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ASMP Chicago/Midwest Strictly Business 2020

January 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am - January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

$150.00 – $275.00

Strictly Business is a one-day photography conference that brings together experts in the field to focus on best business practices and so much more. Working collaboratively with speakers ranging from mindfulness specialists, commercial and editorial photographers, and leaders in Chicago’s photography industry, join us for engaging sessions where speakers share their career expertise while sparking conversations and opening new routes for collaborations amongst attendees. Strictly Business creates a space for photographers to elevate their business, be inspired, experience individual growth and valuable bonds with their peers.

A day full of conversations and sharing of ideas will be followed by an open invitation to all members of the Chicago creative community to gather together to celebrate and meet one another at an evening cocktail hour!

Find the Full Schedule Here!

Learn more about the speakers, venue,  & sponsors below! Early Bird Attendance Prices have been Extended through January 6, 2020!

ASMP Members & Students | Early Bird: $150 | After January 6: $200
Partner Organizations (APA, C3, Filter, Ernest Brooks Foundation Members) | Early Bird: $175 | After January 6: $225
Non-Members | Early Bird: $225 | After January 6: $275

Questions? Please email Rose Cannon: asmpchicagomidwest@gmail.com


Martine Séverin

Martine Séverin is a Chicago based fashion and lifestyle photographer who creates culturally infused narratives that embrace inclusion and non-western norms. She’s lived all over the world including France, Belgium, England and Boston, but her roots are tied to her home country of Haiti. Prior to a career in photography, Martine studied education policy at Harvard University and enjoyed a decade of work in the field of child development policy. As a photographer, Martine draws upon her life experience to create a world in which the human experience takes center stage—where people of different cultures, skin tones, sexual orientations, and physiques relate to each other and feel a sense of belonging. See our Q&A with Martine!

Evan Sheehan

Evan Sheehan is an artist and photographer known for highly detailed product
work, stop-motion animation, and surrealistic portraiture.

Evan’s notable advertising and digital clients includes NIKE, Apple, RXBAR, OLLY,
Warby Parker, Journeys, and Veuve Clicquot.

Evan cofounded Mouthwash Magazine, a collaborative art publication giving
young artists a platform and reason to create. More recently, he also co-founded
Future Use Studio, a multidisciplinary studio comprising photographers, art
directors, stylists, and other creatives.

Outside of the studio, Evan enjoys playing piano and long-distance running.

Alex Wallbaum

Alex Wallbaum is a fine art and still life photographer recognized for his
captivating use of color and high-key lighting. Alex finds inspiration in traditional
still life paintings and ISPY children’s books.

Alex often collaborates with artist Aleia Murawski; the duo is known for their
exciting use of color, texture, and special effects within contemporary still life
imagery. Their work has found an audience in galleries across New York, LA,
London, Tokyo, and Taipei.

Alex’s work has been featured in Vogue.com, WIRED.com, Bullett Magazine,
Chroma Magazine, ORDINARY, and more. Notable clients include NIKE, Corona,
Open Table, Kitsuné, PUMA, Cards Against Humanity, and Spectrum Boutique.
Alex holds a BFA in Art & Design from the University of Illinois, Urbana
Champaign. Prior to that, he studied photography at The Atlanta School (Idaho)
and assisted artists Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler of New Catalogue.

Alex recently co-founded Future Use Studio, a multidisciplinary studio comprising
photographers, art directors, stylists, and other creatives.

When he’s not working, Alex is an avid traveler and amateur chef.

Ashley Nelson

In an experiential immersion in mindfulness practices, Ashley Nelson of Inseus will offer practical tools and insights for making your behavior less reactive and more engaged. In a series of exercises designed to enhance your active listening skills and bring your consciousness to the forefront, you will be armed with the necessary tools for unleashing the power of self-awareness in a way that will revolutionize your capacity to respond, adapt, and create as a leader—in all areas of your life. Ashley Nelson helps individuals and businesses unlock their full potential. A former senior executive leader for a global Fortune 500 corporation, she is widely recognized as a strategic, purpose-driven, and compassionate change management leader. For more than a decade, she has been teaching and sharing the power of mindfulness in corporate, community and non-profit settings. She is a certified instructor across many disciplines, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), meditation, yoga, emotional intelligence, and leadership development. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for Fossil Foundation and volunteers extensively teaching mindfulness to individuals through schools, community groups, and recovery programs for incarcerated women.

Kat Schleicher

Kat Schleicher is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin based freelance commercial and editorial photographer specializing in portraits, education, and healthcare. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kat spent her childhood on a little farm in Central Illinois, and has since lived next to a rice field in Japan, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and the hills of Los Angeles. When she’s not behind the lens, she’s enjoying quality time at home with her husband and two young children. Select clients include: Children’s Wisconsin, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Johnson Health Tech, Marquette University, Milwaukee Art Museum, NYU Langone Health and Zoom North America.





Alex Garcia

As a Chicago commercial photographer and photojournalist, Alex Garcia been telling stories through some 6,000 assignments to date.  Along the way, he has the rare distinction of being part of the highest awards in both advertising and editorial; a Titanium Lion at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity and a Pulitzer Prize. Along with several other accolades, HarperCollins has called him “one of the world’s leading photojournalists.”  Whether it be stills, motion or a hybrid shoot, he’s learned to be resourceful, creative and dependable no matter the circumstance or level of production. He enjoys the benefits of being a sole photographer as much as he enjoys working with a team to achieve creative objectives and art direction on a larger production.  Garcia’s philosophy: Strong communication skills, direction and positivity on set are crucial to rally others to the creative vision on a project. Learn more about his upcoming workshops in Cuba!


Dorie Silverman

Meditation with Dorie Silverman to set your intentions for the day and tools to use through out your day to stay focused and be present. Dorie is a seasoned yoga instructor, teacher trainer and somatic therapist specializing in chronic pain, anxiety, depression, grief, and medical trauma. Through her own experiences of living through these challenges, she gathers what has been most helpful in healing her own body, mind, and heart. Dorie offers yoga, somatic and touch therapy to empower and inspire others to build a strong inner resilience in order to live satisfied, fulfilled and enjoyable lives.  You can work with Dorie privately, join one of her groups and take her workshops in Chicago, San Diego and online. 




mHUB | 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

mHUB is Chicago’s innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. Their mission is to galvanize Chicago’s manufacturing ecosystem by generating innovative ideas, attracting world-class talent and fostering collaboration. By providing access to labs and equipment, industry experts and workshops, and a community of other product innovators, mHUB helps turn ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into sustainable new businesses that drive economic impact, and ensure the region’s continued leadership in global manufacturing.






Workbook continues to serve as the trusted go-to resource for connecting creatives to vetted, top tier commercial artists for hire. Our suite of tools guarantees your work in front of creative buyers. With Workbook’s biannual printed sourcebooks, powerful website and App, Workbook brings the industry’s best artists and creatives together. Whether you’re an artist looking to get in front of the right people or a creative trying to find the perfect talent for your next project, Workbook is there to help.





Drawing on the most current scientific research and evidence-based thinking on the theory and practice of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and resilience, Inseus delivers a transformational impact on the lives of individuals and on the culture and effectiveness of the organizations where they work and lead. Through experiential learning in workshops and programming, one-on-one training, group training, and consulting engagements, our mindfulness experts connect with and inspire people in profoundly personal ways, empowering them to discover more productive, peaceful, and authentic versions of themselves.

Interested in Sponsoring? Questions? Interest in Volunteer Opportunity? Email asmpchicagomidwest@gmail.com



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January 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am
January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
$150.00 – $275.00
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965 W Chicago Ave 60642
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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