Archive for Time Management

Paperwork Share

Posted: April 25th, 2016

[by Jenna Close] Paperwork shares are a great resource, but sometimes I wish I could see real-world examples of how and why photographers made mistakes. So, below you will find an actual job from early in my career illustrating some of the ways I screwed up my estimate. Brief: Creative action & lifestyle images of [...]

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 [...]

From Contact Form to Contract

Posted: April 8th, 2016

[by Pascal Depuhl] Before I ever speak to a potential client… … I usually get an email that reads: “A lead has been assigned to you”. It’s my Customer Relationship Management system’s way of letting me know someone just clicked the button on the contact form of my website. By this time, that prospective client has [...]

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 [...]

Master Your Productivity with 11 Amazing Tools

Posted: January 21st, 2016

[by Pascal Depuhl] With every passing year, it seems clients are expecting more and more from their photographers. Kat Dalager even foresees a change of the very word photographer in her recent Strictly Business blog post, Predictions for 2016: “The word ‘photographer’ will change. Maybe it will be ‘image maker’ or ‘content maker’ or ‘capturer.’  [...]

Just 5 Minutes a Day…

Posted: January 20th, 2016

[by Judy Herrmann] This past Fall, my 9-year-old daughter started learning Viola as part of her elementary school’s strings program. Like most music teachers, Ms Vaughn wants the kids to practice every day. But what’s novel about her approach is that she asks them to practice for just 5 minutes per day. Years of experience [...]

I Got My Head in the Clouds (Along With All My Data)

Posted: November 24th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] How much more productive would you be, if you could… …automatically answer every online contact request with a branded, personalized email from your company and get an alert to new inquiries via text, email and SMS from the cloud? …enter each business card you’re handed into your cloud based address book and [...]

Yes, Virginia, There is Such a Thing as Work/Life Balance

Posted: February 9th, 2015

[by Francis Zera] According to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a 32-country consortium designed to promote economic development and world trade, the topic of work/life balance is an issue of such significance to the global economy that an enormous amount of resources are devoted to studying the topic. This OECD report explains [...]

The Great Balancing Act

Posted: September 3rd, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] If we all wanted a nine to five, punch a time clock job, we would have gotten one. Instead, we’ve chosen the precarious path of independent business people. But that choice doesn’t doom us to vacationless 70 hour weeks. Honestly, no one can do that for long and remain effective. So, what [...]

A Wake-up Call to Play

Posted: September 2nd, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] “It’s a miracle she’s alive.” The surgeon was reporting on the success of removing my wife’s burst appendix and the tumor she’d found while doing the procedure. Linda had miraculously walked around for two weeks feeling bad but having no idea her body was harboring a life-threatening medical condition. Like most of [...]

Sometimes Less is Actually More

Posted: April 11th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] My name is Jenna, and I am a workaholic. If left to my own devices, I will consistently slave away until the end of time, and I will do it happily…almost. For years, having an extreme work ethic was very beneficial to my business. Then 2013 came around, and I literally woke [...]

Balancing Demands through Blending

Posted: April 10th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] When I hear people talk about getting a life, my internal response is almost always, “You’ve got a life. It’s the one you’ve chosen. If you want a different life, make the choices that’ll lead you there!” I want to be clear that although I think this response, I never say it [...]


Posted: April 9th, 2014

[by Barry Schwartz] Salsa, country music, rap, and rock often contain an instrument that holds a steady, unwavering beat: a kind of metronome, a through-line. In salsa, it might be the high, percussive strike made by wooden claves or a cowbell at the same point in every bar, cutting through the other instruments. In rock, [...]

Just Say No to The Cubicle

Posted: April 8th, 2014

[by John Welsh] I’ve never been told to Get a Life. But it’s good advice and surely applies to image makers in a radically changed and visually demanding world. What would have been ridiculous a decade ago, for instance the almost immediate deadline for image delivery, is common. Then, add the complexity of multiple, simultaneous [...]

The Importance of Balance

Posted: April 7th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] As photographers and artists, we LOVE our work. Because our passion drives us, it is common to have areas of life that become unbalanced. Though you might feel overwhelmed, there are things you can do. Here are my best tips for maintaining balance. Keep in mind that it’s always a work in progress! 1. Compartmentalize [...]

Mindful Thoughts to Effective Efficiency

Posted: November 22nd, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] One of the most challenging goals that creative professionals face on a daily basis is staying on task so that important work gets done in a timely manner. It’s certainly a trial for me, particularly on days when I’m in the office working. I feel as if I’ve read about – and [...]

Gadgets and Clouds

Posted: November 21st, 2013

Editor’s note: When I first met John Welsh, he had recently transitioned – not by choice – from staffer to independent photographer.  Unlike many undergoing that same disruptive change, John was forward-thinking and full of ideas, many of which he’s successfully pursued. It is my great pleasure to introduce John as a new regular contributor [...]

A Matter of Time

Posted: November 19th, 2013

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Your time is precious. Having your own business is the best and worst of all worlds. If left to its own devices, the business can take over your life. Here’s a few techniques to tame potentially ferocious time monster and have it purring like a kitten. 1.) Set a Regular Work Schedule [...]

Do you still use post-it notes?

Posted: November 18th, 2013

Editor’s note: While reviewing submissions for ASMP’s Best of 2013, I was struck not only by the quality of Pascal Depuhl’s work but the fact that he produced a feature length documentary, just six months after launching his motion career.  It seems there is nothing Pascal does halfway.  I am delighted he’s agreed to become [...]

Economy of Time and Motion

Posted: January 18th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] Money isn’t the only asset that you need to manage judiciously. Cash flow, income, sanity, energy, and time are just some of the resources that we have to properly manage. When one of these is neglected and not properly maintained your business can shift away from the ideal and harmonious balance you [...]

Freedom in Constraints

Posted: December 7th, 2012

[by Charles Gupton] I’ve never been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, but I have the classic symptoms. Maintaining my focus on almost any task is usually a challenge, sometimes a monumental one. As a result, I’ve come to appreciate the value of constraints. Having too many options available always slows down my ability to make [...]

Time-Saving Apps

Posted: August 17th, 2012

[by Richard Kelly] I am always in search of apps for my iPhone that will save me time and keep me organized. As interesting as many apps are, a lot of the ones I’ve tried may help with organization, but add extra steps instead of efficiency. I need streamlining not complexity. The five apps that [...]

Getting the InBox Under Control

Posted: August 16th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] Missed messages, slow responses, lack of courtesy.  All of these lead to a loss of business and a hit on our professionalism.  But the deluge of email is overwhelming and keeping up on it (plus all the social media messages) seems like a full-time job. Here’s a few tricks I use to [...]

Choosing Things You Can Make Your Own

Posted: August 14th, 2012

[by Colleen Wainwright] As the years pass and the pile of tried-and-failed doodads grows ever higher, I’ve discovered that the apps I truly rely on are the ones that offer a great deal of customization–ones that adapt to my way of doing things, rather than forcing me to adapt to theirs. Here are some favorites: [...]