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Networking like a Pro: Making the Most of Every Encounter

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ASMP member Yasmin Alishav recently relocated to Portland, OR. She is a food photographer, food stylist and trained chef. She started  ASMP as a member of LA and reconnected with ASMP in Portland because she recognizes that a high level of community involvement is good for her business and because volunteer work is deeply important to her. She is a self-described voracious networker and believes every encounter is valid. Yasmin’s Background Yasmin attended Le Cordon…

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Book Publishing Like A Pro: Jennie Jones Does Cleveland

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Jennie Jones has been an ASMP member since the late 1980’s. She started her career as an art historian, later taught high school and then finally began her career as a photographer when she was fifty. She developed a reputation photographing the city of Cleveland, Ohio following some advice she received from a local bookstore owner. Her story is one of taking calculated risks, employing strategic marketing tactics, and working hard to achieve success. The…

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Virtual Reality Like a Pro: Time to Start Experimenting

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When I caught up with ASMP member Ami Vitale, she was about to speak at the Consumer Electronics Show on the topic of virtual reality (VR). She will tell you she’s just beginning to learn how to apply it but believes virtual reality is the ultimate tool to assist with empathetic storytelling. Her philosophy is to embrace every new technology as it comes out even if it’s terrifying. After years of covering conflicts and human…

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Instagram Like a Pro

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Professional photographer Mark Meyer has over 21,000 followers on Instagram. As an early adopter of Instagram, he’s learned the ways to leverage it but he’s quick to caution that it’s harder to get your voice heard these days. Meyer says “focusing on pushing up the numbers will cause you to spin your wheels. It’s really easy to get caught up in that”. He’s found his most valuable exchanges have come when he is being authentic….

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Questions with a Pro: Matthew LaVere

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Today’s Questions with a Pro features Matthew LaVere. In April 2011, Matthew quit his day job to pursue the freelance life and wanted to learn production from the best photographers. He traveled to New York City seven times in 2011 to network with photographers, producers, photo reps, and photo editors to understand how large productions are carried out. He has worked alongside with famous photographers including Frank Ockenfels 3, Walter Iooss Jr, and Mark Seliger…

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Funding Like a Pro: A Blueprint for a Passion Project

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ASMP member Karen Kasmauski grew up at a time when the term “tiger mom” was still unfamiliar. She’s a filmmaker, photographer, project manager and educator who has had her work published by prestigious organizations such as National Geographic and the BBC. Karen’s website is a great reflection of her body of work but the story of how she has developed and funded her passion project about Japanese war brides is what we found worth sharing…

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Questions with a Pro: Manjari Sharma

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Today’s Questions with a Pro features Manjari Sharma. Manjari is an internationally published photo-based artist born and raised in Mumbai, India and based in Brooklyn, NY. Her images have appeared such places as Forbes India, PDN, Geo and Vogue India. We talked to Manjari about what makes a compelling photograph and what business lessons she’s learned. We Asked: As someone who has covered varied projects from documenting surfers to artistic interpretations of Hindu Deities –…

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Questions with a Pro: William Abranowicz

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Today’s Questions with a Pro features photography legend and longtime ASMP member William Abranowicz. William has been a photographer for over 40 years and has contributed to nearly every publication in the US, Europe and Asia including Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and Vogue. We Asked: You have worked in various photographic niches – still life, travel and architecture. How have you managed to do that commercially when it seems like many buyers like to…

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Questions with a Pro: Stephen Mallon

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Today’s Questions with a Pro features ASMP member Stephen Mallon. Stephen made a big splash with “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549,” a series of photographs documenting the salvaging of the US Air flight that airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger managed to safely emergency-land in the Hudson River. We talked to him about shooting timelapses, staying satisfied creatively and approaching to new clients. We Asked: What’s the hardest thing about transitioning from shooting…

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