Author Archive

To Sue or Not to Sue

Posted: January 28th, 2016

[by Liz Ordonez] “Should I file an infringement law suit?” This is a question most photographers have to wrestle with at various points in their career, especially now that most images end up online. Unauthorized use of our images will rattle even the mellowest creative. So it went when I encountered my first images blatantly ripped [...]

11 Things You Should Do When You’ve Been Infringed

Posted: January 27th, 2016

[by Nancy Wolff] What should you do when you have discovered your photograph has been infringed? Before you immediately run to a lawyer, or start spending your recovery money, here are some tips to make sure that your time, as well as any attorney’s time is spent effectively. 1.     Make sure that the photograph is [...]

You’ve Been Infringed, Now What?

Posted: January 26th, 2016

We start off this series of posts with an invitation to join us tomorrow for ASMP’s January Business as unUsual webinar featuring not 1, not 2 but 3 Intellectual Property Attorneys discussing what to do when your creative work has been used without your permission: You’ve Been Infringed, Now What? Bruce Bellingham & Peter McCall [...]

Current Remedies for Copyright Infringement

Posted: January 26th, 2016

While ASMP diligently pursues improvements in Copyright legislation that will enable photographers to better protect their creative works.  The fact of the matter is that right now, we have to figure out the best way to work with the current system.  To that end, I’ve lined up a mix of regular and guest contributors this [...]

What’s New? You Are! Tips For Those Just Starting Out

Posted: January 22nd, 2016

[by Demetrius Fordham] Every photographer started somewhere (usually the very bottom). And though it’s difficult to imagine—especially when you’re just kicking off your own career—the truth is that all the successful photographers you admire were all “new” at this too once. That in mind, I tracked down 20+ professional photographers, photo editors, and industry leaders [...]

What’s New?

Posted: January 18th, 2016

It’s a new year and time for all of us to think about shedding the same-old, same-old and trying new tools, new techniques, and new approaches.  This week, our contributors share some of the new things they’re trying in their businesses, in the hopes it might inspire you to try a little something new yourself. [...]

2015: Successful Promotion with Mail and Email

Posted: January 15th, 2016

Our 30th webinar featured Agency Access consultants Angee Murray and Andrea Maurio who offered an insider’s glimpse of both the commercial and editorial markets, covering everything from finding the right prospects for your list and mastering the intricacies of both email and direct mail to figuring out what to show, when to send and how [...]

2014: The Art of the Estimate

Posted: January 14th, 2016

An experienced Art Producer who has worked on both sides of the table, our very own Kat Dalager knows exactly what makes or breaks an estimate. Her presentation focused on the estimating process – from the questions you should ask before developing your numbers to presenting your estimate, following up and how to build an [...]

2013: Do It Yourself PR 101

Posted: January 13th, 2016

The many excellent programs we ran in 2013 included one on a topic few photographers fully utilize – Public Relations, which featured Amy Flurry, author of Recipe for Press.  A professional editor and frequent contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, Country Living, InStyle and more, Amy described exactly what editors, bloggers and writers are looking for. [...]

2012: Identifying New Markets for Your Photography

Posted: January 12th, 2016

We launched the Business as unUsual series with the fabulous Mary Virginia Swanson, whose program focused on editing your work to show your unique vision, presenting your work in print and electronic portfolios, marketing your work to different audiences and identifying new markets for your photography. Packed with visual examples, this program will help you [...]

Business as unUsual

Posted: January 12th, 2016

On November 7, 2012, ASMP launched our first monthly webinar series, Business as unUsual. The 30  programs I’ve been fortunate enough to produce since then have focused on providing still and motion photographers real-world information you can use right now to grow your business and our guest experts have done an amazing job of fulfilling [...]

You’ve Been Infringed, Now What?

Posted: January 11th, 2016

If you’ve never had the experience of seeing your work used by someone who wasn’t authorized and didn’t compensate you for the usage, you are one lucky photographer.  Whether it’s a client who uses the work beyond the scope of the agreement or after the license has expired, a total stranger who saw your work [...]

Big Ideas

Posted: January 4th, 2016

This week, in honor of the new year, we’ve asked our contributors to share what’s on their minds – the big ideas they think photographers should be thinking about in 2016. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

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, [...]

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.  

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.  

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:   [...]

Staying Inspired

Posted: November 30th, 2015

Even the most passionate, dedicated, innovative photographers can find themselves struggling with creative stagnation or worse, a creative block.  This week and next, our contributors share their experiences, tips and advice on invigorating and igniting your creative spark.  

Helping Photographers Help Each Other

Posted: November 25th, 2015

Since 1944, ASMP’s mission has focused on protecting and promoting the interests of professional photographers through information, education and advocacy.  We invite you to learn more about our upcoming webinar on direct marketing, an exciting update on copyright reform from Tom Kennedy and $160 in free offers for those who join or renew their membership! [...]

Case study: The Nuts, Bolts and Hazards of E-Commerce

Posted: November 23rd, 2015

[by Harry C. Thomas] ASMP member Harry Thomas recently contacted ASMP after discovering how limited the protections offered to photographers accepting credit cards really are. He shares his experiences in this post in the hopes that it may help others avoid getting burned. I accepted an assignment from a Fortune 100 company with whom I [...]

Photographers Helping Photographers

Posted: November 23rd, 2015

On Thursday and Friday, those of us in the United States celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday and our contributors will take a well-deserved long-weekend.  During this short week, we celebrate the spirit of giving that is one of the defining tenets of ASMP.

Why You Should Stop Worrying About How to Market Yourself on Social Media

Posted: November 20th, 2015

[by Anna Dickson] I’ve spent several days trying to figure out how to boil down social media from a buyer’s perspective to 400 words.  In the past I’ve talked on various subjects from the frustration that photographers have with copyright and decreasing fees for image rights to marketing strategies on social and new avenues for [...]

Social Media Marketing

Posted: November 17th, 2015

While social media raised many challenges for photographers, it has also opened significant marketing opportunities.  This week, we continue exploring this topic with a mix of regular and guest contributors sharing their insights and experiences on the role social media can play in marketing photography services.

Copyright, ASMP and You

Posted: November 16th, 2015

“When it comes to legislation, the issues are too important and the opposition too powerful for you to win as a divided community…If the industry is not united it will not be well represented or able to participate adequately in the discussions going on in the halls of Congress. These discussions are going to happen [...]

An Interview with Greg Ceo

Posted: November 11th, 2015

I first met Greg Ceo when I gave a seminar at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he serves as a Professor of Photography. I am delighted share his take on social media marketing for photographers today. What’s the single most important thing for photographers to understand about marketing on social media? That [...]

Heather Elder on Social Media for Photographers

Posted: November 9th, 2015

On September 15, ASMP’s Business as unUsual webinar series featured photographer’s rep Heather Elder, creator of  In this 2 minute excerpt, she discusses the role social media can play in marketing your work. The program covered a wide range of topics including working with a rep, marketing and portfolio development, selling your services, working [...]

Social Media Marketing

Posted: November 9th, 2015

While social media raised many challenges for photographers, it has also opened significant marketing opportunities.  This week and next, a mix of regular and guest contributors share their insights and experiences on the role social media can play in marketing photography services.

Gaining New Skills

Posted: November 2nd, 2015

In 1973, George Land published Grow or Die, which quickly became a cornerstone of strategic business thinking. Over 40 years later, the sentiment still holds true.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts and experiences on personal and professional development.

Making the Move to Photography as Second Career

Posted: October 28th, 2015

[by Anthony Bianciella] Leaving a full-time career to become a professional photographer can be attractive and unnerving at the same time. Given the right set of circumstances, you can make it work. And everyone’s situation is a little different so you may need to plan ahead to ensure that you’re in the right position to [...]

Taking Risks

Posted: October 26th, 2015

From deciding to enter this profession in the first place to differentiating yourself from your competition or flying in the face of doubt – or even criticism – to pursue your dreams, photography is an inherently risky profession.  This week, our contributors share their experiences, insights and stories about taking risks.

Copyright Small Claims & the Future of Copyright

Posted: October 23rd, 2015

The following on-demand recordings come from Separating Fact from Fiction: What Every Visual Artist Should Know About The Copyright Review Process,  a 6-part program featuring June Besek, Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School, intellectual property attorney Nancy Wolff of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP [...]

Mass Digitization

Posted: October 22nd, 2015

The following on-demand recording comes from Separating Fact from Fiction: What Every Visual Artist Should Know About The Copyright Review Process,  a 6-part program featuring June Besek, Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School, intellectual property attorney Nancy Wolff of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP [...]

Orphan Works

Posted: October 21st, 2015

The following on-demand recording comes from Separating Fact from Fiction: What Every Visual Artist Should Know About The Copyright Review Process,  a 6-part program featuring June Besek, Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School, intellectual property attorney Nancy Wolff of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP [...]

What They Didn’t Teach You in Photo School

Posted: October 14th, 2015

[by Demetrius Fordham] Since the beginning of my journey as a photographer eight years ago, I’ve witnessed so many developments that have reshaped the industry for working photographers today. Earlier this year, I wrote a book entitled “What They Didn’t Teach You in Photo School,” and as part of my research I solicited the expertise [...]

State of the Industry

Posted: October 12th, 2015

I had the good fortune to give my Earning a Living in a World where Everyone has a Camera seminar for ASMP’s Seattle and Oregon chapters last week.  When I gave the first iteration of this talk in 2013, my observations about how our industry was changing and the ways photographers would have to change [...]

Tethering: A Case Study

Posted: October 9th, 2015

[by Rhea Anna] The following case study is excerpted from The Ultimate Tethering Guide. I love to shoot tethered whenever I can. I believe clients are more engaged in the process when they are able to see what’s going on via the big screen. I find it’s the most successful way to create real collaboration [...]

Wired or Wireless Tethering?

Posted: October 8th, 2015

[The Ultimate Tethering Guide] While wired technology currently offers more robust tethering support, wireless tethering has one huge advantage – no wires to trip over, get tangled up in or constrain the photographer’s movement. The following chart provides a detailed comparison of the other capabilities of wireless tethering as compared to wired tethering: Wired Tethering [...]

