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. 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: $335 and one-time FindaPhotographer fee $50
Photographers who are professionals with less than three years of publication experience, part-time professionals, and non-professionals may join as Associate Members. This membership category brings many of the benefits of General Membership including access to all member information/communication, programming and events, and special offers and discounts.
Membership Cost: $225.00
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 General Member status as soon as they meet the eligibility requirements.
Membership Cost: $300.00 and one-time Find a Photographer fee $50
Photographers just starting out can participate in a one-year Emerging Associate membership category. After a year, the Emerging Associate membership is automatically raised to an Associate Membership. Emerging Associate membership benefits are the same as those of Associate members.
Membership cost: $140.00
Photographers at the college or post-secondary level are qualified for Student Associate membership. Written proof of enrollment from a department head or admissions office, or class schedule on official school letterhead is required with the application. (Photocopies of student ID cards are not accepted.) Individuals may remain Student Associates for one year after completion of a degree program and receive the same benefits as Associate members.
Membership cost: $45.00.
Individuals who are not working photographers, but who are a part of the industry (such as those who teach or supply a service to photographers) are welcome as Individual Affiliate members. Benefits are the same as for an Associate Member.
Membership cost: $225.00
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 General 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 General Members, age 65 or older, who have been General 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
This category is open to 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 General Members and receive all the benefits of General 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