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Personal Projects Panel: Shoot What You Love, and Make a Living!

Join ASMP-MSP for an inspiring evening as we discuss how personal projects lead to paid work. Our panel includes four Minnesota photographers whose personal projects have garnered attention from editors and art buyers, both local and national. We will discuss the process of executing personal passion projects and packaging them to present to the world.

In some cases, it is a linear path from shooting a test to landing a client. In other cases, personal projects help photographers define a style that gets them noticed by the people that commission photography assignments. Our photographer panelists cover many areas of expertise: from still life to documentary to lifestyle; from editorial to fine art to commercial; from stop motion to video to single frames.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
6-7 pm
Social Hour, catered by Black Cat Natural Foods
7-9 pm Panel Presentation with Audience Q&A

K2 Studios (formerly Friberg Studio)
4126 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis,MN 55407

Photographer Panelists:

Clettis Wright is a freelance commercial photographer based in the Twin Cities. With a background studying various art mediums, Clettis found his calling in photography. His work is both balance and eccentric; light and dark. Clettis strives for unconventional in the everyday setting by chasing and capturing light.




Nancy Musinguzi is a visual storyteller, teaching artist and freelance photojournalist working and living in Minneapolis. As a documentary photographer chronicling the contemporary American experience through a first-generation Black Queer lens, their artist practice consists of experimenting with both traditional and emerging processes in image-making, utilizing an array of analog and digital formats – DSLR, mobile, disposable film, 35mm film and instant analog film. Since 2014, they have installed finished and on-going series in solo and group exhibitions across the nation, and guest curated gallery shows in collaboration with mid-career and emerging artists, non-profit organizations and foundations, private and public universities, high schools, and grassroots and community groups. They have also self-published series and collections in 8 photography books, most recently an art book, The Letter Formally Known As Q, in 2018.


Bill Hickey is a commercial photographer and director based in Minneapolis shooting nationally. He got into commercial work in 2010 and has worked with clients such as Nation Wide, Red Bull, Land O’Lakes and others.





Caroline Yang is a documentary photographer who strives to create photographs that reflect the depth and complexities of the human experience, and bring understanding and connection to our communities. Yang graduated from Tufts University in Boston, and worked as an advertising account executive at Fallon for three years before beginning her career as a professional photographer. Her clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, Nike, Giro, Merrell, and many others.



This event is open to all, and free for ASMP members. Not a member? Join Today!

The mission of ASMP-MSP is to educate, advocate and provide inclusive community for photography professionals.



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April 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $20


K2 Studios
4126 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407 United States
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