Tethering Software

Posted: October 7th, 2015

[The Ultimate Tethering Guide] There are quite a few tethering software options out there and it’s important to pick the right one for your needs. Your choices include: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Manufacturer Software 3rd party Tethering Software Of these, the most popular are Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Canon EOS Utility, and Nikon Camera [...]

An Introduction to Tethering

Posted: October 6th, 2015

[The Ultimate Tethering Guide] Tethering is the connecting of a single device to another device. The term tethering encompasses the actual connectivity of digital devices as well as the integration and mounting of these devices. In the context of photo and video, both wired and wireless solutions may be used to transfer information (images, video) [...]

Mastering Tethered Photography

Posted: October 6th, 2015

For the past several months, ASMP and Tether Tools have been hard at work creating The Ultimate Tethering Guide, a FREE 8 chapter PDF covering everything you need to know to master wired and wireless tethering with dSLRs and medium format cameras.  Having your images pop up on a big screen or tablet as they’re [...]

Join ASMP at PPE!

Posted: October 5th, 2015

Oct. 21 – 24, 2015 at the Javits Center, NYC Join us at Photo Plus Expo in New York City, October 21 – 24 where you can learn from industry experts, test drive the latest gear, catch up with old friends, network with fellow ASMP members and more! Don’t miss these great opportunities to connect [...]

Dealing with Contracts

Posted: September 28th, 2015

Whether presenting your own terms & conditions or interpreting those sent by a client, having a solid grasp on what agreements between photographers and clients should address is critical for success.  What language should you look out for?  What should your terms cover? What if you’re handed a bad contract or wind up with no [...]

Test Shoots & Cross Promotion

Posted: September 22nd, 2015

We hear so much about the importance of using test shoots to grow your pool of trusted team members as well as the value of developing cross-promotional relationships.  But actually building these successful relationships can be challenging – especially with so much at stake.  This week, our contributors share their experiences – and advice – [...]

Join ASMP at PhotoPlus Expo and Save, Save, Save!

Posted: September 21st, 2015

PhotoPlus Expo, the largest commercial photography show in the United States, hits the Javits Center in New York City from October 21st  – 24th and ASMP has 3 great member discount offers along with a slew of networking and educational opps! 3 great ways to save at Photo Plus Expo: ASMP Members save $150 on [...]

An Interview with Doug Menuez

Posted: September 18th, 2015

An Interview with Doug Menuez Shortly after I opened my studio, I was flipping through an awards annual and saw a self-promotional piece Doug Menuez created about his wife’s experiences immigrating to the United States. It was love at first sight. Since then, I have watched his career with increasing admiration and respect. It was [...]

Legacy and Estate Planning for Photographers – An Attorney’s Perspective

Posted: September 17th, 2015

[by Kenneth Falcon] Estate planning is an extremely important consideration for any person, and especially those who own or control intellectual property. For photographers, there are special considerations to be taken into account. You leave behind a unique legacy, which—if properly administered—can be profitable for your heirs, and provide enrichment to future generations of your [...]

Mitigating Obstacles

Posted: September 11th, 2015

[by Jennifer Stoots, AAA] It took the Estate of Robert Doisneau six years to settle and the Todd Walker Estate ten years. What does this mean exactly? For the photography market, it meant that, after the artists died, their artwork was taken out of circulation until such time that the executor could complete the process [...]

Tips to Make Life Easier for Your Heirs

Posted: September 8th, 2015

[by Mary Engel] I always say that inheriting an archive is a wonderful legacy, but a huge responsibility. I inherited my mother Ruth Orkin’s archive in 1985, and my father Morris Engel’s archive in 2005. I think it is important for a photographer working on their archive to think ahead about who the person might [...]

Protecting Your Legacy

Posted: September 8th, 2015

The disposition of our archives is a subject that each of us must face at some point.  The challenges encompass technical, financial and emotional hurdles as you navigate preparing your work, finding a home for it, making your wishes known and figuring out how to maximize the future value of your life’s work.  This week [...]

Gearing Up for Fall

Posted: August 31st, 2015

As those lazy days of summer morph into the crazy days of fall, it’s a great time to step back and put some thought into how you’re going to make the most of what’s left of 2015.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts, plans and inspirations as they gear themselves – and their businesses [...]

Sequencing Your Story

Posted: August 28th, 2015

[by Rob Rosenthal] I’m a radio producer. Every story we tell is a “motion story.” There are no stills. While there is no single “silver bullet” for producing captivating motion stories, there are a few things that are essential. First, a sequence of events. Indeed, that’s the essence of narrative. This happened, then this happened, [...]

A Strong Portfolio…

Posted: August 20th, 2015

With experience as an art producer for the likes of Arnold Worldwide, Wieden & Kennedy and Grey Worldwide, a rep for legendary British photographer Norman Parkinson, the creator of 4 book projects and chair/program director for the National Arts Club Photography Committee, Catherine Johnson‘s understanding of what it takes to produce a commercial or fine [...]

What to Show, Ask and Do At Your Next Portfolio Review

Posted: August 17th, 2015

For over 20 years Julie Grahame‘s impeccable eye has curated some of the most impressive collections of editorial, commercial and fine art photography to be found. Both and the British Journal of Photography have lauded her blog as one of the best photography blogs in the world.  Julie has participated in countless reviews, including [...]

Make Every Minute Count

Posted: August 13th, 2015

As the founder and publisher of Waltz Books – and Associate Director at Light Work before that – Mary Goodwin has reviewed hundreds of bodies of photographic works.  She brought her brilliant eye and keen aesthetic sensibilities to her role as juror for ASMP’s Best of 2015 annual and today, shares her excellent advice for [...]

An Interview with Amy Yvonne Yu

Posted: August 11th, 2015

With over 13 years of experience on the agency, production and client side across still, video and experiential media, working alongside brilliant creators like Albert Watson, Cass Bird, Jill Greenberg, and The Selby, Amy Yvonne Yu knows exactly what makes or breaks a portfolio review. Amy has given many talks and interviews regarding the ever-changing [...]

Easy Button

Posted: August 4th, 2015

Life is complicated enough.  Add being a photographer – let alone a self-employed photographer – and the complication factor goes through the roof!  This week, our contributors share tools, tips & tricks they use to make things a little easier. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor  

When You’ve Lost a Bid…

Posted: July 27th, 2015

We’ve all been there – you submit an estimate for a job your really want and then…rejection, or sometimes just silence. This week, our contributors share their insights into what happens next – how to respond and how to move on, when you’ve lost a bid.  

Summer Reading Recommendations

Posted: July 20th, 2015

Ah, those long, hot days of summer.  Perfect for broadening your mind (and your skills) by catching up on some great reads!  This week, our contributors share what’s on their list of summer favorites.

Get Your Head in the Game

Posted: July 17th, 2015

[by Lynn Kyle] My simple tip for a great production is to do a dry run in your head the night before a shoot. After all the coordination has been completed, the talent booked, locations secured, and schedule and call times distributed, run through the day’s events in your head from start to finish. This [...]

News Flash – Location Workers Unionize in NYC

Posted: July 16th, 2015

As of today, a majority of locations department workers in film and episodic TV shoots around NYC have joined CWA Local 1101.They’ve have decided not to go to the labor board — but instead simply declare that they are a union, and act like one, including paying voluntary dues each and every month. Learn more [...]

Locations, Locations, Locations

Posted: July 16th, 2015

I first met R. Richard Hobbs through ASMP nearly 20 years ago. At that time, he was already an experienced location scout/manager with a roster of available properties at his fingertips. Rich took some time out of his busy schedule scouting locations for films, TV shows and photo shoots to share his expert advice on [...]

Evolution of a Career

Posted: June 22nd, 2015

In the 26 years that I’ve been a professional photographer, I’ve watched my skills and my interests evolve over time.  My goals, hopes and dreams when I entered this profession were very different from what I wish for today.  Over the years, I’ve discovered that careers are rarely linear -not only are there ups and [...]

An Interview with Sound Designer Mark Edward Lewis

Posted: June 18th, 2015

For over 25 years, Mark Edward Lewis has worked on writing and producing musical scores, re-recording mixing, developing sound design, editing, writing and directing. Mark is currently serving as an instructor on the MZed Sound Advice Tour with Frank Serafine. He took a well-deserved break from his busy teaching and production schedule to answer our [...]

Sound or Picture? Which is More Important to Video?

Posted: June 16th, 2015

[by Bob Sacha] When I was transitioning to video from still photography, there were a lot of things that I already knew that helped smooth the move. Then there were a few big things I had to learn to complete the change. First was the importance of good sound. Sound can help set a mood, give [...]

Audio for Photographers

Posted: June 15th, 2015

We all know that audio can make or break a motion/multi-media piece but achieving it isn’t always easy.  This week, our contributors – including several expert guests – share tips, techniques and insights on what photographers need to understand about audio.  

Know Your Genre

Posted: June 8th, 2015

We tend to talk about professional photography as though it’s split into just 3 segments – commercial, editorial and fine art.  But what you need to know to build a successful career as an environmental portrait specialist is radically different from what it takes to succeed as an adventure, industrial or architectural photographer.  This week, [...]

The Value of Professional Photography

Posted: June 1st, 2015

In this age of DIY, many of the photographers I talk to find themselves struggling to explain to clients the value of professional photography and, in some cases, the value of their own work.  This week, we turn that question on our contributors who will share their insights on how to explain the value of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Looking Back

Posted: April 28th, 2015

In the 7 years since ASMP launched the Strictly Business blog, we’ve published over 1600 posts. This week, we revisit posts from April 28 – May 1 2009 through 2013.  While deciding which posts to share with you this week, I was struck by the depth and breadth of this collection and how well it [...]

Looking Forward

Posted: April 27th, 2015

ASMP saves you money on 3 great opportunities to gain greater understanding and master important skills so you can move your business forward effectively.  Join us! ASMP Members save over $150 on the LDV Vision Summit LDV Vision Summit May 19 & 20, 2015 SVA Theatre, NYC Discount ends April 30! Get a sneak peek [...]

Think Bigger!

Posted: April 21st, 2015

Our Wednesday Business as unUsual webinar with Doug Menuez on the platform he’s building around his Fearless Genius project was the inspiration behind this week‘s focus on taking personal projects beyond your portfolio.  

Think Bigger!

