Author Archive

Out of Email

Posted: August 6th, 2015

[by Paul Oemig] The ongoing influx of email…It never ends. In an effort to simplify the email loop, if that’s even possible, I have found it helpful to try to take communications I regularly have with collaborators and clients out of email, and either 1) get on the phone or 2) switch to dedicated project [...]

Perceiving Unity

Posted: May 7th, 2015

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

Editing Authority

Posted: February 3rd, 2015

[by Paul Oemig] One policy I regularly include in contract terms is defining who has editing authority. The term reads clearly as: EDITING AUTHORITY – The Photographer reserves the right to edit and will be the final authority on the images that will be offered to the client. It might seem like a minor clause, [...]

No More Noise

Posted: October 23rd, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] About a year ago, the rather adamant designer Mike Monteiro blogged about an experience after talking to a Quaker near his home in Philadelphia. Not being religious himself, he inquired about how their religious services were conducted. The Quaker told him that during their religious gatherings they simply meet and sit together [...]

The New Networking

Posted: August 26th, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] Cocktail parties. Crowded conferences. Brief business card exchanges — the tenets of traditional networking. While all those things certainly have their place, they are seldom a good method by which to build a solid network. Unfortunately, in such environments there is rarely time to form relationships in earnest and of those in attendance, mentalities akin [...]

You Don’t Hire the Work

Posted: August 18th, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] There’s a maxim that goes as follows: “You don’t hire the work, you hire the person.” People may initially discover us because they saw striking work, whether in our portfolios or elsewhere, but it’s important to remember when it comes to hiring on a new project, past work is just that: past. You can’t hire [...]

First, Inspect The Shed

Posted: June 2nd, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] As creative professionals, we are all farmers. We plan, we labor in cycles, and weather willing, we harvest. To help us tend to our fields, we rely on various tools and the experience of our fellow countrymen to not only help save us effort but to grow better produce. But just like the farmer [...]

Your Work Is A Gift

Posted: March 24th, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] “Your work is a gift.” Those five words from James Victore make for some of the best business advice I have ever received. At first glance though, that perspective shift may seem rather counterintuitive to business. Consider four reasons why it is anything but: It reminds us of our contribution. That counsel emphasizes [...]

Free Association

Posted: March 21st, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] Suddenly, there it is. After so much time, and thought, and effort working on your project you’ve reached it: the proverbial brick wall. It was half-expected, but never could you have imagined it would be so staggering, or appear so suddenly. Whether it’s a wall of mental fear, or impoverished resources, or muddled communications, feelings [...]

Craft is Not Connection

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] A small child takes a piece of paper, a couple markers and crayons, and begins to draw a picture. He struggles, tongue-biting, his hand slipping occasionally, but finally completes the drawing to his liking; he adds a few words below. It’s crude: a corner has been torn, the colors don’t mesh, the figures are disproportionate, [...]

The Division of Vision

Posted: January 13th, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] Looking through a person’s portfolio you may see a tab labeled “personal” work, like a small box of memento objects tucked in the corner of a room. The rest of the work, usually a larger portion, may be presented as “professional” work; work that was commissioned for someone else. But why the [...]

It’s Not Strictly Business

Posted: November 11th, 2013

Editor’s note: I first met Paul Oemig at WPPI On the Road in Chicago. Our conversation on the changing role of professional photographers inspired the subsequent Bulletin article, It’s Like This Now, and our inaugural evolution/revolution webinar.  I am delighted to introduce him as a new contributor to the ASMP Strictly Business Blog. ~JH [by [...]