Archive for Blogs

Why the Middle Class Matters

Posted: July 6th, 2016

[by Jan Klier] Cross-posting from LinkedIn. These days there is a lot of talk about the state of the middle class in the world. As a matter of fact, the middle class does not only matter politically, but also within the economic bounds of a specific industry, such as the photography industry. Most photographers entering the [...]

Advertiser Pledge Sets Example of Accountability in the Fight Against Piracy

Posted: June 30th, 2016

With the recent establishment of our partnership with George Mason University’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP), ASMP will begin to include cross-postings in Strictly Business about  political, economic, and social trends related to a broad range of infringement issues being addressed by CPIP and its contributors. Cross-posted from the Mister Copyright blog. It should come as no [...]

Establishing A Unique Brand

Posted: May 31st, 2016

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] It’s often the case that finding yourself as an artist is difficult with all the distracting noise out there in the business. It is a difficult thing to look within, find that inner clarity, listen to that voice within and THEN build a strong brand-name around that vision. But, as artists, this [...]

How Your Portfolio Edit Can Support or Tank Your Brand

Posted: May 9th, 2016

[by Carolyn Potts] Show too much=Risk being forgettable. You probably know by now that your brand is way more than your logo. It’s visual consistency throughout your online and offline presence. Think of Apple. One of the most iconic brands we know and probably the most widely-used example in discussions about branding excellence. If you [...]

Listening and Looking for Solutions

Posted: April 13th, 2016

Success Story Series – Part 1 [by Todd Joyce] A very large law firm contracted me to photograph headshots for their company. It was stressed to me that the lawyers’ time is very valuable, especially if they were a partner at the firm, so we had to be as efficient as possible. The marketing director also [...]

Why Am I Here?

Posted: April 11th, 2016

In Which I Write A Blog Post About Blogging And The Symbiotic Spokes In The Wheel That Is Social Media. [by Barry Schwartz] For the longest time I could not figure out what social media could do for me. So I did nothing. Or almost nothing: I had a mousy level of participation on Facebook, which [...]

The Art of Self-Promotion

Posted: March 31st, 2016

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Self-promotion is a tricky business – a delicate recipe of resources, relationships, and timing. An artist gains traction and momentum by being seen in many credible places at one time. So how do we accomplish that without becoming full time marketing gurus? How do we come across as confident without looking arrogant? How do [...]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted: February 29th, 2016

[by Carolyn Potts] How to Find Your Authentic Marketing Voice on Your Phone When you speak in an authentic voice, you attract like-minded individuals. These are the people who become your ideal clients – clients who deeply resonate with you, your values, and your vision. But how do you write the words to communicate with [...]

Writing Is Like Eating

Posted: February 22nd, 2016

[by Luke Copping] I’m not a fan of Soylent – the light on flavor beige goo that’s all the rage amongst fitness nuts, post humanists, and optimization-obsessed executives. It’s supposedly a nutritionally complete liquid food that can replace all of your meals. It’s easy to digest, cheap, gives you everything you need to get through the [...]

Giving Good Blog

Posted: October 24th, 2014

[by Kat Dalager] Okay, I’m going to name names: Chris Buck gives great blog. His posts are witty and fun and they make me want to read the whole thing. His stories are interesting and his photos help tell the story. Sure, not everyone will be able to blog about a shoot with comedian Steve [...]

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 Sphere of the Blog

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

[by John Welsh] Yeah, well, I never liked the word Blog. It’s clumsy. I think of Blah and Ugh and other reflections of ugly. And having heard “just read my blog” a few thousand times makes my eyes bleed at the thought of another rambling about a topic surely mundane. Enter the writer and journalist, [...]

The Blog is Dead! Long Live the Blog!

Posted: October 21st, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Blog. Don’t blog. To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Well not really, but more on that in a little bit. First a brief history: In the late 1990′s people began keeping online journals, called weblogs (those morphed into ‘we blog’ as a joke and blog stuck). Posts would include the date [...]

Do Blogs Still Have a Place?

Posted: October 20th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Circa 2000-2005, blogs were the primary way individuals could reach an audience on the Internet. Many used blogging to express themselves, offer insights and opinions, or address niche interests not being discussed in mainstream media. To a large degree, the emergence of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media streams in the past [...]

Sucuri: A Web App To Keep Your Websites Safe

Posted: August 15th, 2012

[by Jay Kinghorn] Recently, my WordPress blogs were hacked, so visitors to my site were redirected to a Russian malware site. This prompted Google to flag my site as a potential malware host (rightfully) scaring off visitors to my site. This couldn’t have come at a worse time as I was wrapping up a speaking [...]

Slow-Blogging for a Fast-Paced Age

Posted: December 9th, 2011

[by Colleen Wainwright] Blogging hit the mainstream about four years ago, but much of the advice I encounter around how to do it well still seems written for the “Wild West” era of 2004-2006. Yes, you need to stick to your area of expertise. Sure, “Top 47 Ways” posts will still draw wandering eyeballs. And [...]

The Best Blogs

Posted: December 8th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn] The best blogs inspire, educate and inform. They make me think deeply about a subject or provide insights I hadn’t yet considered. The best blogs are a gift to their readers. The best blogs aren’t overly promotional, self-congratulatory or read like a press release. The world needs more “best” blogs and far [...]

Build a Relationship with Your Readers

Posted: December 7th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While writing a viral blog post may seem important, long-term success comes from maintaining the readers (and clients) you already have. To do this, you must build a meaningful relationship with your audience. Here are a few ways to initially connect and  then build on that connection. Stay Focused What is your [...]

Fifteen Blog Post Ideas

Posted: December 6th, 2011

[by Rosh Sillars] As a photographer I’ve always wanted to share an insider’s view of who I am as a professional.  Unfortunately, for many years there wasn’t a good way to go about it. Blogging had been around for a while before it hit me that I could use this tool to share more than [...]