Posted: April 20th, 2015

When I first heard Doug Menuez speak about his Fearless Genius project and the platform he’s building around it, I was struck by the magnitude of his vision for this body of work and his skill at partnering to build something so much larger than he could build alone. Doug has taken all the traditional [...]

The Search for Vision

Posted: April 13th, 2015

Developing your unique vision is a critical part of building a successful career as a professional creator, but it isn’t always easy.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts, advice and experiences on finding your vision.  


Posted: April 6th, 2015

Our week on Industry Trends last month proved so popular, I decided to dedicate another week  to helping photographers identify and understand some of the trends affecting our industry and our clients.  This week, our contributors share some of the trends they’re watching, how those trends are affecting the decisions they’re making and where they [...]

Bloom in the Desert

Posted: March 30th, 2015

While April may bring showers to many parts of the country, it brings two unique opportunities to hone your craft, hobnob with industry stars and fertilize your imagination. Don’t miss these great events:   ASMP Members Save $100 on NAB & Post|Production World National Association of Broadcasters Annual Conference & Expo April 11 – 16, [...]

The Art of the Interview

Posted: March 23rd, 2015

More and more photographers are spending more and more their time doing something many of us never imagined – interviewing our subjects, not just for our own interest or to help them relax, but as part of the motion or multi-media project we’re working on.  This week, our contributors offer advice, tips and resources to [...]

Finding Your Vision

Posted: March 17th, 2015

In today’s saturated market, having a unique vision – a way of seeing that differentiates your work from that of anyone else – has become a critical part of building a successful career as a professional creator.  This week, our contributors share their insights and experiences on what it means to find and share your [...]

Directing for Stills | Directing for Motion

Posted: March 13th, 2015

[by Rhea Anna] Over the course of my career I have seen agencies looking for a way to integrate their print and broadcast campaigns. Agencies often want to be able to offer their clients a solution that will allow them to combine resources for their print and broadcast projects so they can gain efficiencies while [...]

Working with Talent

Posted: March 9th, 2015

Whether casting through agencies or working with real people – whether for stills or for motion – the magical process of finding and choosing the right person, and eliciting the right emotions and body language to create an image that best conveys the story you’re trying to tell is an art form that’s rarely addressed [...]

Industry Trends

Posted: March 3rd, 2015

Love them. Hate them.  Follow them or ignore them.  It’s in every photographer’s best interests to be aware of the trends affecting our industry and our clients. This week, our contributors share some of the trends they’re watching, which trends they’re responding to and how those trends are affecting the decisions they’re making.

Your Roadmap to Success

Posted: March 2nd, 2015

Join ASMP for a series of online and in-person events that will help you grow your business, master and monetize new skills, adapt to a changing marketplace, and inspire your creative vision. This week: ASMP Members save $75 on WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography International Annual Conference February 26 – March 5, 2015 Las Vegas, NV [...]

Keep Calm and Post On! When Social Media Turns Against You

Posted: February 19th, 2015

[by Ingrid Spangler] If you find a negative review, blog or Facebook posting, don’t panic. After all, you can’t please all of the people all of time, right? Take a moment and ask yourself, “How bad is it?” Is it one comment or tweet by someone who’s not a client, who maybe saw some shots [...]

Social Media Today

Posted: February 17th, 2015

No longer new uncharted territory, Social Media has matured into a sophisticated – and crowded – marketing space.  This week our contributors take a nod from Wednesday’s Business as unUsual webinar and share their insights into What’s Working in Social Media Today.  

Get What’s Working Today!

Posted: February 16th, 2015

From Social Media to Business Plans, Growing Your Audience to Estimating with Confidence, ASMP offers you critical information on what’s working for photographers today.  Join us at these online and in-person events! This week: What’s Working in Social Media Today with Social Media guru, Rosh Sillars Wednesday, February 18, 2015 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT [...]

Aha Moments

Posted: February 9th, 2015

We all have them – those forehead-slapping moments when perception tilts on its axis and an elusive realization suddenly becomes crystal clear.  This week, our contributors share some recent Aha moments that have changed their understanding of life, work and the world we live in.


Posted: February 2nd, 2015

In many ways, the policies we create for our business, define the parameters of our relationships with our clients.  They protect us from misunderstandings and may even helps us clarify for ourselves, the lines we will (or no longer will ) not cross. This week, our contributors share some policies that have helped them keep [...]

An Interview with Jamey Stillings

Posted: January 30th, 2015 | I have long been impressed by Jamey Stillings’ remarkable personal projects and the business model he’s developed to support them.  This interview represents a new approach for the ASMP Strictly Business blog.  It’s a bit longer than our usual posts but I believe you’ll agree it’s worth every word. ~Judy Herrmann, Editor. [...]

How to Use Google Analytics to Sell More

Posted: January 21st, 2015

[by Liz Lockard] As a photographer, your website probably has one of two main goals for your business: Help you sell more photos or licenses; or Help you book more photography clients. Or maybe both. Wouldn’t it be nice if your website could tell you exactly what was working and what wasn’t to help you [...]


Posted: January 20th, 2015

Analytics can offer invaluable insights into the effectiveness of the content you’re posting, but focus on the wrong numbers and you can make decisions that move you further from your goals.  This week, our contributors share their experiences and insights into using Analytics to grow your photography business.  

Smarter. Stronger. Together.

Posted: January 19th, 2015

ASMP is bringing you lots of ways, both online and in person, to get stronger and smarter this year.  Don’t miss these exciting opportunities to influence the future of our industry, save money, and change the course of your own future. Join us: Meet Tom Kennedy ASMP’s new Executive Director invites you join him for [...]

The Magic Word

Posted: January 13th, 2015

My 8-year old would tell you that The Magic Word is “Please,” but after 26 years in business, I’ve learned a different “P” word that can get you event better results: Policies.  Establishing (and communicating) clear policies can help you avoid a world of pain. And, even when it’s just you, there’s something about citing [...]

Start the New Year Right!

Posted: January 12th, 2015

This month, ASMP is offering several fantastic online discussions that will help you get the most out of your business and your membership.  Join us! Building Your Motion Team with Rhea Anna Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:00 – 11:00 am pacific / 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern We all know motion is a collaborative sport [...]

Holiday Reading

Posted: December 15th, 2014

The holiday slow down is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book…or tablet.  This week, our contributors share some of the books, blogs, articles, publications and other resources they recommend for still and motion photographers looking to get inspired or grow their business skills.  

Video 2.0

Posted: December 8th, 2014

From new and cheaper technologies to vastly changed client needs, a lot has changed since the first still-video hybrid cameras were released.  This week, our contributors focus on what’s happening in the world of motion and how they’re responding to new opportunities and demands.  

Design Your Career

Posted: December 5th, 2014

As you think about diversifying your income streams, take advantage of these great opportunities ASMP has lined up to help you do just that: Join us online this Wednesday: Designing Your Photography Career Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST / 10:00 – 11:00 am PST Photographers today have to be as innovative [...]

What Your Parents Never Told You About Diversified Income

Posted: December 4th, 2014

[by Lesa Snider] When I was a teen, my father was laid off from the job he’d had for over 25 years. Though my mom worked full-time, our family was financially devastated. To this day I recall intense feelings of confusion, betrayal and fear. I vowed that I’d never be dependent upon a single entity [...]

Diversifying Your Income

Posted: December 1st, 2014

For many years, I’ve been encouraging photographers to build diversified income streams.  Today, this strategy matters more than ever.  This week, our contributors share their experiences with building – and maintaining – a diversified photography business.

Personal Work

Posted: November 17th, 2014

With everything else we’ve all got on our plates, carving out time to pursue personal work can be tremendously challenging.  This week, our contributors discuss the value of personal projects and the role personal work has played in their own careers. ~Judy Herrmann, editor

The Mobile Revolution

Posted: November 11th, 2014

The mobile market is growing at an unprecedented pace and all indicators point to disruption as great as that of the desktop computer.  According to one Wall Street Journal article, American adults now spend 1/4 of their media time on mobile devices and spending on Mobile advertising is expected to hit nearly $18 billion by [...]

Develop Your Vision

Posted: November 10th, 2014

In a world where everyone has a camera, developing your vision and skills is critical to success.  ASMP has lined up 2 great opportunities for you to hone your creative vision this month! Join us online this Wednesday: Vision + U = Success Wednesday, November 12, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST / 10:00 – [...]

When Things Go Wrong

Posted: November 3rd, 2014

As hard as we try to make everything run smoothly, it’s inevitable that things will go wrong sometimes. This week, our contributors offer stories, tips and advice on moving past unanticipated problems and get back on track. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor  

Big Ideas

Posted: October 28th, 2014

Photo Plus Expo brings thousands of photographers together to share ideas, both big and small.  For those who can’t make it – or who want a little something extra – we’ve invited our contributors this week to share the big ideas they think photographers should be thinking about.  ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

The Modern Blog

Posted: October 20th, 2014

When Blinkbid founder, Lou Lesko, asked the audience at a recent ASMP DC program how many had blogs, nearly every hand went up.  When he asked how many had updated their blogs within the past month, nearly every hand went down.  The days when bloggers posted daily and readers visited and commented almost as often [...]

Photographers Helping Photographers

Posted: October 14th, 2014

With everything changing so fast – technology, publishing, media, advertising, audience building, client needs, everything – going it alone is…well…it just doesn’t make sense.  It is time for photographers to come together, share knowledge, pool resources and support each other.  This week, our contributors share how they’ve benefited from building a strong network of peers. [...]

Come Together

Posted: October 13th, 2014

This Fall, ASMP has lined up some fantastic opportunities for you to learn from your peers for free or with substantial discounts for ASMP Members.  Join us: Online Today! LAST CHANCE – REGISTER TODAY! Reaching New Heights with UAV Photography Final Class: Safely Operating & Professionally Using Your UAV 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / [...]

Smooth Sailing

Posted: October 6th, 2014

When it comes to keeping clients happy, there’s nothing better than having your production run smooth as silk.  This week, our contributors share tips, tricks and insights that will help you keep everything run smoothly on set and off.

The Future of Image Pricing

Posted: October 2nd, 2014

[by Paul Melcher] The economics of photography are changing. What used to be a simple one picture/one price equation has now evolved into a complex array of options. The biggest change that we have seen in the last 20 years is the adoption and acceptance of the idea that a single image can have different [...]

