Membership Categories

As the world has changed, so has the scope of professional photography. Professional photographers today work with still and motion imagery and often employ a wide range of business models that combine photography with related skillsets such as retouching, CGI, editing, graphic design, web design, directing, producing, teaching, writing, publishing and more. ASMP members represent the full spectrum of the profession. Whether you are a professional, a student or somewhere in between, you’ll find a membership level that’s right for you within the categories below.

Professional Member

Professional Membership is reserved for still and motion photographers of good moral character and reputation who have been actively and consistently engaged in professional practice for at least 3 years. Applicants must be sponsored by two ASMP Professional Members, who will vet the applicants based on the sponsorship guidelines. Professional Members have full voting privileges, may serve on the ASMP National Board of Directors, and receive three free portfolios in ASMP’s searchable database, Find a Photographer. Applicants seeking sponsors should contact their local chapter or email asmp@vpconnections.com.

Membership Cost: $29.76/month or $335/year, plus a one-time $50 FindaPhotographer setup fee

Join by filling out the application form online.

Associate Member

Still and motion photographers with less than 3 years of consistent professional experience, as well as professional assistants, digital techs, retouchers, CGI artists or any other associated imaging professional who does not meet the criteria for the Professional Member category, may join ASMP as an Associate Member. Sponsorship is not required for Associate Membership. Associate Members may serve on the Board of Directors for their local chapter.

Membership Cost: $19.99/month or $225.00/year

Join by filling out the application form online.

Emerging Associate

Still and motion photographers, as well as professional assistants, digital techs, retouchers, CGI artists or any other associated imaging professionals, who are just starting out may participate in a one-year Emerging Associate membership category. At the end of one year, Emerging Associate Members are automatically raised to Associate Membership. Sponsorship is not required for Emerging Associate Membership. Emerging Associate Members may serve on the Board of Directors for their local chapter.

Membership cost: $12.44/month or $140.00/year

Join by filling out the application form online.

Student Associate

Students majoring in photography or related imaging professions at a college or post-secondary level are eligible for Student Associate membership. After completing a degree program, Student Associates may upgrade immediately or remain at this level for one additional year. Sponsorship is not required for Student Associate Membership. Student Associates may serve on the Board of Directors for their local chapter. Student applicants must annually submit proof of enrollment. Proof of enrollment will be obtained during the online checkout process. You will need to provide the below information:

  • Name of school
  • Your student ID number

If you have any questions, please contact the member services department: ASMP@vpconnections.com

Procedural note: Your application is reviewed by staff to verify that it is complete. When all documents have been received, your membership is approved provisionally and you are given access to all member benefits. The next step, following standard ASMP policies, is to publish your name for one month of review by the entire membership. Objections to membership are rare, historically, but they have happened. For this reason, your formal membership date is at least a month later.

Membership cost: $45/year.

Join by filling out the application form online.

Educator Associate

Professional Membership is reserved for still and motion photographers of good moral character and reputation who have been actively and consistently engaged in professional practice for at least three years. Applicants must be sponsored by two ASMP Professional Members, who will vet the applicants based on the sponsorship guidelines. Professional Members have full voting privileges, may serve on the ASMP National Board of Directors, and receive three free portfolios in ASMP’s searchable database Find a Photographer. Applicants seeking sponsors should contact their local chapter or email ASMP@vpconnections.com.

Please Note: After you checkout with this membership level, and we receive confirmation of approval from your two provided sponsors and local chapter, a one-time $50 Find a Photographer setup fee will be charged to the credit card you have on file. After this additional fee is charged, you will receive email confirmation and gain access to your new Find a Photographer profile.

Membership Dues: $335/Year or $29.76/Month (includes 6.6% service charge),
plus a one-time $50 Find a Photographer setup fee

Individual Affiliate

Individuals who support, hire or supply services to photographers and do not qualify for any other category of membership may join as Individual Affiliate Members. Sponsorship is not required for Individual Affiliate Membership. Individual Affiliate Members may serve on the Board of Directors for their local chapter.

Membership cost: $19.99/month or $225.00/year

Join by filling out the application form online.