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You Talk to Your Grandmother with that Mouth?

By Strictly Business Blog

Some people steadfastly refuse to mix the personal and the professional. I admire their internal fortitude (not to mention their talent for establishing firm boundaries) but I think they’re missing out. First, because the inclusion of personal work in a professional portfolio can fill in the gaps when you’re starting out or transitioning from one market to another. Second, because it’s a terrific way to add dimension and spark to even the most polished of…

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If It’s Good, It’s Good

By Strictly Business Blog

There’s nothing I enjoy more than wandering around photographing the environments of other countries.  While none of the resulting images feature what I shoot for money (solar panels), a few do end up on my website, Facebook, and in some of my portfolios.  Here’s why: 1) It’s about you and only you.  As Colleen Wainwright says (I’m paraphrasing here), you should have an awesome ‘about page’.  Personal projects are part of that ‘about page’.  They…

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All Business is Personal

By Strictly Business Blog

A great politician (they do exist), Tip O’Neill, famously once said “All politics is local”.  There are a lot of ways to interpret that idea, but it starts with the fact that politics is about people.  Business, too. Pretty much everyone in every business wants to work with people they like (and with work they like).  A human connection.  Strategies to make that connection are endless and success can be excruciatingly arbitrary: sometimes you don’t…

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Naming Contest for New ASMP Resource

By Strictly Business Blog

ASMP is building a unique new social bookmarking resource and we need your help in naming the site with a catchy URL. Submit as many names as you can come up with by May 31 – the winner will receive a great prize package worth over $1500 including a Pro Account fromPhotoShelter ($549 value), a PDF portfolio from Agency Access ($495 value), a one hour consultation from Judy Herrmann of 2 Good Things ($250 value),…

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Show What You Want to Do

By Strictly Business Blog

Over the course of my career the strongest work I’ve ever done was what I did for myself, particularly in the beginning. I’d be wandering around with a camera in my hand and nothing on my mind (a crucial component) when suddenly I’d see…something! Unexpected, surprising, often a bit alarming. It just woke me the hell up and I’d go after it like a dog chasing a squirrel. And what came out of these events—aside…

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