Compensation for Photographers

Posted: October 1st, 2014

[by Eugene Mopsik] Throughout my 32 year career as a shooter, the business proposition was very stable and easy to grasp. Prospect for work, submit an estimate, shoot a job, edit, deliver selects with rights assignment, client uses and returns work within the limits of the rights assignment. Stock was a means to gain additional [...]

Monetizing Your Work

Posted: September 30th, 2014

Earning a living in a world where everyone has a camera requires a willingness to reexamine and reinvent how you monetize your work.  This week, we offer a mix of perspectives from both regular and guest contributors exploring the future of compensation for photographers.  It’s a topic worthy of deep discussion and we hope you’ll [...]

Invest in Yourself

Posted: September 29th, 2014

Earning a living in a world where everyone has a camera means staying at the top of your game.  Take advantage of these great opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge for free or with dramatic price reductions for ASMP Members.  Join us: Reaching New Heights with UAV Photography Class 1: available on demand Class [...]

Digital Asset Management as a Client Service

Posted: September 19th, 2014

[by David Diamond] Now that Digital Asset Management has (almost) become a topic companies understand, an opportunity has arisen for professional photographers. Today’s “please send me” request can be tomorrow’s new revenue stream. Digital Asset Management Services In addition to photo services, there’s no reason you can’t offer to store and manage digital assets for [...]

The Value of Being a DAM Smart Photographer

Posted: September 18th, 2014

[by Adam Hunter] Great! You have a kick-ass asset organizational system built into your workflow. You rock! But what about your clients? Do they have their own asset organization strategies? Do they leverage a digital asset management (DAM) tool? How do your practices help or hinder their systems? From experience, I will tell you that [...]

Using the PLUS Registry for Always-Current Embedded Metadata

Posted: September 17th, 2014

[by David Riecks] If you’ve loaned out a book, you’ve learned the lesson that if you expect to see it back, write your name in it. If you don’t know the borrower well, including contact info is a good practice too. Many bibliophiles will go so far as to have their own stamp or bookplate [...]

Why You Should Care About DAM

Posted: September 16th, 2014

[by William Moritz] Everyone has likely heard of Digital Asset Management by now; however, a large number of users we encounter do not use a DAM system, or fail to take full advantage of the system they do use. The most common thing we hear is, “Why do I need to invest time and effort [...]

Three Quick and Dirty DAM Tools to Enhance Productivity and Professionalism

Posted: September 15th, 2014

[by Corey Chimko] As a photographer, chances are you want to maximize your time taking great photos and producing great images. But then there’s all that DAM stuff—best practices, metadata management and application, vocabulary standardization. You know it’s important, but it’s so DAM boring, right? Well here are some simple tools to appease the guilt. [...]

That DAM Stuff

Posted: September 15th, 2014

Digital Asset Management is becoming increasingly critical for all businesses – yours and your clients’.  This week, members of the DAM Guru Program, a free service that connects digital asset management experts with those who need their help, share insights, tips and tricks that every photographer should know.    

Keep Building Your Network

Posted: September 9th, 2014

Building your network is such a critical part of growing your business that dedicating one week to it just isn’t enough.  This week our contributors share more insights into how you can build a supportive network that will help you achieve your business and creative goals. ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

Reach New Heights

Posted: September 8th, 2014

This Fall, ASMP helps you reach new heights as a professional still & motion photographer through in-depth e-learning classes, informative webinars and exclusive member discounts on classes, conferences and portfolio reviews.  Join us: FREE introductory class: Is UAV Photography Right for You? Monday, September 15, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / 10:00 – 11:00 [...]

Labor & Leisure

Posted: September 2nd, 2014

The hectic life of a working photographer leaves little time for the relaxation, rejuvenation and play needed for true innovation and creativity. This week, our contributors explore the challenge of balancing labor with leisure and how photographers can get the most out of both.

Start the Conversation – Connecting with Colleagues

Posted: August 27th, 2014

[by Lynn Kyle] My grandfather was a farmer. On days when he was not in the field, he would drive into town to go to the local coffee shop. Parking himself on the bar stool next to the other farmers, he’d talk over current agricultural issues and the business of farming. From the newest fertilizer [...]

Building Your Network

Posted: August 26th, 2014

In today’s hyper-connected digital world, it’s easy to assume that social networking platforms are all you need.  But if you’re looking for connections that go deeper than the occasional “like,” social media alone isn’t enough.  This week, our contributors focus on how to build a network of relationships that will truly support your business and [...]

Gearing up for Fall

Posted: August 25th, 2014

Fall is fast approaching and ASMP is here to help you gear up with fantastic online educational events and discounts on in-person programming.  Take advantage of these great opportunities to gain new sills and grow your business! FREE introductory class: Is UAV Photography Right for You? Monday, September 15, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT [...]

Quick Tips

Posted: August 18th, 2014

I love the long form writing we usually feature in this blog but there’s also great power in a single idea quickly expressed.  This week, our contributors share quick tips on topics of their choosing. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor

Pricing A Job

Posted: August 11th, 2014

I spend a lot of time talking with photographers at all levels – students and recent grads, veterans with 30 or more years behind them and everyone in between.  It seems that every one of them is struggling on some level with figuring out how to price their work.  This week, our contributors shed some [...]

Finding Your Audience

Posted: August 4th, 2014

There are so many reasons we need to find our own audience – from getting our work in front of potential clients to raising support for a project or even helping our clients attract more eyeballs.  This week, our contributors share their insights on the all-important process of identifying and engaging the right people.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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


Posted: June 30th, 2014

This weekend, those of us in the United States will celebrate Independence Day. Like nearly all of the photographers I know, independence is practically a defining characteristic for me.  Whether you’re in the United States or not, I hope you’ll take a few minutes this week to think about what being an independent creator means [...]

Summer Reading

Posted: June 24th, 2014

For many of us, the summer slowdown provides the perfect time to catch up on some great reading.  This week, our contributors hook you up with great reads that will help you grow your business, hone your craft and rejuvenate your spirit. Enjoy! ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

A Great Week for Business

Posted: June 23rd, 2014

Don’t miss the final Business as unUsual of the season. Join us Wednesday! Your Cohesive Vision with Tom Kennedy, Kennedy Multimedia Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern Professional photographers live and die by their portfolios – that small collection of hand-picked images that convince the buyer to reach out…or move on.  A [...]

Managing Overhead

Posted: June 17th, 2014

Like most everyone else in today’s economy, photographers are having to learn how to do more with less.  This week, our contributors share tips and insights into how to keep those pesky overhead costs under control. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor

Grow Your Business

Posted: June 16th, 2014

We’ve got some great programs lined up that will help you prepare for the future, refine your vision, build a better business and gain important new skills. Don’t miss the final evolution/revolution of the season. Join us tomorrow! Photography & Technology – Preparing for Change featuring Taylor Davidson & Paul Melcher Tuesday, June 17, 2014 [...]

Revisiting Failure

Posted: June 9th, 2014

The topic of failure, which we covered here the last week of May, was so popular – and so important – that I decided it deserved a bit more time. This week, our contributors share further insights into the role of failure in a creative life.  ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

Labor Saving Tools & Tricks

Posted: June 2nd, 2014

I don’t know a single photographer who isn’t always insanely busy.  When we have clients, we’re hopping to fulfill their needs and when we don’t have clients, we’re hopping even harder to land them.  This week, our contributors share some tips and tricks that will help you catch your breath.  ~Judy Herrmann, Editor


Posted: May 26th, 2014

There’s a lot of talk in the media about the importance of failure and how it makes people (and products) stronger or better.  While you’re in it, though, failure can be absolutely devastating.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts and experiences on the role of failure in a creative life.

Why Your Payment Terms Aren’t Helping Your Business (and what to do about it)

Posted: May 21st, 2014

[by Angela Pointon] Payment terms are not a customer service differentiator and they never will be. Why? Because service differentiators are meant to attract and appease the kinds of clients you deeply desire for your business. And I have yet to meet a photographer actively seeking out customers that take a long to time to [...]

Getting Paid

Posted: May 20th, 2014

There are few things worse than money conflicts with clients.  This week, our contributors focus on how to handle getting paid in a professional manner that will let you avoid the tough conversations after the fact or, if they’re unavoidable, handle them with aplomb. For more insights on this important topic, register for our free [...]

Knowledge is Power

Posted: May 19th, 2014

ASMP has lined up a collection of great opportunities for you to build your business acumen and gain important new skills.  Don’t miss these great free (or discounted for members) programs:   We’re wrapping up our Business as unUsual webinar season with two industry veterans who are as honest, open and straightforward about sharing knowledge [...]

To Be Published or Self-Publish? Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted: May 16th, 2014

Nearly every photographer I know who has pursued publishing cites Publish Your Photography Book, as a critical resource.  Today, we present a guest post from it’s coauthor Mary Virginia Swanson. Enjoy! ~ Judy Herrmann, editor. [by Mary Virginia Swanson] Photographers often tell me they want a book of their photographs as part of their career [...]

Publishing Your Work

Posted: May 12th, 2014

When it comes to publishing your work, photographers today have more options then ever before.  This week, our contributors share their insights and experiences with getting their work our into the world.

What Every Assistant Should Know…

Posted: May 5th, 2014

Just as photographers need to have a clear understanding of their clients expectations and unmet needs, Photography Assistants – and those aspiring to assist – need a better understanding of their clients.  This week, our contributors shed some light on what matters most to photographers when hiring and working with assistants.


Posted: April 28th, 2014

Whether still or motion, light plays a vital role in shaping how audiences engage with photography.  This week, our contributors offer insights on working with light.

Expand Your Horizons

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

Many photographers today are actively looking for ways to pursue new markets and reach new audiences.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts on expanding photography businesses through new offerings, new technologies and new ways of defining who you are and what you do.

Expand Your Markets, Know Your Rights

Posted: April 21st, 2014

Join us this Wednesday and the following Tuesday for two exciting webinars, then take advantage of ASMP’s great discounts on upcoming educational programs.  Full details below! ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor Marketing the One True You Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page In [...]

Getting A Life

Posted: April 7th, 2014

With all the zillions of things that we have to do just to earn a living as professional still or motion photographers, balancing everything else in life can be pretty challenging.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts on getting a life – or just having one.

