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ASMP Specialty Groups

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The specialty group forums and resources are a great benefit for ASMP members. Ask those who participate and you will find it’s a great resource that helps many of us with unique questions and issues within our specialties. Groups currently include architecture, food and fine art. See for yourself but remember to participate to get the most out of it. Check out the ASMP website for details.

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It’s All About Value

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Almost every time I give a business seminar, someone asks me about working for free. Sometimes, they’re trying to build a portfolio. Sometimes, a worthy cause, a prestigious client who’s promising more work later or a popular publication that’s offering a credit line has reached out to them. If you want to build a profitable business, you’ve got to receive fair compensation for your work. The majority of that compensation has to be in the…

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Real Friends are Priceless

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A photographer friend of mine tells me that his business is doing very well.   Mine has been slow, but seems to be improving.   I don’t mind saying so, but last year was my worst year since being in business.   I admit that I ignored my business too much and my friend reminded me of that several times throughout last year…   he watches out for me in many ways.   We tend to watch out for…

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Unlikely Parnerships

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Got a call a while back from a guy selling training seminars for NAB Post Production conferences. I have been a past attendee and the training they provide is top notch. I’ve never attended a poorly taught seminar – the instructors know their stuff and know how to teach it. I mentioned to this guy that I give seminars for the ASMP to still photographers who are contemplating adding video to their skill set and…

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Volunteer

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If you’re not busy enough with work and also too busy trying to find some, try this: volunteer. Take some of that time and give it away. Be a Big Brother or Sister, coach a kid’s team, mentor a child. take your charming dog to a nursing home every week. There are so many people in this world who need help, and it shouldn’t be hard to reach out and find a few of them….

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The Unexpected Profit from Personal Projects

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One thing I’ve learned in 25 years in business is that doing personal work that has meaning to me almost always leads to lucrative commercial assignments.  Although it is unpredictable beforehand how personal project A may lead to job B, in the end doing work that I am passionate about not only feeds my soul, it helps grow my business in unexpected ways. Back in the mid 1990s I did a project about a welfare…

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