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Speaker Bureau

Industry experts available for lectures, panel discussions or symposiums


ASMP Advocacy Work (Orphan Works)
Victor Perlman, AMSP Legal Counsel


Social Media Terms of Service
Christopher J. Reese, Esq., Attorney and author of ASMP Social Media Terms of Service Recommendations


Victor Perlman, ASMP Legal Counsel
Richard Kelly, past ASMP President
Jim Cavanaugh, past ASMP President


General Photography Industry Issues
Victor Perlman, ASMP Legal Counsel
Richard Kelly, past ASMP President


Business Practices, Pricing and Licensing for Photographers
Judy Herrmann, ASMP Educator and past ASMP President
Blake Discher, ASMP Educator and ASMP Director
Jeff Sedlik, CEO of Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS)


Digital Imaging Technology & the Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Project (dpBestflow)
Peter Krogh, dpBestflow Project Director
Judy Herrmann, dpBestflow Educator and past ASMP President
Jay Kinghorn, dpBestflow Educator


Contact Judy Herrmann, ASMP Education Director, to schedule one of our speakers at your upcoming event or conference.


Speaker Biographies


photo © John Slemp
© John Slemp

Jim Cavanaugh is based near Buffalo, NY. An architectural and aerial photographer (and licensed pilot), he has been in business for over thirty years. He is a past President of the American Society of Media Photographers.


Blake Discher
© Mary DuPrie

Detroit photographer and educator Blake Discher specializes in people photography for leading editorial publications and Fortune 500 corporations for advertising and annual reports throughout the world. His clients include General Motors, Chrysler, American Airlines and Oracle. Blake also consults for small businesses on search engine optimization. He shares his knowledge with students and other photographers through his involvement with the American Society of Media Photographers, most recently as an educator in ASMP's successful Strictly Business 2 conferences. A professional photographer for 20 years, he shares his home with his wife Lesley and his son Blake. When not working, he's usually tinkering with one of his British-made vintage Triumph automobiles.


His work can be seen at In addition, Blake's other company,, consults for small businesses in search engine optimization.


photo © Mike Starke
© Mike Starke, Herrmann+Starke

Judy Herrmann is a past president of the ASMP, an Olympus Visionary and recipient of the United Nation's IPC Leadership Award. As a partner in Herrmann+Starke, she creates visually compelling still life and lifestyle images. Her work has won acclaim from Lurzer's Archive, Graphis, PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards, How International Design Annuals and Pix Digital Annuals and has been featured in numerous industry publications including Communication Arts, How, and Digital Photo Pro. A widely quoted expert, she has lectured extensively on digital photography and business practices since 1995. As a consultant, she helps photographers and other creative service providers develop a creatively and financially satisfying business.


Richard Kelly
© Elliot Cramer

Richard Kelly is a Pittsburgh-based editorial and corporate photographer creating environmental portraits with style. Currently, the President of Richard Kelly Photography and an educator at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, from 2003 to 2007 Richard was the Director of Photography for WQED Multimedia. A past president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), he is also a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Photographic Educators.


Jay Kinghorn
© Josh Blumental

Prolific author, provocative speaker and Olympus Visionary photographer Jay Kinghorn guides companies in boosting their marketing efforts and brand awareness through the use of visual media. His company, Kinghorn Visual, focuses specifically on the strategic use of, creation of and distribution of Web/mobile video and other multimedia.


Peter Krogh
© Kelly Castro

Peter Krogh is the author of The DAM Book (O’Reilly, 2009), the most widely used reference on collection management for photographers. He travels the world, advising photographers, institutions and major companies on best practices in digital imaging. Peter lives in Washington DC area, where he operates a photography, consulting and digital media production company. He was one of two principal authors of the website. Check out and for more information.


Victor Perlman
© Shawn G. Henry

Victor Perlman has served as General Counsel to ASMP since 1995 and as in-house General Counsel and Managing Director since leaving private practice in 1996. He has been an attorney since 1972 and has served on the Boards of Directors of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the Media Photographers Copyright Agency, Inc., and the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.


Mr. Perlman has frequently appeared as an author in various publications, including Rangefinder, Communication Arts and Popular Photography, and has taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars. He is the co-author of Licensing Photography, published by Allworth Press. He has testified in Congressional hearings and in hearings and other proceedings held by the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has filed amicus curiae briefs in landmark cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts. He frequently lectures on issues related to copyright law and other issues relating to photography.


Mr. Perlman received his bachelor’s degree in English from Franklin & Marshall College in 1967 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. Before entering private practice, he served as law clerk to the Honorable D. Donald Jamieson, then President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.


Christopher Reese
© Laura Reese

Christopher J Reese is an attorney and the author of ASMP Social Media Terms of Service Recommendations. He is the former General Counsel and Executive Vice President for SightSound Technologies, the company that pioneered the movie and music download business. Among other firsts, SightSound sold the first downloadable music in the world in 1995 and rented and sold the first full-length, downloadable films in 1999. Chris also served as the personal manager of the rock band the Gathering Field, which was signed to Atlantic Records and Polygram Publishing. Along the way, he became well-versed in intellectual property law and other issues unique to the entertainment and media industries. His public speaking began in the adversarial setting of Washington D.C. courtrooms where he was a federal prosecutor. He’s glad to have moved on to the more communal setting of discussing the intellectual property issues surrounding the creative process. Although he readily admits that any quality photographs he’s captured have been pure luck, he does hope to publish a book he has just finished. Chris also speaks on topics related to science and religion.


Jeff Sedlik
© 2010 Sedlik Studio

Jeff Sedlik is the President and CEO of the PLUS Coalition. He is also the past National President of the Advertising Photographers of America and serves on numerous boards.


With eighteen years of experience as a leading advertising, editorial, and fine art photographer, Jeff works out of studios in Los Angeles and New York City. His clients include Nike, FedEx, Sony, AT&T, Blue Cross, Epson, and others. He is also the president of Mason Editions, producing and distributing fine art posters. He is a ten-time recipient of the Communication Arts Award of Excellence, and has also received the Clio, One Show, Art Directors Club, Photo Design, PDN/Nikon, Creativity Award, IPC Industry Leadership Award, and others. His work has been profiled in Studio Photography & Design, In Focus, Photo District News, Rangefinder, and other industry publications. His repertoire includes group and solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monterey, St. Louis, and New York City.


Jeff is a professor and long-time faculty member of the Art Center College of Design, teaching courses on technical, creative, and business topics. He is the founder of the Digital Technology Advisory Council and an active member of the Art Center’s Intellectual Property Committee. He conducts workshops and seminars on creativity, copyright, and licensing for artists’ groups and trade shows nationwide, including PhotoPlus Expo and others.