A Smarter You

Posted: April 4th, 2014

Smart phones are great but it’s just as important to invest in your own technical, creative and business smarts.  We invite you to take advantage of these great opportunities to up your savvy for free or with heavy discounts for ASMP members. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor Online: Marketing the One True You Wednesday, April 23, [...]

Smarter Smart Phones

Posted: March 31st, 2014

Can smart phones make you smarter?  This week, our contributors share what they do with their smart phones, and what their smartphones to for them.

The Best Advice

Posted: March 24th, 2014

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” ~ David Bailey It’s often said that it’s easier to give advice than receive it.  This week, our contributors test that theory by offering you the best business advice they have to give for photographers today.  We hope you’ll follow [...]

Keeping it Fresh

Posted: March 17th, 2014

Last Wednesday, our Business as unUsual webinar series featured Sean Kernan talking about Your Creative Vision.  This week, our contributors extend that conversation a bit further by providing tips and advice for those who are trying to find (or rediscover) their creative vision. Oh, and if you missed Sean’s excellent webinar, the recording will be [...]

Giving Back

Posted: March 10th, 2014

Paying it forward is a strong motivator for many of us. I’d be hard-pressed to find a photographer who has never been asked to donate their services and from what I can tell, more of us agree than say no.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts on giving back.

Worth Sharing

Posted: March 7th, 2014

As you dive deeper into Social Media mastery, be sure to hone your creativity and innovation skills by joining us for the March Business as unUsual webinar next Wednesday:   Your Creative Vision Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page In a world [...]

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.

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 [...]

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.

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.” [...]

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 [...]

The People Have Spoken

Posted: January 30th, 2014

I am delighted to let you know that ASMP’s Strictly Business Blog was cited as one of the top blogs photographers read in PhotoShelter’s recent industry survey,  Photographer’s Outlook on 2014.  Their survey “…left the question completely open to those who responded — that is each and every response was written in. No suggestions or [...]

The Art of the Estimate

Posted: January 28th, 2014

You work hard to develop a great estimate, you submit it, and then what?  This week, we’ve asked our contributors to address following up on estimates. Of course, following up is just one piece of the puzzle.  Make sure your estimates are built to win. Register for ASMP’s Business as unUsual webinar, The Art of [...]

Your Business in Focus

Posted: January 27th, 2014

The single most important asset of your business is not camera, computer or software.  It’s you!  And, it’s as important to invest in the brains behind the operation as it is to make sure you’ve got the tools to get the job done. ASMP Members enjoy special benefits and deep discounts on these important educational [...]

Big Ideas

Posted: January 20th, 2014

Every once in awhile, I like to give our contributors the opportunity to share whatever they’re thinking about, without the restrictions of our usual topic-based structure.  This week, we’re giving you a glimpse of what’s on our contributors’ minds.

Personal vs. Professional

Posted: January 13th, 2014

When so much of what we’re selling as creative service providers hinges on our own vision and personalities, it’s tough to tell where and how to draw the line between personal and professional. This week, our contributors offer insights into striking the right balance between these opposing yet integral sides of our daily lives.

Focus on Your Business in 2014!

Posted: January 6th, 2014

The new year is a great time to invest in yourself.  Take advantage of these great educational opportunities – free or with valuable discounts for ASMP Members!  Self-Publish Your Photography Book January 8 – That’s this Wednesday! 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page In [...]

Looking Forward

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

The new year is the perfect time to set new goals, make new plans and gear yourself up to get your business going.  This week, our contributors share their thoughts on how to have a prosperous and successful 2014.

‘Tis the Season

Posted: December 23rd, 2013

As we look forward to starting the 5th 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.  And, to you, our readers, for [...]

Going Places

Posted: December 16th, 2013

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss This week, we’ve asked our contributors to share some of their favorite books, blogs, articles and publications that will help you get to the places you want to go.  [...]

Act Now, Save for Later!

Posted: December 13th, 2013

Join us for our free December Business as unUsual webinar next week, then save the date and save some dough (extra if you’re an ASMP member!) on some great 2014 programs: Social Media Risks & Rewards Wednesday, December 18 (that’s next week!) 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A [...]

Nothing Left Unsaid

Posted: December 11th, 2013

[by Kat Dalager] Conflicts between clients and photographers come down to one thing: lack of clear communication. It’s the client’s job to provide adequate information but it’s the photographer’s job to make sure they have all the information they need to estimate, produce and ultimately bill the project. I prefer to provide written specifications to [...]

Conflicts with Clients

Posted: December 9th, 2013

We’ve all had them.  And, no matter who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong, they’re never good for business.  This week, we’ve asked our contributors to focus on how to avoid client conflicts and – when they’re unavoidable – come out the other end a little less worse for wear.

The New Photojournalism

Posted: December 6th, 2013

ASMP’s evolution/revolution webinar series returns this coming Tuesday! Building on the success of ASMP’s Times Center Symposia, our newest online webinar series features big picture future-focused conversations about the state of our industry today and beyond. Join us for our upcoming online webinar: The New Photojournalism: Revolutionaries Speak Out Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:00 – [...]

CGI, One Big Toy Box.

Posted: December 4th, 2013

[by Jeff Glotzl] Or rather, an virtual machine shop with a photo studio in the back. My first exposure to an integrated CGI and photography workflow came when photographer Chris Clor came to speak to my ASMP chapter, to show his work and share his methodology. I was blown away! Chris’ presentation opened my eyes [...]

The Only Limit is Your Own Creativity

Posted: December 3rd, 2013

[by Walt Jones] Imagine a world where all physical limitations are removed. No longer do you care about how long your power cables are, whether you’ll need a 50′ lift to get the perfect angle or if you’re likely to get rained out of the only shoot day available. You get to decide if your [...]

Working Efficiently

Posted: November 18th, 2013

With everything that photographers have to do to promote and run their businesses – let alone provide clients with top-notch service – we can’t afford to waste time.  This week, our contributors focus on helping us get more done in less time.

Big Ideas

Posted: November 11th, 2013

This week we’ve asked our contributors to share what’s on their minds – the big ideas they think photographers should be thinking about…

Finding New Comfort Zones

Posted: November 8th, 2013

[by Chris Odom] A few years ago, I began to receive more and more requests for motion and behind-the-scenes video (BTS) while on assignments. In the beginning, it was easy: hit record, point the camera, capture a few moments, and send the video files off to the client with my final selects. Simple. However, once [...]

The Changing Role of the Professional

Posted: November 5th, 2013

Here at ASMP, we’ve been thinking a lot about how the role of the professional photographer is changing.  Last month, our inaugural evolution/revolution webinar addressed the topic. On Monday, voting will conclude in a constitutional referendum that seeks to change our membership categories to reflect these changes.  It seems only fitting that our posts this [...]

Get Noticed!

Posted: November 4th, 2013

ASMP’s Business as unUsual webinar will show you how: Join us for a conversation with Amy Flurry, author of Recipe for Press November 6 – That’s this Wednesday! 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page Amy Flurry, author of Recipe for Press and contributor to Condé [...]

Thoughts on Social Media

Posted: October 23rd, 2013

[Anna Dickson] The landscape of how people access content is rapidly changing. When social networks launched, the main goal of a profile seemed to be updating the world on what you are doing at that moment– this has evolved into platform for users to share more. They’re sharing their beliefs, thoughts and interests through links [...]

Thoughts on Still & Motion Photography

Posted: October 22nd, 2013

A brief Q&A with Chase Jarvis ASMP: What roles do you see still photographers playing as more and more “still” clients request both still and motion from the same shoot? CJ: The craft has always required adapting to the available tools. We saw this happen more than a dozen years ago with the move to [...]


Posted: October 21st, 2013

Our posts this week feature a mix of regular and guest contributors.  Invited to offer insights into the topic of their choice, they provide a wide-range of ideas each of us can use to improve our businesses.

ASMP’s Hitting The Big Apple!

Posted: October 18th, 2013

Starting this Sunday, October 20, ASMP has a week of great stuff happening in New York.  If you’re lucky enough to be in town, come join us at these exciting and super informative events! Sunday 10/20 – Tuesday 10/22 PACA 18th Annual Conference: “Opportunity in Change” PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, is bringing creators [...]

How Motion is Changing Photography

Posted: October 16th, 2013

[by Whitney Shefte] As visual journalists, it’s our job to tell stories about a world that moves. It only makes sense that video should be regarded as a powerful tool for capturing the full spectrum of life. Photography will never be replaced as a commanding medium. But as more people consume stories on digital platforms, [...]

Shifting Gears between Stills & Motion

Posted: October 15th, 2013

[by Brian Storm] I started as a documentary still photographer and got bit by that bug that most people do when they see a still picture that moves them. But, I’ve found great limitations with still pictures. For me, it’s just not a complete storytelling vehicle; it’s rare to make single picture that tells the [...]

Social Media Terms of Service: Photographers Beware!

Posted: October 14th, 2013

[by Ross Buntrock] In the last nine years social-media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have gone from being sites of niche interest to online behemoths with hundreds of millions of active users. In fact, Instagram just celebrated its third anniversary on October 6, now claiming over 150 million active monthly users. The site is [...]

ASMP@PPE – Speakers Speak Out

Posted: October 8th, 2013

This week, we continue to feature posts from the impressive roster of speakers, moderators and panelist who will present ASMP sponsored programs at Photo Plus Expo. We hope you’ll join us at the Javits Center in New York for our annual member meeting followed by Photo Plus Expo,  October 23 -26. Learn more about ASMP’s [...]

The Changing Role of the Professional Photographer

Posted: October 7th, 2013

ASMP’s Inaugural evolution/revolution Webinar  Launches Tomorrow! Building on the success of ASMP’s Times Center Symposia, our newest webinar series features big picture future-focused conversations about the state of our industry today and beyond. Join us for our inaugural online webinar:
 The Changing Role of the Professional Photographer Tuesday, October 8, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm [...]

It Can’t All Be About Business.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013

[by David Robert Austen] I did a 3-day fine art photography course at the Palm Springs Photo Festival last spring and it changed my way of seeing photography. To rediscover the art is liberating. It is like switching from a telephoto lens to a wide angle lens: I “take in” more. Is it a road [...]

