Letter from our new ASMP Colorado President: Jen Magnuson
Can you believe that it’s 2022 already? I am honored to have been chosen to serve the ASMP Colorado Chapter as President for the next two years. I definitely didn’t expect to be stepping into this role when I showed up at a brewery for a photographer meetup after joining ASMP in 2017, and was promptly invited to join the board and take over ASMP Colorado’s social media channels! But after four years on the board as Social Media Chair, Treasurer, and Vice President, here we are, and I am excited to lead the Chapter into the (hopefully) post-pandemic era!
I have immense gratitude for outgoing President, Katie Warnke, who deftly guided the Chapter from our in-person ASMP 75th Anniversary Strictly Business headliner event in early 2020, to an all virtual slate of events and workshops that kept our community engaged antd thriving through the toughest two years in most of our careers. Her leadership coupled with our bright, adaptable, creative team of board members, have steered us successfully through this unexpected rough patch.
ASMP’s core mission is to advocate, educate, and provide community for image makers — fostering thriving careers, a strong sense of professional ethics, and an unshakable belief in the power of images. I will continue to lead the Colorado Chapter in alignment with this mission, while fostering an inclusive community that values, embraces, showcases, and elevates the talents and voices of all Colorado photographers, especially those from underrepresented demographics.
My own journey with ASMP started back in Washington, DC, attending presentations and an assistants workshop when I was still in photography school. After moving to Colorado, I found the Colorado Chapter’s Meetup page, and I joined both the Chapter and the board in 2017. In that time, I have been mentored, met new people who are both friends and colleagues, elevated my photography career, and mentored others. My time with ASMP Colorado has paid for itself with jobs and connections and a wealth of knowledge.
Under my leadership, over the next two years, the board is looking to elevate the quality of our programming, and do more to add value to the photography community beyond the Front Range and Denver metro area. We are a statewide organization, and we want to recognize, be inclusive of, and provide valuable experiences and programming for photographers in every corner of this beautiful rectangle we call home. The pandemic has shown us that we can be nimble and responsive and reach communities across many miles, and we intend to take what we have learned during this challenge and use it to make the Chapter that much better.
If this sounds like an exciting path that you’d like to have a hand in creating, we are always welcoming new faces, willing hands, and open minds at any level of their careers to help build this Chapter. We would love to meet you, hear your ideas, and put them into action in the Colorado photo community. Fill out an interest form here.
I look forward to meeting, working with, and serving you all as President in 2022 and 2023.
Jen MagnusonPresident, ASMP ColoradoJen Magnuson(She/Her/Hers)
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Vice President, ASMP Colorado