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Protect Your Assets

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In a recent thread on ASMPproAdvice, a photographer asked about the necessity of obtaining releases when photographing his client’s employees. Several members of the listserv pointed out that releases don’t just protect the photographer, they also protect the client – especially if an employee who’s been photographed leaves under bad terms. The thread made me remember how intimidated I was by paperwork when I first entered the field. I felt uncomfortable asking people to sign…

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Equipment Backups

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It kind of goes without saying that having a backup camera is very important. The chances are high that you will eventually run into equipment malfunctions. Try to have a plan B in place. Did you think about a backup tripod? If your work is mostly accomplished on a tripod, everything will come to a halt if a little item such as a lock decides to break. Think through your equipment and be prepared for…

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The Winning Path

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People generally take the path of least resistance.  Opportunities arise all the time, but we don’t always follow through on them. Think about the great opportunities you have missed.  What were your excuses? Did you have too much on your plate already? A scheduling conflict? You simply forgot? Most likely the root cause was that you didn’t have the information necessary to follow through quickly. Opportunity lost. I’ll bet many of the opportunities you let…

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Private Disability Insurance

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Insurance statistics tell us that we are seven times more likely to become disabled than die during our work life. Many folks have life insurance but far fewer independent photographers have private disability insurance. Many assume, if they become disabled, that they will be taken care of by Workers Comp or State Disability Insurance. But in some cases, independent business owners are not covered at all. And if covered, the amounts may be insufficient to…

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Please Release Me

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Many photographers forget  that their websites are a form of advertising and as such the individuals in the images must be released.  ASMP has Property and Model Releases on it’s site, available to anyone, at www.asmp.org/releases.  I keep copies of the simplified release in my camera bag and in my car’s glovebox.  That way, even if I’m carrying a point and shoot while visiting a park with my son, I have releases handy.

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Do You Have a Voice Mail Problem?

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How many times have you heard people lament “I can’t get a hold of anybody. All I ever get is voice mail”. It can be frustrating until you realize that voice mail is really a perfect way for you to get your message to a client in a clear, concise manner. Just be mentally prepared with your best “elevator briefing” if you get dropped into voice mail. Keep it brief, who, what, why, where, when…

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