Eye-Opening Experiences

Posted: October 1st, 2013

We’ve all had them – those moments when the lightbulb goes off and you realize that you see your world differently than you did 5 minutes ago.   This week, our contributors share some of their eye-opening experiences and describe how their lives and careers have changed as a result.

Expand Your Business, Expand Your Mind

Posted: September 30th, 2013

This October, ASMP brings you countless ways to gain important industry knowledge and save! October 2 – That’s this Wednesday! 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page Register Today for this Online Event Widely recognized as the top Facebook marketing expert in the world, Mari [...]

Want to Gain More Followers? Leverage The Golden Rule of Social Media!

Posted: September 27th, 2013

[by Shauna Haider] The face of social media has shifted dramatically over the last few years. In the early days, we mostly used both Facebook and Twitter to stay in contact with friends. But now, they’re indispensable for connecting with industry insiders and drawing in potential clients. Engaging on social media is an absolute necessity [...]

Social Media for Photographers

Posted: September 24th, 2013

Next Wednesday (Oct 2), Mari Smith – one of the top Facebook marketing experts in the world – will be joining our Business as unUsual webinar series to discuss social media marketing for photographers, particularly how you can use Facebook to build relationships and market your creative work.  This week, our contributors start that conversation [...]

Social Media ToS

Posted: September 23rd, 2013

In the past few weeks you have no doubt started to see a lot of information and communications from ASMP in regard to several social media platforms and how their Terms of Service affect photographers and other net denizens. This started with the release of The Instagram Papers, an analysis by Peter Krogh which examined [...]

Notes on Email Marketing for Photographers

Posted: September 20th, 2013

[by Jorge Parra] Setting up a marketing campaign, means we have to talk to our potential clients in a language they understand, especially if we are trying to get the attention of advertising and marketing agencies. Marketing and promotion is what they do every single day – it’s the language they speak – so it [...]

Email Marketing For Today’s Marketplace

Posted: September 19th, 2013

[by Heather Lefort] Gaining exposure in your markets is getting increasingly harder throughout the industry. Email marketing has changed. Once, it was all about sending out to the masses, and that simply isn’t an effective strategy anymore. Although exposure is always great, artists can experience more success in their email efforts when basing their marketing on [...]

Setting and Achieving Your Email Marketing Goals

Posted: September 18th, 2013

[by Dean Levitt] When asked why they send out a newsletter, many professional photographers answer along the lines of: “It’s expected of me” “Because it shows off my work” “I want new clients.” Often, very little attention is paid to setting goals, with even less to crafting an email newsletter. However, setting some simple goals [...]

Do What You Like, Like What You Do

Posted: September 18th, 2013

[By Michael Katz] I got a call yesterday from Carol in Nashville. She was convinced of the value of an E-Newsletter for her business (smart woman). But … she hates writing. “I’m great with a microphone,” she said, “but when I write it sounds stiff and formal – I absolutely hate doing it.” Given all [...]

Marketing Within Specialties

Posted: September 17th, 2013

[by Genive Purchase] With so many options out there, many photographers seem to have difficulty narrowing down the companies that they want to promote themselves to. While I can’t tell you which companies are the best to choose for your photography, I can give some tips on how to generate your own accurate, relevant promotions [...]

E-Mail Marketing

Posted: September 16th, 2013

Despite the rapid rise of social media, traditional e-mail marketing is far from over.  From getting into the In box to getting read and remembered, our contributors this week – a mix of practictioners and professional email marketing specialists – examine email marketing for photographers.

Cash Flow

Posted: September 10th, 2013

Over 30% of all new businesses fail within the first 5 years.  Many of those failures can be laid at the doorstep of inadequate cash flow.  This week, our contributors examine how photographers can effectively manage their cash flow.

Business as unUsual

Posted: September 9th, 2013

  ASMP’s Business as unUsual webinar series returns this Wednesday! Join us for a conversation with designer, Deb Pang Davis: September 11 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page Deb Pang Davis of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School joins us to discuss content strategy for photographers, [...]

Repurposing Your Content

Posted: September 4th, 2013

[by Kat Dalager] What is content? To backtrack a bit, let’s make a distinction between photography and content. Photography is content, but not all content is photography. Content can be still or moving imagery, sound, music or text. The new uses of content require a paradigm shift in how marketers distribute their messages. Fundamentally, it’s [...]

The Wonderful World of Content

Posted: September 4th, 2013

Next Wednesday, Syracuse University’s Deb Pang Davis will be joining our Business as unUsual webinar series to discuss content strategy for photography, particularly how you can use apps, e-books and other new technologies to repackage your existing content into effective marketing tools. This week, we’ve asked our contributors to get the ball rolling by focusing [...]

Susan Carr: Intimate Histories

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

One year ago today, ASMP Education Director, Susan Carr, was cut down in her prime by pancreatic cancer.  Many of us knew Susan through her roles as an incisive author, engaging educator and tireless advocate for professional photographers, but Susan was also a distinguished artist in her own right. From 2000 to 2009, Susan worked [...]

Finding Your Voice

Posted: August 26th, 2013

As photographers, we put a lot of time and energy into developing our vision.  But in today’s digital marketplace, getting comfortable with your writing style matters more than ever.  This week, our contributors will set aside the picture and focus on the 1000 words.

Gearing Up for Fall

Posted: August 23rd, 2013

As the carefree days of Summer wind to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere, thoughts turn to preparing for busier times ahead.  As always, ASMP’s got you covered: Free Copyright Webinar August 27, 4 pm Eastern Our very own Richard Kelly will be joining PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi for an important conversation about How to [...]

Prepping for Post

Posted: August 22nd, 2013

[by Abba Shapiro] Once you have your footage recorded, it is time to edit.  Usually there are three scenarios: You edit everything yourself. You hand off all your materials to a professional editor and let them cut your show. You do a rough cut of your show and hand that rough cut off to a [...]

The Power of a Designed Storyline in a Frame!

Posted: August 21st, 2013

[by Eran Stern] “A good film originates from a great still frame.” My first year students start their studies based on this statement. It’s even more meaningful to those who make their first steps in the field of Video and Motion Design. When we wish to tell a story using visual images it’s important to [...]

Camera Movement

Posted: August 20th, 2013

[by Jem Schofield] Cinematography is comprised of three disciplines. Lighting, composition & camera movement. While lighting and composition aren’t unique to the craft of cinematography (photography, of course, uses both of these), camera movement is. It’s that movement that helps create certain moods in a scene (in both scripted and documentary works), and that makes cinematography [...]

Post-Production Tips for Video

Posted: August 20th, 2013

This week, we turn our focus to what still photographers need to understand about video post-production.  Our guest contributors are all featured speakers at the Los Angeles Post|Production Conference, which runs September 25-27.  Early bird registration ends this Saturday.  ASMP members save an additional 10% off all package pricing.

ASMP Alert – The Instagram Papers

Posted: August 19th, 2013

For some time, the ASMP has been monitoring and reporting on the Terms of Service for social media distributors of images.  After studying the current Instagram terms, we have determined that they are too far-reaching and unreasonable. First, they grant Instagram a perpetual use license without any right of termination. Second, they appear to give [...]

Lessons Learned

Posted: August 12th, 2013

This week, in honor of all those College students preparing to go back to school, we’ve asked our contributors to share with us the advice they would give their own College selves from the perspective of what they’ve learned since then.

The Value of the Professional

Posted: August 5th, 2013

The following paragraphs have been excerpted from the Executive Summary and Prepared Statement that ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik was invited to present before the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on Thursday, July 25th.  We invite you to read his full testimony at Simply put, ASMP’s members and professional [...]


Posted: August 5th, 2013

This week, our contributors examine the role of the professional in a world where everyone has a camera.

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  

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 [...]

Social Media for Photographers

Posted: June 24th, 2013

Join us online this Wednesday for some candid insights into using Social Media to grow your business! Wednesday, June 26 10:00 – 11:00 am pacific / 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern Register today! Frederick Van Johnson, host of This Week in Photo (TWiP) and founder of MediaBytes, is a self-proclaimed “nerd who loves photography, marketing [...]

ASMP and CEPIC in Partnership at CEPIC 13

Posted: June 21st, 2013

[by Christina Vaughan] When I was elected President of CEPIC in 2009 in the East German city of Dresden, I was bowled away by the fascinating buildings and art treasures. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city center. A controversial Allied aerial bombing towards the end of [...]

Reaching New Audiences

Posted: June 20th, 2013

[by Benjamin Lowy] I recently completed a whirlwind trip to Barcelona to participate in the annual CEPIC Congress. In a nutshell it’s a meeting of all the organizations and companies that make income from the selling and buying of stock photography. The dominant conversations at the convention were less about the creation of unique photography [...]

What’s ASMP doing in Barcelona?

Posted: June 17th, 2013

[by Eugene Mopsik] On Tuesday, June 11, ASMP partnered with CEPIC – the association for stock image distributors in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia to produce a day of photographer centered programing for their annual Congress. In an effort to learn more about the market for images out side of the US, ASMP first attended [...]

Workers’ Compensation Insurance – Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Posted: May 30th, 2013

[by Don Pickard] Photographers hire assistants, hair and makeup, talent, drivers, catering and a host of other services on a daily basis. Most photographers use 1099’s and classify these services as “Independent Contractors”. The most frequently asked questions are: What is the difference between an Employee vs. Independent Contractor? Is my business required to maintain [...]

Looking Beyond Equipment Insurance

Posted: May 29th, 2013

[by Scott Taylor] Most of my initial conversations with photographers start out with them requesting insurance coverage for their cameras. They are concerned about their equipment being stolen or damaged. My standard response is for them to make sure that whatever policy they buy that the equipment is covered worldwide, for the replacement value of [...]

Ramp Up Your Business!

Posted: May 27th, 2013

  May 29 – That’s this Wednesday! 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Plus additional Q&A on ASMP’s Facebook page Register Today for this Online Event Our May Business as unUsual webinar will feature Danielle Currier and Larry Volk, authors of No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and [...]

Grow Your Business and Save!

