American Society of Media Photographers

For 75 Years, The Key to Success for Visual Content Creators Across All Media

Photo courtesy ASMP member Steve Whittaker

Create Your Business

Build Your Brand

Monetize Your Work

The Home for Visual Content Creators

Whether you’re a photographer, YouTuber, filmmaker, TikToker, or a student who wants a career in the fast-changing and diverse visual content creation landscape, ASMP is built to help you succeed. How Can I Build & Grow My Visual Content Creation Business Today? With the Resources Only Available at ASMP.

We Show You Step-By-Step How To Form Your Business

Our unique “Path to the Profession” Curriculum in the ASMP Academy walks you through how to form your business, followed by courses in Contracts + Agreements, and up-to-date business forms and templates you can use with confidence.

We Give You the Tools to Monetize Your Business

Our widely-respected Find A Creative platform lets you showcase your work with an individual profile and gallery. And the ASMP Academy has detailed coursework on Marketing, Negotiation, Navigating the Industry, resources for TikTokers, selling NFTs, and hundreds of hours more.

We Teach You How To Protect Your Business and Your Work

ASMP offers a Complete Copyright Curriculum that will give you a full understanding of how to protect the photographs, video, and film you create plus we provide you with easy-to-use forms to get the appropriate model releases, and to properly register and license your work.

Get Your Individual Legal and Business Questions Answered

ASMP Members can get their questions to the desk of ASMP’s General Counsel or one of ASMP’s volunteer attorneys in writing or during one-one-one video Clinic Hours. While they cannot give you specific legal advice, they can ensure that you are up-to-date on the underlying legal principles.

Make The Connections Important to Your Business at the Local and National Levels

In addition to its 4,000 strong National Membership, ASMP has 38 local chapters across the United States, and Members in 22 countries — we have the events, committees, and programs to introduce you to the connections that can change and grow your career.

Get Big Savings With Our Corporate Partners

From insurance to equipment to technology, we’ve built partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands to save you dollars.

ASMP is the partner you need to build, innovate, and protect your business.

There for Your Business in Tough Times and Boom Times

When COVID-19 struck, we got out in front of the challenges our Members were facing, helping them through the maze of government programs and loan applications. With our on-the-ground presence in our Nation’s Capital, we have the know-how to guide our Members through government programs in practical ways, while simultaneously advocating for their collective public policy interests at the highest levels of government.

And it helps that our CEO was named five times to Roll Call’s “Fabulous Fifty” list of the 50 most influential strategists on Capitol Hill. We are an association that understands Washington, and how that can benefit our Members.

Photo courtesy ASMP member Douglas Barkley

The ASMP Academy

The only comprehensive resource of its kind designed specifically for visual content creators of all stripes: Everything you need in one place to form, build, and grow your visual content creation business — and to legally protect the content you create. It’s color-coded by topic, always up-to-date, and with advanced search functions so you can always quickly find what you need, when you need it.

Members Only Clinic Hours

Sign-up for a one-on-one video conference with our General Counsel or another member of ASMP’s legal team to discuss what’s going on in your business and how ASMP’s resources can help you solve whatever issues you face, and achieve your business and creative goals.

Photo courtesy ASMP member Marianne Lee

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News & Information

Stay informed with the latest news in the world of visual content creation.

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Get the Tools You Need to Monetize Your Business

Our widely-respected Find A Creative platform lets you showcase your work with an individual profile and gallery; ASMP markets the platform to potential clients to help you get new business. And the ASMP Academy has detailed coursework on Marketing & Negotiation and Navigating the Industry from insiders who know the ins and outs of getting new business, growing your presence, and gaining followers. We even have specialized resources for TikTokers and getting into the potentially lucrative business of selling NFTs.

What Our Members Say About ASMP

ASMP is where I learned the language and understanding needed to know what I was talking about and doing when it came to big contracts.

Justin Kase Condor, ASMP Member

“I value the work ASMP does on my behalf, as a strong voice for copyright protection, making sure intellectual property is protected and usage is properly reimbursed.”

Vicky Stromee, ASMP Member

“I generate at least eight times my dues in savings and assignments. In addition, I have developed great friendships and am very impressed with the support ASMP provides to the photographic community.”

Scott Indermaur, ASMP Member

“I had been an amateur photographer since my teens, with another career, when it came time to turn professional.  Looking for resources, ASMP seemed to be everywhere, supporting all kinds of photo specialties…it helped me learn how business works, how to make sense of the industry.”

Barry Schwartz, ASMP Member

“One Find A Photographer client is paying for my ASMP membership until I retire…Long live Find A Photographer!”

Jeffrey Hanshaw, ASMP Member

ASMP Members Have Achieved Greatness Across Photography, Film, Advertising, Photojournalism and Beyond

So many of our industry’s legends, past and present, and from across media, have been ASMP Members: Ansel Adams, Stanley Kubrick, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks, Ellen von Unwerth, Edward Weston, Chester Higgins, Mary Ellen Mark, Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weegee, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Philippe Halsman, Roy DeCarava, Walter Iooss Jr., Yousuf Karsh, Lou Jones, Art Wolfe, Inez & Vinoodh, and many more.

You can be too. You’ll be in great company. Here’s a trailer of the new FOCUS Features documentary on ASMP Member Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for Presidents Reagan and Obama, from the Academy Award-winning producer of FREE SOLO and based on Pete’s #1 NY Times Best Seller.

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