Why Blog?

Posted: December 5th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] I started writing because I couldn’t sleep. I would wake up, tossing and turning over something negative or positive, keeping myself awake playing out the different scenarios in my head.  So, I would get out of bed and write about what was on my mind. When I first thought that maybe some [...]

Backing Up WordPress

Posted: March 4th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] If you’re running a WordPress blog or website, be sure to back it up properly. Sure, your host should be running their own back ups but that can’t protect you from corruption or human error plus if something happens, you’ll want to get your site up and running without relying on your [...]

Thinking of Blogging?

Posted: February 4th, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] I’m looking out at the harbor and the mountains in Santa Barbara, California. It’s still pitch black even though it’s 6 AM and I can see millions of stars in the clear dark sky.  My body is still on East Coast time, so I’m up early and there are a thousand memories [...]

Don’t Embarrass Youself

Posted: February 3rd, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] Writing for business, like so many things in life, is subject to an important rule: don’t embarrass yourself. Business writing should be somewhat conversational, but not like chatting to strangers after a drink or two (see title above). Good writing means putting your thoughts into a clean and clear communication – the [...]

Are Headlines Important?

Posted: February 2nd, 2011

[by Rosh Sillars] Great headlines draw people in to read your blog posts.  Are your headlines interesting? Statement headlines such as “My new business portrait” are not attention grabbers.  More enticing headlines include: “How to create great portraits”, “What do you think of this portrait?”, or “Six ways to photograph business people”. If you really [...]

Quality Over Quantity

Posted: February 1st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] This past fall, I started a blog.  I was full of good intentions and ideas for all kinds of posts on strategic planning, reinvention, managing change, job satisfaction, risk taking, business practices, collaborations – you know, the stuff I’ve been giving seminars on for umpteen years. It all went swimmingly for the [...]

Blog Baby Blog

Posted: January 31st, 2011

[by Jenna Close] I have had a blog for the past 3 years.  Ok, so it’s a photoblog, but its purpose is similar.  Every week I post a new photo with a few short sentences below it.  If I don’t have anything to share from a job, I shoot a personal piece and post that. [...]

Keep Current with Blogs

Posted: July 6th, 2010

[by Jenna Close] This summer, take the time to delve deeper into the world of blogs.  Subscribe to or bookmark your favorites.  Each morning you can sit down with your cup of coffee and enjoy all the new updates and information you have effortlessly received in your inbox.  Here are a few blogs that I [...]

Blogs and Your Business

Posted: December 16th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] About six months ago I began blogging regularly and I can safely say it has become one of my best business planning tools. When establishing an audience online, you are constantly striving to provide that audience with meaningful, thoughtful, useful information. In turn, you’re committing yourself to thinking deeply about your craft [...]

Use an RSS Reader for Easy News Gathering

Posted: October 28th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] Blogs are a tremendous source for information, ideas and insights. However, they can also be a tremendous drain on your time and productivity. If you subscribe to more than a handful of blogs or news feeds, an RSS reader like Net News Wire (Mac), FeedDemon (Windows) or Google Reader is essential to [...]

Blog Smart

Posted: October 9th, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] In the past few months, I’ve worked with a number of photographers who are struggling with their blogs.  Their technology is fine – they’ve been successfully managing their blogs for several years and have worked out the kinks.  They post regularly and have a rhythm down.  Their site analytics reveal lots of [...]

Attracting Readers to Your Blog

Posted: October 8th, 2009

[By Rosh Sillars] Attracting new readers is a big part of the blogging game. Many people keep blogs for their own satisfaction. It’s a place to share their thoughts or show off their creative efforts. But deep down inside most bloggers want more readers and subscribers. They want their blogs to be successful. In order [...]

Your Blog As A Client Resource

Posted: October 7th, 2009

[By Paul S. Bartholomew] Blogs are a great extension to a website. They keep people updated on recent activities and are a great way to bring up some constructive discussion. Another great way to use a blog is to educate and inform. For me it comes down to the topic of the week and what’s [...]

Top Ten Blogs I Read and Recommend

Posted: October 6th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] Copyblogger – great tips on writing The Middle Seat Terminal – Wall Street Journal’s blog on travel Philip Bloom’s blog about video and filmmaking CNet Digital Media News – blog about digital media Guy LeCharles Gonzalez – marketing blog Seth Godin’s blog about marketing Mac Video News – current news in [...]

Don’t Blog

Posted: October 5th, 2009

[By Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua] Here’s the thing about blogs: I don’t think you should do one. Don’t do one if it is a chore. Don’t do one if you have nothing of yourself to offer to others. Don’t do one if you wont update it. Don’t do one if it is nothing more than links to [...]

Resurrect Your Blog

Posted: September 9th, 2009

[By Paul S. Bartholomew] Did you jump on the blog bandwagon and fall off? So many blogs are out there and some are getting stale. Consider keeping a regular schedule for updates such as weekly or monthly. Whatever you do, get to it! It not a good thing when someone visits your blog with the [...]

My Online Watercooler

Posted: April 3rd, 2009

As an editorial photographer living in Pittsburgh I am not really in the center of the magazine publishing world, but by subscribing and reading Meg Weaver’s weekly newsletter, Wooden Horse Publishing, I feel connected to the who, what, when and where of the publishing world. Like any resource, especially online, I only consider it one [...]


Posted: March 12th, 2009

Welcome to the ASMP Strictly Business Blog. We plan to bring you business tips, thought provoking ideas, useful resources, videos and podcasts all focused on professional photography. Our team of contributors are ASMP educators who will share posts you can enjoy with your morning coffee, on a break or a commute. Add the ASMP Strictly [...]