Posted: May 13th, 2013

ASMP has lined up some great opportunities for you to get the tools you need to succeed.  Join us at: Chicago: May 20 – 21 Atlantic City: June 3 – 4 Los Angeles: July 15 – 16 Las Vegas: August 5 – 6 ALERT: The first 50 ASMP members to register for On the Road [...]

Expand Your Horizons!

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

This Spring, join ASMP for some fantastic opportunities to grow your business, your skills and your reach! April 24, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 pacific Register Today for this Online Event Our April Business as unUsual webinar features Frank Meo of The Photo Closer.  For over 25 years, Frank has [...]

ASMP in Motion

Posted: April 15th, 2013

[by Eugene Mopsik] For the third consecutive year ASMP/ASMP Motion has participated in the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual trade show in Las Vegas.  Over 100,000 attendees with acres of exhibits!   We have a booth primarily showcasing the advantages of ASMP Motion – our Motion specialty group -  and we provide educational programing on [...]

Your Source for Education and Inspiration!

Posted: April 1st, 2013

This month and next, ASMP is offering lots of opportunities to express your vision and expand your horizons.  We invite you to be part of these exciting industry events! Calling all ASMP Members! Submission Deadline: May 1, 2013 Place your images — and your business — front and center in the photo world by submitting [...]

Photographers’ Self-Promotion

Posted: March 25th, 2013

Join us this Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00 pm eastern for some candid insights into photographers’ self-promotion! For over 20 years, Michael Bilbrey has hired and worked with countless photographers to develop advertising campaigns for Leo Burnett – the 9th largest global ad agency and one of the most awarded creative communications companies in the [...]

ASMP Members save over $300 on WPPI!

Posted: March 4th, 2013

WPPI is offering ASMP Members a special discount on the full conference registration package.  For just $95 you get: Access to all Platform Classes — over 100 classes to choose from (including 4 ASMP sponsored programs) Special evening networking events 3-day admission to the biggest Expo for wedding and portrait photographers (March 11-13) Entry to [...]

20 Ways to Improve Your Photography Business

Posted: March 4th, 2013

This month and next, ASMP is offering over 20 fantastic seminars for student, emerging and established professionals across the country. Join us in March at: ASMP Seminars at B&H Photo’s Event Space The ASMP is sponsoring two programs by ASMP Educators at the B&H Photo Event Space in March.  Thomas Werner will present The Business [...]

Business as unUsual – Rescheduled!

Posted: February 25th, 2013

ASMP’s February Business as unUsual Webinar is moving to March 27th! Due to unforeseen circumstances our guest, Michael Bilbrey, Sr. Production Consultant for Leo Burnett USA, will not be able to participate this Wednesday.  Join us instead on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00 – 11:00 am pacific Plus 30 [...]

Grow or Die!

Posted: February 11th, 2013

The ASMP has been busy developing a host of opportunities to help you grow your business in the next couple of months.  Join us online and in person: On your computer, tablet or smartphone: February 27 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern / 10:00-11:00 am pacific Our February Business as unUsual webinar features Michael Bilbrey , Senior [...]

Join the Conversation!

Posted: January 21st, 2013

During the last 10 days of January, ASMP is starting some great conversations you’ll want to be a part of. Join us: In Los Angeles at Photo LA January 21 (that’s today!) 3:30 – 5:00 pm pacific Sustainable Business Models: Continuing the Conversation Building on ASMP’s acclaimed Symposium, Sustainable Business Models: Issues & Trends Facing [...]

Expanding Your Horizons

Posted: January 2nd, 2013

This month brings several opportunities to explore new services, new business models and new ways of looking at your business.  ASMP invites you to join us at: TAP! 2013 – January 8 – 11, 2013 – ASMP Members save $250.00! Today, you have a unique opportunity to use new publication and distribution tools to grow [...]

Ring Out the Old…Ring In the New

Posted: December 24th, 2012

The ASMP Strictly Business team will be taking this week off to celebrate the holidays.  We hope that you are doing the same! You may have noticed a few differences around here this past month: Irene Owsley and Bruce Katz, both members of the ASMP National Board joined our blog as new contributors. One of [...]

ASMP Speaks Out on Instagram Terms

Posted: December 20th, 2012

On December 17, Instagram announced new Terms of Service that would include allowing the company to use uploaded photos in its own advertising. The new language also appeared to allow Instagram to use uploaded images in third-party ads — earning money for Instagram — with no compensation to the photographer. The photo community’s negative reaction [...]

Back Up Your Work Offsite

Posted: December 12th, 2012

[Guest Contributor: Jason Gardner] In this digital age, backing up files is important. In all the seminars and workshops about workflow, I’ve been exhorted, begged, pleaded — “backup your work!” Remember the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies, 2 different media, 1 offsite. See for a detailed explanation. I had done the 3 and the 2, [...]

Successful Stock Licensing

Posted: December 10th, 2012

Join us this Wednesday, December 12 at 1:00 pm eastern for some candid insights into licensing your photos as stock. Despite the ongoing rumors of its demise, the licensing of stock imagery still generates billions of dollars world-wide. Blend Images, a photographer owned cooperative agency has successfully adapted to the dramatic changes that have hit [...]

Taking Risks

Posted: November 26th, 2012

This week we turn our attention to risk taking.  Itself a risky topic, we remind you that the opinions, experiences and advice provided by our contributors may not work for everyone.  Use your own best judgment to find the best path for you and your business.

With Thanks

Posted: November 22nd, 2012

Today, those of us in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving – a day for friends and family to come together and focus on all we have to be grateful for.  We give thanks to you, our readers, for giving purpose to this work and to our contributors, for their tireless efforts to help their [...]

Big Ideas Coming Your Way

Posted: November 7th, 2012

Business as unUsual – on a computer or device near you November 7, 2012 (Today!) Join us today at 1:00 pm eastern for our inaugural Business as unUsual webinar featuring Mary Virginia Swanson.  Packed with visual examples, this interactive program will help you grow your business by developing and presenting a cohesive vision to a [...]

Join ASMP at Photo Plus Expo This Week!

Posted: October 22nd, 2012

ASMP invites you to join us at the PDN/Photo Plus Expo October 24-27 in New York City’s Jacob Javits Center.  We hope you’ll take advantage of our many offerings there: ASMP’s Annual Meeting will be held October 24th, 4 pm, in Room 1E07 of the Javits Center.  In addition to updates about ASMP activities, Members [...]

5 Things You Can Do Tomorrow

Posted: October 12th, 2012

The third and final panel discussion at the ASMP Symposium, concluded with a question tweeted by Livestream attendee, Gale Zucker, who asked the panelists to suggest 3 steps photographers could “take tomorrow to succeed, grow or sustain their business.”  You’ll find their complete answers in the recording from the livestreamed event. “Have a strategy for [...]

Marketing to Marketers

Posted: October 11th, 2012

The following quotes come from the first 15 minutes of the panel discussion Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators. Are these the answers? from the ASMP Symposium.  The implications apply equally to our own businesses and those of our clients. “The way that we deliver information to our readers is varied…digitally, online on [...]

Photographers as Visual Assets Experts

Posted: October 9th, 2012

[by Jan Klier] I attended the ASMP Symposium on Sustainable Business Models at The Times Center – a wonderful conversation within the commercial photo industry on how to deal with the rapidly changing market conditions and maintain a sustainable commercial photography business. Speakers ranged from experienced photographers like Andy Batt and Gail Mooney to art [...]

A-ha Moments Worth Sharing

Posted: October 3rd, 2012

“Camera’s are pencils. Everybody has one. It’s what you do with it…” ~ Rob Haggart, – Rob Penner, “Free is not a business model.” “Photographers are all ‘lone wolves’ and getting them to collaborate is very difficult.” “Your Art will endure long after current business websites are gone.” – Carl Vernlund, My [...]

Step 1: Find Your Vision

Posted: October 2nd, 2012

The following quotes come from the first 15 minutes of the ASMP Symposium session entitled “A Candid Discussion with Working Pros: Have They Found the Answers?”, moderated by Jay Kinghorn.  We hope these quotes entice you to watch (or rewatch) the event and invite you to share your Symposium a-ha moments by emailing “It’s [...]

ASMP Symposium: Today.

Posted: September 27th, 2012

9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Eastern) Join the discussion: Live. Live Stream. TWUBS #SBMS2012  

Small Changes Taken Together

Posted: September 25th, 2012

Therese Gietler, producer and manager of AndyBATT Studio, serves as a panelist for the session “A Candid Discussion with Working Pros. Have they found the answers?” during ASMP’s Symposium this Thursday. In person attendees can register here.  Registration is not required for the live stream presentation. There are days that I love my job, and [...]

The Meeting…

Posted: September 20th, 2012

Liz Miller-Gershfeld, VP, Sr. Art Producer at Energy BBDO, brings nearly 20 years of experience producing award-winning advertising to ASMP’s September 27th Symposium where she will serve as a panelist for the session “Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators. Are these the answers?”   In person attendees can register here.  Registration is not [...]

Sustainable Business Models

Posted: September 19th, 2012

CEO of VII Photo, Stephen Mayes has had a long and illustrious career as a leader in the stock licensing arena. Stephen will serve as a panelist for the session “The Challenge: Sustainable and Ongoing Creator Compensation” during ASMP’s September 27th Symposium. In person attendees can register here.  Registration is not required for the live [...]

Join ASMP at DV West and Save!

Posted: September 17th, 2012

ASMP invites you to be our guest at Digital Video Expo, September 19 – 21, 2012 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Register online with code EXH to receive a free exhibit hall pass (a $25 value) and $50 off the LA Post | Production Conference, co-located at DV Expo. ASMP Members: Use our Member Benefits [...]

Business Evolution

Posted: September 14th, 2012

 Andy Batt, a photographer working with both still and motion imagery will serve as a panelist for the session “A Candid Discussion with Working Pros. Have they found the answers?” during ASMP’s September 27th Symposium. In person attendees can register here.  Registration is not required for the live stream presentation. Our current business model is [...]

Collective Rights Management

Posted: September 13th, 2012

CEO of the Copyright Licensing Agency, Kevin Fitzgerald, has also worked as a publisher and writer.  Kevin will serve as a panelist for the session “The Challenge: Sustainable and Ongoing Creator Compensation” during ASMP’s September 27th Symposium. In person attendees can register here.  Registration is not required for the live stream presentation. A key barrier [...]

