – it’s wanting to know about people, about cities, about places and about other ways of thinking. That may be the journalist in me speaking, but [...]

Staying Inspired

Posted: December 8th, 2015

Even the most passionate, dedicated, innovative photographers can find themselves struggling with creative stagnation or worse, a creative block.  This week, our contributors continue the discussion we started last week by sharing their experiences, tips and advice on invigorating and igniting your creative spark.

Get Inspired, then Share the Love

Posted: December 7th, 2015

Staying inspired is a critical part of building a successful career as a still or motion photographer, but creating your best work is just the first step.  You also need to get it in front of the right people.  Our Business as unUsual webinar this Wednesday is designed to help you do just that:   [...]

Looking for Inspiration? Disrupt Your Life.

Posted: December 4th, 2015

[by Gail Mooney] I don’t go looking for inspiration. That doesn’t work for me. Instead it seems like the more I look for things to inspire me, the harder they are to find. But when I quiet my mind and allow it to wander to places that aren’t familiar, I start to see and take [...]

Down Time

Posted: December 3rd, 2015

[by Michael Clark] This fall has been one of my busiest in years. I have been traveling non-stop for the last two months or more. Constant travel can really sap my creativity. I also find that the constant hustling that is required as a pro photographer to get the next gig tires me out; the [...]

Staying Fresh

Posted: December 2nd, 2015

[by Bruce Katz] One of the hallmarks of being a professional photographer is being able to produce creatively under almost any circumstance.  There are many times, however, when that creative muse becomes elusive or stale.  How can you jumpstart or keep that creative muse working? Here are a couple ideas that might help kick you [...]

Inspiration Information

Posted: December 1st, 2015

[by Francis Zera] Photographer’s block, aka “I don’t know what the hell to make photographs of anymore,” is a perennial problem for we creatives. We buy books of other photographers’ works, we attend inspirational seminars, maybe even start to think we’ve complely lost our creative spark. Happens to everyone, right? Perhaps. But here are seven [...]