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Building Your Network

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 your goals. ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

By Editor | Posted: August 26th, 2014 | No comments

Gearing up for Fall

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!

e-Learning_eNewsFREE introductory class:

Is UAV Photography Right for You?
Monday, September 15, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / 10:00 – 11:00 PDT

Commonly referred to as “drones”, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) let you capture stunning images from previously impossible elevations and angles. In this free, no obligation introductory class, UAV builder, pilot and photographer, Parker Gyokeres, dispels the myths surrounding UAV photography so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your business. Special guest, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for NPPA, provides an important update on the legal and legislative side of UAV photography.

Register for this free class and learn more about the full e-learning course:

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BaU_logo4blogPhotoshop® & Lightroom® Tips & Tricks
with Adobe Evangelist, Julieanne Kost
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / 10:00 – 11:00 am PDT

Adobe_standard_logo_CMYKASMP launches the 2014/2015 Business as unUsual webinar series with Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost sharing her favorite Photoshop® and Lightroom® tips and tricks! If you have ever heard Julieanne speak, you know you’re in for a fast-paced, entertaining and inspiring ride. If you’ve never heard her speak, don’t miss this rare opportunity to interact with one of the top post-production experts in the world. Take your skills to the next level – don’t miss this exciting interactive online webinar.

This informative webinar is free for all live attendees.

Join us Wednesday, September 17 — REGISTER TODAY!
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The Cutting Edge
Post-Production Tour

with Saturday Night Live
Film Unit Editor
, Adam Epstein
Tour ends September 23

The Cutting Edge Post-Production Tour with Saturday Night Live Film Unit Editor, Adam Epstein, covers everything you need to know to edit a high-quality, ready-for-broadcast piece. With technique, theory and editorial insights into what makes a great story this workshop will increase your sped and story-telling effectiveness.  Learn more at

ASMP Members:
click here to save $20 when you register by July 25.

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PPE_LOGOPhoto Plus Expo
October 30 – November 1
Javits Convention Center, New York

With over 80 seminars, keynote presentations featuring Martin Parr, Ben Folds and several prominent photojournalists working with A Day Without News, intensive Master Classes, Photo Walks and a huge trade expo, you won’t want to miss Photo Plus Expo this year! Register before July 31st and take advantage of their great early bird pricing. Learn more about Photo Plus at

ASMP members:
click here to save $150 on a Full Conference Pass

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The Official Portfolio Reviews at Photo Plus

October 30 – November 1
Javits Convention Center, New York

The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo is America’s premier review event for emerging and professional photographers. Organized by the Palm Springs Photo Festival in conjunction with Photo District News and The Photo Group, this event offers a fabulous opportunity to meet and present your work for critique, feedback and advice. At no other time can a photographer see such a cross-section of potential clients/representatives from both the commercial and fine art arenas in a three-day period.

ASMP members:
click here to save 15% on your registration – the best discount available!

By webmaster | Posted: August 25th, 2014 | No comments
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A Quick Shot of Inspiration

[by Jenna Close]

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill

There are good days, bad months, great years and unforeseen setbacks. Occasionally, you may ask yourself why you got into this profession in the first place. Now and then this is a good question to ask. If the answer is because there’s nothing else you would rather do, then quitting will accomplish far less than failure. Success often comes on the heels of disaster, because to survive disaster one needs to take risks, adapt and change. If you know that being a photographer is what you’re meant to do, the best tool you can have at your side is the ability to persevere.

Jenna Close quickly learned to persevere during her career as an actor. It was one of the most important things she took with her when she became a photographer. 


By Jenna Close | Posted: August 22nd, 2014 | No comments

Don’t just do something—sit there!

[by Colleen Wainwright]

Searching for the thing that has significantly changed my work life, I was surprised to find that it was not a tip or a tool or a tip on finding a tool, but a slow-acting, time-consuming, complete game-changer: sitting meditation. I started out using a guided meditation; then, two years ago, I got instruction in a meditation practice developed for civilians—i.e., folks with jobs and families, not “holy people”.

While meditating has made me neither rich nor famous, it has made me okay with not being either. I’m able to enjoy myself despite external circumstances in work life or life in general—both of which, if you haven’t noticed, can get pretty crazy these days!

Colleen Wainwright writes about approaching your work—and the marketing of it—in a different way. (And a very different way since she studied with her Vedic meditation teacher two years ago!)

By Colleen Wainwright | Posted: August 21st, 2014 | No comments

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