ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

All Posts By

Irene Owsley

10 Tips for Graduating Photographers

By Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

Offering advice to young graduates is a tricky business, especially for those going into a profession that is particularly fraught with challenges, but here are a few suggestions : 1)    Back up: be prepared to devise additional income streams, ideally related to photography. There are diverse opportunities in related fields, such as retouching, CGI, photo editing, styling, and curatorial & archivist positions, to name a few. 2)    Be a mentee: intern or find a seasoned…

Read More

Beyond the Portfolio

By Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

I can’t remember the last time I showed my portfolio. There are so many other ways to get eyes on one’s work these days, although I don’t deny the powerful impact of face-to-face meetings with potential clients. The value of pursuing personal projects is undeniable. These bodies of work allow the photographer to shine with authenticity, allowing their image-making to rise to the top in a world where everyone is a photographer. The talent and…

Read More

On Volunteering

By Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

It stands to reason that you might volunteer your time with projects or organizations whose ideals you admire and support. You develop an affinity for a group and align yourself with a community.  Early on, I picked up the food and drinks for ASMPDC’s monthly chapter meetings in order to meet photographers in Washington.  Eventually I joined the local board. Quite a bit later, I helped found and organize FotoWeek DC, a week-long celebration of…

Read More

Practicing Safe Social Media

By Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

The title was catchy, but the panelists were even more of a come-on.  Peter Krogh‘s panel at Photo Plus Expo included  a diverse and insightful group of speakers who came at the subject from every angle:  Richard Kelly, former ASMP President and enthusiastic adaptor of SM; Anna Dickson, art buyer/Photography Director for the Huffington Post; Florian Meissner, founder ofEyeEm, an alternative to Instagram, with TOS notably friendly to photographers; Ross Buntrock, attorney with Arent Fox…

Read More

Art Without Compromise

By Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

Let me be the first to confess that I usually prefer fiction and literary memoir for light holiday reading.  But I’m also fascinated by big picture thinking as we photographers find ourselves in such a period of rapid change in the industry. In her book, Art Without Compromise, Wendy Richmond exhorts the reader/artist to key into, define, and commit to his or her own process of creativity.  She suggests steps in what she calls the…

Read More