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.
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 posted at www.asmp.org/articles/asmp-professional-category-sponsorship-guidelines.html. 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, FindaPhotographer.org. Applicants seeking sponsors should contact their local chapter or email pro@ASMP.org.
Membership Cost: $29.76/month or $335/year, plus a one-time $50 FindaPhotographer setup fee
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
Until November 2013, photographers who qualified for Associate membership could opt for the Associate Plus category. Associate Plus members are listed in Find A Photographer, but in all other respects, the membership benefits are the same as those of Associate Members. Since November 2013, the category is no longer open and existing Associate Plus members are encouraged to upgrade to full Professional Member status as soon as they meet the eligibility requirements.
Membership Cost: $300.00 and one-time Find a Photographer fee $50
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
Students majoring in photography or related imaging professions at a college or post-secondary level are eligible for Student Associate membership. Written proof of student status must be received before membership can be approved; click here for submission details. 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.
Membership cost: $45.00/year.
Educators who do not operate a professional still or motion photography business (and therefore do not qualify for Professional Membership) are eligible for Educator Associate membership. Written proof of full-time educator status must be received before membership can be approved; click here for submission details. Sponsorship is not required for Educator Associate Membership. Educator Associates may serve on the Board of Directors for their local chapter.
Membership cost: $8.44/month or $95.00/year.
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
This is a special category of membership granted at the discretion of the National Board. Merit Memberships last for one year, after which the member may renew as a Student, Associate, Emerging Associate or Professional Member as appropriate. Benefits are the same as the Associate level. Read more information on Merit Memberships.
Membership cost: none (scholarship)
This category is open to Professional (formerly called General) Members, age 65 or older, who have been Professional Members for at least five years and have retired from professional photography. Senior Members are non-voting members and receive the same benefits as Associates.
Membership cost: $100.00/year
This category is open to Professional (formerly called General) Members, age 65 or older, who joined ASMP prior to 1995 and have been members continuously for at least 20 years. There is no presumption that a Life Member has retired. Life Members are considered to be Professional Members and receive all the benefits of Professional Membership.
Note that Life Membership is not automatic. As with any change of membership category, a member must apply for the change and staff in the national office must verify that all the qualifications have been met.
Membership cost: none