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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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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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