What an Indie Rockstar Can Teach Photographers

Posted: September 12th, 2012

By providing a user friendly and feature rich technological infrastructure, PhotoShelter, allows creators to license existing imagery independently.  PhotoShelter Co-Founder and Chairman, Allen Murabayashi, will serve as a panelist for the session “Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators. Are these the answers?” during ASMP’s September 27th Symposium. In person attendees can register here.  [...]

Sustainable Business Models & Markets

Posted: September 10th, 2012

On September 27, 2012, the ASMP will launch its second Symposium and a new book, The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography.  For the next three weeks, we will post contributions from the speakers, organizers and contributors to both of these ground-breaking initiatives.  This series begins today with comments from ASMP’s Executive Director, Eugene [...]

Posted: September 7th, 2012

  “You must be dedicated to finding your own vision and, to do that, you must make the photographs.  There is no easy button to push in becoming an artist; and there is no one size fits all formula for success.  It is personal and it is work.” ~Susan Carr The Art and Business of [...]

Posted: September 6th, 2012

  © Susan Carr

Posted: September 5th, 2012

  © Susan Carr This week, we celebrate Susan Carr’s life and honor her work by posting a photograph each day from Susan’s Intimate Histories:The Power of Place and Significance of Home.  Between 2000 and 2009, Susan created these evocative portraits of homes in which the same family or individual had lived for 40 years [...]

In Memoriam: Susan Carr

Posted: September 4th, 2012

  © Susan Carr “To find your calling is a gift.  A purpose provides the drive to pursue excellence along with an unwavering belief that your work is of value. When you can take this resolve and turn it into a vocation you achieve a rare and extraordinary feat.” ~ Susan Carr, “The Art and [...]

The Future of Your Creative Rights

Posted: August 20th, 2012

Mark your calendar for this free online event: Wednesday, August 29th at 12 pm pacific/3 pm eastern One week from Wednesday, chasejarvisLIVE in collaboration with ASMP presents: The Future of Your Creative Rights: the Good, Bad and Ugly Trends for Photographers in the New Media and How to Make it All work for You This [...]

Save the Date: Luminance 2012

Posted: August 13th, 2012

September in New York just keeps getting better! In addition to the ASMP Symposium at The TimesCenter in New York on September 27, we are looking forward to Luminance 2012: A Very Different Photography Event, September 12-13 at the BMCC TriBeCa Performing Arts Center. Created by PhotoShelter, Luminance promises insights into the trends, innovations and [...]

Save the Date: ASMP Symposium

Posted: August 9th, 2012

Don’t miss ASMP’s Upcoming Symposium featuring: A Candid Discussion with Working Pros Panelists: – Andy Batt and Therese Geitler (AndyBATT Studio) – Ron Haviv (VII) – Gail Mooney (Kelly Mooney Productions) Moderated by: Jay Kinghorn (Kinghorn Visual) Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators Panelists: – Liz Miller-Gershfeld (BBDO) – Allen Murabayashi (PhotoShelter) – [...]

Inexpensive Photo Cards Offer Big Returns

Posted: July 18th, 2012

[by Rosh Sillars] Photo cards printed at the local lab made my career in the early 2000s.  They are still valuable today.  I can explain what I do, but until someone really sees my images on a photo card, they really have no idea of my style or quality of work. Yes, we have iPads [...]

ASMP App Support

Posted: July 13th, 2012

We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has taken the time to send us feedback on the new ASMP Releases app. We want to hear from you!  To make it easier, we’ve created a handy online form that lets you report bugs or request new features for both our Apps: ASMP Releases [...]

Introducing ASMP’s New Releases App

Posted: July 9th, 2012

Managing model and property releases just got a whole lot easier with ASMP’s new free Releases App.  The initial version will work on iPhones and iPads but versions for Android and other platforms are in the works.  Available for download through the App store, ASMP Releases is the “must-have” app for photographers working in all [...]

Independence for All

Posted: July 2nd, 2012

For the editorial team here at the ASMP Strictly Business Blog, Independence Day has special meaning.  We believe in the power of independent creators and do our best to provide the information you need to grow your business and hone your craft. We welcome your input.  Help us help you by letting us know what [...]

Join ASMP at DV Expo East – This Wednesday

Posted: June 18th, 2012

If you’re in New York this Wednesday and you’re interested in honing your digital video skills, be sure to attend DV Expo East! The premier destination for content creation professionals, DV Expo East offers you the opportunity to explore the latest technologies, learn from world class professionals and connect with peers who share the same [...]

Get Inspired to Succeed – Clarion Call 2012

Posted: April 11th, 2012

If you’re eager to build a successful photography business, Selina Maitreya’s upcoming Clarion Call 2012 covers key steps to success in today’s commercial photography market.   This free online program provides over 7 hours of up-to-the-minute information and time-tested advice.   Selina has gathered an illustrious group of presenters including our very own contributors, Judy Herrmann and [...]

Things You Never Learned in School

Posted: March 2nd, 2012

The Agency Access Academy launched today with a free on-demand webinar, Things You Never Learned in School, presented by Amanda Sosa-Stone and Jennifer Kilberg.  Learn how to build long-lasting client relationships and use marketing tools like cold calls and elevator speeches effectively.  This webinar will be available for a limited time only, so register today.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted: February 27th, 2012

This week, we set our sights on the licensing and the future.  We’ll explore this topic here on this blog and in the ninth webinar of The Future of Art & Commerce: What Users & Creators of Visual Content Need to Know in These Rapidly Changing Times, a series of free webinars jointly produced by [...]

A Valuable ASMP Member Benefit – FoundFolios

Posted: February 17th, 2012

Did you know that ASMP members get 15% off any FoundFolios membership?  FoundFolios is a creative network where photographers can showcase their work to other creatives looking for talent.  They offer great-looking portfolios and they back it up with marketing support!  The news just got even more interesting this week with their launch of FoundPicks, a [...]

Tracking Image Licensing Rights – The Universal Solution

Posted: January 13th, 2012

[by Roger Feldman] Image rights holders and image users face a daunting challenge when it comes to managing licensed rights. Each year, untold thousands of rights managed, royalty free, and wholly owned images are licensed and used under vastly different terms and conditions, making the management and tracking of rights over time extremely difficult. Yet [...]

Why Your Photo Relicensing is a Miserable Failure

Posted: January 12th, 2012

[by Allen Murabayashi] We don’t need to rehash how the Getty’s industry consolidation, digital photography and microstock made it virtually impossible to be a full-time stock photographer. It’s easy to point the finger at Getty (and they undoubtedly deserve a few fingers), but digital photography alone would have shifted the pricing dynamics to what they [...]

Licensing Stock Imagery: Do You Like Roller Coasters?

Posted: January 11th, 2012

[by Patrick Donehue] If so, the next few years, with regard to image licensing and distribution, will be exciting and even an electrifying ride for you.  It may also be a bit hair raising, but isn’t that part of this addictive game that we all play? The future of image licensing and distribution will continue [...]

Creating Sustainability

Posted: January 10th, 2012

Technological changes and the global recession have left the entire visual communications industry scrambling.  Publishers, advertising agencies, corporations and all of us – the creators of the visual content they use – are struggling to redefine both the value of our offerings and how we monetize them. Examining Compensation Models for Visual Content, the sixth [...]

The Future of Art & Commerce

Posted: January 9th, 2012

This week, we turn our attention to “The Future of Art & Commerce: What Creators and Users of Visual Content Need to Know in these Rapidly Changing Times.”  Jointly produced by the ASMP and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) this series of 10 free webinars brings users and creators of visual content together for an in-depth [...]

Celebrating the Season

Posted: December 23rd, 2011

As the year draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank all of you for making this blog a success and wish you health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. We welcome your suggestions for topics you’d like to see us cover in 2012. You can submit these as [...]

ASMP Continues Support for YPA

Posted: December 17th, 2011

Two exciting announcements for young photographers and those who support them: The American Society of Media Photographers has awarded a two year grant to the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) to continue it’s Mentoring Program during 2012 & 2013. ASMP’s Education Director, Susan Carr, will bring her years of experience and passion for supporting the needs [...]

Great Gifts for Photographers

Posted: December 16th, 2011

The ASMP has recently launched an online store featuring gifts for anyone who loves photography. The site features nearly 50 fabulous books authored, edited or photographed by ASMP members. Offerings include instructional books to help you build a successful photography business, take better photographs, and master photography related technologies and techniques as well as art [...]

Giving Thanks

Posted: November 23rd, 2011

In the spirit of the days to come, we’d like to take a moment to give thanks. To our readers for making this work meaningful.  To our contributors for providing inspiration, information and wisdom.  To our vast and ever-changing profession for giving us good reasons to come together here and learn something new every day.  [...]

Attention – Opportunity to Claim Unpaid Royalties!

Posted: November 17th, 2011

Authors Coalition of America, LLC (“ACA”), has identified a number of American Photographers and Illustrators who may be due royalty payments from non-U.S. sources. These royalties have been received to compensate authors for the foreign reprographic use of U.S. copyrighted materials. Please visit the ACA website at and click on the Individual Author Distributions [...]

Be Part of the Solution

Posted: November 14th, 2011

The 15 members of the ASMP National Board will meet this weekend to discuss and debate the issues facing our Society and our industry.  Like all good leaders, they welcome your participation and invite you to send feedback, suggestions, ideas and proposals for review and consideration. The meeting starts Friday, November 18th so be sure [...]

Join ASMP at Photo Plus Expo

Posted: October 26th, 2011

ASMP invites you to join us at Photo Plus Expo in New York’s Jacob Javits Center,  Today through Saturday. Visit our booth (#1276) where we’ll have representatives from the U.S. Copyright Office available to answer your questions. Members can also sign up for free consultations with industry experts and consultants. Attend our sponsored seminars, where [...]

ASMP Seminars Launched

Posted: September 29th, 2011

We’ve set our sights on industry trends this week and you will not find better information and tools for staying on top our changing industry than the 2011-2012 ASMP Seminars.   This year, ASMP offers 4 invaluable programs from outstanding veteran SB3 speakers: Blake Discher, Tom Kennedy, Jay Kinghorn, and Colleen Wainwright: The Agile Photographer: A Multimedia [...]